|San Lorenzo Express|
|For information on the role and powers of the county board of supervisors see County Structure. For an excellent article on county governance of unincorporated communities see Caring for Unincorporated Communities.|
Unincorporated Communities -- Website has calendars of county public meetings, continuously updated, as well as links to county departments and outside agencies responsible for various conditions in the unincorporated communities.
Board of Supervisors -- Website has minutes and agendas of the board as well as audio and video feed when the board is meeting. The board meets regularly on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. at the County Administration Building, 1221 Oak Street, Oakland, 5th Floor. The supervisors for the Eden unincorporated area are Nate Miley (Castro Valley, portions of Ashland and Cherryland districts, Fairmont Terrace and El Portal Ridge) and Wilma Chan (San Lorenzo, portion of Ashland district, Hillcrest Knolls).
Supervisor Chan -- tel. 272-6693, fax 268-8004. She also maintains an office in San Lorenzo at 15903 Hesperian Blvd. (near Paseo Grande), tel. 278-0367, fax 278-0467.
General Code Index -- This index has links to the text of county ordinances at the county's website.
Commercial vehicles in residential areas -- limitations on parking.
Community Development Agency
Planning Department -- County Office Building, 224 West Winton Ave., Hayward 94544; telephone 670-5400, fax 785-8793.
San Lorenzo Specific Plan -- The San Lorenzo Specific Plan is a detailed land-use plan for future development of San Lorenzo's "village square," the commercial area along Hesperian Boulevard that has suffered since the original Mervyn's store closed years ago. The plan was developed by local residents working with the county planning department. A copy of the plan is available in the San Lorenzo Library; for an on-line copy see General and Specific Plans. For a good summary of how the plan came about, see introduction to the plan.
Eden Area Plan -- Beginning in fall 2002 the county began revision of the Eden Area Plan, covering all the unincorporated areas in the west county other than Castro Valley. The plan was adopted in 2010. A copy of the plan is available in the San Lorenzo Library; for an on-line copy see General and Specific Plans.
Redevelopment Successor Agency -- Redevelopment financing was terminated throughout the state by the legislature in 2011. Contact Eileen Dalton, manager of the Successor Agency (224 West Winton Ave., Room 110, Hayward 94544; 670-6509; e-mail Eileen Dalton). For records of the agency see Alameda County Redevelopment Successor Agency.
Zoning Administration and Enforcement
Nuisance Abatement -- The Code Enforcement Department is responsible for responding to complaints of violations of the county's nuisance ordinances, also called the Neighborhood Preservation Ordinance. To complain about property conditions, contact the department at 670-5400. Public hearings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month as part of Board of Zoning Adjustments hearings (see above).
Park, Recreation, and Historical Commission -- The commission is concerned with preserving historic sites in the county. A survey of historic sites in unincorporated areas of Eden Township has been completed. The commission meets the first Thursday each month (see Express Calendar). For information call 670-5400.
Public Works Agency
|An application for Android and iPhone smartphones allows residents to report potholes, graffiti, illegal dumping, or other problems in unincorporated communities. The free application, called "mobile citizen," lets users submit a photo directly to the Public Works Agency. A GPS program in the app will automatically establish the location of the photo. The app can be downloaded at Google Play and iTunes.|
Sidewalk repair Repair of a sidewalk is the responsibility of the property owner adjacent to the walk. The county will pay a portion of the cost of repairing a sidewalk. To complain about a sidewalk in need of repair, call 670-5500 (maintenance coordinator) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Street lighting To report a burned out or dim street light, call 670-5518 (Special Districts Administrator). It normally takes 3 - 5 days to replace lights.
Tree trimming The agency will trim street trees located within the county's right-of-way on residential streets (this includes virtually all homes in the unincorporated areas). Trimming is restricted to low-lying branches that interfere with vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Call 670-5500 (maintenance coordinator). A permit is required to plant, trim, or remove street trees within the county's right-of-way on residential streets (Alameda County General Ordinances, sections 12.08.540 - 12.08.580). See Trees in Our Town).
Road conditions and traffic -- Questions or complaints about roads or traffic in the Eden Area should be addressed to Art Carrera, 670-5581.
Sheriff -- The county sheriff's department is the principal law enforcement agency in the unincorporated communities. (However, the California Highway Patrol is responsible for traffic and parking -- see below under State of California.)
Eden Township Substation -- Local policing is directed from this substation. Contact the substation at 667-7721 for answers to general questions as well as to report a possible stolen or abandoned vehicle for removal from the streets.
Sheriff's Advisory Committee analyzes problems in services in the unincorporated Eden Area. The committee meets the second Monday of each month, 4 p.m., at the San Lorenzo Community Hall (377 Paseo Grande). For more information call 667-7770.
County Transportation Commission -- In 1990 California voters added nine cents per gallon to the state fuel tax to fund local, regional, and state transportation projects and services (Proposition 111). Urban counties were required to create a Congestion Management Agency, whose primary responsibility is to coordinate transportation planning, funding, and other activities in a congestion management program. The Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (CMA) was created in 1991 by a joint-powers agreement between Alameda County and all its cities. In 2010 the CMA merged with the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA) to form the County Transportation Commission (CTC). (ACTIA manages projects funded by revenues from county Measure B, passed in 2000.) The CTC establishes funding priorities for many state and federal transportation spending programs. (See Metropolitan Transportation Commission below.)
Metropolitan Transportation Commission -- MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Federal and state laws since 1970 have given MTC an increasingly powerful role in transportation planning. As a conduit for federal and state money, MTC holds the pursestrings to major funding of local transportation projects.
STATE OF CALIFORNIA
California Law -- Search for statutes from this Web site and retrieve the full text. You can search by topic or go directly to specific parts of the code.
California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) -- The unincorporated Eden Area is in CalTrans District 4. See the District 4 Website or call 510.286.4444 for information on construction of state highways that affect you, questions about local freeway landscaping, highway maintenance, etc.
California Highway Patrol -- The CHP is responsible for enforcing the state Vehicle Code in unincorporated communities. If you wish to register a complaint about parked vehicles or unsafe driving, call the local CHP Community Patrol (Castro Valley), 581-9028. This office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach the CHP after 5 p.m. or on weekends, call 800.835.5247 (800-TELL-CHP). In an emergency, call 911.
BILL QUIRK, 20th District
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849, Sacramento, CA 94249-0020, tel 916.319.2020, fax 916.319.2120. Local district Office: 22320 Foothill Boulevard, Suite 540, Hayward 94541, tel 583-8818, fax 583-8800.
BOB WIECKOWSKI, 10th District
State Capitol, Room 3086, Sacramento, CA 95814, tel 916.651.4010, fax 916.651.4910. Local district office: 1057 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 206, San Leandro, CA 94577; tel. 577-2310 (from the 408 area code 408.286.0329), fax 577-2308.
U.S. House of Representatives
ERIC SWALWELL, 15th District
Room 501, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515; voice 202.225.5065, fax 202.226.3805. District Office: 3615 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley (as of Jan. 3, 2016), 510.370.3322. E-Mail from the public only via Mr. Swalwell's website.
SEN. BARBARA BOXER
Room 112, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; tele. (202) 224-3553. District office (San Francisco), voice 415.403.0100, fax 415.956.6701. E-mail to email@example.com.
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN
Room 331, Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510; voice 202.224.3841, fax 202.228.3954. District Office (San Francisco), voice 415.393.0707, fax 415.393.0710. E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.