Alamo fundraiser nets $59,000 Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Danville Weekly Online, on Feb 8, 2008 at 8:05 am
Alamo Community Foundation's first fundraiser netted approximately $59,000 to pay for Alamo incorporation feasibility studies required by the state. Two hundred people attended the silent auction and dinner in late January, including Assemblyman Guy Houston (R., 15th) and County Supervisor Mary N. Piepho.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 8, 2008, 12:00 AM
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Feb 8, 2008 at 8:05 am
Nice editing of the AIM release. Once all the campaign hype was removed from the release there was little or no news to report.
The story is the same handful of people from various Alamo committees, clubs, groups, associations and councils, as less than 300 out of more than 16,000 Alamo region residents (within the AIM boundaries), raised $59,000 as part of the $200,000 required by Contra Costa LAFCo for the incorporation application process.
The story not told is what regional political sponsorship will provide the remainder of the funding and at what political costs to the Alamo region residents? Some 6000 voters within the AIM boundaries have withdrawn from any and all interest in the incorporation process and will vote YES or NO in any election based on the results of the LAFCo application process and incorporation proposal presented at time of election.
If anybody is interested in the complete campaign release, read Alamo Today front page for February, www.alamotoday.com.
Posted by Good job!, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2008 at 3:07 pm
Well great job to the Foundation. They were able to raise a huge sum of money. Who cares that there's only 300 people wanting to make a change. When making any change, those that set out with enough man power-- will preceed in the direction that they want to go; that's enough to say for those that don't do anything at all. Whether you believe in incorporation or not, you should give congrats to those that have raised that much money at a fundraiser, don't you think?
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Feb 8, 2008 at 4:37 pm
Dear Good Job,
I personally congratulated a committee member and added congratulation to a message on the Alamoinc website. The issues addressed in previous commentary had to do with news coverage and nothing really to do with incorporation.
Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 8, 2008 at 10:37 pm
OX asks, "...what regional political sponsorship will provide the remainder of the funding and at what political costs to the Alamo region residents?"
By this statement OX seems to imply that the local Alamo well of funding has dried up completely and the proponents will now have to sell their soles (and a couple of heels) to some regional moneyed and mythical "political sponsorship."
I would inform the learned gentleman that the people of Alamo know a good thing when they see it and will fully fund, and support, and vote in favor of this very worthwhile effort.
And by the way, please don't call us the "Alamo Region." We are a community and will be a town.
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Feb 9, 2008 at 4:47 pm
Excellent response, Ron,
At present, circulating in documentation among neighborhoods, there is confirmation of AIM funding commitments from regional sponsors. We should hope the earnest interest is to create an independent council that serves an Alamo Community and possibly neighborhoods.
Alamo neighbors, as a majority, could easily provide $200,000 to the Alamo Community Foundation but governments including LAFCo have demanded that neighbors, and their neighborhoods, end their privacy and confidentiality. At issue is the Alamo Community, as the committees, councils, groups, associations and clubs officers, participants and supporters, is less than 1400 residents that likely cannot raise $200,000 amongst themselves.
The good people of Alamo, defined by AIM boundaries, see a government-specified independent council that will operate under county general plan, zoning, re-zoning, building codes, and approval processes and that is no difference in voice for neighbors and their neighborhoods. No further interest in incorporation is warranted.
And, Ron, to avoid conflict in terms, our region from Saranap/Rudgear to Diablo Road is now the Diablo Vista Region and the majority of neighbors realize they live in "another community."
Happy Valentines Day, and thank you for your commentary,
Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community, on Feb 10, 2008 at 7:40 am
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Local news is newsworthy when it interests the total readership of a newspaper. Such interests are served by People and Events stories that present an important event and the positions on issues of the people attending the event.
In this exchange, we illustrated that an event among a very small minority in a region and the emotions of the issues involved does not make a newsworthy story to the majority of readership. When issues are reduced to fact and emotions are erased, what was intended to be a story ends up a listing suitable to "Club News."
Thank you for your commentary to email@example.com,
Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 10, 2008 at 8:04 pm
OX says the following which is NOT SO:
"The good people of Alamo, defined by AIM boundaries, see a government-specified independent council that will operate under county general plan, zoning, re-zoning, building codes, and approval processes and that is no difference in voice for neighbors and their neighborhoods."
What twaddle. Once Alamo becomes an incorporated town, the good citizens will have a Local Voice and a Local Choice. Obviously, this local power will make things very different and very much better. And we will be independent of the County. This is what happens when communities incorporate - they become self-governed. Duh...
And by the way, I'm not sure what a "government-specified independent council" is. It does sound vaguely like the "autonomous town council" pap which was promulgated by this same source several weeks ago and which was remarkable only for its absurdity. Do we really have to travel down that well-worn and rutted rugged road again?
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Feb 11, 2008 at 7:55 am
An Alamoron, Ron, thank you,
The subject was news coverage and your oxymoron is to cancel that consideration for a discussion of the Contra Costa LAFCo incorporation application process including election of an independent town council that will operate under Contra Costa County General Plan, county zoning and re-zoning, county building codes and land use approval processes. Once elected, California Municipal Law does not require such a town (city) council to use citizen input in the consideration of council decisions or actions. The Town Council can operate fully independent from the residents interests, needs and advisory and only be removed from office after four years or by an earlier recall election.
My point is that such knowledge is clearly stated in the Municipal Law Handbook www.cacities.org and is illustrated in various resources at www.calafco.org. That is definitely not news and certainly is not of any interest to a majority of The Danville Weekly readers or the majority of neighbors within the Diablo Vista (Alamo) Region.
It just is not news, but it is an laughable oxymoron when such costs of an additional layer of government provide no change for the Diablo Vista neighborhoods.
Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community, on Feb 13, 2008 at 12:03 pm
You have all needed input for your review of whether or not media provides the depth of information in stories about community or the lack of it. You have all the references for your research and validation of such stories concerning community formation. You have all the campaign releases and responses to test against provided reference information.
You have read many releases and opinions expressed in response to forum postings and media stories. Carefully, you may examine each comment against reference information and determine your own positions and opinions. Any neighbor's goal should be to provoke consideration by neighbors of the issues that impact neighborhoods and community. Together, we have completed that consideration and confirmed that the canards of a campaign can quickly be discounted in reference review.
Posted by Emily Chrisman, a resident of another community, on Feb 13, 2008 at 3:41 pm
Posted at the request of the author
With so little interest in incorporation currently among the Diablo Vista (Alamo) Region neighbors, why does the subject get so much attention in this forum's discussion of news coverage. By overall culture we are not a community or does any formation options serve us better or worse within our neighborhoods. Why must we discuss formation options when a majority has researched and dismissed any creation of a community or community government.
I would like to see the editor provide some clearcut editorial guidelines for story development so we can better understand what information to share and what quotable resources to provide for more in-depth news reporting by the great reporters that serve us.