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Alamo Improvement Association president named citizen of the year

Original post made on Sep 19, 2011

A long-time Alamo resident and community activist was named 2011 citizen of the year by the Alamo Rotary at the Alamo Music & Wine Festival. Roger Smith is the President of the Alamo Improvement Association and ran for Alamo Council in 2009.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, September 16, 2011, 5:16 PM

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Posted by jjjj
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:05 am

PLEASE EXPLAIN IN DETAIL WHAT THIS PERSON HAS DONE TO MAKE ALAMO THIS WONDERFUL PLACE the AIA a group of self appointed police force that tells everyone what they can and can not do..with no authority.. i challenge them to make their books and membership a public record.as for the people naming this person, what does he provide dor all citizens what is his charitable donations to the community? and how many aia members helped make this decision.


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Posted by Preston Taylor
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

Congratulations Roger. Your receipt of this distinction is a fitting tribute to your friend and mentor, John Henderson. He would be proud. It is time that your work and dedication are publicly recognized. Alamo owes you more than thanks and recognition. Your legacy of good community planning is a lasting benefit to all who own homes and property in Alamo. Your work has led the fight to preserve Alamo's exclusive, and still semi-rural, ambiance in the face of powerful and well funded disruptive influences.

@ "jjjj" - From your comments I have to believe that you are genuinely injured in some way. Otherwise, you would not ask what Roger Smith and the AIA have contributed to Alamo (a quick look at local property values proves the point). In questioning Roger's selection you are demeaning Rotary International, every citizen who joins and supports the AIA, and all of Alamo. I hope you are able to reconcile this hurt before you do some real damage.


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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

A message to Don Morton and the Alamo Rotary

Dear Don,

Thank you and the Rotary for recognizing Roger for his exceptional delivery of an independent voice for Alamo Region's majority with governments and districts impacting our neighborhoods and community. It has been the role of the AIA to speak for its direct and representative membership and >8200 voters in Alamo 94507 with federal, state, county, city and district governments. Roger accepted his election as part of the AIA board and officers by a majority in Alamo with broad intent to serve all residents and all political viewpoints. During decades of exceptional volunteer service, our neighborhoods, community and region have been well represented against the selfish political interests of Contra Costa political interests in the Alamo region by Roger and the AIA board. No county board, council, committee, commission or representative has provided the positive care and consideration for our Alamo region delivered continuously by the Alamo Improvement Association.

Excellent choice broadly applauded,

Harald A. Bailey


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Posted by jjjj
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 26, 2011 at 9:26 am

two old fools one who left town in the night for tex, okla or somewhere and the other old fool still hiding somewhere in alamo under one of his assumed names


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Posted by CDSI Research Fellowship
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2011 at 9:12 am

Dear Editor,

It must be bewildering for your readers to try to understand the poor grammar and commentary of the "Bluejays" as pseudonyms, jjjj, jjjr, and jjj. In loaded questions and foolish insults, Bluejays simply provide unexplained challenges to the purpose of the Alamo Improvement Association ("AIA"), its direct and representative membership, and the neighborhood, business district and community groups that support the AIA.

The purpose of your story and the commentary by Preston Taylor and myself was to appreciate recognition of Roger Smith by Alamo Rotary members and to explain in general terms why Roger deserved such recognition. What Bluejays' challenge leaves is invitation to detail the accomplishments of the AIA Board, Committees and Town Hall gatherings for residents. That is a job for you and other editors as journalists and should be a very newsworthy presentation of the history and the present-day performance to community will and interests. You will discover a history of planning agendas that protected Alamo from zoning variations and violations, traffic impact on our roads and lanes, build-out of our ridgeline with "monster boxes," and zoning violations in our business district. Little more than a visit to the home page of www.alamoca.org will illustrate the definition of such actions on behalf of our residents' will and interests.

Bluejays continues a mistaken concept that the AIA is a minority of homeowners in an organization without authority to act independently for Alamo regional residents' will and interests. The opposite is true. As an independent community action association representing >8400 Alamo 94507 voters, as a majority of Alamo voters, through direct and representative membership, the AIA is an aggregation of neighborhood, business district and community groups in our region. With new by-laws and committees, and outreach into our region's neighborhoods beyond Alamo 94507 homeowners, the AIA provides expert focus on planning, transportation, public safety, parks and environment, infrastructure and economic development. Most importantly, each committee has established relationships with the highest levels of governments that impact our Alamo region.

In a 50+ years history of the AIA, we have had supervisors that favored development against the will and interests of Alamo region residents. We have had a progression of county-created committees and councils that attempted to restrict the voices of Alamo residents and support the self-serving actions of supervisors and county departments. In our defense, we had the AIA and its expert volunteers that actively challenged governments' actions detrimental to Alamo neighborhoods, business district and the overall community.

AS a journalist that fully knows the identity and contact information for Bluejays, I would suggest that you challenge Bluejays to detail examples of his/her complaints against the AIA and allow the AIA to confirm and/or explain their actions in such examples. It is, after all, your story to tell.

As a CDSI Research courtesy,

Harald A. Bailey


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Posted by bluejay
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2011 at 11:03 am

AS A BLUEJAY MIGHT I SUGGEST YOU STATE TO ME AND OTHER BLUEJAYS HOW YOU HAVE A MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 8,000 AND SITE TO ME AND OTHER BLUEJAYS THE AUTHORIZATION FROM THE COUNTY OR OTHER GOVERNMENT TO ACT ON BEHALF OF ALL 8,000 AS WELL AS SURROUNDING NEIGHBORHOODS OF WHICH I AM ONE THANK YOU


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Posted by CDSI Research Fellowship
a resident of another community
on Sep 27, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Dear Editors,

The answers to Bluejays' questions are as follows:

1. Among the direct membership of the AIA are representatives of neighborhood, business district and community groups that have volunteered to support AIA committee actions on behalf of A) 8254 voters as participants in Alamo neighborhood groups, B) 346 participants in business district corporations, companies and investor groups, and C) 493 participants in Alamo region community groups.

2. AS a US Constitution right of assembly, such participants can come together through direct and representative membership in the AIA and pursue an independent voice with all governments impacting Alamo including Contra Costa County.

3. AS a result of such direct and representative support of the AIA Board and Committees, the AIA maintains significant relationships with the highest level of governments impacting the Alamo region.

4. For clarity, Contra Costa County does not authorize or have the right to restrict assembly and independent representation by any and all civic associations or does it offer authority to its advisory agencies to pursue interactive discussions in consideration and mitigation of community interests with regional residents. Any and all advisory councils, commissions, committees, boards and taskforces are volunteers in support of CCC-BOS and have no representative role for residents within their assigned communities or regions.

5. For further information, please contact the AIA via the "contact page" at www.alamoca.org.

6. Please note that I am not a member of the AIA or is anyone in my residences and we rely on our neighborhood representative, as a member of the AIA, to present our will and interests.

As a CDSI Research Fellowship courtesy is support of your story development,

Harald A. Bailey


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