Supervisor Márquez May 2024 Newsletter

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Release Date: 5/31/2024

Supervisor's Message

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Dear Community Partner, 

Happy Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!  

This May, I was proud to recognize Union City Councilmember Scott Sakakihara, who in addition to serving in the Navy Reserves, previously served as a Planning Commissioner to help address the urgent need for affordable housing in his community. Thank you, Councilmember Sakakihara, for your impact within Union City and Alameda County District 2 more broadly! 

Honoring Union City Council Member Scott Sakakihara

May is also Affordable Housing Month and in another win for District 2 residents, I was beyond thrilled to be apart of another groundbreaking ceremony for the Timber Senior Housing Project in Newark. This project led by Eden Housing with over $8.5 million in county funding support– a majority from the 2016 Measure A1 housing bond - will ensure that the most at-risk seniors retire towards supportive housing, not the streets. 

Timber Senior Housing

As we come together to literally build a new foundation about what it means to care for our community, Alameda County continues to be data-driven when targeting public investments to ensure affordable housing for all 

Overall homelessness dropped by 3% in Alameda County, with the number of unsheltered residents decreasing by 11% since the 2022 count. Preliminary analysis indicates that throughout the County, unsheltered homelessness dropped significantly for veterans, transition age youth, and families.  

More detailed information will be released this summer, including results from a new survey approach aimed at better capturing the experience of local unsheltered community members. In the meantime, click here to review the most current measures of homelessness in your city and the crucial work of Alameda County’s Office of Homeless Care and Coordination 

Similar to our multi-jurisdictional efforts around housing security, I also travelled to Washington D.C. with a delegation of my colleagues from the Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) this month to advocate for critical local projects and programs.  

With over $800 million in constructions projects within Alameda County, I will continue to partner with Alameda CTC to speak up for the resources, legislation, and initiatives that provide accessible, affordable and equitable transportation opportunities and elevate the needs of equity priority communities.   

Summer may be on the horizon, but my foot remains on the pedal to ensure government – yes, even our nation’s Capitol –delivers solutions with and for the residents of Alameda County District 2. It is an honor to “Connect, Engage, and Serve” you, your loved ones, and community from every decision-making space.  

Elisa in DC

Right most photo: In Washington DC with Alameda County Transportation Commission delegates. From left to right: Alameda CTC Executive Director Tess Lengyel, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Alameda CTC Chair and Emeryville City Councilmember John Bauters, Alameda County Supervisor Elisa Márquez, AC Transit Board President Joel Young, Alameda CTC Deputy Executive Director Carolyn Clevenger

In Service,

Elisa Signature

Mission Paradise Now Accepting Housing Applications from Low-Income Seniors (Application Deadline - June 11)

Mission Paradise Housing

Mission Paradise is now accepting applications from low-income seniors 62 years of age and older to move into new apartments under construction at 28000 Mission Boulevard in Hayward. The application deadline is June 11

Being built by nonprofit housing developer EAH Housing, Mission Paradise apartments will be finished with modern touches, energy efficient appliances and most units will have balconies. Community amenities include a roof-top deck, parking, community room and garden, and fitness and computer rooms. 

Fifteen of the 76 units are for seniors with severe mental illness experiencing homelessness—and who will be supported at Mission Paradise with on-site services tailored to their needs. 

Twenty-five out of the 76 units are designated as project-based rental assistance units specifically for eligible seniors referred by the Housing Authority of Alameda County. Thirty-five units are open to seniors with incomes ranging from 30 percent to 80 percent of the Area Median Income for Alameda County. 

Interested applicants can download and submit an application through the County Housing Portal (, or call (510) 373-0086 to request a paper application to be mailed.

For any questions regarding the application process and eligibility requirements, please contact the property management office at or visit the property website here

Mission Paradise is made possible in part with the contribution of $6 million from the City of Hayward. 

Learn more here.

Housing Resources in Fremont

Below Market Homes for Sale

Fremont Below Market Price Houses

The City has two Below Market Price (BMP) homes now available for sale through the City’s First Time Homebuyer Program. The townhomes are part of the new Hartford master-planned community in the Niles District in Fremont.

Both homes are designated for moderate-income households. The homes are currently under construction and are scheduled to be completed and available between July and August 2024.

Interested homebuyers are required to submit a lottery application and participate in a lottery to be selected to purchase the Hartford BMP homes. 

Bay Area Affordable Homeownership Alliance (BAAHA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit housing organization, has been contracted by the project developer to manage the lottery application process for the Hartford BMP homes.

For more information, including eligibility requirements and application information, visit BAAHA’s website or view the property flyer.

Lottery applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2024.



Open Waitlist for Affordable Housing

Main Street Village Waitlist

Main Street Village, an affordable housing property located in Fremont's Irvington District, is now accepting applications for Studio,1, 2 and 3-bedroom units. The property is located in Fremont's Irvington District at 3615 Main St.

Applicants may apply online or in person beginning May 8, 2024, until June 12, 2024. For more information on how to apply, please see the Flyer, Fact Sheet, and the full Resident Selection Criteria posted below.


Upcoming Affordable Units

Fremont Affordable Housing Program

There is more affordable housing planned for Fremont in the next few years. The developments listed in this downloadable PDF of the table will bring more new affordable rental units to Fremont for low-income households.

The City's Affordable Housing in Fremont tool features an interactive map of existing and upcoming developments. This new interactive mapping tool includes the following information for each development: location, photos, number of units, income requirements, and contact information (if available).

If you are interested in receiving information when new affordable housing opportunities become available in Fremont, please sign up for the City's Affordable Housing Interest Lists. You can sign up to receive information by email or text message.

To qualify for affordable housing in Fremont, applicants must meet certain income limit requirements. Please use this downloadable PDF of the table to determine if you are income eligible for affordable housing. 

If you have questions, please contact the City's Housing division by email or call 510-494-4500. 

New California Website for Mental Health Support Resources

mental health website

It is now easier for Californians to connect with mental health services, including crisis services, counseling and treatment, real-time support, and specialized resources for children, youth, and older adults.

Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced MentalHealth.CA.Gov, a new state website offering life-saving resources, links to mental health support hotlines, and resources for all Californians - from youth and young adults, to older Californians, parents and families, veterans, and everyone in between.

It also includes key information on California’s behavioral health system transformation - accelerated by Prop 1 -  and links to program and policy specifics.

COMING SOON: Version 1.0 of this website has initial information on implementation timelines for Prop 1 results and current tools available to counties that administer the state’s behavioral health system. This website will continue to be built out to include key indicators of new construction and transformed services, so people will be able to see how their county compares to other California counties and how the state is making progress overall.

Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards (Nomination Deadline - June 12)

Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards Flyer

The Alameda County Arts Commission invites County residents to submit nominations for the 2024 Alameda County Arts Leadership Awards. The nomination deadline has been extended to Wednesday, June 12. This annual program enables the Alameda County Arts Commission to recognize five individuals, one from each of the five districts of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, for their outstanding contributions impacting the arts community and the residents of Alameda County.

To learn more, visit

Financial Education Webinar (Wednesday, June 5)

DFPI Webinar

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) hosts a monthly consumer financial education webinar exploring a new topic every month. Each webinar includes guest speakers and a Q&A session. Everyone who registers for these webinars will be emailed a link to the recording and a copy of the slides. Past presentations in the series may be viewed on the DFPI YouTube site.

The next webinar, “How to Invest Wisely,” is scheduled for June 5 at 12 pm, PST (Registration].

This webinar will feature a tour of the DFPI’s soon-to-be-launched Investor Center website and get a step-by-step process to investing wisely. Also covered will be how to develop investment goals, understand risks and rewards, and protect from investment frauds and scams with free financial education courses, news, information, and resources.

The Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The Department regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies.

Union City New Compost Hub Now Open (Free for Residents)

Ribbon Cutting of Union City Compost Hub

Celebrating the new Union City Compost Hub with Union City Mayor, Council Members, and staff at the compost hub ribbon cutting ceremony

Union City joins six other member agencies in hosting a Compost Distribution Hub. Residents can now get free compost 7 days a week at this city site located at 35700 Alvarado-Nile Road, Union City. As with the other hubs, residents are encouraged to bring their own buckets or reusable bags to collect compost. Not only do the hubs help support compost procurement requirements under Senate Bill 1383, cities are making compost accessible to more people, most of whom are using the compost to grow food.

Interested homebuyers are required to submit a lottery application and participate in a lottery to be selected to purchase the Hartford BMP homes. 

Nature to YOU! at the Union City Library

Nature to You at Union City Library

Join East Bay Regional Park District Naturalists as they bring Nature to YOU at the library. You'll learn about the animals that can be found in the parks and in your neighborhood, and even get to meet a few!

All ages!  Drop in, no registration is required.

This program will take place outside weather permitting.  Dress accordingly!

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Time: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Location: Union City Library, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd

This event is part of Alameda County's Summer Adventure program taking place from June 1 - August 1. Make your summer sensational! Go on an adventure of the senses—from the physical to our unique sense of humor, pride, and curiosity!

Big Truck Day (Wednesday, June 5 - Newark)

Big Truck Day Newark

Join us for a FREE and exciting event open to everyone! Come out and see the big trucks and machines that keep the City of Newark clean and safe. Kids will love taking pictures with, asking questions about, and exploring the different trucks on display!

Date: Wednesday, June 5th

Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 

Location: Silliman Center parking lot, by the turf fields

There will be fun activities, awesome giveaways, and plenty of excitement for all ages. Don't miss out on this fantastic event! 

Registration is not required but kindly preferred.

Register here:

Fremont Family Resource Center 25th Anniversary Resource Fair (Friday, June 7)

FFC Resource Fair

Next month the Fremont Family Resource Center (FRC) reaches a milestone - 25 years serving Fremont and Southern Alameda County. You are invited to celebrate this milestone at a fun 25th Anniversary Resource Fair on Friday, June 7, from 3-7 p.m. 

In addition to the FRC agencies and community resources, there will be prizes and giveaways, free health screenings, kid activities, a bounce house, and more. Fremont Street Eats takes place next door so you can conveniently enjoy both events.

The FRC Resource Fair takes place at 39155 Liberty St. in Fremont.

There is free parking in and around the FRC. Download the flyer here.

Alameda County Fair (Friday, June 14 - Sunday, July 7; Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton)

Alameda County Fair 2024

The Alameda County Fair returns June 14 and runs through July 7... 18 days of fun foods, racing, bands, shops, and tasting fests.

Fireworks Spectacular & Drone Show: Fridays, June 14 & 28.

Two Fridays, including opening day, enjoy a Fireworks PLUS Drone Spectacular Show. Fireworks go over the lighted Drones above the Stella Artois Grandstand two nights only!

A fan favorite, the Drone Show returns over the Stella Artois Grandstand (except July 4). Enjoy a magical light show put on with drones! Visible all over the Fairgrounds, the best viewing is at the race track.

There will be no fireworks or drone show on July 4, the Fair will close at 8pm on July 4 only.

Carnival: The summer Fair returns with a Kids’ Carnival and the Midway full of rides and games.

Starting June 14, 2024, carnival wristbands may only be purchased on site at a Butler Kiosk in the Kids or Midway Carnival areas. Butler kiosks take both credit card and cash. All day passes and individual ticket purchase all print as wristbands now.

Live Horse Racing: Free with Fair Admission. This Summer enjoy LIVE horse racing every Friday, Saturday & Sunday, plus Thursday, July 4th


  • Small Animals: A Fair fan favorite, small animals return to the Fair, including rabbits, reptiles, birds and more. Check out Building P for these adorable critters.
  • Petting Zoo: Great American Entertainment Company brings animals to the 2024 Fair. Open every day of Fair until 8pm. Fun for the whole family, visit with farm animals!
  • Livestock: The annual Jr. Livestock Auction is July 7. Come a week before to say hi to the animals as well as watch the FFA and 4H children show at the auction.

Special Events:

  • Horse Racing – Friday-Sunday & Thursday, July 4 – visit here
  • Nightly Movies at 6pm – for details – visit here
  • Big O Tires Concert Series at 8pm – visit here
  • Fireworks or Drone Show (no show on July 4) – visit here
  • Fair Festivals – visit here
  • Wine & Brew Fests – visit here
  • $3 Fair Food Bite Thursdays & Food Finder – visit here
  • Shopping Finder – visit here


Downtown Hayward Street Parties (Thursdays - June 20, July 18 & August 15)

Downtown Hayward Street Parties

Get ready for the return of our Downtown Hayward Street Parties this Summer! Don't miss your chance to reserve your spot and showcase your products and services to t

Stack Fest Block Party (Friday, June 28 - Hayward)

Stack Fest

StackFest is bringing local art, food, live music + vendors right into the neighborhood! 

Date/Time: Friday June 28 from 5pm - 10pm

Location: 680 W. Tennyson Rd. Hayward

DJ Sandio will provide music and there will be a variety of food options, live performances, and local vendors. 

StackFest came from the Hayward People’s Budget project. In 2021, the City of Hayward awarded a total of $350,000 to fund community-led projects. Through voting, residents picked the top 12 projects they wanted to see in their city, including StackFest! StackFest is fiscally sponsored by La Familia.

For more information, visit

Serve on a County Board or Commission

Boards and Commissions

District 2 appointments are available to those who live or work in Hayward (incorporated), Union City, Newark, and portions of Fremont (Ardenwood, Bayside, Canyon Heights/Vallejo Mills/Niles Crest, East Industrial, Lakes & Birds, Northgate, and Warm Springs).

Not sure if you’re in District 2? Find your district by clicking here

Learn more about County Boards and Commissions at

For Further Information, contact Ginny DeMartini, and/or 510.670.6150. Please send a resume and request an application.


District 2 is actively seeking applicants for the following bodies:

1. Alameda County Advisory Commission on Aging

  • Objective: To act as an independent advocate for older persons as mandated by the Older Americans Act, and the Mello-Granlund Older Californians Act by taking positions on matters pertaining to federal, state and local policies, programs and procedures, and any legislation affecting older persons.
  • Agency: Social Services Agency
  • Term: 4 years, and not to exceed 2 four-year terms
  • Location: 6955 Foothill Blvd #300, Oakland
  • Meetings: Monthly, 2nd Monday, 9:30am
  • Qualifications: Members shall be older individuals who are participants or who are eligible to participate in programs assisted under this Act, representatives of older individuals, local elected officials, and the general public, to advise continuously the area agency on all matters relating to the development of the area plan, the administration of the plan and operations conducted under the plan.
  • District 2: One opening available to District 2 residents

2. Commission on the Status of Women

  • Objective: The purpose of the Commission is to help eliminate discrimination and prejudice against women in such areas as housing, employment, health services, childcare, education, transportation, credit, legal rights, and community services.
  • Agency: Social Services Agency
  • Term: 2 years
  • Meetings: 10 meetings per year -- 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:00pm
  • Location: 2000 San Pablo Ave # 445, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Must be a resident and woman who reflects the general population in age, race, religion and socio-economic status.
  • District 2: One opening available to District 2 residents 

3. Assessment Appeals Board

  • Objective: Serves as the Board of Equalization for the County of Alameda.
  • Agency: County Administrator's Office
  • Term: 3 years
  • Meetings: As needed, Monday and Wednesday, 
  • Location: 1221 Oak St, Oakland
  • Qualifications: Five years minimum experience as a licensed Real Estate Broker, Attorney or Appraiser or Certified Public Accountant. 
  • District 2: One opening available to District 2 residents 

Alameda County Transportation Commission Opening


The IWC, listed in the 2000 Measure B Expenditure Plan as the Citizens Watchdog Committee and in the 2014 Measure BB Expenditure Plan as the Independent Watchdog Committee, makes sure Measure B and Measure BB tax dollars are improving transportation in Alameda County, as promised to voters. The IWC scrutinizes all Measure B and BB expenditures and reports directly to the public each year on these expenditures (see the most recent IWC Annual Report).

All 17 members must be Alameda County residents and are appointed for a two-year term, one opening available. You must submit the completed application along with your current resume to:, 510.670.6150.

More County & Community Resources

211 Alameda County:

Alameda County Housing Portal: Affordable Housing Rentals

Alameda County Housing Secure: Tenant and Landlord Housing Resources

Alameda County Social Services Agency (SSA): Medi-Cal Enrollment

Alameda County Employment Openings:

Board of Supervisors Meetings: Information on how to participate in public comment is available on the LIVE Broadcasts page on the Board of Supervisors' website.