Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Steve Van Dorn sent the following letter to Alameda County Public Health Department Interim Public Health Officer Dr. Erica Pan, requesting the County Health Department consider revising the County's Shelter In Place Order.
June 9, 2020
Dr. Erica Pan, Interim Public Health Officer
Alameda County Public Health Department
1000 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94607
Subject: Request to Consider Revising the County’s Shelter in Place Order
Dear Dr. Pan,
The Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the over 750 members we represent, respectfully request you consider revising your approach to the County’s Shelter in Place Order by speeding up the reopening of the business community in the Cities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore.
We strongly support the June 5th letter that was sent to you by the Mayors of these same cities. Their letter clearly outlined the reasons why their request makes sense. Here are ours.
The first reason is Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore are three of five cities that make up the Tri-Valley Region. The other two cities are Danville and San Ramon located in Contra Costa County. We market ourselves as a subregion of the Bay Area. We also travel, work, shop and socialize as one region. Many folks that live in the region do not know when they are crossing the line from one City or County to the other. Now that Contra Costa County has advanced further into Phase 2, including the allowance of inside retail, the opening of swimming pools, dog parks, outdoor dining, outdoor gatherings of up to 100 for religious purposes, as well as sports practices for their youth groups, our businesses and citizens are totally confused and don’t know what is acceptable and what isn’t.
The second reason is our communities have a relatively low case rate, when compared to the highly impacted areas in our county. Our cities have paid for additional testing in partnership with Stanford Healthcare and tested over 3,000 people. Our positive rate is less than 1.5%, representing only 4.4% of the total positive cases in the county and are well under the 100 positive cases per 100,000! The Tri-Valley region does not require the same level of restriction that is necessary in other places in our county.
The third reason is our businesses are ready to reopen. The Chamber of Commerce, Pleasanton Downtown Association and City have been consistently sharing best practices to our Pleasanton businesses so they can reopen in a safe way to abide by all of the state and county protocols. The safety of their guests and employees are paramount to them.
We feel that the Cities of Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore have met the safety standards set by the County and State and therefore more businesses should be allowed to reopen as we have already seen happen in Contra Costa County.
Thank you for your consideration and for your hard work in keeping our county safe.
Steve Van Dorn
President & CEO
Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce
925-846-5858 x 204
View PDF of Letter from Pleasanton Chamber CEO | View PDF of Letter from Tri-Valley Mayors