Supervisor Richard Valle's May Newsletter


Release Date: May 28, 2014

Science in the Park

Supervisor's Message

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Summer is quickly approaching. Remember as we enter summer, that we are in the midst of a drought. Conserve water whenever you can and be mindful of fire danger when you are out hiking, or firing up the barbeque. Also, be sure to maintain a defensible space around your home, especially if you live in wild land areas like Sunol.
I would like to once again congratulate Ms. Kate Day’s third grade class at Park Elementary School for winning their schools Golden Sneaker Contest for the most students walking, biking, and carpooling to class. The Oakland Athletics, Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) generously donated tickets to Ms. Day’s class for winning the competition and will enjoy a day out at the ballpark on Thursday, May 29.
Every day brings about new challenges and new opportunities. While our climate is changing and extreme weather events become more prevalent (like our drought conditions), I am encouraged by the young folks taking action to try and change theirs and our habits.  Let’s follow their example and try to reduce our impact on our ever changing environment.

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Sherman Balch

This month's spotlight we thank Sherman Balch for his life-long service to the community and congratulate Hayward Unified School District on receiving the prestigious Turnaround Arts Grant.
Sherman Balch is the founder of Balch Enterprises, Inc. a Hayward based company in building development, property management and construction of industrial and commercial projects, and has been licensed for over 50 years building all throughout the East Bay.
He has been a member of numerous local committees and organizations serving previously as President and Chairman of the St. Rose Hospital Board of Trustees and Foundation, Chairman of Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Advisory Committee, Director of California State University, Hayward Educational Foundation and many more.
Sherman has also served as an appointee to many local commissions, serving as a Commissioner on the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, Director of the Alameda County Fair Association, and an honorary Deputy Sheriff for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department.
Sherman has been an integral part in the development of Hayward by contributing his leadership and support to the enhancement project at Mission Hills Golf Course and the expansion and renovation of Weekes Branch Library. 
At the Board of Supervisor's meeting on Tuesday, May 27, my colleagues joined me in presenting a commendation to Sherman Balch for his years of dedicated service to Alameda County. A big thank you again to Sherman, for his exemplary service to the County! 

Turnaround Arts Grant

Congratulations to Burbank Elementary School and Hayward Unified School District on receiving the Turnaround Arts Grant!
Burbank Elementary was awarded the selective and prestigious Turnaround Arts Grant. The Turnaround Arts initiative is a new public-private partnership designed to narrow the achievement gap and increase student engagement through the arts. The grant brings support to the school to integrate arts to improve both students' appreciation and knowledge of the arts, as well as, their academic achievement. Burbank Elementary, in addition to becoming an affiliate of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, will receive much support from the grant including:

  • The designation of a high-profile artist who will work with the school over the length of the program to increase student and community engagement and promote local visibility for the school
  • A national summer conference for school teams to plan, receive training and build a professional learning community among participants
  • Opportunities for in-school professional development in arts integration for Burbank Elementary School during the school year
  • Facilitation of partnerships with community arts education, cultural organizations and potential funders to expand Burbank Elementary's ability to offer arts programming to their students, as appropriate
  • Arts supplies, musical instruments and additional materials and resources provided by Turnaround Arts partners

Chabot College Dental Hygiene

Dental Health

The Chabot Dental Hygiene Students would like to welcome members of the community to their health facility, to help provide quality dental hygiene services.
Each patient's first meeting will consist of a thorough review of your medical history consisting of an oral examination to determine your dental needs. After the completion of these assessments, you will also be informed of the cost and number of appointments needed.
Oral Exam (Co-pay)- $10.00
Adult Cleaning (classification):
Light Calculus- $25.00
Moderate Calculus- $40.00
Heavy Calculus- $60.00
Child's cleaning- $20.00
Sealants (per tooth) - $5.00
Child Full Mouth X-rays- $20.00
2 Bitewing X-rays (Child) - $10.00
Full Mouth X-rays- $50.00
4 Bitewing X-rays (Adult) - $20.00
Panogram X-ray $30.00
Each Additional X-ray $5.00
Duplicate X-rays $30.00
Payment for treatment is due on your first appointment, and the Chabot College Dental Hygiene Clinic accepts cash or check only. The clinic will also accept Denti-Cal (17 years and younger). Denti-Cal patients must be eligible in the given month, and eligibility will be determined before services are rendered. Those not eligible will be responsible for payment.
What you need to bring to your appointment:

  • Name, address and phone number of your Physician
  • Name, address and phone number of your Dentist
  • List of medications and dosages you are taking
  • If you use emergency medications such as nitroglycerin or an asthma inhaler, bring them with you!
  • Name, address and phone number of an emergency contact
  • Any current x-rays you may have

Students/Faculty/Classified Staff
Chabot/Las Positas College students (18 years of age or older), faculty and classified staff receive a 50% discount with proof of College status. Please bring your College ID with current term verification or current college schedule with your name (for identification purposes).
Chabot College Dental Hygiene is at 25555 Hesperian Boulevard in Hayward in Building 2200, Room 2204 for more information please call (510) 723-6900 or visit


Oakland Raiders Gatorade Junior Training Camp

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are currently scheduling elementary schools, recreation centers, and other non-profit organizations for 2014 Gatorade Junior Training Camps.
The free youth football clinics facilitated by The Oakland Raiders and geared towards boys and girls ages 7-12. A Junior Training Camp features the educational and recreational benefits of football presented in a safe and fun environment. The camp’s curriculum was developed so that any student can participate regardless of age, gender, ability or experience.
A Junior Training Camp session is structured to a 60-minute clinic. The one-day clinics are scheduled for a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday in April through December, and usually begin at 10 a.m.
Only 200 kids are permitted to attend a clinic and there must be a minimum of 75 participants.
Before submitting the application to The Oakland Raiders, please verify that your organization meets the following criteria:

  • Volunteers: At least five adult volunteers are needed to assist with the event.
  • Number of Participants: Only 200 kids are permitted to attend a clinic and a minimum of 75
  • Location: Your facility must be within 50 miles of the Oakland Raiders facility in Alameda
  • Grass or Turf Playing Field: Must be approximately 40x40 yards
  • Waivers: Each child must turn in a completed Liability Release Form. Waivers will be provided upon confirmation.
  • First Aid: An athletic trainer, school nurse or someone who is CPR and first aid certified must be in attendance or on the premises.

Please download and review the 2014 Gatorade Junior Training Camp Guidelines. Please fill in all of the information, incomplete applications will not be accepted and waivers will be provided upon confirmation.


Survey for Future Programs with HARD


Participate in Hayward & Union City recreational programs collaboration survey!
Do you live in Fairway Park or near the Hayward & Union City border? If you said “yes” then the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD) wants to hear from you! HARD and the City of Union City – Leisure Service Department are working on future collaborative program offerings for the neighboring communities. They are requesting community input on recreational or social service program interests.
Please take a few moments and click on the link below to take the survey. Your responses will help design programs that you want and need in your neighborhoods.


Safe Digging

Gas pipelines and other utilities can be closer than you think. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) reminds you to call 811 before you dig, plant, landscape or build. There’s no job too small – always call to have pipes and lines marked for free.
Learn more online at
PG&E wants to raise awareness among East Bay residents of the importance of calling 811 to avoid damage to underground utilities, which can potentially cause injuries, costly fees and inconvenient service outages.

Safe Digging

Fremont Social Services Office's New Kiosk


Alameda County Social Services Agency is pleased to announce that they will now provide a standalone kiosk in the Fremont Social Services Agency office.
The kiosk is available to any Social Services applicant or recipient who wishes to turn in documentation. The kiosk is very user friendly, is available in English and Spanish, and provides a receipt for every transaction.
The Fremont Social Services Agency is located at the Family Resource Center at 39155 Liberty Street, Building ABCD, Suite C330 in Fremont. 
Furthermore, clients can also request replacement EBT cards and BIC cards. EBT cards will be available in two hours and BIC cards will be mailed directly to the client’s home.
Social Services Agency staff will be available onsite to provide further assistance, as needed.


Safe Routes to School Applications


The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program is excited to announce they are now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year!
The deadline for elementary and middle schools is Friday, May 30. All schools must apply, even if they are currently participating in the program. 
The Safe Routes to School Program provides staff support to schools, and offers free resources, templates and tools to all schools. To learn about the different programs and the activities and services that the Safe Routes to Schools Program offers for participating schools, please visit our website at

  • Schools currently participating in the Safe Routes program, please apply here
  • If you are a new school, applying for the program for the first time, please apply here.

Community Advisory Board Application

Alameda County

Alameda County is now accepting applications for the Alameda County Community Corrections Partnership Community Advisory Board (CAB). 
The role of the CAB is to advise and make recommendations to the Community Corrections Partnership Executive Committee (CCPEC) on issues pertaining to realignment/reentry. For more information regarding realignment/reentry, please click the link:
The CAB is designed to ensure that the community has a voice in realignment and reentry policy.
The CAB will consist of 15 members, including people who have been formerly incarcerated and victims of crime.  Members will meet at least monthly to:

  • Provide input on community needs
  • Assess implementation of the Realignment Plan
  • Review data on realignment outcomes
  • Advise the CCPEC on community engagement strategies
  • Offer recommendations for ongoing realignment and re-entry planning
  • Review all realignment and re-entry related budget proposals and allocations
  • Encourage outcomes that are consistent with the County’s Realignment and Re-Entry Plan

If you are interested in serving as a member of the CAB, please complete the application on the following link:
Application Deadline:  Friday, June 20, 2014
Prior to completing the application, please read the CAB operating guidelines. For questions, assistance accessing the application or accessibility needs, please contact