December 29, 1999
Dear Livermore leaders of
I am Cathie Brown, Mayor of
Livermore. I have served as Mayor since 1989, and recently was
re-elected to a sixth two-year term. Having resided in this great
city with my family since 1973, my husband, Tom, and I raised
Livermore is a general law
city with a city manger/council form of government. The Council
consists of the Mayor and four Council members. Councilmembers
Lorraine Dietrich, Tom Reitter, John Stein, and Tom Vargas currently
serve. They are elected every four years on a staggered basis.
Jerry Peeler is the current City Manager.
I have enclosed a copy of
my 1999 State of the City speech, in which I compare life in
Livermore today with 100 years ago. In preparing this speech,
I was struck by the tremendous amount of change in the span of
100 years. My guess is that you will have this same experience.
Livermore is especially proud
of creating the South Livermore Area Plan, which will preserve
over 5,000 acres of vineyards and other agriculture while allowing
some residential development clustered in appropriate areas south
of the existing city boundary. Did it survive? Only you know.
Included in the capsule is literature on our wineries and a bottle
of Concannon Port which I invite you to open and toast the current
Currently, Livermore is playing
an important role in promoting world peace. In 1998, the City
of Livermore entered into a Sister City relationship with Snezhinsk,
Russia, a secret ciiy of the former Soviet Union. The significance
of this relationship is that both cities are homes to scientific,
nuclear weapons laboratories "that once raced against each
other to meet their Cold War missions" (April 5, 1997 Newsline
article). Both Russia and the United States have much to gain
from this exchange. It is my hope that 100 years from now, the
citizens of both cities will enjoy close ties and that the threat
of war between these great nations will be far behind us.
I hope the descendants of
the people who filled this capsule and students who wrote essays
will be present for the opening. We issued special certificates
at the Time Capsule burial ceremony to babies born in 1999 as
well as the students, some of whom may have passed those pieces
of paper on to their children or grandchildren who might be in
the area in 2099.
Livermore today is a vibrant,
economically diverse community with a unique blend of rural character
and technological innovation. I am proud to have played a part
of leading the City into the 21st century. Best wishes to you
as you lead Livermore into the 22nd century!