Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 14, 2011

New supervisor to meet constituents -- for a fee

Chamber hosts Nate Miley at pricey Pleasanton restaurant

by Jeb Bing

Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, who was appointed last summer to represent Pleasanton, is coming to town to meet his new constituents, but be prepared to pay.

Miley's debut presentation has been arranged by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting a luncheon Oct. 26 at Faz Four Points Sheraton. Chamber members can listen in at a cost of $35, with a $45 luncheon charge to hear the supervisor for those who aren't members of the chamber.

When the Pleasanton Weekly complained about the high cost of attending the Miley luncheon, a chamber representative said the media can always come and listen, just don't eat.

Chamber CEO Scott Raty said Miley plans to discuss his priorities for Alameda County and his newly created district that includes all of Pleasanton. The county board voted in July to add Pleasanton to Miley's district, which also includes a part of Oakland, moving former Pleasanton representative Supervisor Scott Haggerty farther south to cover more of Fremont.

The move was made to accommodate population shifts based on the 2010 Census that showed major increases in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with population decreases in Miley's District 4. Besides Oakland, his district also continues to include the unincorporated communities of Fairview, Ashland, Castro Valley and Cherryland. But the city of Dublin, which he also represented, now moves fully into Haggerty's District 1.

The luncheon is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faz, located at 5121 Hopyard Road. For more information, contact Wendy Gutshall at 846-5858, ext. 201, or by email at


Posted by Voter, a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 15, 2011 at 7:03 pm

I am disappointed that our new Supervisor has not come to meet us, a paid lunch does not count. I was eager to meet him when I saw he had a booth at First Wednesday but disappointed that he had just sent an intern.

He has not earned my respect.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 15, 2011 at 8:22 pm

what a sick joke...set up another public meeting in a park where anybody can attend for FREE...he's not that smart anyway, tell him thanks but no thanks...

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 15, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Why doesn't this supervisor publish his thoughts on the net?

Accepting a speaker's fee to lay out a plan you're being paid from public funds to create seems a bit out of line.


Posted by Jeeves, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Where does the article state that the supervisor is collecting a speaker's fee?

Or does someone not know how to read very carefully?

Posted by Hacienda Voter, a resident of Avila
on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:25 pm

The Chamber of Commerce invited our new supervisor to give a talk, so this is a Chamber of Commerce function. These functions usually include lunch and networking, and each person who comes pays for his lunch.

This is not a "coffee on the corner" or public meeting set-up by Supervisor Miley.

I don't remember Haggerty ever holding "meet residents" meetings. You always had to call and to talk with his staff person, Mr. Gray.

So, please wait and see what Supervisor Miley sets up as his public meeting. Don't jump all over him because the newspaper article wrongly describes this Chamber of Commerce lunch.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm


It's customary, I believe.

And if he were doing it for free, I'm assuming it would have been sufficiently newsworthy to mention.

Then again, I could be wrong.


Posted by Jeeves, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:29 pm

In other words, someone doesn't know how to read very carefully.

Posted by hum, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Why is the weekly complaining about the cost to attend to hear Miley? The chamber charged every time to hear the mayor give the State of the City speech. Those speeches have been at the same location as this speech, and others like Ruby Hill. They should have been complaining about that also. The mayor's speeches and powerpoints were prepared by city staff (i.e., paid for by taxpayer money) and should have been available to the public free of charge.

The article did mention that the media could come free of charge if they do not eat. Can the public come free of charge if they do not eat? If not, how does the chamber define the media? Can I post on a blog and that will give me media access?

I think there is follow-up needed on this article.

Posted by Collateral Damage, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I am so not interested because of all the political manimputlation the influenced all other lines, which stuck Pleasanton congressional district with geographical 'connection...we're divided by mountains, rivers, freeways, etc etc.
And as far as this 'supervisoral' fiasco, I can't imagine having a supervisor over the HILLS and literally AROUND THE BEND, who would have ANY interest in the wellbeing of the RESIDENTS of Pleasanton !!! It was all POLITICAL and the POLITICIANS of Pleasanton who drove this will be pounded in the future. The rest of us are just 'collateral damage'.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Oct 16, 2011 at 3:44 pm


Actually, I'd look at it more as applying experience to read critically.


Posted by Robbie, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm


Has the PW lost all sense of journalistic integrity. You pulled my posts yesterday that suggested the PW had an agenda becuase it was labeling a chamber of commerce luncheon as an event where Supervisor Miley was "meeting with his constituents" and it ought to be free.

People, you should be aware that the PW is now heavily censoring posts that don't agree with their political agenda.

Posted by Voter, a resident of California Reflections
on Oct 19, 2011 at 11:47 am

As a NEW representative he should make an effort to introduce himself to our community. I thought that was what he was doing when I saw his booth at First Wenesday, it was a slap in the face to Pleasanton that he did not bother to come himself.

I did often see Haggerty around town.