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Alamo committee discusses disbanding

Original post made on May 19, 2009

Frustration over anemic revenues and growing expenses led the members of Alamo's Zone 36 committee to consider disbanding this week. The committee had its regular meeting Tuesday at Hap Magee Ranch Park, but the only item on the agenda was a discussion about allowing the committee to disband; however, they chose to hold off on a vote pending more information from Contra Costa County.

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Posted by Community courtesy
a resident of another community
on May 19, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Dear Dolores,

Z-36 has the opportunity to enjoy increased revenue and appropriations as long as district 3 does not stipulate that funding.

Z-36 has been offered funding by neighborhoods that is isolated from CCC-PW access if infrastructure projects are defined and meet neighborhoods specifications. If that does not fit the political reality of Z-36 then we all want it shut down and let private community funding complete such infrastructure tasks.

Exactly, we need to know all parties' list of infrastructure projects before we invest further in CCC-PW budgets that simple erode potential use of parcel taxes.

**commentary by Jeremy, ad hoc infrastructure committee, Diablo Vista region community of neighborhoods**

Hal, as a community courtesy

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Posted by Askidoo
a resident of Alamo
on May 21, 2009 at 9:42 am

Comment above is nonsense. What opportunity for increased revenue and appropriations as long as? Its a parcel tax and is voted on by Alamo voters. You don't make sense. Of course, from this same source above has come all sorts of unverifiable survey results and other unbelievable claims so this just adds another in a long litany of Town Square topics pontificated on that don't make sense and go beyond opinion.

And then Jeremy/Hal writes,ludicrously, that these neighborhoods have offered funding? Really? The committee is unaware of that. When was this done, for how much, for how long and by and to whom?

As to the supervisorial district III stipulating funding: Of course. This is how it works and when Alamo voted against incorporation and to remain under the county they opted for this wasteful inefficient system to continue with the County taking a very large percentage from Zone 36- over 50% - of revenue for administration with no projects in place. As before Dist. III oversees each and every Advisory Committee, and all their decisionmaking is advisory and only a recommendation and subject to the Supervisor and staff, and CCC staff.

The real question for the committee members is where did the money go? There is no accounting thus far to explain that question. If they know that answer then they can decide whether or not to recommend to the Supervisor that a community advisory committee be dissolved.

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on May 21, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Dear Dolores,

Let's appreciate the questions posted in this exchange and answer them:

#1. When neighborhoods organized opposition to the increase in parcel taxes and appropriations for Z-36, a document was shared with the committee and district 3 that specified private funding by neighborhoods for projects approved by the neighborhoods.

#2. The reason for this private funding was to restrict the parcel tax claims CCC-PW could make to augment their budgets without benefit to Alamo.

#3. District 3 works for us and we do not work for them. Any and all private funding available would be outside of district 3 control and review.

#4. Various individuals in Alamo have provided in-depth review of the uses of Z-36 parcel taxes for the general operations of CCC-PW and according to e-exchange distributed reports, the Z-36 committee was fully informed of such community audit.

#5. If the committee is dissolved then neighborhoods will move to end the parcel taxes related to Z-36.

Answered and if you wish more detail, contact me at CDSI (

Hal Bailey

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