News & Announcements
Free Tax Preparation Available to Low-Income Families in Alameda County(420KB)
I am pleased to partner with Alameda County Social Services again this year for their free tax preparation services for low-income individuals and families. On Monday and Wednesday evenings and all day Saturday, volunteers will be providing free tax assistance at my district office in San Lorenzo. Appointments are required: call 510-271-9141 to schedule yours today.
New Alameda County website launched to fight Obamacare repeal
Alameda County launched a new website, www.FightForMediCal.org, to educate residents about how their health care benefits would be hurt by Trump administration proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act, take action, and share their story about how the ACA has helped them.
My Word: Must work together to eliminate lead poisoning
Lead levels in our children rival that of Flint, Mich. Though unlike Flint, exposure in Oakland comes from the impacts of lead-based paint. With 5,000 children under the age of 6 living in the Fruitvale, and many more citywide at risk, we need to take quick action. In this article, I suggest five immediate steps on which the city, county, and state, working with residents, can collaborate.
Alameda County Arts Commisson Seeks Community Input for Community Identifier Projects in San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, and Ashland/Cherryland
The Alameda County Arts Commission invites community members in Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, & Ashland/Cherryland to participate in two upcoming opportunities related to the Community Identifier Projects. The completed Community Identifier Projects will result in hand-painted signs on the fronts of freeway overpasses featuring the name of each community along with other simple design elements. The goal is to create community gateway markers that support a positive and welcoming environment for both the community and visitors. Community members are encouraged to participate in a Community Survey & to submit an Interest Form to serve on an Artist Selection Committee. Response deadline is January 31, 2017. Click this link for project details and the online Community survey. An Artist Selection Committee Response Form is available at http://tinyurl.com/zka9nnk. For more information, contact email@example.com or (510) 208-9646.
Alameda: Supervisor Chan donates $17,000 to feed homeless vets
My contribution to Alameda Meals on Wheels will provide meals for veterans who are referred by Operation Dignity, a nonprofit local organization that helps homeless veterans rediscover hope and provide the tools needed to live a self-sufficient and stable life.
Trump Threatens Health Care Policy and Funding in Alameda County
With the election of Trump, future health care policy and funding faces significant risks. While no one can say for sure what the new administration will attempt to do to our health-care system, we must advocate for the best while we prepare for the worst. What are the possible major threats to health care under a Trump administration?
Alameda County Awarded $140 Million Grant to Serve 'High Utilizers'
Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) has
been awarded more than $140 million by the California Department of Health Care Services for an ambitious and innovative program that aims to improve health outcomes for the homeless and other high
utilizers of health care services while reducing avoidable costs.
Inmate health care provider dumped by Alameda County
The Board of Supervisors voted to award a three-year, $135 million contract to California Forensic Medical Group.
2 Investigates: John George psych hospital admins address overcrowding
The overcrowding at John George Psychiatric Pavilion demands immediate attention. That is why, as chair of the Health Committee, I asked administrators from John George and Alameda Health System to accelerate their plan to address overcrowding in the hospital's Psychiatric Emergency Services.
Affordable housing bond measure put on November ballot
The affordable housing bond will provide $580 million in investment in affordable homes for low-income renters, down payment assistance for first time homebuyers and an innovation fund to seek new solutions.
Full Medi-Cal Services Being Expanded to California's Undocumented Children
No child should be denied full access to the medical services they need to develop into healthy individuals. State and federal lawmakers now need to act to allow undocumented residents to purchase health plans through Covered California, so more families can benefit from the security provided by having comprehensive health insurance.
Tackling some of Alameda County's issues together
In more than 25 years of public service, I have witnessed the many challenges of poverty in Alameda County. Our community struggles with a lack of affordable housing, the anxiety of not knowing where the next meal is coming from, and the difficulty of finding quality childcare and living wage jobs.
Flame retardant levels in California breast milk decreasing, study finds(703KB)
The findings showed a 39 percent decline of flame retardants found in many household products. Their use in California was phased out under Assembly Bill 302 authored by former Assembly member Wilma Chan in 2003, and since then a dozen other states have instituted similar bans.
Apps Challenge Aims to Eliminate Hunger in Alameda County
A $2,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to the entry that best addresses the problems of poverty and hunger in Alameda County. Visit http://code.acgov.org for more information about the Apps Challenge and to register for the event.
Supervisor Wilma Chan Commits $250,000 to Help Reduce and Prevent Police / Resident Confrontations(391KB)
My contribution will support the Learn Your Rights In California (LYRIC) program, sponsored by the Office of the Alameda County Public Defender. LYRIC will help 5,000 students in my District better understand their Constitutional rights so they can avoid confrontations with police, stay out of the criminal justice system, and protect themselves from harm.
Drummond: Laura's Law offers hope to loved ones of severely mentally ill
Laura's Law is a compassionate and effective solution to provide care in the community for people with serious mental illnesses who are most likely to end up in jail, homeless, the victim of a crime or in the cycle of repeated short-term hospitalizations. As a member of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, I see Laura's Law as a tool that can break the appalling cycle of multiple 5150 holds, arrests, incarcerations and homelessness. Read my opinion piece on Laura's Law here: http://tinyurl.com/oyynuaw
Guest commentary: Even if El Niņo arrives, we must continue to conserve water
Now, more than ever, is the time to put in place the most effective water conservation solutions.
SLHS Health Center Opens
I am proud to have provided the initial start-up funding for San Leandro's first school-based health center. Alameda County has invested millions of dollars in funding the health clinic to offer accessible health and mental health care to students and the San Leandro community. I look forward to a continued partnership with the San Leandro Unified School District and City of San Leandro.
Conserving water during the drought (KTVU Channel 2)
Despite predictions for a strong El Nino, one of our biggest challenges is the lack of snowpack in the Sierras. It's supposed to be a wet winter, but also a very warm one. That means the chances of recharging our snowpack, which is so critical to California's water supply, remains unlikely. We all need to continue to save water for a long term solution.
New San Lorenzo Library Opens this Saturday
The library renovation is the first of many improvements that will greatly enhance San Lorenzo over the coming years. Additional funds from the $90 million in redevelopment money that I saved are helping to finance the construction of senior apartments adjacent to the library, the Hesperian Boulevard streetscape project, and a civic plaza.
San Lorenzo: Expanded library reopens with latest in tech
Chan was able to keep the long-planned library project going after redevelopment agencies were dissolved. In 2012, she proposed that the county set aside $90 million over five years to fund redevelopment projects that were in the works at the time, such as the library expansion.
Her fellow supervisors agreed to use county money for the projects, which also include renovation of major thoroughfare Hesperian Boulevard and low-income senior apartments next to the library. In two to three years, a plaza will connect the library to Hesperian.
Next to the library, workers are building low-income senior apartments.
"The library expansion project is the cornerstone of a larger effort to revitalize San Lorenzo," Chan said.
Supervisor Chan Gathers Community to Celebrate Completion of San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project (Press Release)(453KB)
The $10.3 million project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years and doubled the size of library to nearly 20,000 square feet.
Human Impact Budget Toolkit Available(937KB)
The Human Impact Budget (HIB) illuminates how budget and policy decisions impact individuals and families. HIB has been successful in raising awareness about poverty and income inequality in California and Alameda County, humanizing people who have been demonized for being poor, and greatly increasing awareness about the county budget process and the role of counties as the safety net for the State.
The attached toolkit provides a template for other counties to start a conversation about how they can help lift people out of poverty in their own communities. The toolkit includes an outline of components for a Human Impact Budget Project; best practices for gathering Human Impact stories; communications tools and more.
The HIB project is funded with a two-year, $300,000 grant from The California Endowment, and with in-kind support from Alameda County. For more about the HIB click here: www.acgov.org/hib.
Alameda County accepting applications for annual Citizens Academy
Alameda County is accepting applications for its 15th annual Citizens Academy. The Citizens Academy is a free, six-session, interactive forum for people who live, work, or own a business in Alameda County. Up to 45 applicants are accepted for each Academy. Through presentations from top county leaders, small group and mock public policy exercises, the Leadership Academy provides an excellent opportunity for the community to increase their knowledge of local government.
Applications will be accepted from August 5 - September 3, 2015. For more information about the Leadership Academy, visit www.acgov.org/adultleadership or call (510) 272-6510.
Court Gives Healthcare District a Financial Lifeline, Raising Concerns for San Leandro Hospital
I will soon propose a plan that will bring more than $20 million to San Leandro Hospital over the next five years. Click on the link for details.
SUPERVISOR WILMA CHAN DONATES $100,000 TO HELP FEED OAKLAND'S MOST VULNERABLE SENIORS(371KB)
The demand for home-delivered meals by seniors continues to grow at an alarming rate. In just the last nine months, the number of Oakland seniors requesting assistance has nearly doubled, from 650 to 1,200. Demand is also increasing in central Alameda County as the senior population continues to grow.
My donation will allow SOS/Meals on Wheels to continue providing hot, nutritious meals to more than a thousand homebound senior citizens in Oakland.
My support for SOS/Meals on Wheels is an extension of my ALL IN TO END HUNGER 2020 campaign, which aims to ensure that everyone in Alameda County has access to nutritious food and knows where their next meal is coming from (www.acgov.org/allin).
Two-for-One County Fair Admission Coupons & Free Cookbooks Available to District 3 Residents
I am also giving away "grab bags" that include a free cookbook and offer healthy eating strategies for families.
Supervisor Chan's Spring 2015 Newsletter
In this edition you can read about my work on "ALL IN Alameda County - The New War On Poverty" (www.acgov.org/allin), the youth career fair I helped coordinate in the City of Alameda and my contribution to fund youth soccer in San Lorenzo.
You can also learn about my work to raise awareness about the importance of access to early childhood education, my commitment to help Alameda County residents regardless of their immigration status and much more.
San Lorenzo affordable senior housing project breaks ground
Mercy Housing California's affordable senior apartments in "downtown" San Lorenzo will provide much-needed housing while promoting better health, quality of life, and independence for the area's growing senior population. The senior housing is part of a larger effort to help revitalize the community. Nearly $15 million of the funding for this $26 million project comes from redevelopment money that I helped to preserve prior to the loss of redevelopment funding in 2012. An additional $90 million dollars I helped save in 2012 is funding expansion of the San Lorenzo Library and the Hesperian Boulevard Streetscape project, which begins this fall.
Government, Education, and Business Leaders Plan Career Pathways for Alameda Youth
The effort to provide career training opportunities for Alameda youth is an extension of my "ALL IN - Alameda County" initiative, which seeks to end poverty through education and workforce development. You can learn more about "ALL IN - Alameda County / The New War on Poverty" at www.acgov.org/allin.
Supervisor Chan's Newsletter (Winter 2015)
Read about my work to end hunger in Alameda County by 2020, my annual toy drive, and my contribution to Island High School's basketball program. You can also learn about my work to prepare children for academic success and senior fraud workshops.
Alameda County launches program to end hunger by 2020
The All In to End Hunger 2020 initiative started Wednesday in an East Oakland food bank warehouse, as Supervisor Wilma Chan declared "a new war on poverty."
"We're creating something bigger than ourselves with this collaboration," Chan said. "Our partners, private donors, businesses and county agencies are all coming together... to meet the challenge of ending hunger." Learn more at: www.acgov.org/allin
Laura's Law is the humane solution for Alameda County
Every 48 minutes someone in Alameda County is placed in a costly emergency psychiatric evaluation because he or she has been deemed a danger to himself or herself or others. This is the highest rate in the state of California.
It's time that we listen to those families who have a loved one with serious mental illness. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors needs to follow the lead of these other California counties and adopt Laura's Law. It is the only humane solution.
Supervisor Chan's Summer/Fall Newsletter
In this edition you can read about my work to address childhood obesity throughout the county, my partnership with the San Leandro Unified School District to build San Leandro's first school-based health center, and my contribution to Alameda's school supply drive "Equipped 4 Success."
You can also learn about my partnership with San Lorenzo Unified School District to place youth in summer internships, my work to secure emergency funding for senior services and much more.
Wilma Chan Donates $6,000 to Island High Basketball Team
Funds will help make up for grant loss this year and support transportation, uniforms, and coaches for the Island basketball team.
Report finds overweight, obesity costing Alameda County billions
Obesity in Alameda County is costing our families both economically and in quality of life. A new report I commissioned reveals that nearly 70 percent of seniors, more than half of adults and a third of school-age children in Alameda County are overweight or obese, costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year. Diabetes and other such disorders were among the 10 most common reasons for children to be hospitalized in Alameda County. Improving nutritional services in our schools and accessibility to healthy foods in our community will help us fight this public health challenge.
Supervisor Chan's Spring Newsletter
In this edition of my newsletter you can read about Alameda County's New War on Poverty, International Women's Day, the "Love Your Bones" osteoporosis screening event I hosted in Alameda, the County's 2014-15 budget, community improvements in San Lorenzo and much more.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan to Gather Community Leaders to Address New War on Poverty and Economic Empowerment of Children & Families
Join Supervisor Chan TOMMOROW at 9 AM -Wednesday, April 23- at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center- along with local leaders including the Alameda County Interagency Policy Council and the Human Impact Budget initiative, for the "New War on Poverty: Economic Empowerment Opportunities for Children and Families" forum. Register for FREE by clicking the link above or arrive by 8:30 AM at 388 - 9th Street, Suite 290, in Oakland. This forum is a part of Alameda County's focus on food security, early education, job creation as well as rising income equality.
Enroll for Health Coverage by Monday, March 31st!
Visit www.coveredca.com to start your health insurance application through the Affordable Care Act or click here to see a list of events in your community.
If you start an application online by March 31, you will have until April 15 to finish your application and select a health insurance plan!
Supervisor Chan Addresses Community Concerns Regarding Relocation of Probation Department(220KB)
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan met with residents of Oakland's Chinatown community on March 19 to reiterate and clarify that probation officers and their clients will not relocate to 1111 Jackson Street. An earlier plan proposed by County agencies to relocate probation officers and their clients to the Jackson Street location raised significant concern from the community. Supervisor Chan heard these concerns and worked with the County Administrator to find a better solution.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan Gathers Community To Celebrate Start Of Construction On $9.4 Million San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project(204KB)
SAN LORENZO, CA - Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan led a groundbreaking ceremony today to commemorate the official start of construction on the San Lorenzo Library expansion project. The $9.4 million project is the first major exterior renovation of the library in 45 years and will double the size of library to nearly 20,000 square feet.
Winter Newsletter 2014
In this edition you can read about my work on Alameda County's New War on Poverty, the upcoming groundbreaking of the San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project, and the Alameda Community Garden Day of Service.
You can also learn about Alameda County's First Healthy Nail Salon Program, my annual Holiday Toy Drive and much more.
Alameda: Sweeney Park's first community cleanup draws hundreds
Will They Grow Out of It? A New Campaign for Alameda County Families
One of the challenges of parenting is knowing when it is time to get help for a child's development, behavior and learning. When a child seems behind or something just doesn't seem quite right, it can be difficult to know what to do. As a First 5-Alameda County Commissioner, please visit www.alamedakids.org or call the "Help Me Grow" phone line at 1-888-510-1211 to learn more about these essential parent resources.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan Launches New War on Poverty on 50th Anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan unveiled her strategy to launch a "New War on Poverty" in Alameda County on the 50th Anniversary of President Johnson's War on Poverty. At a news event in Oakland, she and a team of local experts outlined the next generation of poverty fighting tactics based on lessons learned during the past 50 years. She also unveiled a new effort to use new technologies, including the first-of-its-kind Human Impact Budget website, to help end increasing poverty rates.
Visit the new Alameda County Human Impact Budget website to experience the stories, get the facts and take action including sharing your own story and ideas of how to fight the New War on Poverty at https://www.acgov.org/hib/
County Helps Fund the Senior Center
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan announced the county will be giving $100,000 to the San Leandro Senior Center to keep it running.
Alameda County gives successful children's asthma program a $100,000 boost
Supervisor Wilma Chan announced that the county will commit an extra $100,000 to Asthma Start, with half of that specifically earmarked for residents of San Leandro and San Lorenzo.
Alameda County nail salons go green
Nail Salons are one of Alameda County's most common business types. There are more than 350 business establishments and approximately 1,000 nail technicians provide a variety of nail services within Alameda County. However, many of the polishes and other products used in nail salons are not safe for workers and consumers.
Read more about Supervisor Chan's declaration of "Healthy Nail Salon Day" in Alameda County and celebration of the first seven program participants in the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program.
Supervisor Wilma Chan Volunteers at Alameda Food Bank
Chan, accompanied by staff members and supporters, packed food boxes and sorted donations.
"An Overview of Health Care Reform" (downloadable pamphlet)(2530KB)
Starting in 2014, almost all U.S. citizens and legal residents will be able to buy health insurance. You can sign up online at coverca.com, an online health insurance marketplace, or in person at any of the locations identified in this publication developed by Alameda County's Social Services Agency.
Fall 2013 Newsletter
In this edition you can read about: my work to prepare Alameda County for Health Care Reform, Senior Fraud Workshop in Oakland's Fruitvale neighborhood, my $6,000 donation to Alameda's "Equipped 4 Success," student internships in San Lorenzo, and more.
San Leandro Hospital ownership to transfer at end of October
"I'm really excited, because the emergency room and other acute-care services will remain open," said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, who brokered the deal between Alameda Health System, an independent operator of county health facilities, and Sutter Health, which owns the 93-bed hospital. "We've been working on this for a long, long time."
Starting A Business in Alameda (and Unincorporated) County
The Alameda County Library and Community Development Agency has released two easy-to-follow guides to help you successfully launch your own business. Guide #1 provides general information about how to start a business in Alameda County; Guide #2 provides information about how to start a business in the unincorporated areas of Alameda County.
Each brochure includes a new business checklist and valuable information about the permitting process and business licenses. They also provide guidance on where to turn for additional information and the contact information of several business assistance organizations. The guides can be accessed by clicking on the links below.
Guide #1: Starting a Business in Alameda County(1046KB)
Guide #2: Starting a Business in Unincorporated Alameda County(2218KB)
(Ashland, Castlewood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, San Lorenzo and Sunol)
Free County Fair VIP Discount Coupons & Cookbooks From Supervisor Wilma Chan
VIP Discount Coupons to the Alameda County Fair are available at the District Office of Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan located at 15903 Hesperian Boulevard in San Lorenzo. Coupons are valid for $5.00 off one General (Adult) Admission to the Alameda County Fair, which runs through Sunday, July 7, 2013. District 3 residents can pick up their coupons and healthy living giveaways including a cookbook between 9am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please call the District Office at (510) 278-0367 to schedule a time for pick up. Coupons are limited; max 4 per resident.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan Announces Healthy Kids Partnership between Kaiser Permanente and the Alameda County Fair
This year Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Alameda County Fair to sponsor "Kids Days" as a part of an effort spearheaded by Alameda County Supervisor Chan to encourage healthy lifestyle habits for children and their families. Young fair goers will have access to "Healthy Picks" menu options at food stands, healthy living giveaways, as well as a mini-health fair to educate families on the benefits of active living and healthy eating. Children 12 and under also receive free admission to the Alameda County Fair during Kaiser Permanente "Kids Free Fridays."
Senior Fraud Workshop: Thursday, May 30 at 12:00 PM (San Leandro)(100KB)
Back by popular demand: Learn about how to identify financial scams aimed at seniors and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud in your community. Includes food, drink & raffle prizes for participants!
Sign up at the San Leandro Senior Center (13909 East 14th Street, San Leandro) or call Supervisor Chan's District Office at (510) 278-0367.
Wilma Chan Brokers Deal To Save San Leandro Hospital
Human Impact Budget Hearing: Wednesday, May 1st(540KB)
Please join Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan and other Alameda County leaders to learn and share about the local impact of state budget cuts at the 2nd annual "Human Impact Budget Hearing" on Wednesday, May 1st from 6:30-8:30 PM in Board Chambers (1221 Oak Street, 5th floor, Oakland CA.)
To RSVP or for more information, contact Seth Kaplan, Human Impact Analyst, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 272-3880.
True immigration reform could be boon to Alameda County
Senior Fraud Workshop: Friday, March 15th (Oakland)(112KB)
Learn about how to identify financial scams aimed at seniors and how to avoid becoming a victim of fraud in your community. Includes food, drink & raffle prizes for participants!
RSVP at the East Oakland Senior Center or call District 3: 510-278-0367
You're Invited to Attend a Community Update on the San Lorenzo Library Expansion Project(160KB)
Alameda County is expanding the San Lorenzo Library. You are invited to participate in discussions and exercises that will help shape what the expanded library will look like: Saturday, November 3 from 2-4 PM at the library (395 Paseo Grande San Lorenzo).
Supervisor Wilma Chan denounces September outdoor rave: Urges JPA to revise policies that led to widespread public disturbance
Contact information for excessive noise at the Coliseum
In response to excessive noise from a rave at the Coliseum, Alameda County residents should contact the Oakland City Administrator's Office: Arturo Sanchez, Deputy Administrator (email@example.com or 510-238-3301) or AEG: Chris Wright (510-383-4925)
Supervisor Chan's Summer Newsletter
In this edition you can read about: "redevelopment" in San Lorenzo; the town hall meetings I led in Oakland and Alameda on the impacts of state budget cuts; the work I am doing to protect women and children in San Leandro; health care reform and more.
Money Mart/Loan Mart Settlement for Victims of Payday Loans: Oct. 1 to claim repayment(2478KB)
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis J. Herrera and Money Mart (also known as Loan Mart) have reached a settlement requiring Money Mart to repay California consumers up to $7.5 million by October 1.
Equipped for Success School Supply Drive ends August 18th-Help Alameda's low-income students start the year off right!
Oakland Head Start has openings for home visiting(174KB)
Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition Announces Community Grant Funds(467KB)
Rally in Oakland on Wednesday to decry proposed early education budget cuts
Alameda Human Impact Hearing March 21
Alameda County wants residents to understand how cuts will affect them and do something about it
Alameda County pet lovers unite Tuesday in protest to cuts to animal shelters
Supervisor Chan Helps Spruce Up Haight
Join Supervisor Chan & Henry Haight Elementary for a "Garden Day of Service"(620KB)
Supervisor Wilma Chan to Hold Second Hearing on Health Care Reform and Acute Care in Alameda
Board of Supervisors Pass Healthcare Proclamation Proposed by Supervisor Wilma Chan
An Update on Adult Day Health Care Services-Supervisor Chan's Blog
State budget cuts threaten day programs for thousands of seniors and the disabled
Elimination of Adult Day Health Care Puts Seniors' Lives at Risk
New Website Helps Uninsured Alameda County Residents Access Affordable Health Care
Bed Bugs: Protect Your Family This Summer(564KB)
Summer is here and with it brings bugs. Bed bug infestations are a serious health issue and can cause problems for your family. It is important to educate yourself about bed bugs in order to avoid the harmful effects of an infestation.
Cash Infusion for Alameda Boys and Girls Club Healthy Kids Program
Alameda County Measure A money will support the club's health clinic, edible garden, nutrition classes and preventative healthcare education.
Local Leaders Seek to Drum Up Support for St. Rose Hospital Initiative
Local leaders are hoping to rally public support around a new plan to keep San Leandro Hospital?s emergency room open.
County Scales Back Tree Removal Plan Again
Patch Media - Seventeen trees will be removed from San Leandro Creek by the end of fall, Supervisor Wilma Chan announced at a meeting May 4.
Supervisor Chan Interview on About Health with Dr. LeNoir
Supervisor Chan Has Plans to Keep San Leandro Hospital Open, Help Fund Senior Center