COPY Alameda County District 1 July 2016 e-Newsletter

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Alameda County Supervisor
Scott Haggerty, District 1

Serving Livermore, Dublin, Fremont and Unincorporated East County

JULY 2016  

A Message From the Supervisor

Dear Friends,

Greetings!  I hope this edition finds you well and enjoying the summer season, and all the events and excitement that go with it.  Just this week we celebrated the 240th anniversary of our independence as a nation.  As citizens of the United States of America, we enjoy the blessings of liberty and freedom.  And, as we continue to build a more perfect Union for ourselves and generations to come, may we keep in mind, and in heart, those who fought for our freedoms, and those who continue to uphold them. 

I was proud to kick off my 4th of July by again participating in the City of Fremont’s annual parade.  It was a fun morning spent greeting many new and familiar faces.  Thank you to the City of Fremont for hosting such a great event.

While you’re hopefully enjoying a bit of down time, vacationing and/or soaking up the summer sun, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors continues to work hard for you.  I am pleased to report that on June 28, the Board adopted a $2.97 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-17, closing a $72.2 million funding gap.  As the economy recovers, this gap is the lowest recorded since the Great Recession when shortfalls topped $100 million.  Employing a budget process that begins early in the year, and with the collaboration of all County departments and stakeholder groups, the final budget resulted in no reduction in county programs or staff layoff.  Learn more about the budget, East Bay Community Choice Energy, festivals in District 1, BART to ACE, road closures and more, in this newsletter.

It is my great privilege to serve you.  As always, you are welcome to contact me regarding any County-related issues, comments or questions you may have at 510-272-6691 or by email me 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 May 24, the Board approved $30,000 for Abode Services for the Alameda County Impact Program for permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless persons living in public unsheltered environments;

· On June 24, the Board approved $66,000 for Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation to provide free mammogram services for impoverished, low-income and/or uninsured adults;

· Also on June 24, the Board approved $65,000 for Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments to provide public health services to domestic violence victims;

· On June 28, the Board of adopted a $2.97 billion budget for fiscal year 2016-17, closing a $72.2 million funding gap. A few of the major highlights in the 2016-17 budget include:

      o    The final phase of the $668 billion upgrade of the Highland Hospital campus in Oakland, the largest construction project in County history.  The campus serves as a safety net and community health system for all Alameda County residents;

      o    Enhancing the “smart grid” energy system at Santa Rita Jail with the installation of a 1.4-megawatt ultra-low emissions fuel cell system to provide clean power;

      o    Expansion of recycling and composting program at 60 County- owned building diverting 50% of the waste stream to compost; and

     o    Installation of 17 new electric vehicle charging stations and the launch of the County’s first Direct Current fast-charge station.

Click here for more specific information on the 2016-17 budget. 

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    County Road Construction

    Road Construction

    Beginning July 5, 2016, and lasting approximately 18 months, Calaveras Road will be closed on WEEKDAYS ONLY between Geary Road and Oakridge Road – near the Santa Clara/Alameda County Line, for dam construction.

    The road will be swept of debris before opening at 6 a.m. on Saturday mornings.  The road will be closed every Sunday evening at 11:00 p.m. at gates just south of Geary Road and at Oakridge Road.  Emergency First Responders will have access through the closure at all times.  The entrance to East Bay Regional Park District’s Sunol Regional Wilderness will be open at all times from the north.

    The road will be open for specific cycling races: the AMGEN Tour of California (if the race route includes Calaveras Road) and the Fremont Freewheelers Primavera Race.

    Although the majority of the materials for the new dam will come from on-site, approximately 300,000 cubic yards of sands and gravels and 150,000 cubic yards of hard rock will need to be imported to the site for construction of the dam.  These materials will be imported in large hauling trucks on Calaveras Road between Highway I- 680 in Sunol and the Calaveras Dam entrance (at Oakridge Road).

    At its peak, truck traffic could amount to an average of one haul truck every 5 minutes on Calaveras Road during heavy hauling activities.  It is not safe for this many large trucks to share the narrow portions of Calaveras Road with cyclists and private vehicles.  Learn more about the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project here.


    The Alameda County Public Works Agency will be completing the Vasco Road construction project on Saturday, July 9, 2016, from Dalton Avenue to 1,000’ north of the entrance to the Republic Services Landfill.  

    During construction, traffic will be reduced to one lane between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with traffic control for both directions. 

    When approaching the construction zone, motorists are encouraged reduce their speed, observe the construction signs, and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

    For additional information, please call the Public Works Agency Construction Department at (510) 670-5591.

    For information on this and other County road construction projects, click here. 


    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will soon begin construction of the Niles Canyon Short-Term Safety Improvement Project on State Route 84 in Niles Canyon between State Route 238 (Mission Boulevard) in Fremont and I-680.  Work is expected to begin this month with projected completion by December 2016.

    The project involves the construction of minor safety improvements in the corridor including:

    • Grinding the existing pavement & paving at several locations along the route
    • Installation of roadside and bridge railing delineators
    • Construction of median and shoulder rumble strips in locations with 400 feet or more of a continuous four-foot shoulder
    • Construction of optical bars, object markers & reflective dots
    • Construction of bicycle sharrows in the corridor
    • Restripe eastbound State Route 84, near Palomares Road, to provide a left-turn pocket lane

    State Route 84 will remain open to traffic during the entire construction period. There will be no work occurring off-pavement and no tree removal during the Niles Canyon Short-Term Safety Improvement Project.

    Click here for more information on Caltrans projects in Niles Canyon.

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    Plan Bay Area 2040

    Your Input is Important to Plan Bay Area 2.0

    Due to be adopted in 2017, the update of the region’s planning document, Plan Bay Area, is well underway by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments, the two agencies responsible for transportation and land use planning for the 9-county region.  First adopted in 2013 in response to state laws adopted in 2008, two primary goals of Plan Bay Area are – 1) reduce greenhouse gas emissions statewide to 1990 levels by 2020 and; 2) provide housing for the region’s projected population growth by 2035.  With 9 counties, 101 cities comprised of urban, suburban and rural communities, and with the involvement of locally elected county supervisors, city mayors and council members, Plan Bay Area lays out the framework for development and key investments in the region 25 years into the future.  Input from the public is also crucial in the development of Plan Bay Area updates.  Supervisor Haggerty invites you to participate in this process as public meetings are scheduled and through the use of on-line tools.

    Build a Better Bay Area is an interactive survey that introduces residents to three alternative scenarios—Main Streets, Connected Neighborhoods, and Big Cities—being considered by MTC and ABAG.  After answering 10 questions on transportation and housing, residents can see which scenario for future Bay Area growth most closely aligns with their priorities. Survey questions mirror the tough decisions facing the Bay Area as the region adapts to the challenges of future population growth.

    The Plan Bay Area Open Forum is a virtual open house that offers in-depth information on housing and transportation issues. Those who visit the site can view materials and then share their views. Comments are published and publicly viewable on the forum.

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    BART to ACE

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    The Altamont Regional Rail Working Group, comprised of elected county, city and transit district representatives from both sides of the San Joaquin County/Alameda County line, continues to hold a laser-like focus on the delivery of the BART to ACE project – a critical inter-regional link to fill the missing 10-mile gap between these two systems. The first Phase of this project, the 4.8-mile BART extension along I-580 to Isabel Avenue has been largely funded through Measure BB funds but continues to be stalled in a protracted 12-year environmental process.  Working Group Meetings to-date have focused on best practices and solutions for project delivery that is fast, cost-effective and responsive to community goals and objectives. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker has supported these efforts through the introduction of Assembly  Bill 2762, a measure to establish a new single-purpose authority aimed at meeting the Working Group’s goals.

    In addition to a BART connection in the Tri-Valley, the ACEforward project will also consider alternative connections to BART in Union City. A key part of the ACEforward environmental document will be studying ways to provide a better connection between ACE and BART. This will be done at a program-level. To learn more about the potential alternatives to connect ACE to BART that have been identified for analysis in the environmental process, please visit the ACEforward website.

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    UPDATE: East Bay Community Choice Energy

    What is Community Choice Energy?

    A Community Choice energy program enables cities and counties to procure electricity and reduce energy consumption for residents and local businesses. In this way, communities decide where their electricity will come from: whether to purchase electricity on the market, or more importantly, to build local renewable energy resources in the community. Under a Community Choice energy program, the utility company (PG&E) continues to deliver and service the electricity.

    East Bay Community Choice Energy, or East Bay CCE, is the name of the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program currently nearing the end of its feasibility study phase.  With study results projecting a positive impact both financially and environmentally, the East Bay CCE Steering Committee, with staff and Alameda County Council, has drafted the Joint Powers Authority (JPA) bylaws for presentation to the Board of Supervisors at the August 2 Board Meeting.

    JPA bylaws and plans are being presented to each city council this summer for consideration, (and hopeful) approval and program adoption this fall.  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.    

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    Sunol Wayside Horns

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    Construction and installation of Sunol Wayside Horns will soon be underway, contingent upon PUC approval.  A construction contract was awarded in March, funding is in place and we all are ready for a much awaited groundbreaking. ACE officials advise that the horns are expected to be operational within four months of the start of construction. The diligent efforts of the Sunol community in the development of this important project has been much appreciated. Supervisor Haggerty remains committed to working with residents on issues of concern.

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    Booster Seat Giveaway & Family Fair

    Booster Seat Event

    The April 16 Booster Seat Giveaway was a great success!  Hosted by Supervisor Haggerty in collaboration with Safe Kids Alameda County, Fremont Police Department, California Highway Patrol and Alameda County Public Works, the day brought out approximately 850 people from Fremont and surrounding communities, and 253 Alameda County children left riding safer on our roadways.

    Booster seats were distributed free of cost.  Certified staff facilitated proper fit and installation, as well as, education on the importance of proper use of the seats.  Both parents and children were provided a hands-on demonstration of proper usage and fit. 

    In addition to seat installations, the second component of the event was a family resource fair.  Representatives from 13 agencies were present to answer questions, provide materials, and host activities of their choosing.  A vast array of information and resources regarding Fremont area youth and family services and programs, as well as, those offered by Alameda County and the State of California was provided.    

    As part of the fair, a complimentary BBQ lunch was provided (prepared and served by Supervisor Haggerty, staff and volunteers), and children, and their parents alike, enjoyed the bouncy house, bubble show and play and face painting stations.  The entire event was free and open to the public. 

    A big THANK YOU to American High School in Fremont for allowing us use of their space, our sponsors: AEG-Oakland Community Foundation, Alameda County Public Health Department, Blaylock Beal Van, LLC; in-kind donors: Bernardin Family McDonalds, Babies R Us-Dublin, AAA, Office of Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Galaxy Jumpers-Fremont, Tri-City Voice, FedEx Kinkos-Pleasanton; and volunteers: American High School students, St. Mary’s College Rugby Team, Fremont Fire Explorers, Safe Kids Certified Booster Seat Installation Technicians, Fremont Police Officers, Fremont Police Explorers and base of community volunteers, Livermore Police Officers and private citizens; and the staff and representatives of the 13 agencies who made up the resource fair.  For, without the contributions of those aforementioned, the event simply would not have been the same.  Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

    Thank you
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    Major Changes for WHEELS


    Major Changes Coming Soon to WHEELS Bus Service in the Tri-Valley

    The Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, known as LAVTA, is preparing to launch changes to its WHEELS bus transit service in August.  The changes come about after more than a year of planning and analysis to develop new and improved service routes that will offer a convenient travel option for residents, employees and visitors in the Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton.  The Tri-Valley lies within the highway gateway corridors of I-580, I-680 and SR 84, some of the busiest in the Bay Area region.  Improved bus transit service offers an attractive alternative to congested highways, crowded city streets and full parking lots.  Expanding upon the adoption of Clipper card bus pass service instituted late 2015, the new service program offers innovative alternatives to compete with private transit service including Wi-Fi service on all express and Rapid buses; a phone app; and an Easy Pass for students at Las Positas College.  Of special note for service in East Dublin, transit network service – Uber and Lyft carpool in East Dublin serving the Dublin BART station; and a prospective autonomous vehicle shuttle demonstration pilot expected to come on line in 2017.  For more info on these exciting new changes to WHEELS service visit 

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    Alameda County Housing Bond

    At its June 28 meeting the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to approve up to $580 million in General Obligation Bonds to support affordable housing and prevent displacement of vulnerable populations including low-income residents, seniors and the disabled.  The bond measure has two main components designating $120 million for Homeowner programs; and $460 million for Rental Housing programs – and includes a provision for the funds to be distributed to each of the county’s 14 cities and to the unincorporated areas.  It includes a requirement that calls for regular audits and an independent citizen oversight committee.  Planning for public information and outreach is underway.  For more information on item approved at the board meeting click 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 


    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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    Supervisor Haggerty is looking to hire a Supervisor's Assistant.  Could you be the right fit for our team? 

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    Check out these important links:


    D1 Community Resource Guide
    View the complete guide here.
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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. 

    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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    Click here for complete District 1 events calendar!

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    Warm Springs BART Station.

    Supervisor Haggerty, along with his staff, had the opportunity to take a hard hat tour of the BART Warm Springs Station as it nears its completion.  The station is  projected to open by the end of this year, has been a long-time coming.

    "As an early and tireless project advocate, to see firsthand how far things have come was quite gratifying," Supervisor Haggerty said.

    The $890 million Warm Springs extension will add 5.4-miles of new tracks from the Fremont BART Station south to the new station. The line includes a 1.2-mile subway tunnel under Lake Elizabeth and Fremont Central Park in addition to 2,000 new parking spaces.

    The project will be an economic catalyst for the Fremont community but also an important link to the Silicon Valley with the extension of an additional 10 miles of track and the opening of new stations in Milpitas and Berryessa in 2017.

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    Axis Community Health Center Grand Opening

    On Saturday, May 21, Axis Community Health Center held a grand opening of their new health clinic in Pleasanton. The new clinic expands on existing services by adding 27 exam rooms and fully integrates behavioral health services into the full scope of services.

    Axis is the only health provider in the Tri-Valley with the specific mission to serve our most vulnerable residents. In fact, one in 11 Tri-Valley residents are patients of Axis, 75% of whom live in poverty.

    With the addition of the new clinic in Pleasanton, Axis will be able to increase their capacity of behavioral health visits to 42,000, and double their volume of medical visits to 60,000.

    Alameda County supported the project by providing $1 million in capital.  

    Pictured left to right: James Paxson, Valerie Jonas, Supervisor Nate Miley, Sue Compton and Supervisor Scott Haggerty


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