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Morgan King Sr. April 17, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Morgan King Sr. April 17, 2014 at 03:57 PM There is much to be said about the respective competingRead Morei nitiatives. But what I want to discuss here is the notion that if Dublin doesn't grab Doolan Canyon and develop it, Livermore will, and Livermore has already taken the first steps to annex the area into the Livermore city boundary. The fact that Livermore has applied to LAFCO (Local Agency Formation Commission) to annex the property is being used as a scare tactic by the promoters' of the "Let Dublin Decide" initiative. However, a look at the actual public records shows that Livermore's motive in annexing the lan d is to preserve it as open space and agricultural land, not development. The minutes of the Livermore City Council meeting at which the application to LAFCO to bring the property within Livermore's ambit makes it clear the purpose is preservation of open space. The Livermore staff report to the Council urged the Council to take steps to preserve the area. Livermore's actual application for annexation, filed with LAFCO, states as its purpose the preservation of Doolan Canyon and associated parcels, as open space. The LAFCO staff report to the LAFCO board on the issue makes it clear that the purpose behind Livermore's application is to preserve it as open space. Several years ago, the Livermore City Council adopted an initiative (almost identical to the current Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014, which is promoted by Dublin residents with no monetary gain expected - to preserve the area as open space. The Livermore initiative, which is now law that can only be changed by a vote of Livermore's electorate, provides that any attempt by Livermore to annex the land for anything other than open space / agriculture, must be approved by Livermore voters. Accordingly, the scare tactic that Livermore will grab the land to annex it for development is disingenuous, if not an outright lie. The fact is, the real threat to Doolan Canyon is from Dublin, not Livermore; Dublin does not yet have a voter-control mechanism. By contrast, the Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 does exactly that. Our initiative is the only way that Dublin voters have control to decide what happens to the area (notice that the developers' initiative is called the "Let Dublin Decide" measure, and does not contain the word "voters."). That initiative leaves control of the 40% area in the hands of the Dublin City Council, not Dublin's voters. - Morgan King, a co-author of the Dublin Open Space Initiative of 2014 (with Dave Bewley). For more information go to LetDublinVotersDecide.com.