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					                 Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 2
                  Phone: (925) 335-1046   Fax: (925) 335-1076   Email: gayle@bos.cccounty.us

Winter 2008                                                            Serving Rossmoor, Saranap, Walnut Creek




        Wishing
    Everyone a Very
 Happy Holiday Season!
    My staff and I would like to
     express our appreciation for
                                                    Supervisor Gayle joins the festivities at the Gay Nineties
    the opportunity to serve you.                                party held at The Waterford.

         Thank you for your                             In Celebration of Being Ninety Years Young
                                                     The big annual party at the Waterford is the Gay
         involvement in your                         Nineties party, organized by the Waterford
    community, whether it was                        Activities Director Roger Knorr. The party honors
                                                     all the residents who are over ninety years old.
     serving on a neighborhood                       Roger says that no kids in their seventies or
                                                     eighties are allowed. The over-ninety group makes
     committee, volunteering to                      up about one third of the population of Rossmoor.
                                                     It grows each year which speaks for the healthy
   help those who needed help, or                    lifestyle the Waterford homeowners have chosen.
    calling me about your issues                     Many of the condo owners at the Waterford have
                                                     lived at Rossmoor for many years and have moved
            and concerns.                            to the Waterford for the convenience and
                                                     companionship of having a meal in the dining
                                                     rooms available and the many activities offered.
              Best regards,                          There are five people over one hundred with three
                                                     more 100-year birthdays coming up.
                                                     Supervisor Uilkema made a surprise visit to offer
                                                     congratulations to all the attendees. She briefly
                                                     outlined what the County is doing for seniors and
                                                                        Continued on Page 2
Anna Mihalik (center) prepares to blow out the candles
     as her neighbor, Gay O’Neill (left) looks on.        Supervisor Uilkema grins and bears it as Kaiser nurse
                                                                Robin Duncan protects her from the flu.
   Ninety Years Young – Continued from Page 1
pointed out the Mini Guides that she is making            Get Your Free Flu Shot and Spread the Health
available for them. They are available along with         Supervisor Uilkema shows courage as she
her newsletters in the mailrooms. The guide               braves the flu clinic to get her flu shot at
contains all the contact information for County           Rossmoor where she traditionally attends the
services. She then presented to Roger a Certificate       Kaiser Flu Clinic. She is supportive of the
of Congratulations for the Gay Nineties party.            program aimed at getting as many as possible
Anna Mihalik was asked to blow out the candles on         vaccinated and thereby protected from the
the official community birthday cake as her birthday      dangers of getting the flu.
was closest to the date of the party. She became          The flu is more serious than the common cold.
98 years old the following day.                           It’s also very easy to transmit to other people.
                                                          The best way to keep from catching the flu or
                                                          passing it on to your loved ones is by getting the
                                                          flu vaccine.
                                                          Kaiser flu shot clinics opened in mid October and
                                                          free vaccinations will be available at facilities
                                                          throughout the winter. To find out where to get
                                                          your vaccination, call 1-800-573-5811. You may
                                                          visit www.kp.org/flu for information about
                                                          preventing and treating the flu.


Panelists answer questions at the Elder Financial Abuse          New Wood-Burning Rule in Effect
              seminar held in Rossmoor.
                                                          In order to ensure a healthy environment during
     Protecting Elders from Financial Abuse               the winter months, the Bay Area Air Quality
 The purpose of this event was to inform and              Management District (BAAQMD) recently
 educate seniors and their loved ones on issues           adopted a new regulation prohibiting wood
 regarding the financial abuse of elders – the            burning on days when air quality is forecast to be
 fastest growing crime in the United States.              unhealthy. On these days, a Winter Spare the
                                                          Air Alert will be declared, during which time the
 Supervisor Gayle Uilkema presented this program
                                                          use of wood-burning devices – including
 in coordination with the Director of Rossmoor
                                                          fireplaces, pellet stoves, and wood stoves – is
 Counseling Services, Priscilla Tudor. Gayle
                                                          illegal. Residents should check before they burn
 opened the program by outlining why crooks
                                                          wood by calling 1-877-4-NO-BURN or by visiting
 target seniors.
                                                          www.sparetheair.org.
                 Continued on Page 3
                                                                       Financial Abuse – Continued from Page 2
                                                                  The reasons are:
                                                                  •   Valuable assets
                                                                  •   Concern over running out of money
                                                                  •   Trouble remembering things or mental confusion
                                                                  •   Isolation leads to the desire for attention
                                                                  •   Traditional values make them respond politely
                                                                  •   Embarrassment and fear of losing independence
                                                                  In introducing to the audience what could be
                                                                  learned from the panelists she alerted them to
                                                                  listen for the problems that get elders in trouble.
                                                                  What are the warning signs? Also important is
                                                                  “How do you protect yourself?”
                                                                  The panel, organized by Supervisor Uilkema, was
                                                                  made up of the following three professionals who
     Members of the Contra Costa and Solano Board of
Supervisors join with Food Bank representatives to kick off the
                                                                  brought their expertise in senior fraud to the
         annual “Counties Care Friendly Food Fight”               residents of Rossmoor.
                                                                  Eloise Sotelo, M.A., a supervisor for Contra Costa
 Friendly Food Fight Pits Contra Costa against                    County Adult Protective Services, presented
       Solano County to Aid Food Bank                             information from her training and experience in
The Board of Supervisors accepted the annual                      Adult Protective Services Mandated Reporting,
challenge of Solano County to see which county can                Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse, and Financial
raise the most money and donations of food to                     Scams of the Elderly.
assist the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano to                Jason Peck is a Deputy District Attorney for Contra
help those in need. The food drive will take place                Costa County and is currently assigned to the Elder
between November 24th and December 25th.                          Abuse Unit. Mr. Peck prosecutes all types of Elder
Virtually every Contra Costa County department,                   Abuse including financial and physical abuse and
approximately 7,500 employees, has taken on the                   neglect. He is the prosecuting attorney of the new
challenge to meet a goal of $9 per employee.                      Elder Law Clinic.
To learn how you can help, visit the Food Bank’s                  Virginia George is an associate professor and
website at www.foodbankccs.org, call them at                      director and supervising attorney at the JFK
925-676-7543, or call the Supervisor’s office at 925-             University Elder Law Clinic in Pleasant Hill. Prior
335-1046.                                                         to her current position, she worked for 14 years as
                                                                  a deputy district attorney for Contra Costa County.
           Thank you for your generosity!
                                                                  Supervisor Uilkema concluded the program by
                                                                  stressing that prevention is the best protection and
   If you believe that you, or someone you                        education is the key!
      know, are the victim of elder abuse,
 Adult Protective Services operates a 24-hour
           response telephone line.

   Call 925-646-2854 or toll free 877-839-4347.



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                     the list!                                        Priscilla Tudor introduces the Elder Abuse panel.
               Board of Supervisors Actions                                                                             County Contacts
                           August ’08 - November ‘08                              Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema                                                                (925) 335-1046
                                                                                  Abandoned Vehicles................................................................ (925) 313-2500
Add one County Administrator-Exempt position for the period 9/1-9/30/08 in        Adult Protective Services......................................................... (925) 313-2659
the CAO.                                                                          Agricultural Department ........................................................... (925) 646-5250
Public Employee Appointment: Title: Conservation and Development                  Airport, Buchanan Field, Keith Freitas ..................................... (925) 646-5722
Director.                                                                         Animal Services Dept., Martinez – Glenn Howell .................... (925) 335-8300
                                                                                  Animal Services Dept., Pinole ................................................. (510) 374-3966
Declare September ‘08 “Nat’l Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month” in          Area Agency on Aging, John Cottrell....................................... (925) 313-1700
CCC, by Supervisor Uilkema.                                                       Auditor-Controller, Stephen Ybarra ......................................... (925) 646-2181
Report on the Action Plan Updates for Routes of Regional Significance;            Building Inspection Division, Thom Huggett ............................ (925) 335-1108
Authorize letter to CCTA supporting a workshop on the Action Plan Updates;        Building Application & Permits................................................. (925) 646-1609
Consider need for further BOS discussion, by Supervisor Uilkema.                  CCTV, Patricia Burke............................................................... (925) 313-1180
                                                                                  Children’s Services – Adoptions .............................................. (925) 313-7770
Conference with Labor Negotiators.                                                Children’s Protective Services – Central County. .................... (925) 646-1680
Sidewalk Maintenance & Repair Ordinance imposing a duty on property               Children’s Protective Services - West County. ........................ (510) 374-3324
owners for injuries to third parties as a result of property owner’s failure to   Clerk-Recorder, Stephen Weir................................................. (925) 335-7899
maintain abutting public sidewalk; Fix 9/23/08 for adoption.                      Code Enforcement, Central County, Tim Honea ..................... (925) 335-1128
                                                                                  West County, Tyrone Ridgle.................................................... (925) 335-1147
“Support” position on US SB 294: Amtrak reauthorization; Authorize letter to      Lamorinda, Greg Wixom.......................................................... (925) 299-0116
congressional representatives.                                                    Community Development Division, Catherine Kutsuris ........... (925) 335-1221
Approve/Authorize purchase of automated material handling systems on              Community Services, Pat Stroh............................................... (925) 646-5990
behalf of the new Lafayette Library and Learning Center, the new Downtown         Community Substance Abuse Services................................... (925) 313-6300
Walnut Creek Library.                                                             County Employment Information ............................................. (925) 335-1701
                                                                                  Contra Costa Health Plan, Milt Camhi ..................................... (925) 313-6000
Report on proposed Rule 20A Underground Utility Program Project Priority          Contra Costa Regional Medical Center ................................... (925) 370-5000
List.                                                                             County Administrator, David Twa ............................................ (925) 335-1086
Adopt Secured Roll Property Tax rates; Authorize the levy of property taxes       County Assessor, Gus Kramer ................................................ (925) 313-7400
for FY 08/09.                                                                     County Librarian, Ann Cain...................................................... (925) 927-3205
                                                                                  Central Library ......................................................................... (925) 646-6434
Continue emergency action by BOS 11/16/99 re: homelessness in CCC.                         Library –Crockett Branch ............................................ (510) 787-2345
Report on progress made implementing CCC’s Secondhand Smoke                                Library –Hercules Branch ........................................... (510) 245-2420
Ordinance.                                                                                 Library –Lafayette Branch........................................... (925) 283-3872
                                                                                           Library –Martinez Branch............................................ (925) 646-2898
Recommendation to award grant from Fish & Wildlife Propagation Fund to                     Library –Moraga Branch ............................................. (925) 376-6852
Wildlife Project for habitat monitoring and assessment at the Moorhen Marsh;               Library –Orinda Branch............................................... (925) 254-2184
Authorize 9th annual bbq for law enforcement agencies to discuss fish &                    Library –Pinole Branch ............................................... (510) 758-2741
wildlife conservation/enforcement of regulations in CCC.                                   Library –Rodeo Branch............................................... (510) 799-2606
Report from Treasurer-Tax Collector on CCC investment policies.                            Library –Walnut Creek Branch.................................... (925) 646-6773
                                                                                  County Road Maintenance, Joe Yee ....................................... (925) 313-7000
Resolution kicking off ‘08 CCC Combined Charities Drive.                          District Attorney, Robert J. Kochly ........................................... (925) 957-2200
Report from CAO on the status of the state budget.                                Employment & Human Services, Joe Valentine ...................... (925) 313-1500
                                                                                  Environmental Health, Sherm Quinlan .................................... (925) 646-5225
Consider adopting official position regarding a Peripheral Canal, by              Fire District of Contra Costa, Chief Keith Richter .................... (925) 930-5500
Supervisor Uilkema.                                                               Crockett-Carquinez Fire Protection Dist. ................................. (510) 787-2717
Authorize Clerk-Recorder to expand confidentiality of voter registration          Moraga-Orinda Fire Protection Dist. ........................................ (925) 258-4599
information to include specified public safety officials pursuant to California   Rodeo-Hercules Fire Protection Dist. ...................................... (510) 799-4561
Election Code §2166.7.                                                            First Time Home Buyers .......................................................... (925) 335-7235
                                                                                  Grand Jury . ............................................................................. (925) 646-2345
Approve/Authorize Unpaid Student Training Agreement w/Mt. Diablo USD to           Hazardous Materials Ombudsman, Michael Kent ................... (925) 370-5020
provide supervised clinical/field experience for students.                        Head Start Programs ............................................................... (925) 646-5540
Recognize/Honor CAO John Cullen upon his retirement from CCC.                     Health Services, William Walker, MD ...................................... (925) 370-5003
                                                                                  Homeless Programs ................................................................ (800) 808-6444
CAO’s analysis of “Proposed Changes in Health Care Benefits Affecting             Household Hazardous Waste .................................................. (800) 750-4096
Retired CCC Employees”; Determine action to be taken.                             Housing Authority, Joseph Villarreal........................................ (925) 957-8011
Recognize NAMI, CCC Chapter, for 30 years of service to mentally ill in           In-Home Support Services....................................................... (925) 313-1770
CCC.                                                                              Juvenile Hall ............................................................................ (925) 646-4800
                                                                                  LAFCO, Lou Ann Texeira …………… .................................... (925) 646-4090
Introduce Ordinance which provides it is a misdemeanor for a person to host       Law Library ............................................................................. (925) 646-2783
a gathering on private property where alcohol is consumed by any person           Legal Assistant for the Elderly ................................................. (510) 374-3712
under the age of 21.                                                              Martinez Detention Facility, Inmate Info .................................. (925) 646-4495
Support position on EBRPD’s Measure WW, regional open space, wildlife,            Medi-Cal Services Eligibility..................................................... (925) 646-2941
shoreline, park bond that continues/extends provisions of Measure AA              Mental Health Services, Donna Wigand .................................. (925) 957-5150
approved by voters in ’88.                                                        Mosquito Abatement/Vector Control........................................ (925) 685-9301
                                                                                  Office of Emergency Services ................................................. (925) 646-4461
Report on rebalancing FY 08/09 Budget; Recommended alternative short              Private Industry Council........................................................... (925) 646-5239
and long-term options to rebalancing the Budget; Determine additional action      Probation Department, Lionel Chatman .................................. (925) 313-4023
to be taken.                                                                      Public Defender, David Coleman............................................. (925) 335-8000
Appoint Annis Pereyra to the CCC Mental Health Commission, by Supervisor          Public Works, Julie Bueren...................................................... (925) 313-2202
Uilkema.                                                                          Retirement Office..................................................................... (925) 646-5741
                                                                                  Sheriff-Coroner, Warren Rupf.................................................. (925) 335-1500
Resolution recognizing October as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”, by             Superior Court, Clerk of the Court ........................................... (925) 646-2951
Supervisor Uilkema.                                                               Superior Court, Jury Services.................................................. (925) 646-2002
Reappoint Dr. Allan Tobias and Deborah Campbell to the Emergency                  Superior Court, Richmond ....................................................... (510) 374-3800
Medical Care Committee, by Supervisor Uilkema.                                    Superior Court, Richmond, Jury Info. ...................................... (510) 374-3803
                                                                                  Treasurer-Tax Collector, William Pollacek............................... (925) 646-4122
Declare vacant District II At Large Seat on CCC Mental Health Commission;         Veterans Service Office, Phil Munley ...................................... (925) 313-1481
Direct COB post vacancy, by Supervisor Uilkema.                                   West County Detention Facility, Inmate Info............................ (510) 262-4200

                            Continued on page 5                                      Additional county departmental information can be found on the county
                                                                                                website: www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/
     Board of Supervisors Actions (continued)                                                Volunteer Opportunities
FY 08/09 local departmental cuts and associated CCC/Special District           Have you been looking for an opportunity to become more
appropriations and revenue adjustments to rebalance Budget; State cuts
to local programs for CCC/Special Districts to adjust for impact of State      involved in your community? Are you interested in meeting
revenue loss; Direct CAO continue to work w/departments and return            new and interesting people? If you answered yes to either of
once final State allocations are known to adopt specific appropriation        these questions, then here is your opportunity! Below is a list
adjustments; Authorize reduction of General Fund Reserve Designation;        of available County positions, please take a moment to peruse
Authorize transfer of appropriations to Contingency Appropriation-
General/Appropriation for Contingency; Acknowledge further economic                  the list and see if something is of interest to you.
impacts may require subsequent adjustments; Declare intent to adopt no
growth FY 09/10 Budget.                                                       Application forms for Volunteer Opportunities are available
Report on CCC’s experience w/local vendor preference program during            from Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema’s office at 925-335-1046,
07/08; Direct another experience report in one year.                         the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors office at 925-335-1900 or
Honor East Bay Stand Down for providing services to veterans in CCC.                can be downloaded from the District 2 website at
Report on measures to mitigate impact of housing foreclosure crisis on                 www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/dis2/
local communities; Consider amending CCC Vacant Structures Ordinance
to shorten the time period for abating vacant structures; fix 11/18/08 for      Juvenile Systems Planning Advisory Committee
adoption; adopting related CEQA.                                             JSPAC was formed in 1992 to plan for and fund a replacement
Delta Water Strategic Plan, Action Plan and Platform Executive Summary       juvenile hall and later, to develop an entire continuum of
and prioritization documents, by Supervisor Uilkema.                         services for delinquent youth of Contra Costa County. Having
Report on PG&E Coordination Efforts for Street Light Maintenance             achieved its initial goals, JSPAC continues to assess and
w/Cities and CCC.                                                            provide for the current needs of the Juvenile Systems in
Note: this is a partial list of Board activities. A complete record of       Contra Costa County. The Committee meets monthly. Term is
Board activities can be found at the County’s web page:                      2 yrs.
www.co.contra-costa.ca.us
                                                                                    Alcohol and Other Drugs Advisory Board
                                                                             Applicants shall have a professional interest in, or personal
                                                                             commitment to, alleviating problems related to drug abuse and
                                                                             inappropriate alcohol use in their community. Any individual
                                                                             who is a paid employee of or a paid consultant to any agency
                                                                             which contracts with the County on behalf of its Health
                                                                             Services Department for any drug or alcohol-related programs
                                                                             is prohibited from serving on this Board. Any individual who is
                                                                             a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of any agency
                                                                             which contracts with the County on behalf of its Health
                                                                             Services Department or any drug or alcohol-related program is
                                                                             discouraged from serving. They meet the 4th Wednesday from
                                                                             3:45-6:15pm.
                                                                                   Contra Costa County Library Commission
                                                                             This Commission serves to advise and make
                                                                             recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the County
                                                                             Librarian as to the needs of the public as well as to develop
                                                                             and recommend proposals for the betterment of the County
                                                                             Library including such efforts as insuring a stable and
                                                                             adequate funding level for the libraries in the County; to
                                                                             provide a link between the community and the Library System;
                                                                             and to establish a forum for the community to express its’
  Rossmoorians find a treasure load of information on                        views regarding goals and operations of the County Library.
       healthy living at the annual Health Fair.                             The Commission meets the fourth Thursday of each month at
                                                                             7:00pm
                                                                                               Womens Commission
           Healthy Living Tips Abound at Fair                                The Commission serves to identify major economic,
                                                                             educational and social concerns of women in Contra Costa
   The annual Health Fair at Rossmoor was held                               County as well as to reach and inform all women on a variety
   at the Fireside Room at Gateway and again                                 of issues. The commission meets in Concord the third
   offered a wealth of valuable information about                            Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm. The term is three years.
   a wide range of organizations and groups with                               Contra Costa County Mental Health Commission
   representatives happy to help attendees find                              This Commission serves to review and evaluate CCC’s mental
                                                                             health needs, services, facilities, and special problems; advise
   and identify sources of information and                                   the governing body and local mental health director as to any
   assistance.                                                               aspect of the local mental health program; review CCC’s
   Many attendees, by reviewing the tables that                              performance outcome data and communicate its findings to
   filled the Fireside Room, were able to learn                              the State Mental Health Commission; assess the impact of the
                                                                             realignment of services from the State to the County on
   about new services, new products, and new                                 services delivered to clients and the local community. Meets in
   research in areas critical to their needs.                                Martinez, 4th Tuesday at 4:30.

				
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