Uploaded: Thu, Feb 5, 2009, 2:01 pm
Mail-in ballots in Alamo close to 50 percent
Incorrect number was reported, due to clerical error
The number of Alamo residents eligible to vote on incorporation March 3 is 10,508, according to the county Elections Division. A lower number was reported earlier by the Danville Weekly, due to incorrect calculations by the county.
County Clerk Steve Weir said this morning that the earlier figure of 7,195 did not take into account all of the precincts that will be voting in the Special Election in Alamo. Because Alamo is unincorporated, its precincts must be tallied individually, and some were missed by the processing supervisor who arrived at the lower figure.
"We have to report results by congressional districts, senate districts, assembly districts, supervisorial districts and incorporated cities," Weir explained. "That way you know the results of every contest in your area by jurisdiction."
"We can't do that for other communities of interest (such as Alamo) if they're not defined in our system," he said. "We'd have to go through and look at all 835 precincts and see which ones have the Alamo code, which is what we did - and we must have missed some."
Weir also updated the number of mail-in ballots his office has sent out as of Feb. 5. That number is 5,702 and includes:
* 5,435 permanent mail-in requests
* 182 citizen mail-in requests
* 68 civilian overseas ballot requests
* 12 domestic military requests
* 5 overseas military requests
Fifty-four percent of Alamo voters will be participating in the March 3 election through vote by mail. Elections officials said that polling places will be open in all precincts on that day.
Weir said that the deadline for requesting a mail-in ballot is Feb. 24, and all ballots must either be in the clerk's office or turned in to polling places by 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.
For those mailing in their ballots, Weir strongly suggested getting them in the mail no later than Friday, Feb. 27, to make sure they are delivered on time.
"There's a good chance if you mail it on Saturday you'll make it, but why take chances?" he said.
Posted by Steve from Alamo Oaks,
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 6, 2009 at 8:32 am
Why heavens, no!, don't actually discuss any real issues or concerns that might occur because of incorporation. Label this real concerns "scare tactics" and then refuse to address them. Yep, that's the way to deal with your fellow Alamo residents that, by the way, do love Alamo, too.
Let's just go with that Fiscal Analysis compiled by an ardent leader of his own city's incorporation (2000) in Rancho Santa Margarita (one square mile larger than the proposed "Town of Alamo")that went from a total budget of $6 million in 2000/1 all the way to $17 Million for the current year. The police budget went from $2.75 M to $7.5 M for the current year. That's nearly a tripling of both the main budget and the police services budget in 9 years. Yet he says our police budget will only go up by 60% in ten years. Well, I don't know, sounds like an inaccurate projection to me. But, what the heck, just buy what he says, don't question the numbers, we can always "work it out later" when it hits the fan.
How about that $1.5 M per year income from the Vehicle License Fee Distribution that forms a sizable foundation for your "fiscally solvent" town? Gee, that was CANCELLED...THAT'S RIGHT, CANCELLED!!! last October. (Only reinstated on a provisional and limited basis in January.) Yeah, we shouldn't be concerned, just pass the IRROVOCABLE incorporation measure and we'll just fumble by.
You proponents are like robots with your irritating, unquestioning marching to a dogmatic drum. Independent? You want representation? What will you say when the "independent" town council tells you that you MUST accept 30+ new housing units PER YEAR based on incomes that range from $25,000 up because the STATE tells you that you WILL do so? Oh well, it is what it is, and "WE CAN DO IT!!!" Right. Let's not bring up any unpleasant truths now or discuss these issues, let's just get the job done and then "WE CAN DO IT!!!" later. Well, later is too late.
For those on the proponent side that actually are interested in the facts of what happens when a town incorporates, why don't you just Google "Town of Danville-Documents" and then scroll down through the thousands and thousands of rules, regulations, requirements, dictates, on and on into every aspect of human life and action. Is this really what you want? Every single movement you make regulated by some nitwit?
The towns in this Valley have been side by side for decades; why does Alamo look different? To any sentient observer, it's obvious: we're not an incorporated city. Period. The other areas incorporated and they look the way they look because of that. It's called the HOUSING ELEMENT and despite what proponents says, it's a fact of life and YOU WILL GET FORCED HOUSING GROWTH, Period. Look up California State Department of Housing, Community Development and read it for yourself. AIM tries to pull a sleight of hand by coyly saying the "the town won't be required to build..." No, the town won't send out IT'S employees to buy the land and build the buildings themselves, literally, but they will have to rezone properties to higher densities, allow second dwellings and, yes, allow the construction of LOW INCOME HOUSING.
And lastly, we moved here to be left alone, not to be MELDED into what somebody else wants out of this issue. This is a free area, unencumbered by relentless political and social pressure from a local government. Isn't that what most people want? Look at the Town of Danville Documents under "Code Enforcement"; they send their snoopers out into all the older neighborhoods to find "code violations" so they can fine you and make you comply with whatever they've decided lately is the going code.
You can't change and keep what you've had. Once you change, you've changed and that's that. With incorporation there's no going back. Vote No on Incorporation...No on Measure A on March 3, 2009. If you want to keep Alamo the way it is, Leave it the way it is. It's this way because it was left alone.