The Alamo Improvement Association has issued this alert to its membership including representatives of neighborhood, business district and community groups in the Alamo region. It is an appropriate alert to all your readers in the 680 south corridor:
AIA Issue Alert & Important Public Meeting Announcement
County Supervisorial Redistricting
On Friday, July 1, the Contra Costa Times wrote: "UNLESS RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT, we hold out little hope that supervisors will put the public's interest above their own".
The Times says a majority of three supervisors have stated their preferences for redistricting that will PREVENT CORRECTION of the gerrymandering in 2000 that put Alamo and the San Ramon Valley in the same district as Brentwood, Discovery Bay, and other communities in far east county.
AIA believes that unless this gerrymandering is corrected, Alamo will face even stronger roads widening and development threats in the future because the District III supervisor's single vote on each of these issues will have to weigh the wishes of east county's growth-minded communities against our wishes to keep a community as it is.
AIA has written a letter to the Supervisors explaining our view of the various map alternatives that have and are still being considered. This letter may be viewed on the AIA's website at the following address: Web Link. The maps referenced by number in the letter and this e-mail may be viewed on the County's website at the following address: Web Link
We ask AIA members concerned about preserving quality of life in Alamo to take the course recommended by the Times exercise your right to speak out to your elected official. Contact County Supervisor May Piepho,firstname.lastname@example.org, 820-8683, 820-6627 (fax) and tell her that you want to put Alamo back into a district with its like-minded neighbors not with residents of communities in another part of the county. Of the remaining three redistricting options still under consideration by the Supervisors (Maps 6, 9 and 12), the only one that will do that is Map 6. You can also contact District II Supervisor Gayle Uilkema, who now represents Lafayette and parts of Walnut Creek, with the same message, at email@example.com, 335-1046, 335-1076 (fax).
Do this soon the Times reports that the Board of Supervisors will next take up the subject of redistricting on Tuesday, July 12, at 11:15 AM in at the County Administration Building in Martinez.