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Perspective - September 28, 2007

Letters to the editor

Feasibility study needed

Dear Editor:

I suggest it is time for Alamo citizenry to wake up. I know some of our neighbors think that everything is fine the way it is, but my recent experience in dealing with the county indicates it is time to take a closer look. There are inappropriate building projects going in on poorly subdivided lots, zoning variances being granted without sufficient thought about the neighborhood impact, and ridgeline/ hillside development that spoils much of Alamo's appeal. Traffic is growing on Danville Boulevard which, if left unaddressed as the county is accustomed to doing, will give the county the justification it needs to widen the boulevard.

The county isn't the place for Alamo's local planning decisions to be made. We need to make these decisions in Alamo, through an elected town council that is responsive and answerable to Alamo citizens. Working together as a community, we can make this a reality.

A group of Alamo citizens has been working on incorporation for two years and is now gathering petition signatures to authorize a state feasibility study. This is the first required legal step toward incorporating Alamo but does not, in itself, approve incorporation. In order to take even this next step toward examining the issue they need 25 percent of Alamo voters to sign (about 3,000 signatures).

If the study shows that it is practical for Alamo to incorporate, we will get to vote on it and to elect our own town council. We have never been able to vote on incorporating Alamo as a town by itself, so it seems to me that authorizing the study is a no-brainer. We need to know the facts and finances so that we can move forward in an intelligent manner.

You can get more information at www.alamoinc.org. Together we can make this happen.

Preston Taylor, immediate past-president of the Alamo Improvement Association

'We'd be flat broke'

Dear Editor:

Having lived or worked here in Alamo since Jan. 18, 1975, I have experienced the undergrounding of the utility lines; the installation of the signal light at Livorna Road and then the one at Hemme Avenue; in the fall of 1975, the creation of our first "Condos," Alamo Bridge; the move across the street by Safeway into the NEW Alamo Plaza in November in 1978; and as a Realtor I have been witness to and a part of the "building out" of our beautiful, and still rural, community.

Those are key words - we are truly built out! What is left that necessitates "Hands On Control"? We are well serviced by the county and the Sheriff's Department. If incorporated we will no longer be serviced by the sheriff and we will need a lieutenant, three sergeants and five deputies. How are we to afford our own police department with the salaries, let alone four patrol cars at an "outfitted" cost of $80,000 each, plus operational costs?

Twenty years ago, or so, there was an attempt to incorporate Alamo on its own. I attended the final hearing held by LAFCO and the petition was denied because they found that we did not have the financial capacity to survive. The Pro Shop at Round Hill Country Club was then listed as the No. 10 source of sales tax revenues.

We have lost four service stations since then. You cannot get a flat tire fixed in Alamo anymore, let alone buy tires, batteries, etc. They have been replaced by a Savings & Loan; two convenience stores with gas pumps; and Yardbird's Garden Center.

Mark my words, if incorporation is achieved, we will be FLAT BROKE within three years, just like Clayton was. They had to resort to expanding their commercial area to survive. Is that what we really want for Alamo?

Robert D. Myhre, 1990 Alamo Citizen of the Year

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