A large and unexpected rate increase by Waste Management for garbage collection is hitting rural Castro Valley.
The provisions in the developer contract for the Daughtrey building highlight the lack of local control in Castro Valley.
It’s not too late to be part of the EALI Process Check out the agenda for the Eden Area Livability Initiative (EALI) governance meeting tonight (Thursday, May 8, 2014) at 6:30 PM at the Castro Valley Library, and join me and others from Castro Valley Matters in participating in this meeting. It was through EALI that I got to […]
California Senate Bill 1129, co-authored by Castro Valley’s State Senator Ellen Corbett, would reduce the hurdles in transferring former redevelopment properties, like the Daughtrey’s Building site, for a public use, such as a town square. The Senate Governance and Finance Committee starts is holding a hearing about SB 1129 at 9:30 this morning. At some point during the day, Committee Chair Senator […]
“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” – Thomas Pynchon Tuesday night’s Castro Valley MAC Meeting left us with more questions than answers. I will try to list many of these questions here, going from more general questions on governance to specific questions on the proposed […]
My contact at the California Department of Finance confirmed that as of this morning the currently submitted Long Range Property Management Plan (LRPMP) for Alameda County has not been approved and that it will be sent back to the Redevelopment Successor Agency for revision and approval by the Oversight Board. So, what, does that even mean, […]
Castro Valley still has a chance to have a say in the fate of the Daughtrey’s building despite coming to the redevelopment dissolution party really, really late. The first thing you can do to help in tearing down Daughtrey’s and building a town square is to learn a little about a complex phenomenon called “redevelopment” and how the […]
Castro Valley is a friendly town, a close-knit community of about 63,000 people that can still get excited about a homecoming game. But getting around Castro Valley can be complicated, and it’s not just because Strobridge suddenly stops south of 580. We are governed by a hodgepodge of distinct and separate units of government that […]
With about 30,000 feet of deteriorating real estate in the center of downtown, the Daughtrey’s building is a focal point of blight and home to Castro Valley’s seasonal Halloween accessories headquarters. It’s time to tear down Daughtrey’s. Here’s a quick summary of the building’s recent history (stay with me please): Alameda County’s Redevelopment Agency took […]
One of the best ways to introduce people to governance is through crisis. A perfect example of this was “Sign Gate 2013.” Remember that? The forced removal of the Blvd. Burger sign caused quite a stir in Castro Valley. But what does this controversy say about local governance in Castro Valley? Alameda County Planners ordered […]