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on Jul 6, 2014
I hope the fireworks stay on Fridays in the future when the 4th moves to another day.
I hope ACF and PPD work in closer cooperation next year to manage traffic. Bernal is an artery for those of us on the West side and the lack of any traffic management this year was sorely noted, mostly on weekends. Lots of gridlock at the NB 680/Bernal exit from fair goers who forget basic right-of-way manners unless someone in uniform is there to remind them.
Using "fair goers" and "manners" in the same sentence is an oxymoron. The people who show up and hang around the fair define rude. Ask the store owners in town how much business they get during the fair and how much theft they have. That explains why many businesses just close the doors during the fair. Less risk. As for fair people actually eating downtown -- when your goal is to go to a place that fries everything, including butter, would it make sense that you might spend money on real food? Pizza maybe, nothing else. The fair draws the wrong kind of people, causes too much traffic and offers no revenue to the city. It is owned by the county and they get the benefits while we provide the police coverage for the rowdies.
@"glad it is over" : "The fair draws the wrong kind of people, causes too much traffic and offers no revenue to the city. It is owned by the county and they get the benefits while we provide the police coverage for the rowdies."
Actually, I believe that despite the name the Alameda County Fairgrounds is owned and operated by a non-profit organization and not the county of Alameda.
Actually, there is a reason our fair is usually in the top ten in the country....because it is tops. Clean sidewalks instead of dust or mud, beautiful shade trees. 17 days is long enough to draw top vendors and acts...because it is long enough to be worth their time to travel & invest in setting up here. It far exceeds most state fairs in the country.
Look a pathetically short and dirty CoCo county fair.
We are lucky to share in benefits of the fairgrounds here, all year long.
@glad it is over-you're lucky your gridlock was in the evening only. My gridlock started already in the early afternoon near downtown. Unable to get out of my driveway to go to the store. unable to return to my house since no one driving wanted to let my make a left turn into my driveway. guess they thought they would lose their spot driving on the street.
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