Alamo resident Chris Kenber said pro-incorporation forces were somewhat surprised by the opposition's stance that the information on incorporation isn't out there. "We had meetings, we invited people, we got petitions signed. I think we've been extremely open."
Kenber said he feels that in order to get people to understand the issues it is necessary to open a dialogue. He added that those in favor of incorporation have held meetings and demonstrated a willingness to meet with people to get the word out. "We've consistently been open to go anywhere, talk to anyone before the election."
When he heard about the recent meeting held to organize the opposition to incorporation, Kenber said he would have liked the opportunity to speak to them. "I would have taken five minutes to explain why we think incorporation's a good idea and then taken questions."
When asked about complaints regarding pro-incorporation meetings where opponents did not feel heard he said he didn't feel anyone was shut out, but he did point out, "If we could tell that someone was just adamantly against it, we didn't want to debate it. I think having a debate when their minds are made up is not a productive use of time."
The Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) was set to make a decision Sept. 18 on whether the incorporation of Alamo will be on the ballot.
Kenber said members of the Alamo Incorporation Movement have information from the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis that they are willing to discuss, information is posted on their Web Site www.alamoinc.org, and proponents are ready and willing to talk.
"Let's get the facts out and talk about them," he said, "but if we're going to have that conversation all I ask is that we come into the conversation with minds at least partially open."
Resident Tony Carnemolla, one of those who stands against incorporation, said he understands what Kenber is saying, but doesn't feel that closemindedness is limited to just the anti-incorporation folk. "When this started, we did get together with a few of their people. It was like knocking our heads together and nothing came out of it. We were set in our ways and they were set in their ways."
Carnemolla said that despite those doubts he is not opposed to having an exchange of ideas with the pro-incorporation residents and would suggest it at a future meeting.