Supervisor Richard Valle's April Newsletter


Release Date: April 22, 2015

Supervisor's Message

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On Tuesday, April 14 Supervisor Haggerty and I presented to the Fremont City Council. The Council invited us to talk about the Niles Canyon Trail Feasibility Study. This feasibility study is centered on trail connectivity in South and East Alameda County and providing a safe, environmentally sensitive multi-modal connection between Niles and Sunol. The Bay Area News Group reported on the presentation, and can be viewed here.
During the presentation Jim Townsend, the East Bay Regional Park District Trails Development Manager, described to the Council that this is a challenging project, but anything worth doing will be challenging. Our office, with Supervisor Scott Haggerty’s office, has been working with the Park District, Alameda County Public Works, Alameda County Water District, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and have held two community meetings to receive feedback. A third public meeting will be held in late spring to receive another round of public input prior to finalizing the study. After the conclusion of the study, our offices will work with the partners to seek additional funding to continue community engagement and begin environmental and engineering studies.
Please keep a look out for the third public meeting announcement. Also, be aware we are working to have a day-long closure of Highway 84 through Niles Canyon for a walk and bike day, later this year, to allow the public access and view some of the opportunities and challenges a trail presents. For more information about this project and ways to stay informed, please contact our office at (510) 272-6692 or
Thank you,

Supervisor Richard Valle

District 2 Spotlight

Earth Day 2015

This month's spotlight we highlight the volunteers of DISTRICT 2!
This past weekend our office, with the City of Union City, Masonic Homes of California, and Dig Deep Farms, hosted a Day of Service to celebrate Earth Day. On Saturday, over seventy volunteers gathered near Dry Creek Park and cleaned the area and planted native California trees. This area will be the future site of picnic tables and the South County hub for Dig Deep Farms, a program of the Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Activities League.
It was a warm day, and we appreciated all those who attended to give back to the community. Thank you to Frank Imhoff, who prepared the area prior to the event. A special thank you to Alameda County Firefighters, Local 55 as they served lunch for each of the volunteers. Also, Nelson Kirk from the City of Union City who's tremendous effort made this event a success!
This is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day which was nationally recognized on Wednesday, April 22. Earth Day was created to be a “call to action” for every citizen, family, and public official to make a conscious effort to work towards a cleaner and healthier future. I am proud of District 2, for this year’s first event, as we take the steps for a more sustainable and greener environment.
We sincerely appreciated all those that attended and gave their Saturday to help the community. For those interested in participating in the future, please visit our website as we will announce the next event early next year. 


Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1

Apps Challenge

Participate in Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1 in Union City as prizes will be awarded for civic-minded web and mobile applications!
Be a part of Alameda County’s push for greater community participation and government transparency on Saturday, April 25, at the Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1. This unique day-long event is designed to challenge the public to create web and mobile applications using Alameda County open data sets.
The Apps Challenge will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at James Logan High School at 1800 H Street in Union City.
Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1 is the fourth community hackathon sponsored by Alameda County in its effort to increase citizen engagement and broaden public understanding of local government by opening access to data created and kept by County agencies and departments. 
A Grand Prize of $3,000 will be awarded to the most inventive and user-friendly app or concept that benefits Alameda County residents, businesses and visitors. A second prize of $1,500 and a third prize of $500 and honorable mentions will also be awarded.
At the Apps Challenge, Alameda County invites participation from residents of all skill levels and age groups: professional and novice developers, high school and college students, seniors, and residents with no technical background but a passion for civic engagement. Each team at the hackathon will include a mixture of coders and “idea” people working together to create functional apps or develop app concepts.
Participants at the event will have access to the nearly 180 data sets available through the Alameda County Data Sharing Initiative at  The data covers a wide range of topics, including public safety data, a listing of Certified Green Businesses, public health data, maps of senior services and more.
The cost to participate in Alameda County Apps Challenge 2015.1 is $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. Government employees may participate for free. For more information about the Apps Challenge and to register for the event, please visit:


Union Sanitary District Open House

USD Open House

Have some family-friendly fun at the Union Sanitary District (USD) Treatment Plant. Come visit your wastewater treatment plant which serves the Cities of Fremont, Newark and Union City.

Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5072 Benson Road in Union City

Learn from interesting demonstrations of the equipment and the processes that are used to protect public health and the environment. During the open house you will learn what happens to your wastewater and get to discover more by:

  • Tour the plant
  • Visit the on-site laboratory and meet USD’s certified chemists
  • See demonstrations of the specialized vehicles and equipment used to maintain the plant, seven pump stations, and over 800 miles of sewer lines in the Tri-Cities
  • Meet USD’s employees and get to know the people who provide award-winning service to our community

Refreshments and giveaways will be provided, and no RSVP is necessary. For more information call (510) 477-7500.


Downtown Hayward Bike Rodeo

Hayward Chamber of Commerce

The Hayward Chamber of Commerce will host a bike rodeo and cyclepath including a vintage BMX show and street jam.
Join on Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on B Street and Main Street in Hayward for this completely free day!
Some of the activities include:
Bike Repairs: Will be offered free, including a number of helmets, by Turning Wheels for Kids, with supplies made possible by a grant from the Hayward Rotary Club.
Skills Classes: Will be offered free by Bike East Bay, an organization of 6,000 members that will feature demonstrations and a family biking class.
Bike Valet: Will be offered free so that those attending the event can park their bicycle in a fenced and supervised security area with claim checks.
BMX Street Jam Tricks/Vintage Show/Racing: Hayward’s Cyclepath bike shop will host an entire block for BMXers, featuring Street Jam demonstrations with fun boxes, rail grind, ramps, and racing. The vintage show will include prizes for bikes from the 70s and 80s in categories such as best freestyle, best mini/pit bike, best cruiser and Charlie's Choice. Set-up begins at 9:30 a.m., with all official entries in to the Cyclepath booth by 10:30 a.m. BMX Racing will be raced along part of the exhibit area with a few obstacles thrown in for fun. This will be an open class, helmet required, and participants must be able to hop a curb to finish the course. All contestants must be approved by the race director and will be required to sign an insurance waiver and wear a wristband. 
CHP Obstacle Course: The Hayward CHP office will sponsor a block-long obstacle course for kids, monitored by 17 members of the Hayward Youth Commission, Hayward Police Department Explorer Scouts, and Hayward’s downtown police bicycle officers.
HARD Showcase: The upcoming summer program for the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District will be promoted at downtown’s Newman Park, where they’ll feature in performance the winners of this year’s Battle of the Bands.
Bands and DJ’s: Will play music throughout the event area, including the Buffalo Bill’s Stage and The Bistro Patio Stage.
Vendors: Can apply for exhibit space by contacting the chamber.
For more information on the event, contact the Hayward Chamber of Commerce at 510-537-2424 or go to  For information on the BMX vintage bike show, demonstrations, and racing, visit Cyclepath bike shop in downtown Hayward at 22510 Foothill Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541 or call (510) 881-5177.


Cultural Festival & Resource Fair for Immigrants

The South County Unaccompained Minors and Migrant Families Collaborative will host a cultural festival and resource fair in honor of immigrants on Sunday, May 17.
Come learn more about community resources dedicated to support immigrant families living in South County. There will also be music, food, raffles, dances, the Tiburcio Vasquez Mobile Health Van, free bike repairs, haircuts, and more!
Sunday, May 17 at Tennyson High School
27035 Whitman Street in Hayward
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Interested in collaborating or participating as a volunteer, contact Maricela Gutierrez at or (510) 759-5110

Cultural Festival

Traffic Advisory

Traffic Alert

Caltrans to Close San Mateo-Hayward Bridge: May 8 to 11 and May 22-25. 
Caltrans will close the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge over two full weekends beginning Friday, May 8 to Monday, May 11, and continuing Memorial Day Weekend on Friday, May 22 to Monday, May 25. The full closures for all eastbound and westbound lanes will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and continue until 5 a.m. on Monday (including Memorial Day weekend). There will be westbound lane closures as early as 7 p.m. and eastbound lane closures as early as 8 p.m.
The full closures will allow crews to resurface and treat the deck structure. In addition to the resurfacing, the closures will enable crews to perform routine maintenance. The activities will help prolong the service life of the bridge.
Commuters are asked to use alternate routes such as the Dumbarton Bridge, San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, or the southern route along Highway 237.
In the eastbound direction (Foster City) the on-ramps from Edgewater Boulevard and Metro Center Boulevard will be closed. In the westbound direction (Hayward) the on-ramps from Industrial Boulevard and Clawiter Road will be closed. All off-ramps will remain open. Mainline traffic will be guided to exit eastbound 92 at Foster City Boulevard and westbound 92 at Clawiter Road. 
Please visit the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge project page or the Caltrans Twitter page for updates on the progression of the construction.