Privately-Funded Monument To Supervisor Coming Soon

By Steven Tavares

The members of the Alameda County Board of Supervisors have always voiced a need for the community to better understand exactly what they do. Some residents are hard-pressed to name their actually representative. Supervisor Scott Haggerty has a plan for to make up for the problem of anonymity—a monument at the County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

The board went to great lengths to assure the cost of the flagpole and surrounding monuments estimated at $150,000 would be privately-funded by donations and sponsorships of engraved bricks and bench to be placed around the site. Fair-goers this summer will be able to see the finish product to be located near the race track and across from Haggerty’s supervisorial office.

The plot is described as a flagpole centered around five “monoliths” representing the five districts seats. Each will be inscribed with the names of every supervisor since 1855 along with 3-4 drawings representing the characteristics of each area. Haggerty’s District 1, for instance, may be depicted by thoroughbreds, vineyards and a Ferris Wheel, but not a scene depicting a horde of young mothers pushing high-end designer strollers at Stoneridge Mall.

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VIDEO MALFUNCTION The Board of Supervisors today proclaimed Jan. 30 as Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Rights and the Constitution. The icon of the of Japanese American internment during World War II was born in Oakland and lived in San Leandro, which was also the site of his infamous arrest for not abiding by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s executive order detaining Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The presentation was marred for online viewers of the meeting when the soothing plucking of guitars sounding vaguely like Japanese music was inadvertently played over video of Korematsu’s son accepting a framed proclamation from the county. Those in charge of the video feed seen on the county web site appeared to have mistakenly anticipated a coming break in the meeting. A logo of the county used during intermission briefly flashed on screen with the corresponding music before returning to the meeting without audio from the board chambers. A wide-angle shot of the board of supervisors was seen with the Muzak-type soundtrack playing before the shot switched to Korematsu standing at the podium addressing the board and staff.

Aside from the error, the board’s video feed is one of the worst in the area. The wide-angle shot of the supervisors only includes four of the five members (Sorry, Keith Carson, you didn’t make it). In addition, the corresponding head shots come from odd angles and are often blurry. In general, the entire presentation is so cramped that it appears as if the meeting is shot inside a shipping container, albeit, one bathed in the bright rays of the sun and Nadia Lockyer’s radiant smile.

NOTES: Supervisor Keith Carson said he was “pissed off” at someone during the meeting.