Livermore, California

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City of Livermore
City
Location of Livermore within Alameda County, California.
Location of Livermore within Alameda County, California.
Coordinates: 37°40′55″N 121°46′05″W / 37.68194°N 121.76806°W / 37.68194; -121.76806Coordinates: 37°40′55″N 121°46′05″W / 37.68194°N 121.76806°W / 37.68194; -121.76806
Country United States
State California
County Alameda
Established 1869
Incorporated April 1, 1876[1]
Government[6]
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor John Marchand[2]
 • Vice Mayor Bob Woerner[2]
 • City Manager Marc Roberts[3]
 • U. S. Congress Eric Swalwell (D)[4]
 • State Senate Mark DeSaulnier (D)[5]
Area[7]
 • Total 25.176 sq mi (65.204 km2)
 • Land 25.173 sq mi (65.198 km2)
 • Water 0.003 sq mi (0.007 km2)  0.010%
Elevation[8] 495 ft (151 m)
Population (2012)[9]
 • Total 83,547
 • Density 3,216.5/sq mi (1,241.9/km2)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP codes 94550-94551
Area code(s) 925
FIPS code 06-41992
GNIS feature IDs 277542, 2410848
Website www.cityoflivermore.net

Livermore (formerly Livermores, Livermore Ranch, and Nottingham)[10] is a city in Alameda County. The estimated population as of 2012 was 83,547. Livermore is located on the eastern edge of California's San Francisco Bay Area.

Livermore was founded by William Mendenhall and named after Robert Livermore, his friend and a local rancher who settled in the area in the 1840s. Livermore is the home of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, for which the chemical element livermorium is named (and thus, placing the city's name in the periodic table).[11] Livermore is also the California site of Sandia National Laboratories, which is headquartered in Alburquerque, NM. Its south side is home to local vineyards. The city has also redeveloped its downtown district. The city is considered part of the Tri-Valley area, including Amador, Livermore and San Ramon Valleys.

Typical Livermore area landscape (Morgan Territory Regional Preserve near Livermore)

Geography[edit]

The Livermore Valley is located about 30 miles (48 km) east of and behind the first coastal range of mountains that surround the San Francisco Bay Area. The Livermore Valley has an east-west orientation with mountain passes on the west and east connecting the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley. The passes are used by railroads and highways to connect the San Francisco Bay Area and the Central Valley. Livermore Valley is about 15 miles (24 km) long (east to west), 10 miles (16 km) wide (north to south), and surrounded by California coastal range mountains and foothills.

Watercourses draining the city of Livermore include Arroyo Mocho, Arroyo del Valle, Arroyo Seco and Arroyo Las Positas. The principal aquifer underlying the city is the Mocho Subbasin. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.2 square miles (65 km2), over 99% of it land. Several local seismic areas of activity lie near the city including the Greenville Fault and the Tesla Fault.

The soil is primarily gravel with excellent drainage. The gravel is used in several gravel extraction sites outside the city. The gravely soil and Mediterranean climate increases the flavor concentration in the grapes planted in the soil.

Climate[edit]

Wind turbines, part of the Altamont Pass Wind Farm near Livermore.

Livermore has a Mediterranean climate,[12] although it is close to a semi-arid climate because of its relatively low annual precipitation. It features with warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters (Köppen climate classification Csa). Summer (June–October) daytime temperatures average in the 75 °F (24 °C) to 85 °F (29 °C) range, but sometimes reach 100 °F (38 °C) and can occasionally approach 110 °F (43 °C). Summer nights, however, are normally much cooler, with lows in the 50 °F (10 °C) to 60 °F (16 °C) range. The valley's passes direct the normal west to east flow of air through the valley. Usually there is a strong evening wind in the summer that brings cool air off the Pacific Ocean into the Livermore valley as it heads towards the much hotter Central Valley. This wind is strong enough with an average summer wind speed of about 9 miles per hour (14 km/h) and predictable enough to make the Livermore hills covered with wind turbines mounted in Altamont pass. The period from June to September is extremely dry and is characterized by clear skies, but in late summer, subtropical moisture occasionally surges into the Livermore Valley, bringing high humidity, monsoon clouds, and, much less commonly, thunderstorms.

Nearly all of the 14.6 inches (370 mm) of annual Livermore rainfall comes in the September to May time period, but about 50% of the days are sunny during this period with no appreciable cloud cover. The peak rainy months are December to March. Most rainstorms are classified as 50% light rain, 32% moderate rain, 11% heavy rain and less than 6% thunder showers.[13] The coldest months are December and January, with a mean high of about 56 °F (13 °C) and a low of about 38 °F (3 °C) with some occasional frost possible on clear mornings. The temperature can drop to as low as 20 °F (−7 °C) to 25 °F (−4 °C) range on an exceptionally cold night. Snow is very rare, but light dustings do occur on the surrounding hills and occasionally in the valley.

The record high temperature is 115 °F (46 °C), recorded on September 3, 1950, and the record low temperature is 18 °F (−8 °C), recorded on January 5, 1961 and December 9, 1972.[14]

Climate data for Livermore, California (1903-2013)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 77
(25)
80
(27)
88
(31)
96
(36)
108
(42)
113
(45)
113
(45)
112
(44)
113
(45)
106
(41)
93
(34)
79
(26)
113
(45)
Average high °F (°C) 56.8
(13.8)
61.2
(16.2)
65.2
(18.4)
70.5
(21.4)
76.4
(24.7)
83.1
(28.4)
89.0
(31.7)
88.2
(31.2)
86.0
(30)
77.7
(25.4)
66.3
(19.1)
57.5
(14.2)
73.2
(22.9)
Average low °F (°C) 36.7
(2.6)
39.4
(4.1)
41.3
(5.2)
43.6
(6.4)
47.6
(8.7)
51.7
(10.9)
54.2
(12.3)
54.0
(12.2)
52.5
(11.4)
47.7
(8.7)
41.1
(5.1)
37.0
(2.8)
45.6
(7.6)
Record low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
21
(−6)
22
(−6)
29
(−2)
32
(0)
38
(3)
36
(2)
36
(2)
35
(2)
29
(−2)
22
(−6)
18
(−8)
18
(−8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.97
(75.4)
2.47
(62.7)
2.15
(54.6)
1.00
(25.4)
.44
(11.2)
.11
(2.8)
.02
(0.5)
.04
(1)
.22
(5.6)
.67
(17)
1.54
(39.1)
2.56
(65)
14.19
(360.3)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ .01 in) 10 9 9 6 3 1 0 0 1 3 7 9 58
Avg. rainy days (≥ .1 in) 6 6 5 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 6 34
Source: [15]

History and culture[edit]

History[edit]

Old fire station in downtown Livermore
A stagecoach, similar to those used in Livermore in the 1850s, in Livermore, California, February 2010
Historic wine label from the Mont-Rouge Vineyard. Founded in 1884, it won won a gold medal at an exhibition in Paris in 1890. The winery burnt down in the 1930s. [16]

Before its incorporation in 1796 under the Franciscan Mission San Jose, located in what is now the southern part of Fremont, California, the Livermore area was home to some of the Ohlone (or Costanoan) native people. Each mission had two to three friars and a contingent of up to five soldiers to help keep order in the Mission and to help control the Indians. Like most Indians in California, the Indians in the vicinity of Mission San Jose were mostly coerced into joining the Mission San José (California) where they were taught Spanish, the Catholic religion, singing, construction, agricultural trades and herding--the Native Californian Indians originally had no agriculture and no domestic animals except dogs. Other Indian tribes were coerced into other adjacent Missions. The Mission Indians were restricted to the Mission grounds where they lived in sexually segregated "barracks" that they built themselves with Padre instruction. The population of all California Missions plunged steeply as new diseases ravaged the Mission Indian populations--they had almost no immunities to these "new to them" diseases and death rates over 50% were not uncommon.[17] The Livermore-Amador Valley after 1800 to about 1837 was primarily used as grazing land for some of the Mission San Jose's growing herds of mission cattle, sheep and horses. The herds grew wild with no fences and were culled about once a year for cow hides and tallow--essentially the only money making products produced in California then. The dead animals were left to rot or feed the California grizzly bears which then roamed California. The secularization and closure of the California missions, as demanded by the government of Mexico, from 1834 to 1837 transferred the land and property the Missions claimed on the California coast (about 1,000,000 acres (400,000 ha) per mission) to about 600 extensive Ranchos of California. After the Missions were dissolved, most of the surviving Indians went to work on the new ranchos raising crops and herding animals where they were given room and board, a few clothes and usually no pay for the work they did--the same as they had had while working in the Missions. Some Indians joined or re-joined some of the few surviving tribes.[citation needed]

The about 48,000 acres (19,000 ha) Rancho Las Positas grant, which includes most of Livermore, was made to rancher Robert Livermore and Jose Noriega in 1839.[18][19] Most land grants were given with little or no cost to the recipients. Robert Livermore (1799-1858)[20] was a British citizen who had jumped from a British merchant sailing ship stopping in Monterey, California, in 1822. He became a naturalized Mexican citizen who had converted to Catholicism in 1823 as was required for citizenship and legal residence. After working for a number of years as a majordomo (ranch foreman), Robert Livermore married on 5 May 1838 the widow Maria Josefa de Jesus Higuera (1815–1879), daughter of Jose Loreto Higuera grantee of Rancho Los Tularcitos, at the Mission San José. (The Livermore chapter of the Daughter's of the American Revolution is named the Josefa Higuera Livermore Chapter.[21]). Robert Livermore. after he got his rancho in 1839, was as interested in viticulture and horticulture as he was in cattle and horses despite the fact that about the only source of income was the sale of cow hides and tallow. (Read: Two Years Before the Mast[22] for a first hand description of California in the 1840s.) In the early 1840s he moved his family to the Livermore valley to his new rancho as the second non-Indian family to settle in the Livermore valley area and after building a home he was the first in the area in 1846 to direct the planting of vineyards and orchards of pears and olives. Typical of most early rancho dwellings the first building on his ranch was an adobe on Las Positas Creek near the western end of today's Las Positas Road. After the Americans took control of California in 1847 and gold was discovered in 1848 he started making money by selling California longhorn cattle to the thousands of hungry California gold rush miners who soon arrived. The non-Indian population exploded and cattle were suddenly worth much more than the $1.00-$3.00 their hides could bring. With his new wealth and with goods flooding into newly rich California, in 1849 Livermore bought a two-story "Around the Horn" disassembled house that had been shipped about 18,000 miles (29,000 km) on a sailing ship around Cape Horn from the east coast. Its believed to be the first wooden building in the Livermore tri-valley.[citation needed]

During the California Gold Rush, Livermore's ranch became a popular "first day" stopping point for prospectors and businessmen leaving San Francisco or San Jose and headed for Sacramento, California, and the Mother Lode gold country. Most horse traffic went by way of Altamont Pass just east of Livermore. Robert Livermore was a very accommodating host and welcomed nearly all that stopped by with lodging and meals.[citation needed]

Robert Livermore died in 1858 and was buried at Mission San Jose before the establishment of the town that bears his name. His ranch included much of the present-day city. The city of Livermore, named in honor of Robert Livermore, was established in 1869 by William Mendenhall,[23] who had first met Robert Livermore while marching through the valley with John C. Fremont's California Battalion in 1846 as they were recruited to occupy the surrendering Californio towns captured by the U.S. Navy's Pacific Squadron.

California became the 31st state in 1850 when California's non-Indian population jumped from about 8,000 in 1846 to about 120,000 in 1850 as shown in a corrected 1850 U.S. California Census.[24] California had enough population and enough wealth in 1850 that they by-passed the territorial status of most other states and were allowed to more or less choose their own (large) boundaries.

The Livermore Ranch post office, in Robert Livermore's home, operated from 1851 to 1853.[10] The first significant settlement of Livermore was Laddsville, on what's now Junction Avenue, which grew up around the hotel established by Alphonso Ladd in 1864. The official U.S. post office in Livermore opened in 1869.[10] The original Western Pacific Railroad Company in 1869 built its railroad connection from Oakland, California, to Sacramento, California, over the nearby Altamont Pass in the east and Niles Canyon on the west with a stop in Livermore on land donated by William M. Mendenhall. This made Livermore a "railroad"[25] town and greatly accelerated town growth. The population of Livermore in 1869, before the railroad arrived, is thought to have been about 75[26] By 1870 the Western Pacific had been absorbed by the Central Pacific Railroad as part of the first transcontinental railroad. Central Pacific was later acquired by the Southern Pacific Railroad and then the Union Pacific Railroad which owns the tracks through town today, although these are primarily the tracks of the "second" Western Pacific Railroad that was founded in 1903 and absorbed into the UP in 1983.[citation needed]

Private grade schools were operating in Livermore from the 1860s on. The Livermore Collegiate Institute was founded in 1870 and the Union high school (later called Livermore High) in 1896 graduated its first class of students. Petroleum was discovered near Livermore and become a valuable asset. Extensive coal deposits were mined near Corral Hollow by the Livermore Coal Company. In September 1871 Laddsville mostly burned down and the people rebuilt their homes and businesses nearer the railroad in what is now downtown Livermore. Until 1875 the townspeople enjoyed bull fights in a small bullring on many Sundays and on other occasions a captured grizzly bear might be pitted against a longhorn bull. Apparently, roping a grizzly was thought then to be a great sport. As the town grew there were a fire company, churches, a bank and a library that were formed by 1876. Livermore was officially incorporated by the state as a city on April 15, 1876. During Livermore's early years, it was also quite well known for large hotels that graced the downtown street corners, before new buildings replaced them. Livermore after the 1880s is also notable for the Wente Vineyards, Concannon Vineyard, Cresta Blanca Winery and Livermore's many other wineries. Since it has a Mediterranean climate, gravely soil, warm days and cool nights it was a good location to grow wine grapes. By 1880 the extensive winter wheat and hay crop lands were being replaced by vineyards. Extensive chromite deposits were found and exploited for a time. In 1885 the Remillard Brick Company was producing an extensive line of bricks and employing over 100 men. A telephone line connected Livermore to Arroyo Valley by 1886 and electric lights were introduced by 1889. By 1890 Livermore had over 20 miles (32 km) of streets.[27] Livermore originally had a Boot Hill called the Old Knoll Cemetery.[28]

In 1909 the Livermore Carnegie Library and Park opened after taking advantage of a Carnegie Library grant donated by Andrew Carnegie. As the city grew and larger libraries were needed other libraries were built and the original site was converted into a historic center[29] and park.

In 1942, the U. S. government bought 692 acres (280 ha) of ranch land, bounded by Vasco and Greenville roads and East Avenue, and built the Livermore Naval Air Station. The primary mission of the base was to train Navy pilots. This facility operated until it was decommissioned in 1946 after the end of World War II. On 5 January 1951, the Bureau of Yards and Docks, U.S. Navy, formally transferred the former NAS Livermore in its entirety to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) for use by the University of California's Radiation Laboratory. In 1952, the government established Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), named after famous physicist Ernest O. Lawrence, as the site of a second laboratory for the study of nuclear energy like the research being done at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The laboratory was run by the University of California. Edward Teller was a co-founder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and was both its director and associate director for many years.[30] In 1956, the California campus of Sandia National Laboratories opened up across East Avenue from LLNL. Both LLNL and Sandia are technically on U.S. government property just outside the city's jurisdiction limits but with employment at LLNL at about 6,800 and Sandia/California at about 1,150 they are Livermore's largest employers.

For pictures of early Livermore, check the Livermore Heritage Guild[31] photo site[32]

Culture[edit]

The Livermore Hindu Temple
First Presbyterian Church of Livermore's chapel
Livermore's Farmer's Market at Carnegie Park downtown

Livermore's culture retains some vestiges of the farming, wine growing and ranching traditions that have existed in the valley since the time of Robert Livermore, but now largely reflects a suburban population. Early in June since 1918 Livermore has hosted the Livermore Rodeo,[33] called the "World's Fastest Rodeo," that claims it has more riders per hour than any other event of its type. There are several wine tasting tours of the many Livermore area wineries that occur periodically throughout the summer.

This culture was documented in the photoessay Suburbia in 1973 by then native photographer Bill Owens, with the photos shown in numerous exhibits.[34] Livermore has a strong blue-collar element, as well as many professionals who work at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and other work sites in the high tech industries within the Bay Area. Recent housing development has included the addition of hundreds of million dollar homes set among the southside's vineyards as well as a multi-million dollar renovation of the downtown area. The downtown renovations included office buildings, the Livermore Cinemas, the Bankhead Theatre[35] and a multistory parking structure for the new businesses, Railway station, Bankhead Theatre, restaurants, etc.. At the Livermore Civic Center off S. Livermore Ave there is a state-of-the-art library (with a controversial front mosaic[36] by Maria Alquilar) that opened in 2004.

Livermore has a municipal Las Positas Golf Course, Springtown 9 hole Golf Course as well as the 18 hole Poppy Ridge Golf and the 18 hole Wente Vineyards Course near the city.[37] It has a regional municipal airport (LVK)[38] accessible to business jets which serves the whole tri-valley area. The city is home to Bay Area Rosal, a professional indoor soccer team. Each summer Livermore has a farmer's market which bring farm fresh produce directly to the consumer.

In 2010, proposed projects included extension of BART high-speed rail system to Livermore with an underground downtown station and a regional performing arts center between Livermore Avenue and L Street.[39]

Arts organizations supported by the city include the Livermore-Amador Symphony, Del Valle Fine Arts, producer of classical music events, and in the valley at large, the Valley Concert Chorale, Livermore Valley Opera, the Valley Dance Theatre, a classical ballet company and the Livermore Art Association, many world class artists are represented.

There are over fifty different places to worship in Livermore.[40]

Camp Wonder opened its first summer camp for children with special medical needs in Livermore in 2001.

One of the largest districts in Livermore is Springtown, the northeast area of the city north of Interstate 580. Originally conceived as a retirement community in the early 1960s, Springtown has many of the city's hotels and a public golf course.

The downtown area or central district has two movie theaters, a community theater, and space for open air concerts. The North Livermore district is north of the Union Pacific Railroad that cuts through downtown. The South Livermore district, which includes a lot of unincorporated land, has over 40 wineries.

Government[edit]

Livermore City Budget
FY 2013-14[41]

General Fund Operating Budget $ 76,472,540
All Other Funds Operating Budget $123,213,745
Sub-total Operating Budgets $199,686,285
Capital Improvement Program $ 44,907,470
---------------------------------------------- ---------------
Total All Funds Budget $244,593,755

Livermore is run by a Council–manager government with a four member City Council[42] elected for four years plus a two year elected mayor and a “professional” City Manager. The council meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Twice a month they hear citizen input and presumably relay this information to the City manager who actually runs the city day to day. John Marchand (Mayor), Stewart Gary (Vice Mayor), Doug Horner, Laureen Turner and Bob Woerner are the present city council members. The Mayor is paid $1,400 per month and the other council members are paid $980 per month. In addition they are eligible for a $90 per month cell phone allotment and health care benefits up to a maximum of $2,119/month plus other city paid insurance and retirement contributions to CaLPERS or PARS ARS of which the city pays 18% or 1.3% of their salary respectively.

The City Manager, Marc Roberts, was nominally hired by the city council for a five year term and can, in principle, be fired by them if needed. Marc Roberts is paid a salary of $196,320/year with about $64,500/year medical, insurance and retirement benefits paid by the city. The City Manager has a staff of five to assist him.

The City Attorney, John Pomidor is hired by the city council and generally handles all legal matters for the city, from traffic tickets to civil lawsuits to acting as a general counsel, giving legal advice for city departments. Pomidor is paid a salary of $186,593 /year with medical, insurance and retirement benefits of about $62,600 per year paid by the city. The City attorney has a staff of 7.5 FTE to assist him.

Unions and Bargaining units representing the 451 Livermore City Employees[43]

  • Livermore Management Group
  • Municipal Employees' Agency for Negotiation (MEAN)
  • Police Management
  • Police Officers Association
  • Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters (IAFF)

Nearly all have their own Union agreements and retirement systems which in general cost at least city paid: $7,500 per year for health benefits,life and AD&D insurance, short and long term disability Insurance, 1.45% medicare, 18.1% of salary contribution for retirement benefits which can be used at age 55 at a rate of 2.7% times years of service time salary or 3.0% times years of service times salary at age 50 for police officers, 100% of health insurance paid after retirement with 25 or more years of service, tuition and 75% text book reimbursement, uniform allowance, 80–192 hours of vacation per year, 12 paid holidays per year, etc.[44]

Police[edit]

The Livermore Police Department, or the LPD,[45] was established in 1876, at that time the only law enforcement agency in the San Francisco Bay Area besides the San Francisco Police Department. The Livermore Police Department has 135 members including 83 sworn officers and 45 nonsworn full-time personnel who operate on a $25 million budget each year. The police department has two divisions: operations and support. The current chief of police is Michael Harris. In July 2008, the LPD opened its first substation in New Downtown Livermore, known as the Central Station or Downtown Office. The main police station is located in the City Hall center at 1052 S. Livermore Ave. The Livermore Police Department Dispatch Center employs 18 public safety dispatchers with one supervising public safety dispatcher that are on duty 24/7 to handle 911 emergency calls.

Fire department[edit]

The Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department provides fire and advanced life support services to the cities of Livermore and Pleasanton. It serves an estimated population of 150,000 (Including 78,000 in Livermore, and 71,000 in Pleasanton) over 44 square miles (114 km2) (23 square miles (60 km2) in Livermore, and 21 square miles (54 km2) in Pleasanton) with an operating budget of $28,000,000. In 2008 the LPFD responded to approximately 11,000 calls for service. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 1974 represents its 112 members.

Schools[edit]

Public schools[edit]

The government run public schools in Livermore are part of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) with headquarters at 685 East Jack London Blvd.

The District has 11 elementary (K-5 and K-8) schools, 3 middle (6-8) schools, 2 comprehensive high schools and 3 alternative high schools. As of the 2012-2013 school year, the public school superintendent is Kelly Bowers who was hired by the elected school board in 2010.

The five members of the Board of Education are elected to alternating four year terms by the voters of the community. Each December, the board reorganizes itself by selecting a board president and clerk of the board. The president of the board (2014) is Kate Runyon. Chuck Rogge is the clerk of the board, while Anne White, Bill Dunlop and Thomas McLaughlin are board members. They hold regular public meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the School Board Room at 685 East Jack London Blvd.

  • Elementary Schools
  1. Altamont Creek[46]
  2. Arroyo Seco, a K–5[47]
  3. Emma C. Smith Elementary[48]
  4. Leo R. Croce (K-5)[49]
  5. Jackson Avenue Elementary[50]
  6. Marylin Avenue Elementary School[51]
  7. Rancho Las Positas Elementary[52]
  8. Sunset Elementary[53]
  • K-8
  1. Joe Michell K-8 School[54]
  2. Junction Avenue K-8 School[55]
  • Middle
  1. Christensen Middle School[56]
  2. East Avenue Middle School[57]
  3. William Mendenhall Middle School[58]
  • High Schools
  1. Livermore High School, established in 1891 as California's first union high school[59]
  2. Granada High School, Livermore's second high school[60]
  • Alternative Schools Accountability Model (ASAM) Schools
  1. Del Valle and Phoenix Continuation High Schools, two schools sharing one building since 2004[61]
  2. Vineyard High School, an alternative independent study school[62]
  • Adult Education
  1. Livermore Adult School 1401 Almont Ave Livermore, Ca[63]

Other schools[edit]

  • Pre-Schools and Day Care

Livermore has about 30 pre-schools and day care centers.[64][65]

  • Charter schools

There are two charter schools in Livermore, one K-8 and one high school, both operated by the Tri-Valley Learning Corporation, a local 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization formed by the parents and teachers who founded the two charter schools.

  • Livermore Valley Charter School (LVCS) - a K-8 public school[66]
  • Livermore Valley Charter Preparatory (LVCP) - a high school

Private schools

  • Our Savior Lutheran School (OSLS)[67]
  • St. Michael's Elementary and Middle Catholic School[68]
  • Valley Montessori[69]

Colleges and universities

The Hertz Foundation for scholarships is based in Livermore.

Parks and LARPD[edit]

The Livermore Area Recreation and Park District (LARPD) is a special independent, (non-profit 501(c) organization), park district that was created by the vote of the public in 1947 and runs the parks and other facilities in the city of Livermore and most of the unincorporated areas of eastern Alameda county. LARPD operates 42 facilities,[72] including neighborhood, special use, community and regional parks and sport fields, a family campground at South Lake Tahoe, the Ravenswood Historic Site, The Barn, the Veterans Building, the Carnegie Building, the Bothwell Recreation Center and the new Robert Livermore Community Center. LARPD runs the May Nissen Community Park and Swim Center[73] at 685 Rincon Ave and is open to swimmers with a $0.25 admission price from mid-June through end of August—closed Sundays. May Nissan Park includes a tot lot, group picnic area, barbecue pits, picnic tables, preschool, basketball court, restrooms, horseshoe pits, softball areas, tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, and a dog park.

Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, located near Livermore, is jointly operated by the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District and the East Bay Regional Park District.

The extensive gravel deposits around Livermore have led to extensive gravel extraction that is still on-going. Shadow Cliffs Park along Stanley Blvd west of Livermore is a popular 266 acres (108 ha) park that includes a 80 acres (32 ha) lake in an old Kaiser Industries gravel pit and is used extensively today for swimming, boating, and fishing.[74][75]

Del Valle Regional Park, 10 miles (16 km) south of Livermore, is centered around a lake 5 miles (8.0 km) miles long with all kinds of water-oriented recreation. Parking/Entrance Fee is $6 per vehicle and $4 more per trailered boat. The park opens at 6 AM in the summer and 7 AM in the winter. It has approximately 5,000 acres (2,000 ha) of oak-covered hills that can be used for hiking, horseback riding, and nature study. The lake is used by sailboats, sailboards and fishing boats as well as recreational swimmers. Del Valle Park has the eastern gateway to the Ohlone Wilderness Trail, 28 miles (45 km)miles of scenic back country trail. The Del Valle Family Campground has 150 sites, 21 of them with water and sewage, and electrical hook-ups. Picnicking sites are available.[76]

LARPD operates parks and facilities of 1,842 acres (745 ha), with 1,432 acres (580 ha) open space. It runs an extensive selection of classes on a wide variety of subjects. LARPD has its own, five-person Board of Directors[77] that is elected by the citizens to staggered four year terms and meets at 7 p.m. on the second and last Wednesday of each month inside the Cresta Blanca Ballroom at the Robert Livermore Community Center, 4444 East Ave. They are paid $100/meeting with a maximum of $500/month. The General Manager of LARPD is Timothy Barry—selected by the board and paid $137,160/yr plus unspecified benefits including Alameda County retirement plan (ACERA) with 29.13% of LARPD salary contribution rate to a well paid retirement plan.[78] In addition, there are 13 paid holidays, vacation, sick leave, medical, dental, life insurance, etc. adding about $55,000/yr in benefits to the General Manager's salary.[79][80] The organization and facilities are extensive[81] and LARPD hires many part-time workers (up to about 430 at peak times) from Park Rangers to referees in its extensive programs and classes with a permanent staff of about 63.[82][83] The 2012-2013 operating budget of LARPD is $16,393,564 plus a capital budget of $3,870,971. Their source of operating income is property taxes, user fees, charges and grants. Unfortunately, the state has cut down on their share of property taxes as the state re-allocate more to itself and their never ending fiscal crisis's. LARPD serves an area that encompasses about 115,000 people.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 855
1890 1,391 62.7%
1900 1,493 7.3%
1910 2,030 36.0%
1920 1,916 −5.6%
1930 3,119 62.8%
1940 2,885 −7.5%
1950 4,364 51.3%
1960 16,058 268.0%
1970 37,703 134.8%
1980 48,349 28.2%
1990 56,741 17.4%
2000 73,345 29.3%
2010 80,968 10.4%
Est. 2012 83,547 3.2%
State Census data [72]
2011 estimate

U.S. 2010 Census[edit]

Demographic profile
2010 Census[84]

Total Population 80,968 100.0%
One Race 76,635 94.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native alone 251 0.3%
Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander alone 231 0.3%
Black or African American alone 1,562 1.9%
White alone 52,397 64.7%
Asian alone 6,643 8.2%
Some other race alone 202 0.2%
Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 16,920 20.9%

The 2010 United States Census[85] reported that Livermore had a population of 80,968. The population density was 3,216.1 people per square mile (1,241.8/km²). The census reported that (99.4% of the population) lived in households, 389 (0.5%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 121 (0.1%) were institutionalized.

According to the latest census information, Livermore is the third wealthiest midsize (between 65,000 and 249,999 people) city in the nation. In 2005, the median household income in Livermore was $96,632, which ranked it the third highest income midsize city, just behind number two Newport Beach, CA ($97,428) and Livermore's top-ranked western neighbor, Pleasanton, CA ($101,022).[86]

There were 29,134 households, out of which 11,238 (38.6%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 17,058 (58.6%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 2,834 (9.7%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1,407 (4.8%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1,584 (5.4%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 206 (0.7%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. The population age profile was spread out with 20,636 people (25.5%) under the age of 18, 6,176 people (7.6%) aged 18 to 24, 22,530 people (27.8%) aged 25 to 44, 23,284 people (28.8%) aged 45 to 64, and 8,342 people (10.3%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.3 years. For every 100 females there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.9 males. Of 5,997 households (20.6%) were made up of individuals and 2,099 (7.2%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76. There were 21,299 families (73.1% of all households); the average family size was 3.19. There were 30,342 housing units at an average density of 1,205.2 per square mile (465.3/km²), of which 20,399 (70.0%) were owner-occupied, and 8,735 (30.0%) were occupied by renters.

The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.5%; the rental vacancy rate was 4.8%. 56,967 people (70.4% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 23,491 people (29.0%) lived in rental housing units.

Politics[edit]

Livermore has 48,709 registered voters with 33.4% Republicans, 39.6% Democrats, and 18.5% Decline to State voters. Moderate candidates are normally elected.[87]

In the state legislature, Livermore is in the 7th Senate District, represented by Democrat Mark DeSaulnier,[5] and in the 16th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Joan Buchanan.[88]

Federally, Livermore is in California's 15th congressional district, represented by Democrat Eric Swalwell.[4]

World's longest lasting light bulb[edit]

Main article: Centennial Light

The city is noted for one world record. A 110+ year old 4-watt light bulb, called the Centennial Light, housed in the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department main station, is still burning. It glows dimly, but still functions as a light bulb.[89] The Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley's Believe It or Not, and General Electric have concluded that the bulb has been burning continuously since 1901 with the exception of power failures and three times it was disconnected for moves to new stations. The light bulb was manufactured by the Shelby Electric Company and was hand blown with a carbon filament.

Industry[edit]

Laboratories[edit]

The Livermore area is the home of two DOE National Laboratories. The laboratories are known worldwide, and attract significant attention both for their scientific research and for their major roles in developing the United States nuclear arsenal.

The largest employer in Livermore is the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a federally funded research and development center funded by the Department of Energy which is operated by a limited liability consortium named Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS), a joint venture company of Bechtel National, the University of California, BWX Technologies, URS, and Battelle. The lab is the location of the IBM Sequoia supercomputer. The lab was the co-discoverers of new superheavy elements 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, and 118. The chemical element with atomic number 116, previously known as ununhexium, was given the name livermorium, after the laboratory, in 2012.

LLNL is the location of the world's most powerful laser, the National Ignition Facility (NIF), a project designed to create the first sustained, controlled nuclear fusion reaction, which would generate fusion power, a potential energy source.

Livermore is also the California site of Sandia National Laboratories, which is operated by Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed-Martin owned Company.

i-GATE[edit]

The two National Laboratories, along with other stakeholders, including the University of California, Berkeley, UC Davis, and regional cities, partnered to create the i-GATE (Innovation for Green Advanced Transportation Excellence) National Energy Systems Technology (NEST) Incubator. The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) i-GATE NEST campus was created to stimulate large-scale, high-tech business development around the two labs. Initial focus of the campus will be solar energy, fuel cells, biofuels, LED lighting, and other related technologies.[90][91]

Wine[edit]

Main article: Livermore Valley AVA

One of California’s oldest wine regions, the Livermore Valley American Viticultural Area (AVA) played a pivotal role in shaping California’s wine industry. In the 1840s, California pioneers looking for outstanding vineyard sites began planting grapes in the region. Robert Livermore planted the first commercial vines in the 1840s. After California joined the union as the 32nd state in 1850, pioneer winemakers C. H. Wente, a first-generation immigrant from Germany,[92] (founder of Wente Vineyards), James Concannon, a first generation Irishman,[93] (founder of Concannon Vineyard), and Charles Wetmore, a Portland Maine born American and pioneer of California,[94] (founder of Cresta Blanca Winery) recognized the area’s winegrowing potential and bought land, planted grapes and founded their wineries in the 1880s.[95] Charles Wetmore went to France in 1878 when he was appointed a delegate for the California Viticultural Association to the Paris Exposition. Charles was able in 1882 to obtain Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscat de Bordelais cuttings from one of the most prestigious vineyards in France, Chateau Yquem. These superior strains helped revitalize the California wine industry. In 1889 Charles won the grand prize for his first pressing (1884) in the 1889 Paris Exposition. Charles shared these cuttings with other growers including C. H. Wente who used the Chateau Yquem grape cuttings to eventually produce their Chateau Wente wine.

Top employers[edit]

The top employers in the city of Livermore are:[96]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) 1200+
2 Kaiser Foundation Hospitals 787
3 US Foods 640
4 Comcast 596
5 City of Livermore[97] 451
6 Livermore Area Recreation Park District (LARPD)[98] 450 (60 full-time)
7 Activant 307
8 Harris Rebar 273
9 Topcon 255
10 Costco 244
11 Lam Research 232
12 Target 223
13 Wal-Mart 223

Livermore's largest employers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory with about 6,800 employees and Sandia National Laboratory with 1,150 employees are U.S. government owned facilities located just outside the city and are not included.

Transportation[edit]

A sign on the I-580 freeway in Livermore.

Interstate 580 is Livermore's primary east-west six lane freeway. I-580 that passes the outskirts of Livermore before it heads east through the Altamont Pass to the Central Valley and Interstate 5. I-580 and I-5 are the main route of San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, California truck shipping traffic. Interstate 680, lies about 10 miles (16 km) west of Livermore. Highway 84 heads southwest from I-580 to Fremont. Vasco Road, an unnumbered highway that is maintained by Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, connects Livermore to Brentwood, California and the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta area.

Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK)[100] is located three miles northwest of Livermore and is a Division of the Public Works Department and is owned and operated by the City of Livermore. They are the main airport in the Livermore tri-valley area. Approximately 600 aircraft are based on Livermore Airport, which has over 150,000 annual aircraft landings and take-offs and sells over 650,000 gallons of aviation fuel each year. The Airport serves private, business, and corporate tenants and customers. The airport covers about 650-acre airport near the Water Reclamation Plant and the Las Positas Golf Course. The main lighted runway is 5,250 ft long and the second runway, unlighted, built in 1985, is 2,700 ft long and is used mainly for training.[101] There is a 2,400 sq ft Terminal building and about 400 aircraft storage hangar units as well as a large corporate-style hangar building containing about 20,000 sq ft of space. The airfield is accessible 24 hours a day and is attended by city employees during the hours listed under “Airport Services". The manned Air Traffic Control Tower is operated by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) employees daily from 7:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. There is an open airshow which is held annually on the first Saturday of October from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM showing vintage World War-II aircraft and other displays.

The WHEELS bus system operates in Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, California and the surrounding unincorporated areas of Alameda County. It has connections to Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Stations located in Dublin and Pleasanton. For details on routes, times, schedules see:[102]

Livermore has two stations for the Altamont Commuter Express (ACE), a commuter train which runs from Stockton to San Jose area. One station is at Vasco Road, and the other in downtown Livermore at its Transit Center. The Transit center has a free multistory parking garage and connections to the WHEELS bus system.

There is a petition drive to bring the Bay Area Rapid Transit system to Livermore.The group that started the petition was founded by the former mayor of Dublin, Linda Jeffery Sailors, who was successful in extending BART to Dublin/Pleasanton, currently the closest station to Livermore.[103] If BART does come to Livermore, the system would connect to the ACE Train.

Media[edit]

Radio station KKIQ is licensed in Livermore and broadcasts in the Tri-City area.

Landmarks[edit]

Livermore has five landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Bank of Italy Building, the Hagemann Ranch Historic District, the D. J. Murphy House, the Livermore Carnegie Library and Park and Ravenswood Historic Site.

Notable people[edit]

Sister cities[edit]

Livermore has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International:[104]

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Print and film resources on Livermore[edit]

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