The County of Alameda is one of the largest counties in the nation, with 14 cities and over 140,000 residents living in unincorporated communities. Alameda County is responsible for direct local government services in the unincorporated areas, which includes rural, urban, and suburban communities. With less than 1,000 residents in an area of 86 square miles, the rural unincorporated community of Sunol is the lone unincorporated community in District Two. The small rural town of Sunol is bordered by Fremont to the south and west, Pleasanton to the north, and Livermore to the east. Sunol is home to many natural and historic community resources like Alameda Creek, the largest watershed in the Southern San Francisco Bay. Sunol is the eastern terminus for the scenic Niles Canyon Road which the Niles Canyon Railway runs along on the historic transcontinental railroad alignment.
As an unincorporated community the County is responsible for direct government in these areas. Being represented by both District One and District Two, the community and County established the Sunol Citizens’ Advisory Council (SCAC) to provide increased local community involvement in decision making and governance.