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Alamo committees face uncertain future

Original post made on Aug 17, 2009

Members of the Alamo Community Council met Thursday, one of their final meetings now that the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has approved the creation of a Municipal Advisory Council. The MAC was a prime topic of conversation, as members discussed its affect on Alamo and the future of the ACC itself.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, August 16, 2009, 6:03 PM

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Posted by Don't worry...
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

Not to worry, the County will take care of you. You can trust them.

By the way, I think you will find that the new rules devised by Supervisor Piepho last year allow the MAC to avoid the Brown Act open meeting requirements.

You will see how much the County cares when Supervisor Piepho names her (I mean "your") MAC Directors.


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Posted by S
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm

While I don't necessarily like the idea of a MAC anything is better than the illegal Alamo Improvement Association that only represents a small minority of the Alamo resident.


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2009 at 4:33 pm

Dear Dolores,

Let's build a fire under the commentary and invite all the pseudonyms to comment.

#1 - There is nothing illegal about a community having a private advocacy group such as the AIA. In addition, the majority of neighborhoods, as >8000 participating voters in 94507, have their neighborhood reps as members of the AIA. Thus, the AIA is not minority representation in 94507 and our region. NOTE: Mary Piepho has an 8% approval rating in 94507 and our region; now that's minority representation!!

#2 - There is little chance that seven district 3 volunteer staff members, as the appointed MAC, can perform all the in-depth planning and community services of the AIA, R-7A, Z-36 and the Roads committee. Specifically, there is restrictions on any formal participation in MAC committees except by district 3 employed and volunteer staff. Seven volunteers are not going to be able to performed the work load of more than 30 AIA and advisory committee members.

#3 - The Alamo Community Counsel was a failure from the time it attempted to replace that leadership of Karen McPherson and open participation of the Alamo Area Council. It's value is as a predictor of a dead-on-arrival MAC in 94507 that will lack community and neighborhood groups' recognition, support and participation. Clearly, the majority in 94507 want no relationship with district 3 so why would anyone believe that a majority would support seven district 3 volunteer staffers?

Here I am!

Hal Bailey


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Posted by Bob
a resident of another community
on Aug 17, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Don't let a few Discovery Bay kooks change the debate. Mary Piepho will put control of the MAC into seven people that she trusts. She is smart enough to have re-written the rules governing the MACs and you can bet she knows what she is doing.

When her Chief of Staff says that the Supervisor expects the meeting to be open for volunteers' participation she means it. Everyone will have a chance for 3 minutes of public input which will be considered by the appointed MAC before they render decisions and advice to the BOS.

That may concern a small group in your community, but who elected those people. The fact is that Mary Piepho has been elected and until she is replaced she has every right to control the local voices. Get over it and don't waste your time listening to the DB misfits.


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Posted by RandyB
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Yo Bob. I live in Alamo and I couldn't agree more with the folks you call, "Discovery Bay kooks" (hear that Scott). I realize Dictator Piepho is just carrying out the plans she had when she took over the office. It's our job to stop her. She is doing the exact thing here she did in Discovery Bay, where many, if not most, people object to her autocratic ways. Discovery Bay has the same problem we have, big district, little voice. Dictator Piepho is very careful about where she throws her weight. She is a climber and wants higher office, (like her father). Just watch and see how carefully scripted her moves are. There will, be no dissent.

Funny we don't hear from those "keep Alamo like it is" scared of their own shadow, folk any more. Who will be the first come forward and admit they made a mistake? Are things bad enough for you yet? Will it be bad enough when Dictator Piepho appoints her mini-me's to the MAC? I can assure you that there won't be 1 degree of separation between her view and the MAC's view. If there is, there will sudden, but tragic open seat(s), "thank you very much for your service, and the community would like to thank you for your hard work and I do understand you want to spend more time with your family".

Wake up folks, before it's to late. This would especially mean you "keep Alamo exactly how it is" people. "If you don't, it won't"

Randy of Alamo


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Posted by Jake
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 18, 2009 at 9:01 pm

Alamoans had an opportunity to take control of their own destiny and failed. That has provided the leverage behind the push for MAC and the elimination of the SRVRPC. There is little can be done now but to accept the fact that it has happened. Alamo residents, regardless of their sentiments about the Supervisor should apply to serve on the MAC. Those not selected should continue their influence by attending hearings, MAC meetings, County meetings, etc. The voice of the people will be heard. Should MAC fail to adequately reprsent Alamo's interests be prepared to turn up the heat till corrections are made. While recognizing what happened, we don't have to accept a failed out come.


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Posted by Guy Sallens
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 19, 2009 at 10:18 pm

Whiney Alamo.

Dear "Alamo":

You want taxpayers of CoCo County to pay for your silliness, for us to act as if your little area amount to something. Grow up.

No incorporation as a city, well, you are just another part of a large and highly populated URBAN county.

Good luck.


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