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Danville Express

Perspective - August 21, 2009

A MAC for Alamo

No one is surprised that unincorporated Alamo is about to get a Municipal Advisory Council. County District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho has been talking about a MAC in Alamo for at least five years, and steadily has been working to make all of the unincorporated areas in her jurisdiction uniform in this regard. She suspended her MAC plans for Alamo during the incorporation election but when that vote failed it was natural that she would again address the best way to govern Alamo. Although only seven residents appointed by Piepho will serve on the MAC, the meetings will be open to everyone and we encourage participation.

The MAC members will act in a purely advisory role as did the committees of the county service areas that were rolled into the MAC when it was approved. Nonetheless these committees did accomplish things for the community. The most visible achievement of the Parks and Recreation Committee was the summer concerts held at Livorna Park. It was the members of R7A, also, who pushed for the development and dedication of the Andrew H. Young Park while friends of the late Mr. Young were still alive. The Zone 36 Alamo Beautification Committee monitored lighting and landscaping in Alamo.

No matter what committees are disbanded, we trust that the Alamo Improvement Association will continue to work toward the goal its name implies. AIA membership is open to any Alamo resident who wants to join. Although its members are neither elected nor appointed they work hard at keeping the semi-rural nature of Alamo intact, going to regional planning meetings and studying reports and records that might impact the community. AIA has committees to monitor planning, transportation, zoning, and the environment such as parks, creeks and open space. They must be given credit for keeping more fast food establishments out of Alamo and for keeping an eye on efforts to accommodate overflow I-680 traffic on Danville Boulevard.

The AIA board sees the importance of having a liaison with Supervisor Piepho's office to address Alamo issues cropping up at the county level. It looks like the MAC meetings will be the venue to do this. MAC meetings will be held twice a month and are scheduled to begin in October, at the same time the San Ramon Regional Planning Commission is allowed to sunset. Supervisor Piepho planned the MAC to streamline the governance of Alamo.

Participation by residents is key to having their voices heard.

Comments

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of Alamo
on Aug 21, 2009 at 7:32 am

Dear Dolores,

REF from "A MAC for Alamo"

"No matter what committees are disbanded, we trust that the Alamo Improvement Association will continue to work toward the goal its name implies. AIA membership is open to any Alamo resident who wants to join. Although its members are neither elected nor appointed they work hard at keeping the semi-rural nature of Alamo intact, going to regional planning meetings and studying reports and records that might impact the community. AIA has committees to monitor planning, transportation, zoning, and the environment such as parks, creeks and open space. They must be given credit for keeping more fast food establishments out of Alamo and for keeping an eye on efforts to accommodate overflow I-680 traffic on Danville Boulevard."

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1. AIA membership is open to all individuals interested in Alamo CA and is not limited to 94507.
2. AIA Board is elected by its members including neighborhood reps, as AIA members, acting on behalf of their neighborhoods as majority in Alamo.
3. AIA has the skill and manpower unavailable to a MAC to be an expert, thorough, and INDEPENDENT planning committee.
4. AIA will be given an impossible 3 minutes for each board member to address the in-depth planning considerations to the MAC members.
5. AIA planning committee Is restricted from any committee membership within the MAC.


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Further REF from "A MAC for Alamo"

"The AIA board sees the importance of having a liaison with Supervisor Piepho's office to address Alamo issues cropping up at the county level. It looks like the MAC meetings will be the venue to do this. MAC meetings will be held twice a month and are scheduled to begin in October, at the same time the San Ramon Regional Planning Commission is allowed to sunset. Supervisor Piepho planned the MAC to streamline the governance of Alamo. Participation by residents is key to having their voices heard."

1. CCC-MAC policy eliminated liaison with district 3 and establishes seven gatekeepers, as MAC members, appointed by district 3.
2. CCC-MAC policy, #1, page 7, restricts the public from being members of MAC committees including the AIA board.
3. CCC-MAC policy, #6, page 8, restricts presentation to the MAC to 3 minutes.
4. CCC-MAC policy prescribes no expertise by MAC members to conduct advisory on matters of planning and zoning.
5. CCC-MAC policy prescribes no manner or method of consideration of presentation by the public to the MAC members.
6. CCC-MAC policy, by history in current CCC-MACs, creates an autocracy without consideration of public commentary.


It is quite obvious that this editorial was structured by district 3 for publication in The Danville Weekly. The majority of residents in Alamo, as members of neighborhood groups, would appreciate your editing such district 3 PR for accuracy.

Hal Bailey