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Perspective - March 7, 2008

Letters to the editor

Scare tactics in Alamo

Dear Editor:

Chris Kenber's recent quotes in a news story about the lowering of the speed limit on Danville Boulevard in the business district of Alamo sounds to me like "someone running for office."

He claims the speed would have been reduced much earlier, if only we had incorporated in 1985, or sooner. In the 33 years that I have lived here, there have been numerous "traffic studies" made by the Contra Costa County Public Works Department. Not a one of them justified a speed limit of less than 30 mph.

The unfortunate accident that occurred when a female pedestrian attempted to cross the boulevard in the crosswalk at Orchard Court would not have been prevented by a 25 mph speed limit. A reckless and very thoughtless driver caused that to happen.

However, a traffic signal could have prevented it. Why was the signal traffic light not installed when the Oak Plaza Center was built? Members of the Alamo Improvement Association only have to research its records to find that they opposed it! It was a mandated improvement imposed upon the developer; he was obligated and prepared to fund it. As I recall, the San Ramon Valley Area Planning Commission "caved in" to the objections put forth by the A.I.A.

Check the posted speed limit as you enter Walnut Creek at South Main off I-680; check the posted speed limit in the heavily traveled portions of San Ramon Valley Boulevard in Danville in the Livery and Village Shopping Center areas ... 30 mph!

Robert D. Myhre, Alamo

Privilege to work with police

Dear Editor:

As another "Volunteer in Policing," I also would like to respond to the Letter to the Editor, Scary Cover Photo, that ran Feb. 22. As a longtime resident of Danville I also have not worried that our town is "under-policed." I participated in the Academy, along with my husband Paul, in an effort to understand the workings of the department. We both have volunteered our time with our local officers for six years.

It is a privilege to be associated with such a fine organization. They are all dedicated to do their best for the citizens of our town. Our work (the volunteers) is to assist the officers as best we can. We do not give out parking citations, but we are present at the 4th of July parade - returning lost children to their parents and assisting with traffic control throughout the downtown area before, during and after the parade.

As to the issue of cost effectiveness - last year our volunteers donated approximately 3,600 hours of time to the Danville Police Department. Rather than find fault with a small group of dedicated volunteers, Paul and I would like to invite you to come to the Danville Police Department office and experience first-hand what we do.

Susan Cowell, Danville


Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 7:23 am

Dear neighbors,

WE need to applaud Bob Myhre for his many years of knowledgeable commitment to our region. We need to appreciate his ability to present detail in his analysis of issues and resolution in his viewpoint.

Clearly, Bob has seen the same issues with Alamo Community thinking that has become the very narrow, special interests of a handful among community organizations. Further, he has seen the political content of commentary coming from AIM and the lack of detailed consideration of issues.

Thank you, Bob, we applaud you,

Hal Bailey
Cervato neighbor

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Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Mar 7, 2008 at 8:16 pm

From Alamo Ron,

Mr. Myhre says that the accident at Orchard Court was the result of a reckless and very thoughtless driver. He makes the point that this accident would not have been prevented by a 25 mph speed limit, but that a "traffic signal could have prevented it."

I guess I'm at a loss at trying differentiate between a "reckless and very thoughtless driver" who won't obey the speed limit, but who will obey a traffic signal. Is seems to me that an abrupt movement (jerk) will be an abrupt movement (jerk) no matter what.

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2008 at 7:42 am

Excellent pointlessness, Ron,

AS a COW is a COW, we might wonder if a reckless, thoughtless driver can be consistently described as a jerk. Maybe such a driver should only ride cows. Of course, Jerks, like cows, were not the subject of Bob's thoughtful consideration, now were they.

Smiles, for the miles and milds we go,


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Alamo Ron, a resident of Alamo
on Mar 8, 2008 at 8:53 am

Let's see...

The subject of Bob's "thoughtful consideration" of the unfortunate accident was:

"However, a traffic signal could have prevented it. Why was the signal traffic light not installed when the Oak Plaza Center was built?"

I would make the following explicit point: a traffic signal would have been installed quickly if Alamo had been incorporated then and it WILL be installed quickly if Alamo incorporates now. We wouldn't have to deal with the AIA or the County to GET SOMETHING DONE!

Posted by Oxymo Ron, a resident of another community
on Mar 9, 2008 at 9:47 am

Ah Ron, another Assumption,

You assume that Alamo Towne Council, as "CCC-BOS Jr." would somehow be more willing to serve our neighbors and neighborhoods than CCC-BOS when such a government is incorporated with the same independent autonomy. That is a joyously humorous oxymoron!

The various individuals within AIA, etc. that are proponents of incorporation have never, in the past seven years, reached out to any neighbor or neighborhood in proactive support of neighbors' interests. Instead, silly concepts such as roundabouts, planting strips and other nonsense were all the inventiveness that was provided.

Bob Myhre reported FACT, the reality that a stop light was planned, and somehow your verbal "slight of hand" wants to deny such reality and claim another layer of government would make all the difference in the world.

That is a good laugh, thank you,


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Carl James, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm

Dear neighbors,

I have read all that Bob Myhre has said concerning Alamo and fully appreciate his positions drawn from in-depth understanding. I also understand the issues he has created for himself in the more public Alamo community that likes to label outspoken, thoughtful people such as Bob as 'crackpots." As if roundabouts are not a crackpot idea, Alamo's proclaimed leadership should not be throwing around such labels unless they stick to themselves.

In Alamo, where self-appointed community leaders only appreciate sycophants, I am enjoying the growing number of young and old residents that are speaking out on issues and providing well-considered answers.

Keep it up, neighbors!

Carl, Alamo downtowner

Posted with the author's permission from halbailey@yahoo.com

Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Posted at request of the author

Dear neighbors,

Somewhere, I can imagine, there is a plan for Alamo hidden deeply by our self-proclaimed Alamo community leadership that defines the Alamo they wish to create and protect. In some random steps of status quo considerations and completions of pet projects, an Alamo is to emerge to their specific liking.

It is hard to project what that plan might be because of the projects such leadership has already pursued. Nothing seems coordinated, all seems random, much is dealing with affects, and nothing seems to consider neighborhoods' advice.

Like many, I wonder just what, and where, is that plan?

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors

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Posted by Jason Peters, a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2008 at 8:32 am

Dear neighbors,

Bob Myhre is right to point to the lack of planning and purpose represented by a speed limit change on Alamo shopping area's portion of Danville Blvd. It is a change that has no positive affect and only will increase traffic tickets. We can see the same handful of self-designated community leaders are pursuing a roundabout in the shopping area without reasonable purpose or positive result.

Our community of neighborhoods has progressed beyond the need for the AIA current board's point of view and far beyond the project-by-project lack of planning proposed by the AIA. If the AIA is to be meaningful, we as a majority of members must elected a new board, new planning viewpoint and a more precise charter for AIA's political operations on our behalf.

The time is now to reconstitute the AIA and make the organization more representative of the majority in neighborhoods and more capable of planning in accordance with the majority of neighbors' interests.


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Posted by Tom Grant, a resident of Walnut Creek
on Mar 16, 2008 at 9:01 am

Dear neighbors,

I just read the roundabout websites provided by CDSI and the MALL study produced and reviewed by a Diablo Vista (Alamo) region ad hoc committee for traffic management. It is clear that a roundabout of an effective size would not fit in the Alamo business district without substantial removal of buildings and loss of parking. It is clear that removing Danville Blvd and placing access lanes within the Alamo business district would achieve the benefits of the roundabout and, as the report says, "uninvite" through traffic.

So let's get the county and business district owners focused on the MALL project.

Tom, Rudgear neighborhoods

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