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Becky March 7, 2014 at 07:17 am
Thank you for these reports on city council meetings. They should be listed with Top News, not onRead More blogs. And I hope you're paying the author something.
Becky March 7, 2014 at 08:51 am
@Autumn Johnson, As Editor, can you place these city council reports with the News instead of inRead More Blogs? There are so many blogs that are actually advertisements, that it's hard to find worthwhile ones.
Desert Rat December 1, 2013 at 05:51 pm
BART is a whole other ball game. Prepare for increased crime when BART lands in Livermore. This isRead More why it is best to keep the stations near the freeway and not near the downtown. It is no secret to any police agency that BART provides criminals the opportunity to commute along with everybody else. While working folk commute to the big city, criminals commute to the bedroom communities to do their five finger discount shopping. I certainly agree with keeping BART at arm's length.
Robert S. Allen December 2, 2013 at 04:44 pm
The BART Board agenda Thursday Item 5A is "Proposed Livermore Extension Project LevelRead More Environmental Update." Meeting is at 9 AM in Oakland (300 Lakeside Drive), but this is well into the agenda - probably about 11 am. I haven't seen the attachment yet.
Desert Rat December 2, 2013 at 06:03 pm
Nice to see they are holding it in a convenient location for those most impacted in Livermore.
Becky December 3, 2013 at 01:23 pm
I'm so glad the Patch is reporting on the City Council meeting. It's not reported anywhere else,Read More unless it's something really controversial. I didn't see if for a month though. Maybe is should be in news.
Jdawg's mom October 16, 2013 at 09:12 am
Just saying...AVR tends to manage properties that are in less than decent condition, with landlordsRead More that don't desire to upgrade or remodel what needs fixing, though I wouldn't say that is their specialty. It makes sense why they would not want to be in the middle of this situation. If the City knew some of what they seem to be trying to get away with offerring in terms of rentals and the soundness of those properties, they might find themselves and some of their clients in hot water of their own.
Becky January 11, 2014 at 09:57 am
I just found this article buried in Patch somewhere three months later. I still don't know how IRead More found it. Great article. Thanks Christian for really thorough reporting.
Becky January 11, 2014 at 10:01 am
I'm all for this ordinance. I think it will really change the north side of town. AVR just wantsRead More to avoid work. Did no actual landlords show up to protest. That proves they really are absentee landlords.
Councilwoman Laureen Turner
John Marchand October 15, 2013 at 08:17 am
The wording about the secondary impacts to the neighborhood is necessary for the legal finding thatRead More the operation of a drug house is a “nuisance” that can then be abated. Some of these drug houses have had thirty or more arrests on the premises and raids from the SWAT team. Proceedings may take months before the D.A. can bring them to trial. In the meantime, the perpetrators can make bail, go back to the house, continue their dealings and continue to negatively impact the neighborhood. This ordinance can stop the operation of the house by associates of the resident dealers. The prosecution for the drug sales takes place in criminal court. The abatement or cessation of the use of the property as a drug house takes place in civil court. The presence of a drug production facility, such as meth or hash oil, can present real public safety hazards that need to be abated immediately. There have been explosions in the not too distant past from more than one such home-operated production facility, at least one resulting in death. The City can work with the landlord or property owner to evict the bad players if necessary to abate the drug house. It is another tool that we can use to get drug dealers and manufacturers out of our neighborhoods.
W63 October 16, 2013 at 06:48 am
Mayor Marchand is right. The is a problem for the entire city and waiting until there is aRead More conviction is waiting valuable time.
Christian Holm October 16, 2013 at 07:18 am
Talking to people out and about, I'm finding there's a great deal of support for this ordinance.Read More When Jeremy Thomas and I were speaking to Ken Bradley after council accepted the ordinance, Ken Bradley described how he had to play private detective in order to solve these kinds of problems. I didn't include that part of the story in my piece on the Council meeting, but I believe it's relevant in that landlords likely don't have the time or resources to do that most of the time. That said, he did bring up some good points on existing law. Jeremy noted in his piece that Bradley described the ordinance as Vigilantism... which seemed a bit odd considering what he has been doing. That's just an observation...
Tom Fillstingman October 14, 2013 at 01:49 pm
The two opposing views on this ordinance are interesting. It would be interesting to see hear aRead More third party assess it. I'd read the actual law, but I just don't have the time.
Robert S. Allen October 4, 2013 at 03:17 pm
The 2011 Keep BART on 580 initiative petition qualified for the November 2011 municipal ballot andRead More was instead adopted by the Livermore City Council. The General Plan notes the City's preference for a Greenville/580 BART station there, not one-half mile to the south.
Robert S. Allen October 4, 2013 at 03:21 pm
The petition did not preclude a Vasco/580 BART station or an ACE intermodal station east ofRead More Greenville, likely along the former SP railroad where UP/ACE tracks cross several times and closely parallel the former SP for several miles.
Christian Holm October 4, 2013 at 03:22 pm
I can't remember why it was moved, but it was. Mayor Marchand made that clear in the Town Hall. ItRead More might have been some environmental impact thing...
Christian Holm August 4, 2013 at 05:27 pm
Thanks, Barbara! It was one heck of a game!
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Roger V. Tranfaglia June 27, 2013 at 09:34 am
Godspeed to your son Sandra,I got wind of the attack from a mutual friend,the impression I got fromRead More her that it was local. Never saw it in the news till now,take care.
Tami thurman July 3, 2013 at 11:48 am
Why is it that assaults like this are constantly being taken over by the family members of theRead More victims because the police are too lazy to check for evidence themselves? How is it that a grieving family can find evidence; however, if they weren't in the frame of mind to do so, the creep who assaulted their son would probably be let go or their son could be arrested. Incredible the lack of professionalism. Sorry for your son and his injuries. Prayers sent.
sandra chesterman July 5, 2013 at 02:33 pm
Tami, It was extremely upsetting as a parent to hear that the person that assaulted my son may getRead More off without any punishment at all. The police department just assumed that this was mutual combat and considered the case closed without EVER speaking to my son or any of the people that witnessed the assault. I am thankful everyday that my husband and I pushed the issue (along with KRCR-TV) and got the police to take another look. I will say however, that the Chico P.D. has given this case the attention it deserves and moved quickly once the true story started to unfold. I whole heartedly believe that justice will prevail and that the defendant will suffer the consequences for his actions. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers! Roger, thank you for your concern. We miss you here in Livermore and hope all is well with you!