Supervisor Nate Miley wants anti-vaxxers to have a choice

Alameda County supervisors approved a 
resolution favoring a controversial state
senate bill opposed by anti-vaxxers.

ALCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS | If you squinted your eyes at Tuesday’s Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting, you just might have mistaken Supervisor Nate Miley for a libertarian from the Central Valley.

Miley, who rarely shies away from a robust debate, opposed a board resolution supporting a State Senate bill (SB 277) by State Sen. Richard Pan that would remove the “personal belief” exemption from mandatory vaccinations. East Bay State Sen. Bob Wieckowski is a co-author.

“I think the government is intruding too much,” said Miley, who wondered why the issue was even before the board Tuesday morning.

Supervisor Nate Miley said a family member
is autistic due to vaccinations.

A groundswell of opposition from some parents against vaccinating their children for fears it causes ailments such as autism has grown in popular culture. The group is sometimes referred to as “anti-vaxxers.” Doctors, though, say there is no correlation between vaccinations and autism.

Miley also revealed a belief his nephew is autistic because of childhood vaccinations. Miley, though, said he was vaccinated long ago. “I’m not philosophically opposed to it, but I do think parents should have the ability to opt-out of it” said Miley. “But, I think this is too Draconian.”

Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan said she supports the senate bill and reiterated mandatory vaccinations have long been the law in the state and patients can still receive exemptions if a physician finds the vaccines will adversely affect the child’s health.

The Board of Supervisors ultimately approved support for the bill, currently in a state senate committee, 4-1, with Miley voting no.

Categories: Alameda County, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, autism, bill, Bob Wieckowski, Nate Miley, resolution, Richard Pan, State Senate, vaccinations, Wilma Chan

4 replies

  1. By MW:

    Yes , most people who knew a little bit about Miley would have found it surprising that he would have taken this particular position in regard to whether or not vaccinations should be mandatory, since Miley has usually been a fairly extreme example of the type of modern “liberal” who: one, pretends that the government knows what is best for us; and two, also usually takes the position that government officials, and NOT us regular people, should make the decisions affecting the lives of us regular people.

    More specifically, Miley has usually been the type of modern “liberal” who believes, or at least pretends to believe, that the government and its so called “experts” are intelligent, competent, and trustworthy, and that regular people are stupid and not capable of making the decisions affecting our lives.


  2. Miley spends more time than any elected official I know of listening to constituents. He has brought thousands of folks together from the unincorporated area with his Eden Area Livability Initiative (EALI). It is a wonderful democratic process that gives him direction of where the unincorporated communities wish to go.


  3. The EALI process was carefully guided by Nate (S)miley in order to bring in the conclusions that he wanted. If you believe he was listening to his constituents, you were duped.


  4. It is important to know, autism is somewhat more common in unvaccinated children. This is not surprising since many preventable diseases cause brain damage, for example whooping cough. Your kids are in more damger unvaccinated, for autism itself, and of corse in much more of dying from preventable disease. Only maybe a tiny percentage of kids who have unrecognized mitochondral disease MIGHT be in danger – this is an area of research not really determined yet but if it happens, happens to only a small percentage of all autistic kids.
    it is important to know, counting all separate genetic causes, most researchers think there are hundreds of causes for autism -I think you can find many who would say ovrr a thousand – the most common proven cause, Fragile X accounts for less than 2% of cases


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