Alameda County supervisors with the NBA title
trophy at a board meeting last June.

ALAMEDA COUNTY | The leader of an effort to establish term limits for the Alameda County Board of Supervisors says he is withdrawing the initiative because his involvement in the campaign has become its focus.

Long-time East Bay Municipal Utilities District Board Director Frank Mellon said on Facebook this week that he pulled the plug on the proposal, “because I became a lightning-rod on the initiative.”

Detractors of the initiative claimed hypocrisy, because it would not have applied to the East Bay MUD board, and charged Mellon with harboring an interest to run for the board of supervisors, Mellon said.

The proposal, submitted to the Alameda County Registrar’s Office in July, sought to limit county supervisors to three, four-year terms. The government body currently has no terms limits and has historically been somewhat dynastic in its composition.

No sitting member of the board has been defeated since 1992. Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty has served since 1998, but has never even faced a challenger for his seat…