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November 2017

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City of Tracy Mayor Pro Tem, Veronica Vargas, who has been at the forefront of the move to connect BART to the ACE Train system, was on-hand, and spoke briefly to the board, as well. The duo was there to encourage the CSD Board to appoint a representative from Mountain House to the new Rail Authority. Bernice Tingle, who attended a previous meeting on this development, said she has long been wanting to take part in this sort of activity happening, and would love to be the representative for Mountain House. Board Vice President, Dan Harrison, so moved, with Director Andy Su seconding his motion, and the board voted her in, unanimously. AB 758 provides for the “newest rail authority in California” which will be active January 1, 2018. The mega-region project costs are estimated at a sum total of $1.78 Billion. The first phase, from West Tracy to Dublin, is estimated at $1.4 Billion. “Alameda County has raised $600 million for the project so far,” with more to come. For more, go to:

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temporary stop signs, both in residential areas and on major arterials. Both counsel and law enforcement in the room stated that temporary signs, speed bumps or the like are not permissible on major arterials. Lt. Petrino, from the Sheriff’s office, gave a crime report, still indicating overall low levels of crime. He once again urged residents to call on any suspicious persons or activity. The non-emergency number is 209-468-4400. “Based on the needs of the community, we will do what we need to do (to protect),” he said. His report also had a segment on Animal Control, and the extensive work, as supported by stats, the department does on that level. continued page 20

CSD Board Honors Mitchell The CSD Board of Directors presented Staff member, Marie Mitchell, with a certificate of appreciation for her service as Youth Action Committee Co-Chair. Having served together for years working to develop leadership skills with kids, Director Tingle presented the certificate to Ms. Mitchell, thanking her for her undying service.

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There was a lot of action at the November 8, 2017 meeting of the Community Services District Board of Directors. Open session began at 7pm and ran well past 10:00. Significant issues included: a presentation on an inexpensive public security camera that could prove most effective, without going so far as a license plate reader (LPR) devise. Staff plans to purchase a couple of units at a minimal cost that fits within the General Manager’s budget and give them a try. Much of the evening had to do with public safety-related issues. Extensive time was allowed for residents to voice concerns over traffic concerns, the lack of crossing guards, and a push to put up

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