District Two Newsletter - July 2012

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Release Date:  July 31, 2012


Supervisor's Message

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To District Two Residents:
On June 11, I was sworn into office as Supervisor for District Two.  I have been meeting with many community groups, leaders, and various stakeholders about the future of our District and County.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the transition to County Supervisor, and look forward to continuing my work for District Two.
Thirty-three years ago, I began the endeavor to help protect our environment by starting Tri-CED Community Recycling.  Today, Tri-CED is California’s largest non-profit recycling company, engaged in numerous worthwhile community efforts.  Those efforts include, re-entry and youth employment programs, Science in the Park making healthy living and science fun, assisting in the reforestation of natural habitat in the Union City hills, and many more community initiatives. The work of Tri-CED has been my passion for more than half my life, and I cannot just leave an organization overnight.  Today, I am announcing effective August 1, 2012, I will be taking a reduced role and compensation from Tri-CED as this transition is implemented.  Being Supervisor of District Two is my number one priority and my limited work at Tri-CED will be to ensure a prosperous future for a vital community based company.
My focus has been and will continue to be on the matters and issues important to District Two residents and ensuring Alameda County has reliable, honest, and transparent leadership.  Our office will continue to be accessible and will focus on the needs of our constituents and the public policy issues important to Alameda County residents. 
Richard Valle 

4th of July

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On our nation’s birthday, we celebrated our independence, as well as, honored those who serve our nation and community.  The Alameda County Firefighters hosted its annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast in Newark. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday, in addition to helping raise funds for local charities in the Tri-City area.  It was great seeing everyone come out to celebrate and visit with neighbors and firefighters.  To everyone who supports local charities, volunteers in their community and to our service members at home and aboard – thank you for your service to our communities! 

National Night Out

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 neighborhoods throughout Alameda County are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the “29th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) crime and drug prevention event.
  National Night Out 2012
National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), will involve over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases around the world. In all, over 37 million people are expected to participate in ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime.’
National Night Out is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
To check the activities in your local area, visit the links below for more information:  

State of Health Care in Alameda County

Hayward City Hall
Please join us for a State of Health Care in Alameda County panel discussion.
Friday, August 17, 2012
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street 
Topics will include:
  • Hospital and Heatlhcare Delivery in a changing environment
  • St. Rose Hospital
  • Affordable Care Act
Panelist include:
  • Supervisor Wilma Chan, District Three
  • Alex Briscoe, Director Health Care Services Agency
  • Sherri Hirota, CEO Asian Health Services   

Veterans Resource Fair

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Join California State Senator Ellen Corbett, Congressman Pete Stark, and Supervisor Richard Valle for the 2012 Veterans Resource Fair. 

Join us to explore the Bay Area's regional network of services for Veterans.

You Served. We Honor.
August 18, 2012
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hayward Veterans Memorial Building
22737 Main Street, Hayward, CA
For additional information about this event please contact Jack Bastida at (510) 577-2310 or jack.bastida@sen.ca.gov.  For more information about Alameda County Veteran services please contact our office at (510) 272-6692 or district2@acgov.org. 

Healthy Eating for Older Adults

Healthy Eating
  • What is a healthy eating plan?
  • How do my traditional cultural foods fit into a healthy eating plan?
  • Do older adults have special nutritional needs?
  • What kinds of physical activities would benefit me?
  • Should I take supplements?  
Nutritionists Mary Collett, MPH, RD and Mary Louise Zernicke, MS, MPH, RD will discuss the special nutritional needs of seniors including: how our traditional foods can fit into a healthy eating plan, taking supplements and much more. 
To learn more about nutrition and diet, visit your local library on one of the following days, to participate in these informational programs.
Programs begins at 1:30 p.m.
NEWARK LIBRARY – Thursday, August 9
6300 Civic Terrace Ave. (510) 795-2627
CASTRO VALLEY LIBRARY – Wednesday, August 15
3600 Norbridge Ave. (510) 667-7900
UNION CITY LIBRARY – Wednesday, September 12
34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd. (510) 745-1464
FREMONT MAIN LIBRARY – Wednesday, September 26
2400 Stevenson Blvd. (510) 745-1401
No reservations required.  For more information call the Library’s Older Adult Services at (510) 745-1491. Libraries are wheelchair accessible. An ASL interpreter will be provided for this program if requested at least 7 working days in advance.  Voice call appropriate branch / TTY 888-663-0660
For more programs and information on Healthy Eating, go to http://guides.aclibrary.org/food

Vaccine Clinic

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The Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center is offering vaccine clinics for uninsured Hayward students between kindergarten and 12th grade.  A parent or guardian must be present. Please bring your child's IZ Card (yellow card).  There is an administrative fee for each vaccine.  If you have private insurance, please visit your doctor for these services.  For more information, please call (510) 690-6048 ext. 3412.
August 9 & 10
Where: Harder Elementary School
495 Wyeth Road, Hayward, CA 94544
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Also: Free Dental Screenings on August 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
Where: Tennyson High School
Tennyson Health Center, Room A-1
27035 Whitman Street, Hayward, CA 94544
When: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Also: Free Dental Screenings on August 14 & 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


The Oakland Raiders have designated significantly discounted game tickets for the first 5 home games of the 2012/13 NFL season, to all Alameda County Library Foundation supporters!
Visit the Library Foundation’s website http://www.aclf.org to purchase tickets for as low as $40. Use access code RAIDERS2012. Proceeds will help support Alameda County Library programs and services. 
For ACLF & Fundraising Information call Executive Director, Tiona Smith, at (510) 745-1542
For Raider Tickets & Seating Chart log on to http://aclf.org/events_current.html or call Katie Hom at (510) 745-1551.  View the Raider discount flyer.

Alameda County Grading System

Grading System  
On July 1, Alameda County Environmental Health Department began implementing a grading system for retail food facilities throughout Alameda County (excluding the City of Berkeley).  Colored placards of green, yellow, or red will be placed in the windows of food facilities to enhance customer experience.  Pass (green), conditional pass (yellow), and closed (red) placards will rank the food safety status of the inspected facility. 
  • Green: Score of 80-100 points with no more than one MAJOR CDC risk factor violation which is CORRECTED during inspection.
  • Yellow: Score of 75-79 points and/or two or more MAJOR CDC risk factor violations which are CORRECTED during inspection
  • Red: A score of less than 75 points and/or one or more MAJOR CDC risk factor violation which is NOT CORRECTED during inspection or any Imminent Health Hazard
Prior to implementation, this program was presented to local elected officials, chambers of commerce, the California Restaurant Association and the Board of Supervisors.  This program will provide the public with a simple means to understand at a glance the food safety status of a facility.  For more information about this program please visit Alameda County Environmental Health’s website. 

Calaveras Dam Replacement Project Update

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Calaveras Dam Replacement Project is one of the largest construction projects in Alameda County.  The project is moving along with construction in the Sunol Valley.  Before construction began, SFPUC installed air monitoring stations to retrieve air samples from various locations within the project boundaries and nearby locations, to ensure the safety of Sunol residents. 
As part of ongoing efforts, the SFPUC continues to provide tools to communicate vital information to the public and keeping members of the public informed of the project. Information about the project and air monitoring results can be found at www.sfwater.org/sunolvalley. Updates of the air monitoring results occur on a weekly basis.  If you have any questions about this project please contact the SFPUC project team at the 24 hour answer-line at 866-973-1476 or by email mle@sfwater.org.

Boards and Commissions

Since 1853, the Board of Supervisors has encouraged citizen involvement and expertise to assist the Board in serving the community.  Citizens who serve on commissions help the Board deal with the many and varied duties and responsibilities of local county government.  The Board relies on these groups to advise them on a wide range of issues affecting their constituencies and to assure they are responsive to community needs. 
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District Two currently has vacancies on the following Commissions:
Alameda County Art Commission
The Art Commission consists of 15 members appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  Its purpose is to encourage the performing arts, artists, architects, landscape architect designers, art patrons, and institutions of art, so that our county may be developed and enriched by the performing arts and works of art.  Terms are for four years, and regular meetings are held once a month, usually on the second Wednesday of the month. 
Tree Advisory Board
The Tree Advisory Board is responsible for developing, updating, advising, recommending and reporting to the Director of Public Works regarding appeals, design, care, planting, conservation, replanting, and removal of trees. Members of the Tree Advisory Board are appointed for a twenty-four (24) month term. Meetings are held monthly.
To Apply:
To apply to serve as a District Two appointee, please submit a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position.  Please include a copy of your resume.  Email the information to district2@acgov.org, attention Michelle/Ruben. 
Other Boards and Commissions recruiting members include:
In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) Advisory Board
Help influence how In-Home Supportive Services and Public Authority services are provided in Alameda County. The Public Authority is a public agency that helps IHSS consumers find quality homecare workers through the centralized registry, offers training and education for both IHSS homecare workers and consumers, manages enrollment in IHSS provider health, dental and vision benefits and promotes improvements to the IHSS program through consumer advocacy. Applications will be accepted only through August 15, 2012
For information about how to apply e-mail ccalavan@ac-pa4ihss.org or call Charles Calavan at (510) 577-3548 
Alameda County - Oakland Community Action Partnership Administering Board 
The Alameda County–Oakland Community Action Partnership (AC-OCAP) is looking for Alameda County residents, who live outside of the City of Oakland and Berkeley, that are interested in working to alleviate poverty to serve on the Community Action Agency’s Alameda County – Oakland Community Action Partnership Administering Board.
For more information, an application and petitions please visit www.ac-ocap.com. Applications and original petitions are due by Wednesday, August 8, 2012.