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Museum On Main feels pinch of economy, but remains optimistic

Original post made on Jan 18, 2009

The Museum On Main, the keeper of a number of treasured Pleasanton relics, recently fired its executive director in a move to cut costs in a down economy.

Executive Director Julia Bussinger, who began as the head of the museum in January 2008, was let go last week, and the position will not be replaced to save costs.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 16, 2009, 3:03 PM

Comments (13)

Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:38 pm

Did Wright have to let go of an important position, Executive Director, because of the lack of projected funds, due to the loss of only one event? Wright says there has NOT been a decline in donations by memberships, so why then should that position be cut? She states:

"Essentially, the executive board is pretty much it..." Isn't the Executive Director part of the Executive Board? What good is a board without it's Director?.... Politics...Roz Wright, who took over last week as interim president of the Livermore-Amador Valley Historical Society, runs the museum here in Pleasanton. Why don't we here in Pleasanton have someone run the Pleasanton Museum? Someone that perhaps, has Pleasanton as their First Priority. Has there been any cuts for Livermore's Museum?


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 18, 2009 at 10:44 pm

By the way the museum here in Pleasanton needs some improvements in upkeep. It's lovely on the outside but the inside needs something....it smells of mold and bothers me when ever I visit. It would be nice if the city could kick in a few bucks to help out this non-profit organization that holds events and bring interest to our city of Pleasanton. Or would it be the building owners responsibility to do that...?


Posted by John F, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:29 am


Headline writer: Commonly the word "fired" is reserved for people who lose their jobs for mistakes, malfeasance or incompetence. It usually reflects negatively on the fired person.

The article implies the board decided they couldn't fund or justify the position based on the economy. Sometimes that's called a lay off, a reduction in force or a redundancy. I suspect some will argue that "fired" can be used in this case, but it seems a harsh word for a person who (probably) gave up another position to come here and serve as director.

JF


Posted by museum supporter, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 19, 2009 at 8:47 am

The city is the building owner.


Posted by Bryan, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Why not start selling coffee on the front lawn of the Museum? That is one of the prettiest corners in Pleasanton. If people could buy good coffee and a pastry, they would linger, visit the museum and other close by businesses, but perhaps most importantly create another great pedestrian gathering spot like the Tullys corner. It could generate more reasons for people downtown to stay awhile. Seriously, that is an extremely high value corner. It has shade trees, benches, with LOTS of foot traffic. Selling coffee could easily make so much money for the museum that their money issues would be over.


Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jan 19, 2009 at 1:36 pm


There are lots of places for a cup of coffee and no place to get a good hot dog. Botox, massages and coffee aplenty. A good hot dog NOW!!!!

unclehomerr..


Posted by Claudette McDermott, a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 19, 2009 at 2:17 pm

How about (I know it may seem crazy but...) donation cup for coffee, help yourself, and Outdoor Bacci lanes, just a couple of lanes and pay by the half hour. People waiting will pass time with their coffee by watching (which draws interest) or by going into the Museum (donations to view)... Benches/chairs to sit and watch (the only way they can compete with Tully's patio.


Posted by Downtown Merchant, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Oops they did it again!...I agree BAD choice of words,(Fired) but what do we expect....this is the Pleasanton Weekly and they call it journalism!


Posted by Chris, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jan 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm

The original poster on tis thread dosn't have her facts straight. The president of the boad is Rebecca Bruner is the President of the Board and she is currently taking leave to take care of a family situation. The interim president until Rebecca's return is fellow board member Roz Wright. Both are Pleasanton residents. It was the entire board who made the decision this month to let the Executive Director go due to a shortfall of funds not due to any one factor. The directors responsibilities will be split up between the remaining paid staff. The museum like all others in the area are dependent on membership growth, revenue from events, and in the Museum on Main's case a contractual arrangement with the city to provide educational programming in addition to a partnership with the new Alviso Adobe.


Posted by Hot Dog in Pleasanton, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:52 am

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)


Posted by Coffee outside Museum, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jan 21, 2009 at 12:56 am

Funny you should mention coffee outside the museum! I remember a past board president (a couple years back) mentioned/told me he thought having a coffee stand outside the museum was a great idea. He was tired of having to walk several blocks for a good cup of java! He was seriously thinking of having an espresso cart.

For a very short time a deli next to the old Dolmas store had Jerimiah Pick coffee-it was good-but-it was not a specialty coffee store.

Good idea!

The deli only lasted a year or so-too bad.


Posted by Museum Building, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 21, 2009 at 1:03 am

From what I understand, the museum is due to get new carpet or floor on the left side of the building sometime this year. This might improve the old musty smell. The right side has new floor. The left side has very old wool carpet-yikes. Aside from their floor, museums have a lot of old stuff and old stuff does often smell musty! :) Most of the items are in cases and I don't really notice any smell when I visit with my family.


Posted by Past Member, a resident of Downtown
on Jan 21, 2009 at 1:18 am

Responding to the first paragraph: It is the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society Board that runs the Museum On Main in Pleasanton. This museum IS the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society Museum. The name was changed/shortened a while back to Pleasanton's Museum On Main, yet, it is goverened by the ALVHS board of directors(hence, the stained glass ALVHS letters in the window on the front of the museum). This is the Pleasanton Museum and to call it the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society Museum On Main is a mouth-full...therefore...."Pleasanton's Museum On Main." It also helps with location identification since it is located right on Main Street in Pleasanton. This local museum once housed all of the Valley's history and still does have much/most of it. However, Pleasanton History is the primary focus since Dublin and Livermore have their own societies/museums and have had them for years. Many people do not realize Pleasanton is part of the Amador-Livermore Valley and this can cause confusion. The name Pleasanton's Museum On Main is much simpler and easier to understand, however, the board of directors still operates under the Amador-Livermore Valley Historical Society Board of Directors. It can be confusing.

I believe all of the current board members are residents, a few come from heritage families and all have a deep interest in Pleasanton and its history.


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