It is time to choose Around Town, posted by Leslie Stowe, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 4, 2007 at 10:01 am
It is time to choose.
All has been said about incorporation, all expertise distributed, and now Alamo residents must decide to lead or follow. Does Alamo want a citizen-led municipality or do we want CCC-BOS, a town council or another city’s council to decide our future?
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 4, 2007 at 4:47 pm
Thank you, Leslie, for stating clearly the issues that separate thousands of Alamo residents from the Alamo Incorporation Movement's petition to establish a town council that has the sole authority to create the future of Alamo. Whether the CCC-BOS or its MAC, an Alamo Town Council, or another city council that annexes Alamo, the result is quite the same. Alamo residents will not have citizens' oversight in determining the future of Alamo.
Posted by Beth Hull, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2007 at 9:17 am
Last night, Alamo made its choice.
Alamo Incorporation Movement, as AIM, has now defined itself among 90 or so volunteers that have been leaders in Alamo community groups. The absence of neighborhood and homeowners groups, as the majority in Alamo, clearly shows Alamo's majority has made its choice.
Incorporation is broadly supported in Alamo, but AIM's concept of a town council planning Alamo's future has been rejected.
Posted by Ruth Lindsay, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 6, 2007 at 6:46 pm
It would be more productive to engage all of Alamo in a designed city that would serve everyone's interest as a voice in our community planning. I appreciate AIM for their wish to use political avenues to create such an opportunity and I understand my neighbors' concerns for the lack of assurances of a plan for our future.
Let's sit down and create that future now. Then we can put it in place by a carefully selected city council that are our neighbors and supporters.
Yes, let's make the young people our council because it is their future and let us be their guidance.
Posted by Chris Jenkins, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2007 at 3:37 pm
Certainly, Alamo neighbors should choose incorporation, but there is much to be planned and executed before we become a city. We need to consolidate our various county advisory committees into an Alamo Region Planning Commission prior to incorporation so we have a well-planned start to city operations. Our SRV regional planning commissioners, AIA planning committee, R-7A committee, Zone 36 committee, and probably our P-2B and P-5 police committees need to be sub-committees of a well-coordinate planning commission. Most certainly, we need to gain control of Magee Ranch JPOC and its related committees so we do not continue to be burdened by the wishes of Danville.
Let's plan now so we can be an effective, efficient city following a successful incorporation vote! With a coordinated planning commission ready to be part of our new city, we will already be serving our community of neighborhoods.
Let's applaud the AIM committee and give them a well-planned start!
Posted by Leonard Vinci, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2007 at 9:56 pm
Well, Well Leslie, it seems you are attempting to shame us into voting for incorporation or cityhood as some of you want to call it. Your comment,"all has been said etc etc", is way off base, there's a lot more to say about this issue.
I attended the Alamo music festival last Saturday and was approached by a very pushy female with her clipboard in hand and wanted me to sign the Alamo Incorporation Movement Petition. Well we had a very short chat...no I didn't sign it.
I believe a lot of time and money can be saved if your petition army has two (2) clipboarbs in hand...lets make it a horse race. One petition for incorporation and one against incorporation. Once that magic number is reached...I think it's 2,500 or so...end of story, we can all go back to enjoying Alamo. Just a thought...I'm not so sure the AIM will welcome that idea. Oh well, what else is new.
Posted by Hal Bailey, CDSI, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 13, 2007 at 10:34 am
Courtesy explanation to Mr. Leonard Vinci, with thanks for his commentary:
Dear Leonard and Alamo neighbors,
Leslie's point was that neighborhood groups have circulated in-depth counsel summaries to their neighbors to allow knowledgeable consideration of incorporation and its options.
The least informed people in Alamo appear to be the AIM petition volunteers who are only repeating the PR of the AIM committee and policy of Contra Costa County LAFCo.
The opportunity to send opposition to incorporation is quite simple for any individual neighbor. Simply address your e-mail commentary to email@example.com and Ms. Lou Ann Texeira, LAFCO Executive, will provide further guidance.
Posted by Leonard Vinci, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 13, 2007 at 7:01 pm
Dear Mr. Bailey,
Thank you, I appreciate your input, your suggestion to email LAFCO to make our feelings and potential vote noted is much better than venting in these local rags. I guess you can say it's even better than having the AIM army carry 2 clipboards...
Hal, I really like your idea. For the sake of keeping Alamo as is... I hope others follow your suggestion.
Posted by Keith Lewis, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Sep 17, 2007 at 9:59 am
Once again, AIM petition supporters, in front of Safeway yesterday, still could not or would not answer questions concerning a plan for our city if we elect incorporation. The tired, and quite untrue, response is that a plan must be pursued after incorporation and will involve all residents willing to participate. If we incorporate under AIM's incorporation proposal, we will be ruled by a city council that has no obligation to involve our community in city planning or operations.