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  • 08/05/2020  Alameda County to give stipends to some coronavirus victims  Alameda County will pay $1,250 to people diagnosed with COVID-19 to stay home and self-isolate, if they meet certain qualifications. The pilot program, approved unanimously by county supervisors Tuesday, is intended to help curb the spread of the disease in Alameda County, which has seen its number of cases rise.The money would be paid to people diagnosed with COVID-19 who are not receiving unemployment benefits or paid sick leave.
  • 06/08/2020  Statement from Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan on Police Brutality  As an American citizen, I mourn the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Oscar Grant and the countless other innocent Black Americans that have been lost to police brutality. The nationwide flood of grief, pain, and anger we have witnessed in recent days is a response not only to these most recent tragedies but to a long history of systematic and institutionalized racism in the United States. I stand in full support of Alameda County's Black community in their fight to ensure that no more lives are lost to racial violence and police misconduct. As elected representatives of our County, it's important to remember that the public's trust must always be earned. With that in mind, we must demonstrate our commitment to rejecting systemic racism with every vote we take.
  • 08/05/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (August 5, 2020)  The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) reminds the Alameda Community to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by responding to our contact tracers' phone calls. Contact tracing is a public health tool that has been used to contain pandemics, and integral to slowing the spread of COVID-19. Contact tracing allows trained health workers to talk to someone who has tested positive, and confidentially notify anyone who may have been exposed and discuss the appropriate next steps (e.g. identifying symptoms, getting tested, self-quarantine, or accessing medical care). ACPHD's official contact tracers will never ask for your social security number or immigration status. In this bulletin, you can read more about contact tracing, and find resources for individual community members and Eden Area small businesses who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 07/30/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (July 30, 2020)  The Trump Administration continues its endless attack on our immigrant community. President Trump's latest Executive Order attempting to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Census numbers used to divide up seats in the U.S. House of Representatives is unconstitutional, unfeasible, and immoral. In this bulletin, you can read more about participating in Census 2020, the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency's COVID-19 Response Strategy, and find resources to support low-income workers.
  • 07/21/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (July 21, 2020)  Last week, the State of California approved Alameda County's Variance Attestation application. With this approval, the Alameda County Public Health Officer released an updated order allowing the Oakland Zoo to reopen for outdoor activities and for outdoor dining to continue. While Alameda County's variance was approved, we have remained on the State's County Monitoring List due to a high positive COVID-19 case rate. As such, Alameda County has required places of worship to provide outdoor services only and has closed indoor malls. For additional guidance for places of worship or on retail and shopping, please visit
  • 07/08/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (July 8, 2020)  In this edition of my COVID-19 Weekly Update, you can read more about an upcoming project, ALL IN Connects, which will bridge the emergency infrastructure to support Alameda County families and individuals in need during the COVID-19 crisis. As Alameda County residents continue to shelter in place, self-isolate, and self-quarantine, our community-based clinics and service providers will be even more integral in ensuring our most vulnerable residents are able to access the resources they need. ALL IN Connects and their partners are working together to determine how to utilize community-based strategies to ensure all Alameda County residents are able to access information and services to meet their basic needs, including food services, utilities support, cash assistance, access to protective equipment, and more.
  • 06/30/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (June 30, 2020)  On June 29, 2020, Alameda County paused its reopening plans for the time being. Due to an increase in positive tests and hospitalizations, the timeline for future reopening phases has been extended. It is crucial for our public health and economic recovery for Alameda County to reopen when the data show it is safe to do so. While we have made progress on increasing our testing and disease containment capacity, Alameda County Public Health officials have seen unfavorable trends in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. These trends - combined with alarming trends we see in other jurisdictions that have opened at a faster rate and the health disparities in our communities of color - are cause for slowing down Alameda County's reopening plan and continuing to closely monitor our data.
  • 06/24/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (June 24, 2020)  In this bulletin, you can read about contracting opportunities with the Alameda County Public Health Care Services Agency (HCSA), applying for the Pandemic EBT or Disaster Relief for Immigrants (DRAI) programs, and find additional resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 06/10/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (June 10, 2020)  Two free COVID-19 testing sites in District 3 are now open! The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), City of San Leandro, and Eden Health District have partnered to open a free COVID-19 testing site at the Marina Community Center in San Leandro. La Clinica de la Raza has opened a free community testing site outside the Fruitvale BART station in Oakland. In this bulletin, you can read updates from ACPHD on the updated Shelter in Place orders and find resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 06/02/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (June 2, 2020)  The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) reminds residents that there are multiple ways to receive a COVID-19 test in the county, and encourages residents to visit the Testing for COVID-19 page for information on testing sites and guidance. In this bulletin, you can read about testing and contact tracing for COVID-19, find summer food access resources, and get information on virtual summer educational programs.
  • 05/27/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (May 27, 2020)  During times of crisis, we know our older adult populations face an increased risk for abuse and neglect. The COVID-19 pandemic has made our senior neighbors even more vulnerable to physical, emotional, and financial abuse, as well as more difficult to protect our elders from abuse and neglect. Additionally, many of Alameda County's older adults face additional hurdles to accessing food during the COVID-19 crisis. Going to the grocery stores and pharmacies increases the chance for exposure, which can be devastating for our high-risk neighbors. For some, the cost of delivery services creates an even greater barrier to accessing food and other essential supplies during this pandemic. In this bulletin, you can read more about resources for seniors who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 05/19/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (May 19, 2020)  Small businesses are the cornerstones of our local economy and have faced many challenges in keeping their businesses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only have our small local businesses lost income due to the temporary closures, but their fixed costs remained in effect. In order to support our neighbors who are small business owners, many jurisdictions throughout Alameda County enacted eviction moratoriums for commercial tenants as well as residential. Last month, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors extended our eviction protections to commercial tenants in the unincorporated areas of the county. In addition to the unincorporated areas, the cities of Alameda, Oakland, and San Leandro have passed similar protections for commercial tenants. In this edition of my weekly update, you can read more about ways to support our community?s small businesses.
  • 05/13/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (May 13, 2020)  We know that race and socioeconomic status are factors that can determine one's overall health, and the inequities in our health and social safety net systems often lead to poorer health outcomes for our low-income neighbors and communities of color. Many individuals in either our communities of color or low-income neighborhoods are more likely to suffer from a chronic health condition and face systemic barriers to accessing affordable, quality health care. The COVID-19 crisis only exacerbates these disparities. I am proud to join Mayor Libby Schaaf, Assemblymember Rob Bonta, and Dr. Tony Iton of the California Endowment in co-chairing the Racial Disparities Task Force to address racial equity in our COVID-19 responses and long-term systems changes. I invite you to join us on Thursday, May 14th at 6 PM for the first Virtual Public Hearing of the Racial Disparities Task Force. Read this week's update for more information on attending.
  • 05/05/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (May 5, 2020)  In this bulletin, you can read updates from the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and find resources for children, youth, and their families who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 04/28/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (April 28, 2020)  The Shelter in Place order will be extended through May, although a few low-risk activities will see an easing in restrictions. Further details are forthcoming. While the Bay Area has made substantial progress in slowing the spread of COVID-19, it is imperative we continue our collective work to combat the virus and practice an abundance of caution in following safe hygiene and physical distancing guidelines. The Shelter in Place has been difficult for many of us, but we must continue following these guidelines to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our neighbors, and our community. Together, we can defeat COVID-19.In this bulletin, you can read updates from the Alameda County Public Health Department and find information on housing and food resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 04/21/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (April 21, 2020)  The COVID-19 pandemic is a stressful situation for many people in our community. Stress can present itself in many different ways, including but not limited to, anxiety, fear, grief, and anger. Additionally, the physical distance and isolation from our loved ones can cause feelings of loneliness and exacerbate feelings of stress and depression. As we all do our part to slow the spread of the virus, I encourage you to take care of your emotional and mental well-being during this unprecedented global crisis. This edition of my weekly bulletin provides a number of resources to help people cope with the stress, anxiety, and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to mental health resources, this edition of my Weekly COVID-19 Updates provides information on how to create a safety plan, support a friend experiencing abuse in their home, and report domestic abuse during the Shelter in Place order.
  • 04/14/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (April 14, 2020)  With nearly 1 in 3 foreign-born residents - or over 526,000 individuals - Alameda County is home to a diverse immigrant and refugee community. Alameda County reaffirms its commitment to serving our immigrant communities. This edition of my weekly bulletin focuses on public and nonprofit resources available to our immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status or income. As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we must do so with an equity lens and ensure that all of our neighbors receive the supports they need.
  • 04/07/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (April 7, 2020)  The Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) recommends residents to cover their nose and mouth when leaving their homes for essential activities. The face coverings do not have to be hospital grade but need to cover the nose and mouth. Acceptable face coverings can be made from a variety of cloth materials, bandanas, scarves, t-shirts, sweatshirts or towels. We do not recommend that the public use medical masks (N-95 or surgical masks), which are in limited supply and must be preserved for our health care workers and pre-hospital transport providers. Medical masks should be reserved for health care workers and first responders. In this bulletin, you can read additional updates from the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD), find information about resources for unsheltered individuals in unincorporated Alameda County, and guidance for preventing eviction during the Shelter in Place order.
  • 03/31/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (Mar. 31, 2020)  Earlier today, the Alameda County Public Health Officer and six other Bay Area public health jurisdictions announced the regional Shelter in Place Order has been extended to May 3, 2020 in order to preserve critical hospital capacity throughout the region. In this bulletin, you can read more about the updated Shelter in Place order, expanding emergency renter protections in Alameda County, and protecting yourself from COVID-19 scams and fraud. For up-to-date data and answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Alameda County Public Health Department's (ACPHD) dedicated COVID-19 web page.
  • 06/20/2018  Alameda County officials speak out against border separations  Before and after President Donald Trump announced plans to halt the separating of undocumented children from their parents, a debate about the policy raged across the San Francisco Bay Area. On Wednesday, Alameda County supervisors spoke out strongly in opposition during a press conference in Oakland. 'We think it is wrong to criminalize entire population of children based on their national origin and based on their language,' said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, a second-generation American. 'We do need immigration reform, a bi-partisan bill that provides a path to citizenship and protects our children.'
  • 06/20/2018  Supervisor Wilma Chan and Colleagues Condemn Trump Border Policy  In Alameda County, one in three residents are immigrants, and over half of children in Alameda County live in families with at least one parent who is an immigrant. 'Alameda County is proud to welcome all immigrants into our community,' said Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan. 'The fact that children are being ripped from their parents' arms, children being moved around the country far from their parents, and being kept in cages is abhorrent.' Chan added, 'We are no longer talking about immigration policy. We are talking about the well-being of the vulnerable children and their parents. We need this President to stop separating families immediately.' Close to 6,000 migrant children have been separated from their parents after crossing the southern U.S. border since April, when Trump administration adopted a 'zero-tolerance' policy.
  • 11/16/2017  Avoiding False Choices: Preserving the Entire Health Care Safety-Net is Essential(88KB) Alameda County's Fight for Medi-Cal released the following statement in response to the ongoing federal FY18 budget negotiations and tax reform debate. Our health is our wealth. As Congress rushes to seal deals on the federal budget and tax reform, we must insist they avoid false choices between health programs worth "saving" and those not. The agencies and services that make up our health care safety-net constitute an integrated whole reflective of our communities' values and commitments. When Congress pulls apart threads to make short-term deals, they create gaps in the safety-net that undermine community health and drive up costs in the long-term.
  • 10/19/2017  Prescribing food to improve health in Alameda County  East Oakland resident Sherrie Lowe didn't believe her 9-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter would ever come to love broccoli, or any vegetables for that matter. That changed when for four months, boxes of fresh produce and whole grains were delivered to the family. Now the children won't stop asking her to cook them vegetables, Lowe said. Lowe's family took part in a study by UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and All In Alameda County, which provided them with weekly food boxes from Dig Deep Farms and the Alameda County Community Food Bank as well as recipes and cooking instructions.
  • 05/09/2017  My Word: Immigrants not seeking medical care is a public health issue  Community health and wellness rely on people feeling safe when accessing care and services. When residents feel safe, they proactively engage in all efforts to keep their families and communities healthy. Sickness and disease do not distinguish between those with or without documents. That is why we stand against anything that presses members in our community to make the false choice between the risk of deportation and health. When a significant portion of our community avoids health care, the fragile barrier between illness and wellness is easily breached.
  • 02/28/2017  New Alameda County website launched to fight Obamacare repeal  Alameda County launched a new website,, 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.
  • 01/25/2017  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.
  • 01/23/2017  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.
  • 11/15/2016  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?
  • 11/14/2016  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.
  • 08/05/2016  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.
  • 07/11/2016  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.
  • 06/29/2016  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.
  • 04/16/2016  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.
  • 02/24/2016  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.
  • 02/24/2016  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.
  • 02/16/2016  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 for more information about the Apps Challenge and to register for the event.
  • 12/10/2015  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.
  • 11/23/2015  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:
  • 10/14/2015  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.
  • 09/18/2015  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.
  • 09/14/2015  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.
  • 08/28/2015  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.
  • 08/27/2015  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.
  • 08/26/2015  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.
  • 08/17/2015  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:
  • 08/04/2015  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 or call (510) 272-6510.
  • 06/26/2015  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.
  • 06/25/2015  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 (
  • 06/19/2015  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.
  • 06/17/2015  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" (, 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.
  • 06/15/2015  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.
  • 03/18/2015  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
  • 02/25/2015  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.
  • 01/28/2015  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:
  • 01/14/2015  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.
  • 10/17/2014  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.
  • 10/16/2014  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.
  • 07/11/2014  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.
  • 06/05/2014  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.
  • 04/22/2014  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.
  • 03/29/2014  Enroll for Health Coverage by Monday, March 31st!  Visit 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!
  • 03/20/2014  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.
  • 02/21/2014  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.
  • 02/06/2014  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.
  • 01/23/2014  Alameda: Sweeney Park's first community cleanup draws hundreds 
  • 01/22/2014  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 or call the "Help Me Grow" phone line at 1-888-510-1211 to learn more about these essential parent resources.
  • 01/09/2014  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

Archived News

  • 05/12/2011  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.
  • 05/12/2011  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.
  • 07/14/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (July 14, 2020)  Today, the Board of Supervisors approved a Letter of Support for the County's COVID-19 Variance Attestation application to the State. If approved by the State, the attestation will provide Alameda County and our Health Officer with the flexibility to ensure that we can continue to allow the activities that the data determine are lower risk for our community. Whether or not Alameda County receives the variance, we will continue to pause on further reopenings until the data support moving forward.
  • 06/16/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (June 16, 2020)  The Alameda County Health Officer has updated the "Shelter in Place" order to further relax restrictions. Beginning Friday, June 19, 2020, outdoor museums, outdoor restaurant dining, religious services, indoor/outdoor retail, and outdoor fitness classes may resume operations. As we move forward with the Reopening Plan, the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) strongly encourages businesses and organizations to continue providing additional physical distancing options, such as virtual, takeout, curbside and delivery services. In this bulletin, you can read more about the updated Shelter in Place order from ACPHD, an update on Census 2020, and find resources for community members who have been affected by COVID-19.
  • 03/24/2020  Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan's Weekly Updates on COVID-19 (March 24, 2020)  Earlier today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed the emergency ordinance I sponsored to provide a temporary 30-day moratorium on evictions in the Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County for renters and homeowners due to lost income, increased medical expenses or child care needs as a direct result of COVID-19.In this update, you can read more about this ordinance, reaffirming Alameda County as a Welcoming County, and updates from the Alameda County Public Health Department. For up-to-date data and answers to frequently asked questions, visit ACPHD's dedicated COVID-19 web page:
  • 12/19/2013  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.
  • 12/17/2013  Supervisor Wilma Chan Volunteers at Alameda Food Bank  Chan, accompanied by staff members and supporters, packed food boxes and sorted donations.
  • 10/30/2013  "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, 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.
  • 10/30/2013  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.
  • 10/18/2013  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."
  • 07/25/2013  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.
  • 07/25/2013  Guide #1: Starting a Business in Alameda County(1046KB) 
  • 07/25/2013  Guide #2: Starting a Business in Unincorporated Alameda County(2218KB)  (Ashland, Castlewood, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Happy Valley, Hillcrest Knolls, San Lorenzo and Sunol)
  • 07/01/2013  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.
  • 06/26/2013  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."
  • 05/20/2013  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.
  • 05/15/2013  Wilma Chan Brokers Deal To Save San Leandro Hospital 
  • 04/29/2013  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 or call (510) 272-3880.
  • 04/03/2013  True immigration reform could be boon to Alameda County 
  • 02/21/2013  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
  • 10/26/2012  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).
  • 10/12/2012  Supervisor Wilma Chan denounces September outdoor rave: Urges JPA to revise policies that led to widespread public disturbance 
  • 10/02/2012  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 ( or 510-238-3301) or AEG: Chris Wright (510-383-4925)
  • 09/11/2012  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.
  • 08/21/2012  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. Learn more:
  • 08/13/2012  Equipped for Success School Supply Drive ends August 18th-Help Alameda's low-income students start the year off right! 
  • 08/03/2012  Oakland Head Start has openings for home visiting(174KB) 
  • 07/25/2012  Alameda County Tobacco Control Coalition Announces Community Grant Funds(467KB) 
  • 05/16/2012  Rally in Oakland on Wednesday to decry proposed early education budget cuts 
  • 03/19/2012  Alameda Human Impact Hearing March 21 
  • 03/19/2012  Alameda County wants residents to understand how cuts will affect them and do something about it 
  • 03/12/2012  Alameda County pet lovers unite Tuesday in protest to cuts to animal shelters 
  • 01/20/2012  Supervisor Chan Helps Spruce Up Haight 
  • 01/04/2012  Join Supervisor Chan & Henry Haight Elementary for a "Garden Day of Service"(620KB) 
  • 12/12/2011  Supervisor Wilma Chan to Hold Second Hearing on Health Care Reform and Acute Care in Alameda 
  • 11/29/2011  Board of Supervisors Pass Healthcare Proclamation Proposed by Supervisor Wilma Chan 
  • 11/22/2011  An Update on Adult Day Health Care Services-Supervisor Chan's Blog 
  • 11/08/2011  State budget cuts threaten day programs for thousands of seniors and the disabled 
  • 11/02/2011  Elimination of Adult Day Health Care Puts Seniors' Lives at Risk 
  • 10/19/2011  New Website Helps Uninsured Alameda County Residents Access Affordable Health Care 
  • 07/22/2011  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.
  • 07/21/2011  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.
  • 05/17/2011  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.
  • 05/13/2011  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.
  • 04/18/2011  Supervisor Chan Interview on About Health with Dr. LeNoir 
  • 04/10/2011  Supervisor Chan Has Plans to Keep San Leandro Hospital Open, Help Fund Senior Center 
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