Tri-Valley cities seek 'community' recognition in redistricting

Pleasanton also wants to stay in single supervisory district

Five Tri-Valley cities are petitioning a redistricting commission to keep their municipalities together as new legislative districts are drawn to meet changing population centers in the Bay Area.

The city councils of Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon have signed a joint letter to the Citizens Redistricting Commission that is meeting in Sacramento, calling this area "a community of interest." It asks that "our boundaries should be respected during the redistricting process."

At the same time, the Pleasanton City Council is urging that any redistricting of supervisory districts in Alameda County keep Pleasanton in a single district.

Some supervisors have indicated that they would like to divide the city into two districts with District 1 represented by Supervisor Scott Haggerty to be redistricted to an area south of Pleasanton's Stoneridge Drive, and with District 4, represented by Supervisor Nate Miley, to include the area north of Stoneridge Drive.

The county board of supervisors has established a redistricting ad-hoc committee to oversee the redistricting process. The committee is planning a series of public hearings throughout the county, although none is scheduled in Pleasanton which is the only city being considered for a split-up.

The Tri-Valley region is spread over three neighboring valleys at the eastern end of Alameda County and the southern end of Contra Costa County.

"Despite the fact that we are in two separate counties, our residents identify far ore with the Tri-Valley region than either Alameda or Contra Costa counties," the letter signed by representatives of the five cities states.

"In fact, we believe that the Tri-Valley can be considered a model for regional collaboration throughout the state in many traditional and non-traditional ways."

Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho, whose council was the last to sign the letter Tuesday night, said the Tri-Valley shares a common identity and spirit among its residents.

The joint letter further states:

"Residents of our five cities depend on the same transportation networks, we have similar demographics and sources of employment, businesses have formed partnerships throughout the area, our children play in the same sports leagues, and local governments collaborate on a multitude of regional projects.

"Some specific examples on how our five jurisdictions formally collaborate include the Tri-Valley Transportation Council, which identifies and funds needed projects to relieve congestions in our region.

"We are all partners in the Tri-Valley Housing and Opportunity Center, which is an agency that jointly manages our five cities' affordable housing programs and services.

"Tri-Valley Community Television is another entity that focuses solely on programming unique to our region.

"Other smaller agencies such as the Dublin San Ramon Services District, Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority, and Zone 7 are entirely within the Tri-Valley.

"Our city councils meet together in joint sessions on issues of regional concern every few months, while our mayors, city managers and staffs meet both formally and informally several times a month to further solidify public partnerships.

The five city councils also pointed out in their letter that much of their communities' cultural and economic lives also revolve around the Tri-Valley.

The Tri-alley Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit organization dedicated to expanding tourism options.

Innovation Tri-Valley is a private sector collaborative of leading businesses firms the five cities.

The Tri-Valley Business Council represents private business interests in the five cities.

The five Tri-Valley cities also are partners in I-Gate, a partnership with the Lawrence Livermore and Sandia national laboratories.

"The Tri-Valley has flourished over the years due to our tremendous cooperation," the five city councils stated. "Our region is poised for even great excellence moving forward.

Fialho said the councils want to keep the Tri-Valley in one state Senate district with any newly drawn Legislative districts recognizing the homogenous characteristics of the five cities.

Currently, Pleasanton, for one, is in three state legislative districts, two state Senate districts and two Congressional districts.

What is community worth to you?
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Don
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 21, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Can someone explain to me what a Supervisor is and what they do for us? I truly have no idea and only know that they have offices, big salaries, staff, etc. Can we do without them? I thought we had Assembly men and women who represented us. I am recently from Missouri and we did not have anything like that. From what I have read we are in dire economic straights so just wondered if we could do without this.

Like this comment
Posted by Dittos
a resident of Amador Estates
on May 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Good question, Don!
I am from Indiana, where there are fewer govt employees per capita among State residents than any other State. And this State manages just fine without all these govt employees. So I echo your question and wonder when/if the State of Calif will learn! This is indeed a wonderful State if it weren't for the liberals who are hell bent on destroying it.

Like this comment
Posted by Clem
a resident of Mission Park
on May 22, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I'm with Don and Dittos who comes from the great state wear Dan Quail comes. I'm from Mississippi and who don't have no supervisors either. Mississippi has one of the best education systyms in the country. You all should take your vacations there sometime. Its really some swell state.

Like this comment
Posted by Concerned Californian
a resident of Valley Trails
on May 22, 2011 at 4:23 pm

Good idea. Right now I live in Pleasanton and I'm in Fortney Stark's district. Stark represents the liberal, anti-military, anti-police, anti-private sector, athiest, homosexual, socialist East Bay; but not the capitalist, Christian, nationalist working-class Tri-Valley.

It's doubtful any fair redistricting will happen when 60-70% of the state's representatives are Democrat and those who decide redistricting are on a "non-partisan committee" appointed by partisan politicos. If anything, parts of the Tri-Valley will be probably be aligned with Oakland and San Leandro to ensure any Republican votes are negated. Remember, politicos like Stark and Hayashi have no interest in losing their power.

Like this comment
Posted by Good luck to us
a resident of Downtown
on May 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Concerned Californian,

This is some luck coming our way, Stark is old as dirt and has led a very rough life so I suspect we are going to have an opporunity to replace him in the near future.

Concerning the county Supervisors, other than getting beat up by ex Oakland Raiders (Haggerty), I have no idea what they do nor if we can afford them.

1 person likes this
Posted by Tired of Supporting Lifers
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Actually, Alameda County Supervisors don't do much. Mostly they collect a salary, retirement and health benefits. All they do is attend meetings, delegate and decide how to spend your money. A lot of it is spent on foolishness and freebies. Yeah, they get their own credit cards etc.. For many, it is the only means of income that they have and it pays well! Frankly,we could all do without them.

Like this comment
Posted by Cast them all out!
a resident of Birdland
on May 22, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Yep, supervisors are kind of like teachers, cops and firefighters. They don't do much mostly collect a salary, retirement and health benefits. Fire them all tomorrow and no one would even notice. My taxes would go down. I don't know about yours, but who cares your on you're own. Life has been hard on me and has left me embittered and you two?

1 person likes this
Posted by PW Reader
a resident of Birdland
on May 23, 2011 at 4:20 pm

To all Newcomers to California--

If you have any questions on what the leaders in your community, county or state do, or about the roles played by different governing bodies, try looking online first instead of asking here. Alameda County's website: Web Link

California has 52 counties; very generally, counties govern unincorporated areas (not inside a city's jurisdiction), provide police services with sheriffs and deputies, supervise county-run hospitals and mental health facilities, run jails and probation departments, maintain county roads, supervise many assistance programs for children, at-risk youth, poor, and seniors, operate a health department that works to prevent disease outbreaks and monitors restaurants and other food services, and run the flood control and water conservation district.

California's county system has worked well for over 150 years. State Assembly Members and Senators represent us at the state level and pass legislation. County supervisors not only represent us at the county level but over-see all of the above paragraph. County supervisors, like most city council members, work harder behind the scenes than you know. Many meetings, a ton of reading, building consensus, trying to make all of us happy in their decisions, and much more. I applaud the elected officials of our city, county, and state for their work on our behalf.

Like this comment
Posted by Double Dee Disgusted
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2011 at 4:49 pm

PW Reader from Birdland thinks he's smarter than us. What do supervisers do he tells us.

"Many meetings, a ton of reading, building consensus, trying to make all of us happy in their decisions, and much more."

Let's try reading between the lines on that one. So, mostly, they sit around reading and smoozing with each other at meetings. They try to "build" consensus, which has no value on the free market. They ought to try doing a real job out over in the private market where you have to really build things to sell to consumers. And they try to make us happy which they clearly fail at. I don't know a single person whose been made happy by a superviser. Just another unfunded liability on us taxpayers. Here today gone tomorrow. Who'd miss them? I'll still be eating my breakfast in the morning.

Like this comment
Posted by Kelley
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 30, 2011 at 9:03 am

First of all the California Citizens Redistricting Commission is totally rigged by the rouge special interest groups who populate the commission and the TRI VALLEY congressional maps need to be watched because from the video at thier saturday business meeting Q2 looked like they were drawing the TriValley (who knows how they can justify this!) into a Congressional District with Berkeley? The video on Saturday went by pretty fast but if you don't think our TriValley should cross the East Bay Hills write them and tell them.

Commissioner Maria Blanco never revealed her previos ties AS THE CHEIF LEGAL COUNCIL FOR MALDEF. Whom by the way is in the middle of a Redistricitng Lawsuit in front of a 3 pannel judge. Using of course the same argument that was used in racist redistricting in the south in the 60's!

As for the rest of the commssioners Aqquire has similar ties to MALDEF. They are the "reconquista" far liberal marxist group out of LA and they are getting thier payback from the Dems when they got juked in the last redistricting... LA is the huge battleground.

Like this comment
Posted by Billie
a resident of Mohr Park
on May 30, 2011 at 10:39 am

The question Pleasanton residents and business owners should be asking *right now* isn't a rhetorical "What is it that County Supervisors actually do?" The real question is:

What the *#$%& is Supervisor Haggerty doing recommending that Pleasanton be even more politically gerrymandered than we are by splitting us into two Supervisory areas?

Pleasanton is currently dealing with three state Legislative districts, two state Senate districts and two Congressional districts. If the Commission consolidates Pleasanton into a single state Legislative district, a single state Senate district and a single Congressional district, and, if we are further combined with our adjacent communities of interest (at a minimum: Sunol, Livermore and Dublin), we come out ahead legislatively with a more focused Tri-Valley. What we don't need is for Pleasanton to be gerrymandered within the County and split up between two County Supervisors just to make their constituent "numbers" more equal.

The Redistricting Commission may or may not be biased; at this point in the game, they are what they are. That issue aside, as residents and business owners in Pleasanton, we owe it to ourselves make our opinions known regarding how we think Pleasanton should be factored into their redistricting plans. Personally, I agree with the letter being signed and sent forward by our city officials.

If you want your opinion on record where it counts regarding how Pleasanton should be "redistricted" for our County, state and federal representation (as opposed to an anonymous blog here at the PW), let the Commission know.

To submit a public comment to the Redistricting Commission, call them toll free at 1-866-356-5217, or send an e-mail directly to, or using this weblink to submit your comments: Web Link

Like this comment
Posted by Kelley
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 31, 2011 at 1:49 am

Thank you Mayor Hosterman for signing the letter to keep Pleasanton whole and a COI with the rest of the TriValley (Dublin, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville).

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Ridgeview Commons

on Apr 26, 2017 at 8:10 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Dublin leaders position the city to develop a downtown
By Tim Hunt | 5 comments | 1,201 views

Premarital and Couples: What feeling is not allowed, and what do you use in its place?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 653 views