Rep. Ellen Tauscher, D-Alamo, and Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, each held a meeting today with mayors Candace Anderson from Danville; Abram Wilson from San Ramon; Janet Lockhart from Dublin; Jennifer Hosterman from Pleasanton; and John Marchand from Livermore.
We had a productive meeting today, one that will no doubt benefit our shared constituencies. It’s so valuable for those of us who represent East Bay communities at all levels of government to leverage our combined efforts into achieving our local priorities. We talked about how to get more federal dollars for programs like the East Bay Regional Communications System, an interoperable emergency system that will ensure our cities and agencies can communicate in the event of an emergency. It’s our goal that before long every fire department, police station and first responder in the East Bay can communicate seamlessly across a common network. We also discussed ways to alleviate congestion on I-580 and helping families struggling with their mortgages to stay in their homes.
I’m going to continue fighting for these priorities in Congress, and I am proud to work with the mayors, Congressman McNerney, and the communities I serve in this unified approach.
And, from McNerney:
Today’s meeting with the mayors of all five of the Tri-Valley cities, along with our regional emergency interoperability communications experts, was very productive. I appreciate the unified voice with which they speak and it was an excellent opportunity to talk about the Tri-Valley’s needs as a region.
We discussed the interoperability communications system, transportation, the restructuring going on at Livermore Lab, and what’s happening with the Livermore VA. In addition, we also talked about an innovative program called the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center which provides education and credit counseling to potential homebuyers. And with the current mortgage crisis, it also works to negotiate with lenders on behalf of those who may face foreclosure.