In a December 23 letter, John Marchand complains that people “misremember” Livermore’s story, but in his letter he portrays the story inaccurately.
Marchand says he has “always gladly accepted” “credit or blame for” what he has accomplished. One of his “achievements” was to approve the development of Legacy, then three months later to accept a large “gift” from Legacy’s Senior Managing Director, David Eichler. This is a serious conflict of interest at best and a reward at worst. It doesn’t help that the donation is misrepresented in its legal documents. Despite several letters to the editor raising the issue, Marchand remained silent about the money he accepted.
Marchand states that in 2016, council member Woerner “suggested a three-storey height limit for the city center”, but does not mention that this was an interim height limit for residential projects downtown until the 2017 PlaceWorks outreach is done. He also explains how the Friends of Livermore and ‘Group of Many Names’ are ‘again claiming they want a height limit’ but are advocating for the site to be used for a large green park and for the four-storey scheme of Eden to be moved, not reduced in height. They oppose the current plans, however, because they violate the 60% four-story rule in the 2004 height standards to which Marchand refers.
It seems that Marchand is the one who “misremembers” things. Maybe he should be more introspective before throwing stones.