Alameda County, CA March 7, 2000 Election
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Cityhood for Castro Valley

By Vince Reyes

Candidate for Supervisor; County of Alameda; District 4

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Castro Valley requires local governance so that residents have full representation and input into their own local affairs.
Many Castro Valley residents say they have "taxation without representation". Castro Valley is large enough, and complex enough to have its own local government -- Mayor, City Council and Planning Commission.

I would work with residents to craft a process so that they can decide for themselves if incorporation is an appropriate course of action for the community.

What needs to be determined is how much incorporation would cost per each household and would it be worth it to the residents to incur such costs.

I am personally in favor of incorporation since it gives more local control over decision-making in city policies and in particular, development projects. Services such as public works and law enforcement could then be negotiated as under city control or still be contracted out to the County. But these are decision that could best be decided by residents.

The Board of Supervisors should put resources into developing an outreach process (townhall meetings, resident surveys, etc.) to receive input, recommendations, and utimately a ballot measure if necessary.

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