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Newsfront - April 4, 2008

Fundraising continues for incorporation studies

Amid heated opinions arguing yea or nay for Alamo's incorporation, one objective nonprofit group is determined to provide residents with the cold, hard facts - and leave the rest up to them.

The Alamo Community Foundation was formed to raise the funds needed to conduct state-required surveys, which will determine if it's feasible for Alamo to become its own town.

The group sent out a mailing today to about 4,300 households throughout the community, explaining its mission and asking for donations.

"We're trying to get the information out to the commmunity without a spin," said the group's president, Claudia Waldron. "We value the state studies. They are the sole independent source of information that Alamo voters are going to have."

The mailing includes information on the foundation and the incorporation process, and a pledge card. It's expected to arrive tomorrow or Monday.

Currently a fiscal study is under way. The results, expected in June, will determine if Alamo is financially fit to incorporate. A lengthy environmental review is also required, as well as a mapping of the proposed town boundaries.

The funds needed for the studies - roughly $200,000 - cannot come from government sources so must be raised by private donations. The foundation has raised $70,000 since its formation in December.

Future fundraising efforts include a wine event May 3, private social events, and a community-wide family event to take place sometime this summer.

Donations can be mailed to Alamo Community Foundation, P.O. Box 1074, Alamo 94507. Call 820-5565 for more information. To volunteer with the foundation call 837-2937.

--Meghan Neal

Comments

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2008 at 8:03 am

Dear neighbors,

The Alamo Foundation Community, a technical discussion group concerned with the status of foundations in various buildings, will not hold their May meeting in April. The May meeting was planned for March but had to be postponed to another month not yet invented.

OX

One HAL of a Pal


Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm

Dear neighbors,

After rereading the original story, I am confused.

I understand FUN, but what is DRAISING? In long ago times, Drayage was horses pulling heaving wagons. Should we consider there is FUN in DRAISING as some form of drayage.

It could be that, without batteries included, we are just horsing around.

OX

One HAL of a Pal


Posted by Iron Horse neighbors, a resident of another community
on Apr 6, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Posted from several previous postings by Iron Horse neighbors

Dear neighbors,

The many neighborhoods within the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region that wish to contribute indicates that surrounding neighborhoods of the AIM boundaries see the value in knowing the costs, benefits and impact of incorporation within our region. Sunday morning e-exchanges continue discussing donations to the costs of the Contra Costa LAFCo incorporation studies being performed for Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM).

Many neighbors (2,197) signed the AIM petition as a promise of feasibility studies to allow evaluation of local government formation and its financial benefits. The studies will not likely answer the important questions of structure, operations, staffing, commissions, committees and services that warrant consideration in any incorporation election. In reviewing the LAFCo response recently circulated, the only information to be provided is financial and specifically LAFCo noted that no structure for a local government is part of the study.

Please read Alamo Today, delivered April 3 and available at various stores in the Alamo business district. In the tabloid, Mr. David Dolter, AIM committee member, provides AIM's position on neighbors' request for defined structure, operations, staffing, commissions, committees and services in a Town of Alamo incorporation proposal at time of election. Mr. Dolter clarified AIM's incorporation proposal for an independent town council and the formation of government after incorporation has been elected.

We suggest serious consideration of what such LAFCo studies can provide and how donations can make such defining information available.

Iron Horse neighbors,
Posted at the request of Kathy Bell


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2008 at 7:24 am

Dear neighbors,

"He or She that pays the piper, names the tune!"

If only the small minority of AIM participants and supporters raise the funding for Contra Costa LAFCo studies, then the resulting choice in any incorporation election will be as described by Mr. Dolter in Alamo Today, April 3, 2008. If, in addition to being the majority of signatures on the AIM petition, neighbors are the major contributors to Contra Costa LAFCo studies and application process, neighbors may demand a defined incorporation proposal at time of election from Contra Costa LAFCo.

Contribute and demand definition,

Hal Bailey
CDSI Research Fellowship
Community Courtesies

Submitted to Iron Horse neighbors and Diablo Vista region e-exchanges via halbailey@yahoo.com


Posted by Sharon Weston, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 9, 2008 at 9:27 am

Posted and edited with permission of the author

Dear (Iron Horse neighbors),

I am curious about how a certain portion of AIM volunteers and supporters created the Alamo Community Foundation (AFC) and claim they are wholly separate from AIM. While I appreciate the ability to only contribute to the financial studies in progress by Contra Costa LAFCo, it is quite clear that ACF volunteers are part of the overall AIM activities over the last year.

It would seem to me that ACF is a method to fulfill a promise made to neighbors signing the AIM petition than only feasibility studies would result. Beyond the tax status of ACF, is there any real difference between ACF and AIM.

Sharon in Tice Valley

Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges