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Who will be first leaders of Alamo?

Original post made on Nov 28, 2008

With Alamo incorporation on the ballot March 3, excitement is growing over selection of the first town council. Alamo Incorporation Movement, which is pushing the semi-rural community to govern itself, organized a presentation Nov. 19 at Creekside Community Church for residents to learn how to run for council and what is involved in the position.

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Posted by Rachel Wells
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2008 at 8:35 am

Dear nieghbors (taken from e-exchanges),

This weekend, Diablo Vista region neighborhood groups will be discussing the in-place advisory committees that should define functional commissions for any planned government for voter consideration. With the voters as leaders of any government in our region, it will be the expertise of these committees that will help voters define commissions in their government:

AIA Planning Committee will be asked to provide their expertise in definition of planning and zoning for our region as a continuing commission.

P-2B and P-5 Advisory Committees will be asked to define police services as continuing commissions in any government in our region.

Z-36 Advisory Committee and Alamo Roads Committee will be asked to define the scope of infrastructure (public works) commission in our region including traffic controls, covered drainage, underground utilities/street lighting, completed sewer systems and municipal Wifi.

R-7A Advisory Committee will be asked to define an Environments commission for our region that includes walkways, pathways, trails, parks and recreational activities.

Rachel, ad hoc community committee
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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Posted by Lisa Wright
a resident of another community
on Nov 29, 2008 at 8:34 am

Dear neighbors (taken from neighborhoods e-exchanges),

Dolores Fox Ciardelli inappropriately refers to council candidates as prospective leaders in the proposed town of Alamo. That role remains with the voters and their immediate participation and oversight in any resulting government. For now, since the current incorporation proposal establishes independent authority for a town council in defining and operating a town government, a majority of voters will say NO to incorporation.

Dolores, in her AIM support, needs to describe how such council members will be representative of the voters' immediate will and interests and in service to a government defined by and for the people of our region. If such description and definition is presented to voters, a YES vote for incorporation is possible.

Let us discuss this obligation Saturday and the remedies available if any council member attempts act as a leader. Immediate actions by counsel(s) and voter recall petitions should be understood and available to maintain citizens' oversight of all governments in our region.

Lisa Wright
Diablo Vista regional counsel committee
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods

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Posted by Hal Bailey
a resident of another community
on Dec 1, 2008 at 2:49 pm

Dear Dolores,

Let's share what we received from LAFCO as parameters for definition. Each candidate for Alamo town council needs to be able to define and specify how they will achieve the creation of boards, commissions and committees so voters have some rational basis for their incorporation vote:

"Cities utilize a variety of advisory and oversight boards and committees ranging from planning, parks & recreation, design review, aging, youth, cultural arts, community services, library, housing/community/economic development, environmental quality/sustainability, and historic resources commissions to oversight committees dealing with issues such as fiscal/budget, elections, public safety, public works, civil service/personnel and other specialized interests. These types of commissions and committees are typically formed post incorporation."

As a courtesy to candidates,


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Posted by Carol Westward
a resident of Alamo
on Dec 2, 2008 at 10:29 am

Dear Editor (taken from regional e-exchanges)

There is a more primary need for definition by Alamo town council candidates: "How will you operate a town government with less revenue and more expensive services caused by the State and County fiscal crisis? What was claimed as conservative projections in LAFCO's fiscal study are now subject to review due to possible retention of tax revenue sharing by the State."

North Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods