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Alamo council candidate Karl Niyati

Karl Niyati is known in Alamo as a soccer coach, both for Al Caffodio and Monte Vista High, and for the Alamo Creek restaurant he opened on his downtown property after he retired from hospital administration.

"I opened the restaurant to give back," he said. And with incorporation a possibility, he wants to give back by serving on Alamo's first Town Council. He favors incorporation but says with the economic downturn it is important to validate the financial figures.

He noted that Alamo money is currently going to the county and, if incorporated, Alamo could do a better job with it. "Alamo people want to make decisions for themselves," he said.

"Council members have to run the city as a successful business," he said. "The mayor is the CEO; the residents are stockholders." He looks forward to recruiting creative individuals to serve as city manager, attorney and in finance, and to negotiating the best services.

He would like to see townhouses available for older folks who want to stay in town but downsize after their families are raised. He also wants to see activities for young people at the parks and schools. "We have to coordinate our services," he added.

One priority if elected would be to work with the other council members and with residents to identify the services required and establish a budget accordingly.

More about the candidate

MBA Economics, MPH Health Care Administration, USC; Lifetime Teaching Credential; retired management consultant for own firm; Retired Kaiser Hospital financial and administration 25 years; former UC instructor, soccer coach, restaurant owner

Web site: niyatialamocouncil.com/

— Dolores Fox Ciardelli and Geoff Gillette

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