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Seven picked for Alamo MAC

Original post made on Oct 14, 2009

Supervisor Mary N. Piepho announced today that she has nominated seven individuals to become founding members of the newly formed Alamo Municipal Advisory Council (MAC). The nominations will go before the full Board of Supervisors for consideration Tuesday, Oct. 20.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 5:16 PM

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Dear Dolores,

There are no surprises in the choices. Let us wish them success in outreach to a community that awaits their commitment to community engagement.

Success will be defined by outreach,


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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

How about a little proactivity on the part of Alamo residents, too. There should be a lot of outreach and, just as important, the MAC should also get a lot of "inreach" which is defined as Alamo folks staying informed and taking time to contact the MAC on issues.

Success will be defined by communication in both directions.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2009 at 7:19 am

Dear Dolores,

As you will note in Alamo Ron’s comment, the expectation is that Alamo’s majority must beat a path to authority’s door by creating all outreach to the MAC. With no recognition of such authority and no desire for a relationship with Mary N. Piepho, that path will not be pursued. Neighborhoods, in representing more than 8000 voters in 94507, will not support the MAC and have once again voted NO for the same reasons as incorporation:

• Lack of inclusion in the definition of the council and its government.
• Lack of definition of a rational purpose for such government.
• Lack of purpose in its planning.


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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

So Hal,

How has that approach been working out for you?

Not so good? Someday you may learn that opening a door is far easier than running head-on straight into a wall.

In the meantime you continue to define yourself and entertain the rest of us. At least there is that.

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Posted by Alamo Ron
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 15, 2009 at 11:13 am

I'm sorry to hear that the "neighborhoods" won't lift a finger to interact with the MAC. Guess their views won't be represented...

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Posted by jake
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 16, 2009 at 9:24 pm

Good luck to the MAC. It definitly needs a lot of support from the community to do the work of all the pre-MAC volunteers with only seven people, talented as they are. The concern is that we may loose the depth and the quality of work. Hope the volunteers will not abandon the good work they have been doing and supplement the lack of resources of the MAC. The limitations placed on MAC's ability to use external resources and have sub-committees make one wonder if it is part of the intent to minimize the interference by the residents in the affairs of their government! ( The County and the Supervisors). Of course as a wise person said : people have the government they desrve. With the exception of a small minority the rest of Alamo is on auto-pilot and does not want to be bothered by pesky little community issues; UNTILL IT HAPPENS TO THEM!

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