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Richard Valle Appointed District 2 Supervisor

The Tri-CED CEO and former Union City councilman was sworn in Monday during a special Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting.

After back-and-forth deliberation, CEO and former Union City councilman Richard Valle was appointed Monday morning to take over the Alameda County District 2 supervisor seat left vacant by Nadia Lockyer.

The decision was made during a special Board of Supervisors meeting where Valle was also sworn in.

“It’s a great victory for a lot of people,” Valle told Union City Patch following the appointment. Representatives from business, labor and other communities throughout the district — which encompasses Hayward, Newark and Union City as well as the northern part of Fremont and part of Sunol —spoke to endorse Valle at past Board of Supervisors meetings.

Valle’s appointment came after the four county supervisors were between Valle and Newark Vice Mayor Ana Apodaca last Tuesday. But Supervisors Keith Carson and Scott Haggerty, who had voted for Apodaca, switched their votes Monday morning and supported Valle.

Carson said after Monday’s brief meeting that he and Haggerty had changed their positions because if the board hadn't acted by June 19, it would have been up to Gov. Jerry Brown to fill the vacancy, and they thought the decision should be made locally.

"It was very, very clear to Scott and myself that the board probably wouldn't change its position and the governor would have to make the appointment," Carson said.

He said he and Haggerty voted for Valle "because we didn't want to prolong the division within the county."

Valle will begin his new duties immediately, reporting for work Tuesday morning.

Among his first priorities is creating a community cabinet combining various community leaders and representatives to discuss policy, youth violence and other key issues and how to address them, Valle told Patch.

As a Union City councilman for 13 years and community leader, youth violence prevention was among Valle’s main concerns. At Tri-CED, he employs many at-risk youth both through Union City’s Youth and Family Services outreach program and independently.

Valle was among eight candidates — including Union City Mayor Mark Green — who initially applied for the District 2 seat, which was left vacant by Lockyer after only 15 months in office.

Lockyer, the wife of California Treasurer Bill Lockyer, after a highly covered bout of drug addiction, an extramarital affair and an alleged, unfounded assault in which she claimed her ex-lover attacked her.

In her resignation letter, Lockyer, 41 said she wasn't able to be a good mother to her child and represent her 325,000 constituents in District 2 "while also trudging the waters of early recovery from addiction and the aftermath of interpersonal violence."

Valle’s appointment as supervisor, however, will only last until the end of the year. District 2 voters will decide in November on who should serve the final two
years of the four-year term.

Valle was also running for mayor of Union City, but said he will pull out of the race now that he has been appointed supervisor. That leaves former City Council member Carol Dutra-Vernaci the only other resident currently campaigning for mayor.

"There's greater potential for more resources, greater potential for the greater good of the city as opposed to what a mayor can or can’t do," Valle said last month.

Valle said he will begin collecting his “Valle for Mayor” signs and asking supporters to place “Valle for Supervisor” signs in its place.

“Our campaign has to start right away for the November election,” he said.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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Guido June 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Nothing quite like a backdoor deal. Any special reason why the Board didn't want the community to know what they were going to do? They had a week to let the people know what they were going to do before they had the June 19 deadline
Johnny C. June 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Congradulations Richard Valle !
Green Is Better June 11, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Congratulations Rich. You do a lot of things for the community that many people are not aware of. Your appointment is well deserved.
TruthOverDare June 11, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Good riddance! Now we don't have to worry about him becoming mayor of Union City. He is a true politician. Last year he claimed to the media that he paid for Measure B recount out of his own pocket. But records from registrar's office clearly show that he used campaign funds. Way to take credit for other people's contributions. True politician!
tony June 12, 2012 at 03:45 AM
YouCantHandleTheTruth i dont like that he would been good mayor and this job for information is alot better than mayor and he has more control over our area.
Tim June 12, 2012 at 04:14 AM
I agree with Truth... Valle is another far left wing political hack. He was the clown behind Measure B last year... surprised he didn't throw in again for Measure H. I guess he had his hands full trying to land another political position. He also rakes in the cash with Tri-CED's contract with the city. Ever look at your property tax statement? We have the freakin highest taxes for recycling of any city in the East Bay.... and it goes to Valle under the guise of Tri-CED.
Abdollah Nejad June 12, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Congratulations Richard on being appointed District 2 Supervisor. The Union City community should be very proud to have you represent us and the rest of the District 2. Your professionalism, ethical conduct, and service to the community will be a valuable asset as you lead the Board of Supervisors in a positive direction.
Stephanie June 15, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Congratulations Richard! You are a true servant-leader!
Victor September 07, 2012 at 07:55 PM
The process to appoint a replacement for the District 2 Supervisor position was very transparent. An open process before the public was in fact conducted. Eight candidates applied and four were interviewed publically at a Board meeting. The voting was public as well. Richrad Valle had a tremendous number of people from District 2 attend the Board meetings on his behalf. All segments of the community supported his appointment. District 2 is fortunate to have such an honorable person serve them. Check him out, you'll see what I mean.
Victor September 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
You coin Richard Valle as a "True politician" that is so far from the truth. He is the kind of person that we need more of in politics. One who really serves the community not himself.

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