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Newsfront - October 12, 2007

Signatures for Alamo study reach halfway mark

Incorporation forces working to get enough names for LAFCO study

by Natalie O'Neill

A little over a month has gone by since petitioners were first spotted perched in Alamo Plaza, clipboards tucked under their arms. In those five weeks, cityhood supporters have gathered more than half the signatures they need to initiate a Local Agency Formation Commission study on whether Alamo incorporation is financially practical.

Co-chairwomen of the petition drive Vicki Crockett and Barbara Munkner say they're on a roll.

"More than three-quarters of the people we've approached agree to sign the petition. They ask good questions and see the real benefits of incorporation right away," Munkner said.

The Alamo Incorporation Movement must obtain signatures from 25 percent of registered voters in Alamo - or 2,500 - in six months. And they are poised to gather 3,000 to assure that all names are Alamo residents and can be verified.

Chris Kenber, spokesman for the incorporation movement, said to him signing the petition is a no-brainer. It doesn't advocate Alamo's cityhood, it just advocates knowing more about Alamo's cityhood, he explained.

The LAFCO study takes one year to complete and if the agency gives Alamo the go-ahead, then more than 50 percent of the voters must support incorporation for it to pass. The vote would take place in spring 2009.

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