Hercules Town Hall Meeting to Talk Property Sales

The city will hold a town hall meeting Thursday to discuss the liquidation of city properties.

After requests by residents wanting more information on Hercules land negotiations, the city will hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss city-owned property sales.

City Manager Steve Duran said the meeting will mainly focus on the properties -- Victoria Crescent and Parcel C -- but it will also touch on Hercules' 2012-13 budget and Hercules retail.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2012, 7:00 p.m., , Council Chambers, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules, CA  94547

Don Kuehne May 10, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I believe the City should look for some big development opportunities that will provide significant tax revenues. Last year there were inquiries about a possible medical center, Costco, and new Lawrence Berkeley Lab site. The City should be open and receptive to unique opportunities that will help move us forward again. Take Walnut Creek, for example, which is interested in getting George Lucas Films to fill their empty commercial space.
Glenn Abraham May 10, 2012 at 06:08 PM
If that's true, then it's time for another recall.
Glenn Abraham May 11, 2012 at 07:07 AM
Tonight's town hall meeting was GREAT. That's the headline. I can think of ways in which I would have tweaked it to make it better, but this was the first time that the new council has made the community feel a part of the decisionmaking process, and they handled it well, and in the latter portion, very well. The speakers who occupied the first hour were informative and valuable; it was not a sales pitch. The question & answer phase was, at first, dominated by Steve Duran, which may have given the impression that it was he who was actually running the city; but, I think the low level of early participation by the councilmembers was due to their disinclination to speak. Later, they DID speak, all of them. They presented a lot of valuable information, and they acted as if the opinions of the community actually did matter to them...though more to some than others. I spoke at length with Myrna, Steve Duran, Dan, and even Gérard. My sense is that all (all but one) felt that the openness, and the give and take, of the meeting was a valuable thing, and that all (all but one) were interested in holding more such meetings. I'm posting this now to suggest that others who attended tonight's meeting make your feelings known to the councilmembers and city manager. I think that more of these can only be good.
Dn May 11, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Given your writings on the Patch, for what it's worth, it is nice to read that you and Gerard had a chance to chat. Nice.
Jeffrey Boore May 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The city did not need to buy those properties in order to maintain control over them. The appropriate role of any city is to exercise control by zoning and city codes, not to act as a developer for the purpose of generating revenue. The unethical part was the spending of the 2007 bond money borrowed for waterfront development infrastructure on those hair-brained schemes. If that money had been spent as budgeted, we would not be in this financial mess. It is galling that the former city council members remain unable to admit these things even now that their disastrous effects are manifest.


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