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Miley Says No 'Cherry-Picking' of Cherryland

Supervisors Said He Is Not Opposed to Hayward Annexing the Unincorporated Area

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Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley told a neighborhood group in Cherryland earlier this month that they should consider a still-formative proposal for Hayward city officials to study the feasibility of annexing their incorporated area.

I'm not opposed to annexation, but that's not my call," he told members of the Cherryland Community Association on Oct. 9. "The county has no dog in this fight."

But Miley warned that he would not support Hayward raiding Cherryland's more desirable areas, as has occurred in the past in other parts of unincorporated Alameda County. "I won't allow cherry-picking," Miley said. "It's all or nothing."

Members of the community group, however, had mixed feelings toward the idea of annexation, especially after first hearing of the proposal just days after the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the formation of a municipal advisory council for the 69,000 total residents of Cherryland, San Lorenzo, Ashland, and Hayward Acres. Similar councils exist in unincorporated Castro Valley and Fairview.

Members of the Hayward firefighters union, along with Hayward Councilmember Aisha Wahab attended the neighborhood meeting with hopes of receiving the group's support for a forthcoming council referral that, if approved by the Hayward City Council, will formally direct Hayward's city staff to study annexation.

The genesis of the idea to absorb Cherryland and its 15,000 residents into Hayward had previously been murky, but appears to have come from the Hayward firefighters.

Andrew Ghali, president of the Hayward firefighters union, said the idea for annexation was sparked recently following an impromptu conversation with a Cherryland resident.

But some members of the group appeared jarred by the lack of prior consultation about the proposed referral. "We don't want another city to come here and tell us what to do," Cindy Torres, vice-president of the Cherryland Neighborhood Association, snapped. Others feared Cherryland would lose it identity if annexed by Hayward.

Miley, who represents Cherryland, along with a large swath of unincorporated Alameda County, said there was little harm in the neighborhood association supporting the preliminary referral. One reason, he told the group, is annexation is an extremely long process that could ultimately end with a public vote.

If Hayward leaders ultimately take steps toward annexing Cherryland, they are then required to file its plans with the Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission, which has authority over municipal boundaries and jurisdictions.


BART Board Official's Embarrassing Gaffe

John McPartland, the BART board director who once received a concealed weapons permit to protect himself from upset constituents, metaphorically shot himself in the foot after offering cringe-worthy comments to an attorney, who is female. The exchange occurred as the BART Board of Directors was presented with a report for a proposed ban on panhandling at its stations.

McPartland, who represents the Tri-Valley, Castro Valley, and a portion of Hayward on the BART board, apparently believed he was giving a compliment to the African-American woman who testified on the panhandling item. "Very articulate," he said of the speaker. "If you are a law student, then you're doing great. If you are not, you should consider it."

When somebody notified McPartland that the speaker had previously described herself as a staff attorney for the ACLU, he replied, "She's already a lawyer? Oh, okay." McPartland paused and added, with embarrassment, "Doing great."

The sequence of events was first reported on Twitter by San Francisco transit activist Chris Arvin.

Conner later made light of McPartland's comments on Twitter. "Guess I took the right path though," she quipped about the board director's career guidance.

Meanwhile, the controversial proposal to ban panhandling at BART stations appears stalled. Oakland BART Board Director Rebecca Saltzman wrote on Twitter shortly after the meeting that her colleagues' comments suggest a majority of the board does not support moving forward with the proposal.


Former Oakland Councilman Arrested

Former Oakland Councilmember Wilson Riles, Jr.  was arrested last Thursday following an altercation with Oakland police officers. The incident occurred at the city's Planning and Building Department and was precipitated by a 911 call from a city employee, according to the city.

Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick called for an internal affairs review of the arrest, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley declined to file charges against Riles.

Riles, who served on the Oakland City Council from 1979-1992, said the arrest was unjustified and told KPIX that the officers gave no indication they were going to arrest him before throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him.

Riles has had a long-standing disagreement with the city over a sweat lodge located on his property. Riles' wife is of Native-American descent.

He was charged with suspicion of battery against a police officer and booked at Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.


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