Attend The Great Castro Valley Debate On Incorporation

Should Castro Valley become a city? Hear the pros and cons at debated 6:30 pm Tuesday, November 20th at the Castro Valley Library.

By Roheet Kakaday

Vice President & Co-Founder

The Great Castro Valley Debate


Incorporation: it’s an issue that has lurked in Castro Valley’s collective subconscious for as long as residents can remember. The issue of whether or not to become an official city has variable effects that every resident will feel in one way or another.

As an unincorporated area, Castro Valley has little means of self-governance. Decisions regarding Castro Valley’s spending and services lay squarely in the hands of Alameda county officers.

Many find this treatment largely positive. By staying an unincorporated area, residents and businesses will not have to pay city taxes, in addition to the current Alameda county taxes, that go into maintaining a local government.

Opponents of Measure Q, Castro Valley’s official incorporation campaign in 2002, argued incorporation was a pathway towards more bureaucracy, reduced services, and unwanted development. 

Others, though, find incorporation the logical next-step for Castro Valley. By establishing our own governance, our tax money will go to areas we decide need funding.

The possibility of establishing our own support services, like a Castro Valley Police Department, opens up as well. Supporters of incorporation cite the fact that Castro Valley currently has a weak voice in county government, which robs Castro Valley of self-determination and leaves its finances in the hands of other cities.

On a more holistic level, incorporation, or its rejection, reveals the cultural underpinnings of Castro Valley. Do we stay steadfast to our history or do we decide shift into a new kind of community?

The traditionalists among us may cling to Castro Valley’s roots to remain one of the few unincorporated communities in California.

Progressives may pine for a move towards modernity through incorporation, thus officially establishing Castro Valley’s identity.

The Great Castro Valley Debate (GCVD) is hosting a debate on incorporation on Tuesday, November 20th, at 6:30 PM in the Castro Valley Library to hash out these issues in a public format.

GCVD aims to stimulate politics at a local level. Through a series of debates on popular topics, GCVD wants to unite CV residents in intelligent discourse on issues that matter to them.

You can find out more about GCVD by visiting www.greatcvdebate.wix.com/home or visiting its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TGCVD

Find more on this topic in an earlier Patch article that looked at the status quo, incorporation or electing the Municipal Advisory Council.

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N Kvool November 20, 2012 at 07:02 AM
I've lived in Castro Valley for 46 years and have seen it grow and change without being incorporated, i.e. the CV Library, the Performing Arts Center, the superior Athletic Field, and finally the completion of CV Blvd. In the past, expensive studies have been done and the outcome is always the same, we don't have the tax base to support our own police dept., fire department , a mayor, and city counsel. The big question for the debate is: Where will the money come from?
Bob Swanson November 21, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I have uploaded in pdf format the “COMPREHENSIVE FISCAL ANALYSIS (CFA)” which will give you a snapshot of how it was in June of 2002 and “CASTRO VALLEY INCORPORATION - FACT SHEET AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS” Prepared by the Alameda Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) in 2002. (see above)
Jim Negri November 21, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Thank you for recongizing the Center for the Arts (CFA) and the Stadium as important additions to Castro Valley. Both facilities are part of Castro Valley High School and the Castro Valley Unified School District. These facilities were built with taxpayer approved bonds issued by the Castro Valley Unified School District.
Bob Swanson November 22, 2012 at 12:29 AM
I have pulled out of my archive the 2002 incorporation web pages. The link below will take you to the pre-incorporation webpage and you click on the “for the Latest Incorporation News and Information” Button when you want of go to the Incorporation campaign page. http://www.ebdir.net/c4cv/


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