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June 19, 2019

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Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2019 12:00 am

I have been on the front lines with many others dedicated to preserving the Garaventa Hill located in the city limits of northeast Livermore for years. The goal has been and continues to be to preserve the hill as open space in perpetuity, and that goal has not and will not waiver. It’s not just a hill. This biologically-sensitive ecosystem and open space is the habitat for many endangered and threatened species that live on and immediately surrounding the Garaventa Hill, such as the protected endangered California Tiger Salamander, the Red-Legged Frog, the Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp, the San Joaquin Kit Fox, Burrowing Owls, the Livermore Tar Plant and the Congdon Tar Plant, just to name a few. This annual grassland upland habitat is an integral part of the well-known biological systems that make up the protected “alkali sink” environment that envelops the property and its surrounding area. The proposed hydrological changes at the development will eradicate the sensitive ecological system and its affected surrounding environment that are not able to be mitigated as well as the Special Status Species who live on the hill.

I feel the re-issued FEIR has significant avoidances and flaws, and is lacking in thorough and current analysis. For example, the EIR erroneously finds that “no significant and unavoidable impacts were identified under the project.” The permanent loss of federally-designated, critical habitat for the Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp is a significant unavoidable impact of the selected alternative. VPFS are not mobile and therefore cannot move to the proposed Bluebell mitigation site.

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