District 1 February 2015 e-Newsletter

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Alameda County Supervisor
Scott Haggerty, District 1

Serving Livermore, Dublin, Fremont and Unincorporated East County

FEBRUARY 2015    

A Message From the Supervisor

Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year!

We remain cautiously optimistic with positive signs for the economic recovery.  At the end of 2014 the unemployment rate was at 5%, a huge improvement over a high of nearly 12% in 2009.  While this is good news, we continue to see many long-term unemployed.  The real estate market has rebounded with home prices on the rise as the demand for housing, in some areas, is outstripping the supply of homes on the market.  Counties receive 15 cents from every dollar in property tax and a robust real estate market is a stabilizing factor for this source of revenue.

We are grateful to voters for approving Measure BB in November.  BB is the county-wide one cent sales tax collected for the sole purpose of delivering transportation programs and projects throughout Alameda County.  Over the next 30 years nearly $8 billion in public investments will deliver capital projects on all of the major highways – 580, 680, 880 and SR 84 – help build the long-awaited BART extension to Livermore; increase funding to cities throughout the county for local street maintenance, bicycle and pedestrian projects; increase funding for operations of transit systems including WHEELS, BART, AC Transit, ACE Train and Union City Transit; and fund senior, disabled and student transit programs.   These investments are projected to generate $20 billion in economic activity and 150,000 jobs.  So the next time you see construction occurring along a local roadway or as you travel along a major highway, that is your tax dollars at work. 

I hope that you find these newsletters informative, as we seek to keep you up to date on activities of the District 1 office and on matters of interest and those which may affect you or the surrounding community. 

In closing, I want to recognize the start of the Lunar New Year on February 19.  The Year of the Goat “promises much more favorable times as compared to the previous year”.  May this fortune ring true for us all. 

It is my great privilege to serve you.  As always, please feel free to contact me regarding any County-related issues, comments or questions you may have.  You may reach me at 510-272-6691 or email me at district1@acgov.org.

I am honored to represent you and I hope to hear from you.


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:

  • Approved a $2.2 million contract with Abode Services in order to provide psychiatric services for its Greater HOPE and Wellness Connection Clients
  • Authorized an agreement with Alameda County Resource Conservation District to implement the Stonybrook Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project
  • Proclaimed the month of February Teen Dating Violence and Prevention Month in Alameda County
  • Approved a master contract augmentation with Carnales Unidos Reformando Adictos (C.U.R.A.) for an additional two beds to meet the expanded demand for residential treatment, increasing the contract by $129,912


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Pres-Vice Pres 2015

Supervisor Scott Haggerty Elected Board President; Supervisor Wilma Chan Vice President


In a unanimous vote on January 6, the Board of Supervisors elected Supervisor Scott Haggerty to be Board President for the next two years. Supervisor Wilma Chan was elected Vice President. Supervisor Haggerty, who spent the past two years as Vice President, said: “It is an honor to serve as President of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. We represent a vibrant and diverse population and serve a wide variety of needs here in the County. I look forward to my duties as president and to serving our constituents.” Supervisor Haggerty has served on the Board since 1996. He represents Alameda County’s First District, which includes Fremont, Livermore, Dublin and unincorporated communities in the County’s eastern portions. Chan was elected twice to the Board before serving in the California State Assembly from 2000 to 2006. She was re-elected in 2010 to serve the County’s Third District, which includes Alameda, San Leandro, San Lorenzo and parts of Oakland. The President of the Board presides at all Board meetings and appoints committees to handle work involving its major programs. The Vice President assumes these responsibilities in the President’s absence.

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Measles Outbreak in California

As of February 4, 2015, Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) has confirmed six cases of measles and is investigating many other suspected cases, four of which, are associated with a Disneyland parks exposure. Hundreds of contacts have been identified. In all of 2014, four measles cases were confirmed.

To date, 99 cases of measles have been confirmed in California, 65 with epidemiologic link to Disneyland parks or confirmed cases.  Thirty-four have an unknown exposure source.  For the most up-to-date California measles case counts, see CA DPH Measles Website.  For the latest national updates, see CDC Measles Cases & Outbreaks.

Others in the San Francisco Bay Area now have confirmed cases, and secondary measles exposures have likely occurred in the Bay Area.

Patients include children and adults, and the majority of cases statewide with known vaccination status are unimmunized individuals. Measles is very infectious, and airborne transmission can occur in crowded settings. Transmission during previous outbreaks has occurred in the following settings: household, health care setting, hospital, church, airplane, and school.

Healthcare providers should think of measles in patients with a fever and rash, especially with a history of travel or exposure to venues with international travelers, or measles patients. It is important for health care providers and the public to be aware that there is currently a risk for contracting measles in California.

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BAAQMD Offering FREE Wood Chipping Services in Lieu of Burning

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in partnership with The Davey Tree Expert Tree Company, is sponsoring free chipping services to dispose of orchard, vineyard and similar types of agricultural materials in lieu of burning, and is encouraging qualifying Bay Area agricultural operations to apply. Qualification criteria include:

  • The agricultural debris to be chipped must otherwise be allowed to be burned in accordance with state law and Air District regulations
  • The material must be generated from a commercial agricultural operation
  • Materials to be chipped are limited to pruning and attrition losses, or crop replacement
  • Materials to be chipped must also be prepared and stacked according to chipping program guidelines

The program runs through December 31, or until funds are exhausted, whichever occurs first. To apply, visit the Air District website and complete the application form.  For questions, please contact Air District staff person Douglas Tolar at 415-749-5118.

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Diabetes Awareness Day

National Diabetes Alert Day

In the United States nearly 29 million people, including estimates that exceed 73,000 individuals in Alameda County, have diabetes, a serious disease with potential life-threatening complications such as heart disease, stroke, blindness, and kidney disease.

It’s also estimated that an additional 86 million people are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes and one in three American adults will have diabetes if the current trend continues.

At the March 24th Board of Supervisors meeting Supervisor Haggerty will proclaim the day Diabetes Alert Day in Alameda County and encourage all residents to join the American Diabetes Association’s movement to stop diabetes by learning of one’s risk for diabetes and sharing the vital information about the risk factors for diabetes.

For more information please visit the National Diabetes Awareness Day website.

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Nancy O'Malley

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley Names Alameda County 2015 ‘Citizen of the Year’

Congratulations to Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley, who on January 24, was honored as "Citizen of the Year" at a ceremonial dinner hosted by the Lion’s Club of Livermore, Dublin Partners in Education and Tri-Valley Community Television Foundation.

District Attorney O'Malley is renowned and respected for her fairness and diligence, and for her ability and desire to provide a voice for the victims who might not otherwise be heard.

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors appointed Nancy O'Malley as District Attorney in September 2009.  In 2010, she was elected to the position and was sworn in as the county's first female elected District Attorney on January 3, 2011.  She had been an attorney in the DA's office since 1984.  During her career there, she has become a nationally recognized expert in the advancement of victims' rights.  She also gained national and statewide recognition as an expert in areas including violence against women and interpersonal violence, including sexual assault, domestic violence, elder abuse, child abuse and stalking/threat management.  She is an expert in ethics and discovery and has written statewide protocols in those areas.

In addition to being named Citizen of the Year, District Attorney O'Malley has been inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame, and was honored by the California State Senate with the Woman of the Year award for her leadership in ending violence against women and for her legislative contributions.  She has written several bills that have been signed into law, including the expansion of protections for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking and elder abuse as well as stronger protections for child victims and crime victims with disabilities.  She serves as both a national and statewide consultant to legislators on pending legislation, including issues of victims' rights, violence against women and sentencing.

Under District Attorney O'Malley's leadership and vision, Alameda County opened its Family Justice Center, a one-stop shop for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse.  It is now a model used throughout the country.

During the award ceremony, District Attorney O'Malley was praised for her newest campaign to stop human trafficking.  Posters marking National Human Trafficking Awareness Month are being placed on billboards and in bus shelters throughout the Bay Area as part of a 2015 campaign O'Malley launched to confront the epidemic of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children in the region.

Nancy O'Malley said that with increased community awareness and anonymous tips, more victims will be identified and more children will be protected from becoming victims of exploitation.  It is because of her vision and leadership that the Alameda County DA's office has become a statewide leader in victims' rights.  For more information on the human trafficking campaign and other Alameda County DA office initiatives, visit their website.

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Help with Community Recognitions

District 1 Community Recognitions

Supervisor Haggerty has committed himself to publicly recognizing the great people and organizations living in and serving their friends, neighbors and complete strangers of District 1 and Alameda County.  As part of his Community Recognition program, (or “Community Shout-Out” as it appears on social media outlets) the Supervisor recognizes the people and organizations who give so selflessly of their time, energy and resources for the sole purpose of benefitting others.  The program often recognizes those who serve their community without even knowing their impact.  As part of a weekly routine, the Supervisor sifts news articles, websites, blogs, queries local businesses and organizations and occasionally receives tips from members of the community. 

There are countless stories of good people doing great things every day.  Supervisor Haggerty encourages District 1 residents to please email him at District1@acgov.org with contributions to this ongoing program.  Contributions should be about people and organizations within District 1 (or serving the people of District 1) by way of helping, motivating or inspiring others to reach their greatest potential.  Submissions should be those who lead by example, or even those who have not a clue to the positive impact they make on those around them.  Supervisor Haggerty believes these individuals to be the true leaders of a community and hopes that in sharing their stories in a public way, more lives can be touched and hearts inspired.  This is an opportunity to report on the good news happening in District 1 communities.  

View all Community Recognitions.

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John Shirley

Community Recognition of the Quarter

11/7/14 “I’d like to dedicate this week’s Community Recognition to a local hero on many fronts.  John Shirley is a living legend within our community.  He is a decorated war veteran, a respected former mayor of the City of Livermore, a retired renowned veterinarian and business owner of 33 years, an active community advocate, family man and author. 

During his service to our country in World War II, John earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart, among other prestigious honors for his valor in battle.  In 1944, he was captured by German forces, but managed to escape, a story which is detailed in his book. ‘I Remember’ about his experiences as a combat infantryman…”

Read the complete story here

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You Decide

Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) 

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, instead of relying completely on investor owned utilities to both procure and deliver power. The goal of CCA is to gain local control of electricity pricing and energy sources, including potentially requiring a greener mix of energy. Under a CCA, the existing utility would continue to provide delivery of the power and customer billing. Customers would have a choice to continue to purchase power directly from the former utility by opting out of the CCA. Alameda County is conducting an analysis of forming a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to potentially serve all jurisdictions within the County, including all District 1 cities and unincorporated area. One of the key objectives of the Alameda County analysis would be to determine whether CCA can help the County achieve its Climate Action goals, while providing cleaner energy at an equal or lesser cost to customers.

 Last spring the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved actions that could result in the formation of a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program for the entire County, which would include each city on a voluntary basis.  Eventually, a successful start could also allow the CCA to include other interested cities outside the County.  Some updates on the progress of the program:

Recently, an Administrative Consultant has been selected to assist with start-up activities; the consultants from the Sequoia Foundation bring quite a bit of experience to the table with regard to helping County staff with the basic necessities. 

The County has received positive responses from all City Managers, which in turn, allows County Administrator Susan Muranishi the “go ahead” to request a complete set of load data from the existing utility.

County Community Development Agency staff are currently in the process of hiring a Technical Consultant.  He/she will assist in the County’s efforts relative to a Technical Feasibility study.  The study will help the County to establish a CCA that best balances the interests of its communities, citizens and businesses. 

A website has been developed as a point of contact for the CCA process and possibly for the new agency once it is established.  Upon finalization, the URL will be publicized, allowing users access to links to all key information on the process.  Also in the works is a standardized communications network for this effort, through which notices of meetings and hearings can be given, and which will provide an easy and convenient way to communicate on CCA matters.

Currently, a formal Advisory Committee structure is being ironed out.  The structure will dictate how advocates, appointed members from the community, and individuals with technical expertise, will report to the governing Board.  For more information on the program or to learn how you may become involved, contact the Alameda County Community Development Agency at 510-670-5400.

Other Local CCAs 

Marin Clean Energy Marin Clean Energy (MCE) was launched in May 2010 as California's first Community Choice Aggregation program. It a public, nonprofit electricity provider that gives Marin County and City of Richmond customers the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and hydro at competitive rates.  

Clean Power San Francisco CleanPowerSF is San Francisco's proposed clean power program. If passed, it would provide San Francisco with a 100%, California-certified renewable energy alternative. 

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Spot Potholes?

Download the “Mobile Citizen” free app by Maintstar at Apple or Google app stores.  You can simply take a photo to report a pothole, or other maintenance issue on county roadways to the Alameda County Public Works Agency. 

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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 


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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:

  • A Message from the Supervisor
  • Board Actions
  • Supervisor Haggerty Elected Board President
  • Measles Outbreak
  • BAAQMD Free Wood Chipping Service
  • National Diabetes Alert Day
  • Alameda County DA named Citizen of the Year
  • Community Recognitions
  • Community Recognition of the Quarter
  • Community Choice Aggregation
  • Spot Potholes?



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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. 


Supervisor Haggerty Announces Openings on County Boards and Commissions

Supervisor Scott 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 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.

Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month at 9:30am, 6955 Foothill Blvd., Suite 300, Oakland


Mental Health Advisory Board: 2 vacancies

Performs advisory functions on matters relating to mental health in Alameda County.

Meetings: 2nd Monday of each month at 12:00pm, Every Child Counts Conference Room, 1100 San Leandro Blvd., Suite 130, San Leandro


Commission on the Status of Women: 2 vacancies

The Commission represents the women of Alameda County in an effort to target specific issues affecting women. The goal is to maximize social equality and parity for women of all ages.

Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month at 5:30pm-7:00pm, 24100 Amador Street, 6th Floor, Hayward


Housing and Community Development Advisory:
1 vacancy

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

Meetings: 2nd Tuesday of odd months at 7:00pm, 224 West Winton #108, Hayward


East County Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA):
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.

Meetings: 4th Thursday of each month, various locations


Fire Advisory Commission:
1 vacancy

The role of the Commission is to act as an advisory to the Alameda County Fire Department.

Meetings: Every other month, 3rd Thursday at 7:00pm, various locations


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.

Meetings: 2nd Thursday of each month at 4:00pm, Alameda County Administration Building, 1221 Oak St. Suite 536, Oakland


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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Click here for complete District 1 events calendar!

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Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming District 1 events:

Fremont Summer Job Fair 2/24 & 4/18

Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Golden Sneaker Contest 3/2-3/13

Leprechaun Land for the Wee Folk 3/13

Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Festivities 3/13-3/15

American Diabetes Association Alert Day 3/24

2nd Annual Livermore ½ Marathon 3/28

Dublin Spring Eggstravaganza 4/4

24th Annual Livermore Wine Country Festival 5/2-5/3

Spring Faire 5/9

Bay Area Bike to Work/School Day 5/14

Kids ‘n Kites Festival 5/18

96th Annual Livermore Rodeo & Parade 6/13-6/14

Western Heritage Celebration 7/7

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District 1 Rural Roads Group Meeting & Agricultural Resources

The next meeting of the Rural Roads Group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday March 4 at 4 pm.  Location:  Alameda County Martinelli Center, 3585 Greenville Road, Livermore in the executive conference room.  The focus of these meetings is the traffic impacts to rural county roads in District 1 (East County) as a result of traffic congestion in the I-580 Tri-Valley corridor.  For more information about the Rural Roads Group visit the webpage.  Also note the Agricultural Resources, the newest addition to the District 1 web pages.  

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Turn the Key – Be Idle Free!

You can save money, reduce air pollution, and help everyone breathe easier just by turning a key! Turn off your car engine if you’ll be sitting for more than 30 seconds at a car wash, drive-thru or pick up spot. You’ll save gas, money and help, Spare the Air!  

The Tri-Valley Spare the Air Resource Team presents “Idle Free Tri-Valley” to help create cleaner air around the community.  Sign the online pledge for entry into a monthly drawing for a $10 Starbucks card.  The Idle Free pledge states that you will turn off your vehicle while waiting in your car for more than 30 seconds. Join us all year round to reduce idling, save money, and help, Spare the Air in the East Bay.

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Paid Summer Internships for High School Youth

Bay Area High School students can test drive a career in transportation this summer with a paid internship. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is sponsoring approximately 40 summer jobs for local high school youth who will be at least 16 years of age by June 18, 2015.  The purpose of the program is to: 

  • ​Introduce high school students to career opportunities in the field of transportation
  • ​Help students understand the role of the transportation agencies in the community, county, and region
  • ​​Provide skill-building opportunities during all phases of the program
  • ​​Provide transportation agency staff, such as transit agency planners or traffic engineers at city and county public works departments, with assistance on entry-level tasks

Work site locations and job descriptions are now posted on the MTC website.  The internships pay $12.25 per hour and the deadline to apply is Sunday, March 8, 2015. 

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 Contracting Opportunity:

Plan Bay Area Community-Based Outreach

MTC and ABAG seek to tap into the expertise and connections of organizations who work with individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), media organizations that target reporting that covers issues of low-income residents, organizations that work with their local constituents on issues surrounding growth and development, or those representing youth.  Up to $7,000 per firm is available for the tasks related to these projects.  Please see the Request for Proposal (RFP) posted on their website for detailed information and specific requirements such as due date, and form requirements.  

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