New county supervisor for Danville, Alamo, San Ramon

Area will join Lamorinda in District II

The San Ramon Valley -– most of it anyway -– will have a new county supervisor in the next couple of weeks.

On a three to two vote Tuesday, with both the former and future area representatives opposed, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved a redistricting that moves San Ramon, Danville and Alamo into Gayle B. Uilkema's district, District II.

Camino Tassajara, Blackhawk and Diablo will all remain in District III and will continue to be represented by Supervisor Mary N. Piepho.

Both Uilkema and Piepho backed Map 15, which would have kept city boundaries intact, although for slightly different reasons.

"It was less costly and it kept cities whole," Uilkema said. "It would minimize expenses and staff relocation."

Uilkema pointed out that with the redistricting plan approved Tuesday, one district would remain essentially the same, while 50 percent of the residents of the county would be represented by a supervisor they never voted for.

"They don't know who they are and we don't know who they are," she said.

Piepho said she supported Map 15 because it kept the San Ramon Valley intact. She said she didn't think the new map –- officially known as Map 17 D amended -– would serve the county well over the coming 10 years.

Map 15, Piepho said, had the least population differential, and came closet to achieving the demographic mix that was part of the reason for redistricting.

Uilkema said she thinks the San Ramon Valley fits her district, however, pointing toward a number of projects the valley is working on with the area known as Lamorinda, including transportation and the solid waste authority.

"I think there's a great deal in common," Uilkema said, adding, "The current map provides an excellent opportunity for a new approach."

Her next step is to reach out to her new constituents.

"That is our primary goal," she said. "There is an office in Danville. We have already contacted agents to see what facilities are available. I expect I will be attending as many functions as possible."

It was a bittersweet vote for Piepho, who said she was honored to represent the San Ramon Valley for the last seven years.

"I worked hard to have the opportunity and have built many relationships here," she said.

A final public hearing on the redistricting plan will be held Aug. 9.


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Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet
a resident of another community
on Jul 27, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Dear Editor,

Do you get a commission for trying to sell the nonsense of politics that generated the three supervisors' decisions?

Gayle is an exceptionally skilled, knowledgeable, well-educated and focused supervisor that deserves support from voters. She has been set-up by three democratic supervisors and the state party to fail in the overall 24/680 south corridor.

Neighborhoods are laughing in the corridor because three supervisors created the strongest, most wealthy, powerful and strategically capable distrist in Contra Costa County. With in this corridor's skills is the ability to effect changes in all districts through competitive campaigns and recall actions.

Simply imagine Gayle's skills matched with wealth, global power and counsel of her new district? Just imagine!

Of RALPH laughing his (democratic) ASS off!

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Posted by Alamo Al
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm

This is terrific! Gayle will represent her new constituents in the unincorparated area of Alamo with great skill and capable, conscientious, professional leadership. ... Good luck, Gayle!

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 27, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Gayle is a fine and decent public servant. She has been a Lafayette city council member, Mayor of Lafayette (four terms), and is in her fourth term as County Supervisor. She has shown an exemplary dedication to her constituents and their concerns. Here's a big welcome to Gayle!

Read more about Gayle on her county website:
Web Link

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:47 am

I wholeheartedly agree that Gayle is an exemplary public servant, dedicated to and supportive of her constituants. I'm glad to have her as my Supervisor. Too bad she can't be representing all of the San Ramon Valley.

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Posted by disenfranchised
a resident of Diablo
on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

Shame on the Supervisors for ignoring their central criterion for creating new districts: KEEPING COMMUNITIES OF INTEREST TOGETHER! The new districts split Diablo, Blackhawk, and the Tassajara Valley from the rest of the San Ramon Valley. Those orphan communities will continue to be nonsensically linked with places most of us don't even know how to get to (how DOES one get to Discovery Bay where our current and future supervisor Piepho lives?). Developer (oops, I meant Supervisor) Piepho, who has done a horrible job of protecting the interests of the San Ramon Valley, will now be free to push her laughably named "New Farm" housing project in the Tassajara Valley without fear of losing many votes because Danville, San Ramon, and Alamo are not even in her district!

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Posted by flo
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:14 pm

Our new supervisor should do well because she is aware. That is more than can be said for two thirds of its residents who don't know up from down when it has to do with community issues.

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