Supervisor Richard Valle's October Newsletter


Release Date: October 17, 2013

Supervisor's Message

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Fall has arrived and Alameda County is hard at work enrolling folks for health coverage as part of the Affordable Care Act, implementing our Year 3 Plan for Public Safety Realignment, and among other items shoring up our safety-net services.
While our federal government may be entering the third week of the government shutdown, Alameda County has been finding ways to be innovative, save tax payers’ money, and improve services.  Recently, my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors and I, along with the Social Services Agency, restored the mandatory federal sequester cuts to critical Older American Act-funded services.  These senior services include senior nutrition which provides meals on wheels and congregate meals, supportive services, disease prevention, elder abuse prevention, family caregiver support, and senior employment.
Early last month our County, through our Information and Technology Department (ITD), was named the first-place winner in the annual rankings of the best state and local government websites.  The Center for Digital Government judges the contest, cited the County’s web offerings as “a good example of how a significant amount of information can be presented cleanly and intuitively within a main website, mobile website, and mobile apps.”  About a month later, our General Services Agency (GSA) was recognized by Green Fleet Magazine as having one for the 20 greenest vehicle fleets in North America and is the highest ranked out of all California counties.  The County’s fleet includes a strong mix of gas/electric, electric, and hybrid vehicles helping fulfill some of our sustainability goals contained in the County’s Climate Action Plan.  Congratulations to ITD and GSA for their well deserved recognition for their hard work and dedication to public service.
Unfortunately, as the shutdown continues to be a dysfunctional form of governing, it seems Washington will continue to place more burdens on state and local governments.  As California’s economy continues to recover, our County will endeavor to be innovative and strengthen our health care system, social services, and other safety-net services.  We are here to work with and for you.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (510) 272-6692.

Richard Valle

Science in the Park 2014

Science in the Park 2014

My office has begun planning for the 2014 Science in the Park. Science in the Park is a biennial event hosted to encourage kids of all ages in STEM (Science, Technology, Energy and Mathematics) related activities.
Science in the Park will return to Alden E. Oliver Sports Park in Hayward in 2014 on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Be sure to check the website for updates.
If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring Science in the Park, be sure to contact the District 2 office at (510) 272-6692.


Walk to School Day

Niles Elementary School

International Walk & Roll to School Day was celebrated on Wednesday, October 9. Thousands of families in Alameda County took part in this active journey by walking, biking, carpooling or rolling (using a skateboard or scooter) to school. This event was a great way to reward families that already engage in active transportation and to encourage new families to try a different form of travel.
Supervisor Valle applauded the participants of Niles Elementary School in Fremont for their commitment to a healthier and greener way to get to school. For more information on participating schools, or general tips on encouraging and educating students about walking and bicycling, visit


Construction Advisory for Sunol

Expect Delays

Construction advisory from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC):
Due to the ongoing construction on the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, there will be transporting heavy equipment and expecting additional haul truck traffic on weekdays from October 14 to October 25, 2013, just south of Interstate 680 to the project site approximately 4 miles past Geary Road. Commuters on Calaveras Road may encounter periodic delays. The SFPUC sincerely appreciates your patience and support in keeping everyone safe on the road.

  • Road remains open to the public
  • Haul trucks are expected from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday only
  • Please drive and bike safely on the narrow portions of Calaveras Road
  • Speed limit is 25 mph in construction zones

For More Information:
24 hour-Answer Line: (866) 973-1476
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Hayward Restaurant Walk

Hayward Restaurant Walk

The Hayward Chamber of Commerce will host the Hayward Restaurant Walk on Thursday, October 17 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy pre-selected items from the following downtown Hayward dining hot spots:
Bijou | Buffalo Bills | Buon Appetito | Century Theatres | Julian’s BBQ | Kupe | Los Pericos | Shark Shack | Snappy’s Café | Something Sweet | Swiss Delices | The Bistro | Turf Club | Yogurt Hill
Purchase Tickets at the Hayward Main Library or the Hayward Chamber of Commerce for $20.
For more information contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at (510) 537-2424 or visit
Net proceeds will benefit the Hayward Public Library’s After School Homework Support Center and Leadership Hayward


The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill


Millions of people worldwide will practice how to “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” at 10:17 a.m. on October 17 during the Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. Be sure to check out The Great California ShakeOut website for more information on local drills and how to be prepared. 
The keys to keeping safe during an earthquake:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Some additional tips:

If there is not a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately!
Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.
As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.


League of Women Voters Eden Area Informational Session


The League of Women Voters Eden Area will be holding an informational meeting to discuss the potential plans for constructing a new main Hayward library building. This meeting will inform attendees about the project, funding possibilities, results from a community survey and a discussion with community members.
Date & Time: Friday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Hayward City Hall, 777 B Street, Room 2A
Presenters will include:

  • Sean Reinhart, Hayward Library and Community Services Director
  • Kim Geron, California State University, East Bay Professor and Chair of the Political Science Department
  • Kari McAllister, Hayward Library Commissioner and Board Member of the Friends of the Hayward Public Library
  • Frank Goulart, Attorney and long-time Hayward community activist

Light refreshments will be available and an RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance please contact Evelyn Cormier at or (510) 471-0475 by Monday, October 21.
This informational meeting is also co-sponsored by the Friends of the Hayward Library and American Association of University Women Hayward/Castro Valley Chapter.


LOV Halloween Quarter Auction


The League of Volunteers (LOV) will host its 8th annual Halloween Quarter Auction on Sunday, October 27 at 5 p.m. at the Newark Community Center at 35501 Cedar Boulevard in Newark.
The Halloween celebration includes dinner, prizes, games and costumes!
How to Win:

  • Each participant will be given a bingo bucket with a number on it- if your number is called, you win!
  • Participate in the silent and live auctions.
  • Bid on the non-profit auction site Bidding for Good, which opens October 18 and closes November 8.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 21
Tickets are $39
Please visit for more information.
All proceeds will benefit LOV’s holiday programs, including Thanksgiving Day Meal, Toys for Tots and Adopt-a-Family.


California Nursery Historical Park Social

California Nursery Historical Park

The California Nursery Historical Park is hosting a chocolate social at Vallejo Adobe in the Niles District of Fremont. The chocolate social is sponsored by Math Science Nucleus, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing science and math curriculum for students of all ages.
The chocolate social fundraiser will help fund historical tours of the California Nursery and archive and save the agriculture and scientific history of one of the oldest nurseries on the west coast. 
Join the fun at the Vallejo Adobe in the California Nursery Historical Park at 36500 Niles Boulevard in Fremont on Saturday, November 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.
A $10 donation per person is requested, and chocolate will be available for purchase. Visit or call (510) 790-6284 for more information.