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In volume e-exchange traffic this morning, Diablo Vista region neighbors within the proposed Town of Alamo boundaries were celebrating three prospective candidates for the proposed town council:
Karen McPherson is an exceptional advocate for our neighborhoods and has the scope of background in regional planning and district government to involve all her neighbors in the local government formation and considerations.
Diane Barley has broad understanding of our neighborhoods as part of her role in the AIA, Rotary, and many other community outreach activities. Her work in P-2B makes Diane exactly important to how we chose our public safety services, maintain relationships with region fire districts, and maintain successful performance by our sheriff officers.
Brad Waite has been primary among AIA board members in his willingness to reach out to neighbors and include our neighborhoods in AIA considerations. His ease among diverse positions and his analytical considerations make Brad very key to maintaining budget constraints while providing maximum services to our neighborhoods.
Neighbors and their neighborhoods recognize Karen, Diane and Brad as proponents of incorporation to serve every neighbor and their neighborhoods. Most importantly, these generous volunteers have now given neighbors a reason to consider a YES vote for incorporation.
Dear neighbors (taken from neighborhood e-exchanges)
If incorporation makes sense in our region then it must have council members that have a proven track record for outreach to all neighbors. Today, we have the opportunity to rethink our conclusion of interest in incorporation because that track record is available with Karen McPherson, Diane Barley and Brad Waite.
Finally, exclusion from the incorporation process has an option. We now have definition based on exceptional history of generous volunteer service to our region that is grounded in neighborly outreach. We can safely hope that incorporation is really for all neighbors now that Karen, Diane and Brad have offered us that option.
Let's discuss an inclusive incorporation process, what do you say?
Neighbors are encouraging an additional prospective candidate, Roger Smith, AIA Vice President and long-time voice of planning for our community of neighborhoods, to join Karen McPherson, Diane Barley, and Brad Waite as council candidates representing outreach and inclusion for all neighbors in the proposed Alamo town government.
Dear Neighbors, (taken from neighborhood e-exchanges)
It is appropriate to notify Alamo town council candidates that neighbors' responses to neighborhood polling shows further conclusion of interest in the current town of Alamo incorporation proposal. Without bonafide specifications of government in LAFCO's proposal of incorporation for voter consideration, no promises or outreach by candidates can be considered real definition of government.
We can hope that candidates outside the influence of AIM can bring definition from LAFCO so voters have reasons to consider incorporation approval.
Lisa, Diablo Vista regional counsel committee
Dear Neighbors (taken for neighborhoods' e-exchanges)
Please let's consider Hal's posting today to this forum:
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, Hal""
Submitted by Jennifer, North Iron Horse neighborhoods
Dear neighbors (taken from regional e-exchanges)
Sharon Burke, AIM committee member, published her selected reasons why incorporation makes sense in our deepening State and County Financial Crisis (Alamo Today, December 2008). Let's invite Karen McPherson, Diane Barley, Brad Waite and Roger Smith to review Sharon's campaign release and more fully discuss the dire impact of the financial crisis on the feasibility of incorporation. These prospective candidates have always been complete and earnest in their presentation to our neighborhoods and have the expertise to define how State withholding of tax revenues, lower sales tax revenues and higher contract services costs can impact budgets for the proposed town of Alamo.
Let's ask these experts to keep us better informed. As we have discussed in our groups, this financial crisis will cost all of us more for the governments that serve us. We all want a real view of those costs and how we will manage those costs in our governments.
Ad hoc community committee
Diablo Vista region neighborhoods
Inclusion is the message of this FORUM and I am pleased that serious consideration of our governments is being discussed. This is more than a matter of campaigns and candidates. We are deciding what our community will be and what it will cost going forward. Certainly we all know that WE, the people, will have to pay our way out of this fiscal crisis and pay our way into a community we will define.
I just want to celebrate the careful thought going into those considerations and the invitation, as outreach, that is bringing community back to our region.
Join that effort, Dolores, with your journalism.
Dear neighbors (as received at regional e-exchanges)
After all the effort of AIM volunteers to provide voters the opportunity to vote on incorporation and then define a government that serves all of us, you are still not showing appreciation for such unselfish efforts and results. You must now know that you cannot have incorporation your way because State Laws do not allow definition of government before there is incorporation approved by the voters.
You have every reason to trust that our elected town council will make sure your voices are heard and your interests are included in government actions. You can trust that council candidates will listen to your concerns and serve you once elected.
I already see that trust forming as many neighbors celebrate Karen (McPherson), Diane (Barley), Brad (Waite), Roger (Smith) and Grace (Schmidt) as council candidates. I believe that all neighbors know that a local government is the best result for our future as a community and neighborhoods. Let's all step forward during the campaign for incorporation and make sure we have our government serving our future.
Please give incorporation the chance it deserves!
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