One day back in July 2014, I was driving along on Northbound I-880. I saw a sign that I had passed hundreds of times before, a standard “CITY LIMITS” sign, installed by Caltrans throughout California, but missing the “CITY LIMITS” part since it was for our unincorporated neighbors in San Lorenzo.
So, I did what any civic minded citizen would do and sent an email to Caltrans asking how we could get a sign, too. Apparently, that’s all it takes! With blistering speed and efficiency, I got a reply within ten minutes:
Caltrans has issued an Installation Order for the Castro Valley signs, estimated installation in the Oct / Nov timeframe.
Wow! Governmental efficiency at its finest! I sent them a thank you note and patiently waited for the “October-November” 2014 timeframe to arrive. It did, and no signs appeared. I sent in another note, and was told that they were running behind but it was still in the queue.
Then I promptly forgot about it.
Over a year later, on one rainy night in early March 2016, I was driving home from Pleasanton and saw a shiny, new “Castro Valley” signs just past the Eden Canyon off ramp on I-580 Westbound.
Who knew that our elevation was 180 feet?
This signs Eastbound companion can be seen on I-580 Eastbound, just East of the Strobridge off ramp.
So, CalTrans now “officially” recognizes Castro Valley. While, not exactly a “Miracle on 34th Street” courtroom precedent, it is definitely a moment of civic pride we can all hang our hat on.
All thanks to an email from a Castro Valleyan like me.