Ashland / Cherryland Community Identifier Paintings
The Alameda County Arts Commission announced that artist Nico Berry will paint the Ashland/Cherryland Community Identifier located on the I-238 Highway overpass above Mission Blvd / E. 14th Street. The artist will work during daytime hours, Mondays through Fridays. It is anticipated that it will take one month to complete the project. Professional traffic control will be on site to control lane closures and help ensure public safety. Drivers should expect some delays. For comments and questions, please call the Arts Commission’s Project Hotline at 510-891-5597.
Nico Berry’s design celebrates Ashland and Cherryland with vibrant images of leaves from the Oregon ash tree and cherry blossoms. The overall goal is to create a community gateway marker that helps support a positive and welcoming environment for both the community and visitors.
The Community Identifier Projects are taking place in three locations: Ashland/Cherryland, Castro Valley and San Lorenzo. The Ashland/Cherryland site is the first location to be painted. Community involvement and engagement is at the core of this project. Community members were involved in the project since its inception by contributing to community surveys about their neighborhoods, participating in community roundtables and community meetings, providing comments about the artists' proposal designs, and serving on the artist selection committees. After a year-long, multi-phase process, community members selected the designs for each site. The Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the designs in January 2018. This project is being completed in accordance with requirements of Caltrans and the Alameda County Public Works Agency. It is anticipated that the painting of the Castro Valley site and the San Lorenzo site will begin in Summer 2019. For project updates and to see digital mock ups of the three project sites, please click the following link: https://www.acgov.org/arts/pdfs/CIP_Feb2019update_FV.pdf
ACPWA Employees Sweeping Away Hunger
April 30, 2019
The Alameda County Public Works Agency won the “Best Recipe Award” in the 6th Annual Stone Soup Food Drive and Design Competition for achieving the highest combined scores for creativity, food and cash donated. PWA employees raised $2,984.15 – 22% of the overall county total and purchased 4,345 pounds of food for donation to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
Led by Diana Carvalho, a team of employees including Shawn Cato, Michael Good and Amanda Real designed and constructed a street sweeper sculpture with rotating parts, equipped with canned food. After winning the “Best Recipe Award,” all of the food was donated.
The Stone Soup Food Drive aligns with the Alameda County Vision 2026 “10x” goal of eliminating poverty and hunger and supports the Alameda County Community Food Bank in its fight to end hunger and provide relief to those struggling with food insecurity.
A complete list of this year’s winners, and photographs of their entries, can be found at: http://acgov.org/government/news/stonesoup.htm. For more information on the county award winners, view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hzFGshpfqY#action=share.
App Concept to Address 10X Goal of Ending Homelessness
Alameda County employees from ACPWA and other agencies entered the 5th Internal Hackathon, Rethink AC 2019 and won Best of the Best for their app concept called AC Restart. The app would be designed for people experiencing homelessness and coordinates access to housing, food, healthcare, employment services, financial literacy and other resources. Achieving Alameda County’s 10X Goal of eliminating homelessness is a critical challenge, but working together, county employees are demonstrating that there is hope in identifying solutions.
The vast majority of people experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness, are unaware of many community resources available to them. AC Restart is a concept for an easy-to-use app that connects people to the resources they need and allows registered organizations to share upcoming service events with users to increase participation in these events. For ease of use, the app would be preloaded onto free phones issued through the My Lifeline program.
The app concept was developed by county employees, Diana Carvalho, Jennelle Shores, Jay Wong, Michael Good, Shawn Cato, Jessica Havens, Ashwin Swenson, Jameka Polk, Jennifer Schulz, Sean Nero and Simbiat Atanda. Participants teamed up to brainstorm ideas and solutions to help the County achieve its 10X goals as part of ACGOV Vision 2026.
In this year’s “Hackathon,” Alameda County employees from all agencies were encouraged to find creative ways to enhance customer service and/or improve how we work through collaboration, innovation, entrepreneurship and technology. For more information, visit http://alcoweb.acgov.org/rethink/.
ACPWA Building Opportunities for Business
Local business owners, including minority, women and small business owners, are invited to attend the Alameda County Public Works Agency’s Building Opportunities for Business (BOB) Breakfast featuring a Prevailing Wage/Labor Compliance Workshop on May 17, 2019, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Turner Court in Hayward. This workshop is being held in partnership with the Alameda County General Services Agency. Contractor Bonding Assistance Program representatives from Merriwether & Williams will be in attendance. A representative from the Foundation for Fair Contracting (FFC) will explore prevailing wages, public agency responsibilities, employer responsibilities, and more.
This workshop is part of the free BOB Breakfast Series that brings together key Public Works Agency staff members, Alameda County contracting and certifying agencies, and local businesses. Beginning in January and extending throughout the summer, the series provides a unique opportunity for participants to learn about upcoming contracting opportunities and gain insight into industry trends and information. To register, visit https://www.acpwa.org/bob-breakfast, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 670-5521.
Building Opportunities for Business (BOB) is a program of the Alameda County Public Works Agency that works to promote economic growth, local employment and business development within Alameda County through maximizing public contracting opportunities to local businesses. For more information about the BOB series and to learn more about doing business with Alameda County, please visit https://www.acpwa.org/business-outreach-and-upcoming-contract-opportunity.