CASTRO VALLEY: MAC chair publicly threatens retaliation against colleague who favored new leadership

The chair of the Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council, a government body comprised of members who serve at the pleasure of Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley, and is the de facto city council of the unincorporated town, publicly threatened to seek the removal of a fellow councilmember just minutes after that person registered support for a change in the chairmanship.

Although the CV MAC has very little direct power, the act was, nonetheless, a shocking display of political hubris by Marc Crawford, the often controversial MAC chair who is a local land developer and frequent contributor to Miley’s political campaigns.

MAC member Dave Sadoff had moved last June to nominate another member named Ken Carbone to become chair. But Crawford asserted at the time that the job of chair involved much greater duties than it might appear to some. Not to mention, a large allotment of time. When the MAC resumed the chair election discussion on Monday night, Crawford was prompted to read a detailed list of the duties he performs above and beyond the council’s three monthly meetings. The list ran on for more than two minutes and totaled, by Crawford’s calculations, 32 hours per month of extra duty.

Carbone said he was unaware of the additional allocation of time and declined the nomination. “Accepting a chair’s nomination, at this point, would be a disservice to the council,” said Carbone, who then nominated Crawford.

After the MAC approved Crawford’s reappointment as chair, 5-2, including noes from members Sadoff and Linda Tangren, he abruptly announced he had received numerous complaints about Sadoff serving as both a MAC member and an elected member of the Castro Valley Sanitary District Board.

“I’m going to ask county counsel to look into that because I think the offices are incompatible and I think state law will prove that to be the case,” said Crawford.

In a video of the meeting, Sadoff and others appear taken aback by Crawford’s statement and power play.

“The threat by Mr. Crawford to remove me from the MAC is curious at best. In my mind it is retribution,” said Sadoff. Crawford had mentioned the threat of removing Sadoff from the MAC during a phone conversation, Sadoff added, two weeks after first making the nomination for Carbone in late June.  “You had time before to bring this up and days after I nominated someone other than you is when you went on the offensive against me,” said Sadoff.

“Well, everyone is entitled to their opinions, said Crawford, who added later, “I don’t expect Councilmember Sadoff to react to my comment in a positive manner. It’s not good news to hear.”

Tangren, a former Castro Valley school board member, said she was disappointed by Crawford’s move, asserting the MAC position is an appointed position and, therefore, poses no conflicts with Sadoff’s service on the sanitary district board. She then lashed out at Crawford’s description of his work load as chair. “The fact that you have so much work is because you have not delegated that work out,” said Tangren.

She added Crawford move Monday night rendered past, unspecified actions by Crawford in a different light now. “Maybe I need to send a letter to county counsel on some of the issues I have here.” She intended to make no statement Monday night, she added. “But I’m appalled at the behavior that you expressed here and the toxic environment that you create,” Tangren told Crawford before walking out of the meeting at the Castro Valley Library.

Although the MAC is merely an advisory council to Supervisor Miley, its position as Castro Valley’s only recognizable political body has made it a lightning rod for some community members who seek greater self-determination in the unincorporated areas. Castro Valley cityhood initiatives have not fared well in the past. The last being a defeat at the ballot box in 2002. However, Crawford’s firebrand antics in recent years, like Monday’s event, have provided much fodder for, at minimum, a push for Miley to allow the MAC to become an elected body.

The issue was rekindled last October after reaching the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in 2016. There it was met with opposition, primarily from Supervisor Scott Haggerty who famously admonished Castro Valley residents clamoring for an elected MAC, along with gripes over Miley’s representation of the town.

“I don’t know what’s going on in Castro Valley. To come down and say ‘better represented,’ you’re some of the most unappreciative people I’ve seen in my entire life.” He continued, “And you’re saying you want better representation? What’s the heck is wrong with you people? We’ve been pumping money back into your community for the last few years since Supervisor Miley has been elected and you want better representation?”

9 thoughts on “CASTRO VALLEY: MAC chair publicly threatens retaliation against colleague who favored new leadership

  1. Michael,

    Thank you. You are right,

    Chuck does own Graceland Equestrian. Castro Valley deserves to have its leadership to live in Castro Valley, not in Dublin and operating a business in rural Castro Valley. The current rules certainly allow this. Residency in Castro Valley should be a requirement, not an option.


  2. Chuck Moore owns a business in CV, and has for many years. Graceland Equestrian, I believe.


  3. If Chuck has owned or actively operated a business in Castro Valley for a period of at least 5 years prior to appointment and shall do so for the entire period of appointment (see resolution 2002-378 for further requirements) he can certainly remain.

    Appointments shall be for four (4) year terms from the date of appointment. No appointee shall serve more than twelve (12) years, or as the Board of Supervisors may otherwise set out in the Alameda Board of Supervisors Board Operating Procedures or any succeeding document.


  4. Anneke,

    I think you are right about term limits and the Castro Valley MAC. Lots of issues to be resolved in the Feudal Kingdom of Natemileystan. A couple of points to look at.

    Each of the 7 CVMAC members represent zip codes 94546 and 94552. 94556 is 70% of Castro Valley, representing 5 of the 7 positions.

    Men make up 86% of the CVMAC. It is time that at least 2 more women are appointed to the CVMAC.

    Chuck Moore was appointed in 2015 by Nate. His term expires in April 2019.
    He does not live in Castro Valley. He lives in Danville ZIP 94526. He should resign and be replaced by someone who lives in Castro Valley. If the CVMAC was apportioned by area, there should be 2 not 1 representatives on the CVMAC from 94552. That was likely the role that Chuck Moore was to fill, but in typical Nate Style the candidate does not live in Castro Valley.

    Sheila Cunha was appointed in 2007 by Nate. Her term expires in June 2019. She has been in place for the past 11 years. That is certainly a long time. Some should step up here or this will continue.

    Marc Crawford was appointed in 2010 and his term expired 5/25/2018. He should resign after 8 years. He needs to look after his business interests and not be so put upon by the needs of Castro Valley. Someone should step up and be appointed by Nate Miley, He is 3 months past term. At the very least his appointment by 5 of the 7 board members is certainly at odds with the idea of the CVMAC. Because he looks after Nate he continues.

    Dave Sadoff was appointed in 2010 by Nate. His term expires in 2021. He should resign after 8 years not continuing for another 4. Someone should step up and be appointed by Nate Miley, If no one steps up this will continue.

    Linda Tangren was appointed in 2015 by Nate. Her term expired on 8/1/2018. Her leaving the CVMAC should be her ticket off the CVMAC if she is unwilling to stay and represent Castro Valley. She has clearly not liked the direction of the MAC. She is the only CVMAC member in zip code 94552. She should have another member of 94552 on the CVMAC. 94552 represents 30% of the population of Castro Valley. That area is East of Crow Canyon Boulevard. It could be that her irritation stems more from her frustration with democracy. She should consider resignation and someone in 94552 should step up for appointment to the MAC.

    Ted Riche was appointed in 2017 by Nate. His term expires in 2020.


  5. Michael,

    Good point. Always best to remember that Marc and Nate are tied together. It is no mystery why Marc acts as he does. If Nate wants this done his boy is Marc. This will not change until the system of selection for the MAC is changed from the Feudal Appointment system to one of term limitation and some sort of plebiscite.


  6. Marc should spend some of his “32 hours” of MAC work per month reading California State Law:

    (a) Service as a member of a governing board of a special district named in subdivision (b) shall not be considered an incompatible office with service on a municipal advisory council established pursuant to Section 31010.


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