Horses in Alamo?
There will always be horses in Alamo. Some opposed to incorporation are trying to scare Alamo voters by saying that the first act of the new town council will be to remove horses from Alamo.
My family has owned and operated cattle ranches for over 30 years where horses are not only a means of transportation but an indispensable tool used in the cattle business. Although there are only a few areas in the San Ramon Valley where cattle still graze, horses still dot the hillsides and grace hundreds of back yards.
It is very easy to find horse properties in both Danville and San Ramon and neither the Danville Town Council nor the San Ramon City Council is contemplating the removal of horses from their borders. As a founding member of AIM and the current owner and landlord to several horses, I can assure you that if there were any possibility that horses would fall into disfavor with the new Alamo Town Council, I would have fought the movement at its outset. And if I hadn't, my wife Jan, the horse project leader for Tassajara 4-H, would have found another place to board me.
Randy Nahas, Alamo
Alamo seniors left out in the cold
This is in regard to your article on Jan. 9, titled "Registration program puts Danville seniors first." This new policy does not seem fair to me as an Alamo resident since anyone outside Danville pays extra for these trips so are not getting a so-called free ride!
I shop in Danville all the time, so much of my time and money is spent there. As Alamo does not have a Senior program it seems like a rather discriminatory move to leave the adjoining areas out in the cold.
Even though we are being accepted a day later than Danville residents, the chance of getting into any of these popular programs is very remote. I hope the committee will rethink this policy.
Diane Biasatti, Alamo
Three reasons to incorporate
Alamo incorporation is good for Alamo for three simple reasons:
1. Decisions affecting Alamo residents need to be made by Alamo residents.
Today, decisions that affect our land use, our traffic, our police protection and our parks are made by five county supervisors who do not reside in Alamo, do not have to live with the consequences of their decisions, and who are struggling with larger issues than those items that bug us. Alamo Incorporation will allow Alamo voters to select a town council who live here and will be held accountable for the decisions they make.
2. Alamo's economics will be stronger after incorporation.
The county is not required to spend all of the tax revenue collected from Alamo residents for services to Alamo residents. The exhaustive (about 150 page) LAFCO study of the economics showed that Alamo can form a local government, provide the current level of services, AND generate a surplus to enhance our community over coming years.
3. Incorporation will make Alamo a stronger community.
The first task to be performed by a new Alamo Town Council will be to generate Alamo's General Plan. A detailed look at what our town, working together, can be in the future - now that will be exciting.
Ed Chiverton, Alamo
Fact: Alamo is fine unincorporated
Regarding incorporation, let's use facts not speculation. A letter Nov. 16 from Nancy Dommes stated she wanted to share some "truths." When what she really provided was all opinion not facts! She has no more knowledge of what the county will do than any of us.
For the voters of Alamo to decide on becoming an incorporated city, with all that this means in the way of building a city government and infrastructure, we should not be misled by pure speculation and personal opinions. Using these tactics to try and "scare up" the vote is disingenuous and has no place in the debate.
The facts are, Alamo currently suffers no ills from being unincorporated, we enjoy a stellar reputation as a desirable place to live, property values are among the best in the Bay Area, and we have it all without having to support a city government.
There is an old saying about the devil you know vs. the devil you don't; it just could apply to Alamo!
Phil Erickson, Alamo