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The Town of Danville: Alamo's viewpoint

Original post made by Kathy Bell on Apr 17, 2008

Posted by request of Iron Horse neighbors

Dear neighbors,

The Town of Danville conducting armed actions by Danville Police in Diablo Vista (Alamo) neighborhoods has become a well-discussed issue in many e-exchanges. Only a remnant of a past Alamo culture has any linkage with the Town of Danville or considered Danville to be a cultural center for our neighborhoods. Thus, to provide The Danville Weekly readership with a majority viewpoint from our region, we offer the following:

#1 - The Town of Danville is not a model for any government formation by a majority of residents in our region. In our viewpoint, Danville Government is out of touch with its neighborhoods and is our example for opposing the Alamo Incorporation Movement's incorporation proposal.

#2 - The Town of Danville is not our economic center for retail, commercial, professional and hospitality services and Walnut Creek is that obvious center. Our Alamo Plaza has more Danville shoppers than Danville has Alamo shoppers.

#3 - The Town of Danville lost our neighborhoods' interest when the goverment unilaterally refused to continue access to the SRV YMCA new construction just behind current facilities in Hap Magee Park. Now, as further unilateral action, the same park will be used for equestrian staging and the environmental hazards and odors accompanying such usage.

#4 - The Town of Danville lost further interest from our neighborhoods as part of a unilateral action by SRVUSD to build a parking lot and an expanded roadway at MVHS. Stone Valley Road expansion has invited a commute corridor to be created in our neighborhoods.

Diablo Vista (Alamo) neighborhoods, including neighborhoods currently within Danville borders do not appreciate the actions of the Town of Danville and their Police. We can hope that Mayor Andersen, with her exceptional outreach, will bring a remedy to the Town of Danville's issues in Alamo.

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista (Alamo) region

Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges

Comments (6)

Posted by Giselle, a resident of Danville
on Apr 17, 2008 at 9:24 am

Why would you want the Town of Danville to remedy its issues in Alamo, if Alamo doesn't want the Town of Danville's "armed actions" in Alamo?!


Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2008 at 10:06 am

Dear neighbors,

I have been out-OX'd by the oxymoron Giselle posted. In clarification the first remedy is elimination of actions by Danville Police in Alamo and especially armed actions. Thus, in courtesy to Giselle and invitation for her further questions, I can only imagine that Danville residents have a similar, growing separation from Alamo.

Is that the reality?

Many thanks and best wishes to Giselle for posting her comments,

OX

One HAL of a Pal


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Apr 17, 2008 at 1:39 pm

Dear neighbors,

Mayor Andersen responded with appropriate concern and exceptional outreach just now. Her message shall be confidential but I want all Diablo Vista region neighbors to understand her timely response and focused concern for the safety of our neighbors.

Mayor Andersen invites your concerns and commentary, candersen@ci.danville.ca.us.

Hal Bailey
CDSI Research Fellowship


Posted by Alamo Al, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 18, 2008 at 11:53 am

As a long time Alamo resident, Kathy Bell's comments regarding the Danville Police conducting "Armed Actions" in our neighborhoods caused me to think a little. If the "Town of Alamo" is created by incorporation, who will be our police? I believe that Danville contracts with the Sheriffs office for their police services. Will we too use the Sheriffs department? Could we hire our own police force? Are there any other agencies (CHP, Walnut Creek etc) we could look to for service? What other governmemnt services could we contract for (city attorney,maintinence etc). Is anyone at AIM looking into these issues?


Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on Apr 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm

Dear Alamo AL and neighbors,

Incorporation of a city (town) of Alamo is quite unlikely based on the current incorporation proposal by AIM in application to LAFCo. Less than a third of residents within the AIM boundaries support or will consider supporting such incorporation as proposed.

You should post your question to www.alamoinc.org, "questions or comments" and expect Mr. Steve Mick to provide you an answer from AIM committee members.

In general, our region currently has sheriff services per our County P-2B and P-5 districts. We also have Highway Patrol services on our major roads and as back-up in our neighborhoods. If our region became a city, then our government, via our Police Chief could a) continue to contract with the CCC Sheriff, b) contract with the City of San Ramon or some other independent police force, or c) establish our own police force.

Certainly, since Alamo's majority of residents has a strong linkage to Walnut Creek shopping, commercial services and hospitality, we should expect our city government to form stronger bonds with the City of Walnut Creek including possible police services.

Excellent questions much appreciated,

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region

Posted at the request of the author


Posted by Steve Mick, a resident of Alamo
on Apr 28, 2008 at 7:22 am

In response to Alamo Al,

The AIM Committee continues to discuss and research the issues that the future Town of Alamo Council will need to address. One of the more important ones is police protection. The Initial Fiscal Analysis (IFA), available on the Town of Alamo website, goes into detail regarding police services. Please refer to page 16 of the IFA.

Initially, police services could be provided by the County Sheriff Department under contract. Other local law enforcement jurisdictions may also be interested in providing contract police services.

Thanks for your interest.

Regards,
Steve Mick


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