The Alameda County Arts Commission provides financial support to Alameda County nonprofit arts organizations each year through the Alameda County Supervisors’ ARTSFUND Grants Program. The Grants Program supports all art forms – dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, and multidisciplinary programs.
District 5 Appointments: Donald Greene, Ron Zeno, Nia Imara
ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD OF EQUALIZATION - website
The Assessment Appeals Board is where a property owner can interact directly with the County Government to get a hearing on a perceived unjust or inaccurate property tax issue. Evidence is presented to the board by both the County Assessor and the property owner to settle the issue.
District 5 Appointments: Alfred Watts, Lynn Sherrell, William Pegg
The Advisory Commission on Aging (ACA) is made up of representatives concerned about the needs and interests of seniors in Alameda County. The Conference of Mayors, Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the ACA work in concert with the staff of the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to develop, plan, and administerprograms designed to assist seniors and their caregivers in the county.
The commission’s goal is to maximize parity for women of all ages by supporting the elimination of discriminatory services and practices in the areas of housing, employment, health services, child care, elder care, affirmative action, reproductive rights, domestic violence, sexual harassment and legislative issues.
District 5 Appointments: Anna Marks, Bonnie Wheatley, Cathy Adams
The Board oversees the Fairground activities year round. The County Fair is held during the summer, June and July for 14-16 days. During this time, an estimated 350,000 Alameda County residents visit the fairgrounds.
District 5 Appointments: Arthur Scott, Harvey Smith
FISH AND GAME ADVISORY COMMISSION
The commission deliberates the best methods to achieve the conservation and propagation of fish and game in Alameda County and gives annual budget recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for the expenditure of funds from the County’s Fish and Game Preservation Fund.
District 5 Appointment: Matt Lifschiz
HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD
The Alameda County Housing and Community Development Department works to maintain and expand decent, safe, and affordable housing opportunities for homeless and low and moderate-income people in Alameda County and to support the revitalization of neighborhoods and communities. HCD fulfills this mission through collaboration and partnerships with cities, community agencies, other County agencies, funders, community members, and others.
The Human Relations Commission is a body appointed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors to advise them on community issues including education, employment, housing and police-community relations. The HRC conducts studies on current intergroup conditions, provides crisis intervention for volatile situations and proposes long-term solutions to promote acceptance of diversity.
District 5 Appointments: Stephen Murphy
MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY BOARD
Performs advisory functions on matters relating to mental health.
District 5 Appointments: Laura Mason, Sam Greyson
PARKS, RECREATION & HISTORICAL COMMISSION
District 5 Appointments: David Tam, Ellen Wyrick-Parkinson
The duties of the Planning Commission consist of adopting and maintaining the General Plan, reviewing various development regulations to make recommendations on their adoption or amendment by the County Board of Supervisors, and reviewing and acting upon various development applications issued by the County.
District 5 Appointment: Michael Jacob
PUBLIC HEALTH COMMISSION
The Public Health Commission serves as an advisory body to the Board of Supervisors and Health Care Services Agency in the areas of public health, primary care, and criminal justice medical services.
District 5 Appointments: Ana Jackson, Madeline Oden, Dr. Larry Platt, Dr. Stephen Sidney
TREE ADVISORY BOARD
The Tree Advisory Board advises the Public Works Agency Director, assists in making policy decisions, and hears all appeals related to the Alameda County Tree Ordinance.
District 5 Appointment: Dee McDonough
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION
The Veterans Affairs Commission advises Alameda County Veterans Services on matters relating to veterans and their families.
Boards and Commissions were established to help the Alameda County Board of Supervisors address the myriad of duties and responsibilities of local county government. These Boards and Commissions are created by State or Federal law, County ordinance or by an action of the Board of Supervisors to provide forums for citizen input and increase accessibility to County government.
Supervisor Carson holds a reception for board members and commissioners annually. The event is meant to express appreciation to the citizen participants who volunteer their time to serve on various Alameda County Commissions and Boards and at the same time provide a forum where each commissioner and board member presents an update on what their board or commission has accomplished in the past year.