In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email at bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews.

Last week's question:

Antioch officials have mixed feelings about an East Bay Regional Park District plan to turn former Roddy Ranch and Dainty Ranch properties, which it recently purchased, into a massive Deer Valley Regional Park in the future. While most are pleased to see the property turned into a park, some still lament it as a lost opportunity to attract jobs and business. What do you think?

WE NEED TO preserve and have protected areas for us and for our kids, even if it calls for limiting development.

Karl Deitzel

Antioch

NO. 1: No more houses! No. 2: Preserve that land! No. 3: Some things are worth more than extra tax dollars!

Steve Verduzco

Brentwood

ANTIOCH WILL NEVER attract jobs. We can't even get the downtown renovated. We have lots of business parks that aren't even filled. Let's start there first before building empty businesses.

Nancy Phillips

Antioch

"GOD HAS CARED for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." -- John Muir.

Lawrence Aghily


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Antioch

WE HAVE ENOUGH places to add business.....besides look how well our city officials have done with the booming downtown. This goes back the past 15-20 years not just the current ones. We should have more taxes so they can spend the money in what ever other areas they choose, like the Measure C money.

John Luis

Antioch

WITH THE NUMBER of empty storefronts and vacant/rundown homes in the city today, it makes little sense to add to the number....build the amenities and then people may come to stay.

John Case

Brentwood

THE EBRP DISTRICT purchased the land for that purpose - a super great plan! It would be a big plus for Antioch and the surrounding area to have such a park. The number of beautiful, well-maintained parks is an important factor in judging a city. Antioch could use the positive publicity.

Glen Young

Brentwood

WHO CARES? What about all these crimes in Antioch? What about police actually beating people ... there are bigger issues than a park.

Kevin Christopher MacManimen

Antioch

I AM HAPPY that East Bay Parks acquired the land. They have the resources to not only transform it in to a lovely park, but to provide the upkeep that it would require. This new park still has the opportunity to gain jobs via new staff from East Bay Parks without the risk of building new commercial buildings just to have them sit empty.

A.J. Carlson

Antioch

ANTIOCH HAD A chance for 200 high-end homes at the regional park, but it is rather apparently contendt to have track housing. Housing prices average $250,000 to $350,000.

Walnut Creek is $700,000 and up. Brentwood is an average of $100,000 more (go figure with a population one-third of Antioch). How are you going to bring in high- end jobs with track housing?

Carol Bunco

Antioch

HOW CAN ANYONE have mixed feelings about the recent East Bay Regional Park's acquisition of the former Roddy Ranch and Dainty Ranch properties, for an excellent Deer Valley Regional Park?

I think it was an excellent addition to purchase open-space park land, for all citizens to enjoy for all time sake. It's always better to save open space like this, instead of covering it over with asphalt and cement. Once that is done, it's lost for all time. Hats off to the Park District for their purchase of this valuable open space for parkland.

Dick Augusta

Antioch

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Roddy family for making a deal with the Regional Park!

The city of Antioch has a poor record of attracting much of any tax revenue to the

city such its need to support the rental tax fee on the huge property owners and

foreign investors .Time will tell who has the louder voice!

Shirley Neece

Antioch

REGARDING THE DONE deal between the East Bay Regional Park District and the ranch owners. The transaction is a done deal. Neither the Park District nor Jack Roddy will reverse the this transaction. We the citizens of this area need the park, which is being proposed for the area. Jack Roddy still has 40 acres, which he can sell to developers for the rich who want expansive homes. Those who lament this transaction can forget about reversing the deal.

Joseph T. Zamora

Antioch

This week's question:

Cities throughout the Bay Area are considering raising the minimum wage. The Antioch City Council last week discussed the possibility of raising the minimum wage beyond the state and federal levels, but in the end there was no consensus to move forward with such a measure, with some saying it would be a detriment to local business. What do you think? Should your city adopt its own minimum wage standard?

Email your response to bnews@bayareanewsgroup.com or post at www.facebook.com/BrentwoodNews. Please limit responses to a few sentences, and be sure to include your full name and city of residence. Not all responses will be published. Please respond before Monday.