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Livermore: City clerk sues alleging group's ballot argument littered with falsehoods

Original post made on Nov 5, 2019

The Livermore city clerk has sued a campaign group alleging that their formal rebuttal argument for the downtown redevelopment initiative measure on the November 2020 ballot contains "false and misleading statements."

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 6:08 PM

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Posted by Dwight
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 5, 2019 at 9:26 pm

Livermore tries to evade a ballot initiative by sealing the deal with a developer before a vote but then finds itself against a referendum but the backers of the “alternative” plan are more persuasive than the city so the city hires an SF law firm and tries to shut down protected political speech with a writ of mandamus against the county and the Livermore gadflies. Is that right?

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Posted by Livermore pal
a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 6, 2019 at 10:12 am

Dwight, you allege a lot there. But sounds like you may be OK with the false facts in the rebuttal? (I do not know the best plan, but I advise all interested to follow the money on both sides.)

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Posted by Melissa
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Nov 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm

Dwight the “alternative” is still not a plan, but a picture.
A plan would have the necessary data to prove that it can be carried out.
The city has a plan, developers, budget...
The “alternative” idea has non or this.
What will be the cost to rezone railroad ave for the hotel?
What will be the cost to have the railroad and Livermore intersection support 3 parking garages, hotel traffic, and regular commute traffic
What is the demographic for the communal housing
What is the actual plan for the theatre since a 30,000 sqft building would definitely overshadow stockman Park, therefore wouldn’t be acceptable by the stockman and the city’s agreement.
What will be the cost to move Veterans Way to put the communal housing right behind the first street businesses?
Who will be paying for the theatre (Shakespeare group agreed on the smaller theatre the city planned)?
Since the plan called for a signature restaurant and rooftop bar in the parking garage, is their a developer/restaurant already interested in the locations.
If, in fact, the stockman group vetos the theatre location - then where will it be located? Since the wordage in the description of your picture leaves it as a possibility that it would be next to the Bankhead - where would the garage/restaurant/bar be located since it’s too far for the patrons of the Bankhead to walk to the current garage (according to you)

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Posted by Michelle
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 6, 2019 at 4:03 pm

Dwight - "...sealing the deal with a developer before a vote..."? Ummmmm lets see, the APPROVED full plan was developed and voted on by the COMMUNITY. It had many iterations based upon feedback from the community. The city is not trying to shutdown free speech, the city is trying to get FoL to put accurate and correct information on the ballot and to not mislead voters.

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Posted by Dwight
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 8, 2019 at 8:46 am

Melissa & Michelle, You both raise valid points. Don’t get me wrong. Sealing the deal seemed perfectly reasonable. You two know the twists and turns better than me. I don’t have a dog in the fight. If this was China, the City Fathers would have had a replica Claremont hotel and spa in the heart of downtown years ago. Their local people’s congresses are directly elected. Those reps in turn elect city leaders. Those city leaders manifest the will of the people. Direct democracy on the other hand...

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