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June 18, 2019

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 12:00 am

I have lived in Livermore for 46 years and watched a beautiful transformation of our town and valley into a rich cultural and agricultural community with great respect for the environment and the improvement of the quality of life for the residents. We have become a destination area for wineries and many visitors to taste our excellent products. The Southern region has been preserved in perpetuity as an agricultural preserve through the Tri-Valley Conservancy. Our Valley is surrounded by a necklace of beautiful parks, from Brushy Peak to the Northeast to Del Valle in the South, with Holdener and Sycamore in between. We can enjoy open vistas, clear skies, and many quiet, restorative connections with the natural world. Our area was home to many peaceful Native American groups of the Ohlone and Miwok tribes, and there are village sites, incised boulders, and bedrock mortars throughout our region. The DeAnza Expedition passed through our Valley in April of 1776, followed by many other historical pioneers. Many of whom have left their names in our streets, schools and cities.

Now there is a serious turn of events on the Eastern side of our valley. 3400 acres of biologically diverse and unique landscape is about to become an Off Road Vehicle Park. In the preferred concept plan presented on November 12, there will be a parking lot and practice area just 7 miles from the city limits of Livermore, closer than any other park with the exception of Sycamore Grove. The noise, extra traffic on already over-used Tesla Road, and other access routes around the valley, as well as visibility of denuded hillsides from off road use will be a reality.

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