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June 19, 2019

Livermore, Here We Go Again!

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2019 12:00 am

They’re at it once again, wasting more public resources with special interest demands and what now looks like sour grapes over a lost council election and a failed effort to force a special ballot measure. This group changes names faster than wineries change labels. Starting as the Friends of Livermore (FoL), then Vibrant Livermore, followed by just Community Group and now reborn as Citizens for a Livermore Central Park (CLCP). This special interest group runs weekly attack ads against the City’s downtown development plan, including creating alternative definitions for words and terms. They criticized the City for using a legal and common planning definition of “Open Space” instead of their creative explanation. Now CLCP has widened some open space in their plan and call it a “park,” but insist that the City’s open space or linear park is just landscaping. And they repeatedly claim that the City isn’t listening to the “majority of citizens.” Of course they don’t disclose that their definition of “majority of citizens” is stacking public input meetings with FoL supporters and claiming this represents the entire community. CLCP also states that voters, not the City, should make the decisions of how the downtown plan should look. In spite of what their ads infer, a ballot measure will not put voting residents in charge of designing the development plan; it will only provide two alternatives: the City, and one from a special interest group. Apparently, for them, the concept of voters electing City Council members to make decisions on the public’s behalf only counts when decisions match their thinking.

FoL/CLCP is funded primarily from one individual who also controls what Livermore residents read in a weekly paper. In the last two editions, CLCP has paid for 1 & 1/2 full-page ads that criticize the City and support their own special interest plan. There were also front-page ads promoting CLCP’s petition efforts that were disguised as news articles. No wonder so many people are complaining about “fake news” and losing confidence in news providers.

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