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Big theater still looms in Livermore

To build - or not to build - Livermore's Regional Theater

Noteworthy, retired ANG newspaper editor Tim Hunt wrote an interesting article about the continued efforts of some people in Livermore to build the regional theater, even though most of us do not want it.

What does the current city council say? Are they in favor or against the regional theater? Do they want to continue to stranglehold the citizens of Livermore and put us in debt for all eternity just so that the 1% can have their dream theater?  Read more at  http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/square/index.php?i=3&t=9444

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John Harrington September 26, 2012 at 02:38 AM
The Council are lap dogs for the selfish baby boomers who admre the "Stockton Model" want this thing built. Maybe the citizens need to mount a recall and put in members who are fiscally responsible.
Livermore_Fan September 26, 2012 at 05:21 AM
If as Mr. Duenas says "...most of us do not want it.", then why did most of us vote for John Marchand in the last mayoral election? I'm sure most people voted with the theater in mind as I did.
JoAnne September 26, 2012 at 06:40 AM
From a Patch report on the election: Barbara Hickman 6,798 John Marchand 7,100 Minuete McKernan 912 If one totals the votes against John Marchand, it becomes very clear that "most of us" did NOT vote for John Marchand. But the issue and the point of the articles by Mr. Duenas and Tim Hunt is the regional theater. In a recent meeting held by Mayor Marchand, the issue of the regional theater brought a lot of negative comments. Citizens wondered why a plan made 11 years ago could not be revised to fit the current fiscal reality....the comments were (roughly) that they had change their spending habits and become more careful & they wanted a government that did the same. There was a strong argument against the effectiveness of the RDA, which was critical to the building of the regional theater. which was ended abruptly. While people spoke in favor of an opportunity to vote for the theater, NOT ONE person in that audience spoke in favor of the theater. See video about RDA succes/failure debate http://24.104.59.141/channel/viewvideo/1999
Californicated1 September 26, 2012 at 07:09 AM
In that election, I cast my vote for Marchand because he wasn't Kamena, who basically sacrificed north Livermore, especially those of us who live along Junction Avenue, to BART. And despite those fancy public meetings that were held all over town back in early-2009 and the petition to keep BART on 580, Kamena, the city council and even the Livermore Chamber of Commerce ignored the voices and concerns of the residents, especially in north Livermore, about the route they wanted BART to take and how it would affect north Livermore.
amazed September 26, 2012 at 07:13 PM
JoAnne... It's a dead issue. The previous council approved it. When the RDA battles in Sacramento are settled, the theater will be built as planned. The current council isn't in a position to override the previous vote and subsequent legal commitments.
JoAnne September 27, 2012 at 12:28 AM
To build or not build the theater is far from decided! When the regional theater was being voted on by council, John Marchand suggested that a provision/amendment be put in the contract to void the contract with the regional theater if the redevelopment agency was ban. Joan waved her hands, her lawyer complained, and Kamena was unhappy....how much does Mayor Marchand who is now forced to defend the incredible expense of a theater that is continually compared to a similar project in bankrupt Stockton regret the withdrawal of his provision?
George Fay September 27, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Is this a joke? Have any city council members replied to the email? I bet not a single one has, otherwise they would have been posted here. Marchand and his minions will bankrupt Livermore if he allows the theater to be built. I say we put it to a public vote, making sure that everyone clearly understands that $160 million of our general fund will be used to build the theater. Who is this guy Al Phillips? Never heard of him, and why do we care about what he has to say, other than his apparent dislike of the Friends of Livermore and Joan Seppula, Laureen Turner (and by extension I would guess the Royal Kamena family).
Carolyn Lord September 28, 2012 at 07:51 AM
George, Al Philips is running for State Assembly and lives in Livermore. I met him at the August 30th Town Hall meeting after it was, as JoAnne writes, "ended abruptly"! You can read about it here: http://livermore.patch.com/articles/community-state-of-the-city-address I'm glad that Tim Hunt occasionally writes about Livermore in his column for Pleasanton Weekly. It's one of my sources for local news when I want to know what is really going on. He lays out the history, the players, and the unintended consequences of long-ago political decisions that still reverberate in Livermore today.
Rich Buckley September 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Maurice, There seem to be several issues concerning public commentary that hold back council comments on public access sites such as Patch. This list may not be nearly complete but the first issues that come to mind are: --- Why comment? Patch does not publish page views; why entertain the questions of a few dominate writers.? I think it would do no harm to the " public interest" if Patch just went forward with page views any time public finance issue were raised. No doubt they fear advertiser concerns and they fear giving over proprietary information to competitors. --- Wanting to present a unified front. Fear of being the odd-man out. --- Hypocritical campaign rhetoric. "How could you believe me when I said I love you when you know I've been a liar all my life?" --- Patch Snake Pitts of Death. Links are always there to throw back at each other, especially office holders... "but you said".... link, link, link. So the office holder now has to explain why they changed their mind. --- The process of commenting on Patch is endless once started....sort of a "Hey you put me into office the way I was, so just let me handle it." --- The Brown Act default. Gee, I would but .... you know, the Brown Act says.... Of course the retreat to the Brown Act is bogus and can be over ridden by legal notice of a declaration to debate on line. I think there may be ways to improve public discourse http://tinyurl.com/3vj6ka6
Kathleen Streeter March 29, 2014 at 01:18 PM
Please notice how very old this 'news' is. The Patch is trying to start a controversy that doesn't exist.
Smitty March 29, 2014 at 01:59 PM
It's not Patch Kathleen. It's Maurice Duenas who is lately on a rampage about everything, particularly The Bankhead, Measure B, and Council benefits. He continues to post new and old writing as if it is his work, continuing to plagiarize, even though he has been advised several times about it. I would hope a Patch editor would curtail this. I think this situation would leave them open to a liability.
Jerry A. March 29, 2014 at 02:45 PM
Just a FYI, they offer English Writing classes at Las Positas College. You will appear more credible if you are able to articulate your ideas and comments to your fellow citizens
Maurice Duenas March 29, 2014 at 02:54 PM
Yes, I am a citizen and legally here in the US
Desert Rat March 29, 2014 at 03:47 PM
But, are you a Fiend of Livermore?
Smitty March 29, 2014 at 03:51 PM
Then, Maurice, you should properly acknowledge that the source of the writings is "Fiends of Livermore". Earlier this week, when it was brought to your attention that several of the pieces you posted were under your name, you acknowledged that you do a lot of cutting and pasting and you knew nothing of citing your sources and giving them credit for their writing. In fact, you reposted some of those same pieces, acknowledging who wrote them. If you have "professionals" writing articles for you, they should be able to advise you about publication standards. Why is that important? Honesty. Taking credit for other peoples' work is a form of theft. Nothing says no credibility than that.
Maurice Duenas March 29, 2014 at 06:06 PM
I am the founder and president of the Fiends of Livermore.
Becky March 30, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Do they really call themselves the Fiends of Livermore?
Desert Rat March 30, 2014 at 12:33 PM
I wonder what kind of fiends. Are they dope fiends? Are they booze fiends? Are they evil spirits? Or maybe they are just extremely devoted to the field of Livermore study. If it were me, I'd probably be inclined to name my group the Friends of Livermore instead. Much more pleasant sounding I think.
Terry March 30, 2014 at 02:41 PM
Are vampire's fiend's?
Desert Rat March 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Some are Terry. We don't know which brand of fiend Maurice is yet.

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