May 26 redistricting meeting in Alamo Around Town, posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 24, 2011 at 8:43 am
REMINDER: Thursday, May 26, 7PM to 8:30PM, Supervisor Piepho will conduct a redistricting workshop at the Alamo Women’s Club. 24/680 south corridor neighbors are reminded to attend.
Redistricting audit team members from the 24/680 south corridor neighborhoods have now visited districts 2, 3, 4 and 5 supervisors’ workshops. Among the seven concept plans offered at such meetings, all or a portion of the 24/680 south corridor could be placed in each of those districts. Redistricting audit teams have now circulated the concept plans with specific review for 1) commonality of communities’ interests, 2) transportation corridors in common, 3) a shared political voice, and 4) majority support for specific district configurations.
To understand the specific importance to Alamo, Concept Plan #1 places Alamo in District 2 as part of Lamorinda and separates Alamo from the San Ramon Valley, Concept Plan #2 retains Alamo in District 3 as part of Walnut Creek, Concept Plan #3 also retains Alamo in District 3 as part of Walnut Creek, Concept Plan #4 places Alamo in District 4 as part of Walnut Creek and Concord, Concept Plan #5 places Alamo as part of San Ramon Valley in District 2, Concept Plan #6 also places Alamo as part of the San Ramon Valley in District 2, and Concept Plan #7 places Alamo as part of Walnut Creek and Pittsburg in District 5.
24/680 south corridor neighborhoods continue to support Concept Plan #5 which places all of the corridor in District 2. Our corridor neighbors are joined by the Alamo Improvement Association by motion, May 12, to support Concept Plan #5. 24/680 south neighbors are encouraged to voice their preference on May 26 as a concluding message to CCC-BOS on corridor neighbors preferences. It is the intention of CCC-BOS to establish redistricting to the satisfaction of each supervisor in July and only a few public hearings are left prior to that very likely selfish decision among supervisors. Therefore, it is important for 24/680 south corridor neighbors to publicly state their preference for Concept Plan #5, or reasonable modification, and then hold supervisors responsible for compliance with that preference.
Posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm
AS for the AIA, there is a story emerging. Neighborhoods reps are engaging the AIA more and more on major issues and the AIA board is responding with immediate agenda items for such issues. A new slate of board members will be elected and we should see very new AIA officers. Additionally, new by-laws have included new committees starting with Community Affairs Committee that will engage neighborhood, business district and community groups through their representatives that are already AIA members. That committee will bring forward committees or taskforces for Public Safety, Economic Development, Environmental Preservation, and more that represent the major issues in our Alamo region.
There is a large number of successful planning efforts that are part of the AIA’s >56 year history. Our large lots and community/neighborhood character are owed to AIA planning that carefully reviews new and remodel construction to insure that it complies with building codes, acceptable variances, neighborhood character and visual impact on our community. AIA has stood against major projects that were approved by the county and CCC-BOS such as the SRV YMCA commercial facilities, MVHS parking lot and soon-to-be solar power generation station, widening of Danville Blvd and Stone Valley Road to promote commuter usage, and more. Going forward, taskforces will focus on government organizations impacting our region and bring strong representation of the will and interests of Alamo region residents.
Posted by concerned citizen, a resident of the Diablo neighborhood, on May 25, 2011 at 11:15 am
Alamo residents should thank AIA for bringing the redistricting issue to their attention and representing Alamo's interests during the redistricting process. Supervisor Piepho's office has told the Alamo and Diablo MACs that they cannot take a position on the redistricting.
Posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 25, 2011 at 12:38 pm
It must occur to the seven members of the Contra Costa County Municipal Advisory Council for Alamo, aka, “The Alamo MAC,” that they have lost rights that were not surrendered by Supervisor Mary N. Piepho if the following is true: “Supervisor Piepho's office has told the Alamo and Diablo MACs that they cannot take a position on the redistricting.”
If in fact such a restriction exists for CCC-MAC Alamo members’ actions as private citizens and voters, then we likely need a legal opinion from the Contra Costa District Attorney if such restriction is constitutional. On a personal level, I can imagine CCC-MAC Alamo members examining their roles in CCC-MAC Alamo if such surrender of constitutional rights is required. It would certainly raise the question of what other compliance is necessary to the dictates of Ms. Piepho in CCC-MAC Alamo members’ consideration of issues impacting Alamo residents.
Posted by [removed], a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on May 26, 2011 at 2:13 pm
24/680 south corridor neighborhoods will be represented tonight by an audit team that will promote the AIA’s May 12 motion to support Concept Plan #5 that keeps the entire 24/680 south corridor together as commonality of communities, transportation corridor, public voice and majority support.
If 24/680 south corridor neighborhoods are unable to attend tonight’s meeting, May 26, at the Alamo Women’s Club, it is important that your readers have access for redistricting commentary that is independent of any one supervisor’s position and interests. Such commentary is actively sought and invited by Patrick.Roche@dcd.cccounty.us or by visiting the County Redistricting Website, www.ccredistricting.org, or calling +1.925.335.1254.
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It should be expected by attendees at tonight’s meeting that an aggressive effort by Supervisor Piepho, staff and supporters will be made to keep Alamo and much of south county in District 3. Please come prepared to participate in a workshop that, by other districts’ examples, will be interactive and open in discussions and focused on residents’ choices of districts and supervisors. It is recommended that your readers visit the County Redistricting Website and choose the concepts plans that best suit their neighborhood and community’s will and interests.