News and Initiatives from Around the County
Expect weekend delays on the Antioch line due to single tracking and track closures
Closure weekends: 8/17-18, 8/31-9/2 (Labor Day Weekend), 9/14-15, 9/28-29, 10/12-13, 10/26-27
Single-tracking on some Saturdays will mean delays of up to 30 minutes. BART plans to single-track on 7/27, 8/3, 8/24, 9/7, 9/21, and 10/19.
Transportation Open House in the Monument Corridor
Clear the Shelters Event 8/17
Contra Costa Animal Services is participating in a nationwide pet adoption drive on Saturday, August 17 to help find loving homes for animals in need. More than 250,000 pets have found their forever homes since 2015 through this initiative. The cost of spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, and microchipping will be waived.
Stop by the CCAS Shelter on Saturday, August 17 from 10am to 5pm at 4800 Imhoff Place in Martinez to give an animal a forever home!
Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County's Call for Nominations & ABOUT-FACE Display
Call for nominations
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) is seeking nominations for the 2019 Arts Recognition Awards. AC5 will honor those who have made a significant artistic or philanthropic contribution to the communities in the County. The Commissioners ask that you nominate someone you feel is deserving of this award.
The nominees must be, or have been, an active supporter of arts and culture, with sustained contributions and work, that has had a far-reaching impact.
Consider those you feel have made a difference in visual arts, music, performing arts, dance digital arts or arts education for this award. Other worthy candidates might be those who have shown exceptional leadership, vision and commitment to the growth and support of arts and culture, or organizations what have kept the arts alive through continuous or significant financial support.
Please visit www.AC5.org for more details and to submit nominations online.
The nomination period closes at midnight on Friday, August 30, 2019.
The ABOUTFACE Exhibit, currently on display at the Richmond Art Center, is sponsored by the Arts & Culture Commission of Contra Costa County (AC5) and is for Veterans to help with self-understanding through self-portraits. The Exhibit is currently on display and there is a special reception and Artist Talk on Saturday, August 10th from 2:00 - 4:00pm.
Richmond Art Center
240 Barrett Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Exhibit/Gallery Hours: through August 16, Tues-Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Beware of Unsafe Medication
CPUC to Hold Series of Public Forums on PG&E's Rate Request
|July 24, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.||Elihu M. Harris State Office Building Auditorium|
1515 Clay St. Oakland, CA 94612
|July 25, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.||Alfred E. Alquist State Office Building Auditorium|
100 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113
|July 26, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.||County Government Center, County Board of Supervisors' Chamber|
1055 Monterey St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
July 31, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.
Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chamber
August 13, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.
|Public Services Building, 1st floor Conference Room|
2700 M St. Bakersfield, CA 93301
|August 14, 2019, 1 p.m. AND 6 p.m.||Fresno City Council Chambers|
2600 Fresno St. Fresno, CA 93721
The CPUC welcomes attendance and comment on PG&E's rate request at these public forums, as public comments will help the CPUC reach an informed decision. Remote access is available for certain forums to provide additional means of access. For those unable to attend in person, written comments may be submitted to: CPUC Public Advisor, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102, or via email to email@example.com. Please refer to proceeding number A.18-012-009 on any written or email correspondence.
PG&E proposes to increase rates to meet precautionary measures to further reduce wildfire risks, including taking additional steps to harden infrastructure and increase vegetation management. According to PG&E, key drivers of the 2020 revenue requirement (the total amount of revenue needed to pay all operating costs and capital-related costs) increase include community wildfire safety program (6.8 percent); liability insurance (3.2 percent); and core gas and electric operations (2.4 percent). The 2020 proposed increase translates to a bill impact of 6.4 percent, or $10.57 per month, for PG&E's typical residential electric and gas customer.
This proceeding is referred to as PG&E's General Rate Case (GRC). A GRC is a public proceeding at the CPUC that most utilities go through every three years. GRCs enable the CPUC to set the revenue a utility will collect from its consumers through rates. To learn more about utility GRCs, see here.
For more information this on proceeding, see here.
For more information on public forums, please see here.
District Attorney Announces Third Community Academy Class for Fall 2019
District Attorney Diana Becton announced that the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office will launch a third Community Academy class this September. The goal of the academy will be to strengthen community relations and provide residents a better understanding of our criminal justice system.
County Connection - Free Rides on 11, 14 & 16 Bus Routes
County Connection operates fixed-route and paratransit bus service throughout the
communities of Concord, Pleasant Hill, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Clayton, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Danville, San Ramon, as well as unincorporated communities in Central Contra Costa County. For assistance or for more information on bus routes, please visit countyconnection.com or call Customer Service at (925) 676-7500.
Destination Wedding at John Muir National Historic Site
Back by popular demand, the Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder, in partnership with the National Park Service, will host weddings next month at the picturesque John Muir National Historic Site.
This Destination Wedding opportunity will be Friday, August 16th from 10:20 am to 3:20 pm. There are 16 appointments available for this one-of-a-kind venue.
Couples have the option of having their ceremony inside the historic Victorian-style home or take a stroll amid the rolling orchards and exchange nuptials in front of the Martinez Adobe built around 1849. The Clerk-Recorder has held Valentine's Day ceremonies inside the historic home for the past two years; each time couples have quickly filled up available appointments.
National Park Service representatives expressed enthusiasm at the opportunity to host happy couples on the historic grounds and share in their special day.
Couples interested in holding their ceremony at the John Muir National Historic Site should call 925-335-7900 or go to www.contracostacore.us and click on the "Make a Ceremony Appointment" button.
A civil marriage ceremony is $60. Couples must obtain a marriage license prior to their ceremony. They can obtain a public marriage license for $86 or a confidential marriage license for $90.
The Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder holds Destination Weddings each season at unique and picturesque locations throughout the county. The next Destination Wedding event will be at the California Theatre in Pittsburg on Valentine's Day 2020.
For more information, contact Joseph Barton, Clerk-Recorder Services Supervisor, at 925-335-7900.
Clerk-Recorder Extended Hours on Thursday Nights
Create a Hygiene Kit for the Homeless
Do you travel frequently?
*Men's & women's kits vary by product brands or feminine products.
2020 Census Jobs
The Census Bureau will be opening an office in Contra Costa County.
Are you interested in a U.S. Census Bureau Job? The Census Bureau is looking for Contra Costa County residents for supervisory and non-supervisory jobs.
$25 - $27.50 per hour
Apply Online: 2020census.gov/jobs
For more information or help applying, please call 1-855-JOB-2020 (1-855-562-2020)
Federal Relay Services 1-800-877-8339 TTY/ACSII
Catch a free BART ride to your next Discover & Go Excursion!
The Contra Costa County Library is once again offering free BART tickets for use with Discover & Go reservations from July through October. County residents who are 18 or older can submit a request for BART tickets by clicking on the banner ad on their Discover & Go pass starting July 1st.
To sign-up for BART tickets, view your July - October reservation on your Discover & Go account:
1) Click the "Print/Download" button
2) Click on the 511 banner on your Discover & Go pass to request your BART tickets. The banner will look like this:
BART tickets will be mailed to cardholders' homes approximately five business days prior to their museum visit. The offer is limited to one request per household (for up to two $15 BART tickets) and is available while supplies last. This promotion is a partnership between 511 Contra Costa and the Library, and is intended to encourage the use of public transportation to visit museums.
Since its inception in 2011, Discover & Go has met Contra Costa County Library's goal of providing access to culture inside and outside the library by partnering with over 90 northern California cultural destinations, and making over 1,000,000 visits possible for library cardholders.
511 Contra Costa is a comprehensive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program that promotes transportation alternatives to the single occupant vehicle and encourages "green commutes". For more information, visit 511contracosta.org.
The following venues are valid destinations for the BART ticket promotion. Try 511-Contra Costa's Trip Planner feature to plan your Discover & Go trip.
Asian Art Museum | Beat Museum | California Academy of Sciences California Historical Society | Children's Creativity Museum Chinese Historical Society of America Museum | Contemporary Jewish Museum de Young Museum | Exploratorium | Habitot Children's Museum International Art Museum | Lawrence Hall of Science | Madame Tussauds San Francisco McConaghy House (Hayward Area Historical Society) | Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment Museum of the African Diaspora | Oakland Museum of California | Ripley's Believe it or Not! San Francisco Dungeon | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art | UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive | Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
For more information about the program, please contact the Contra Costa County Library at ASK@ccclib.org or (800) 984-4636.
Bay Area Air Quality Management District:
More than $50 Million Available for Clean Air Projects
The Air District has more than $50 million available for projects to upgrade or replace on-road vehicles, school buses, off-road and agricultural equipment, marine equipment, and locomotives. Apply online today.
- Equipment/vehicle replacement - replace older heavy-duty equipment/vehicles with newer and cleaner emission-certified equipment
- Engine repower - replace older engines with newer, emission-certified engines
- Power system conversions - convert existing equipment to operate on electric or hybrid power
- CNG tank replacement - replace on-board compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel tanks on school buses
- Infrastructure - as part of an eligible equipment project, install alternative fuel or battery charging stations to support new vehicles or equipment
- West Oakland
- Richmond-San Pablo
- East Oakland/San Leandro
- Eastern San Francisco
- Pittsburg-Bay Point area
- San Jose
- Tri-Valley area
If you would like more information about the grants, you can call (415) 749-4994 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
\If you would like more information about the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, please call (415) 749-500 or visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/
Canine Influenza in the East Bay
There have been confirmed cases of canine influenza in the East Bay. Though Contra Costa Animal Services has not experienced any cases of the virus, they are strongly urging dog owners in the county to take precautions. Please view their informational flyer about canine influenza and consider speaking with your veterinarian about precautions you can take, including vaccinating your dog for canine influenza.
Veterans' Voices to Explore Changes to VA Benefits with County Veterans Service Officers
Veterans Service Officers Discuss Changes to VA Benefits on "Veterans' Voices" local, live talk show produced by Veterans for the community. On Monday, June 17th, 2019 from 7pm to 8pm, we will hear from several County Veterans Service Officers about updates and changes to Veterans Affairs policies.
Weed Abatement Time is Here!
Property owners are ultimately responsible for managing their vegetation to meet fire district requirements. The Minimum Standards can be found here.
East Bay Regional Parks Survey
Area Agency on Aging Launches Survey to Help Seniors and Caregiver
Contra Costa County's Area Agency on Aging (AAA) has announced its 2019 Needs Assessment Survey of residents who are 60 years or more. The survey's purpose is to gather valuable data on the service needs of older adults and their caregivers residing within the county's 19 cities.
The AAA is encouraging all seniors and caregivers to respond to the survey so the agency can collect accurate data for implementing services for the community. The Needs Assessment Survey is available online at:
Seniors and their caregivers may take the survey from May through September 2019. AAA will tabulate the results during the fall and winter months, and present at the agency's public meeting in March 2020.
The AAA Needs Assessment Survey is key to the entire planning and service delivery process. The survey will inform the development and implementation of the Contra Costa Four-year Area Plan on Aging. The goal of the Four-year Area Plan on Aging is to provide a comprehensive view of how local services will address the need(s) the survey identifies, and demonstrate integration into the community service network.
Contra Costa County's AAA mission is to provide leadership in addressing issues that relate to older Californians, to develop community-based systems of care that provide services which support independence within California's interdependent society, protect the quality of life of older adults and persons with functional impairments, and promote citizen involvement in the planning and delivery of service.
Cooling Tips for Summer Heat
Places to Stay Cool
Greater Richmond Interfaith Program (GRIP)
165 22nd Street
Richmond, CA 94801
Monument Crisis Center
1990 Market Street
Concord, CA 94520
1271 S. California Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Clayton Community Library
6125 Clayton Road
Clayton, CA 94517
Other options include shopping malls, movie theaters, museums, and libraries with air conditioning.
Summer Library Lunch Program
The Contra Costa County Library is serving free lunches to kids at eight library locations in the county this summer in an effort to prevent a summer nutrition gap. Many low-income children face nutrient deficiencies when school closes for the summer break.
"The ideal learning environment for children is one that includes a nutritious meal that allows them to focus on reading instead of hunger," said Supervisor Karen Mitchoff. "The Library can help by providing the space and the food to help them succeed."
Lunch at the Library is a project of the California Library Association, supported by the California State Library with funds from the State of California, to unite libraries and summer meal providers and keep kids healthy and engaged when school is out.
In addition to lunch, the libraries will offer a variety of free programs including board games, arts and crafts, musical performances, Legos, movies, and more. Lunches are free for kids and teens 18 and under. For more information about the Lunch at the Library program visit, ccclib.org/summer.
Lunch at the Library locations and schedule:
501 W. 18th Street
Monday through Thursday: 12 - 1 p.m.
June 10 - July 25
For more information, call (925) 757-9224
2900 Salvio Street
Tuesday and Thursdays: 1 - 2 p.m.
June 18 - July 18
For more information, call (925) 646-5455
991 Loring Avenue
Wednesdays and Fridays: 12 - 1 p.m.
June 12 - August 9
For more information, call (510) 787-2345
6510 Stockton Avenue
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: 12 - 1 p.m.
June 11 - August 8
For more information, call (510) 526-7512
740 Court Street
Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 12 - 1 p.m.
June 10 - July 31
For more information, call (925) 646-9900
80 Power Avenue
Tuesday through Friday: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
June 11 - August 2
For more information, call (925) 427-8390
220 Pacific Avenue
Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 - 2 p.m.
June 10 - August 8
For more information, call (510) 799-2606
San Pablo Library
13751 San Pablo Avenue
Monday through Thursday: 12 - 2 p.m.
June 10 - August 15
For more information, call (510) 374-3998
Meals for Lunch at the Library are provided by the Antioch Unified School District, Mount Diablo Unified School District, John Swett Unified School District, West Contra Costa Unified School District, Martinez Unified School District and the Pittsburg Unified School District.
For more information about the statewide Lunch at the Library program, visit https://lunchatthelibrary.org/.
2019 Summer Youth Pass
Unlimited Bus Rides
Contra Costa County Elections
Get Your Ballot by Mail
Monument Crisis Center Summer Programs
ConFire's 10,000 High School Students Hands-Only CPR Initiative
Contra Costa County Library Celebrates Outer Space with Summer Reading 2019
- NASA Astronaut Dan Bursch, veteran of four space flights, talking about his experiences on the International Space Station
- Dr. Pascal Lee, Director of the Mars Institute, sharing his knowledge and experiences in planning future human missions to Mars
- Exploration Stations which include fun activities, hands-on experiments and demonstrations
Books at the Pleasant Hill Library
Deselection is an evaluation of resources intended to remove items that are no longer useful from the collection. When libraries do not deselect regularly or consistently, customers have trouble finding interesting and relevant materials. Removing outdated or worn-out items makes the collection more visually attractive and more inviting to users. It helps assure patrons that the library supplies up-to-date information that is easy to find. Library staff may deselect items if they are obsolete, little used, in unusable condition, superseded, or replaced by a new edition or a better title on the subject.
Deselection can help staff identify the gaps in collection areas and creates much needed space for new materials. Deselection also increases circulation by drawing attention to materials that had previously been overlooked.
I understand that the deselection of books may be alarming, but this common practice yields higher circulation rates, better access and insures that the entire county collection is current. This applies to the circulation collection and does not affect the Historical Collections, which are part of a Grand Jury Report that the Board of Supervisors will be responding to in July.
|Making Travel Plans? Make Sure You're Immunized Against Measles|
Infants and young children who contract measles are at risk of serious complications. More information about recommended vaccines for travelers is located on the CDC website:
Contra Costa County Fire Protection District
Annual 2018 Report
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has established many boards, committees, and commissions to which it appoints Contra Costa residents to serve, on a volunteer basis, to advise the Board on the myriad of programs and issues under the Board's jurisdiction. Contra Costa residents are encouraged to participate in their County government, and to put their expert knowledge and experience to work in their communities by applying to serve on a Board advisory body.
Supervisors appoint individuals to various boards within their district. Currently there are vacancies for District IV representatives on the following boards:
1. Mental Health Commission - Consumer Seat
2. Library Commission - Alternate District IV Seat
3. Economic Opportunity Council - District IV Public Sector Seat
In addition to the District IV vacancies, there are several seats on commissions that are at-large vacancies and open to Contra Costa County Residents. You can search the commissions and vacancies and apply here.
For more information, you may also contact my office at (925) 521-7100.
Contra Costa County Administration
Building Update - Move in April 2020
From left to right: Supervisors John Gioia, Candace Andersen, me, Federal Glover and County Administrator David Twa after we signed our beam