New 669 Area Code Already Controversial

Bay Area newest area code already controversial.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 5:35 PM PDT
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If this woman lived in San Jose and was dialing her next door neighbor, she might have to use a different area code to make the call.

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The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors have voted in a new area code in the South Bay.

Get ready to punch in 669 to people who live across the street.

That's because the supervisors chose to implement the new area code ivia 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.

The new area code isn't scheduled to go live until the fall of 2012.

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