Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 1, 2011

County moves to place Pleasanton in Supervisor Miley's district

Action comes after objections to Haggerty's plan to split city into 2 districts

by Jeb Bing

Responding to an appeal by Pleasanton leaders to keep the city in a single supervisor district, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to proceed with boundary changes that would move Pleasanton into District 4, which is represented by Supervisor Nate Miley.

For years, Pleasanton has been part of District 1, represented by Supervisor Scott Haggerty. His plan to split the city into two districts -- his and Miley's -- was opposed by the Pleasanton City Council and business groups. But Haggerty said population shifts in the county required boundary changes and his plan to split Pleasanton would help even out supervisor districts.

In a recent meeting, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce's government affairs committee endorsed the single-district plan, arguing that two supervisors with only half of Pleasanton would "marginalize" the city's influence on issues before the county board.

However, city officials said yesterday's decision by the board to place Pleasanton in Miley's district, which includes Castro Valley and parts of Oakland, isn't what they had in mind. In a letter to the board, they asked that Haggerty's District 1 be restructured to include the Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore and Pleasanton. New boundary changes affecting Fremont, Castro Valley and cities to the west could accommodate the population shifts needed to meet redistricting changes that are required based on the 2010 census.

The county board is expected to vote on the redistricting plan on July 12 with a final reading of the ordinance that's passed to be held on July 26.

In reviewing population changes in Alameda County, the cities with the largest gains in the last 10 years are Dublin, up 53.6% to 46,036; Emeryville, up 46.5% to 10,080; Albany, up 12.7% to 18,539; and Livermore and Pleasanton, both up 10.4% to 80,968 and 70,285, respectively.

Oakland, Fremont, Hayward and Berkeley, the largest cities in the county with populations above 100,000, grew only modestly or not at all. Oakland, in fact, saw a 2.2% population loss with 8,760 leaving the city to drop its population to 390,724.

Of these larger cities, Berkeley grew the most, up 9.6% to a new population of 112,580. Fremont saw a 5.2% gain to 214,089, and Hayward's population rose by 3% to 144,186.

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