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Alamo council candidate Diane Barley

A former president of the Alamo Improvement Association, Diane Barley has spent a number of years working with Alamo residents in various capacities, which makes her accessible, a quality she feels is important in a council member.

Barley said she believes a Town Council of Alamo residents would be preferable to management by the county. Although she does not feel the county has done a bad job, a council would have more input from residents and move more quickly. "One of the things I hear about now is the no turn on red (Danville Boulevard/Stone Valley Road). I'm sure some traffic engineer in Martinez made that decision. He doesn't live in Alamo."

Barley and her husband have lived in seven different houses in Alamo during the last 30 years, so she's familiar with many neighborhoods. She thinks the town's density rules could be mitigated slightly in places to allow for smaller homes and more manageable lots for residents who want to downsize.

Barley, who works afternoons as a personal banker at Bank of America in Alamo, said she was asked to run for Town Council because of her work in the community. "I've been involved for a long time and want to be there for the long haul," she said. Although people complain about the traffic, she says, "I think Alamo is a pretty nice place. I call it Camelot myself."

More about the candidate

Married, two grown sons; BA and graduate work; banker at Alamo B of A; president of Alamo Rotary, Alamo Improvement Association (AIA), Monte Vista PTA; Friends of Discovery; Zone 36 Alamo Landscape and Lighting District; Alamo Merchant and Professional Association (AMPA); Citizen of the Year; Business Person of the Month

Web site: DianeBarley.com

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Geoff Gillette

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