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Desert Rat April 16, 2014 at 05:56 PM
George, apparently you are not educated enough to know what the word "facetious" actually Read Moremeans. I am actually well versed in what niggardly really means but many black activists are not. In addition to thinking islands can flip over and the Constitution is 400 years old, some activists took offense to the word just on sound alone. I suggest looking in Wikipedia for "Controversies about the word "niggardly"" to educate yourself on why I made my post tongue in cheek.
Maurice Duenas April 17, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Barnridge column in today newspapers asks the serious questions about the bart and thus no needs on Read Morethe Measure B monies: "It seems like only yesterday that BART directors were lamenting the costly contract demands of union workers -- before they switched gears and gave them everything they wanted. So what's happened since? Directors approved 3.7 percent raises for top management and authorized $225,000 for a Seattle consulting firm to determine what went wrong in labor talks. What went wrong then is the same thing that's gone wrong since: The board keeps dishing out money as if its resources are endless."
livermoron April 17, 2014 at 09:21 PM
Can't we all just get along?
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 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM
Too late, the dems will not allow it, they love illegals.
area man April 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Right you are @Jow. Their whole agreement is based on fraud.
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.
Desert Rat April 16, 2014 at 06:02 PM
Not enough S's Jow.....
Jow April 17, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Sssorrysss
Desert Rat April 17, 2014 at 09:16 PM
Excellent, and just add a little more cowbell and it will be perfect....
Scooby Doo April 07, 2014 at 01:05 PM
While I've NEVER been an advocate of a larger theater being built, especially if taxpayer moniesRead More(ie : the City's General Fund) were on the line to assist with financing, it would be incredibly short-sighted and asinine to just 'close the Bankhead Theater'. Suppose the Bankhead does go under and close. What would happen with the building, as well as the maintenance of the building and surrounding area? How would neighboring businesses and the downtown as a whole be impacted? Would there be an increase in graffiti and blight? Would police services need to be increased to keep trespassers out and criminal elements away? How would residents and visitors alike feel about spending their time and dollars in an business district, or even community, that centers around a large, vacant building and possible nuisance attractant? Less dollars spent in town equals less money in the City's General Fund equals less money available to fund protective services such as police and fire; to repair streets; to clean up litter, illegal dumping, and graffiti, etc. for the community. For the usual crowd of naysayers here on the Livermore Patch that espouse their personal beliefs and agendas, please realize you do NOT speak for the community as a whole. The (theater) building is already built and will not be going away anytime soon. Bemoaning "woulda, should, coulda" does no good for anyone now. Unless you have a better and reasonable idea - which is actually feasible - as to what to do with something that already impacts our community, your typical gripes will not be taken seriously by most. Bashing the Bankhead and hoping for its closure or standing by idly and hoping for the best is NOT the answer. PS - For those who do not know their facts about the Bankhead Theater, how it got its name, and who the Bankheads are, here is a useful link I found: http://www.elivermore.com/bankhead02.htm
Coo Brie April 15, 2014 at 09:44 AM
The nice woman in front of Trader Joe's last Sunday told us that the closure was Gov. Brown'sRead Morefault. The theater's construction loan was coming due and the State cancelled its commitment to fund the loan. She said Brown took the money to balance the budget. What the government gives, the government can take away. Happy tax day!
Desert Rat April 15, 2014 at 03:06 PM
Matt, I agree with your statement. I think there is a small percentage of Livermore residents whoRead Morem ight take advantage of a downtown BART. The other supporters are business owners who don't care if the streets are packed with people since it could turn into business. But let's be honest, do small mom and pop businesses pay the city bills? I would submit that the bulk of Livermore residents are urbanites who commute somewhere else to work, shop at big box stores most of the time, and who don't want an influx of tons of outsiders into Livermore. This doesn't mean I don't support small local businesses as I go to them often. But, I don't want to fight the hordes to get there and use them. It would be nice to have a balance.
Robert April 11, 2014 at 11:34 PM
people will say or do anything to try and put the police in a 'bad light'
Mimi April 13, 2014 at 12:58 AM
I have confidence that our new Chief, Mike Harris will be making every effort to see that the menRead Morean d women on his force are serving with honor and integrity.....isn't that awesome to think about!!! I say this in all honesty just 13 hours after getting a speeding ticket by an LPD officer!! She was direct, polite and professional. That's a lot these days.
CaliGirl April 13, 2014 at 01:45 AM
They walked right into my house one day for no reason. Some dumb girl was going around tellingRead Morepeopl e that she ran away and was living with my son. My son barely even knows her. My oldest son was in the shower and heard them come in and was like, 'what the hell are you doing in here?' What if it had been me in the shower? Getting out in just a towel? Of course, I can't because I have boys but still, do they do that to just anyone? What if my dogs had attacked them? Would they have shot my dogs because they had no permission to be inside my house and dogs do what dogs which is one reason we have them.
Jow April 16, 2014 at 10:09 AM
It takes ones to knows ones???
Terry April 16, 2014 at 10:10 AM
Thank god I'm an athiest!
Jow April 16, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Wait... I get jokes...
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 11, 2014 at 12:33 PM
"your bad choices in what you writes". Classic Maurice.
♫♪ The Cat is back in Town ♪♫ April 11, 2014 at 07:17 PM
do not mocks me Morerice!! Ims seriouslys! I will tells olive the editorials ons you guys!!
Desert Rat April 13, 2014 at 03:28 PM
I have to comment to put this back on the top of Maurice's 18 posts in a row....
RU11550 March 13, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Amen Jacque
Jow April 02, 2014 at 01:42 PM
The Bankhead family donated a lot of money for that theater, so they named it Bankhead.
Scooby Doo April 07, 2014 at 01:03 PM
While I've NEVER been an advocate of a larger theater being built, especially if taxpayer moniesRead More(ie : the City's General Fund) were on the line to assist with financing, it would be incredibly short-sighted and asinine to just 'close the Bankhead Theater'. Suppose the Bankhead does go under and close. What would happen with the building, as well as the maintenance of the building and surrounding area? How would neighboring businesses and the downtown as a whole be impacted? Would there be an increase in graffiti and blight? Would police services need to be increased to keep trespassers out and criminal elements away? How would residents and visitors alike feel about spending their time and dollars in an business district, or even community, that centers around a large, vacant building and possible nuisance attractant? Less dollars spent in town equals less money in the City's General Fund equals less money available to fund protective services such as police and fire; to repair streets; to clean up litter, illegal dumping, and graffiti, etc. for the community. For the usual crowd of naysayers here on the Livermore Patch that espouse their personal beliefs and agendas, please realize you do NOT speak for the community as a whole. The (theater) building is already built and will not be going away anytime soon. Bemoaning "woulda, should, coulda" does no good for anyone now. Unless you have a better and reasonable idea - which is actually feasible - as to what to do with something that already impacts our community, your typical gripes will not be taken seriously by most. Bashing the Bankhead and hoping for its closure or standing by idly and hoping for the best is NOT the answer. PS - For those who do not know their facts about the Bankhead Theater, how it got its name, and who the Bankheads are, here is a useful link I found: http://www.elivermore.com/bankhead02.htm
BluRav Driver April 07, 2014 at 08:06 PM
I hope all the readers of this thread saw the article in the Sun. Valley Times about the LesherRead MoreThea ter in Walnut Creek. The City of WC budgets $800,000/yr. to keep it running and yet local performing companies are pulling out because they cannot afford to run productions there. If the Livermore City Council votes to support the Bankhead, what will the annual expense be and why should one non-profit that promised not to need city funds get this magnitude of help forever? As for Scooby Doo's comments, I am tired of hearing the repeated claim that the Bankhead is "the center of downtown" and keeps the restaurants and other downtown businesses afloat. It is set so far back from First St. that I bet a lot of out-of-towners don't even know it is there. Downtown is busy 7 days a week whether the Bankhead has a show or not. I wish I had a good solution for the problem, but I don't want to see hundreds of thousands of tax dollars spent annually to keep it open. Those funds should be used for all the items Scooby Doo mentioned- police, fire, road repair etc.
Desert Rat April 08, 2014 at 05:53 PM
Maybe we should convert it into a large department store? Although, parking already sucks in theRead Morear ea. Perhaps convert it to condos? I've seen older theaters converted to offices or condos elsewhere. I agree it shouldn't be shuttered as that will just degrade the area. But, it should also be used for something regularly instead of the sporadic performance. We have the lab close by, can't we get them to at least sponsor if not make it a flagship theater for lab events? Or perhaps that would generate some of the Birkenstock never shave the under arms tree hugging protesters to come downtown. Well, maybe they would buy something to eat from a vegan restaurant....
RU11550 April 09, 2014 at 03:28 PM
I say we allow a private entity purchase the theatre who might actually know how to successfullyRead Morerun one. This way we have a functional theatre without the taxpayers money being constantly thrown away by LVPAC.
Joe Granada April 07, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Desert Rat--I don't think it was the other Tri-Valley cities that didn't want to go to Livermore.Read MoreTh e Dublin/Pleasanton station didn't open until 1997, the cost had been enormous and other cities wanted to put available money for extensions into other locations first (notably SFO and Fremont).
Robert S. Allen April 07, 2014 at 11:24 PM
Until BART trains reach Livermore, I hope that LAVTA (Wheels) will add a dedicated express shuttleRead Moreb us - at least during commute hours - between BART's Isabel/580-/Airway Park/Ride and BART's Dublin-Pleasanton station. It should connect with every train in or out. With parking $2.00 a day at BART far from the station entrance (if one can find a place to park), the bus should get lots of ridership. The locals own LAVTA, and hopefully they'll see the light.
Desert Rat April 08, 2014 at 05:49 PM
I'm guessing the other cities theory was the "most for the most" then. However, givenRead Moretha t a BART station in Livermore might ease a bit some of the worst commute traffic in the bay area, i.e. 680 and 580, there would be argument that a Livermore station is the most for the most. But, a Greenville station would have been even more beneficial to reducing traffic on 580. I will vote yes only because an Isabel station is better than nothing and I don't buy the argument that if we stamp our feet and vote no that we will get a Greenville station later.
Katie Strube April 04, 2014 at 07:12 PM
Maybe a lawsuit would help?
Kathy Montgomery April 04, 2014 at 09:11 PM
My thoughts are with you Katie. This is so unfortunate to have the items taken. Very sad...It isRead Morep ossible that the person who took the items may have the heart to return them to the site. I am hopeful...
sandra chesterman April 05, 2014 at 11:22 AM
I'm so sorry Katie! What kind of person would do something like that? And you are right aboutRead Morepeople using Lomitas as a thoroughfare....we have complained before, many times. And it is disgusting that Sam had to clean up what the City should have done. I personally called them long before Sam cleaned up the blood and told them someone needed to come and clean but my request went unanswered. That is the night I met you, I will never forget watching as Sam had to clean it up, it was heart wrenching! I am so sorry Katie! I love you.
T. Brickle April 07, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Garage fire. No fatlities or injuries. Minor smoke and water damage. Fire was extinguishedRead Morequickl y by LPFD.
Michele Gunn April 05, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Checked craigslist and petfnder.com, no posts for these dogs. We have called the local vets andRead Moreshel ters and left our contact information in the event the owner is looking for them. Thank you for all the suggestions and help.
Dinora Arredondo April 05, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Does anyone know if the owners have been found?
Michele Gunn April 05, 2014 at 06:54 PM
Owner has not been found :-(
Jow April 03, 2014 at 06:59 PM
Yeah I saw that. This looks like the vehicle was going too fast and went off the Airway, through a Read Morechain link fence, and on to the shoulder of East bound 580. This was around 1:45 or so. :)
Jay April 06, 2014 at 03:02 PM
Any news on the crash early this morning on Murietta and Olivina? Almost 1AM April 6 (Sunday)Read Moreheard a crash and screeching tires. Police and Fire trucks responded.
Gina M April 07, 2014 at 02:16 AM
Jay, I heard it too and can not find Any info online. It sounded really bad. I am thinking drunkRead Moredri ver???
Desert Rat April 03, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Is it on somebody else's property or the city property? Maybe they are moving it. I know the state Read Morewill only allow a roadside memorial to stay up for a week or two then they take it away unless it is far enough off the road to be on private property.
Katie Strube April 03, 2014 at 11:47 PM
It is on private property and I have permission from the owners to have it there. It is tasteful,Read Moresm all, and means a great deal to me. I am sure whoever took it does not know the pain of losing a child who is kind, brilliant, and full of promise. I hope they never do.
Desert Rat April 04, 2014 at 10:36 PM
I would bet on kids who have no idea the hurt they are causing or the ramifications of theirRead Moreactions .
CaliGirl April 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Ahhh no wonder why the new college grads are coming out as dumb as ever. I thought it was their new Read Morefondness of alcohol.
libertus_rebelium April 01, 2014 at 02:13 PM
CaliGirl, new college grads are coming out "dumb" because colleges have primarily becomeRead Morea business. If you pay, you graduate. This also depends on where you go. Outcome based schools are much better at creating a thinking graduate. This is why trade schools are so popular now, cheaper and easier to step into the workforce. In any case, what we had at primary was not working and I do not see a problem with common core actually forcing students to think over memorize.
Nick April 09, 2014 at 03:10 PM
The Constitution is outdated. That's kind of why the Founding Fathers made it malleable, so thatRead Moreeac h generation could change it to reflect their specific needs and issues if so they chose to.
Becky April 01, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Did you know that the search feature on Patch works really well? There is stuff still on the siteRead Moreg oing back years. Maybe you could somehow use it to search for key words. Iagree with you that the boards are great. Good idea to get notifications on them.
Pogmahon March 29, 2014 at 12:28 PM
I always felt the Regional Theater was a joke. The skewed stats they fed us were before there wereRead Moret hree such theaters in the region, which horribly diluted the market. Bankhead is a wonderful venue that needs better selection of shows etc. Given the size of the subscribers as well as volunteer base I'd like to see where the money has been allocated. Yes it may have been published but I have not yet seen it myself. Anyway, a better use of that area as an extension of the shopping district would generate a lot more revenue. Do we need a different council?
Becky March 29, 2014 at 02:47 PM
Someone told me that years ago, Las Positas College wanted to build a regional theater out there,Read Morean d Joan Sepala didn't want them to because she wanted the Regional Theater downtown. It seems like Las Po would be the perfect place with the big parking lot mostly empty on weekends.
Joe Fox March 31, 2014 at 07:32 PM
We definitely need a new Mayor and a few new Council members. Laureen Turner should stay. She voted Read Moreagainst giving the money to LVPAC for the Bankhead Theatre.
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