Supporters of Alamo incorporation are quite visible, asking for signatures to present their case to the Local Agency Formation Commission to see if a city of Alamo would be viable. Opponents of Alamo incorporation are getting their arguments out there, too. And Windmill Farms has spent the last few weeks getting signatures on a petition to present to the county for permission to remain an open market and continue selling cut fruit and melons.
The Windmill Farms effort seemed like a pretty cut-and-dried campaign for a store to prove its service to the community rather than a political effort. Until Assemblyman Guy Houston (R., District 15) got involved. He stood out on San Ramon Valley Boulevard last week collecting signatures and sporting a big sign that read: "Help Guy Houston save Windmill Farms."
Houston's assembly position is termed out, and he is running for Contra Costa County District 3 supervisor. His signs didn't mention his run for supervisor but what else could have been his intention as he included his name on the signs in the highly visible spot? It was as much a self promotion as when he marches down Hartz Avenue during the Fourth of July Parade, crossing from one side of the street to the other shaking hands of supporters.
We support Windmill Farms' quest to stick with business as usual and are happy to see anyone campaigning for it. And we are glad things are going so well in the state of California that our assemblyman could use his recess to gather signatures for his friends - with his own name in big bold letters.