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Tom Ness April 19, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I have to agree with Maurice here, i don't have the time to go to a city council meeting, but feelRead Morem y voice is not heard. 100 people do not represent 80,000 in the city, bankhead is a disaster, nothing good is ever there and there is a reason they are broke. No reason ever ever ever that the bankhead should be borrowing money, or just given money in this most recent case, when the city is in need of hiring more officers, fixing streets, fixing its aging fleet, etc, everything that a city needs, not funding some arts programs for a small minority.
armalloy April 20, 2014 at 09:31 AM
I have very much enjoyed shows at the Bankhead, but that reason alone wouldn't be enough for me toRead Moree ncourage the city to support it. The Bankhead is extremely supportive of our Livermore students- giving them free, or reduced price tickets, and supporting the marvelous Science on Saturday series, but even that reason wouldn't totally convince me the city should support the Bankhead. The main reason I support it is because it helps to keep our downtown alive, and I live here, and I don't want my downtown to suffer the death of one of its main attractions- and whether you like the Bankhead or not, you should think about the support it gives to other businesses, which support our tax base. People come to the Bankhead and spend the evening in Livermore. They spend money going out to eat. They spend money going out for drinks after the show. The Bankhead is a keystone to our vibrant downtown- which just keeps getting busier. I can't imagine what would happen to our downtown without the Bankhead. If there has been mismanagement, by all means, let's make sure that gets fixed- but an empty Bankhead in the middle of our downtown would be horrible- for everyone, whether they go to the Bankhead or not.
Desert Rat April 20, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Armalloy, I think the big problem is that the Bankhead isn't the "keystone" of that area. Read More If it were, then it wouldn't be in financial difficulty. The answer to me is to bring more popular forms of entertainment to the theater. But, that costs money and that money has to come from somewhere. Big name entertainment wants to make money. They can either play larger venues where the tickets can cost a little less due to higher quantity, or they can find small venues but charge out the wazoo for a ticket to make up the difference. I would be willing to pay a greater amount for an act that I really want to see, but I may be in the minority on that one. Also, keep in mind we have the Wente concert series which seats over double the 500 at the Bankhead. If I were a performer, the choice would be clear in Livermore.
Alice April 18, 2014 at 01:13 PM
No, Desert Rat, I did not bother to look at the whole conversation. I thought I did, perhaps not. Read MoreAlthough I prefer people that show respect, I'm not put out by people that have such a small vocabulary that they resort to humiliation or profanity. It does make me wonder who they associated as a child. I used to be very insecure. I remember how it felt to be bullied. Now, When I witness, my empathy goes directly to the abused. Now, I'm a controlling Bitch, hoping to help those that look to be like me in my youth. I could be wrong, but it looks to me that bullying is the main objective which makes the bully person look very small. Since I don't know you, maybe you are only trying to help!!! HA! Oh, I don't mind being a terrible speller. I've seen better and worse. And, I don't even mind you correcting me. Perhaps that is part of how you attempt to show superiority?? I also like to use lots and lots of punctuation marks.
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 18, 2014 at 05:29 PM
Another pointless, self centered rant from someone that jumps in a conversation just to argue.Read MoreTha nks Alice for reminding people why they hate you.
Desert Rat April 18, 2014 at 07:29 PM
Perhaps Alice, your helping could be focused on George who replied to my humor withRead More"Apparently you are not educated enough", "..or maybe you are just ignorant of the English language." and "...and do you have issue with that word too because it contains the letters that spell out homo?" Bring that bitchiness to bear on a better target. I would also say that sarcasm and humor are sometimes more difficult to express in an online forum lacking context. But then again, assuming an intent to ridicule or bully on somebody else's part just because you didn't get the humor might belie some insecurity as well. I will confess however to associating with smart asses, class clowns, future stand up comedians, and others of excessively dry wit in my youth. But, I never bullied, well unless they needed it....and it usually included the deployment of an atomic wedgie with the recipient left hanging on a door knob. Or so it was alleged....
Alice April 18, 2014 at 09:42 AM
What is e waste,?? Cords? Etc?? Electronics??
Jow April 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Morgan King Sr. April 17, 2014 at 06:39 PM
King Sr. April 17, 2014 at 05:09 PM Morgan King Sr. April 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM There is much to be Read Moresaid about the respective competing initiatives. But what I want to discuss here is the notion that if Dublin doesn't grab Doolan Canyon and develop it, Livermore will, and Livermore has already taken the first steps to annex the area into the Livermore city boundary. The fact that Livermore has applied to LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) to annex the property is being used as a scare tactic by the promoters' of the "Let Dublin Decide" initiative. However, a look at the actual public records shows that Livermore's motive in annexing the lan d is to preserve it as open space and agricultural land, not development. The minutes of the Livermore City Council meeting at which the application to LAFCO to bring the property within Livermore's ambit makes it clear the purpose is preservation of open space. The Livermore staff report to the Council urged the Council to take steps to preserve the area. Livermore's actual application for annexation, filed with LAFCO, states as its purpose the preservation of Doolan Canyon and associated parcels, as open space. The LAFCO staff report to the LAFCO board on the issue makes it clear that the purpose behind Livermore's application is to preserve it as open space. Several years ago, the Livermore City Council adopted an initiative (almost identical to the current Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014, which is promoted by Dublin residents with no monetary gain expected - to preserve the area as open space. The Livermore initiative, which is now law that can only be changed by a vote of Livermore's electorate, provides that any attempt by Livermore to annex the land for anything other than open space / agriculture, must be approved by Livermore voters. Accordingly, the scare tactic that Livermore will grab the land to annex it for development is disingenuous, if not an outright lie. The fact is, the real threat to Doolan Canyon is from Dublin, not Livermore; Dublin does not yet have a voter-control mechanism. By contrast, the Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 does exactly that. Our initiative is the only way that Dublin voters have control to decide what happens to the area (notice that the developers' initiative is called the "Let Dublin Decide" measure, and does not contain the word "voters."). That initiative leaves control of the 40% area in the hands of the Dublin City Council, not Dublin's voters. - Morgan King, a co-author of the Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 (with Dave Bewley). For more information go to LetDublinVotersDecide.com.
Jow April 18, 2014 at 09:59 AM
Livermore should have this land.
Becky April 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM
Thank you Mr. King, for your work. I wish Livermore residents could sign it.
Mo April 18, 2014 at 01:25 AM
Where are you located? Please post your address, contact or website info. Thank you!
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 18, 2014 at 05:37 PM
Sorry about that, 33 E Airway Blvd, Livermore, CA 94551 (925) 344-7240
Shelley April 17, 2014 at 10:45 AM
It would be helpful if you listed courts in our area that are hosting teams. A team of one won'tRead Morewor k.
steve Pratt April 17, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Shelley, simply reach out to Kristin Ginn at ginn@norcal.usta.com; (510-263-0443). A mixed doublesRead Morel eague will also be taking place this summer. And she will get you on a team.
Trader Lu April 19, 2014 at 02:21 AM
I only see adults selling produce on corners on weekends. They know that the city offices areRead Moreclosed and that no one can contact the Business License Dept. in order to complain.
AnnF April 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM
I see them during the week all the time. Pine Street/College/Chestnut. The police dispatcher toldRead Moreme they will not do anything about that. I wonder why they break the law when our city does NOTHING. Hummmmmm
Becky April 19, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I'd buy strawberries from those guys at College and Arroyo if they would put put up a big sign with Read Morethe price on it. I don't like to haggle. Anybody know how much they charge for a flat or half-flat of strawberries?
Desert Rat April 19, 2014 at 02:16 PM
I bet every single dead person who voted for Obama had valid ID.
Stan Ford April 20, 2014 at 10:30 AM
If he worked at a polling place then he should have stopped it. If he saw it, what did he do aboutRead Morei t? What was the outcome?
Becky April 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM
Those are good questions, Stan. It would be good to know what current law allows to ensure peopleRead Morev oting actually have the right to a vote. Do we need the voter ID law to legally stop people from claiming they are someone they are not? Do the polling workers currently have any tools to stop it? I remember the first time I voted and being shocked that nobody asked for my ID.
Jow April 16, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Fracking is all good brah.
Teresa April 16, 2014 at 12:47 PM
I believe we should always be good stewards of the earth but not to the point where we destroyRead Moreourse lves and create poverty within our communities by not being able to use and develop energy from natural gas, oil, and other natural resources. It is becoming known that the climate change/global warming EPA are contributing to ill-changes of the earth and are pushing the climate change agenda for the "green" of money. Look at who they are and how they are prospering from it. Watch the documentary: http://www.bluebeatsgreen.com---- and do research on who is making money on the false models and push of climate change and what the "green movement" is actually doing and how it is destroying the beauty and preservation discussed in your post. There are six billion people on Earth, a colder climate and/or less carbon dioxide would have devastating effects worldwide. Thousands and thousands of studies and experiments prove that more carbon dioxide produces better fruits, vegetables, trees and almost any sort of plant life. Most of the temperature increase happened before 1940 (Before most carbon dioxide was released by cars and factories). We can be good stewards and also use the natural resources within our earth to create energy and jobs to live healthy and feed the world. Man is not the evil CO2 contributor: read the article from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2096277/Global-warming-James-Delingpole-claims-green-zealots-destroying-planet.html “There is no convincing evidence that human release of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases is causing, or will cause in the future, catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere or disruption of the Earth's climate.”Oregon Petition, from the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, signed by over 17,000 international scientists including more than 2000 of the world's leading climatologists, meteorologists and planetary / atmospheric scientists. We need CO2 for the world to BE green--we are killing our forests and water. Our local politicians are controlling our water in CA by NOT planning for times with less rain. In ancient times even those people understood to be wise and prepare for worst times--build reservoirs!! Don't drain our lakes or take away our reservoirs and then control us by telling us we have no water, and need to limit our use when we could have been prepared.
Becky April 19, 2014 at 12:03 PM
Teresa, You wrote, "Thousands and thousands of studies and experiments prove that more carbonRead Mored ioxide produces better fruits, vegetables, trees and almost any sort of plant life." You know that we're not plants, right? More CO2 has a slight effect on plant growth, but not so much that it would offset the damage from increased insect activity caused by warming and droughts, extreme temperatures, etc. ---------------------------------------------------I really wonder why nobody talks about population control anymore. I think it's because countries want to have as many people as possible to fight their wars.
Smitty April 08, 2014 at 08:07 PM
You got me good TrueRealist. I agree that the future of The Bankhead should be put to a vote, butRead Moreno t without a viable plan/s in place for the site's future should it fail. Theaters nationwide have funding problems and a great many are joint ventures between private owners and their cities, which is probably the only way those that survive do so. I think theater venues are an important part of communities and I don't know why they have such money issues barring the fact that entertainment production is costly, ticket prices are high, and construction debt is costly. I do believe that success depends on the synergy between the Bankhead and the downtown area, i.e., restaurants and shops. It would be really helpful to see hard numbers on restaurant patronage and revenue on theater days/nights versus when the Bankhead is dark. I don't know where that info is or if it exists in the aggregate, but without it, we're all shooting from the hip. I like some of Scooby's ideas for fostering that synergy, especially a Dinner and a Show like combo, which has been done in San Jose. I have never been in favor of a second regional theater and fought against it and have never understood the supposed synergy it would have created to support the Bankhead other than some economies of scale which never made sense to me. I'm not ready to vote against the Bankhead based upon everything known (or supposedly known) now. I would like to see what plan develops between the city, the theater, and those who represent downtown businesses and I hope it is something we can believe in.
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 09, 2014 at 09:13 PM
@ Becky, did you mean stop it Cat? or stop it, Cat?? Very confusing. I am now on the side of Smitty Read More(although I haven't read a word you people write).
Becky April 09, 2014 at 10:07 PM
Cat, you are the only unbiased person on here.
Sophie April 12, 2014 at 02:58 AM
I heard this too. There had been a standoff with a suicidal man on Hillview. I'm not sure if theRead Moregun shot noises were related to that.
Deanna Lopez April 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Why isn't that story on the Patch? I live over there and I would like to know what happened.
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 15, 2014 at 08:58 PM
Did it sound like "PEW! PEW! PEWPEWPEW!!! PEW!!! drop the knife a hole!! PEW PEW.... 'MericaRead MoreWI NS!!!