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Reworked beer garden, vendor booths, live music features of this week's First Wednesday street party

Original post made on May 4, 2009

First Wednesday is back for the spring and summer season, with the first party kicking off this Wednesday at 6 p.m. downtown.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, May 4, 2009, 6:08 AM

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Parkside
on May 4, 2009 at 9:20 am

Good to see that families will still be able to enjoy the entertainment - along with their children.

Thanks to all for getting the additonal space!

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Posted by Sue
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 5, 2009 at 8:21 am

I just don't understand why we have to have a "corral" for all our events in P-town when it comes to serving beer and wine. Years ago we never had this, now the last few years we are sequestered into one area. Other towns have outdoor events all the time and serve alcohol on the streets (Danville, Fremont, Mountain View, San Carlos). Pleasanton is one of the only ones who has this restriction. Don't we have enough restriction in our lives without adding this? It was really nice to be able to walk around and browse the vendor booths with a glass of wine. Can we bring this tradition back somehow?

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2009 at 8:55 am

The reason that Pleasanton cannot do it is that the Pleasanton parents think their kids need to be everywhere at all events. The parents do not control their children and underage people end up drinking. The police should have an absolute zero tolerance policy and just arrest both the kids and the parents for the first offense. These no-discipline parents are risking a total enforcement of the drinking at the Friday night concerts too. Won't that be fun?
Pleasanton parents need to understand that there are some places where their kids and their dogs just do not belong. If you attend other major events (Fremont for example) there are warnings even on the website that no animals will be allowed. Animals are not allowed at the Farmer's market in Pleasanton but that does not stop people from bringing them and putting the event at risk for citations or closure from the health department. People need to stop being so selfish and abide by the rules so that the rest of us can enjoy the events.
I agree, wandering the streets at the Saratoga Art and Wine Festival was wonderful. We should be able to do that here as well.

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Posted by janice j
a resident of Canyon Meadows
on May 5, 2009 at 10:17 am

I am wondering when this article sends you to you see the pleasanton hotel which is EMPTY...what a way to promote Pleasanton!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 11:31 am

Maybe we should make so many rules we can't do anything. No fireworks on the 4th only when the brains in law enforcement say we can have them and so on and so on. Lets all stay home so there is never a problem for anyone to worry about someone doing something that bothers someone else. Just keep making more rules and laws that we can't do anything but be ROBOTS doing only what certain people, politicians and other idiots say we can do.

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Posted by downtown resident
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Leave the dogs out of this please!!!!! I don't care for kids but I don't rule that we keep them away from events. If you don't like dogs, move around them and keep your mouth shut!!!!

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 4:03 pm

I think one of the reasons that our downtown events don't draw what other cities draw, is because of the no wine and beer in the streets at the events. It's a JoyKill.

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Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 5, 2009 at 4:19 pm

I rented a booth last year as a merchant and still saw some holding cups and walking around. Being forced to drink in one area also will have some guzzling their drinks so they can still have time to walk around...don't think thats a good idea. The idea of walking around with drinks you have paid for should be revisited and considered if you want our downtown events to be more successful. As it is the vendors don't make much money if any at all. I don't know where those numbers come from but as someone who has taken part of these events, they were no where near those numbers at the Wed Night Street Parties. As most events in the downtown, Vendors are there for promotional purposes and for the entertainment of those that come. The hopes are for sales but most walk away with having spent more time and money than they get back in return. I've talked to many vendors and have been a part of many shows and events, this is what is really going on.

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Posted by Mr. Buzzkill
a resident of Downtown
on May 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Hey c'mon, we're in a recession & the police need every dime they can get. Have you not noticed the marked increase in speed traps along Hopyard, Bernal, Stanley, Valley & Vineyard over the past few months? The kids on skateboards are either getting faster or smarter so there's less "available" crime to go after in this town.

There has been a terrible rise in the degree of the "Mommyocracy" in this town for some time. You wanted the noisy, mean bars out of downtown, well they're gone & so is about 75% of the supposed night life & restaurants on Main St. Is it Cinco de Mayo today too? Expect to see a few DUI checkpoints around town just waiting to grab somebody who's had...(gasp!) a beer after work! That's right all you MADD morons, .08 is about 1.5 beers for a 120lb. woman.

There used to be something called personal freedoms, liberty & most of all RESPONSIBILITY in civic life. We have legislated ourselves into a corner of which we are legally chained to & most likely unable to emerge from.

See you in the Beer Garden!

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Posted by ya kiddin
a resident of another community
on May 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

good lord -
I'm already bummed out
cheer up sad sacks, things are tuff enuf

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Posted by Genius
a resident of Danbury Park
on May 6, 2009 at 11:14 am

Drawing from my college years....

Green keg cups people. Use green keg cups. The average idiot cop is used to the red keg cup, the the green keg cup goes without notice.

See you tonight, with my green keg cup, walking up and down Main Street.


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Posted by Party time
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 6, 2009 at 3:16 pm

See everyone out tonight. Have fun and be safe.

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Posted by Afterthought
a resident of Downtown
on May 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

Green cup, red cup it's all a red flag to the PDP. Our company has a tent & we exhibit for all the 1st Wed's & the ONLY sure fire way to have a portable road soda is a tall opaque, preferably with a lid, drink cup. I know it sucks to drink beer through a straw but then again, a nice tall Kettle & soda on ice (wine cooler, margarita, etc.) lasts a hell of lot longer.

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