Alamo secures cityhood signatures

A group of Alamo folks have collected enough signatures to pursue the formation of their own city.

The Alamo Incorporation Movement said this morning that it has more than 3,100 signatures from registered Alamo voters. The group needed 2,400 valid signatures in order to request a study by the Local Agency Formation Commission, a precursor in the long journey toward cityhood. (The Local Agency Formation Commission has jurisdiction over local government boundaries. It is a a state-created board comprised of Contra Costa County, city and special district officials.)

“We are building momentum towards incorporating Alamo” said Alamo Incorporation Movement Chairwoman Vicki Koc in a press release sent out thirs morning. “Informing the community and gathering signatures has already brought us closer together. Now we will be working to make sure that all the facts are in front of Alamo voters as we move towards an incorporation election.”

The proponents of incorporation expect the LAFCO process will take about a year. If LAFCO agrees that Alamo should incorporate, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors will set an election date, which could take place in early to mid-2009.

The group needs more than signatures, it also needs money. To pay for the studies that LAFCO will oversee, the advocates estimate they need to raise $250,000.

For more information on Alamo incorporation, visit www.alamoinc.org.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen