Danville Express

Perspective - August 10, 2007

Letters to the editor

Alamo needs a charter and a plan

Dear Editor:

Chris Kenber, in his guest article for the Danville Weekly (July 20), justified incorporation of Alamo in overview but did not discuss the issues of formation of a government and the strength of community voice in that government. CCC LAFCO as the incorporation authority does not allow formation of government under citizens' oversight or with limitations of the authority of the city council. The allowable form of incorporation is an unplanned city, and all definition of the city happens after incorporation by a city council with full authority to act without citizens' oversight.

Alamo residents should ask themselves if they would INVEST in any organization that did not have a plan and a defined role and accountability for its leadership. In any establishment of a corporation or institution, we would expect, as shareholders, the following to be in place and in force prior to our investment:

* A charter that states the purpose and goals of the venture.

* A general plan that states the operations, structure, plans, TEAM and pro forma fiscal activities of the venture.

* A summary plan that introduces the venture's operations and planned results in overview to capital sources.

* A formation document that defines the specific incorporation of the venture.

As residents of Alamo, we should expect the same definition and planning to be in place and as part of any vote on incorporation of the City of Alamo. We must provide our preferences for boundaries, zoning, codes, staffing, operations, services and authority of council members in a general plan. Anything less is a blind investment in the good faith of city councils now and into the future.

Hal Bailey, Alamo

Alamo AIM issues

Dear Editor:

Let's thank Tony (Carnemolla) and John (Goerl) for pointing to real issues (Letters, Aug. 3) in the Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM) Study and invite AIM to provide an in-depth community plan that details city structures, services, controls and citizens' oversight. AIM's Chris Kenber, an accomplished business leader, could easily provide such an AIM structured viewpoint and safeguards that would make a contract-services municipality a tax-efficient success.

We can all expect significant changes in Alamo's relationship with Contra Costa County as Guy Houston becomes our District 3 Supervisor. As a result, we need to carefully evaluate reformation of the county and whether we need incorporation.

Speak out, Alamo!

Lisa Wright, Alamo community of neighborhoods

Houston, we have a celebration

Dear Editor:

Alamo is celebrating!

Guy Houston is announcing he is a candidate for District 3 Supervisor. We expect Guy to bring his moderate approach, human concern and fiscal responsibility to District 3 relationships and a genuine consideration for Alamo neighborhoods' advisory.

District 3, for more than seven years, has been at-odds with Alamo needs, interests and advisory. In the past three years, that relationship with Alamo, and many communities and neighborhoods throughout District 3, has become abusive.

Thank you, Guy.

pstyle:infotext>Vince Kreigher, Alamo community of neighborhoods


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