Guest opinion: Why Alamo should NOT become a city.
Original post made on Nov 2, 2007
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on Nov 2, 2007 at 8:27 am
Your review and commentary are appreciated by supporters and opponents of incorporation because there has not been effective justification illustrated for incorporation or disclosure of the structure and operations of such a government to the benefit of the residents of Alamo.
In an in-depth review of the Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM) Preliminary Study, the total budget for the first year of cityhood, in 2009, is understated by $3.9 million. Through research, interviews with service providers and review of general law prescribed in AIM's Petition, Incorporation Proposal, the increased cost of services and prescribed positions in the government were omitted. Proponents have admitted in published articles that our community will face increases in service fees to support the increasing costs of county government. Those fees are paid by cities and unincorporated communities, but must be part of the accounting for any city of Alamo.
Also, Phil, 87% of Alamo residents opposed the SRV YMCA and MVHS parking lot. The primary supporter of the SRV YMCA approval is a member of the Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM) committee. Among other AIM committee members are strong supporters of MVHS and its expansion. Most telling of the linkage between the county and proponents in creating the city of Alamo is AIM committee members as declared supporters of Mary Nejedly Piepho's re-election as District 3 Supervisor. Ms. Piepho has repeatedly published her distain for Alamo and has acted against community and neighborhoods advisory.
More questions, in detail, must be asked now and Contra Costa County LAFCo, Ms. Lou Ann Texeira, email@example.com, needs to hear the concerns of proponents and opponents of incorporation from throughout the Alamo Region.
Lisa Wright (esq)
Alamo neighborhoods forum
Posted as a courtesy
on Nov 3, 2007 at 9:03 am
There is a better, more immediate answer for Alamo planning available than five autonomous city council members that will decide Alamo's future. Alamo neighborhoods, through counsel, are preparing to consolidate all Alamo advisory committees into one Alamo Region Planning Commission with sub-committees for land use, infrastructure and services. That planning commission will have the wealth of the community and the strenght of community counsel to effect compliance within governments and districts with the needs, interests and will of our community. This citizen-led commission, and its committees, will more broadly represent Alamo's majority in our regions' neighborhoods without the unneeded expense of a city government.
Simply, Alamo neighborhoods are pursuing the consolidation of SRV Regional Planning Commission (for Alamo), AIA code and variance planning, R-7A, Zone 36, Magee Ranch JPOC, and more county agency committees. The result will be a citizens' commission with the viewpoint of overall Alamo Region planning and committees for each function of planning of land use, infrastructure and services. Supported by an independent community counsel committee funded by neighborhoods, the Alamo Region Planning Commission will have the formal ability to effect political and legal opportunities for planning control.
Alamo property owner
on Nov 3, 2007 at 2:37 pm
Posted as a courtesy:
"Alamo residents opposing incorporation will meet Thursday, November 8, at 7PM, Alamo Women's Club, to review an informal petition to oppose incorporation and support the formation of a Municipal Advisory Committee to replace the Alamo Improvement Association. Residents opposing incorporation are invited to attend and add their name to our message to Contra Costa County LAFCo, District 3 and the Board of Supervisors"
Notice: Alamo Neighborhoods' Forum is providing this information as a courtesy. Our forum supports the establishment of an Alamo Region Planning Commission and committees, as a SuperMAC, prior to any consideration of incorporation. The proposed Alamo Region Planning Commission and committees would consolidate SRV Regional Planning Commission activities for Alamo, county agencies such as R-7A and the AIA planning functions with neighborhoods' community counsel for formal planning advisory and compliance actions.
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