$25 discount for AIA membership Around Town, posted by Community courtesy, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Mar 20, 2009 at 10:59 am
Alamo region neighbors received an offering of a $25 discount to join the Alamo Improvement Association and many among the e-exchanges do not understand why. After reading the invitation, we can understand why our membership, as money and head count, is important to the AIA board, but our neighborhoods were offered no benefit from participation that identifies with neighbors’ interest in our region’s future.
Could one or more AIA board members please provide comment of neighborhoods’ interests in enhanced infrastructure, transportation, economic development, and neighborhood leadership in political and planning activities in our region. Just what does $25 buy neighbors as participants in AIA actions?
**Commentary by Jennifer, Alamo region neighborhoods forum, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**
Posted by Halamo, a resident of another community, on Mar 23, 2009 at 5:31 pm
In Quincy California, many years ago, a cigar store wooden Indian asked my question for me with a sign he was holding, "How?"
Posted by Community courtesy, a resident of another community, on Mar 26, 2009 at 9:12 am
Let's inform your readers that a feature article has been proposed to The Danville Weekly by Alamo region neighborhoods that would define the future charter of Alamo Improvement Association political and planning activities in our region.
Alamo region neighborhoods have discovered many answers to the future interests of the county in our region and such has been shared with the AIA and you for potential preparation of a feature story.
Posted by Community courtesy, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Mar 28, 2009 at 7:31 am
Dear Dolores, notice circulated to Alamo region e-exchanges,
WHAT DOES $25 BUY?
It is true that Alamo region neighborhoods, in alliance, with their wealth and counsel, are capable of protecting themselves. I would suggest that counsel is not neighbors’ only resource to acknowledge and demonstrate that strength. Neighborhoods could add to their alliance by gathering the AIA Board, participants and supporters as part of the neighborhoods’ plans for public voice and leadership. Using the AIA as center point for public voice, neighborhoods could progress the AIA as a regional planning authority and a public gathering of neighborhoods’ functional services committees. As various regional counsel(s) actions allow additional incorporation consideration, AIA could be the public forum for majority inclusion in a new, well-defined incorporation proposal and election.
There is no need to confuse the AIA’s value to our neighborhoods with the alliance of communities’ actions throughout District 3 or counsel’s actions to set-aside the March 3 election. The AIA’s value to Alamo region community of neighborhoods is public voice and presentation within the region with all governments when a community voice is a better choice than counsel’s actions.
$25 by each neighborhood RESIDENCE provides that opportunity. Better yet, let $25 demonstrate each residence’s interest in a public voice that belongs to the majority and is not just another five people in a MAC, or one or another government board or council. Think of it as insurance that governments will notice a regional community with focus on a public voice and actions.
**As edited by Melissa, Alamo regional counsel committee, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**
Posted by Community courtesy, a resident of the Walnut Creek neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2009 at 9:43 am
This was received today by a neighborhood representative in the Livorna (East) neighborhoods in Walnut Creek and Alamo:
As a resident of Walnut Creek very near Alamo and an Alamo School parent, I am taking interest in Alamo planning and politics. I have decided to join the Alamo Improvement Association (AIA) to further my interest in responsible planning in our region.
I am not sure that my Walnut Creek neighbors know they are eligible to be an AIA member and to be an active participant and potential board member. I see the AIA as more than simply a voice in 94507 and more important to our region in working with all governments and districts in solutions to land use, zoning, transportation, traffic, public use of schools, retail development and public safety.
**commentary by Janice, Livorna/Miranda neighborhoods, Alamo region community of neighborhoods**
Note: www.alamoca.org, click on by-laws and reference Membership.