Alamo Fire House proposal needs interactive discussion Around Town, posted by Hal, CDSI Research, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2011 at 2:29 pm
Contra Costa County Municipal Advisory Committee for Alamo (Alamo MAC) is a volunteer function of Mary Piepho’s Danville Office and too far removed from county decision making to be a viable forum for Alamo region residents. An upcoming meeting, March 15, 2011 will provide 3 minutes to various residents to provide their commentary on the new Alamo fire house planning and approval. There will be no ability to have interactive discussions or mitigation of current planning with exceptional state safety regulations issues. Contra Costa County MAC policy, established in 2006, restricts MAC members from interactive discussions with residents during MAC meetings.
To facilitate such interactive discussions and to prepare a collective voice for Alamo region residents, Alamo Improvement Association (“AIA”) is being encouraged to add fire house planning discussions to the March 10 AIA Board Meeting. Since the AIA offers a more interactive meeting structure focused on mitigated results between the Alamo region community and various governments and districts, a refined listing of design and safety issues can be delivered to the highest level of the county and fire district and provided to the Alamo MAC for their consideration. With the AIA’s membership including representatives of neighborhood, business district and community groups, a majority, collective voice for Alamo can be the result delivered to all levels of the county and fire district.
Alamo regions residents should voice their concerns to www.alamoca.org, click on “Contact” for immediate e-mail delivery to PLANNING.
Posted by TK, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 17, 2011 at 8:43 am
The Alamo Improvement Association is a joke. It's made up of people that are anti business, anti-growth, anti-development and is anti-everything. Frankly, with approx 500 members it doesn't represent the residents of Alamo. I know it doesn't represent me!
Posted by Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2011 at 10:17 am
Crikey. Anyone who thinks the AIA is a joke doesn't have an effin CLUE. The AIA is the ONLY organization that is independent and listens to the community. Anyone who spent ten minutes at one of the Planning Meetings would be impressed by the quality of the review/discussion. I don't always agree with their decisions, but I can say without the AIA, Alamo would be a VASTLY worse place to live. I know - I've lived here for nearly 40 years - and seen the unbelievable crap the County has tried to shove down our throats - and the efforts/dedication that the AIA has provided to stop them.
Posted by askidoo, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2011 at 1:10 am
The AIA is a private, dues paying homeowner's organization. Whether they listen to the community or not does not mean that they have, or have had, any particular success in stopping anything. Many in Alamo complain about the look of buildings in the downtown and which were reviewed by the AIA. Many complain about homes in a variety of Alamo neighborhoods which went through AIA Planning Review.
While the AIA may feel the county has shoved things down Alamo throats, the larger majority of Alamo did not think the same and voted for the County to stay in charge of Alamo.
Posted by Jimbo, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2011 at 8:26 am
Alamo voters will long regret voting down incorporation.
We pay substantial taxes to a county that is basically going bankrupt.
Our roads continue to deteriorate with no county maintenance. Deputy's get diverted away to high crime areas as burglary and theft get deprioritized as crimes they can't instigate.
The CCCounty pension crisis will divert our significant tax dollars out of our community to county politicians that aren't interested or accountable to us. Piepho is beholden to her DiscoBay/Tracy neighborhoods and it's plunging real estate values and foreclosures.
We will all regret the incorporation being votes down.