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How do MAC supporters view the role of the AIA?

Original post made by Hal Bailey, Alamo, on Sep 21, 2009

Dear Dolores,

Neighborhood, community and MAC supporter groups, in their e-exchanges, are discussing the on-going role of the AIA after the Alamo MAC is staffed and operating. Neighborhood and community groups see the AIA continuing to be their independent voice with governments, districts and joint-authority committees in our region including the MAC. Individual MAC supporters in e-exchanges have claimed the AIA to be an illegal organization that must be ended.

How do MAC supporters see the role of the AIA in continued work with district 3 and district 3’s MAC staff?


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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Dear Dolores,

The reality of polling via major services in Alamo and its region illustrates that TDW has lost its Alamo audience on community and political issues. Today, among e-exchanges, major focus polling was shared that simply said Alamo is more a part of Walnut Creek and the Lamorinda corridor than any relationship to the San Ramon Valley.

Thus, as news services test regional responses surrounding Alamo via your forum, editors understand that there is little identity left for TDW in Alamo and the surrounding region north of Diablo Road.

"Southern Media" as tri-valley media has little importance in the "Alamorinda" corridor reaching from Piedmont to Clayton because of the cultural and political differences according to polling. The question for your readership is what relationship does the San Ramon Valley and Tri-Valley region want with Alamo and its region?

Interesting question,


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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

I would imagine they have the same role as an private individual or group. Nothing more, nothing less.

The point here is that they do not have an elevated role. They do not exist under the government code and do not officially represent the community. As you are aware you do not even need to live in Alamo to belong to this particular club.

Clear enough?

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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

"Alamorinda"? Amusing, but not remotely realistic.

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Posted by Jack B
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 28, 2009 at 9:43 pm

The anti-AIA crowd attempts to marginalized this community organization of over 50 years old by using terms such as "club", "private organization", "Homeowners group". etc. and never acknowledges that it is the largest community organization in Alamo and as such does have a ligitimate interest in what happens here and how we are governed. AIA is indeed a voluntary organization that includes membership from all segments of our community and therein lies it's strength. When a resident refers a matter to AIA or , when appropriate, the County refers an application to AIA for review it is never asked if the application is a member or not. AIA works to preserve the special chracter of Alamo for ALL, not just the members, a fact that is not acknowledged by its detractors!

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Posted by Informed Resident
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm


Marginalize the 50 year old AIA? Personally, I just hope to see people like yourself stop thinking the AIA is something it is not. It is a membership club; you cannot change that fact. It is time to change the perception.

The largest community organization is ALAMO itself. The AIA may have an interest, however it has zero accountablity/responsiblity and therin lies its weakness.

The county does not refer applications to the AIA. Just ask them, I have.

No amount of spin will overcome these facts. If the facts marginalize the club then you might want to rethink your position.

Put future efforts into a group that requires no membership, just simply residency. Now why would you want to marginalize something so darn simple?

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Posted by Askidoo
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Fact: The AIA does not have an Alamo residency requirement.

Fact: The county will give info to and take input from any one who asks for information on a project: including the AIA but not exclusive to them.

Fact: The AIA for nearly 50 years has primarily been landuse oriented and cared little for 'how we are governed.'

Fact: The AIA is not accountable to any but their members and is not 'quasi-governmental' as many of their literature has previously claimed.

Fact: The Alamo community is not whole heartedly pro AIA or their membership numbers would be far higher than 200 to 500 family estimate. As to it being the largest Alamo organization it would appear that Roundhill County Club fits that bill more easily.

Fact: The biggest reason heard over many years from detractors is that the AIA is subjective recommending in one case no restrictions and in similar other cases many restrictions, roadblocks, etc. When there is transparency of their decisions and group this fact could possibly be laid to rest.

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