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by Gina Channell-Allen, publisher of Danville Express,
on Feb 6, 2007
Alamo and its region will be incorporated to protect communities from the abusive power of Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. Alamo community of neighborhods municipal formation committee and their sponsors have already voted to proceed with incorporation through municipal counsel.
It is no longer a question of "should or if".
I feel Alamo is just fine the way it is. We do not need a another layer of government to deal with and to support financially.
Long time Alamo resident.
Hey you guys,
Before you change the way things are, look at ways to improve what you have. What is happening to Danville now is what you are in for if you incorporate. There is not enough tax base to provide even marginal services here in Danville. San Ramon, on the other hand, has a different mix of industry, commercialism, and residences to keep their services afloat. Can Alamo attract the level of industry, commerce and other such tax generating venues to keep its services even at the level they are? I doubt it.
I agree with Joan, who speaks about a new layer of government. Most people who run for office are idiots when it comes to doing the common good. They play to their own agenda, which is fine if the outcome really serves the community in a non political way. One person's definition of abuse is another person's sense of well being. I would be most appreciative if Hal would define his use of the term abusive power with actual examples.
Thank you to all for your commentary on incorporation by e-mail and in the Town Square Forum.
My neighbor, Joan, makes a valid point for those that are satisfied with status quo in Alamo. Bill raises issues well-known in Danville to be repetitions of similar abuses delivered by the county. The Weber property and horse manure in Hap Magee Park are very real examples of Danville's failure to represent its neighborhoods and residents.
This week, an ad hoc committee of community group volunteers will host community and neighborhood representatives at two Alamo incorporation meetings that will seek to establish a contract-services municipality led by a community council of volunteers and their committees. The purpose is to bring political and planning authority to Alamo neighborhoods and to eliminate and/or reverse county abuses in our neighborhoods as 1) expansion of roadways that invite greater commuter traffic into Alamo, 2) construction and operation of the SRV YMCA commercial facilities in the Hemme neighborhoods, 3) the build-out of our ridge line and the in-fill of monster box homes out of character with our neighborhoods, 4) restriction on planning review by the long-established Alamo Improvement Association, 5) the reconstitution of county agencies in Alamo, and 6) the uses of such Alamo county agency parcel taxes to offset county department budget shortfalls.
Admittedly, Danville neighborhoods need to reclaim control of their city in the same manner Alamo neighborhoods want to establish local representative control. Many neighborhoods throughout Contra Costa County are establishing control of their cities and communities and Danville and Alamo should not be an exception.
let's see if you are reading, Alamo.
If you want to know about Alamo incorporation, why not reserve May 30, Creekside Church, at 7PM for a full introduction by Alamo Community Groups. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to know more.
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