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Alamo at the crossroads

Original post made on Mar 2, 2009

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." Robert Frost's classic poem "The Road Not Taken" captures the mood in Alamo in these final days before the March 3 election.

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Posted by louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Whatever your vote for incorporation is tomorrow, please don't vote for Vicki Koc. She has ABSOLUTELY no actual work experience. There are 14 other perfectly good candidates you can choose. ALL with excellent backgrounds AND work experience!

I don't want a candidate that has never held a paying job representing my community. Let her have her new employee orientation somewhere else. Alamo should not be a Business 101 class for Vicki.

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Posted by Nancy Dommes
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 5:14 pm

So Louise,

How much have YOU done in our Alamo Community. And for how LONG have you done what you have done?

Vicki is a phenomenal candidate. She is brilliant, insightful, fair, conservative, thoughtfully evaluates problems and consequences of decisionmaking, is a real thinker, and what Alamo deserves.

I do not know how or where you began your evaluation of her but you clearly have not met Vicki, know anything about her 20+ years of dedication to Alamo, and her concern for Alamo's future.

I bet if you wanted to meet her, all you'd need to do is call. She's available to talk to anyone - I know this about Vicki. But I do not believe you would take the time.

This IS the kind of person who needs to be Alamo's council member. Did you know that many, if not most, of the new council members of Danville were either retired or non-working folks? And Danville is just fine with those town founders.

P.S. Vicki HAS worked - so business 101 class can be offered to someone who really needs it!

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Dear Louise and Nancy,

Let us present Vicki Koc to Alamo voters based on her quality and abilities:

Vicki Koc, like all candidates, must provide a resume that illustrates knowledge and experience in that unique "oxymoron" of corporate start-up in a government environment that is going to be managed by Contra Costa County. I know many start-up experts, including myself, that would claim that "oxymoron" is impossible.

Thus, no candidate, including the best financial experience, has that ability as a commercial resume. Certainly, we can agree that Grace and Karen have that unique background and Diane, Roger, Brad and Bob fully understand the challenge. But are their commercial backgrounds any better than Vicki's community immersion?

Vicki is focused, aggressive in her pursuit of operational/budgetary reality, and committed to her positions. She has fully submitted herself to service rather than leadership in her role as a council member. She has done the due diligence that has led to discovery of our parcel tax usage and what needs to be corrected in county actions within Alamo.

So, let's judge Vicki as a neighbor, a committed participant, and an equal partner in the unknown territory of government corporation start-up. It is an "oxymoron" that defies experience but invites committed participation.

Challenge the voters with your response,

Harald Paul Arthur Balle
dba Harald A. Bailey
On-line name Hal Bailey

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Posted by Mary
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Vicky is a walking liability. She has promised supporters committee positions. She has my vote for most likely to get the new town sued.

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Posted by Louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:26 pm

Nancy, In case it has not occured to you and your pal Vicki, I am not a woman running for public office. Therefore, MY BIO IS NOT THE ISSUE here.

Duh. What a soap opera! LOL.

Why does Vicki's husband Blake Koc say that she has never worked outside their home?

Don't you think he just might have a clue about her curriculum vitae?

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Posted by Louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 9:41 pm

Thanks Hal for your input. I enjoy your comments. You seem like a sharp guy.

I just have a real bias against a female that has no work experience.

A candidate that lists "Community Volunteer" rather than a background with some real accountability and real responsibility.

Call it a preconceived notion or a prejudice...that is OK. This is a core value for me. And you just don't leave your core values at the door.

I have been a community volunteer, a stay-at-home mom, and a professional working woman.

I speak from experience - there is a world of difference!

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 2, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Could you shovel it a little deeper Louise? You have some issue with Vicki. Everyone gets it. And you keep talking about all you've done. When, where? But when anyone has the temerity to ask you these questions you say 'my bio isn't important'. Well, when you make such libelous and very offensive remarks then your background does become important.

I'm not convinced that you are not some figment of Hal's imagination, which would make this whole protracted discussion between you and he very very disturbing.

And mary, to whom has Vicki promised anything to? Name a name, give some proof instead of more of the same old crap. Ooh, don't vote for so and so, he'll give all our tax dollars to a Colombian drug cartel and then he'll appoint aliens to all our committees and start dissecting our livestock.

If you have any sort of evidence to back up what you say, by all means share it. I'd love to know before I go to the polls tomorrow. But I'm betting you don't.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 7:04 am

Dear Dolores,

The pseudonym, ROB, has repeatedly violated your Terms of Use with "defamously speaking" and lack of content. Such result discredits TDW.

After today's vote, your publisher will be looking for relationships with readers in the Alamo region and credibility for TDW's news and opinion. Be sure to consider content going forward in your news, opinion and FORUM participation.

Today becomes a choice among Alamo voters based on the capabilities and promises of Town Council Candidates versus the history of Contra Costa County District 3. This is a personal, private choice by voters that will be based on valid information and not opinions, endorsements or defamation.

Editor, please do your job!

Harald Paul Arthur Balle
dba Harald A. Bailey
on-line name hal bailey

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Posted by Rob
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 7:48 am

Hal, please. You defame people with almost every post. You claim knowledge you don't have, expertise you don't have. You tear into people you don't know.

If the weekly is going to enforce the terms of service as you so loosely interpret them, you'd be the first out the door. Just in posting as community discourtesy, which by the way isn't a verb except in your mind, and then posting as Hal Bailey you've violated the terms of service. And Louise (which is yet another you), with her vitriol towards Vicki, has libeled her and written very offensive and even sexist comments on these boards. Same as what I told Louise (you) you can't have it both ways. You people post things to get people riled and then act all shocked when someone responds when we all know that this stuff makes your day. But don't play like the reasonable man on here...we've all read your posts and we know it doesn't fit you.

Let's not even get into all the ways you've libeled people, not the least of which is the paper that provides you with this platform from which you make your pronouncements. So as I've said before in relation to your meandering, obtuse and 'look at how clever I am' posts...pot, kettle black. You live in a big glass house, so you might want to put the stones away.

Editor of the Weekly...if you would like to bump me from this forum for violating terms of service, please feel free. As long as you take Hal and all of his pseudonyms with me. I don't have to look it up in merriam webster to know that would be the very definition of a small sacrifice.

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Posted by Louise Baily
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 10:51 am

Dear Rob,

I can assure you, I am not Hal Baily. I am me!

I quote you Rob, "And Louise (which is yet another you), with her vitriol towards Vicki, has libeled her and written very offensive and even sexist comments on these boards"

I repeat AGAIN, I hold no anger toward Vicki Koc. I simply don't feel she is qualified to hold a public office. Why?

She has no work experience (outside her home). In my opinion that is a real serious lack of preparation for any public office.

Sexist? There is no gender gap here. I am, after all, a woman.

Just like RUSH LIMBAUGH, I call a spade a spade.

What culminated with my (appropriate) questions about Vicki Koc's resume, has reawakening of a huge sleeping giant that is ready to rumble.

El RUSHBO would have a field day with a candidate like Vicki Koc.

Gosh Rob, why get all riled? Every American voter has a 1st amendment right to free speech. After all, VETTING a candidate is all part of our political process. Checking a candidates skills, experience, and knowledge should be done for every candidate.

Heavens, one hopes they never have to disagree with Vicki if she gets elected. There may be a rumble in the produce department of our local market by competing gangs.

Why so touchy? Maybe a hidden agenda?

I KNOW, Rob must be a pseudonym for Vicki, or just one of her family/friends.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 2:39 pm

Thank you Louise,

Clearly we are not each other and I appreciate your willingness to be a voice in our community.

I shall disagree with you on town council qualification but not with the need for exceptional planning and budgeting skills learned in the commercial arena. With Contra Costa County not able to execute planning and budgeting in the current fiscal crisis, our unique "oxymoron" of corporate start-up in a town government environment managed by Contra Costa County does need exceptional local expertise.

If we want to establish qualifications for a town council member, it should be proven outreach within our community of neighborhoods. I am concerned that no five council members will have the overall capacity for such an unplanned start-up without the very savvy support of a majority in our neighborhoods.

I am sure each voter in the privacy of their ballot choices can quickly realize which candidates fit that parameter.

Best wishes,


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Posted by louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 3:57 pm


I completely agree with you!

Best Wishes to you as well.


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Posted by Louise Buriss
a resident of Alamo
on Mar 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm


Will you do me a favor?

I am leaving on a trip to Cabo for 3 days.

Since I won't be around for the election results tonight, will you post them on these boards for me?

Then, when I arrive in Cabo tonight, I will check this post to get results.

Thanks so much! Louise

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