Supervisor Richard Valle's September Newsletter


Release Date: September 11, 2013

Supervisor's Message

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Niles Canyon Railroad Group Tour

As summer comes to a close, our office has made great strides on our crucial initiatives around District 2. On August 8, our office hosted a tour aboard the Niles Canyon Train from Fremont to Sunol, in an effort to view potential trail pathways and open spaces for the establishment of a safe and open walk and bike trail. The tour was led by the Niles Canyon Railway Association volunteers and included participants from District One Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s Office, East Bay Regional Park District, Save Our Sunol, Alameda County Water District, Alameda County Public Works Department, and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission, among others.  The tour was a unique opportunity to view the area, as well as having the opportunity to view the operations of the Niles Canyon Railway. Our office looks to continue the multi-use trail initiative by surveying the potential areas and concepts, and looks forward to engaging the community as we develop this concept.

Tennyson Corridor Initiative

Our major project in Hayward, the Tennyson Corridor Initiative, completed its first phase. In the first phase, our office received input on the needs of the Tennyson Corridor from the community and its Executive Committee, which was established to help steer this process. Based on the input received, from several sectors and leaders of the Tennyson area, efforts are underway towards a long term project to plan and implement the construction of a new multi-service center to replace the current Eden Youth & Family Center building. At this prime location, within the Tennyson Corridor, this new facility would bring a fresh face to the area and allow for expansion of crucial services for the community and maximize the services that currently exist in the corridor.

Fast Food Workers Rally

With the first weekend of September dedicated to recognizing hard working individuals and families, it is important to recognize a summer filled of labor issues. From the BART work stoppage to the march for fast food workers-- the voice of the workers was loud and clear this summer. Fair wages, health care benefits and safe working conditions are essential to a healthy working environment. As an advocate for working families, I stood in solidarity on the picket lines with workers at the Oakland Airport and with the fast food workers, as well as toured union training facilities and continued to support labor initiatives countywide. Our office supports hard working people who seek to advance their efforts for better working conditions and decent compensation to keep up with the cost of living in the Bay Area.
Our office is here to serve you, and welcomes your input on areas of concern or interest. Please feel free to contact the District 2 office at (510) 272-6692.

Supervisor Richard Valle

Warren Hall Implosion

CSUEB Warren Hall Implosion

On Saturday, August 17 the Hayward skyline forever changed. California State University, East Bay’s Warren Hall came down in seconds as the University imploded the 13-story building, after being deemed seismically unsound. Located 2,000 feet from the Hayward Fault, the 1971 building has been empty for the past 2 ½ years.
The implosion became a spectacle for the East Bay, as many gathered nearby to watch the iconic building come down. California State University, East Bay plans to construct a five story building on campus, to accommodate the lost office spaces, as well as adding a student service and welcoming center.
Present for the event, above are photos from Supervisor Valle’s vantage point from California State University, East Bay’s parking lot. 


SFPUC Small Firm Workshop


The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Small Firms Advisory Committee needs your help!
On September 12, 2013 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., the SFPUC Small Firms Advisory Committee will host an outreach workshop for small local contractors who want to do business with the SFPUC. The workshop will be held at Carpenters’ Union Hall Local 713 at 1050 Mattox Road in Hayward. Please RSVP at
The Small Firm Advisory Committee was formed in 2006 and assists the agency with meaningful business opportunities to small/micro-construction firms based in the regional water service territory. For more information on the committee click here


Back to School Shoe Giveaway

Back to School Shoe Giveaway

On Saturday, September 28 the 17th Annual Back to School Shoe Giveaway "Put Your Best Foot Forward" hosted by First African Methodist Episcopal (FAME) Church in Oakland, will take place at Oracle Arena and Coliseum in partnership with AEG Facilities. 
This annual event provides complimentary new shoes to low-income students across Alameda County. Over the past 16 years FAME has distributed nearly 8,000 shoes and gift cards to school aged students returning to school. To apply for a free pair of shoes please visit
Since the need is even greater in 2013, FAME’s goal is to provide 2,500 students with new shoes throughout Alameda County. For more information and details, please visit the website to learn more about low-income students and families who may qualify.


4C's Child Care Referral Program

Child Care Referral

"Back to School" can be a stressful time for many families, especially for parents who are faced with having to find child care for before and after school hours.
4C's of Alameda can take some of the stress out of this hectic time. Their experienced referral counselors are available Monday through Friday to help parents find child care for children of all ages. They provide referrals to child care centers and family child care homes- infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age programs.
Here's how 4C's child care referral program works:
4C's child care information and referral services are FREE to all parents looking for child care in Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, Newark, San Leandro, San Lorenzo or Union City.
Parents can call the referral counselors directly at (510) 582-2182, visit the office in person or use the form provided on the website ( to contact 4C’s.
Phone referral hours are:

  • Monday - Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday - Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

4C's referral counselors will ask about your specific child care needs and use their comprehensive database to find child care programs that match your request. In most cases, they are able to provide at least three referrals.
4C's counselors can provide information on licensing regulations and how to screen child care programs. They also have tip sheets, including Choosing Child Care, Paying for Child Care, and What If My Child Has Special Needs?


Community Meeting on Public Safety Realignment

Realignment Community Meeting

California's plan to reduce prison overcrowding, costs, and recidivism.
Join Supervisor Richard Valle, Alameda County Departments, and the Alameda County Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform for a community meeting on Public Safety and AB109 Realignment.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Light refreshments provided

Westminster Hill Outreach Center
27287 Patrick Avenue
Hayward, CA  (on No. 37 bus line from BART)
Come learn about the State of California’s Public Safety Realignment plan, which has transferred hundreds of inmates from state prisons to Alameda County jails.  We will discuss the impacts to our community and how the County can help people impacted by state realignment
The County is inviting you to provide input so that the County can increase community collaboration and partnership in addressing these issues.  Your participation is critical in developing programs and policies that reflect our community’s values and priorities.


Affordable Care Act

Covered California

A key component of the Affordable Care Act is quickly approaching, as October 1, 2013 will mark a critical point in health care reform. On October 1, the Health Insurance Marketplace will open for business, allowing millions of Americans to compare coverage options for a variety of quality, affordable plans that best meet their health care needs.
In California, millions will be able to choose affordable, high-quality health insurance coverage through Covered California. Covered California will be available October 1st and is a marketplace for individuals and families to find coverage based on their needs and budgets. Open enrollment for Covered California will be available starting in October and will begin coverage on January 1, 2014. For more information on how to get coverage please visit
For assistance and information regarding health reform and receiving coverage in Alameda County, please visit the Alameda County Health Care Agency website at Find out how to qualify for health insurance, enroll eligible children and additional programs for the uninsured. 


Newark Senior Center Health Fair

Newark Health Fair

The City of Newark is hosting their 14th Annual Senior Health & Fitness Fair on Friday, October 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Newark Community Center at 35501 Cedar Boulevard.
Free refreshments and free health screenings are provided, as well as, free flu shots, cooking demonstration and a senior fitness demonstration. Older adults will have an opportunity to meet healthcare and senior services providers.  Remember to bring your Medicare health insurance card for verification.  For members of the general public (non-seniors) there is a small entrance fee of $5.
Contact the Newark Senior Center at (510) 578-4840 for additional information.


Clases de Crianza Positiva

Family Paths

Ofrecidas por FamilyPaths
Fremont Family Resource Center
39155 Liberty St. (Aula Pacific)
Fremont, CA

Miércoles – 7:00pm a 9:00pm 
Agosto 7 – Setiembre 25, 2013
Profesora: Debora Roca
Estos temas (y muchos otros) serán tratados:

  • Manejo del Estrés
  • Desarrollo del Niño
  • Estilos de Crianza
  • Comunicación
  • Disciplina Positiva

 (Ofrecemos cuidado de niños gratis)
Para mayor información y para registrarse, llame a Debora Roca al (510) 582-0148 ext. 321