Melissa, government law counsel resident in Alamo, has circulated analysis of effectiveness of Contra Costa County Municipal Advisory Councils (“CCC-MAC”) under new policies authored by Mary Piepho and Federal Glover in 2006. In cooperation with news service researchers, Melissa used interviews with current and former CCC-MAC members and leaders of communities to be served by such MACs to determine if community residents’ will and interests are being served by current MAC’s throughout Contra Costa County. The overall response from such interviews illustrated a major flaw in the 2006 CCC-MAC policy as the restriction of MAC members from having interactive discussions, considerations and mitigations with residents in the communities they serve. MAC members further noted that they cannot form committees of local residents for study of major issues in communities due to CCC-MAC policy restricting all committees to only those appointed MAC members.
Tonight, Contra Costa County Municipal Advisory Council for Alamo will meet at Hap Magee Park for the first time as District 2 volunteer staff. Melissa points to the posted agenda on www.alamore.org as absent any subject important to Alamo’s majority and the lack of detailed description of MAC members’ discussion of the topic list. Based on the agenda provided by Supervisor Uilkema’s staff for tonight’s meeting, the conclusion by Alamo residents is nothing has changed and CCC-MAC Alamo remains seven volunteer staff members of the supervisor’s office without connection or role among Alamo’s majority.
We will look forward to your coverage of the results of this meeting and your views on the impact of a new supervisor for Alamo.