Alameda County Board of Supervisors

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The Alameda County Board of Supervisors is the five member non-partisan governing board of Alameda County, California. Members of the board of supervisors are elected by district based on their residence. The current members, as of Jan 3, 2011, from the election of November 2010, and from a special appointment in June 2012, are:


The board was created in 1855, with the first supervisor meeting held at the San Leandro courthouse April 2, 1855. The county had been created in 1853.[6]


Within the broad limits established by the State Constitution, State General Law, and the Alameda County Charter, the Board exercises both the legislative and the executive functions of government. The Board of Supervisors is also the governing body for a number of "special districts" within Alameda County.[7]

Boundaries are adjusted every ten years through the process called "redistricting" to make the supervisorial districts equal in population. Redistricting was last completed in 2001. Terms of office for the Supervisors are four years.

Alternate elections are held every two years for three supervisors and then for two supervisors. The salary of the Board members is fixed by the Board itself. A President of the Board, chosen from the membership of the Board every two years, presides at all meetings of the Board and appoints committees to handle work involving the major programs of the County.

Duties of the Board of Supervisors[edit]

As defined by the Alameda County Charter, the duties of the Board of Supervisors are as follows:

  • Appoint most County officers and employees, except elected officials
  • Provide for the compensation of all County officials and employees
  • Create officers, boards, and commissions as needed, appointing the members and fixing the terms of office
  • Award all contracts for public works.
  • Adopt an annual budget.
  • Provide, publish, and enforce a complete code of rules prescribing the duties and the systems of * office and management, accounts, and reports for each County department.
  • Have an annual audit made of all County accounts, books, and records.
  • Supervise the operations of departments and exercise executive and administrative authority throughout County government.
  • Serve as appellate body for employee grievances, planning and zoning.

Board Meetings[edit]

The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday mornings at the County Administration Building in Oakland, at 1221 Oak Street. Meetings are open to the public.

Former supervisors[edit]

Nadia Lockyer[edit]

Nadia Lockyer (November 2010 - April 20, 2012) (née Davis), an Orange County native, has worked as a public interest law attorney since 1997. She previously served as Executive Director of the Alameda County Family Justice Center. In January 2010, she was appointed to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges System by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. She was elected to the Board of Supervisors in the November 2010 election.[14] Absent from Board of Supervisors meetings since November 2011, in February 2012 she checked into a rehabilitation center for chemical dependency after a highly publicized incident at a Newark hotel room in which she called police claiming her former boyfriend had assaulted her, a matter that is currently being reviewed by the California Attorney General. The Sacramento Bee states: "The California Department of Justice, where Bill Lockyer previously served as attorney general, is still investigating Nadia Lockyer's allegation that she was assaulted in February by her lover in a Newark hotel but has not filed charges."[15][16][17] On April 20, 2012, Nadia resigned her position as Alameda county supervisor, to focus on addiction issues, after the controversy surrounding her problematic behaviors expanded. The resignation was accepted by the Board on April 24.[18][19][20][21][22][23] Mrs. Lockyer gave an interview to the San Jose Mercury News immediately after her resignation, in which she reasserted some previous statements she made regarding her husband, California State Treasurer Bill Lockyer, and her chemical dependency: "After initially claiming Chikhani had hacked into her email, she admitted she was the author of an email to a reporter last week blaming Bill Lockyer for buying and supplying her with drugs years ago -- an allegation his office called "utterly false." "It did come from me and I made the mistake of regretting sending it," she said. "I ask the public not to hold anything against my husband for actions that happened a long time ago."[24] Nadia was arrested in Orange County August 28, 2012, charged with felony methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor child endangerment.[25]

Special appointment[edit]

Among the candidates being considered for the special appointment to replace Lockyer on the board were local politicians Alberto Torrico, Richard Valle, Mark Salinas, Union City Mayor Mark Green and Ana Apodaca.[26] On June 11, the 4 other board members voted unanimously to appoint Valle as supervisor. He served until November 2012, at which time a special election was held to choose who would serve the final 2 years of the 4-year term. Valle won the election, against Mary Hayashi and Green.[27][28]


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