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San Pablo News Winter 2010 Get Free Tax Help in San Pablo If you earned less than $52,000 in 2009, you can get your taxes prepared for free through the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Contra Costa campaign. IRS-certified tax preparers will help you get the return you deserve. You may also qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit, which could mean a refund of up to $5,657. Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Contra Costa will file your taxes electronically, so you can get your refund in about a week. Last year, 47,000 Bay Area families filed their taxes with Earn It! Keep It! Save It! They avoided hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees and “rapid refund” loans, and you can too! There are 37 free tax sites in Contra Costa County, five of which are located in San Pablo, shown below. This free service is sponsored by the Family Economic Security Partnership (FESP) and run by the Community Housing Development Corporation and AARP. For more information, and to find out what documents to bring, dial 2-1-1 or visit www.earnitkeepitsaveit.org. Contra Costa College West Contra Costa First 5 2600 Mission Bell Dr, San Pablo 2702 Dover Ave, San Pablo East Bay Works One Stop Career Center San Pablo Senior Adult Center, AARP 2300 El Portal Dr, San Pablo 1943 Church Lane, San Pablo Lao Family Community Development 1865 Rumrill Blvd, San Pablo Egg Hunt Come join us for our Annual Egg Hunt Saturday, March 27th at Davis Park from 10:00am-12:00 noon. There will be one Egg Hunt for everyone that begins at 10:00am sharp. The person that finds the golden egg will win a prize. There will also be face painting and crafts after the Egg Hunt. This event is Free! Children will be divided by age into the following groups: 1-5 years • 6-8 years • 9-12 years For more information call 215-3204. San Pablo Police Launches Program to Combat DUI Death and Injuries The San Pablo Police Department has been awarded a new traffic safety grant for a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways. New enforcement measures to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $79,489 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety to San Pablo. The San Pablo Police Department is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education. The special DUI Enforcement and Awareness grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving. This will be done through the use of DUI/ driver’s license checkpoints, warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings targeting DUI offenders with suspended or revoked driver licenses who get behind the wheel after leaving court. Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2008, over 11,700 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. “Last year in California 1,029 died in alcohol impaired crashes, a 9 percent reduction in deaths from 2007,” said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the Office of Traffic Safety. “This grant will help keep that trend going by getting drunk drivers off the roadways of San Pablo, making it safer for everyone.” Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. San Pablo Police Alternate Response Program Not every criminal incident is an emergency that requires an immediate police response. So, not every call to the police needs to go through 9-1-1. In fact, non-emergency calls to 9-1-1 can slow the police response to true emergencies and can reduce the time that beat officers have to work with the community on solving longer-range problems on their beats. A non-emergency incident is one that does not involve a crime in progress; does not pose an imminent threat to life, bodily injury or major property damage or loss; and does not require the immediate dispatch of a police unit. The City of San Pablo has in place a flexible telephone system for people to report non-emergency situations to the police. The police non-emergency number is (510) 215-3130. Police dispatch can be reached at (510) 233-1214. This is a non-emergency number and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The system is staffed by members of the Police Department’s Dispatch Center, which is located in the City of Richmond. Additionally, there is a Call- Box located in front of the police department and is operational 24 hours a day. Other options include: Email Info@ SanPablo.com and our Internet Website www.sanpablopolice.org. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Lt. Ken Bays at (510)215-3281. San Pablo Police Department Community Emergency Smoke Alarms Response Team Seeking Volunteers! With the Holidays and winter just around the corner; this would be a good time to check and Be ready to tackle the next disaster. Learn ways to keep yourself change batteries in your smoke alarms. safe so you don’t become a victim. Sign up for our 20 hour If you do not have smoke alarms, we strongly Community Emergency Response Team training (FEMA approved) suggest that you buy some and install them in which covers: the following locations: Disaster Preparedness Fire Safety • Light Search & Rescue • Team 1. One in each bedroom Organization • Disaster Medical Operations –Triage, Assessment, 2. One centrally located outside bedrooms. Basic Treatment • Disaster Psychology • Terrorism and CERT 3. If you have a two story house, a smoke For class availability and dates, check out our website at www. detector should be installed on every floor level sanpablopolice.com/main/cert.htm or 4. One in the garage and / or basement is contact the San Pablo CERT Coordinator, recommended also Andrea Barte, at (510) 215-3110. Be your Be safe and enjoy the Holidays this year and all neighborhood’s next leader! the years to come. 2 FREE Home Improvement Program Coming to Old Town this winter…. How would you like to save money on your PG&E bill and make your Traffic Circles! home more energy efficient? Contra Costa County received Federal Phase 1 of the Old Town Traffic Study and State Stimulus money to provide low and fixed income families Implementation Project, will install free energy improvements for their homes. Renters and owners of a temporary traffic circles at several house, apartment, or mobile home may be eligible. See the income intersections within the Old Town guidelines below. Neighborhood. The circles are intended to A qualified representative from the County will perform an onsite help slow down drivers as they enter into review to determine what energy saving measures are needed. Free this residential neighborhood. They are part upgrades may include repair or replacement of gas appliances, new of a comprehensive set of measures to calm refrigerator, new ceiling fan, attic insulation, water saving devices, vehicular traffic and enhance pedestrian programmable thermostats, minor home repairs, and more. and bicycle travel in Old Town. The circles Please contact Contra Costa County at (925) 335-2100 to find out if will start out as temporary, the City will then you are eligible or go to http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/index. accept comments from the public over the aspx?NID=282 for more information. next few months, and then in the spring the Income Guidelines for Eligibility circles can be installed permanently with Total Number of Total Monthly Gross Total Yearly Gross concrete curbs and landscaping. For more Household Members Income Income information about the project specifics or to make a comments, please contact the City’s 1 $2,431.04 $29,172.52 Project Manager, Frank Penry at (707) 523- 2 $3,179.06 $38,148.68 1010, or email at email@example.com 3 $3,927.07 $47,124.84 4 $4,675.08 $56,101.00 5 $5,423.10 $65,077.16 6 $6,171.11 $74,053.32 7 $6,311.36 $75,736.35 5 New Year’s Eco-Resolution Ideas 8 $6,451.62 $77,419.38 1) Reduce junk mail. Visit www.StopJunkMail. 9 $6,591.87 $79,102.41 org 2) Use only reusable shopping bags not 10 $6,732.12 $80,785.44 plastic or paper. Say: “I brought my own 11 $6,872.37 $82,468.47 bag-thanks.” 12 $7,012.63 $84,151.50 3) Start composting your food and yard waste. El Portal Gateway Project Update 4) Shop at a Farmers’ Markets for fresh food instead of packaged food at supermarkets. As of November 2009, the Project is on schedule, with the masonry You eat healthier and reduce waste. fences/walls complete and curb and gutter work underway (see 5) Visit www.Recyclemore.com for more photo). Work is scheduled to be complete in February 2010. information about more ways to reduce, Improvements will include sidewalk, street trees, entry sign with new reuse and recycle. Happy New Year! City logo, street lights and repaving. Please note that the work will Other ideas: result in traffic delays and temporary construction zone speed limits. 1) Do you recycle at work? If your workplace You may want to consider alternate routes during the construction needs recycle bins, call (510) 215-3104. working hours. General contractor is Ghilotti Construction Co. 2) Switch to less toxic cleaners. Create home-made cleaners (you can find a list at www.Recyclemore.com). They’re safer and cheaper. Dispose of the old toxic ones at the Permanent HHW Collection Facility at 101 Pittsburg Ave, Richmond on Thursdays, Fridays, and the 1st Saturday of every month from 9:00-4:00pm (closed from 12:00 - 12:30pm). 3 San Pablo Billiards; the new place in town for food and billiards Conveniently located at 1500 23rd Street in the City of San Pablo, San Pablo Billiards is the newest great restaurant and entertainment destination for local residents and their families, offering a full range of made-to-order Mexican items including tacos, tortas, tostadas, gorditas, burritos, quesadillas, tamales and specialty drinks. A member of the community for over 30 years, the owner, Mrs. Mendoza took over the business 5 years ago. She has made flavorful menu changes and improved the ambiance. Mrs. Mendoza understood that both exterior and interior improvements are vital to attracting new customers as well as contributing to the vitality of the neighborhood. The West County Business Development Center of Contra Costa County worked with the owner to develop a business plan necessary to apply for the San Pablo small business loan offered by the Redevelopment Agency. A business plan is designed to help the business owner to understand its industry, where to focus its marketing efforts, also shows a lender how the business will succeed and more. The loan program is only up to $50,000 for capital improvements but the Agency loaned double the amount. Mayor Leonard McNeil said, “The location of San Pablo Billiards was instrumental in making the decision to make the loan. The City has already invested more than $4 million on 23rd Street.” “The fact that Mrs. Mendoza initiated the rehab and had even planned to pay for it herself, was even more reason to make the funding possible,” added Kelsey Worthy, Assistant City Manager. The remodeling of the San Pablo Billiards created 12 construction jobs and has added more employment opportunities since its re-opening. This is Redevelopment in Action! Stride Center San Pablo Public Library Events Classes Begin January 11, 2010 For Adults ESL Conversation begins in January on Tuesdays from 6:00-7:00p.m. Call Josh at the library for more information. For Teens Enroll Now!! Your one-stop source for a career in Game On!, 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3:00pm. Information Technology! The Stride Center Offers: January 13: Wii games with the balance board Affordable Computer Training, Better Paying Job February 10: Guitar Hero for the PS2 Opportunities, Quick Course Completion and Job March 10: Wii Play and Carnival Games Placement Assistance. Also, feel free to bring your own controllers and games The Stride Center’s Information Technology Careers to any of the Game On! sessions. program is designed for individuals seeking to start a Supercraft, 4th Wednesdays of the month at 3:00pm career within the information technology field. January 27: T-shirt headbands and other t-shirt The Stride Center’s comprehensive training program re-uses prepares men and women to begin their new careers in February 24: Design a kite Information Technology and with IT jobs on the rise, our March 24: Magazine bowls and origami. placement success almost guarantees graduates that they Learn – Create – Share Celebrate Teen Tech Week will find employment. (March 7 – 13) the entire month of March at the library! The Stride Center is a non-profit organization that offers Stop by for a list of activities and enter to win a prize for low cost computer training, job experience and job participation. placement assistance for deserving adults from the San For Children/Family Francisco Bay Area communities. Weekly Family Storytime: Monday evenings at 7:00pm 2300 El Portal Drive, Suite F & G bring your children, listen to entertaining stories, and San Pablo, CA 94806 learn new songs and rhymes. Phone: 510-234-1300 ext 6 Weekly Arts & Crafts: Tuesday afternoons at 3:30 pm Fax: 510-234-1330 children of all ages are invited to participate in making a www.stridecenter.org creation of their very own. 2300 El Portal Drive, Ste. D (510) 374-3998 4 ccclib.org 5 San Pablo Residential Street Sweeping Schedule Note: Commercial Streets are swept 4 times per month. Consult signs where posted. 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Streets swept between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Unshaded Areas ( ) : “Odd” numbered side 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, “Even” numbered side 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. Streets swept between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Check Sweeping/No Parking signs before you park!! Tickets are $60.00! If you have questions, call (510) 215-3030 6 Your Daily Commute to Work – Do You Have A Doctor’s Medical Center Events Back-Up Plan? 2000 Vale Rd. Commuting to work can be stressful, but what if you run into a January 6 • Blood Pressure Check road block – such as a bridge closure, a major accident on the 10:00 am – 12:00 noon • Main Lobby freeway or commute vehicle breakdown? If you have a back- up plan in place you can avoid the worry and the possibility of January 12 • Diabetes Support Group arriving late at work! 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Hospital Auditorium Bay Area commuters who have contacted 511 by phone or January 12 • Breast Cancer Support Group 511.org by internet and requested a carpool or vanpool match “Women with a vision” list have taken the steps to be prepared in the event of any 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm • Cancer Center Conference emergency. The FREE service provided by 511 and 511.org Room also includes information about train, bus and ferry service. January 14 • Before, During and After Cancer Call 511 or visit 511.org today – you will be Support Group glad you did! Also, visit 511contracosta. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm • Cancer Center Conference org to learn more about services in Contra Room Costa County which can make your February 3 • Blood Pressure Check commute easier and GREEN! 10:00 am – 12:00 noon • Main Lobby February 8 • Blood Drive Need Help & Don’t Know Where To Go? 12:00 – 6:00 pm • Hospital Main Lobby Call 211 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Calls can be made in Spanish & English. For more resource information, go to February 9 • Diabetes Support Group www.211database.org. 211 in Contra Costa is operated by the 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Hospital Auditorium Contra Costa Crisis Center. If you need medical advice, you February 9 • Breast Cancer Support Group can call Contra Costa Health Plan’s Advice Nurse at 1-877-661- “Women with a vision” 6230. This service is open to the public, and you don’t need to 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm • Cancer Center Conference be a CCHP member or have legal status. This resource guide Room is a collaborative effort of the Contra Costa Crisis Center and February 11 • Before, During and After Cancer Contra Costa Health Services. For more low cost medical Support Group resources in Contra Costa please visit the San Pablo website 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm • Cancer Center Conference at: http://www.ci.san-pablo.ca.us/main/NewsEvents.htm Room March 3 • Blood Pressure Check Rapid Response Team Provides Free Resources to 10:00 am – 12:00 noon • Main Lobby Help Displaced Workers March 9 • Diabetes Support Group The Workforce Development Board’s Rapid Response team 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Hospital Auditorium provides free outplacement resources and services for businesses needing to lay off employees. Businesses are March 9 • Breast Cancer Support Group urged to contact them regarding employee layoffs as soon “Women with a vision” as possible. They will work with you to schedule an on-site 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm • Cancer Center Conference presentation for your employees about job search, job Room training, academic and career assessment, career planning March 11 • Before, During and After Cancer and other services available at EASTBAY Works One Stop Support Group Career Centers. Contact your Rapid Response representative, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm • Cancer Center Conference Susie O’Bryant at (925) 671-4542 or Room Sobryant@ehsd.cccounty.us for details. Weekly Events Additional information about EASTBAY Every Tuesday • Drop in Grief Support Group Works and its partners can be found at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm • Cancer Center Conference www.eastbayworks.com. Room Every Friday • Breast Therapy Group 10:00 am – 11:30 am • Cancer Center Conference Room 7 Dates to Remember Important Phone Numbers January 1 City Offices Closed (New Year’s Day) All numbers are 510 area code January 3 Contra Costa Libraries Closed City Council & City Clerk . . . . . . . . 215-3000 January 11 Stride Center Classes Begin City Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3026 City Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3012 January 13 Game On! at San Pablo Library Code Enforcement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3018 January 18 City Offices Closed (Martin Luther King Community Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3030 Day) Business License • Building & SafetyPermits • Planning/Zoning • Redevelopment January 27 Supercraft at the San Pablo Library Finance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3020 January 30 Free Tax Services Begin Household Hazardous Waste Mobile February 10 Game On! at San Pablo Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-412-9277 February 14 Contra Costa Libraries Closed Illegal Dumping . . . . . 1-800-NO-DUMPING (800-663-8674) February 15 City Offices Closed (President’s Day) Neighborhood Watch . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3157 February 24 Supercraft at San Pablo Library Recreation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3204 March 7 - 13 Teen Tech Week at the Library Sewer Emergencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 222-6700 TDD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233-3366 March 10 Game On! at San Pablo Library Public Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3030 March 24 Supercraft at San Pablo Library POLICE (PUBLIC SAFETY) March 27 Egg Hunt Non-Emergency Contra Costa College Weekdays 8:30 AM-5 PM . . . . . . . . . 215-3130 Weekends or after 5PM . . . . . . . . . . . 233-1214 Upcoming Events 911 for Emergencies Only January 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration from 6:30pm – We Speak Your Language All numbers are (510) area code 8:30pm in the Performing Arts Center Hablamos Español . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3030 or February 22nd-25th West Contra Costa Unified 215-3200 School District Science Fair Lao . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3067 CCC Gym Complex Room 40 Thai . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215-3184 March 24th Annual Women’s Month Nagsasalita kami ng Tagalog . . . . . . 215-3086 Celebration from 7:00pm – 8:30pm in the Performing Arts What to do with the ‘OLD’ stuff now that Center you’ve got the ‘NEW’ stuff? March 26th CCC Hall of Fame “This is the 1) Bring your electronic waste (including microwaves, tvs, Year that Was” at 6:00 pm at Mira cameras, cell phones, VCRs and more) to the Permanent Vista Country Club HHW Collection Facility at 101 Pittsburg Avenue, $100 donation Richmond on Thursdays, Fridays and the 1st Saturday of March 27th Athletic Department Annual the month from 9:00am-4:00pm (closed 12:00-12:30pm). Crab Feed at 6:00 pm in the 2) Or bring your electronic waste to the Free Electronic Gymnasium Waste Collection Event in El Cerrito at the Department $35 General Admission of Motor Vehicles at 6400 Manila Avenue from 9:00am- 3:00pm on January 2 & 3rd, 2010. Visit www.el-cerrito.org City Council for more information about the event. Leonard R. McNeil, Mayor 3) Remember: many items including paints, pesticides, Genoveva Garcia Calloway, Vice Mayor oil, and batteries do not belong in the garbage can! For Paul V. Morris, Councilmember information about the proper disposal of these and other Cecilia Valdez, Councilmember unwanted items, please visit www.Recyclemore.com or Arturo M. Cruz, Councilmember call (510) 215-3125.