Alameda County District 1 March 2016 e-Newsletter

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Alameda County Supervisor
Scott Haggerty, District 1

Serving Livermore, Dublin, Fremont and Unincorporated East County

MARCH 2016  

A Message From the Supervisor

Dear Friends,

Greetings and happy 2016!  In this first newsletter of the New Year, I want to take a brief moment to extend my gratitude once more to all who contributed to my 4th Annual Holiday Open House Food & Toy Drive in December.  It was a pleasure to see so many new faces and to visit with many long-time constituents, community leaders, colleagues and friends.  Your tremendous generosity is deeply appreciated.  This event resulted in the largest collection to date of non-perishable food items, books and toys helping hundreds of Alameda County children and families enjoy a brighter holiday.  Thank you!

2016 promises to be another busy, exciting and productive year in District 1 and in Alameda County.  The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority reached an agreement with the Oakland Raiders to continue playing at the Coliseum, remaining here, where they belong, in Alameda County.  We continue to make strides in our pursuit to launch the East Bay Community Choice Energy program.  February was a busy month – we cut the ribbon on the opening of the new I-580 Express Lanes in the Tri-Valley, delivering major improvements addressing traffic congestion in this corridor; I hosted the second in a series of town hall meetings to discuss dust concerns in Livermore; and I attended the 2016 National Association of Counties legislative conference in Washington D.C., where I participated in discussions regarding important national issues on transportation, infrastructure and economic development.  On March 10, I am honored to once again speak at the annual State of the East Bay luncheon hosted by the East Bay Leadership Council.  And, April brings my Booster Seat Giveaway & Family Fair in Fremont.

This is only a snapshot of the programs and projects in store for District 1 communities and for Alameda County.  Stay informed by visiting my website.

It is my great privilege to represent and serve the constituents of District 1.  Alameda County is recognized as one of the best in which to live, work, and do business.  Indeed, we have much of which to be proud, and a promising year ahead.  As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding County-related issues, and comments or questions are always welcome.  Reach me at 510-272-6691 or at 


Scott Haggerty

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Board of Supervisors 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 December 1, 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved an automatic mutual aid agreement between the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department and Alameda County Fire Department for fire protection, rescue and emergency medical services.
  • The Board of Supervisors approved the Measure A base allocation of $31.5 million on December 8, 2015, to community based providers so that they may continue to provide health, behavioral health, drug and alcohol, senior, dental and public health services to homeless individuals.
  • Supervisor Haggerty proclaimed January 26, 2016 “National Data Privacy Day” in Alameda County. The proclamation is important for all Alameda County citizens to be aware of the need for privacy protection and responsible data management; and parents, guardians, and educators in schools and colleges are being encouraged to take the time to discuss privacy and data protection issues with teens and young adults.
  • On February 2, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved a $180,000 contract with the City of Fremont Youth and Family Services to provide Youth and Family Opportunity program services. The services include healthy choice/family support programs, Fremont Youth Empowerment program and support for the Fremont Family Resource Center.
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I-580 Express Lanes Are Here!

I-580 Express Lanes Video
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Highland Acute Care Tower

Highland Tower Ribbon Cutting

The Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower Dedication Ceremony took place on January 29.  The celebration was truly a momentous occasion in Alameda County history, as the new Acute Care Tower is the central piece to the campus-wide modernization plan approved by the Board of Supervisors in 2008.   Since then, Alameda County has worked to upgrade the historic Highland Medical Campus with the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

The new nine-story tower is the second phase of a three-part upgrade to the main campus of the County’s public health system. The building will provide inpatient care, including hospital patient rooms, intensive care, a family birthing center, a neonatal intensive care unit, a lab, and occupational, physical and respiratory therapy facilities.  The tower’s Diagnostic and Interventional Services Center includes radiology and imaging services. With the new equipment, a head scan will take 1 ½ minutes, compared with the current 60 minutes.

“I’m proud of the taxpayers in Alameda County,” said Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Board of Supervisors president. “This is a significant moment in Alameda County.”

In 2004, the Measure A sales tax was passed with the support of more than 70% of voters.  The sales tax was renewed by voters in 2014, in the form of Measure AA, ensuring support for the public health care system for decades to come.  Almost as soon as Measure A was passed, Alameda County turned its focus to finding ways of ensuring that Highland Hospital would continue well into the future, improving its level of service and reputation as the County’s central safety net health care provider

The new tower will be open for business this spring.  For more information on the project, click here. 

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New Working Group Formed to Expedite BART to ACE Connection

Altamont Working Group

The inaugural meeting of the newly formed Altamont Regional Rail Working Group was held last month.  Formed by the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA), the Working Group’s purpose is to plan for the most efficient, cost effective delivery of BART to the ACE train station in Livermore. 

As the first order of business, Supervisor Scott Haggerty was elected Chair of the Working Group. “I’m honored to be elected by my colleagues to serve as Chair and lead these vital discussions. The time for waiting and being patient for BART to come to Livermore to connect with ACE is over. As elected officials I think it is important that we figure out a way to deliver this project,” he said.

Focus of the February 10 Working Group Meeting  was centered on the decades of planning for BART to Livermore and the need to have BART go to Greenville Road in Livermore to make the inter-regional connection with the San Joaquin Valley via the Altamont Corridor Express.  And, upcoming meetings will continue to focus, on the development of the Working Group’s goals and objectives, to include examples of successful methods of rail project delivery from around the nation, potential BART and ACE Rail linkages to better connect the Bay Area-Central Valley region.

For more information on the Altamont Regional Rail Working Group please contact Michael Tree, Executive Director for LAVTA at 925-455-7564.

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UPDATE: East Bay Community Choice Energy

East Bay Community Choice Energy, or East Bay CCE, is the name given to the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program currently nearing the end of the initial feasibility study phase.  In anticipation of results which project a positive impact both financially and environmentally, the East Bay CCE Steering Committee, with Alameda County Councel, is currently drafting the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) bylaws for presentation to the Board of Supervisors this June.

Assuming a positive feasibility study result, JPA bylaws and plans will be presented to city councils this summer for consideration, (and hopeful) approval and resolution adoption.  With each municipal jurisdiction on board, the program becomes stronger, more efficient and more fruitful for all Alameda County residents, businesses and agencies who have made the choice to opt in. 

If you wish to receive updates and notices regarding East Bay Community Choice Energy, please sign up here For questions or concerns, please contact Bruce Jensen, Senior Planner with the Alameda County Community Development Agency at (510) 670-6527.

Also, the public is encouraged to attend and participate in all meetings of the Steering Committee.  These meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00pm at the Castro Valley Library, 3600 Norbridge Avenue, Castro Valley, CA 94546.

Please view this video for a brief description of Community Choice Aggregation.

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To Merge or Not to Merge


Planning for Transportation and Land Use in the San Francisco Bay Area Region – Should these responsibilities be combined within a single agency?

This is the question being asked of locally elected and appointed representatives.  Today, two agencies – the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), both created by state law, are charged with setting the framework, guidelines and overseeing their respective planning activities in the 9-county Bay Area region.  The Bay Area region is one of 17 designated within California for the purposes of planning, funding and implementation of transportation and land use programs and projects. Each of the other regions have one agency designated with these combined responsibilities, the Bay Area however, has two.  While control of local land use, transportation planning and implementation reside with the Bay Area’s individual 101 cities and 9 counties, MTC and ABAG establish regional strategies, goals and incentives or disincentives for cities and counties to follow.  In light of the passage of Senate Bill 375 and Assembly Bill 32 in 2008, all of the metropolitan planning organizations in the state, including MTC, are now required to develop and adopt an integrated transportation and land use plan, to be updated every 4 years, with a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California to 1990 levels no later than 2020.  After years of extensive discussion, analysis and some disagreement, MTC and ABAG adopted the region’s first plan in 2013.  This painful exercise led board members of both agencies (Supervisor Haggerty serves on both) to examine the process of developing its first integrated regional plan for transportation and land use, in hopes of improvement for future updates.  It was determined that having two separate agencies involved in this process may be problematic, which then lead to the decision to hold an external, objective evaluation of both agencies.  The result will define recommendations for improvement to the regional planning process, up to, and including, a possible merger of the two agencies.  The study website  provides updates on the process and invites the public to weigh in on this important issue.  Supervisor Haggerty welcomes your comments.

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Booster Seat Giveaway Event

Booster Seat Giveaway & Family Fair

Saturday, April 16, 2016


American High School in Fremont

--Enter event from Alder Avenue--

This event is open to the public, but in order to be eligible for a vehicle booster safety seat, parents must provide proof of Alameda County residency and the existing safety seat must be either outgrown, outdated, or in rare instances, not present due to lack of means.  Both the child and the vehicle must also be present to be eligible.  Booster seats, both of the high-back and backless varieties, accommodating children four+ years of age, or weighing approximately 40lbs to 110lbs and measuring 40 inches to 57 inches in height, will be available FREE OF COST and fitted and installed by certified personnel.

The event will also include an information fair offering details regarding Fremont area youth and family services and programs, as well as those offered by Alameda County and the state.  Representatives will be present to answer questions and assist with enrollment when necessary.  A FREE BBQ lunch will be served from 11:30am-2:30pm, and family-friendly fun and entertainment will be on site.  Residents are invited to come by anytime between 10:00am and 3:00pm.

Please contact Leah Doyle-Stevens at 925-551-6995 for additional information.

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Alert Day 2016

Alert Day 2016

American Diabetes Association Alert Day® is an annual event held every fourth Tuesday in March.  It is a one-day wake-up call asking the American public to take the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States, but it can be controlled with knowledge and healthy behavior.  Early intervention via lifestyle changes, such as weight loss and increased physical activity, can help delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes.

On Alert Day 2015, nearly 29,000 people committed themselves to taking the test.  Results uncovered an overwhelming outcome— over 37 percent of those tested that day alone, were considered high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. 

The test takes just one minute to complete, but doing so can protect people for a lifetime.  Alert Day 2016 will take place on March 22.  All Americans are encouraged to take the free risk test here or by calling 1-800-DIABETES, and share it with everyone they know.  Though Alert Day is on March 22, the Diabetes Risk Test is available online year-round.

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District 1 Community Resources

D1 Community Resource Guide
View the complete guide here.
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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


Contact Us!

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
Communications & Outreach


Visit District 1 on the Web!


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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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In This Issue:

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Check out these important links:


Livermore Rodeo

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. 


Commission on the Status of Women: 1 vacancy

Advisory Commission on Aging: 1 vacancy

Housing and Community Development Advisory:
1 vacancy

Consumer Affairs Commission: 1 vacancy

Alameda County Public Health Commission:
2 vacancies

Mental Health Advisory Board: 1 vacancy


Please send resume and a cover letter to:

Office of Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA 94566

Or send via email to or fax to 925-484-2809

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Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming District 1 events: 


Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, Mar12-13

City of Fremont Leprechaun Land for Wee Folk, Mar18 (fee)

American Diabetes Association Alert Day, Mar22

3rd Annual Livermore ½ Marathon, Mar26

City of Dublin Spring Eggstravaganza, Mar26

Booster Seat Giveaway & Family Fair, Apr16

25th Annual Livermore Wine Country Festival, Apr30-May1

Bay Area Bike to Work Day, May12

City of Fremont Kids 'n Kites Festival, May14

97th Annual Livermore Rodeo & Parade, Jun11-12

Alameda County Fair, Jun15-Jul4

Fremont Festival of the Arts, Aug6-7

151st Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, Sep3-4

International Walk & Roll to School Day, Oct5

Click here for complete District 1 events calendar!

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