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Community leader, is that an oxymoron?

Original post made by Oxymo Ron on Feb 6, 2008

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"As part of our (AIM) ongoing commitment to open communication, we will be holding a roundtable meeting with community leaders on February 27. This meeting is by invitation so we can be sure to have an open discussion with a practical number of participants."

Dear neighbors,

Without discussing incorporation, can any of you define who might be a community leader and the criteria for such designation?


One HAL of a Pal

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Posted by Susan West, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:08 am

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Dear OX,

Community leader is an oxymoron because Alamo is not a community and the majority is not represented by public leadership. Thus, I share your laughter in agreeing that Alamo is only a ZIP Code and our only leader must be the postmaster.

Keep us laughing,

Iron Horse neighborhoods

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Posted by Denise, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 1:25 pm

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Dear OX,

The dictionary answers your question, community leader is an "alamoron" and Alamo does not have any.

ZIP Code: a system used in the U.S. to facilitate the delivery of mail, consisting of a five- or nine-digit code printed directly after the address, the first five digits (initial code) indicating the state and post office or postal zone, the last four (expanded code) the box section or number, portion of a rural route, building, or other specific delivery location.

Community: a social group of any size whose members reside in a specific locality, share government, and often have a common cultural and historical heritage.

Community Leader: A socially and/or politically prominent and respected member of a community.

Iron Horse Neighbors

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Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 6, 2008 at 4:53 pm

Maybe if you have to ask what one is, you ain't one.

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:01 pm

Dear neighbors,

Alamo region has many, many leaders in associations, groups, committees and neighborhoods. We are not a community because we have diverse interests and purposes. But, for a moment, let us consider what it takes to be a community and who might step forward to be leaders in service to our collection of neighborhoods, associations, groups and committees.

A community, as Denise defined, has a common culture. At some level, it is likely we have common interests that could create some sense of community. More importantly, we have people who have contributed their time for years, without reward, that likely would recognize that neighborhoods, associations, groups and committees could put forth their representatives in some effort to define leadership and not dictatorial command.

It is easy to think of Diane Barley, Karen McPherson, Joan Buchanan, Roger Smith and several more that understand leadership as consensus. It is more easily understood that many more wish for consensus but lack the trust to enjoy the diversity of our region. It is too simple to say that diversity is our strength and quite politically it is not.

For a moment in time, from now until February 27, we have one chance to seek community among diversity. Will we make that choice of outreach or stay diverse in our perspective?


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Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Feb 6, 2008 at 5:07 pm

And now for something completely different...

Dear Alamo Ron,

Every day without an oxymoron is a day without sunshine.

Rightfully, and cleverly noted, Alamo is not a community and is more an oxymoron based on its diversity.

You rang a bell among diversity with your clever, simple oxymoron. Only the diversity of Alamo, together, can eliminate such a self-cancelling observation.

Applause, Pal,


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Susan West, a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2008 at 11:27 am

Posted at the author's request

Dear neighbors,

In researching various publications by Alamo region associations, councils, groups, committees, and clubs, we found a repeated definition of the Alamo Community to mean the members of those organizations and Community Leadership to mean the elected officers and boards of such organizations. As approximately 1400 individual leaders, participants, and supporters, these organizations consider themselves to be the Alamo Community.

More importantly, factions within such organizations are not considered part of the Alamo Community because they are part of opposition to incorporation or various projects supported by the Alamo Community. Quite interestingly, being a resident of Alamo is not required to be part of the Alamo Community and all that is required is such residents from nearby cities support the defined goals of the Alamo Community.

Mystery solved,

Susan West
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Feb 7, 2008 at 8:17 pm

A handful, as a minority in the Alamo region, wish to pretend to be a community and its leadership. I want to pretend to be the Easter Bunny.

Oh, PUNish me!


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Kathleen Wyatt, a resident of another community
on Feb 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

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Any community can have a minority of leaders and volunteers as consensus builders among all residents. A community is formed when a majority of residents identify with such consensus and form in-common interests.

AS we discuss Alamo California, we realize that a community has existed among a minority in only a segment of Alamo's region and the discussion of incorporation has exposed lack of consensus among region neighbors. Those who are leaders among the minority in pursuit of consensus, seldom stay leaders once consensus and community are created. As a result, the minority pursuing formation of their vision of a community and its boundaries appear to have withdrawn within themselves behind their leaders.

Without consensus, a community is not built and leaders have little to lead.

Kathleen Wyatt
Kalamazoo Valley Community College
Alamo Township Michigan

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Posted by Beth Rauch, a resident of another community
on Feb 11, 2008 at 12:10 pm

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Just curious, neighbors,

Does anyone know the agenda to be discussed by the undefined "community leaders" on February 27? If the agenda contains discussions of the Contra Costa LAFCo process by AIM, as a campaign group, various campaign laws require the agenda and discussions to be documented publicly.

As notice to any neighbor that is invited to attend, a neighbor must attend as a individual and not as representative or leader of any neighborhood group so that all neighbors can continue their privacy and confidentiality. As an individual, any neighbor is completely free to discuss the issues and interests of incorporation as their own opinion, positions, and advisories.

Also, please respect neighbors' privacy and confidentiality by not disclosing any neighborhood relationships or activities.


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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2008 at 9:57 am

A response posted to BETH and the Iron Horse neighbors

Dear Beth,

In conversations with neighbors participating in various organizations in Alamo, the intent of the February 27 meeting is to bring together the board and officers of AIA, AMPA, SRV YMCA, Rotary, county advisory committees, SRVUSD and similar groups to review the LAFCo incorporation application process and to create broader leadership in the campaign for incorporation.

The question in this forum exchange asked what is a community leader within the Diablo Vista Region and specifically within the selected boundaries of a proposed town (city) of Alamo? We do not have that answer and we are unable to define such leadership in the Diablo Vista region.

In other postings, we concluded that we are not a community and our region remains a collection of neighborhoods. Are there further comments on how community might be achieved and leadership developed for all our neighbors?


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