East Bay Regional Park District boardmember Whitney Dotson announced his retirement, effective this December. Dotson was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2008 after years as a community activist and environmentalist in Richmond.

During Dotson’s tenure, he supported completion of the San Francisco Bay Trail between Berkeley and Albany, and Pinole Shores and Bayfront Park. The restoration of marshland at Point Pinole is named the Dotson Family Marsh.

His seat is up for re-election in November 2020. In the meantime, the park district announced it will begin accepting applications to serve the remaining year of Dotson’s current term. The Board of Directors expects to make an appointment in early January, they said.




The regional park Board of Directors will begin accepting applications for the one-year appointment to Dotson’s Ward 1 represents Berkeley, Richmond, and Albany, in Alameda County; and , El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, part of Pinole, and San Pablo, in Contra Costa County.