Applicants Sought for Seat on Park Board

By Ned MacKay

Because Diane Burgis has been elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, applicants are now being considered to serve out the remaining two years of her term on the East Bay Regional Park District board.

Burgis represents the park district’s Ward 7, which comprises the northern tier of Contra Costa County from Discovery Bay to Rodeo.

Applicants must be 18 years or older, reside in the ward, and be registered to vote. A three-member board committee will review applications, interview selected candidates, and recommend three finalists for the full board’s consideration at a special board meeting on Jan. 31.

The new board member will serve through 2018. The seat then will be up for election in November of that year for a new four-year term. Until then, appointment is the alternative to calling a special election, which is extremely expensive.

Applications for the Ward 7 seat are available at or by contacting the clerk of the board, Yolande Barial-Knight, at 510-544-2020 or [email protected] Applications must be submitted no later than noon on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Emailed or faxed applications won’t be accepted.

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For an end-of-the-year contemplative experience, join naturalist Susan Ramos at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30 at Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve in the Oakland hills.

The group will visit one of Sibley’s many rock labyrinths during a three-mile walk through the park, and reflect on the passing of the year.

Sibley Preserve is on Skyline Boulevard a short distance south of the intersection with Grizzly Peak Boulevard. Meet under the shade shelter next to the parking lot. For information, call 510-544-3187.

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Naturalist Mike Moran continues his long-running raptor research project with a hike from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29 at Round Valley Regional Preserve south of Brentwood.

You can help Mike document the numbers and variety of hawks, falcons and eagles at the park for a database used by government and academic researchers. No experience is necessary, Mike will teach you how to identify the birds.

The program is free of charge, but registration is required. Call 888-327-2757, select option 2, and refer to program number 15127.

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There are plenty of family-friendly year-end activities in the regional parks. But however you spend your time, here’s wishing you a happy holiday season.

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