Published Wednesday, June 30, 2004, in the Contra Contra Times
Committee to clarify airport issues for Livermore
By Bonita Brewer
The Livermore City Council has appointed a 21-member committee,
representing Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore, to review and advise
the council on the proposed airport master plan.
The panel's mission is to help clarify, with consultants' help, what
is proposed for the airport and to provide an additional sounding
board for the public.
The first meeting is set for 7 p.m. July 14 at the Double Tree Club
Hotel, 720 Las Flores Road, Livermore.
Co-chairs will be Livermore Councilwoman Lorraine Dietrich and
Livermore Chamber of Commerce representative Cecil Brewer. The
committee will include:
* Three members nominated by the Pleasanton City Council: Councilwoman
Jennifer Hosterman, resident Tom Hagen and business representative
* Three members nominated by the Dublin City Council: Councilman
George Zika, resident David Froio and business representative Gabe
* One member nominated by Alameda County: unincorporated-area property
owner Valerie Raymond.
* Five Livermore resident members: Will Bolton, Carolyn Froelich, John
O'Rourke, Brett Wayne and Paul Weiss.
* Three Livermore residents nominated by the West Side Pride
neighborhood group: Karen McMullen, Purnam Sheth and Wendy Weathers.
* Four people nominated by Livermore's existing Airport Advisory
Commission: commission Chairman Ralph Cloud, Ahart Aviation Services
owner Lysa Wollard, pilot Barbara Blissert from Pleasanton and pilot
Richard Prezznich from Dublin.
Councilman Mark Beeman abstained from Monday's vote. Beeman said
conflict-of-interest concerns were raised because Blissert works for
Wollard at Ahart Aviation, which provides flight training and plane
rentals at the airport. Beeman said if this was true, he felt only
one of them should serve.
But the other two council members at Monday's meeting, Dietrich and
Councilman Tom Reitter, said it would be unfair to single out Wollard
and Blissert when the employment and personal relationships of the
other nominees have not been investigated. Interim City Attorney
Charles Lamoree said because the panel is strictly advisory, "From a
legal standpoint, I don't think there's a conflict."
Wollard confirmed Tuesday that Blissert is her office administrator
but insisted that Ahart has nothing to gain financially from the
airport plan, which calls for lengthening the shorter of two runways,
adding more hangars and leasing space to aviation-support businesses
catering to a growing number of corporate jets.