Town Square

Issues and Answers

Original post made by Kathy Bell on Feb 29, 2008

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Dear neighbors,

This morning, proponents for Alamo incorporation posted issues, in the form of questions, for the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region neighbors to consider. To provide answers to such issues requires our region's neighbors to define and consider the issues underlying the questions and determine how we expect all governments to work in consensus with our neighborhoods to develop answers.

Each issue impacting our region has resolution at many levels of government including federal, state, county and neighboring city governments. Traffic is an obvious issue that requires resolution from all levels of government and has causes throughout our region and beyond.

Questions without answers are better left unsaid. As neighbors, we are defining issues and developing answers for governments' consideration and compliance. This Town Square Forum should be an invitation to neighbors to post answers to immediate regional issues.

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2008 at 8:15 am

Dear neighbors,

Any question concerning acts of government on issues impacting our region must have two participants. First, the region's residents must have voice in presenting their needs, interests and advisory to appropriate levels of government impacting the issues. Second, governments must have liaison that primarily considers the advisory of regional residents in any government decisions.

In previous Forum subjects, the Diablo Vista region residents have defined the government liaisons for our region and the issues that require consideration. The invitation of this Forum is to define the issues and expectations for levels of government to comply with our regions' advisory.

AS you consider your commentary, please consider the issues of traffic, ridgeline and hillside in-fill, neighborhood character protection, infrastucture enhancements, economic development in our commercial districts, renovation and replacement of high-density residential, public transportation, schools' operations in our region, and protection of natural-landscaped open space.

These issues and more invite your comments and consideration,

Hal Bailey
Diablo Vista region neighbor
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Posted by Cara Sampson, a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2008 at 8:30 am

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Dear neighbors,

As I have met with many different points of view in our region, I am concerned that the most pressing issue is community. There is exceptional division within Alamo, as defined by AIM boundaries, that contrast the status quo with a majority desire for urban luxury. In various e-mail exchanges, neighbors throughout our region consider infrastructure and economic improvements as leading issues for development. Completed sewer systems, covered drainage, walkways and paths, street lighting, underground utilities, municipal WiFi, park and ride express transportation access, new downtown high-density residential, and mall expansion of our business district have majority support.

Without interests in common, community will be impossible and creating one voice with all levels of government will never happen.

Is any one else concerned?

Cara Sampson
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Ted in Danville 94507, a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2008 at 8:26 am

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Dear neighbors,

Please READ:

revised version

San Ramon plan skirts voter intent

Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 03/02/2008 03:01:12 AM PST

SAN RAMON CITY officials are trying to launch a drive that could rapidly accelerate development in one of Contra Costa's most hotly contested valleys and undermine voter-approved city and county growth controls.

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NOTE: Before Iron Horse neighbors commit to supporting a Town of Alamo, we better be sure we define the rules for our town council. In San Ramon, an independent and autonomous city council is directly opposing the will of residents by further expanding growth in the stucco-tacky style of the Dougherty Valley.

If the Diablo Vista region and our Iron Horse neighbors do not define our town council's obligations to our neighborhoods in the current AIM incorporation proposal, we can expect special interests and autonomy to rule any Alamo town council.

READ this reality before it's too late,

Ted, in Danville 94507
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista Region

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Posted by Bethany Silva, a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2008 at 8:07 am

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Dear neighbors,

Creating a community voice is an active process beyond voting, government meetings and media commentary. Neighbors in their neighborhoods must have a proactive intent to continuously advise their governments on issues and what compliance is expected from governments. In most cases, governments welcome significant voice from a majority to guide their decision making and when that is not enough then counsel should be considered to deliver a formal message.

Issues are seldom recognized by governments unless a majority voice is created in a grassroots manner that can continuously flow issues and required answers to our governments' representatives. No matter how many levels of government occur at federal, state, regional and local levels, there will always be a need for grassroots majority voice in creating satisfactory government decisions that meet our needs and interests.

Most importantly, neighbors, one can never surrender such a voice to our governments' representatives and not lose the democracy we enjoy.

Diablo Vista regional counsel committee

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Posted by Chris Wheatley, a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2008 at 2:31 pm

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Dear neighbors,

As a proponent of Alamo incorporation, I am concerned that our major issue in Alamo is communication. All of us divide into our own groups, neighborhoods or other factions without any outreach that would invite open, interactive conversation and consensus.

With every issue including incorporation, traffic, in-fill, infrastructure, and services, we all take sides rather than seeking common positions. In a community as well-educated, professional and skilled as we are, how did we develop a culture where we are at odds with each other?

Thank you for posting your exchanges, neighbors, and how about answering my question.

Alamo Ridge neighborhoods

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Posted by Kaye Edwards, a resident of another community
on Mar 4, 2008 at 7:31 am

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Dear neighbors,

Our infrastructure is either poorly planned, unplanned or obsolete in much of the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region.

Our sewer system does not serve all homes in our region. Our drainage is open, dangerous ditches that are in many cases homeowners' responsibility. Our main roads are overburdened with unwelcome foreign traffic. We have little or no street lighting and ugly power lines crisscrossing overhead. There are few walkways and paths along the main roads and neighborhood access lanes, especially at our schools.

We want municipal WiFi, underground utilities, covered drainage, complete sewer systems, walkways and paths, street lighting, public transportation with appropriate waiting structures, and planned reduction of foreign traffic. What we get is discussions of off-ramp planting, pocket parks, and undefined recreation.

Infrastructure is the priority!

Business district neighborhoods

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Posted by Jack Watts, a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2008 at 7:12 am

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There must be new neighbors living in Alamo because I would never expect anyone I know to want street lights, sidewalks and all those other things that Kaye Edwards claims are needed. I admit that there are few of my neighbors left in my Alamo neighborhood but I can't imagine why someone would buy an Alamo home and then want to change our community.

I have always thought that street lights along Danville Blvd at the neighborhood lanes were a good idea. I think covering the drainage ditches is good for safety. But I am not sure I would enjoy more than that.

I learned to use this computer recently so who knows? Can anyone provide a plan for such changes?


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Posted by Carl Tanner, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2008 at 11:35 am

Dear neighbors,

Jack's question represents the contrast between a minority view of Alamo as a semi-rural community and a majority viewpoint of urban luxury. The plan for infrastructure improvements call for enclosure of drainage channels throughout the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region as a primary safety improvement starting along Danville Blvd. The walkways and paths would cover such enclosed drains with rolled, crushed rock to create a very natural appearance and cover other major access roads' dirt (mud) edges. The undergound utilities would add individual, decorative street lights with municipal WiFi/Emergency Network antenna as part of each light assembly. The various bus stops would be better planned for access and have a lighted enclosure with a roof to protect our travelers from the weather. The regional bus route would do loops to bring shoppers to our business districts, children to schools, and travelers to a park and ride express transportation station.

The plan for now is being privately organized and would be provided as a for-fee service much like cable etc. Similarly, completing the sewer systems in all parts of our region is being considered as private endeavor with service fees to homeowners.


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Posted by Francie, Las Trampas, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2008 at 3:34 pm

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Dear neighbors,

Hundreds of our fellow neighbors have expressed frustration with the superficial approach taken by AIM to ISSUES and ANSWERS important to our region. Sharon Burke's article in Alamo Today lacked any value to neighbors that were looking for meaningful plans for our Diablo Vista region and the portion of the region contained in the AIM boundaries. It is hard to believe that AIM committee members are so na´ve that they believe they are providing meaningful commentary. It would be easy to believe that it is simply cheap politics typical of Contra Costa County.

But I must conclude that AIM participants don't get it! It seems obvious that the active handful among the 1400 AIM participants and supporters are convinced that a majority in Alamo share their culture, viewpoint and commitment to a town government. They don't get it, do they!

Keys to the car are meaningless if AIM can't find the ignition. AIM has been spoon-fed the ISSUES as Community, Infrastructure, Economic Development and In-Fill and asked to illustrate in detail how their incorporation proposal will offer ANSWERS we can vote on in any incorporation election. And all we get in return is full-page drivel and meaningless cheerleading.


Francie, Las Trampas neighborhood

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Posted by Iron Horse neighbors, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2008 at 4:24 pm

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Alamo Community Meeting

You are cordially invited to an Alamo Community Meeting on April 8, 2008 at 7 p.m. at Creekside Community Church - 1350 Danville Blvd. It will start at 7pm and will include a short presentation and ample time for questions and - we hope - compelling answers. We look forward to seeing as many Alamo community members as possible there.

Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM) Committee: David Bowlby, Sharon Burke, Dave Dolter, Mike Gibson, Steve Goodman, Steve Mick, Nancy Kaplan, Chris Kenber, Vicki Koc, Randy Nahas, Kent Strazza

Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2008 at 8:45 am

Posted at the request of Iron Horse neighbors


Iron Horse neighbors within the Diablo Vista (Alamo) region develop formal answers, as advisory through counsel, to immediate issues impacting our neighbors, their neighborhoods and our region. We communicate such advisory on community, infrastructure (including traffic), economic development and land use/in-fill to appropriate governments and districts and those organizations considering formation of further layers of government within our region. We require such governments, districts and formation groups to provide details of any actions or plans in published and timely communication with sufficient detail of actions, plans, projects and programs to provide full disclosure to our neighbors.


Diablo Vista region neighbors have no further interest in incorporation of a portion of our region as the Town of Alamo as contained in an Alamo Incorporation Movement (AIM) incorporation proposal, Contra Costa LAFCo incorporation application. Such proposal does not detail or specify government structure, operations, commissions and committees necessary for majority support by neighbors and neighborhoods in the Diablo Vista region or the segment of our region designate by AIM boundaries. Such proposal simply describes an independent council and government as another layer of government in our region with no obligation or intent to serve neighbors and their neighborhoods.

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors

Posted by Janet Cooper, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 8:08 am

Posted by request of Iron Horse neighbors

Dear neighbors,

Thank you for your exceptional response in e-exchanges and to with your ISSUES and ANSWERS for the Iron Horse Corridor and the Diablo Vista Region. This morning, e-exchanges have received a summary of the ISSUES and ANSWERS in the following groups for review and further presentation to governments, districts and government formation groups.

1) Community and Representation - how it is created and what is its purpose, structure, operations, and citizen participation.

2) Infrastructure - our issues are traffic, public transportation, utilities/street lighting, communications, sewers/drainage, and walkways/pathways.

3) Economic Development - our neighborhoods want defined commercial areas that contain commercial, retail, and high-density residential, including convenient senior residential facilities and services, without commercial invasion of our neighborhoods.

4) In-Fill and Redevelopment - our neighborhoods want development, redevelopment and in-fill appropriate to the character of neighborhoods that does not scar our hillsides and ridgelines and is engineered for safe participation in neighborhoods' infrastructure.

Janet Cooper
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista Region

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