Alamo to vote June 7 on keeping some state money for local use
Original post made on May 27, 2011
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on May 27, 2011 at 6:49 pm
An informational distribution was circulated to >8400 voters early in May that illustrated that current parks and programs, as noted in a CCLAFCO report, are not used by greater than 90% of Alamo residents. In response, neighborhood participants specified their interests in natural open space preservation, native environments, and self-directed recreation. It is the conclusion of Alamo's majority that formal parks and current recreation programs are not serving the interests of Alamo residents.
Specifically, Hap Magee Ranch Park is primarily used by Danville residents and it is the interest of Alamo neighborhoods to have it removed from Alamo, R-7A boundaries and funding support. Since the majority in Alamo vote by mail and have already voted we can both wait to see the result of a significant effort to send a message of dissatisfaction to the county by voting NO on Measure F.
on May 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Thank you for your fantastic, strangely familiar commentary on our local issues. Would it be possible for you to tell us when the next Alamo Towne Fool meeting is being held? Just had a feeling that you might know
on May 29, 2011 at 8:05 am
Among Alamo region residents exchanges yesterday and today, there are two approaches to foolish responses to EMCEB's sponsored distraction from, "What should Alamo's majority do with parks and programs to make them serve a majority of residents?" Certainly, there are local humorists that wish to use the distraction of "DAZE in the Park" humor by Ralph N. Shirlet. Most want to stay focused on use of Alamo residents' parcel taxes for the majority interests of Alamo residents.
The need to rethink parks and recreation programs is made obvious by Contra Costa LAFCO's report on local use by a minority of residents and the recent R-7A survey that illustrated the response of 565 residents out of more than 13,000 residents in less than 5000 residences addressed with the survey. The same handful of users in the CCLAFCO report responded to the R-7A survey in support for continuation of parks and programs that suit their specific interests. What is more obvious is the lack of response from a representative majority in Alamo that would confirm interests in natural open space, ridgeline protection, natural landscaping, walking paths, school-based recreation facilities, and more. News service polling documented the majority belief that R-7A funds are specifically an offset to Contra Costa County Public Works budgets and are not focused on majority interests in Alamo.
With a YES vote on Measure F, Alamo residents have a choice, 1) simply allow more than a $million of residents' taxes be spent for projects that serve CCC-PW budgets and few in Alamo, or 2) step forward as a majority and change the course of R-7A appropriations to provide broadly used facilities for Alamo residents' self-directed recreation. Whether part of the status quo minority or the dissatisfied majority, the scope of projects in Alamo warrants approval of Measure F. BUT the real test for Alamo's majority is whether they will silently accept the status quo and the threat of more formal parks and programs, or will their neighborhood groups put forth a change of direction to protect and enjoy the natural and native beauty of our area?
Again, the vote of the majority is already in the mail and we only need to wait for the answer.