Richmond to hold Rosie the Riveter Guiness Record Challenge, Aug 15

The National Park Service and the Rosie the Riveter Memorial site in Marina Park, Richmond California will attempt a new Guiness World Record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Rosie the Riveter, August 15, 2015


rosietheriveter-yeswecanThe National Park Service is recruiting 1,000 women of all ages to help break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed Like Rosie the Riveter, August 15, from 1:00-3:00 Saturday August 15, at the Rosie the Riveter Memortial, located in Marina Park in richmond California.

The Rosie the Riveter / WWII Home Front National Historical Park and the Rosie the Riveter Trust are working with the Richmond Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and The City of Richmond with support from the Spirit of ’45 and the American Rosie the Riveter Association to break the record!

The Rosie the Riveter/ WWII Home Front National Historical Park and the Rosie the Riveter Trust are working with the Richmond Convention & Visitor’s Bureau and The City of Richmond with support from the Spirit of ’45 and the American Rosie the Riveter Association to break the record!

When: 1:00 – 3:00 pm Saturday, August 15, 2015

Where: The Rosie the Riveter Memorial located in Marina Park (corner of Regatta Blvd and Melville Square), Richmond, CA 94804

Carpooling, biking, and public transportation encouraged

Uniform REQUIRED: To be counted as a Rosie, you must wear the following:

1. Red bandana with approximately 1″ diameter white polka-dots (hair should be pinned up, not down or in a ponytail).

2. Dark blue long-sleeve workers coveralls, OR long-sleeve dark blue collared shirt and dark blue pants, OR very dark blue jeans (not faded). Long sleeves must be rolled up like the classic image.

3. Red socks that cover calves (pants must be rolled up to reveal socks)

4. Black work boots or work shoes (or as close as you can get, as long as they’re black) OR brown work boots.

-no faded denim jeans

-no denim shirts
-no bib overalls
-no t shirts
-no sweats

Official “Rosie the Riveter” bandanas and red socks will be available at the event for $7 per pack. The first 100 people get a free official bandana provided by the Rosie the Riveter Trust.

For additional information or to volunteer:
Contact (via email) Allison Joyce or call 510-232-5050 x6632

Social Media:

Facebook: Rosie Rally



Concord Code enforcement not getting the job done against neighborhood blight and abandoned vehicles

It has been almost four years since our first meeting. The general consensus is that City of Concord Code Enforcement and Traffic Departments (handles parking violations) haven’t resolved our ongoing issues.


A neighbor write about how Concord Code enforcement not getting the job done against neighborhood blight and abandoned vehicles

My wife and I moved to Concord 5 years ago. We spent nearly 6 months looking before choosing to move into the North Todos Santos District. We are very proud to have a home so close to the Todos Santos Square, Bart and easy access to highway 242.

This area should be prime real estate. We knew that several homes around us were being rented and weren’t maintained properly. We found that several of our neighbors wanted to proactively improve our neighborhood. We formed a neighborhood watch group to address criminal activity and identify neglected properties.

abandoned passenger vanIt has been almost four years since our first meeting. The general consensus is that City of Concord Code Enforcement and Traffic Departments (handles parking violations) haven’t resolved our ongoing issues.

The North Todos Santos neighbors have files on the same properties committing the same ongoing code violations for years. We have personally walked individuals from the police department, city hall and code enforcement to properties that are basically in the same condition as five years ago.

One of our neighborhood leads has been sent an email from code enforcement stating that two of the blight properties weren’t in violation of any codes. As of today these properties have debris piled up in front and on the sides of their homes.

6-28 AstroVanwithTrailer (1)The watch group has painstakingly been working on vehicles that are basically being warehoused on the downtown streets. We have been successful in getting several ten wheeled dump trucks tagged for illegally parking in our neighborhood.

We haven’t been successful with a resident of the Plaza Tower that parks five to six vehicles on the North Todos Santos neighborhood streets. The Traffic Department has been notified where these vehicles are parked but will not tag them. There are now other vehicles and trailers being stored on adjacent streets.

How does a person receiving subsidized housing hold 6-7 vehicles and associated costs, just to use them as storage lockers and litter them around the neighborhood and the Concord enforcement or Traffic department not be able to mitigate this?

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Some cities in America enforce codes that make irresponsible property owners clean up their properties. With an effective code compliance, home values goes up and associated property taxes collected help with budget short comings. A proactive code enforcement will make slum lords consider selling their distressed property to an owner that can make necessary upgrades. Statistics support that blight homes can reduce property values by a more than six percent.

It’s time that Concord Code Enforcement and Traffic Department get proactive in providing the community neighborhoods that meet or surpass the City of Concord’s ordinances.

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John Gioia on closure of Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo

The closure of Doctors Medical Center is a loss to all of us in West County and reflects the failure of our federal government to adequately reimburse providers of Medicare and Medi-Cal services.

John Gioia
Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia reports on the April 21st closure of Doctors Medical Center

On April 21, Doctors Medical Center (DMC) in San Pablo closed and is no longer accepting patients. The hospital, owned and operated by the West Contra Costa Healthcare District, has been running at a deficit of over $18 million per year, and lacked the operating funds to remain open.

The closure of Doctors Medical Center is a loss to all of us in West County and reflects the failure of our federal government to adequately reimburse providers of Medicare and Medi-Cal services.  Eighty-percent of Doctors’ patients relied on these government plans, and the federal  reimbursement rate didn’t cover the cost of providing services.

While many of us have fought to get these reimbursements increased, the situation hasn’t changed. Hospitals nationwide are closing for the same reason.

Hospitals like Doctors, with few privately insured patients, struggle to be sustainable.  Survival is especially hard for stand-alone hospitals, such as Doctors, who aren’t part of a larger healthcare system.

For the past decade, I’ve worked very hard along with many others to keep DMC open. When the hospital filed for bankruptcy in 2006 and was set to close, I advocated for the County to provide funding to keep it open. While we cut the hospital’s losses in half and passed a parcel tax in 2011to bring in new revenue, this wasn’t enough to stem the operating losses and debt.

Click here for a chronology of culminating in the closure of Doctors Medical Center.

I understand the frustration that efforts to save the hospital weren’t successful. Up until the last minute, many fought to  find a viable solution that would keep Doctors open and on sound financial footing.

As DMC’s  closure became more likely, steps were taken to make sure everyone in West County has health care. Resources are available.

  • Contra Costa Health Services has compiled a detailed West County Health Care Resources Guide (click on link or see below),and a resource website, which includes information in several languages.
  • A new urgent care clinic has opened at LifeLong Medical Care, which is located across the street from Doctors, at 2023 Vale Road, San Pablo. The clinic is open noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week. 510-231-9800
  • Anyone without private insurance (Kaiser, Blue Cross, etc.) needing health advice is urged to call the County’s free Advice Nurse Health Line as a starting point for getting services. The  line is 1-877-661-6230, option 1. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Earth Day Events in Contra Costa

Earth Day Events throughout Contra Costa County 2015

Earth Day 2015
Earth Day 2015 Events in Contra Costa County
Earth Day 2015
Opportunities to Get Your Green On  
in Central Contra Costa County…
What are you doing in honor of 
Earth Day 2015?
In District IV & Regionally there are 
several ways you can get involved…  

Hillcrest Creek Cleanup

When: Saturday, April 25th, cleanup begins at 7:45 AM

Where: Hillcrest Park, 2060 Olivera Road, Concord

A short morning of projects will include a creek cleanup and general cleanup of park grounds.



Clayton Cleans Up

When: Saturday, April 25 from 9 AM to 12 PM

Where: Clayton City Hall

Rain or shine, come stuff bright orange garbage bags with trash and weeds from your favorite parks and trails. Double-dog dare the rain to fall before you finish chowing down on hamburgers and hot dogs. The Clean Up is also to celebrate Earth Day, so see what local clubs and organizations at the event have to say about making our corner of the planet a better place to live, like growing drought tolerant plants, making recycled art and exploring Mount Diablo. For more information, call the Pioneer at (925) 672-0500.

Pleasant Hill


Grayson Creek Cleanup


When: Sunday, April 19th from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Meet at the Second Street Bridge by the Country Square shopping center (by Big Five) in Pleasant Hill.

This will include litter pick up along the stream bank between Second Street and Chilpancingo. Please bring water, gloves and sturdy shoes. For more information, please contact Anne Baker at or (925) 671-5806.


Celebrate Earth Day at Diablo Valley College 


When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from 11-2 PM

Where: DVC Commons Area, 321 Golf Club Rd, Pleasant Hill


Join us at the new commons area to celebrate Earth Day. Exhibits, information, giveaways, entertainment and much more! Free and open to all!


Earth Day Green Movie Night


When: Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Pleasant Hill Teen Center, 147 Gregory Ln. Pleasant Hill


The Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce Green Business

Committee invites you to participate of this FREE event to celebrate Earth Day.

Come by and enjoy refreshments and appetizer at the screening of “Fern Gully,” a film in which the magical inhabitants of a rainforest fight to save their homes, threatened by logging and pollution.

Walnut Creek


Kaiser Walnut Creek Earth Day 

When: Tuesday, April 21st from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Where: Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center, 1425 S. Main Street, Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek Downtown Creek Cleanup 

When: Saturday, May 9th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: meet at the gazebo at Civic Park in Walnut Creek

There will be a continental breakfast for all participants at 8:45 AM so arrive early!  Please wear old sneakers, bring gloves and plan to get wet.  An adult must accompany children under 12.  For more information please visit the website here.


John Muir Birthday-Earth Day Celebration

When: Saturday, April 18th, 2015 from 10 AM to 4 PM

Where: John Muir National Historic Site, 4202 Alhambra Avenue at Highway 4 in Martinez, California

John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s April 21st birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive. Bring the family for fun-filled activities and entertainment! Food and beverages are available for purchase. This event will be held rain or shine-dress for the weather.

Lafayette Earth Day Festival

When: Sunday, April 26th

Where: Lafayette Library & Learning Center, 3491 Mt Diablo Blvd, Lafayette, CA 94549

From 11am – 3pm, the Lafayette Library & Learning Center will host local businesses and organizations all dedicated to a more sustainable lifestyle. At 2:55pm, members from the Lafayette Creek Committee will lead a hike and discuss fish, wildlife, plants, hydrology, engineering, and other topics. Bring good walking shoes and some water. This 3/4 mile hike is flat, on pavement, and should take about an hour. All ages are welcome. Meet at the Creek Committee Booth at 2:55pm. For more information on this all-day event visit the website here.

Earth Day: Opportunities to Work & Play!
West County events include clean-ups, gardening, music and art

Earth Day is officially Wednesday, April 22, with events through the week. From creek and shoreline cleanups, to neighborhood block parties, West County is home to a variety of Earth Day festivities this year.Take a look: 

When: Saturday, April 18

9 am to 1:30 pm – Pre-register online at (search Earth Day) or    on Saturday morning at the El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, El Cerrito. Return to the community center for free lunch at noon.

For more: 510-215-4350, or via email(

8:30 am to noon – Meet at Pt. Isabel. Free refreshments.
For more: call 1.888.EBPARKS (888-327-2757) option 2, or email

When: Wednesday, April 22

  • Richmond: Veolia Water Shoreline Cleanup at Miller Knox Regional Park

9 am to 12:30 pm – Meet at Miller Knox Regional Park to clean shoreline. Free lunch and refreshments.

For more: Juliana Gonzales or at 510-224-4085 (


When: Saturday, April 25

  • El Sobrante – SPAWNERS Creek Cleanup, Family Fun, “Water Bug Team” event

9 am to 12:30 pm – Meet behind the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way.

Cleaning San Pablo Creek; tree planting, arts & crafts. Free breakfast and lunch.

For more: Courtney Marshall, or 510-665-3538

More on Water Bug’s,

  • North Richmond Community Block Party, Creek Cleanup

9 am to 2 pm – Meet at Verde Elementary School, 2000 Giaramita Street. Creek cleanup, art activities, garden projects, ZUMBA, music, dancing and more. Free refreshments.

For more: Block Party, C. Sequoia Erasmus925-313-6764


Teaching Sexual Human Rights propaganda in Acalanes Schools

Parents question district’s no-bid approval of Planned Parenthood’s Sexual Human Rights propaganda for 9th grade sex education in Acalanes Schools


Planned Parenthood’s worldwide mission to advance Sexual Human rights is opposed by numerous religions and cultures.  In the U.S., Planned Parenthood’s sexual human rights agenda includes the addition of national sex education standards into Common Core, an effort opposed by parents and taxpayers alike.  In addition, Planned Parenthood seeks to change cultural attitudes about sex using youth-led grassroots activism to pursue youth sexual rights and “reproductive justice.”

So it’s no wonder many U.S. school districts don’t allow Planned Parenthood into classrooms to teach sex ed.  And it’s curious why Acalanes schools in Lafayette, California refuse to allow anyone but Planned Parenthood to do so.

Young people’s early encounters of sexual pleasure are very important, since they can shape the way they experience and express their sexuality in the future. Ensuring that all young people understand that they are entitled to sexual pleasure and how to experience different forms of sexual pleasure is important for their health and well-being.           ~Young People’s Guide to “Sexual Rights:  an IPPF declaration



For more than 22 years the Acalanes Union High School District (AUHSD) has contracted with a local Planned Parenthood affiliate to teach 9th-grade sex education.  This year a group of parents asked the District to end this no-bid contract and develop a new approach, in response to concerns about Planned Parenthood’s instructor qualifications, course content and opposition to its advocacy of youth “sexual rights.”

At the District Board’s November 5, 2014 meeting, a standing-room-only crowd of parents and students gave extensive and often emotional testimony, both for and against extending the District’s Planned Parenthood contract.  In response, the District agreed to discuss the matter at a meeting to be held 7:30pm on Wednesday, April 15, 2015, when Board members will consider changes to sex ed policies.

In order to accommodate the large crowd anticipated, this meeting will be held at the Acalanes Adult Education – Del Valle Education Center in room 401 located at 1963 Tice Valley Road in Walnut Creek.

Board agenda materials for the April 15 meeting suggest the District intends, yet again, to extend its contract with Planned Parenthood (See:  Agenda Item 10.03).

The following are some of the reasons why many AUHSD parents and District residents seek replacement of Planned Parenthood as the Acalanes’ sex ed contractor:


For more than two decades the District has contracted with Planned Parenthood to deliver its freshman sex ed course.[i]  While teachers are capable of teaching the sex ed curriculum, District officials say they contract out because teachers prefer it.  Further, the District considers Planned Parenthood as a “sole source” bidder – that is, the only qualified contractor available.

Planned Parenthood has invested extensive resources in developing customized sex ed programs for schools.  This strategy has been successful in growing Planned Parenthood’s market share for its school training contracts which, in turn, generate clients to its money-making health clinics.

The April 15th Board agenda materials suggest the District intends to continue its exclusive contract with Planned Parenthood, despite the legitimate concerns of parents and the community.


Many consider Acalanes’ Planned Parenthood contract an ethical conflict, because it allows a private corporation exclusive access to a captive audience of impressionable freshman students.  Students report the Planned Parenthood sexual human rights course “pushes” its services and promotes its sexual rights agenda.  For example, a course quiz instructs students that Planned Parenthood should be the primary resource for sexual health issues, including birth control, rather than a student’s doctor or health provider.

Others are troubled because Planned Parenthood relies on a steady stream of clients to claim government reimbursement and raise funds.  Parents worry Planned Parenthood’s promotional pitch undermines the relationship between students and their primary care physicians.  “We’re dealing with 13-and 14-year-old freshmen kids here,” says one mother.  “Some of these kids have complicated medical histories and their health could be jeopardized without continuity of medical care.”

Parents also object to Planned Parenthood’s “blatant indoctrination” and marketing they believe serve no legitimate educational purpose.  For example, students receive marketing merchandise bearing the Planned Parenthood logo and learn a chant to reinforce the Planned Parenthood brand, sung to the movie theme song from Ghostbusters:  “Who’re gonna call?  Planned Parenthood!”

District residents object to the District giving a company license to promote its services directly to students, which they consider a conflict of interest. 


At the beginning of the current school year, a small group of parents dissatisfied with Planned Parenthood’s course content and presence on campus, began asking questions.  They made a series of public records requests, which they say were mishandled by the District, including:

  • Records provided by the District were conflicting and incomplete;
  • Parent questions were dismissed by District officials and/or they couldn’t get straight answers to their questions from teachers, principals or District officials;
  • Some questions and requests for information were ignored entirely;
  • The District refused to provide copies of instructional materials, such as classroom handouts, because they were the proprietary property of Planned Parenthood, rather than the District;
  • Some materials “disappeared” from District files, so they became unavailable for re-review.

Robin Longchamps, an outspoken Planned Parenthood critic and parent of three Acalanes students (one current student and two graduates), was among those who has requested sex ed records and information from the District.  “The District would have been wise to listen to our concerns and give us straight answers to our questions.  Instead, they were at times defensive, dismissive, non-responsive and gave us the runaround,” she says.  “The District’s botched handling of information requests has inflamed the situation.  It seems their minds are completely closed and District officials want to continue the contract with Planned Parenthood, no matter what.”

Many parents and residents urge replacement of Planned Parenthood with a new contractor that is free from controversy and more broadly accepted by parents.  They cite examples of quality programs used by other school districts, but which Acalanes deems “unqualified.”  Parents also seek meaningful participation in District policymaking.

The District’s reputation for top-down, authoritarian decision-making; evasive and hostile attitudes toward parents; and mishandling of public records requests have damaged community relations.  Erosion of public trust and support could create long-term difficulties for the District.


Planned Parenthood promotes sexual rights as human rights and “believes in the fundamental right of each individual to manage his or her fertility.”  It provides contraception, abortion and other sexual health and education services worldwide.  Some of these services conflict with beliefs and practices of many people, as well as the world’s major religions.

Planned Parenthood Corporation and its network of affiliates received 2014 annual revenues of $1.3 billion.  Domestically and internationally, Planned Parenthood is not only accustomed to controversy, but employs political activism as a core strategy to increase its visibility and cultural influence.  For example, Planned Parenthood’s high-profile opposition to the U.S. Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision generated free publicity and placed the company squarely on the front lines of the current religious freedom debate – against religious freedom.

Further, Planned Parenthood receives heavy support from taxpayers.  Government provides 41% of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenues.  For religious freedom advocates, this seems like adding insult to injury.

Notably, the District made national news in January, when students were ridiculed and harassed for their moral beliefs by members of the Queer Straight Alliance (QSA).  Now parents wonder whether the sexual rights agenda promoted by Planned Parenthood is related to such incidents.

In early April the Pacific Justice Institute, a Sacramento-based legal defense group specialized in religious freedom and parental rights, issued a press release about the Acalanes-Planned Parenthood controversy.  Further, PJI supports California Assembly Bill 517 designed to strengthen parental consent rules for sex ed programs, a proposal some District parents support.

Planned Parenthood’s sexual rights mission and political agenda conflict with the values of many families, particularly those who feel their moral or religious beliefs are under attack in today’s hypersexualized, secular American culture.  At the same time, others support Planned Parenthood’s mission and believe no change to District practices is necessary.  Historically the District has been unresponsive to those who object to Planned Parenthood’s presence in school classrooms.


Unanswered questions about the quality and qualifications of Planned Parenthood’s “trained health educators” have intensified the current controversy.  Unlike regular District faculty, the identities and credentials of Planned Parenthood instructors are hidden from parents.  Further, parents are not permitted to observe sex ed classes, in order to preserve student confidentiality.  Consequently, the only sources of information parents have regarding Planned Parenthood instructors are informal, such as via social media and from students attending classes.

Two recent revelations have raised concern about the quality of Planned Parenthood instructors:

  • One of this year’s Planned Parenthood contract instructors used by the District, Meliza Varsovia, is a self-described “Sexual Health Outreach Workshop Trainer” who leads “pleasure workshops” at an erotica/sex toy store in Berkeley called “Good Vibrations.”
  • Another instructor and Planned Parenthood’s northern California education manager, Christina Boothman, used social media to discuss a CatalystCon conference, which she attended last fall with other Planned Parenthood instructors. The conference website states:

CatalystCon is a conference created . . . to reach out and stimulate attendees . . . to change discourse and acceptance of sexuality within society. These conversations are intended to . . . spark transformation and growth for all adults and children in one of the humanity’s most important aspects; sexuality . . . This conference [is]  a “melting pot of sexuality” that unites sex educators, sexologists, sex workers, sex therapists, writers, activists, sex researchers, those in the adult industry, and anyone with a passion for creating change.

Both of these instructors are outspoken advocates for the sexual rights movement and active on social media (though pages on some of their online sites were removed after parents reported concerns to District officials).  In response from an inquiry from parent Robin Longchamps regarding these instructors, District Superintendent John Nickerson said “the two individuals you identify will not be teaching [the January 2015 classes].”  However, the District offered no other information or assurances to parents about instructor qualifications and quality.

The District does not conduct background checks on Planned Parenthood instructors.  This is because Planned Parenthood’s contract requires the District to “maintain a certified teacher in the classroom at all times during PP presentations.”  Because Planned Parenthood instructors are not left alone with students, state fingerprinting and background check requirements do not apply as they do for volunteer coaches.  A proposed new policy would require fingerprinting “of those guest speakers or consultants who will interact directly with students in excess of one day.”

Parents object to the secrecy that surrounds Planned Parenthood’s sex ed instructor credentials and qualifications.  They are uneasy with Planned Parenthood instructors’ associations with the sex industry.  And they demand greater transparency about who’s in the classroom and precisely what’s being taught. 


Fundamentally this controversy is rooted in conflict between traditional norms and attitudes about sex in American society, and the sex positivity movement advancing worldwide sexual rights promoted by groups such as Planned Parenthood.

Religious families, in particular, reject many of Planned Parenthood’s core beliefs.  For example, the values and attitudes of Planned Parenthood differ from those of many Muslims, Christians, Catholics and Jews on a range of topics, including:

  • Sexual activity among minor children
  • Sexual activity between minor children and adults
  • Masturbation
  • Recreational sex and casual “hook-ups”
  • Pre-marital sex
  • Gender non-conforming and LGBTQ sexual practices
  • Sex work (prostitution)
  • Contraception
  • Abortion

The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has declared sexual rights as “universal human rights related to sexuality.”  IPPF “works towards a world where . . . young people everywhere have control over their own bodies, and therefore their destinies.  We defend the right of young people to enjoy their sexuality free from ill-health, unwanted pregnancy, violence and discrimination.”  IPPF’s “sexual rights” mission is reflected in Planned Parenthood programs offered in U.S. schools.

Some parents believe encouraging teen sex and promoting children’s “sexual rights” are wrong.  Yet an IPPF publication entitled “Understanding Young People’s Rights to Decide” states:

With an enhanced understanding of young people, autonomy and sexual rights, we hope to be better placed to promote and fulfill our vision of a world where young people are recognized as rights-holders, decision-makers and sexual beings whose contributions, opinions and thoughts are valued equally, particularly in relation to their own sexual and reproductive health and well-being.

Some District residents reject all or some aspects of Planned Parenthood mission, values and beliefs.  This fact is not new – and is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future.  Ongoing use of Planned Parenthood as the District’s sex education contractor alienates these residents.  This unresolved conflict divides the District from the community it serves.

Board materials for the April 15th meeting suggest it will be a going-through-the-motions exercise.  The District appears unwilling to change.

Ultimately, the District must weigh the benefits of continuing its Planned Parenthood contract against the costs of lasting community disharmony.

[i] In 1992 California lawmakers revised the state’s Education Code to require HIV/AIDS prevention instruction to middle and high school students.  The curriculum requires “instruction on the nature of HIV/AIDS, methods of transmission, strategies to reduce the risk of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and social and public health issues related to HIV/AIDS.”

In addition to HIV/AIDS training, most California public schools provide comprehensive sex education, including “education regarding human development and sexuality, including education on pregnancy, family planning, and STDs.”  State law allows parents to “opt out” their students from this course.  AUHSD provides comprehensive sex ed, as do most California schools.

Each year some parents “opt out” their students from the sex ed course, as state law permits.  In addition, anecdotal evidence indicates that, each year, complaints are received from parents who object to Planned Parenthood’s presence in the classroom.  However, because the District does not maintain records of these complaints, details are unavailable.


Catholic Charities of the East Bay Develops Catholic Social Services Directory

Catholic Charities of the East Bay, a social service agency serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, has created its first Social Services Directory


Catholic Charities of the East Bay, a social service agency serving Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, has created its first Social Services Directory, an online database of social service agencies helping the people in the two counties.

The website,, was developed in response to the need to better connect priests, staff, and parishioners with the social services in their parish area.

The database is comprised of agencies affiliated with the Catholic Church, non-denominational faith based organizations and unaffiliated or secular social service agencies whose mission is in keeping with Catholic social teaching. The directory provides services in areas such as addiction, homelessness, mental health, health care, and domestic violence.

Catholic Charities of the East Bay Develops Catholic Social Services Directory