McNerney, area mayors discuss regional issues

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) met in Washington, D.C. today with Tri-Valley mayors to discuss regional priorities for the area. Mayor Abram Wilson as well as mayors from Danville, Dublin and Livermore were in attendance at the meeting.

Topics under discussion at today's meeting included proposed transportation infrastructure improvements throughout the Tri-Valley region; the i-GATE iHub initiative, a public-private partnership designed to support the growth of small businesses and clean-energy technologies; emergency preparedness throughout the region; and legislation of importance to local community access television stations.

"I'm glad to have the opportunity to meet with our local Mayors and discuss how we can work together to improve the Tri-Valley region," said Rep. McNerney. "Today's conversation was very productive. We covered a number of topics, including the need for transportation improvements and investments in emergency preparedness."

"We also spoke about how to bring together local resources such as the National Laboratories, local government, educational institutions, and other organizations to help small businesses grow and create clean-energy and green jobs," continued Rep. McNerney. "I look forward to continuing to work with the Tri-Valley Mayors on these important issues."

"At today's meeting we discussed our work to complete the middle section of the three section auxiliary lane project that runs through the San Ramon Valley," said Danville Mayor Karen Stepper. "I-680 carries over half of the San Ramon Valley to work each day. These lanes eliminate the merge and weave patterns that otherwise slow down our commuters and interfere with emergency response."

"I-580 is a major transportation route for our area's residents as well as the movement of goods and freight throughout the region," said Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti. "Currently, it is also one of most congested corridors in the region. At today's meeting, we discussed the need for further investments to I-580 as well as State Route 84 in order to reduce congestion, improve air quality and grow our region's economy."

"The i-GATE iHub initiative combines the resources of the Livermore and Sandia National Laboratories with regional business parks, high growth businesses and universities to build a collaborative environment that can create green technologies, innovative products, and jobs here in the Tri-Valley," said Marshall Kamena, Mayor of Livermore. "With his expertise in renewable energy, we're glad to have the opportunity to discuss the i-GATE iHub initiative with Congressman McNerney."

"We need to make sure our first responders can communicate with each other in event of a major disaster, like an earthquake," said Mayor Wilson. "Since 2007, we have worked to establish an unprecedented collaboration between 29 cities, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties and four special districts to implement the East Bay Regional Communications System, serving a population of over 2.5 million people. Congressman McNerney has been a strong supporter of this initiative in the past and I look forward to working with him to continue our efforts in the future."


Posted by Billr, a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2011 at 9:53 am


A bit late to discuss attracting business to the area. The loss of the Automotive Plant in Fremont and MFG Business moving every day to Texas. You are so lucky you were re elected. You ARE THE WORST!

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2011 at 9:55 am

Fixing our broken freeways is good (and long overdue)! And auxiliary lanes are usually good! As always, the devil is in the details.
Are there any carpool lanes (HOV) or toll roads or meter signals hidden in these plans which will plaque us for years to come with poorly-conceived concepts that were wrongfully-implemented? ("Wrongfully-implemented" in the sense that carpool lanes were never voted in by we the people, just forced on us by liberal planners who philosophically believe that we should be stripped from our individual cars, instead of building enough freeway system to handle the cars...or to let the congested traffic itself change our choices and behaviors.)

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jan 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

i-GATE iHub initiative (to create "green" businesses):
I'm very suspicious about whatever this really is?
Some people like to think that Government should be "creating jobs". Really Government should be staying out of the way of the free enterprise system's ability to create its own jobs, as based on what people want to buy and what is reasonably profitable and will stand on its own two feet (self-surviving businesses).
Too often what Government is really doing is just fostering its own philosophical, political agenda about what businesses it wants to see materialize (i.e. "green" businesses) at the expense of all other businesses. And, ultimately, not doing anything materially substantial for the economy as a whole.
There should be a rule: If Government is going to do something (regulate, legislate, influence spending) that it thinks is good for Business, then that opportunity should be made available to ALL businesses of any kind.
In most cases, I think Government should stay out of business and let business itself determine what ventures to start and what jobs to create!
Politicians generally don't know how to do Business. They just know how to build domains of power for themselves to control (and to gain purse-string authority to dole out money to their "partners").

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:19 am

jrm is a registered user.

Is PCMAC taking a previous frequent bloggers place as the town fool launching question upon question in his posts devoid of grammatical structure or salient content? PC..your nonsensical anti government blogs are becoming alarming given the events of the last few the people that care about you know what you write here?
A serious question...

Posted by askidoo, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:32 am

To answer one question. Yes metering lights are included in work to be done on 680 - there was a recent CC Times article on this. I believe 68 metered onramps was the end result. The consultant who was hired by all the Tri Valley towns had the mission to decrease congestion on the freeways. The result was metering lights which puts more cars on local neighborhoods. They or their traffic representatives all agreed and funded the study. The only area objecting was Alamo which for now at Stone Valley Road will not have a metering light onto the freeway.

Posted by American, a resident of Danville
on Jan 22, 2011 at 12:08 pm

JRM: I think you were a little unfair to PSMAC, labeling him a town fool, and implying that he is unstable...I tend to agree with him that government should basically be a referee in the game of business, and not a player...I also think it is unfair that the liberal media is using the tragic events in Arizona to try to quash all speech that is critical of the liberal agenda...A truly mentally unstable individual was responsible for the horrible events in Arizona, not Sara Palin(who by the way I am not a fan of) and not talk radio pundits...Yes, it would be a much nicer world if all sides were more respectful and amicable in their debate of issues, but negative and nasty political campaigns have been around for ever, and using the events in Arizona to limit free speech is wrong.

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

Hey Billr...I'm with you...old McNerney is worst then the worst.

Thanks Juila from Alamo

Posted by Mike, a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2011 at 10:32 am

Jerry McNerney has an outstanding voting record. Check it out at Web Link

Posted by Billr, a resident of Danville
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:41 pm


Thank you! I am with you too.

Posted by Bob alioto, a resident of Diablo
on Jan 27, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Mcnerney is horrid. His true colors showed through when he stood and appauded the prez of Mexico (caught on video) but then lied by saying he "forgot" if he had stood a few days later! The prez had just delivered a scathing rebuke OF the USA. His voting record is easy ----"anything Nancy wants----" mindless fool.

Posted by cardinal, a resident of Diablo
on Jan 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Howdy, neighbor Bob:

Welcome. With commentary like that, why, you'll fit right in here.

Posted by Johnny, a resident of Danville
on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:04 am

How much did that little trip cost the Town of Danville? Where can I find that? What are the direct results of that trip? How has that benefitted Danville? Sounds like a worthless and expensive junket. Typicalů

Posted by Bob, a resident of Diablo
on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:17 am

Cardinal is too kind to allow opposing thought.

Posted by cardinal, a resident of Diablo
on Jan 28, 2011 at 8:30 am


While 'tis true that I believe not all thoughts are created equal -- I'm am verry glad that we're free to disagree hereabouts.

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

No good could possibly come of that meeting between the ideologue socialist and the salivating local leaders!

Posted by Mke, a resident of Danville
on Jan 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Danville is doing well folks. I don't think we are on the target list for redevelopment projects or poverty assistance. Government is tasked with looking out for and working to maintain the common good. Jerry is doing that.

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

"Government is tasked with looking out for and working to maintain the common good. Jerry is doing that."

"maintain the common good" Which "manifesto" is that from?

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

"Danville is doing well folks. I don't think we are on the target list for redevelopment projects or poverty assistance."

Well, most of Danville residents are doing OK, but....
1. Redevelopment Projects: The article just a couple inches higher in the Danville Express--Danville buys multi-million dollar building for beautification --describes one redevelopment project in Danville. (Not that it should be, perhaps.)

Calabrigo said: "As a redevelopment agency, we want to invest our funds in a way that makes improvements. Once we've accomplished that, we want to be able to take and reinvest those funds for the same thing in different parts of the project area," he said.

Who funds would those be?

2. Poverty Assistance: Yes, there are people on poverty assistance, even in Danville. I know of one permanently disabled man who has had his monthly allotment of helper assistance (aid to his cooking, meds, etc.) cut by 4% due to CA budget cuts. Of all places to cut, he can't survive without assistance, so reduce his assistance (instead of reducing the hours of other-types of government workers). And this from a Democratic legislature. Interesting!

If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Preserving Disorder
By Tom Cushing | 68 comments | 1,927 views

Bi-Polar Disorder
By Roz Rogoff | 25 comments | 1,648 views

The drought drives lawmakers to action
By Tim Hunt | 12 comments | 1,364 views