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Perspective - October 17, 2008

Letters to the editor

What is the cost of Alamo incorporation?

Dear Editor:

In reference to Smitty Schmidt's letter Oct. 3: At the LAFCO meeting Sept. 18 I saw all of the percentages from various taxes that would revert to Alamo if it incorporates. I have yet to see dollar figures, actual costs of all the services and buildings, police cars, city hall, etc., etc. I feel she should perhaps let me know what the costs of incorporation will be. I am going to list all my concerns and perhaps she will let me know. I am not interested in percentages; I'm interested in what incorporation is going to actually cost.

Let's start with the police department - cars, police station - salaries for mayor and council members, medical insurance, city hall, maintenance yard, vehicles for maintenance personnel, wages for 12 maintenance workers, planning commission, bonuses and pension plans, meeting hall, and you say by 2018-2019 the Town of Alamo would have a healthier than average nest egg. I don't even buy green bananas any more, let alone wait for 2018-2019.

I'm just asking for the figures.

Tony Carnemolla, Alamo

Lost and found

Dear Editor:

Lost: Obama-Biden posters from front yard of Livorna Heights Road properties (didn't know it had legs - had staked it to the ground)

Please return to owners - no questions asked! (No charges will be pressed for stealing/trespassing/censorship.)

And, by the way, Joan Buchanan for Assembly signs were also removed - though at least one was left on the street.

Jenny Caulfield, Alamo

Prop 8 does discriminate

Dear Editor:

Mayor Candace Andersen's letter (Oct. 3) stating "Under California state law the rights and privileges are essentially the same" between "marriage" and "civil unions" is wrong. When you're married and your spouse is sick or hurt, you get into the ambulance or hospital room with no questions asked. In everyday life, and especially in emergency situations, domestic partnerships are simply not enough. Only marriage provides the certainty and the security that people can count on in times of greatest need.

Also marriage conveys immediate tax benefits that domestic partnerships do not. As domestic partners (which we were) if I died tomorrow my partner of 21 years would have to pay inheritance tax on the home we bought together six years ago. However, as a legally married couple (which we now are) he will automatically be granted full title without having to pay a cent.

David and I got married at San Francisco City Hall on June 25, then celebrated the blessing of our vows July 24 in a deeply moving religious ceremony at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church where I both worship and work. This ceremony was attended by 200 friends and members of our parish, many of whom said it was one of the most wonderful expressions of love they had seen in years. I find it ironic that the cover of the issue with Andersen's letter had a bold red headline, "Love of a Life."

If the mayor believes her statement, "I do not believe that anyone in our community should be discriminated against based upon his or her sexual orientation," then she should VOTE NO on Proposition 8.

Pat Parr, Associate for Music Ministry

, . Timothy's Episcopal Church

McNerney good candidate - for Berkeley

Dear Editor:

While I question the propriety of the Danville Weekly printing what is obviously a thinly veiled campaign advertisement for U.S. Rep. Jerry McNerney (Howard T. Goodman's letter, Oct. 10), I feel obligated to respond in kind. Goodman would have us believe that McNerney's actions in the House of Representatives reflects the majority of the 11th District. I have found otherwise.

Notwithstanding Goodman's kind words for McNerney, there can be no question that the 11th District has different values than the liberal Democratic areas such as San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Furthermore, McNerney has met with and received support from such left wing groups as Code Pink and MoveOn.org. Code Pink is a notorious, extreme left wing group that has engaged in such despicable acts as parading coffins outside of Walter Reed military hospital while calling wounded US soldiers "terrorists."

The liberal Democratic advocacy group "Americans for Democratic Action" gave McNerney a "Liberal Quotient" (the percentage of votes for liberal causes) of 95 percent. That is higher than notoriously liberal House members such as Barbara Lee, Maxine Waters and Lynn Woolsey (and even Ted Kennedy!). McNerney would be a fine Representative for Berkeley but he's out of touch with the 11th District.

It's no secret that McNerney came to office riding a wave of liberal money and influence from outside of the 11th District. He's done an admirable job of paying back that constituency, but he's so far out of step with the typical 11th District resident that even a disappointing candidate like Dean Andal is a better choice than McNerney.

Marc Greendorfer, Danville


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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 17, 2008 at 8:39 am

Regarding Tony C's letter on Alamo Incorporation,

(deleted by staff).

Dear Tony, if you want the figures, I'll give you the figures. Get ready because this will really be hard:

Ready? Here goes:

Read the darn Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis!!! It has a whole bunch of very specific dollar signs in it.

And please stop harping on these same topics that have been cussed and discussed so many times before. It really harms your "credibility."


Alamo Ron

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Posted by Just me
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Dear Editor,

This response from Alamo Ron is specifically defamatory toward Tony and should "be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff."

Diablo Vista regional council committee has noted: "..there is no contents within the CFA that defines a city government or the pay structures of council, commission, committee, and staff members. In fact, the specifications for LAFCO CFA’s do not provide any pro forma consideration of the exact operations of a proposed government.”

Just me

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Posted by LAFCO Response
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Cost estimates included in the LAFCO CFA as LAFCO response:

In response to the questions regarding cost of services, the CFA includes various tables showing General Fund, Road Fund and Parks & Recreation Fund revenues and expenditures. For example, Table 1-A shows expenditures by city department (e.g., City Council, City Manager, City Attorney, Finance, Community Development, Law Enforcement, etc.). These numbers (dollars) reflect estimated costs associated with services including salaries, benefits, services and supplies, etc.

In addition, the CFA provides additional expense details in Table 2-B.

Neighborhoods response: These CFA tables are projections of expenditures without formal definition of the government, its structure and operations, and are assumptions based on typical city government operations. These are estimates and not pro forma budgeted operations expenses.

Neighborhoods ad hoc committee reviewed the CFA in late July, used these estimates to create a pro forma sources and uses of funds statement. The result was insufficient funding in FY2010, ending July 1, 2010. When the CFA is translated to actual government structure, operations, staffing and services, with expected fee increases by CCCounty documented to other contract services cities, the shortfall in revenue happens immediately and exceeds reserves in FY 2011.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2008 at 5:12 pm

Dear Dolores,

You are an exceptional journalist and editor. Your commentary and actions are significantly absent.

Best wishes,


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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 18, 2008 at 8:15 am

Let's see,

An expert in municipal finance spent several months collecting and analyzing financial information from many sources to create the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA).

You, on the other hand, got few neighbors together, decided what result you wanted and then created a "pro forma sources and uses of funds statement" to arrive at that result.

You guys must be geniuses! How about throwing some of that high-powered intellect at some of the major problems of society? Like why people won't take a shopping cart back into the supermarket from the parking lot?

So you came up with a "pro forma sources and uses of funds statement" of which you are very proud. How about PUBLISHING that document so that folks can take a look at it?

Oh, I'm sorry. I guess you'll probably come up with some contrived excuse about copyright issues or respecting participant's privacy or some such evasion.

Publish or perish!

Put up or shut up.

An anxious Alamo awaits your answer...

Alamo Ron

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Posted by YOU
a resident of another community
on Oct 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm

Dear Editor, a thought for Alamo Ron, and likely YOU.

As YOU are me, as silly as that may be,
We can be quite silly quite together
in assuming that which is not fact,
and fact that is not proven,
more history than any reliable fact,
we are quite, quite silly together.

Ah, Dear Ron, what YOU, as we, are not
is insulting, dismissive, editorial,
and defamatory,
and it would please all,
if that were not left to YOU as you.

I am not the YOU you refer to
but I am the YOU that shall celebrate
your silliness and truthiness as
we consider that we have yet seen that
which defines our choice as voters.

YOU, as you, and me as YOU, likely
should understand.

Silly as it might be,


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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 19, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Yo You,

I really can't quite decipher the financial analyses in that response.

Other than that it ranks right up there with "'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe..." for clarity.


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Posted by Rachel Wells
a resident of another community
on Oct 21, 2008 at 8:34 am

Dear Editor,

In interest of clarification, Diablo Vista region ad hoc community committee created several pro forma sources and uses of funds statements to examine incorporation and its options for our entire region. The documents are further study of formation started in April 2004 and provide consideration of relationships with Walnut Creek, Roosmoor/WC, Danville, Diablo/CCC, Lafayette and the proposed Town of Alamo plus federal and state agencies.

These statements are for confidential consideration by all neighborhoods within our region and offer no specific consideration of the incorporation process for the Town of Alamo as enclosed within our region. Such statements were prepared by expert counsel and analysts under client-confidentiality to examine the income requirements and costs of creating urban luxury in our region via expansion in services, economic rejuvenation and infrastructure.

In that regard, there is no need to know created for proponent and opponent minorities considering the proposed Town of Alamo.

With regards,

Rachel Wells

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Posted by Concerned citizen
a resident of Alamo
on Nov 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm

What is a "pro forma sources and uses and funds statements" anyway? Where can we get a copy for perusal? What sources were used? What is the background of the author(s)? Are they experienced in matters such as this?

So far, I see a lot of emotional rhetoric by those opposing incorporation and very few hard facts - Personally, I'd love to see facts that don't support the "pro" argument to judge how rational the "anti" argument is. Right now, it appears those who are opposed are those who believed in the Tooth Fairy until they were 16...