News and Initiatives from Around the County
|Wildfire Preparedness Plan|
Beware of Unsafe Medication
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
Contra Costa County Elections:
Get Your Ballot by Mail
ConFire's 10,000 High School Students Hands-Only CPR Initiative
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
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