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Perspective - January 2, 2009

Alamo will decide in 2009

At this time next year, what will be the state of Alamo? The voters will decide March 3.

On that Election Day, Alamo residents not only will choose whether or not to incorporate their census-designated area of 16,000 people, they will also pick five of the 16 candidates to become the first town council - if the town is voted into existence.

It speaks well for Alamo that more than a dozen people have stepped forward hoping to serve on a new town council. A lot of decisions will be made by this first council, including hiring for key positions. Commissions will be formed and members appointed. A General Plan will be written. This first council will spend many hours studying the issues and working together at public meetings; candidacy is a huge commitment to a demanding, albeit rewarding, job.

Alamo is known for its educated populace and the number of CEOs tucked away on its country lanes. The makeup of the community is one reason pro-incorporation forces feel that Alamo would be better off running itself than Contra Costa County, as is now the case. Even those who praise the actions of the Board of Supervisors note that Alamo is but a small entity in the county's large District 3. Supporters of incorporation want to put local talent to work to make decisions for Alamo.

Applications for vote-by-mail are available starting Feb. 2, and requests must be received by the Registrar of Voters by Feb. 24. The last day to register to vote in this election is Feb. 17, which is also the deadline for write-in candidates to file.

This is an exciting time for Alamo residents to vote for or against incorporation as well as to get to know their neighbors who were passionate enough about their community to offer their services at this historic time. Whether incorporation passes or not, it is good news that so many well qualified people are willing to serve on the first council.


Posted by Alamo Spotlight, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 2, 2009 at 8:40 am

Whose "Perspective?" WE R ALAMO, representing the majority of voters in the community of Alamo opposing incorporation, recommends a no-comment response to this preposterous "perspective";totally absent of content in dealing with the serious issues and consequences of incorporation facing voters on March 3. It speaks for itself, a model for the continued deception perpetrated on our community by proponents of AIM and the biased, irresponsible, press. VOTE NO ON MEASURE A and ignore the "RED HERRING" slate of gatekeeper wannabes for a fictional town council.

Posted by Louise Buriss, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 5, 2009 at 12:51 pm

As we all know, Alamo is a very educated community. Reading Vicki Koc's bio, there is no mention of education. Does this canidate have a college degree? And if so, from what University?

Posted by Vicki Koc, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 5, 2009 at 6:02 pm

Thanks for asking Louise about my education. As you mention Alamo has a high percentage of residents, nearly 64% as of the 2000 census, with bachelor degrees and higher. I do have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University East Bay (formerly Hayward)as noted on my campaign ballot statement.

Vicki Koc

Posted by Louise Buriss, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 6, 2009 at 10:38 am

Thank you for your response Vicki. Just trying to make an informed decision with my vote, since I am new to the area. One more question. You list no actual work experiences or gainful employment, only volunteer efforts. Have you ever actually had a paying job? If so, what was that work experience. It appears you have simply been a volunteer; while other canidates have held prestigous positions and have real work experience. As a lifetime female wage earner, there is a big difference between a paid employee and a volunteer in my mind.

Posted by Louise Buriss, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 12, 2009 at 12:04 pm

Vicki Koc appears to be the only candidate, of the 16 running, that lists no actual work experiences or gainful employment/career. In Vicki’s bio she lists “President and founder of the incorporation proponents.” In my mind, that makes her a key player in this process and in this election. Also, when asked about her career, I get no response. Her bio states that she is married. Maybe the husband that has provided her support, and may therefore have a career, should be running? Any election becomes a matter of weighing résumés. Lets see, we have 1 candidate with absolutely no gainful work experience outside the home and we have 15 very qualified candidates with prestigious careers:

1. A Mortgage Banking president, 2. A retired electronics executive with an MBA from Stanford. 3. A finance and management business owner, 4. A staff employee for public officials, including field representative in the 10th Congressional District and for supervisors in Marin and Santa Clara counties with an master's in community organization and social planning, 5. A real estate appraiser and former CPA, 6.A retired Kaiser Hospital financial administrator, former UC instructor, and restaurant owner 7. An insurance agent 8. A US Naval Academy at Annapolis grad who served in 2 wars and worked for U.S. Steel, Standard Oil of Ohio and British Petroleum, and owned two small businesses 9. A retired engineer/manager at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, and was president and financial budget chairman of the Board of Governors of California Community Colleges 10. A retired computer specialist from Livermore Laboratory 11. A National Zoning Manager in Telecommunications 12. A commercial developer 13. A retired commercial banker 14. A personal banker 15. A property manager, general contractor, real estate broker and realtor.

What makes her qualified to govern us and determine laws, which may affect every aspect of our lives when she has so little life experience?

Experience never exists in isolation; it is always a factor that coexists with temperament, training, background, gainful work and a host of other factors.

If Vicki has no experience of business do I want her cutting her teeth with my tax dollars. At the end of the day, a volunteer has no real accountability or responsibility, especially fiduciary responsibility. As a result the taxpayer is going to pay for training courses in "marketing and business" for Vicki.

Come on Vicki. Answer my questions. Have you ever been gainfully employed outside the home - when/where/what? Seems like a reasonable question! You answered my last question - above, in just 5 hours. Is this a sore spot for you? If you are unable to respond to the voters needs and questions as a candidate, during a campaign, then how will you be able to take the heat of an elected position and respond to the citizens of Alamo?

Posted by Simon Cooley, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:01 am

Vicki needs to develop a web-site. I have no idea who she is.

Posted by simon Cooley, a resident of Alamo
on Jan 15, 2009 at 9:04 am

Does anyone know if Vicki is a democrat or a republican? This is important to know for the voting in March.