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Perspective - June 26, 2009

Letters to the editor

No MAC for Alamo

Dear Editor:

A MAC is being presented to us in Alamo as the answer to all problems when it is another layer of government. We voted and won two-thirds against incorporation and do not want a MAC. This will NOT BE VOTED ON and will be settled in a few weeks at a meeting. Seven people will be picked by Supervisor Mary N. Piepho. We do not have a say in who is asked to perform this job.

Please call Supervisor Piepho's office, 820-8683, and tell her we do not want a MAC.

Thank you.

Mrs. S.C. Thompson

Alamo

Change coming despite Alamo No vote

Dear Editor:

It started in early 2005 when our supervisor drafted an Alamo MAC or Municipal Advisory Committee. Soon, however, incorporation efforts began and MAC plans went dormant. Incorporation efforts failed though; Alamo residents voted for no changes, no new "layer of government." Did opponents realize change was coming - with or without incorporation?

The county is not wild about providing services for the Alamo outback. They are ill equipped to do it and it is cumbersome to them.

By instituting a MAC, the county can excuse itself from countless Alamo committee meetings and interacting with disgruntled residents. Let the MAC do it. Let the MAC be the liaison and make it easy on the county. The people get a straw court, the county has less work, and in the end, the supervisor does whatever he or she pleases. A MAC has no power except advisory and no funding except through the supervisor. The supervisor can accept or veto recommendations at will.

MAC rules dictate that the supervisor assumes sole responsibility for appointing a seven-member Alamo Board. Residents don't vote. Boards can terminate with the supervisor's tenure - so much for continuity.

An Alamo MAC is imminent. Our supervisor wants it and other supervisors generally support each other on jurisdictional issues. Alamo residents rejected controlling our fate by rejecting incorporation, now a MAC is the only venue left. We made our bed and must lie in it. Let's embrace it and make it as comfy as we can.

Change is coming.

Nancy Dommes

Alamo

Hats Off America looking for help

Dear Editor:

Hats Off America is in need of walkers for the 4th of July Parade in Danville to pass out our fliers so we can find people inclined to give so we can bring the Arroyave family closer to financial health after their ultimate sacrifice. Hats Off America seeks parity in compensation for the survivors of soldiers who are dying for our freedom every day with the amounts awarded to the families of the 9/11 victims.

If you can help us or direct us to someone that would like to show their support for Gold Star Families, we would be forever in debt. Call 855-1950 or visit www.hatsoffamerica.us.

Sparky George

Danville

Comments

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Jun 28, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Dear Dolores,

Many thanks to Ms. S.C. Thompson and Ms. Nancy Dommes for their contributions to MAC perspectives. There are many more perspectives, Dolores, and your journalism is well-qualified to present the full considerations of all residents, their neighborhoods and community groups, within the 94507 boundaries of the proposed Alamo MAC.

I am quite sure neighbors will look forward to such writings and TDW's broader view of MAC considerations.

Hal


Posted by Triogenes, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 29, 2009 at 8:51 am

Dear Mrs. Thompson,

Here's the way it works:

Whenever you vote against something, you are also voting for something else. In this case, when you voted AGAINST incorporation you also voted FOR continued Contra Costa County governance of Alamo. A MAC is a natural result of the county governance that you voted for.

You are concerned that you will not have a say in who is selected to be on a MAC, yet you turned down a chance to directly elect an Alamo Town Council.

Curious...


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Many thanks to Triogenes for a post and perspective that made sense. There are many more perspectives, and the journalism is well-qualified to present the full considerations of all residents, their neighborhoods and community groups, within the boundaries of the proposed Alamo MAC.


I am quite sure neighbors will look forward to such writings and Danville Weekly's view of MAC considerations.



Posted by Halamo, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2009 at 3:14 pm

In joyous celebration, Dolores, the TEST worked!!

Dear neighbors, this was a test of the district 3 MAC campaign emergency network. If this had been a real emergency you would have been directed to neighborhoods e-exchanges for important information. Remember, this was only a test!

Cue the DUCK, Dolores!!

Halamo and all the gang down @ODDs, a Saloon for Fools


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2009 at 7:24 pm

Yep the test worked-but not yours. Hal I do know you, better than you know yourself.

So predictable...


Posted by Halamo, a resident of another community
on Jun 29, 2009 at 9:57 pm

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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 30, 2009 at 8:36 am

Dear Dolores,

As you know, I celebrate many individuals in Alamo. Diane Barley, Roger Smith, Karen McPherson, Brad Waite, and many more. One very bright, lively and exceptionally human individual, Nancy Dommes, receives the applause of many neighbors and me for her efforts to meld Alamo into a community. Her efforts for incorporation, R-7A parks and recreation, and community groups have been well-considered and focused on the best result for community emergence among the diverse positions of our residents.

Nancy, in her LTTE, describes reality of a MAC: "By instituting a MAC, the county can excuse itself from countless Alamo committee meetings and interacting with disgruntled residents. Let the MAC do it. Let the MAC be the liaison and make it easy on the county. The people get a straw court, the county has less work, and in the end, the supervisor does whatever he or she pleases. A MAC has no power except advisory and no funding except through the supervisor. The supervisor can accept or veto recommendations at will."

Such a precise view of reality should gain commentary in this forum:

#1 - Does a MAC change any intention, agenda, policy, position or action by district 3? Is it just a volunteer extension of the district 3 staff?

#2 - Does a MAC change our majority's lack of relationship with district 3 or any desire to have a relationship with district 3?

#3 - Anticipating who would be chosen by district 3 to be MAC council members, will the MAC simply be strangers to our neighborhoods? Is there any action a MAC council member could take to gain greater community support?

#4 - In review by CCC-BOS Internal Operations Committee, what changes to CCC-MAC policies could make CCC-MACs more trusted and relational with the communities they serve? And how should our community deliver those policy advisories?

#5 - In State organizations' review current MAC legislative statutes, what further definition would make MACs more a functional part of our communities and regions? Should nominations and removal processes be specified in State legislative statutes? Should our community ask Joan Buchanan for support of changes in MAC legislative statutes so our community can be better served by a MAC?

Let hear everyone's questions and concerns.

Hal Bailey
halbailey@yahoo.com


Posted by Halamo, a resident of another community
on Jun 30, 2009 at 5:19 pm

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Posted by Triogenes, a resident of Alamo
on Jul 1, 2009 at 8:20 am

Very good!

I've come to the conclusion that any Hal-A-Post is excessive and repetitive. Why not just create a short compendium of past Hal-A-Posts and put it as a clickable link on the menu bar. That way folks can read them whenever they want and they won't get in the way of real discussion.

I offer this wonderful suggestion in the spirit of neighborly jocularity from the neighborhoods and e-exchanges (or was that e-chains?)