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Alamo meeting Monday on downtown intersection

Original post made on May 9, 2008

District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho is hosting a meeting in Hap Magee Ranch Park on Monday to hear from residents on recent concerns expressed about possible future improvements to the intersection of Stone Valley Road at Danville Boulevard.

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Comments (10)

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on May 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Thank you Dolores, and thanks to Supervisor Piepho for an open invitation to the Monday meeting.

The issues of the broader regional transportation aggregate's interest in using Alamo as a traffic corridor, and many of the roads throughout the Diablo Vista Region, simply does not match our local interests. The Alamo Business District and the Diablo Vista Region are not a corridor for alternative transportation routing.

Most importantly, Supervisor Piepho is dealing with actions by previous supervisors, including Mark DeSaulnier and Millie Greenbery, in their efforts to simply use Danville Blvd and Stone Valley Road as significant commute corridors. Alamo is an inconveniece to such thinking because our business center is simply in the way of traffic flow.

In the end, our voices will be heard and we will remove all roads in the Alamo Business District and make it a destination and not a thoroughfare.

Simply a lovely thought,


Posted by John Ford, a resident of Alamo
on May 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Last minute notice, and on a Monday at 4:00? It would be nice if people that work could attend, that's if they know it's happening at all. It give the appearance Mary doesn't want anyone there?

Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on May 11, 2008 at 9:38 am

Posted by request of the author

A message to Mr. John Ford and neighbors,

John, you are right. Ms. Piepho did invite a select group to the meeting on Monday, May 11. She would not have made a public invitation if Diablo Vista (Alamo) region neighbors hadn't been given several copies of the private invitations sent and distributed those scanned copies to >7400 region neighbors. Ms. Piepho certainly would not have made a public invitation if neighbors hadn't published the meeting time and purpose in the Town Square Forum.

More importantly, Ms. Peipho would have NEVER extended a public invitation if she wasn't running an uphill re-election campaign. If District 3 voters do re-elect Ms. Piepho, you can expect this to be the LAST PUBLIC INVITATION and a return to a closed-door government for Contra Costa County.

See you at the meeting?

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region

Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges

Posted by informed resident, a resident of another community
on May 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm


What color is the sky in your world?

Posted by CDSI community courtesy, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 7:20 am

From, Alamo Improvement Association:

May 15, 2008, 7:00 PM, at the regular meeting of AIA, attend a presentation by the Contra Costa County Public Works Department.


District 3 County Supervisor Mary Piepo has sent an e-mail to a number of people in the community saying she is hosting a meeting on Monday, May 12th, at 4:00 pm at The Cottage in Hap Magee Ranch Park in Danville, 1029 La Gonda Way to hear from residents on recent concerns expressed about possible future improvements to the intersection of Stone Valley Road at Danville Boulevard. Supervisor Piepho's office told us that the meeting is public and also open to those to whom they did not send the e-mail. We are putting a notice on the AIA website so that all who visit the site can attend the meeting if they wish.

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 7:34 am

Dear neighbors,

I enjoyed the humor of "what color is the sky in your world?"

It took me back to high school and other great put-down lines such as, "speaking as an outsider, what do you think of the human race?" I did enjoy answering that question because I always felt alien to the artificial culture and competition of high school.

Such lines are called "have you stopped beating your wife" lines because they are a statement, without face, about another's character and commentary. The answer remains, "No, I have not stopped beating my wife because I never started."

But that is likely because my sky in my world in always colored in political shades of gray. But the oxymoron is the wisdom of intolerance that lets such questions be asked without face.

Ah, but such clouds of contested point of view should not keep all of us from the entertainment of today's meeting, now should it?


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Krak Potts, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 8:32 am

Posted with a smile for the author

Dear Miss Informed (As Hal would say, "Oh, PUNish me!)

The neighborhoods of the Diablo Vista (Alamo) Region are provided expert distribution of research information by CDSI, municipal law counsel, and many other sources by e-exchange. I especially appreciate the efforts of individuals in governments that provide in-depth expert research references.

It is interesting that a region that has more MBAs and Doctorates than any other part of Contra Costa would be considered ignorant of fact concerning any subject leading to their commentary. Among the thousands that e-exchange each week the flow of validated information with commentary expresses the most pure form of an intelligent democracy.

We should respect commentary by all in this forum and appreciate the willingness to share information and opinion. Our subject should be making Alamo Business District and the surrounding region a destination and not a commute corridor.

But, of course, I am Krak Potts,

Vince, by another name,
visiting Walnut Creek

Posted by Informed resident, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Oh Hal, Oximo, Krak Potts Vince, or whatever name you choose to color yourself as today,

The color of the sky is not what is significant, but you knew that right?
It was merely a tag line to point out the obvious; that opinion posted here is often far from reality. That was clearly the case in Mrs. Bell's commentary. Unless she has any fact to back up that opinion, the color of the sky comment stands as a reminder that this space is reserved for fabricated comments and those of us who wish to point out truths. It makes for good balance.

After all we all witnesed the shock and awe that you promised to deliver at the Christmas tree lighting! Keep up your good sense of humor-it is entertaining to the silent majority!

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on May 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Thanks, Info, for your humor,

We have let humor distract us from a meeting made important by actions and plans of those not part of our region. Whether Vince Kreigher, Hal Bailey or other humorists review the impositions with humor is not as important as understanding the issues of plans for our region's roads.

The majority of neighbors, as >7000 e-mail addresses in the region, agree that Diablo Vista (Alamo) region should be a destination and not a commute corridor. We have only one rational option and that is to remove Danville Blvd and Stone Valley Road in the Alamo Business District and replace them with a well-planned mall and access lanes within the district.

We can't design traffic circles and call them roundabouts so they seem safe. We can't build an actual roundabout because it would not fit between Longs and Safeway. We can't continue to invite commute traffic onto our roads because we will be trapped in our neighborhoods by the constant flow. Thus, we can't add more lanes to the most recent failures that simply added more traffic.

Thus, as neighbors sit at the meeting starting in the next few minutes, they simply need to start from the premise, "Alamo is a destination and not a commute corridor."

Celebrate your thoughts, I do!

Hal Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship

Posted by CDSI courtesy, a resident of another community
on May 13, 2008 at 7:58 am

Posted as received with permission of the author

Dear Hal,

Our team audited the District 3 meeting yesterday to see regional residents' interests in infrastructure. In this case, roads as traffic management in our business district was the topic.

It was obvious that the focus was not overall planning at the meeting. It was more obvious that avoiding change was the core interests of AIA participants. Although Supervisor Piepho promised to remove the intersection expansion from tri valley transportation consideration there was no proposal for how to deal with unwanted commute traffic in our Iron Horse corridor.

Once again incorporation was promoted as a solution but we cannot believe that proponents have candidates with a plan for overall community, infrastructure, economic development and usage of our environment. At present all we are provided is an undefined incorporation proposal for an autonomous town council that by definition is no different than neighbors' current relationship with the Board of Supervisors.

We conclude that such meetings are not a forum for realistic planning.

Sheryl Davis
Iron Horse neighbors

Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges

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