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June 26, 2019

If You Keep Saying It, Will They Actually Believe It?

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Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:00 am

A letter in last week’s paper questioned what were the misleading statements in the Friends of Livermore’s (AKA Vibrant Livermore & Community Group) on-going and negative ads regarding Council’s actions on the Downtown Development Plan. Oh, where to begin. How about all their claims that the process and plan are flawed?

The City’s process wasn’t flawed. What was flawed was the manipulation of the public input by a special interest group who loaded up the input sessions with supporters and then claimed the results were the will of the people and what the public wants. Also flawed was the highly deceptive effort of hired signature gatherers for the Friends of Livermore’s referendum. And then, after Council modified the development plan to meet the specific demands of the referendum, the special interest group is claiming that the Council didn’t listen. In what world is that not listening? The letter writer and hit ads also claim the hotel is not of the quality Livermore deserves, because of its planed location. Since when does location prevent any business from offering quality service? We get it, Friends of Livermore (FoL) want the location of the hotel changed to benefit their special interests, but that’s not necessarily in the best interests of hotel guests or the downtown businesses. The location of the hotel in the Council-approved plan provides the closest proximity to restaurants, shops and theaters. This will benefit hotel guests and our local businesses far more than moving the hotel further away as the FoL proposes.

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