SAN JOSE (CBS SF) – The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning voted to implement a new area code via an overlay method, in which residents signing up for new service will be assigned a 669 area code but existing phone numbers will stay the same.

The board voted 4-1 in favor of the change, with Supervisor Liz Kniss dissenting.

Kniss called the overlay method “a lousy idea.”

“I don’t think it’s very sensible,” Kniss said.

The change will not require any businesses or individuals in the county to change their existing number from the 408 area code.

Santa Clara County Chief Operating Officer Gary Graves said it is the method preferred by most affected parties over the other option, a geographic split.

Supervisor Ken Yeager said the overlay method is the better of two bad options.

“The problem is, neither choice is good and it’s going to cause disruption whichever way we go,” Yeager said.

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Comments (8)
  1. Chris says:

    Having gone through two geographic splits in the Bay Area and, more recently, an overlay in the Midwest, the geographic split seems far more logical. It is a pain to have to dial the area code every time you call someone in your own area code.

  2. mary ann says:

    Cell phones should be given their own area code. Leave the landlines alone.

  3. Lalo says:

    oh damn! we have to type an extra 3 numbers!
    For the most part I already do that all the time. What is so hard about that?
    Are people really that lazy?

  4. BAM says:

    Overlay = Lame This isn’t the first time the South Bay has gone through a area code change. Spitting the area code would make it easier to know if you need to dial an area code first. An overlay makes you think does that new pizza place around the corner have a 408 or 669 area code.

    @ Lalo it’s not so much of dialing an extra 3 numbers it’s just knowing who has what numbers.

  5. Lalo says:

    most of us use our cell phones to call anyone. We usually have the # saved and dial by name. For the most part.

  6. WHOA says:

    Enter it intoi your phone and search by name. You dont even know the numbers anymore. People leave their 408 numbers and move to the East Coast. WHo cares anymore?

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