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The Independent

August 14, 2018

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Opinions voiced in letters published in Mailbox are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Independent. The Independent will not publish anonymous letters, nor will it publish letters without names. Abusive letters may be rejected or edited. Frequent letter writers may have publication of their letters delayed.

Council Should Reimburse the City
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 12:00 am

Two city council members need to reimburse the city personally for undertaking a $500K outreach process when they had no intention of considering the public's opinion from the beginning. The downtown plan adopted by the council last January went counter to the results of the public outreach held last summer. The so-called "unified" approach, born in November, was an example of outrageously unprincipled leadership sanctioned, and possibly initiated, by these council members.

NAMI Statement
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 12:00 am

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tri-Valley sends their heartfelt condolences to the Bauer family for the loss of their son Jacob. We were aware of the parent’s deep concerns about their son and were assisting finding the right key to open the right door to help. NAMI Tri-Valley would like to address the complexity of mental illness and how difficult it is for many to access help.

Open Letter to “Country” Neighbors
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 12:00 am

Lock your doors! Last Friday, 8/3/18, someone entered my home, took jewelry, computer and my passport.

Gondola Transportation
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 12:00 am

The decision by the BART board to not bring BART to Livermore can be turned into an opportunity for the city. BART to Livermore was set to cost around $200 million per mile. The Rail authority has $400 million to provide connection to Livermore and they’ll likely propose that bus links between ACE and BART are the way to go.

Climate Wars
Posted: August 09, 2018 - 12:00 am

Please! Enough of the back slapping and self congratulations among LLNL Department Heads and newspaper columnists. It's time for alternatives truth. Climate change is real, but we are not being told the greater truths about all that's really going on. We are engaged in climate wars with our own government as well as other governments at the G-7 Level.

Climate Change
Posted: August 02, 2018 - 12:00 am

Congratulations to the Independent and to Jeff Garberson for the close attention they are devoting to one of the most important activities being conducted at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory--namely the study of changes occurring in earth's climate and the role of human agency in regard to those changes. On July 20 Ben Santer and his team, and other prominent climatologists across America, published in Science an article on what has been happening to climate in summer months in the middle latitudes of the northern hemisphere over the last 38 years. Garberson not only neatly summarizes the findings of this article, but supplements it with comments made by Santer in an interview.

Principled Adults
Posted: August 02, 2018 - 12:00 am

In my younger days, I had never envisioned being disappointed in my country; but now in my twilight years, I feel deeply disappointed for that reason. Why is that? When younger, I simple-mindedly thought that adults would behave like grown-ups. After all, they are responsible for taking care of the country, they raise children, they know about right and wrong, they make and observe traffic regulations, they know about acceptable and unacceptable behavior. Principled adults are supposed to be the leavening in societal behavior, and because of that critical role, humanity benefits and civilizations grow stronger.

Much to Learn
Posted: July 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

This is the big gorilla we don't talk about. Pres. Trump’s Uncle John Trump was a top US scientist and professor of national stature. It was Professor John Trump, Harry Truman called in to examine Tesla’s papers.

Shock Doctrine
Posted: July 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

Our current Congress and President have repeatedly violated their oaths of office and our Constitution with impunity. As the conclusion of the Mueller investigation grows nearer, our politicians become crazier and more desperate every day. The loss of our constitutional republic is now possible.

Promises Made, Promises to Keep
Posted: July 26, 2018 - 12:00 am

Where will you be on Hiroshima Day? What will you be doing on this important date to promote peace and nuclear disarmament?

E&B Response
Posted: July 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

Livermore residents unfortunately continue to be bombarded by false and misleading information from those with an agenda to shut down all necessary and essential energy production operations wherever they exist in California. In response, we present the facts regarding our oil production operations in Livermore, which support the East County Board of Zoning Adjustments (ECBZA) decision to continue the Conditional Use Permits for production facilities that have operated in Alameda County for over fifty years.

Pull Permit
Posted: July 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

Why should we be forced to take increased earthquake risks for E and B, a Bakersfield-based oil company?

Suing Government
Posted: July 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

Suing local governments rather than winning one’s point through the rigors of the legislative process appears to be the flavor of the day. For instance, Dublin being threatened with a lawsuit regarding a housing development by outside non-profits who really have no standing. Then there’s Livermore caving to a threatened lawsuit by an outside lawyer if the city didn’t adopt a district voting system. (The Independent, 7-12-18)

Stop Oil Operations
Posted: July 19, 2018 - 12:00 am

Over the past couple of years you’ve probably read a lot about E&B Natural Resources’ efforts to expand their oil drilling operation in Livermore. The current status is that the state has approved their request and it’s awaiting approval from the Federal EPA. Alameda County has no say in this! However, the County DOES decide whether or not to renew E&B’s Conditional Use Permit. The East County Zoning board (2 people!) has approved this, for reasons that have never been stated. On July 24, the Board of Supervisors will hear an appeal to this decision, the final chance to STOP these operations and their expansion.

Oil Extraction
Posted: July 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

Livermore has invested a great deal of financial resources to create a wedding and tourism industry that surrounds a Winery culture and has achieved stunning results. People come to Livermore from all over the Bay Area to commemorate their beautiful weddings, and anniversaries and spend many thousands of dollars for these events. This income is vital to Livermore’s economic future. Which brings into question why the Alameda County Board of Zoning Adjustments would risk jeopardizing this important industry in any way by allowing issuing E&B Natural Resources to keep itsa new Conditional Use Permit? Both Sonoma and Napa Valley’s have outlawed oil drilling extraction. They know that Tourism is Truism and that theirOur air, water, and soil quality must be pristine in order to compete in the global wine industry. Oil drilling creates toxic waste which has to go somewhere, and in Livermore, it goes back into our ground, where it can potentially contaminate groundwater.

Keeping Clean Aquifers
Posted: July 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

Livermore Eco-Watchdogs (LEW) is a rapidly expanding grassroots group working to prevent E&B Oil Company’s wastewater reinjection into an aquifer at its extraction site on the edge of Livermore. The company has applied to the state to triple the size of its operation and, by extension, may greatly increase the amount of wastewater reinjected there. Alameda County residents rely on groundwater, especially during droughts. We must do everything possible to protect ground water sources in case of emergency. Sacrificing them to a single oil company is short-sighted and endangers our local economy, a point we plan to make to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors at their July 24th meeting.

North Korea
Posted: July 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

Jeff Garberson's account of Jonathon D. Pollack's recent presentation at LLNL seems a thoughtful account of a thoughtful talk. In response to the central issue about what North Korea actually intends to do regarding its nuclear weapons, Pollack mused as follows: "The essential answer from North Korea has been the same for the last 30 years: 'This really concerns the hostile policy of the United States. So if you walk away from that policy and take certain unspecified actions, then maybe we can have a conversation.'" While Pollack is not celebrating this stance of the North Koreans, he is putting it out there in realistic terms and thereby giving his listeners (and us) a chance to evaluate it.

Oil Drilling
Posted: July 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

Should one company, E and B, be allowed to dump their oil production wastes in our aquifers? E and B refuses to disclose the chemicals involved in their oil production so the public has no way to protect our groundwater.

Atomic Bomb
Posted: July 12, 2018 - 12:00 am

It was 73 years ago on Aug. 6, 1945, that the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and 3 days later on Nagasaki. The death toll for the two bombs was staggering, more than 220,000 died immediately, and many more people died excruciating deaths from exposure to radioactive contamination.

Oil Extraction
Posted: July 05, 2018 - 12:00 am

Ten more years of dangerous oil extraction in Livermore?

BART vote a blessing
Posted: July 05, 2018 - 12:00 am

I keep seeing responses from readers about how they are upset or disappointed over not having a BART station here in Livermore. What most don’t understand is the negative impacts of BART would far outweigh the benefits.

Independent Thanked
Posted: June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

The Pleasanton Tulancingo Sister City Association would like to thank the Independent for the excellent coverage that they gave our association on its 35th Anniversary celebration and the Mexican delegation visit in April to share in the celebration.

California Laws
Posted: June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

Who makes the laws in California? I was taught that the legislature made the laws and the executive branch enforced them. Recently five unelected people of the California Energy Commission ruled that after a date they selected, all new homes would have to be built with solar cells. This extra cost means many people will not be able to buy a new home. When everyone is demanding affordable homes these five people ruled to make homes more expensive.

Black Box Theater
Posted: June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

I would like to personally congratulate Livermore Shakespeare Festival (LSF) for securing from the Council the right to negotiate the agreement with the City to develop and manage the proposed downtown Black Box Theater. LSF produces a very successful summer theater series, as well as readings throughout the year, classes in the schools and a children’s summer theater program. I wish them well with all their ventures.

Start Summer Safely
Posted: June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

Many drivers head to the highways in the 14 weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Due to the traffic congestion, it can be deadly. That depends on each driver.

Black Box Theater Issue
Posted: June 28, 2018 - 12:00 am

Vice-Mayor Robert Woerner said, “It's not really about the money right now,” and just like that, the City Council voted 4 to1 to accept the Livermore Shakespeare Festival organizations (LSF) qualifications to build and run the Black Box Theater (BBT).

Homeless Death
Posted: June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

On Wednesday, last 30th of May, Carl Feighner, who grew up in, went to school, worked, and had a family here in Livermore and tried to right his life by graduating from the Partners in Change program, passed away. Who cares? Many thanks to the individuals who did care.

Stockmen Congratulated
Posted: June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

I want to congratulate the Livermore Stockmen’s and the Livermore City Council on a wonderful ground breaking ceremony for Stockmen’s Park on May 19. All the City Council members, several Stockmen’s board members, this year’s Livermore Rodeo Queen and some past Rodeo Queens along with the public were on hand. LHS drum band played, the local VRW was there as the Color Guard. Several speakers from each group spoke, including the story of how the Livermore Rodeo got started 100 years ago in 1918.

No BART
Posted: June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

What a let-down: Livermore never to see a BART Train!

Parcel Tax
Posted: June 21, 2018 - 12:00 am

I wish to commend the good citizens of Livermore who apparently got up in the grills of their mayor and council members regarding the proposed parcel tax for the Bankhead. After all, trying to find a politician who will back down from a tax hike is like trying to find a Southern Baptist docent willing to lead a Jack Daniels distillery tour. T'aint easy. I know. I've tried.\Seriously, I am ardently opposed to the spending of public money for "the arts," sports facilities, water slides, and the like. In his "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" Gibbons lists one of the reasons for the fall of Rome as free bread and circuses for the masses. The true purpose of good government is to protect our health and safety not to provide arts and croissants for the citizenry.

Support the Arts
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

Friends of the Bankhead and Bothwell, FOBB, was formed in 2014 to support the Bankhead Theater and the Bothwell Arts Center at a time when bankruptcy was imminent and the community was unaware of the debt that was choking LVPAC and the support the City needed to move to a solution. The Mission Statement for FOBB is as follows:

Nuclear Accountability
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

I recently had the good fortune to go to Washington, DC for the ANA (Alliance for Nuclear Accountability) 30th annual DC Days. This is a network of 30+ local, regional and national organizations whose members live downwind and downstream from U.S. nuclear weapons sites.

CCOP Story
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

I am, and, will remain, an avid reader of the Independent. Your paper usually has accurate and fair-minded reporting.

Water Restrictions
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

Two water bills signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will further solidify restrictions for daily water usage to 50 gallons per person per day.

Thank You Zone 7 Voters
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

I want to thank the voters for the faith they have placed in me. I am truly humbled and honored to serve the community as a member of the Zone 7 Board of Directors.

Table Parcel Tax
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

San Francisco is the foetidus ad rectum nestled securely between the soiled butt cheeks called California! Is that harsh? No, it is merely a strait forward conclusion drawn from years of observing a once beautiful and world class city deteriorate as a direct result of incompetent socialistic political domination and operation. Politicians with the frame of reference leading to such outcomes are everywhere present at all levels of government in America today, including right here in Livermore! A common and conspicuous characteristic is the desire to coerce the common citizen with the threat of legal consequences should he or she oppose the imposition of greater burdens on his or her acquired resources earned through their own labor or personal investment. “I have this great idea for which you have to pay!” That is the malodorous mantra of these zealous tax and spend socialists who are dedicated to the belief that what they think is a great idea and it should be involuntarily supported by society. A near perfect example of this kind of thinking is the recent suggestion of a parcel tax to support the arts in Livermore, especially the Bankhead Theater.

Intolerance
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

As a parishioner of the Catholic Community of Pleasanton for 8 years, I am deeply troubled by the false claims in both the May 31st article and June 7th editorial column that the Church and its community reflect a national tone of intolerance and that Latino members do not feel "welcome and safe".

Discussion Welcome
Posted: June 14, 2018 - 12:00 am

It appears my recent comments at a budget meeting have generated a great deal of interest. I can acknowledge that the audited financials of LVPAC have shown modest earnings in recent years. It is a tribute to their hard work and we are all thankful. In perspective, these are extraordinarily good times. Currently. One has to think awhile to recall the number of storefronts in downtown Livermore that were vacant or boarded up during the last recession. Those business failures were unfortunate but came with a silver lining—surplus properties became available to many non-profit organizations, including arts-related companies. How things have now changed! A booming downtown with multiple new restaurants and shops. The downside is that low cost space has disappeared. Space needs, rent increases and evictions are the subject of many public forums in the Bay Area non-profit world. Evictions of artists forced the Bothwell Arts Center to jam cubicles into their open spacious rooms to house displaced artists. Other arts organizations currently can only obtain space in dilapidated buildings on tenuous month-to-month terms. Besides the space problems, all non-profit companies are anxious over the changes made in tax laws that may cause significant future reductions in donor income. There is a need to establish longer term support for the Arts in Livermore more in line with what is done in many other Bay Area communities. Several letter writers have offered positive thoughts that a parcel tax or some source of funding should be considered for more widespread needs than for a single theater. The time to consider such moves are during good times—not at the bottom of the cycle. As the journey to a successful support measure will need extensive study and participation, now would be a good time to begin. I welcome more discussion.

Parcel Tax Proposal
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

It recently came to the attention of the LVPAC Board that some members of the City Council have asked the City of Livermore Staff to pursue the idea of placing a Bankhead Theater parcel tax on the November ballot.

Parcel Tax Not Needed
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

Next week’s City Council meeting has an agenda item discussing a “special” parcel tax to support the Bankhead. I was surprised to see this and I have some questions I hope the Council can answer.

BART to Livermore
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

With the drastic AB 758 cutoff coming at the end of this month, please agenda an immediate vote on a revised BART to Livermore project: Approve the project without the Maintenance Facility and with limited car storage on tail tracks within a widened freeway median.

Arts Economics
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

LVPAC’s impact, through the Bankhead Theater, Bothwell Art Center and outreach Educational programs, to the arts and cultural life in Livermore, is amazing. I am honored to participate as an LVPAC board member. It is even natural that City Council is considering ways to give back and support this work, currently fully privately funded. But it was surprising to hear that a special parcel tax is being considered specifically for LVPAC, since our board had not been consulted or even informed by the tax advocates. LVPAC, profitably operating the Bankhead Theater and Bothwell Studios, has proudly presented art shows, innovation fairs, workshops, kids programs, discount student tickets, and of course great programming for over 10 years.

Irony
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

I find some irony that in the same May 31st editions insert of the Independent's Magazine celebrating 100 years of rodeo, also ran a story in the paper on page 3 about “helping to save the environment using sustainable packaging.”

Bankhead Theater and a Parcel Tax
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

I have read with interest the plans for considering a special parcel tax to support the Bankhead Theater in the November 2018 election. Collaboration between the City and LVPAC, the Bankhead operator, is crucial to enable the Bankhead to fulfill its promise to be a centerpiece for the arts and a prime engine to drive the vitality of the downtown.

LVPAC Profitability
Posted: June 07, 2018 - 12:00 am

There appears to be confusion amongst various public constituents of the Livermore community regarding the financial viability(profitability) of the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center(LVPAC). LVPAC’s principal activity is to manage the Bankhead Theater. LVPAC has posted an operating profit in each of the last three audited reports. The purpose of this letter is to clarify these misconceptions by explaining what operating profit is and why it is the critical driver to financial viability.

Rodeo Cruelty
Posted: May 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

Rodeos are outdated, cruel and abuse animals for entertainment. Science shows that all animals sense fear and pain including livestock. Last weekend a horse was euthanized at Rowell Ranch Rodeo after it was severely injured in the arena. How many other rodeo animals suffer in silence after they’ve been abused then taken to the next rodeo for it to happen again. Society is no longer supporting using animals for entertainment as demonstrated by shutting down Ringling Brothers Circus and Sea World Orca shows. Rodeos are the next to go. Please don’t support rodeos, cattle drives and entertainment using/abusing animals.

Vote NO on Measure 3!
Posted: May 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

This is an unfair tax on primarily the residents of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Increasing the tolls on those of us who must cross the bridges to get to jobs is just another way of getting money by increasing the commute costs. Many of these folks are low income employees. Those that work for big companies that can live close to work are frequently living in very expensive homes or rentals. The most disturbing thing about the increase to the tolls, is that they have allowed the whole Bay Area to vote on an issue that doesn’t apply to many of those in other counties. Since it doesn’t apply to them there may be an impulse to vote for it. They should beware. If restaurants and other businesses that need to employ low income folks increase costs too high, they may find themselves without sufficient employees, need to raise prices, and may find their business failing. We need to send a message!

Revote on BART
Posted: May 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

For 21 years the east end of BART's Blue line has been two tail tracks with an 86 (soon to be 90) car storage capacity.

Reject Regional Measure 3
Posted: May 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

Tri-Valley residents should vote No on Regional Measure 3. Stop the $3+ toll bridge hike.

Nature Therapy
Posted: May 31, 2018 - 12:00 am

Two recent letters appearing in the Independent, supporting the future of the Oak Grove Nature Preserve, an extensive area located between the Arroyo Mocho Trail and College Avenue, cited its “old trees that are attractive and provide shade ... for walkers, runners, bikers and dog walkers”. These sentiments are a recognition of the growing need for people to experience nature in order to restore a sense of balance and mental health in our world that is becoming increasingly artificial and stressful.

Family Raises Money for Victims of Carr Fire

Pictured are (from left) Kaitlin Hendricks, Lily Yendrey, Lainey Hendricks, Emma Yendrey, and Sara Yendrey (mom). Ema and Lilys dad, Joseph Yendrey, is a San Jose Fire Battalion Chief at the Carr Fire. He has been there since August 4. The gi…