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Keeping the FORUM lively!

Original post made by Hal Bailey on Nov 11, 2008

Dear Dolores,

Many voters throughout and beyond our region, as readers of your on-line and print paper, have been searching for subjects for FORUM discussion. Danielle, an Iron Horse neighbor in south Danville, suggested that community, infrastructure, economic development and environmental usage are still key subjects. She further suggested that economic development is critical to our region as we slide downward into the nation's recession.

That sparked Iron Horse corridor neighbors from Sunol to Concord to agree with gusto! "What will holiday shopping be for our region?" "How will our major employers cope with employment?" What about city budgets and shortfalls in revenue?" "How do we re-invent our economy after the housing bubble burst?"

The reality is subjects are personal concerns among a majority and many very savvy neighbors have real ideas to move us forward. "We are just between Lawrence Berkeley Labs and Livermore National Laboratories so we have the technology to grow a new economy."

You are an exceptional journalist trying to lead a struggling publisher into media dominance and revenue, right? There is no one better. Tell the story and feature the future advertisers in stories that will build our tomorrow.

Houses are homes and our technology/commercial development is our real future.

I applaud you,

Hal

Comments (25)

Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 11, 2008 at 10:57 pm

Hi Editor,

Hal said, "That sparked Iron Horse corridor
neighbors from Sunol to Concord to agree with gusto!"


Who, may I ask, is Gusto?



Posted by Gusto, a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 11:04 am

Dear Tive and Dolores,

Here is Sunol, Gusto is a human reaction that illustrates a zest for life and all things lively. We take our considerations seriously and celebrate opinions by all. It is Gusto that makes us human.

To ask "Who is Gusto?" is to answer your own question because if unknown it likely cannot be explained. WE who have Gusto wish to share it. It is learned through enthusiasm and sharing of life and thoughts. It is lost by any restriction of consideration.

As I see it, Alamo has Gusto in its lively discussions among its neighborhoods. Ask a neighbor, Tive, and you will likely hear "I am Gusto!"

Are you Gusto?

Gus


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Hi editor,

Ooops. Sorry for the malapropism. I was thinking of "Gus Goose", the Disney character. I got confused with "Gusto", a zest for life.

BTW, "Zest" is a soap and "Life" is a cereal.


Posted by Alamo Tom, a resident of another community
on Nov 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm

Actually, Dolores, soaps are serial dramas that have much in-common with the Alamo community culture. Journalism and interactive commentary is not a function of soap operas or other melodramas.

The lively discussion that is our focus of life's gusto is the long-term reality of our economy and its impact on our communities. Imagine the possibilities of an economy far beyond sprawl and bedroom communities that are becoming more vacant as we slide deeply into recession.

That is our focus and celebration with GUSTO,

Tom


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 13, 2008 at 7:49 am

Hi Editor,

Ah, now I get it. Tom writes "Gusto" in all capitals: "GUSTO" which makes it an acronym. But what does the acronym stand for?

My guess is Great Unwashed Story Telling Orator.

But that's just a guess...


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 13, 2008 at 8:08 am

Dear Dolores,

Let us return to our focus on lively participation in your FORUM and the key subjects impacting our immediate and long-term future in your readership area. Let's list issues and invite readers' responses, comments and ideas:

First, Economic Development must change our job base from a constant building of an over-supply of large-scale homes and diversify our skill-based job opportunities among technology, institutional and clean industry business growth. What are those businesses? Where should they be? How should they be supported during relocation or start-up?

Second, Community must change to a regional focus from current neighborhood focus and our governments must be more receptive to regional considerations by residents. What is our region and how do our neighborhoods fit together in regional consideration of issues? How do we establish a regional sense of community?

Third, Infrastructure as roads, transportation, WATER, utilities, communications, and sewer/drainage services are behind in serving the demands of our region and its neighborhoods. How do we wish to manage traffic, public transportation, water availability, enhanced utilities and communications, and sewer/drainage/reclaim services?

Fourth, Environmental usage cannot continue to be the sprawl of monster boxes that scar our skyline, ridgelines, and open spaces. What combination of open space, residential, and industry do we combine in our region? What is the role of high-density housing in our regional community? How do we blend industry, residential neighborhoods, business/retail centers and recreational open-space?

Comments?

Hal Bailey


Posted by The Last Word, a resident of Danville
on Nov 13, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I say politics, religion, religious politics and political religions. And death. Taxes. And death taxes. Tax exemptions. And death exemptions. And to tie it all together, the death of religious tax exemptions.

That oughtta keep us busy for a while.


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 13, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Hello Editor,

Well those are noble topics for a "lively" forum. However, in my humble opinion no one wants to talk about such weighty issues. They want to talk about "zesty" issues.

Let's hear some topics with zest!


Posted by Emo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:34 pm

Hi Editor,

I kind of have to apologize for my younger brother, Tive. He once got caught stealing a box of Life cereal and had his mouth washed out with Zest soap. Ever since that time, he's been a little obsessed with things "zesty."

I'll speak to him about his recent posting...

Emo


Posted by Alamo Tom Foolery, a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2008 at 7:17 am

Dear Editor,

When all has been said, some will still say it. When all has been done, it simply remains undone. Ah, autocracy inaction is a wonder in its lullaby that sings of leaving our issues to those in charge.

And what do we earn is such surrender? The creation of the issues that our neighbors are discussing. Governments, especially local governments, are known for issues created as a result of preserving power and growing the will of government in the absence of the people they are sworn to serve.

So when neighbors join together in discussion, to government it is political disobedience. When neighbors resolve their future through actions determined in discussion, to government it is violation of their authority.

We, as neighbors, still wait to see if someone has something to say.

Tom


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2008 at 12:15 pm

Reconfirming FORUM subject, Dolores,

Many voters throughout and beyond our region, as readers of your on-line and print paper, have been searching for subjects for FORUM discussion. Community, infrastructure, economic development and environmental usage are still key subjects. Economic development is critical to our region as we slide downward into the nation's recession.

Iron Horse corridor neighbors ask, "What will holiday shopping be for our region? How will our major employers cope with employment? What about city budgets and shortfalls in revenue? How do we re-invent our economy after the housing bubble burst?" These subjects are personal concerns among a majority and many neighbors have real ideas to move us forward.

You are an exceptional journalist! There is no one better. Help your FORUM participants tell the story that will build our tomorrow. Our technology/commercial/clean industry development is our real future.

Once again,

Hal







Hal



Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm

Hello Editor,

My older brother, Elec Tive, once showed me a computer program that he swore would increase anyone's grade on a term paper by at least one point. You merely entered a bunch of buzz words and phrases from your particular discipline. When you needed a properly erudite and convoluted sentence, you merely ran the program and it would list columns of the entered words and phrases. All you had to do was to pick one from column A, one from column B, and so forth. You get the idea.

Here's some examples:

economic development
environmental usage
shortfalls in revenue
the nation's recession
major employers cope with employment
the housing bubble burst


Can easily be re-arranged:

environmental development
shortfalls in housing
the nation's recession bubble
economic recession
major employers cope with environmental shortfalls


Note that none of this has to make sense, it just has LOOK LIKE it makes sense. Easy, huh?


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 14, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Reconfirming FORUM subject, Dolores,

Many voters throughout and beyond our region, as readers of your on-line and print paper, have been searching for subjects for FORUM discussion. Community, infrastructure, economic development and environmental usage are still key subjects. Economic development is critical to our region as we slide downward into the nation's recession.

Iron Horse corridor neighbors ask, "What will holiday shopping be for our region? How will our major employers cope with employment? What about city budgets and shortfalls in revenue? How do we re-invent our economy after the housing bubble burst?" These subjects are personal concerns among a majority and many neighbors have real ideas to move us forward.

You are an exceptional journalist! There is no one better. Help your FORUM participants tell the story that will build our tomorrow. Our technology/commercial/clean industry development is our real future.

Once again,

Hal


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 14, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Hi Editor,

It turns out that there are a number of gibberish generators on-line. Let's see what happens when we run the above text through one of them:


"How do we re-invent our region as we slide downward into the nation's recession. Community, infrastructure, economic development and shortfalls in revenue? How do we re-invent our economic development and many neighbors have real ideas to move us for subjects for subjects for subjects forward. Many voters throughout and print paper, have been searching for our region as we slide downward into the housing be for FORUM discussion. Community, infrastructure, economy after the housing be for subjects."


Not really much of a difference, is there? That's because there is no ZEST in the original. We need topics with more zest to keep a lively forum. Any suggestions?


Posted by George, a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2008 at 7:25 am

Say goodnight, Gracie.

Goodnight Gracie.

(Cue the snare drum)

George


Posted by Diablo Vista region neighborhoods, a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Dear Editor and neighbors,

Thank you so very much to all for contributing your thoughts and positions on critical issues in our Iron Horse corridor. On this lovely day, we met as a committee to incorporate all your positions into a statement to our e-exchanges.

Please expect your neighborhoods' representatives to provide copies of the contributions so many provided and the support polling all our neighbors provided.

Grace, North Iron Horse neighborhoods
Iron Horse Corridor neighbors
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods


Posted by Jim Westlin, a resident of Walnut Creek
on Nov 15, 2008 at 4:49 pm

This was received by the Iron Horse neighbors:

Dear neighbors,

As my neighbors and I read the Danville Weekly, we see many differences between our lively community of Walnut Creek and those communities to our south. The one thing we have in common is the Iron Horse Trail and how many people we meet on the trail. It seems the trail brings out the neighborly nature of many and conversations that you do not find elsewhere.

I have been walking south through Alamo and Danville recently and found many more conversations on all the issues you have suggested. We are a dynamic area and what we discover along the trail should be more conversations in our neighborhoods, in our communities and throughout our region.

Thank you for encouraging discussions,

Jim Westlin
Walnut Creek


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 16, 2008 at 7:28 am

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for taking time to read The Danville Weekly, consider the important issues of community, infrastructure, economic development and environment usage, and commit to support of this important weekly newspaper in our region.

Among the neighborhoods in the Iron Horse corridor the discussions addressed the diversity of viewpoint on issues in the Tri-Valley, Diablo Vista Region and the Diablo Valley. Among diversity you found common purpose and points of view.

Let's keep The Danville Weekly a lively part of our discussions.

Hal Bailey
CDSI Research Fellowship


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

At last, something with zest...


Posted by Courtney Wells, a resident of another community
on Nov 17, 2008 at 7:22 am

Dear Editor,

In this lively discussion, we have to ask, "Is Zest related to Gusto? and where is Sunol?"

An out-of-town visitor to your website,

Court, in Alamo GA
All things Alamo & Pop(u)lar


Posted by Alamo Tive, a resident of Alamo
on Nov 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm



Your comment is a bit cryptic. Do you mean, "Who is Sunol?"



Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 8:42 am

Dear Dolores, Editor,

Many among All things Alamo & Pop(u)lar e-chains read your paper to continue their entertaining interest in Alamo CA and its region. Such residents of towns named Alamo and Poplar throughout North America have followed the activities within Alamo via your pages and have now developed interest in our overall region.

Thus, when Courtney asked, "Where is Sunol" she was looking on-line at a map of our region and could not find Sunol which is far to our south and at the end of the Iron Horse Trail.

AS the various e-chains arrive asking questions about your stories and FORUM postings, I provide background and maps with each answer. AS a result, I receive comments that are worth posting for local review that may be interesting viewpoints to your readers.

Alamo GA, IN, NM, NV, TN and TX are small towns with unique cultures and considerations. Alamo NM, like Poplar MT, is on a North American native reservation and often their questions focus on how our neighborhoods are more tribal in approach than typical USAmerican cities. Alamo TX, on the border with Mexico and Hispanic in culture, is an incorporated city (1925) of similar size to Alamo CA and e-chain participants enjoy the incorporation process being pursued for Alamo CA.

The liveliness of the Town(e) Square Forum is served by the readership throughout North America and the commentary that comes from diverse points of view.

Keep it lively,

Hal


Posted by Karen Sexton, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 5:11 pm

OK, Hal, in lively debate, if Danville can have public WIFI, why can our region have covered drainage, underground utilities, street lighting and public WIFI. Why can't we even complete the sewer system? This semi-rural nonsense has gone on far too long.

Karen Sexton
from Diablo Vista region neighborhoods e-exchange


Posted by Karen Sexton, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Correction: CAN'T

OK, Hal, in lively debate, if Danville can't have public WIFI, why can our region have covered drainage, underground utilities, street lighting and public WIFI. Why can't we even complete the sewer system? This semi-rural nonsense has gone on far too long.

Karen Sexton
from Diablo Vista region neighborhoods e-exchange


Posted by Karen Sexton, a resident of another community
on Nov 19, 2008 at 5:14 pm

Correction: CAN'T, try again.

OK, Hal, in lively debate, if Danville can have public WIFI, why can't our region have covered drainage, underground utilities, street lighting and public WIFI. Why can't we even complete the sewer system? This semi-rural nonsense has gone on far too long.

Karen Sexton
from Diablo Vista region neighborhoods e-exchange


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