Livermore Mayor and City Council, along with Congressman Eric Swalwell, former Mayor Dr. John Shirley, and former Councilmember Steven Spedowfski cut the ribbon at the new Livermore Civic Center Meeting Hall. (Photo courtesy of Don Wentz)

This September, the City of Livermore is holding a community-wide open house and emergency preparedness fair at the new Civic Center Meeting Hall, located at 1016 S. Livermore Avenue. The public is invited to tour the building, which includes the new Dr. John Shirley City Council Chamber and the City’s new Emergency Operations Center.

Livermore Mayor John Marchand commented, "This building was designed to serve our community. We, the members of the City Council, were elected to represent, to serve and to protect our community. Our number one priority is public safety and this Emergency Operations Center is a testament to how seriously we take that commitment. One need only look back to the quakes in Napa or the fires in Santa Rosa and Paradise to understand the importance of planning ahead for the emergencies that will come. I have learned that if you fail to plan, you plan to fail."

Attendees will also be able to learn about emergency preparedness with hands-on activities and presentations. This is a family-friendly event and additional details will be communicated via social media and the City’s website.

On July 13, 2019, invited dignitaries, community partners, and friends and family of Dr. John Shirley attended a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony honoring Dr. Shirley.

Dr. Shirley, a WWII veteran, earned a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. He is a former Livermore Councilmember and Mayor, serving on the City Council from 1958 to 1966. He also opened Livermore’s first veterinary hospital. The ceremony recognized Dr. Shirley for his dedication, commitment, and service to his community and his country.

Marchand said of the council chamber, "When we held the groundbreaking last year, John Shirley told me that the old library was the only building in town that had a plaque with his name on it. It is fitting that his name is included in this building. Dr. Shirley has served this community for decades as a veteran, mayor, statesman, and civil servant and he continues to serve. Livermore is a better place because of his compassion and his caring for our community. The Dr. John Shirley Council Chamber is where the people and the Council will plan Livermore’s future together. Together, we will keep Livermore a great place to live."

Dr. Shirley stated, “Thank you for the honor of naming the City Council Chambers after me. I’m humbled and appreciate it very much. Our city is a great place to live, work and play and I’m very proud to be part of this history.”