Alamo headed to vote on incorporation

LAFCO denies request to reconsider issue of cityhood

Opponents of the Alamo Incorporation Movement saw their last hopes of keeping the issue off the ballot fade away Tuesday as members of the Contra Costa County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) denied a request to reconsider the issue.

At a special session Oct. 21 in the offices of the County Board of Supervisors, seven members of the commission and two alternates heard testimony from staff concerning the request filed by Alamo resident R. Jean Taylor.

Taylor filed the request along with an addendum following the commission's approval of the incorporation plan at a Sept 18 meeting. The request can only be made if new information can be presented.

At the start of the mid-afternoon meeting, LAFCO Chairman Rob Schroder warned the more than 50 Alamo residents in attendance that the meeting's purpose was to determine if Taylor's request was valid. He asked that any testimony given pertain to new information.

Schroder then turned it over to LAFCO Executive Officer Lou Ann Texeira for the staff report, which was short, to the point and damning for the opposition. Texeira said staff examined all of the points raised in Taylor's request and found that none could be considered new information. Staff recommended the denial of both the request and the addendum.

Schroder then opened up the public hearing. More than 20 people signed up to speak, but only about 18 ended up in front of the microphone. Proponents of the measure were dominant by a nearly 2-1 margin.

Despite Schroder's warnings, most of the testimony was similar to that heard Sept 18.

After over an hour of testimony the hearing was closed and commission members weighed in. Commissioner Martin McNair, who switched his vote from a No to a Yes on Sept 18, allowing the ballot issue to be approved, said that any doubts he had initially have been assuaged.

He said the tipping point for him was the fact that members of AIM have had informal talks with both San Ramon and Walnut Creek on the issue of contracting police services. Doing so could result in a significant decrease in the annual cost of providing police support.

"They could end up having a 20-30 percent buffer in one of their largest budget items. That's big," McNair said.

Other commission members who had seemed to be on the fence in September had also been swayed during the intervening weeks. Commissioner David Piepho said he had taken the time to become better informed on the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis and other issues of incorporation and he did not think any new information had been brought forth.

When the roll call vote was taken the count stood at 6-0, with Helen Allen abstaining. Allen did not comment on why she chose not to participate in the vote.

The issue now moves on to the County Board of Supervisors. The Board will meet Tuesday, Oct. 28, to examine LAFCO's recommendation. If they rule in favor of the recommendation, the incorporation initiative will be decided in a March 3, 2009, special election.


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Posted by Alamo Resident
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm


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Posted by Jane S.
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 26, 2008 at 10:19 pm


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Posted by Christine Jenkins
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 27, 2008 at 8:05 am

Dear Editor,

Diablo Vista region neighborhoods are holding casual discussion groups during the run-up to the elections. We welcome public opinion for discussion at and welcome individual participation.

Our discussion groups are looking beyond the March 2009 Alamo incorporation election to determine how our regional community of neighborhoods will deal with all governments in our region. We welcome comments on community building, economic development and rejuventation, and the character of our environment.

Christine S. Jenkins

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Posted by Christine S. Jenkins
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 29, 2008 at 2:30 pm

The Election is scheduled and what exactly are the issues voters will consider?

1. A majority of voters want definition of government from council candidates as a commitment including a citizen-led formation taskforce.

2. A majority of voters want citizens' participation and oversight via commissions and committees for each function of government.

3. A majority of voters want improved infrastructure, economic development and well-planned character for our environment.

4. A majority of voters support annexation of regional neighborhoods including neighborhoods currently in Walnut Creek and Danville.

Ad hoc candidates committee
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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Posted by leo
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 31, 2008 at 9:55 am

leo is a registered user.

Don't be over joyed about LAFCO's vote to allow the incorporation of Alamo on a March 2009 ballot. LAFCO only heard from a bunch of self serving individuals.

Now it's time for the silent majority of Alamo's sensible voters to rally together and let those Ultra-Ego individual's know where we stand. "SAVE ALAMO...SPEAK UP AND VOTE NO" The community of Alamo is NOT broke, so lets not break it.

Thank you, Leo

Vote November 4th... Save America... "Go John McCain"

Vote March 2009... Save Alamo... "Vote NO Incorporation for Alamo"

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Posted by J Semas
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 31, 2008 at 10:27 am

I's not broke so don't try to fix it!
Save Alamo - Vote NO Incorporation for Alamo - March '09

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Posted by Christine Jenkins
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 31, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Dear neighbors,

With volumes of commentary now circulating among neighborhoods with growing interest in concluding consideration of incorporation as soon as possible, our neighborhood representatives are noting more neighbors participating in discussion groups. Our region is ready to look beyond incorporation to renewing our community, infrastructure, economic development and character of our environment.

Talk to your neighbors and join the discussion.

Christine, Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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Posted by Karen Sexton
a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm

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Dear neighbors,

Let our ad hoc committees clarify that a majority of neighbors support a defined incorporation proposal for voter consideration on March 3, 2008. We believe it is the council candidates' obligation to commit to a definition of government they support so all neighbors truly have a reasonable choice in voting for or against incorporation.

We recognize that supporters of the current incorporation proposal are fully opposed to a majority of voter who desire a defined incorporation for voting consideration. Such opposition supports a town council that may define our government without any requirement to consider the advisory and interests of a majority of residents and their neighborhoods.

Demand definition, voters!

Karen Sexton
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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