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Supporting LAFCo incorporation studies, Town of Alamo

Original post made by Hal Bailey, another community, on Mar 30, 2008

Dear neighbors,

Sunday morning e-exchanges discussed donations to the costs of the Contra Costa LAFCo incorporation studies being performed for Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM). Many neighbors (2,197) signed the AIM petition as a promise of feasibility studies to allow evaluation of local government formation and its financial benefits.

Even though I do not support AIM's incorporation proposal, I do support such studies because they will allow all regional residents to evaluate incorporation as a potential value to our region.

Answering a second concern of participation in AIM's Alamo Community Foundation fund-raising events and the loss of privacy, I would suggest that an anonymous bank draft for less than $100 would provide donation without disclosure or participation. Retain your draft receipt for your tax deduction.

Alamo Community Foundation (make drafts payable to)
Post Office Box 1074
Alamo CA 94507-1074

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhoods,


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Posted by Charles Morrell
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2008 at 7:32 am

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Dear Alamo California neighbors,

Among All things Alamo & Pop(u)lar, we feel that we should contribute to the studies in exchange for the entertainment value of the many Forum postings we enjoyed. There is no restriction in California for out-of-state donations I assume.

Charles Morrell
Alamo Township MI

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Posted by Sam Rodriques
a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2008 at 5:39 pm

Dear Alamo neighbors,

I would like to buy a raffle ticket for the Alamo Community Foundation fund-raiser. Here in Alamo TX, when our church wants to raise money, we have a raffle. I won a lawn tractor.

I think Alamo, everywhere, would buy raffle tickets by the 1000's if the prize was a trip to San Francisco and a Key to the Town of Alamo California.

Are you planning a raffle?

Sam, Alamo TX

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2008 at 10:48 am

Dear neighbors,

The willingness of neighbors outside the AIM boundaries to contribute to incorporation studies is encouraging. The many neighborhoods within the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region that wish to contribute indicates that surrounding neighborhoods of the AIM boundaries see the value in knowing the costs, benefits and impact of incorporation within our region.

The good humor of other Alamo's and the concepts of their fund-raising are fun reading, but I suggest serious consideration of what the studies can provide and how donations can make such defining information available.

Consider carefully,


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Posted by Kathy Bell
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:33 am

Dear neighbors,

In review of responses from Ms. Lou Ann Texeira, LAFCo, and the lack of response from AIM authors, the studies will not likely answer the important questions of structure, operations, staffing, commissions, committees and services that warrant consideration in any incorporation election. Can anyone offer any references or studies that will describe such results for a Town of Danville beyond an independent town council without obligation to neighbors' advisory?

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Curtis, Alamo
a resident of Alamo
on Apr 2, 2008 at 9:38 am

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Dear Hal,

I see no value in providing funds for a study that will not answer our request for information about citizen participation in a local government. In reviewing the LAFCo response recently circulated, the only information to be provided is financial and specifically LAFCo noted that no structure for a local government is part of the study.

Neighbors, why should we support such studies? Give me a reason.

Alamo Ridge neighborhoods

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Posted by Iron Horse neighbors
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

Posted at the request of Kathy Bell, Iron Horse neighbors

Dear neighbors,

Please read Alamo Today, delivered today and available at various stores in the Alamo business district. In the tabloid, Mr. David Dolter, AIM committee member, provides AIM's position on neighbors' request for defined structure, operations, staffing, commissions, committees and services in a Town of Alamo incorporation proposal at time of election.

We would appreciate your comments to this forum.

Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region

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Posted by Hal Bailey, CDSI
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

Dear neighbors,

I will confirm my thanks publicly to Mr. David Dolter for presenting AIM answers to definition of structure, operations, staffing, commissions, committees and services for AIM's proposed Town of Alamo. Mr. Dolter clarified AIM's incorporation proposal for an independent town council and the formation of government after incorporation has been elected.

The fulfillment of our region's neighbors' requests, although not supportable, is greatly appreciated.

Hal Bailey
CDSI Research Fellowship
Community courtesies

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Posted by Danni Barton
a resident of another community
on Apr 3, 2008 at 5:41 pm

Dear neighbors,

AIM's foundation, Alamo Community Foundation, is placing campaign signs in our region to announce some mailing they are sending for support. Since AIM has no definition to offer in incorporation and a history among supporters of no interest in our community of neighborhoods, what do they expect to gain by their mailing?

Are these AIM participants really paying attention to the majority? What do they think they really have to offer us?

In the corridor

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