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Say MAC, what do you do when five people are not enough?

Original post made by Community courtesy, another community, on Mar 21, 2009

What do you do when you realize five people are not enough for the job?

Five supervisors cannot, with all that staff help, manage the county. Five people in Danville’s Council cannot manage their relationships with neighborhoods. Five people as Alamo town council would have floundered in the fiscal challenges of corporate start-up. Typically, five AIA board officers, or maybe a few more, can’t seem to communicate with Alamo neighborhoods. Five committee members at each county advisory committee have little luck in gaining a community audience.

At coffee this morning (Friday, March 20) an AIM proponent challenged me with “Are you satisfied? We are now going to have a MAC?” As we continued toward more neighborly conversations, we concluded that the issue will be five people, on a MAC, will once again not be enough for the job.

One specific proposal to be pursued is to reduce the districts of the CCC supervisors and return them to part-time status with lower salaries. The goal is to add supervisors to better represent specific unified regions as 9 or more supervisors. If you look at District 3, as example, it is at least three districts as Delta, San Ramon and Alamo regions. Certainly Lamorinda, including Walnut Creek, should be a district. And so on to create 9 to 11 districts that can truly elect and support one of their own as supervisor.

What do WE do when five people are not enough for the job?

**Edited commentary by Judy, Alamo region neighborhoods discussion groups**

Hal, as a community courtesy

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:19 am

E-exchanges have offered the following commentary on “is five people enough?”

Karen, in Round Hill wrote: A MAC is the perfect solution for Alamo because it would be commitment by the Board of Supervisors to have five Alamoans provide voice for all Alamo residents. With a formal relationship with our supervisor and the board, the MAC members would be our dedicated opportunity to really be heard.

Deborah, in Miranda neighborhoods wrote: A MAC would be just another five people ignored like the current county advisory committees in Alamo. Unless a neighbor absolutely had to pursued an county government issue through the MAC, those five people would be without an audience.

Jason, in Hemme neighborhoods wrote: Five people cannot do the jobs we need done. Alamo must have more residents committed to community efforts such as infrastructure enhancement, transportation and traffic, economic development, and protection of our neighborhoods’ character. Even the AIA with it larger board and committees is being overwhelmed by the requirements of more than 16,000 residents.

**taken from neighborhoods’ e-exchanges by Rachel, co-chair, Alamo region neighborhoods’ forum**

Dolores, what do your readers think?

Hal, as a community courtesy

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