In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
Last week's question:
Would you prefer the CornFest be scaled back and moved back downtown or is it better to leave it in north Brentwood where it can stay the same size or be expanded?
I WOULDN'T CARE where it's located. What is more important is for Brentwood and the rest of East Contra Costa County to preserve all that fabulous agriculture land, and not cover it with asphalt and cement. As a lifetime East County resident, I remember well all the wonderful farms out there -- they have been bulldozed and covered over by so called "development."
PERSONALLY, I WOULD prefer the CornFest to be on the East County Historical Society's city owned seven acres. This would be twice the size of the downtown area, and not as large as the event is now. It could be a permanent location on Sellers Avenue. The Brentwood Chamber board is divided, but now that there are so many nonprofits working on the CornFest, the distribution of funds are diminished. This may be the reason the Chamber wants a larger venue.
THE TWO MOST recent CornFests have proved that Brentwood doesn't have a satisfactory location for huge festivals. We all now know about the dust, the parking, the walking, and the hot weather, without any shade trees whatsoever.
In addition, most people I know feel our gigantic CornFest has lost its local, small-town atmosphere -- and become much too commercialized.
So yes, because of the above reasons, I would prefer our CornFest be scaled back and returned to downtown. We need to recoup that ol' hometown feeling!
Also, I don't feel we need to pay the big bucks to loud cowboy bands, etc. Let's encourage all the many local bands, singing and dance lesson groups to perform and have fun. These types of musical groups always bring in the many parents and their friends to attend -- almost always a pretty nice group of people.
Our beautiful new city park will survive, just like it used to, especially with the event scaled back. And don't worry about making the "big bucks" for many of the local clubs and organizations. They will survive too, like they used to!
This week's question:
What can be done about truant youths hanging out on city streets, sometimes causing trouble, during the daytime hours? Do you think truancy officers or curfews are helpful, or are there other ways to curb trouble?
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