Letters to the editor
Original post made on Mar 20, 2009
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 20, 2009, 12:00 AM
on Mar 20, 2009 at 7:41 am
LTTEs concerning Chris Kenber's opinions, or similar opinions by Alisa Corstorphine and other incorporation proponents, should be recognized as their opinions. The small number of active proponents, opponents and accommodating media, being <150 Alamo region neighbors, only have their opinions as basis for explaining the March 3 election results.
The reality was a majority of voters did not know any active proponent, opponent or candidate and were not included in the incorporation process or the definition of a town government to be considered. Voters had nothing on which to base their vote, little trust in the strangers in all incorporation campaigns, and had to rely on their own study and review to determine their vote.
As various organizations and news services reviewed the March 3 results in voter polling it became clear that a few simple actions by incorporation proponents would have delivered a majority YES vote.
The first step was in November 2007 and AIM's needed inclusion of voters in the authorship, review and approval of the incorporation proposal and application to LAFCO.
The second step was in March/April 2008 when AIM should have defined the proposed government and committed to the commissions, boards, committees and taskforces that provide citizen participation and oversight.
The third step was in November/December 2008 when AIM and the candidates should have joined to create a pro forma sources and uses of funds statement usual and customary to corporate start-up review by investors (in this case, voters).
AIM was selling a new corporate start-up to very savvy investors (Alamo region voters) and simply failed to provide the usual and customary business plan for such an investment. Voters will not imagine the opportunities and must have the specifics presented in a well-defined plan.
Now, neighborhoods' counsel(s) are considering a set-aside of the March 3 election because of such failures noted above and developing a new incorporation proposal that is a well-defined, inclusive and fiscally justified contract services municipality for voters' consideration. Such a proposal will be reviewed and approved by a majority of voters via e-exchanges before any election is scheduled.
It takes a community to be a town,
Hal, as a community courtesy
on Mar 20, 2009 at 1:56 pm
Sorry Hal, we don't want a government. Any attempt to revive an incorporation movement will result in a full scale effort to obtain 51% of assessed valuation to kill the baby in it's crib. No on incorporation, now and forever. The death knell of all small communities is incorporation and the voters understand that.
on Mar 20, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Let me thank Steve for his response and acknowledge that postings to various forum subjects were part of development of an news service story on on-line news forums and blogs. No further commentary is planned.
Harald A. Bailey
Member, CDSI Research Fellowship
North America and Asia