Supervisor Richard Valle's January Newsletter


Release Date: January 22, 2014

Supervisor's Message

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As we welcome the New Year, I am excited to continue the work of District 2 residents. In 2013, great progress was made on our initiatives.

We kicked off 2013 with the Tennyson Corridor Executive Committee convening.  They have completed the overall outline of the project, and will be focusing on building a new multi-service community center at the current Eden Youth and Family Center site. In Union City, the Woodlands Habitat Restoration Project has successfully been planting trees on the Masonic Homes property. The project has incorporated to date 9 at-risk interns who have been learning the fundamentals to environmental science. Also, in 2013, Science in the Park began planning for the 2014 event on October 4. Through our commitment to STEM projects, my office created the “Supervisor’s Challenge” to help fund District 2 school foundation’s STEM projects. To date, our office has donated $3,262.25 to assist in science projects, math programs and school gardens.
With all that we achieved together in 2013, my office looks forward to continuing to be the voice for District 2 to County governmentWe will continue to be accessible, improve the quality of life in our communities, and make progress on our initiatives. Please do not hesitate to contact my office at (510) 272-6692 or

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Timothy Sands

As a new feature to our newsletters, we will be highlighting the achievements of District 2 residents, organizations and more! Our first District 2 Spotlight highlights the achievements of Hayward residents and activists, John and Marion Sands’ son, Timothy Sands.
Timothy Sands, a product of Hayward Unified School District, has been named the new President of Virginia Tech University, effective June 1st. Timothy currently serves as Provost to Purdue University as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. He was selected after beating out 237 other candidates in becoming Virginia Tech’s 16th president. Virginia Tech has more than 31,000 students enrolled. Virginia Tech University’s Board of Trustees were largely impressed by Timothy’s emphasis on modern research, as well as, the student retention and graduation success rates during his time at Purdue.
Timothy received his bachelor’s degree in engineering physics and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Raised in Hayward, Timothy attended Winton Grove Elementary School, Rancho Arroya Middle School and Sunset High School. His parents, John and Marion Sands, still reside in Hayward and continue to be active in the Greater Hayward Democratic Club.


Health Care Town Hall

Health Care Town Hall

A major change to our health care system is underway.  On January 1, 2014 most residents are required to have health insurance as part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. If you already have health insurance, either from your employer or through a public program, such as Medi-Cal, there are no additional forms for you to fill out due to the new health law.
If you are unsure what health program you and your family members may qualify for consider joining SEIU United Long Term Care Workers and Alameda County at an upcoming Health Care Reform Town Hall.
All Alameda County residents & business owners are invited to join the town hall. There will be a panel discussion of the changes in the health care system due to the Affordable Care Act, as well as, a question and answer period. The Panel will have Education Coordinators from Covered California and Medi-Cal, and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency Director Alex Briscoe. Two enrollment specialists from Alameda County Social Services Agency will also be on hand to assist in signing people up for health care coverage during the event.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Hayward City Hall
Council Chambers
777 B Street, Hayward
Start gathering your documents and bring them with you – proof of identity, a piece of mail postmarked to you at your address, last year’s taxes if you filed, and citizenship or immigration status.  For food assistance also bring proof of housing expenses such as rent/utilities. 
For additional information or to RSVP contact the District 2 Office at (510) 272-6692


Fremont Warming Center

Fremont Warming Center

In a response to the near freezing temperatures last month our office, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty, contributed funds towards the City of Fremont for a Warming Center. The Center will be in partnership with Abode Services, Fremont Resource Center and the City of Fremont.
The Warming Center serves as an example and much needed response county-wide to help save lives during the most frigid conditions. Three lives were lost during the cold, and with temperatures continuing to drop all over the country, we owe it to our residents to be prepared.

For more information on homeless response initiatives county-wide, please contact our district office at (510) 259-1097. 


Fatherhood 101 Documentary

Fatherhood 101

Marquette Williams’, Fatherhood 101, documentary will make its Northern California premiere on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland. Marquette Williams will be there to answer questions about his journey as a father, film maker and advocate for the involvement of fathers in their children’s lives.
Fatherhood 101 explores the importance of fatherhood from all socio-cultural backgrounds and highlights the effectiveness of intentionally targeting the needs of men and the challenges they face in fulfilling their roles as fathers. The film includes celebrity fathers such as Lee Daniels, Alan Thicke, Christopher McDonald, Grant Hill, Lance Henriksen, Robert Davi, Tyrese Gibson and others as they reveal an intimate side of themselves.  
View the trailer for this film here:
Tickets are $5. Please email for more information
The film is presented by Alameda County Fathers Corps, a collaboration of the Alameda County Public Health Department and First 5 of Alameda County. 


"Give Kids a Smile" Free Dental Event

Give Kids a Smile

On Saturday, February 8, Southern Alameda Dental Society will offer free state-mandated screenings and treatment as part of the National “Give Kids a Smile” Campaign.
The Southern Alameda County Dental Society and the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry Union City Dental Clinic will be giving free screenings and treatment to local kids in participation with Give Kids a Smile®, a nationwide campaign combating dental disease in children. More than 80 dental health professionals have stepped forward to help give kids local treatments and services.
The event begins Saturday, February 8 at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m. Children between the ages of 4 to 14 years old will be seen on a first come, first served basis. The Union City Dental Clinic is located at 1203 J Street Union City, CA 94587.
To learn more about Give Kids a Smile®, call Melinda Sciandri (510) 782-5316.
The Southern Alameda Dental Society is a component of the California and American Dental Associations. Give Kids a Smile®, is sponsored by the American Dental Association.


Produce Stands in Hayward

Dig Deep Farms

In an effort to make fresh produce easily accessible and more available, the Alameda County Social Services Agency and St. Rose Hospital, have partnered with Dig Deep Farms to provide weekly produce stands.
CalFresh recipients will be able to use their Electronic Benefit Transfer cards to purchase healthy organic fruits, vegetables and other offerings. Cash and credit cards will also be accepted.
Dig Deep Farms, a project of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs' Activities League, grows some of the produce sold at the stands on its plots in Cherryland, Ashland and unincorporated San Leandro. All other produce is bought from other local farmers.
Farm Stand Locations and Days:
St. Rose Hospital
27200 Calaroga Avenue in Hayward

Every Tuesday
12 p.m. to 4 p.m

Alameda County Social Services Agency
Eden Area Multi-Service Center
24100 Amador Street in Hayward
Every Thursday
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Stop by at one of the participating locations to make a healthy and affordable choice!


Annual ARTSFUND Grants Program

Alameda County Arts Commission

The ARTSFUND Grants Program supports all types of arts programming such as dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and multidisciplinary arts programs presented in Alameda County by Alameda County nonprofit organizations. Last year's ARTSFUND Grants Program awarded grants of $1,000 to $2,500 to 48 nonprofit organizations throughout Alameda County. During the 2014 funding cycle, between 40-50 arts organizations may be awarded grants.
One last free workshop will be offered to assist organizations in preparing their grant applications. Reservations are required, please RSVP at least seven days in advance by email or call (510) 208-9646.
Free Grant Application Workshop:
Wednesday, February 5, 6 to 7:30 p.m. - Livermore Community Center
Funding for the ARTSFUND Grants Program is provided by the County of Alameda, individual contributions submitted with County property tax payments, and donations to the Foundation for the Arts in Alameda County. 
Application Deadline: March 5, 2014
For more information visit click on “What’s New”


Great Race for Clean Air

Spare the Air

The Great Race for Clean Air is a friendly competition between Bay Area companies to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion by encouraging employees to change how they commute to work.
Register to receive a Great Race toolkit including posters and outreach materials. Participating employees use the 511 Trip Diaries to track their clean commutes – walking, biking, transit, and carpooling – anything but driving alone to work! Companies and individuals can win recognition and prizes.
Registration for the Great Race for Clean Air commuter challenge opened on January 6, 2014 at Contact Stephanie Anderson for details. 
Great Race for Clean Air is sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.