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Livermore council expresses support for amending county's Measure D

Original post made on Jul 8, 2022

Voters could see a ballot measure this November that would change some aspects of Alameda County's East County Area Plan, South Livermore Valley Area Plan and Alameda County Zoning Code by amending Measure D.

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Posted by Rich Buckley
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 8, 2022 at 10:34 am

Rich Buckley is a registered user.

First drafts are almost always missing the mark. That's as true for me as it is for city and county government. Everybody is compromising and tweaking their positions.

I think it's important to look at other alternatives.

(1) What are actual costs on individual tax bills each property owner will pay? Not only those along the sewer lines paths but all the rest of us as well. What's in it for each of us?

(2) The option of doing nothing leaves the current owners of the Concannon Winery, "The Wine Group" which does $3.25 to $4-Billion wholesale* globally continuing to truck their waste water to Livermore Sewer Disposal at $150,000 per month trucking costs. This is the political foot up the rear side of elected officials and staff that is yanking this chain of events. Other alternatives such as encouraging The Wine Group to joint venture with school groups clustered on Almond Avenue School Factifies to run a private sewer line paid for by The Wine Group about 750 feet to the back side of Concannon Winery, could be done and paid for by The Wine Group at their own cost, not on the public dole. The construction and carrying costs would be far less than $150,000 per month.

(3) Once these sewers go in, Kattie-Bar-The-Door. New rules of every conceivable type will come from city and county staffs, pleasing their elected bosses. You think this will be the end of it? Yah-sure.

I'm in favor of the option of doing nothing. Let the multi-billion-dollar Wine Group pay for their own sewer line. They are the ones that starting this and we all run around justifying with noble language another big environmental fraud.

I am in favor of instead evaluating running recycled water lines along the same routes and more and encourage intense ag farming using recycled water.

To heck with the Concannon Sewers, Vote no.

*Footnote: In 2018 the The Wine Group company became the second-largest U.S. wine company, producing 53 million cases annually.

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