Current Agenda






Thursday March 7, 2024


Hosted by the City of Martinez


Business Meeting At:

Contra Costa Community College District Offices

500 Court St., Martinez, CA 94553


Business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.


Program will feature Meredith Curry Nunez, Executive Dir.,

Northern California College Promise Coalition and

Christopher Whitmore of Richmond Promise 


Promise Coalition Milestones in Equitable Education for 2023

Buffet Dinner will follow the Business Meeting at:


Del Cielo Brewing Co., 701 Escobar St, Martinez


(The dinner location is about 1½ blocks from the meeting location and parking is available that can be used for both in a parking lot located between the two sites. See map below.)


A vegetarian option will be available for dinner.




RSVP to: Eve Kearney,, 925-387-9081



Reservation deadline: Friday March 1, 2024


Dinner Reservations: Two dinners are prepaid for each City.  Please RSVP with the names and titles of all attendees. Others interested in staying for dinner must RSVP, as noted above, and pay at the door or mail payment to:


Eve Kearney

Executive Assistant to the City Manager

City of Martinez

525 Henrietta Street, Martinez, CA  94553

(925) 387-9081



Individuals will be billed for reservations made but not cancelled prior to the deadline.  

Dinner Cost: $70.00.























Thursday, March 7, 2024




Call Mayors Conference (Conference) to Order, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, & Roll Call.


1. Program: Meredith Curry Nunez, Executive Dir., Northern California College Promise Coalition and Christopher Whitmore of Richmond Promise:  “Promise Coalition Milestones in Equitable Education for 2023.”

2. Approval of Minutes: (attached) of the February 1, 2024 Conference meeting.


Action: Move to approve February 1, 2024 Conference minutes.


3. Recess Mayors Conference and call City Selection Committee (CSC) to order for item 4, below:


4. Announcement of upcoming CSC Appointment of a Contra Costa Cities representative to the Delta Protection Commission (DPC): Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between the Contra Costa County CSC and the Solano County CSC regarding alternating two-year appointments to the DPC, it is the Contra Costa CSC turn to appoint a council member or mayor to serve on the DPC representing “West Delta” cities of both counties for a term extending from May 2, 2024 through May 1, 2026. The CSC will be making this appointment at the April 4, 2024 meeting. Any mayor or council member from any Contra Costa city is eligible to serve in this capacity. It should be noted that the Contra Costa representative is authorized by State Law to designate an alternate representative to act in said representative’s stead if the appointee is unable to attend any meeting.


Nominations for this position shall be filed by email with the Executive Director at: no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2024.


5. Recess CSC Meeting & Call Mayors Conference back to order for balance of agenda.


6. Authorization for Conference Chair to sign letter of recommendation and endorsement for renewal of support for Contra Costa County Head Start Program.  (Copy attached.)


Action: Move to authorize Chair to sign and Executive Director to forward letter of endorsement to appropriate interested parties.


7.Conference Appointee Reports: This item is the time when city representatives to area-wide boards, commissions, and agencies may report on activities of the agency to which they are appointed.


8. Chair Announcements:


9. Mayor Announcements:


10. State and Federal Legislative Update:


11. County Supervisor Announcements:


12.  League of California Cities Update:  Samantha “Sam” Caygill, East Bay Division Public Affairs Manager, will be unable to attend this meeting.


13. Public Comments: Members of the public are advised that public comments at this place should be confined to items not on the agenda and should be limited to no more than 2 minutes in length. Also, no more than one speaker from any organization should address the mayors on the same evening.


14. Welcome to Martinez by Mayor Brianne Zorn.


15. Adjourn Conference to the April 4, 2024 meeting in Danville.


Deadline for next agenda is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, 2024.


Brown Act Reminder: The Contra Costa Mayors Conference/City Selection Committee has a policy of complying with the letter and spirit of open meeting laws. Generally, off-agenda items maybe taken up only if:

1. Two-thirds of Conference voting members find a need for immediate action exists and the need to take action came to the attention of the Conference after the agenda was prepared (Note: If fewer than two-thirds of Conference members are present, taking up an off-agenda item requires a unanimous vote); or

2. A majority of the Conference finds an emergency (for example: work stoppage or disaster) exists.


A majority of any city council may not, consistent with the Brown Act, discuss specific substantive issues among themselves at Conference meetings. Any such discussion is subject to the Brown Act and must occur in a City Council meeting that complies with Brown Act requirements.









April 4, Danville


May 2, Pinole


June 6, Pittsburg


July 11, Richmond (one week late because of July 4 holiday)


August 1, Hercules


September 5, Walnut Creek


October 3, Orinda


November 7, Concord


December 5, San Pablo


January 9, Oakley (one week late because of holidays)


February 6, Moraga


March 6, Lafayette


April 3, Clayton 











Hosted by the City of El Cerrito


Thursday, February 1, 2024 – 6:30 p.m.


CALL TO ORDER: Chair Dave Hudson called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.




Antioch: Mayor Lamar Thorpe

Brentwood: Mayor Joel Bryant

Clayton: Mayor Jim Diaz

Concord: Mayor Edi Bursan

Town of Danville: Mayor Karen Stepper

El Cerrito: Mayor Tessa Rudnick

Hercules: Council Member Christine Kelley

Lafayette: Absent

Martinez: Mayor Brianne Zorn

Moraga: Vice Mayor Steve Woehleke

Oakley: Absent

Orinda: Mayor Darlene Gee

Pinole: Mayor Maureen Toms

Pittsburg: Vice Mayor Jelani Killings

Pleasant Hill: Mayor Matthew Rinn

Richmond: Mayor Eduardo Martinez

San Pablo: Mayor Patricia Ponce

San Ramon: Mayor Dave Hudson

Walnut Creek: Mayor Loella Haskew


Presiding: Conference Chair: Loella Haskew.


The above delegates comprised a quorum for the meetings.


1. Program: Kristen Connelly, Contra Costa Clerk-Recorder on elections in Contra Costa County: “Preparing for the 2024 Primary Election: Much has changed and we need your help with the new initiatives.”


2. Passing of the gavel from retiring Chair of Mayors Conference Dave Hudson to 2024 Chair Loella Haskew: Retiring Chair Dave Hudson briefly thanked all for their support throughout the past year and for their patience with him during his convalescence from his stroke and since. Incoming Chair Loella Haskew thanked Dave for his steadfast leadership during the past year under less than ideal conditions, recognized and thanked his wife Barbara for her help and support for Dave during the past year, and presented Dave with a recognition plaque featuring the city pins of the 19 cities in Contra Costa County.


3. Approval of Minutes: (attached) of the January 11, 2024 Conference and CSC meetings.


Action: Motion to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2024 Conference and CSC meetings passed. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Lafayette and Oakley were absent. There were no negative votes.


4. Appointment to the balance of an Alternate Member term ending January 31, 2025 representing Contra Costa cities on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA). Teresa Gerringer resigned her position on the Lafayette City Council in late January. A need to appoint a new member to a CCTA alternate position resulted. Nominations were called for at the January 11 meeting. Two individuals, Martinez Mayor Brianne Zorn and Hercules Council member Christine Kelley were nominated by the deadline. Mayor Kelley subsequently withdrew her nomination. As a result there remained a single nomination received by the deadline.


Action: The Conference applied the Conference rule and appointed Mayor Brianne Zorn to the balance of an Alternate Member term on the CCTA Board ending on January 31, 2025. Voting aye were delegates from Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Martinez, Moraga, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek. Lafayette and Oakley were absent. There were no negative votes.


5.Conference Appointee Reports: Mark Ross noted that the Air District Board held a retreat and has adopted a new five-year strategic plan that will feature more intensive monitoring, more inspections, and a stronger environmental justice focus. Karen Stepper noted that the Executive Director of the East Bay Communication System, Tom McCarthy is retiring and that the Board will shortly be appointing an Interim Director while the search for a permanent Executive Director continues. Newell Arnerich noted that CCTA has hired a new Director of External Affairs, Lindy Johnson, who will be making the agency more visible, to reflect the national stature of the agency. The 9th annual Redefining Mobility Summit will be held at Bishop Ranch in May. He reiterated CCTA’s success in gaining transportation grants and reminded cities that if they needed assistance with their own transportation grants CCTA staff is available to help. Carlyn Obringer noted that the Airport Commission had not met in the last month, the Economic Development Alliance will be hosting the Innovation awards in March, and the East Bay Regional Parks District will be celebrating its 90th anniversary all year. Cindy Silva noted that the new President of ABAG is Napa County Supervisor Belia Ramos, and that there is likely to be a $20 billion affordable housing measure on the November ballot. Sue Noack stated that MTC is likely to bring forward a transportation finance measure in 2026 focusing on transit and that there is a lot of discussion regarding better coordination or consolidation of the many transit agencies in the Bay Area. Kevin Wilk noted that the Family Justice Center has various health care access services available and that the Center is having a fundraiser in May. Soheil Bana thanked mayors for their support of the petition urging undergrounding of power lines in the interests of fire safety.


6. Chair Announcements: Chair Haskew announced the appointment of Orinda Mayor Darlene Gee and Oakley Council Member Aaron Meadows to the 2024 Conference Executive Committee and noted that there would likely be a meeting before the March regular meeting. Gee and Meadows will be joining Past Chairs Hudson and Noack, Vice-Chair Walker-Griffith, Selection Committee Chair Rudnick, and herself as the 2024 Executive Committee.


7. Mayor Announcements: Orinda is looking for a new council member. Richmond is moving in the right direction, it had a record low homicide rate in 2023. Moraga got an AAA bond rating from Standard and Poors and the Town is working on an evacuation plan in partnership with Orinda and Lafayette. Pinole is recruiting for a new city manager.


8. State and Federal Legislative Update:  Representatives for Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier and John Garamendi noted many grants for their districts in 2023 as well as various events.


9. County Supervisor Announcements: None.


10.  League of California Cities Update: None.


11. Public Comments: BART Director Rebecca Saltzman noted that new fare gates are being installed in Richmond, Antioch and West Oakland this year with new gates to be installed throughout the system by the end of 2025. New cars are running throughout the system and BART saved $394 million on their acquisition because of various incentives that were met by staff during the conversion. A representative of Central Sanitary District reminded all about household hazardous waste disposal. A representative of Contra Climate Leaders talked about the food waste issue. Cesar Zapeda invited all to the NAACP upcoming dinner honoring neighborhood councils.


12. Host Mayor Welcome: El Cerrito Mayor Tessa Rudnick reviewed various City achievements and introduced current and past council members, past mayors, and city staff.


13. Chair Haskew adjourned the Conference meeting to March 7 in memory of the late Richmond Mayor Irma Anderson who was the first female black mayor of Richmond, California.



Deadline for next agenda is 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024.














March 8, 2024


Administration for Children and Families

Office of Head Start

8th Floor Portal Building

1250 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20024


To Whom It May Concern:


Please accept this letter of strong support and endorsement for Contra Costa County’s Head Start and Early Head Start program as they compete for renewal of their long-standing grant to serve the children and families of Contra Costa County. We, the mayors of the nineteen cities in the county, acting as the Contra Costa Mayors Conference, meeting March 7, 2024, strongly support their continued efforts and urge you to fund this long-standing program so they can offer continued support to better the future of children ages 0-5 in their care.


The tremendous impact Contra Costa County’s Employment and Human Services Department's Community Services Bureau (CSB) has had in providing critical services for over 2,100 of the region’s most vulnerable young children and their families who live in our communities is commendable. Their commitment to promoting school readiness of children from communities in need by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development has been unwavering for over 50 years.


As the current Head Start and Early Head Start Grantee in Contra Costa County, the CSB’s work directly offers extensive support and health services for children and families through their programming. The CSB goes above and beyond minimum requirements to nurture the growth and development of children in their care. With strict staff-to-child ratios, a focus on hiring educators formally trained in early childhood education, and a diverse staff that reflects the families served, CSB is truly dedicated to meeting the unique needs of each child.


In addition to high quality early learning experiences, CSB also provides health, nutrition, disability, mental health, and family support services that keep families and communities strong.

We, the mayors of the nineteen cities in Contra Costa County, fully support the crucial efforts of CSB to maintain access to early education and support and urge you to sustain their ability to make a difference for children and their families. At our regular monthly meeting March 7, 2024 we unanimously directed our Chair to sign and forward this letter of support. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide any additional information regarding the tremendous positive impact the CSB program has made.






Loella Haskew

Mayor, City of Walnut Creek and

2024 Chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference


Signed on behalf of the mayors of the cities of Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek, California.