District 1 November 2015 e-Newsletter

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Alameda County Supervisor
Scott Haggerty, District 1

Serving Livermore, Dublin, Fremont and Unincorporated East County

NOVEMBER 2015   

A Message From the Supervisor

Greetings – autumn has arrived and with it cooler weather and shorter daylight hours. While caution should always be exercised when driving on local roads and highways, driving in the dark increases the risks for motorists.  Road construction projects continue to be rolled out throughout Alameda County, and upon completion, these projects will help improve the safety and traffic flow in these areas.  When you see the orange cones and other warning signals on the roadway, slow down.  Help roadway construction crews, other motorists, you and your passengers stay safe.  To stay informed on construction projects affecting your travel and for more tips on roadway safety visit 511 and Highways.  

While on the topic of traffic safety, I want to remind you that as you travel along local roadways, please be mindful of the neighborhoods and business districts through which you pass.  The improved economy has resulted in increased traffic congestion in many areas.  Local city and rural country roads throughout Alameda County are feeling the effects of peak morning and evening commute traffic as motorists seek options to the congested main highway routes.  Here are a few suggestions to motorists that travel these routes –

1.      Obey traffic laws

2.      Give your full attention to driving when operating a vehicle

3.      Exercise common courtesy

4.      Be conscious and respectful as you are traveling through neighborhoods and districts – no one wants motorists driving unsafely through their own neighborhood

Later in this newsletter, will be an update on the status of major transportation projects in District 1.

I am deeply honored to serve and represent you.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office regarding any County-related issue or concern.  Also, for up-to-date news, meetings and information, I invite you to visit the District 1 website.  

Happy Fall!

Very Sincerely,

Scott Haggerty

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In This Issue:

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Board Actions

Ever wonder what your Supervisor does during the weekly Tuesday Board of Supervisors Meeting? Here are some of the board actions from the last quarter which impact the residents of District 1:

  • On September 15, 2015 Supervisor Haggerty proclaimed the month of September “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in Alameda County; cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among U.S. children from infancy to the age of fifteen years.  Cancer is detected in more than 15,000 young people each and every year; the proclamation was meant to bring about awareness to the issue in Alameda County
  • On September 15, 2015 the Board approved a contract with the Fremont Unified School District in the amount of $175,000 to provide youth and family program services to its students and their families
  • On September 29, 2015 the Board approved a $1,574,827 contract with the City of Fremont for increased staffing of the Mobile Integrated Assessment and Treatment Team for seniors; the goal of this program is to reduce hospital visits among seniors with mental health issues
  • On September 29, 2015 the Board approved a pledge to partner with East Bay Municipal Utilities District (EBMUD) to reduce water usage by 20% as compared to use in 2013
  • On October 13, 2015 the Board approved a $133,952 contract with Portia Bell Hume Behavioral Health and Training Center to expand school-based behavioral health consultation and coordination services in the Tri-Valley, the goal of this program is to provide behavioral health prevention and early intervention services
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Stroll and Roll 2015

Bikers, Walkers, Runners Take Over Niles Canyon Road

On Sunday, October 11, an approximate 6.4 mile stretch of Niles Canyon Road, between Old Canyon Road in Fremont and Main Street in Sunol, were closed to vehicle traffic, and opened up to walkers, runners and cyclists for the unprecedented event entitled the "Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll."

Jointly organized by Alameda County District 1 Supervisor Scott Haggerty and District 2 Supervisor Richard Valle, who represent districts at each end of the Niles Canyon, the event attracted several thousand participants, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Currently, a multi-use trail through Niles Canyon, is in the early stages of planning.  The proposed project would create a paved, 10-foot wide path for pedestrians, bicyclists and possibly equestrians to safely travel the canyon, separate from the roadway. A feasibility study for the route, which could determine a preferred alignment, is expected to be released in November.

Funding for the project may come from any combination of federal, state and regional sources, as well as, from Measure BB, the Alameda County Transportation Commission's $7.8-billion initiative approved in November 2014.

Partners in the project include County of Alameda, East Bay Regional Park District, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Alameda County Water District. Currently, City of Fremont's role is as a stakeholder.

For additional information on the project, please contact Dawn Argula, in office of Supervisor Haggerty, at 925-551-6995.

For more photos, click here

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*****SAVE THE DATE!*****

Supervisor Haggerty’s annual Holiday Open House will take place on December 16 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. This year's event will be catered by Ovations, and all contributions to the food and toy drive will be donated to Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments and Tri-Valley Haven. For additional  information click here, or contact Leah Doyle-Stevens at 925-551-6995.

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Booster seat giveaway

Booster Seat Giveaway in Livermore

During the month of September, a partnership between the District 1 office, Livermore Police Department, California Highway Patrol-Dublin, Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District and Child Care Links, was able to properly fit and install over 230 new booster seats in the vehicles of families with children who needed them. “It was an excellent opportunity to partner with several fine, local agencies and also see so many Alameda County residents come out in the name of safety.  I feel better knowing that there are now over 230 children now riding safer on our roadways,” said Supervisor Haggerty.

The events were held in the parking lot of Junction Avenue K-8 School in Livermore and was funded by the office of Supervisor Haggerty and Alameda County Healthcare Services.

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International Walk and Roll to School Day

2015 Walk n Roll to school

The first Wednesday in October marks International Walk & Roll to School Day, with millions of children across the world celebrating walking and rolling to school throughout the week.  Alameda County’s Safe Routes to Schools Program coordinated events at schools throughout the county, including numerous visits by the BikeMobile.

Given his passion and strong ties to conservation and transportation, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, who also serves as chair of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, was proud to take part in this year’s Walk and Roll to School Day festivities at Kolb Elementary in Dublin. “These types of events allow me the opportunity to remind students, parents and educators of the many benefits of walking or rolling to school instead of traveling by car,” Supervisor Haggerty said.

Kolb placed first in Alameda County for the most walkers, bikers, rollers and car poolers on Walk and Roll to School Day 2014.  This year, however, the winning torch has been passed back yet again to now four-time Alameda County Walk and Roll to School Day champion Dougherty Elementary School, also in Dublin.  Dougherty Elementary School’s Principal Brett Nelson was proud to submit an outstanding 93% participation rate.

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Transportation Updates

WHEELS Transit Service – the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, known as LAVTA, the agency that operates WHEELS in the Tri-Valley, is seeking input from the public on its bus service.  Undergoing a major evaluation called WHEELS FORWARD, this is an effort to improve service, attract new riders and do so in a cost-effective way.  Established in 1985, changing economic conditions in the region present challenges and opportunities for LAVTA to lay the groundwork for the transformation of WHEELS inter-city bus service to meet the expectations of a 21st century.  Whether you use WHEELS or not, your input is needed.  Visit the online survey.

Work continues on these crucial regional projects:

I-580 HOV/Express Lane Project (Tri-Valley) – remaining work along this 14-mile corridor in the Tri-Valley includes installation and testing of electrical and technology systems and for pavement, pushing completion of the lanes in both east- and westbound to Spring 2016, dependent on weather conditions.    In preparation for the opening of these lanes, motorists are reminded that a FasTrak Flex toll tag will be required for all vehicles using these lanes including carpools.  Click here for more information on the I-580 project and the FasTrak Flex requirement. **Lead agency:  Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC).  Measure B funded.

I-580 Truck Climbing Lane – (Livermore) – construction work on this project in eastbound I-580 is expected to be completed mid-2016. **Lead agency: Caltrans    Project Funding – State Bond 1B

BART Warm Springs (Fremont) - Integration and testing of technology equipment underway.  Opening expected late Spring 2016. Click here for more details.
**Lead agency:  BART    Measure B funded.

State Route 84/Isabel Avenue (Livermore) – This widens the segment of highway between the areas of Concannon Blvd and Ruby Hill Drive.  Utilities moved in preparation for construction work.  Construction underway late 2015 with completion expected late 2017.  Click here for more details.
**Lead agency:  ACTC     Measures B and BB funded.

I-680 HOV/Express Lane Northbound (Fremont) – environmental work complete; a phase 1 9-mile segment between Auto Mall and SR 84 in design and engineering phase; construction estimated to start in 2017.  Click here for more details.
Lead agency:  ACTC   Measure B and BB funded.

Wayside Horn Project (Sunol) – as part of its plan to upgrade and increase its service, the Altamont Corridor Express (ACE) passenger rail service will be making improvements to the rail crossing warning system at two crossings in Sunol.  The wayside horn warning system is mounted at the crossing signal and is activated as trains approach emitting an audible horn signal to oncoming motorists at the crossing.  This reduces the need for a train locomotive to sound its horn as required beyond the vicinity of a public rail grade crossing.  The tentative schedule estimates construction starting April 2016 and full operation of the wayside horn device system in June 2016. For more details click here.
**Lead agency:  ACE   Measure B funded. 


The Alameda County Transportation Commission 12th Annual  Citizens Watchdog Committee Report to the Public was just released.  Recently renamed Independent Watchdog Committee, it’s main responsibility is to keep the public informed about the progress of transportation programs and projects funded by the voter-approved Measure B and Measure BB county-wide sales tax for transportation and the appropriate use of the these funds as outlined in the measures’ expenditure plans.  The committee issues its report at the end of each fiscal year in June.

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Nominations Now Being Accepted

Womens Hall of Fame

Each year extraordinary local women are celebrated for their contributions to the community.

Nominations are being accepted for outstanding women in 12 separate categories: Business and Professions; Community Service; Culture and Art; Education; Environment; Health; Justice; Non-Traditional Careers; Science, Technology, Engineering; Sports and Athletics; Philanthropy and Youth.

Honorees will be celebrated at the 23rd Annual Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame luncheon and awards ceremony in March 2016. The event will be co-hosted by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors and the Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women.

 The 2016 Women’s Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the beginning of the new year.  For more information or to submit a nomination, click here or call (510) 272-6984.

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Community Recognition of the Quarter- Bike Angel

Bike Angel

10/15/15— Days after the Valley Fire began, Livermore preschool teacher Candy Alcott packed up her vehicle and began hauling donations from her home in Livermore to those who lost theirs in Lake County.

Alcott told ABC7 News, "We need to end this story differently [especially] for these children. I don't want them to be forgotten."

Right away, she went to work on social media, using her own Facebook page to start collecting bicycles for both kids and adults. There were plenty of requests.  And, a few weeks ago, she was able to deliver over two dozen bikes to Middletown. “It was great day, but there weren't enough to go around,” she said.  “As soon as those bikes arrived, I gave them away, and I had to turn away 25 children.  I promised them I would come back…"

Read complete story here. 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2015

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October) Supervisor Haggerty was proud to recognize 12 Alameda County non-profit organizations for their hard work and dedication toward ending domestic violence.

Thank you to the organizations below for all of their hard work in the community. Because of these organizations, Alameda County is a better place to live, work and play.

Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments
Family Violence Law Center 
Mujeres Unidas y Activas 
Bay Area Legal Aid
International Institute of the Bay Area 
Alameda County Family Justice Center 
Building Futures 
Tri-Valley Haven 
Ruby's Place
A Safe Place

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Oakland Office:
1221 Oak Street, Suite 536 Oakland, CA  94612 

(510) 272-6691

Pleasanton District Office:
4501 Pleasanton Avenue Pleasanton, CA  94566

(925) 551-6995


Shawn Wilson
Chief of Staff 

Dawn Argula
Chief of Staff, Operations 

Josh Thurman
Deputy Chief of Staff 

Lee Ann Fergerson
Supervisor's Assistant,
Office Manager 

Joe Gordon

Vener Bates
Supervisor's Assistant 

Leah Doyle-Stevens
Supervisor's Assistant 


Contact Us!


Visit District 1 on the Web!



To learn more about what is going on in District 1 and the County, check out the latest "Conversations with Scott Haggerty" on Tri-Valley TV-30.

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Using public transit?  
Click here for the 511 Trip Planner.

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Livermore Rodeo


Fallon Sports Park

Fallon Sports Park, Dubin


Fremont Hills

Fremont Hills


Heritage Park

Heritage Park, Dublin


Lake Elizabeth

Lake Elizabeth, Fremont


Livermore Wine Country

Livermore Valley Wine Country


Dublin Shopping

Dublin Shopping


Ravenswood Historical Site, Livermore

Ravenswood Historical Site, Livermore 

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The Supervisor's Boards and Commissions:

Altamont Rail Express Joint Powers Authority (ACE)

Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC)

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)

Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD)

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

East Bay Regional Communications System Authority (EBRCSA)

East Bay Regional Park District(EBRPD)

Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)

Livermore-Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA)

Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

National Association of Counties (NACo)

Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Authority (JPA)

BOS Transportation and Planning

Tri-Valley Transportation Council (TVTC)

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Public Openings on

County Boards and Commissions:

Supervisor Haggerty is currently accepting applications from residents in the First Supervisorial District who are interested in serving on a countywide board or commission. 

The First District includes the cities of Dublin, Fremont, Livermore and unincorporated areas of East County. 

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Alameda County Advisory Commission on Aging:
1 vacancy

The Commission provides guidance to policymakers on senior issues and programming and advises in the allocation of funds for the Area Agency on Aging.

Housing and Community Development Advisory:
1 vacancy

The Advisory defines needs relating to funding projects of Federal Housing Community Development Act.

East County Board of Zoning Adjustments
2 vacancies

The board’s purpose is to hear and have jurisdiction over all Variances and Conditional Use Permits for which the Planning Commission is not the decisions making authority.

Qualification: Each member shall reside in the jurisdictional area of the board and at least two members shall have some agricultural background.

Consumer Affairs Commission: 1 vacancy

The role of the commission is to promote and protect the best interests of consumer public, to encourage the highest standards in the business community and to develop a high level of consumer awareness.

Alameda County Public Health Commission:
1 vacancy

The role of the commission is to review and assess emerging health needs: initiate and improve health and disease prevention programs and policies; make recommendations regarding opportunities for building community capacity as related to public health priorities; and advocate for adequate resources and increased County action to improve community health.

Closing Date: Open until filled

Please send resume and a cover letter to:

Office of Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty,

Pleasanton District Office

4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton, CA 94566

Or send via email to vener.bates@acgov.org or fax to 925-484-2809

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Eat Well, America and Stop Diabetes!

November is American Diabetes Month®.  The American Diabetes Association can help you see how easy it can be to put good food and good health on the table. Click here for more information or call

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Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming events:

Daylight Savings Time Ends- 11/1

Tri-Valley Veterans Day Parade- 11/1

2nd Annual Sean Brock Foundation Veterans Day Race- 11/14

10th Annual Livermore Earlier than the Bird Event- 11/21

32nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony- 12/3

Livermore Home for the Holidays Event- 12/5

Livermore Annual Sights and Sounds Parade and Tree Lighting- 12/5

Breakfast with Santa- 12/12

Holiday Heading Art

Annual District 1 Holiday Open House- 12/16

Click here for complete District 1 events calendar!

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