Alamo Acronyms and Abbreviations
By Steve Mick
There are a number of Alamo residents who are active in the community. Their volunteer efforts make this a great place to live. A large part of their activities consists of attending meetings - lots and lots of meetings. Over time, participants have evolved a number of short cuts and abbreviations for various topics under discussion. To a new person, this "shorthand" may be a bit confusing.
This was brought home to me at a liaison meeting a few weeks ago. The format was a round table with each person speaking in turn. When the discussion came around to a person new to the meeting, she expressed more than a little puzzlement over the acronyms and abbreviations. Definitions were of course provided to her.
However, this experience led me to create a list of these acronyms and abbreviations. I use many of these when I'm taking notes during meetings to save time and ink.
APSAC (app-sack) – Alamo Police Services Advisory Committee: an appointed group of residents who advise the county and the sheriff on law enforcement issues. Also known as the P-2B Committee
AIA – Alamo Improvement Association
AT – Alamo Today
CFA – Community Foundation of Alamo: A volunteer group that organizes the annual Tree LightingFestival in December and the Alamo Restaurant Walk-About
CoCoTax – Contra Costa Taxpayers Association
CSA – County Service Area: A CSA can be formed in unincorporated areas to provide a revenue stream for taxpayer-approved services. In Alamo, a CSA designated "R-7A" funds Alamo Parks and Recreation
DACC – Danville Area Chamber of Commerce (includes Alamo)
DVB - Danville Blvd
FOAC (foh-ack) - Facilities Oversight and Advisory Committee: A committee formed by the San
IHT – Iron Horse Trail: The largest park in Alamo
LAFCO (Laugh Co) - Local Agency Formation Commission. Not many people know what this group does, but it's worth Googling since this body affects all of Contra Costa County
MAC – Municipal Advisory Council: an appointed group of residents who advise the county on various governmental activities in Alamo
SVMS - Stone Valley Middle School
SRVHS - San Ramon Valley High School: Not to be confused with:
SRVHS - San Ramon Valley Historical Society
SRVUSD - Ramon Valley Unified School District to oversee and advise the district on school facility matters.
VS - Valley Sentinel: The fine publication that you're reading…
ZA – Zoning Administrator: A county official or designee who hears requests for variance permits among other duties