Wednesday night’s Eden Area Livability Initiative (EALI) Governance meeting was a huge win for moving the process of unincorporated governance forward and, coincidentally, for finally extracting any implementation steps from this group who’ve worked very hard for many, many years to gain more local control for all of the “Eden Area” unincorporated areas of Castro Valley, Fairview, San Lorenzo, Ashland, and Cherryland.
The EALI Governance Working Group came to consensus on two separate resolutions, as recommended by Supervisor Nate Miley to be the path with the highest likelihood of success in allowing Castro Valley the right to vote on whether it wants an elected MAC.
You can listen to the audio recording of the entire meeting by clicking here.
Resolution#1 – MAC progression for the Eden Area: A proposal for the entire Eden Area around Municipal Advisory Councils (MACs) that over time includes the following potential progression (in diagram photo attached):
- Allow the areas covered by the Eden Area General Plan (San Lorenzo, Cherryland, and Ashland) and Fairview to establish their own MACs. If the Castro Valley MAC becomes elected, this does not affect whether these other MACs or the existing Sunol MAC would be elected or appointed
- Reduce the Alameda County Unincorporated Services Committee to a role of only addressing issues affecting the entire Eden Area that need consensus/consistency across MACs/areas
- Dissolve the West County Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA) and give BZA powers to each area MAC
Resolution #2 – Elected Castro Valley MAC: Give Castro Valley General Plan residents the right to vote on whether or not they want an elected MAC.
Kevin Seal’s post about attending Wednesday’s Governance Working Group meeting, his first EALI meeting, gives a good overview on the voting for the resolutions.
Next Steps: These two resolutions will now be presented from the EALI Governance Working Group first to the Unincorporated Services Committee, then to the Board of Supervisors Transportation/Planning Committee, and finally to the full Board of Supervisors (BOS), at which point they would hopefully have the support of at least three Supervisors.
Only the Supervisors can approve giving Castro Valley residents the right to vote on whether we want a elected MAC.
There is no likelihood that the BOS would make a resolution simply changing the CV MAC from appointed to elected, and that is okay. If the residents of CV want an elected MAC, they will get one by popular vote, and that would be a giant step forward in local control and increasing engagement in our community. Committee meeting dates will be posted as soon as we know them.
Let’s continue the momentum of having CV folks at these meetings to voice our support for what we want.
Your voice matters.
Castro Valley matters.