DUBLIN -- This community was at a crossroads 30 years ago. Residents had shot down two previous attempts to become incorporated, turning down invitations to join Pleasanton and San Ramon.
Instead, a group of residents from the chamber of commerce, the Dublin Municipal Advisory Committee and Dublin San Ramon Services District decided to seek their independence. And in November 1981, more than 2,000 residents voted to make Dublin its own city. Three months later, Dublin became the 14th city in Alameda County.
"We were a really tight community and really family oriented and that is the interesting about today because it still feels that way," said Linda Jefferey Sailors, one of the original founders of the city and part of the first city council. "It is one big family."
It may still be family, but it is a big one. In 1982, Dublin had a population of about 14,300 people, That has bloomed to 46,743.
On Saturday, residents past and present will celebrate the city's 30th anniversary with a free party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, 6600 Donlon Way. The Dublin: An All-American Anniversary will celebrate the anniversary of the city and recognition as an All-American city by the National Civic League last year. Festivities include something for everyone in the family from food to games to live music.
The all-American awarded is handed out yearly to 10 cities nationwide for civic accomplishments. Dublin was
"We wanted to give Dublin residents an opportunity to not only celebrate Dublin's history, but to recognize where we're going as a city," Mayor Tim Sbranti said in a news release. "The All-America City award recognizes the positive path that we're on as a city, while also honoring achievements from Dublin's past."
Dublin's past was built on the belief that the city should focus on family and not bureaucracy, said Jefferey Sailors.
Jefferey Sailors, who is the lone original council member still residing in area, said signs of that early belief are still in place. She noted the police department which is still contracted out to the Alameda County Sheriff's department and the non-contentious atmosphere still present at city council meeting.
"One precedent we set a long time ago was it is OK to disagree, but we are not enemies," said Jefferey Sailors, who will be at Saturday's celebration. "Everyone has the right to give their opinion."
The city's logo, which features a crossroad surrounded by a stagecoach, shamrock, old farming plow and the heritage park, was an example of the group's belief and was developed after the five council members compromised on their visions.
The stagecoach represents the old stagecoach stop at Dublin Boulevard and San Ramon Road for travelers heading to San Francisco from Sacramento. The shamrock was for the city's Irish roots; the plow for its agricultural lineage; and the heritage park for its history.
"It's like having a child grow up and become very successful," said Jefferey Sailors about Dublin's success. "I am so proud of Dublin it has achieved so much."
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To celebrate its "All-America City" honor and Dublin's 30th anniversary, the city will hold the free "Dublin: An All-American Anniversary" event Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, 6600 Donlon Way. Residents will enjoy all-American foods like hot dogs, apple pie, and root beer. There will be games, kid-friendly events, wagon and tractor rides, and live music. Dignitaries from Dublin's past will be there to share memories.