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Ultimate Configuration in Alamo Business District

Original post made by Lisa Wright, Alamo, on Jun 19, 2008

Dear neighbors,

Please access www.alamoinc.org and review the Ultimate Configuration for Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard, starting with that intersection and implying parkway expansion for both regional roads. It remains the goal of various governments within Contra Costa and Alameda Counties to use Diablo Vista (Alamo) region roads and lanes as high-flow foreign traffic commute corridors. Diablo Vista region neighborhoods support denial of this project and the reduction and/or removal of these roads in the Alamo business district MALL as specific steps to establish Alamo business district as a DESTINATION and not a commute corridor.

Lisa Wright
Diablo Vista regional counsel committee

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Posted by informed resident
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2008 at 1:32 pm

Lisa,

Haven't you grown tired of beating your head against that proverbial wall yet? While Alamo is a great community, it is not, nor will it ever be the destination you think it should be.

Repeatedly calling Alamo a "destination" or CAPITALIZING DESTINATION changes nothing. It will always be a nice little town along 680 as it should be.


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 22, 2008 at 8:54 am

June 30, 2008. Ultimate Configuration meeting. 4:00 PM.

Dougherty Station Community Center
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, 94582

Directions: Take Bollinger Canyon Road east from Interstate 680 for 4.9 miles. The Dougherty Station Community Center is on the right with ample parking.

The June 2008 Alamo Today article (below) discusses the Tri-Valley Transportation Council. The Council will meet on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 4 PM to consider County Supervisor Mary Piepho's request to remove "Project No. B-9, Danville Boulevard/Stone Valley Road, I-680 Interchange Improvements", aka the Ultimate Configuration, from the TVTC project list.

From Alamo Today - June 2008

Supervisor Mary Nejedly Piepho requested the Tri-Valley Transportation Council (TVTC) drop the intersection of Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Road from its list of potential improvements after hearing from many Alamo residents who made it clear to the Supervisor that they did not want implementation of the County's long-proposed, Ultimate Configuration project.

(please visit www.alamocommunity.org for illustration)

The next meeting of the TVTC which will consider this request will be held Monday, June 30th at 4pm. [See above for location information.] For the location of the meeting contact Supervisor Piepho's office at 925-820-8683 or via email at Dist3@bos. cccounty.us.

At the last TVTC meeting County staff of the departments of Community Development and Public Works explained that the Danville Boulevard/Stone Valley Road project would help the congested intersection to meet traffic-moving objectives that the County is trying to attain in order to receive its full funding return from the half cent sales tax for transportation in Contra Costa County. Alamo residents responded that they would rather have traffic move at a slower pace through the intersection than to have the intersection widened, allowing more freeway traffic onto Alamo roads.

If a project is authorized for TVTC funding, the County is also at risk to lose some of its half cent sales tax revenue if TVTC developer fees become available and the County does not implement the project. Opponents of the project maintain that the County would not forego the revenue and would implement the project when funding becomes available as long as it remains on the TVTC project list.

The project construction was not imminent, but it was on a number of local and regional project lists as a way to improve the level of service (the number of cars that can safely travel through the intersection) at some point in the future.

The Supervisor recently established the Alamo Roads Advisory Committee to update to the Alamo Area Benefit Project and advise her on roads and transportation issues in Alamo. The committee will have (had) its first meeting from 3:30 to 5pm on June 12th, just prior to the Alamo Community Council meeting at the Swain House in Hap Magee Ranch Park. The Community Council meets from 5 to 7pm.


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 22, 2008 at 9:58 am

AIA opposes the Ultimate Configuration because it would expand the Interstate 680 gateway at Danville Boulevard and Stone Valley Roads and bring more freeway traffic onto Alamo roads. AIA is also concerned that having the Ultimate Configuration on the TVTC project list poses a special risk to Alamo because, if developer funds become available for a project on the list, the County must implement the project or risk losing its share of funds from the local half cents sales tax for transportation. The County would not forego the funds.

We recommend that Alamo citizens who have an opinion about the Ultimate Configuration make their opinion known to the members of the TVTC by attending the TVTC meeting on June 30.

Refer to www.alamoca.org for more information or contact Transportation Chairman Alamo Improvement Association


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 24, 2008 at 7:59 am

As requested:

The Tri-Valley Transportation Council oversees the expenditures of the Tri-Valley Transportation fees.

Contact: lbobadilla@sanramon.ca.gov

MEMBERS:

Mary Piepho - District 3 Supervisor
Contra Costa County

Vice Mayor Scott Perkins
City of San Ramon

Councilmember (Mayor) Candace Andersen
Town of Danville

Councilmember Matt Sullivan
City of Pleasanton

Supervisor Scott Haggerty
Alameda County Councilmember

Tom Reitter
City of Livermore

Mayor Janet Lockhart
City of Dublin





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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 25, 2008 at 7:05 am

Tri-Valley Transportation Council has updated its membership. Please note that Mayor Candace Andersen is no longer a member.

Please access: Web Link

Lisa Wright
Diablo Vista regional counsel committee


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 26, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Alamo Roads Advisory Committee

This new advisory committee will offer input to the Distict III Supervisor's office on transportation related issues specific to Alamo. One major responsibility will be to update the project list for the Alamo Area of Benefit Fund.

Committee Members:

Gayle Christensen, Association for the Preservation of Danville Blvd.
Mike Gibson, Alamo Improvement Association
Steve Goodman, Alamo Parks and Recreation R-7A
Brian Hill, Police Services Advisory Committee P-2B
Vicki Koc, San Ramon Valley Unified School District
John Lineweaver, Alamo Merchants and Professionals Association
Larry Rodrigue,Police Services Advisory Committee (Roundhill) P-5
Preston Taylor, Stone Valley Road Preservation Association
Alicia Watson, Alamo Beautification - Zone 36


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 27, 2008 at 8:30 am

Please join Diablo Vista (Alamo) regional counsel committee members in attending:

Tri-Valley Transportation Council will meet on Monday, June 30, 2008, at 4 PM to consider County Supervisor Mary Piepho's request to remove "Project No. B-9, Danville Boulevard/Stone Valley Road, I-680 Interchange Improvements", aka the Ultimate Configuration, from the TVTC project list.

Dougherty Station Community Center
17011 Bollinger Canyon Road
San Ramon, 94582

Directions: Take Bollinger Canyon Road east from Interstate 680 for 4.9 miles. The Dougherty Station Community Center is on the right with ample parking.


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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 27, 2008 at 7:15 pm

Dear neighbors,

It remains important to focus on the intentions of Tri Valley Transpotation Council (TCTC), Contra Costa County and city governments south of Alamo. Danville Blvd and Stone Valley Road are considered high traffic parkways in service to foreign communities by this collaboration of goverments.

The goal on Monday is to move the project from TVTC to the controlled environment of Contra Costa Community Development and Public Works Departments where the projects of creating expansive interchanges and parkways can be done without effective public challenge by our Diablo Vista (Alamo) region neighbors.

Attend the TVTC meeting Monday and let District 3 and all of Contra Costa County understand the intentions of neighbors and their counsels to end foreign traffic usage of our region's roads and lanes.

Understand that the risk is increasing and is not solved.

Lisa Wright
Diablo Vista regional counsel committee


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Posted by Jennifer Crest
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Dear Neighbors,

Diablo Vista regional counsel committee members in attendance at the Tri Valley Transportation Council (TVTC) meeting today have confirmed that TVTC will not be the authority continuing the conversion of Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard to parkways for high foreign traffic flow accommodation. That planning and execution now is with Contra Costa County in several departmental planning authorities and will be executed to county definition of the overall project.

As a result, nothing has changed except the politics.

The immediate tasks for our regional counsel is to remove our region from the Tri Valley and any consideration of their traffic needs, support the Alamo Business District in creating a MALL to replace Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard with appropriate access lanes, and invoke overall reduction of foreign traffic usage of our region's roads and lanes.

We saw only politics in action today and we must now direct our ownership of our roads and lanes by exceptional local planning in the face of continuing county abuse with foreign traffic.


Jennifer Crest
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region


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Posted by Rachel Wells
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Dear Editor,

Iron Horse neighbors will hold a second discussion group on expansion of roads and lanes in the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region as review of traffic management in our region. The goals are removal or reduction of projects that have or will increase foreign traffic usage of our roads and lanes.

The first effort is to stop all road changes for the SRV YMCA in the Hemme intersection of Danville Road and force primary access through Hap Magee Park.

The second effort is to reduce the roadway at Monte Vista High School to restrict foreign traffic access into our region.

The third effort is to remove Stone Valley Road and Danville Blvd in the Alamo business district as part of a MALL with appropriate access lanes.

We will be discussing the ridgeline roads connections between Ridgewood and Castle Crest with the intention of stopping any and all consideration of that planning.

We expect to have formal plans available through counsel to all interested governments.

Rachel Wells
ad hoc community committee
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region


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Posted by Stan Westmore
a resident of another community
on Jul 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Diablo Vista region ad hoc transportation committee has provided a formal proposal to investors, owners, management corporations and anchor retail corporations in the Alamo business district for the MALL plan originally established by Supervisor Donna Gerber, Contra Costa County District 3, circa 2000. The new plan removes Danville Blvd and Stone Valley Road and replaces those roads with a central mall of shops as street-side to single access lanes. Additional access lanes are organized throughout the district to add convenient traffic flow to business district destinations.

We expect MALL plans to be finalized for renovation and rejuvenation scheduling later this year.

Stan Westmore
Ad hoc transportation committee
Iron Horse corridor neighbors
Diablo Vista region


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