Pleasanton Weekly

Opinion - July 22, 2011

A new supervisor for Pleasanton

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is expected to ratify a realignment of districts at its meeting Tuesday that will place Pleasanton in Supervisor Nate Miley's District 4, moving it out of District 1 where the city has long been represented by Supervisor Scott Haggerty.

The move is being made to accommodate population shifts based on the 2010 Census that showed major increases in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley with population decreases in some of District 4, which includes about one-fourth of the city of Oakland. Miley will continue to represent just over 100,000 residents in Oakland, but Pleasanton will now become his largest "whole" city and his second largest population center. 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 realignment is seen as good news for Pleasanton, which now gains the attention of a different supervisor while also retaining the support of Haggerty on such important issues as the widening of state Route 84 between I-680 and I-580 to reduce cut-through rush-hour traffic on Pleasanton streets. Haggerty also is expected to keep his promise to fully-fund with county dollars the planned extension of Stoneridge Drive to El Charro Road, where it will connect to Jack London Boulevard that is being extended by Livermore. The 124-acre, county-owned Staples Ranch, which Haggerty allowed to be annexed into Pleasanton, also will need his and the county board's support as development occurs there. Haggerty also helped Pleasanton acquire the old railroad corridor, which it is using for add downtown parking spaces and for a planned public trail.

A best part of the county district realignment is that Haggerty, Miley and the other three board supervisors agreed to keep Pleasanton together in a single district, not split as Haggerty first wanted to do. Supervisors also backed off early plans to separate Happy Valley, recognizing that as part of Pleasanton's "sphere of influence," it should be moved into District 4 along with Pleasanton.

Nate Miley was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November of 2000 and was sworn in on January 8, 2001. He was re-elected for a second term in 2004 and a third term in 2008.On May 24, he celebrated his 60th birthday and appointment again as president of the County Board with a gala event at the Claremont Hotel. He also serves on the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority, Local Area Formation Commission, Alameda County Congestion Management Agency, Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the Association of Bay Area Governments. A University of Maryland graduate, Miley is a single father of two children and has lived in Oakland for more than 20 years.

Miley and his chief of staff Seth Kaplan recently walked the streets of downtown Pleasanton. We hope the City Council and business community will hold a community-wide welcome this fall to introduce Miley and his staff to more of their Pleasanton constituents.

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