My Eden Voice! Leadership Summit on September 29, 2018

Published: October 1, 2018

My Eden Voice! Leadership Summit on September 29, 2018


Ashland— One hundred and fifty community members, representing more than 15 community organizations are expected to attend the My Eden Voice! Leadership Summit (Summit) on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 9am-2pm at Eden United Church of Christ, Hayward, CA.

The purpose of the Summit is to build community power in the unincorporated and often overlooked communities of Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo and Hayward Acres – which has the highest poverty rate, health disparities, and concentration of children under 16 in Alameda County. In addition, because of their unincorporated status, they have no local civic infrastructure – such as a local elected mayor and city council – and instead is governed by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors (Board).

Longtime resident and Ashland Community Association leader, Debra Booze, said, “We’re all living in unincorporated areas…by bringing these groups together we can share our visions, and see what it is we want to reach for …do we want to see crime down, less blight? I’m excited to see us get together so we can share our points of view and work together for change”.

It is hoped that next year, the Board will agree to seat a Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) for these communities to help them have greater voice in land use and zoning issues, as well as general civic matters.

The Summit is expected to energize residents to be involved in the MAC, and other public institutions, to advocate for change in four key areas 1) Parks, Fields and Open Space, 2) Economic Development/Small Business Development, 3) Affordable Housing, and 4) Youth Jobs.

Alameda County Supervisor Miley, who represents these communities on the Board of Supervisors, will be speaking at the event – and encourage community members to become involved.

Contact: Rosaura Figueroa Mendoza
Phone: 510-329-5485

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