A Film Studio or a Poorly Written Measure N? It's Your Choice.

Dixon residents have a big choice to make during this election. Measeure N a poorly written Open Government measure or a Movie Studio that will hire thousands and make millions for the community.

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As most Dixon residents know Measure N (open government measure) is threatening the forward movement and development of the Proposed Morning View Studio’s.  Carissa Carpenter (CEO of Morning View) has clearly stated without amendment that if Measure N were to pass the Studio project would not progress and they would find another community to build in.

Many of the proponents of Measure N have pumped out a smoke screen of information in hopes of confusing voters into voting yes on the Measure. 

Below I have listed for you some of the gains that we could see if the studio is built.

  • 1000+ temporary construction jobs.
  • 1000+ high paying jobs in the first 6-12 months of operation.
  • 2000+ indirect jobs in the local communities tied to providing services and supplies.
  • Average budget of a current film is 64 million dollars of which much would be spent locally.
  • Average budget for movie made for television is 4-7 million dollars, large portion spent at the studio and in the community.
  • Multiple films can be shot at the studios simultaneously.
  • Local real estate values will climb.
  • Local tax revenue will increase.
  • Local business will see an increase in revenue.
  • New business will need to be established to feed, entertain, supply, house etc the talent and production staff.
  • Philanthropy may also be involved between the studio and worthwhile community projects and organizations.

Consider all of the above gains against the poorly written Measure N.  It seems to me that we ought to Vote No on Measure N, give the studio it’s chance
to build and then within the next two years author a better Open Government measure.

I encourage all to vote and I hope the majority of you see this Measure in the same light that I do.

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C. Duncan October 30, 2012 at 09:39 PM
The deal brings Lucasfilm under the Disney banner with other brands including Pixar, Marvel, ESPN and ABC. Kathleen Kennedy, the current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become its president and report to Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. Lucas will be creative consultant on new "Star Wars" films. I know Mr. Paul is a Measure N supporter and likes to stir up things, but this news is amazing for the potential impacts of the studio in Dixon IMHO! The WOW factor! VOTE NO on Measure N for Dixon and its Future! Cindy Duncan
Gary Erwin October 30, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Remember we were told that the deal is with 30 producers and directors.... Lucas is but one.....
Gary Erwin October 30, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I agree that it is great news but there is even bigger news on the horizon..... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20133287 Let's haul in those export dollars folks!
Greg Coppes October 31, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Even the authors of N want to make changes in it.
Walt November 02, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Looking at some of the "sketchiness" that surrounds this whole film studio thing, I don't think it should have any weight in deciding what we do on election day. Something is wrong when an outsider with a questionable reputation is given the opportunity to influence how citizens of Dixon will vote on any issue. I am not saying that any of the accusations against Morning Star are true, but I don't think it is wise to give their opinion of Dixon politics any weight. Let's decide our issues among ourselves and not be manipulated by some "pie in the sky" potential opportunity. Let's tend to our "Bird in the hand", and then if there are any in the bush when we are done, we can go after those.
Joe Knows November 04, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Well said Walt. The movie studio is a pipe dream. It will never happen. Morning Star is blowing smoke about measure N to give them an out when their funds don't come through.
Gary Erwin November 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Anyone that can not comment using their real name is "sketchy" at best and their comments should be weighted knowing this. Walt, there is no "Bird in the Hand" and Measure N is not only bad for the studio but other busineses as well. Measure N should be voted down and we should re work it and bring it back to the public in two years....
Joe Knows November 04, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Gary, my real name is Joe and I believe Walt (my neighbor) is using his real name too. I see you at Walmart shopping. It's a small town.
Joe Knows November 04, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Furthermore Gary, Walt and I stand to lose the most if the movie studio goes in. We live right across the street from the proposed site on farmland. We like our way of life. That's why we live in Dixon and not Hollywood or Burbank. The Dixonites that are for the movie studio probably never lived in Southern California close to a movie studio. I have. You can expect more crime, more traffic, and more of all the things you don't like about a big city if a movie studio goes in Dixon.....which will never happen.
Gary Erwin November 04, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Joe, it is not your full name. If you use your full name then I will take your comments as being solid. I am sure that I'm not the only person that feels this way. As to your observations...yes you will see me there buying what I can not buy at other stores in town. As stated I buy ammo and the other day I bought an adaptor for a phone.... I buy everything else at the smaller stores. If you do some research or read all of the articles on Patch you will see more of the legit info on the studio. Again, as they have said they will give us a lot more info after the purchase. All I'm saying is let's get to that point. Let's get to the point that we can see their full hand. The deal if it is what many think it is will be worth the wait. Several months ago another studio was halted from being built by six residents...six residents vs. thousands of other residents that wanted the work and additional business. Same thing might happen here if we are not careful.
Gary Erwin November 04, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Joe you might be right about it not being built, it is hard to say at this point. Consider that the land is zoned for housing. If the Studio does not build, at some point the land might become houses....do we really need more houses in town? Why not add something that will bring jobs into the community? Why not have a business that will bring tax dollars back into the community? The studio has said that they will have an Ag buffer... They want privacy and it will also conforms to the Ag feel of the town. If you are afraid of more crime well then, why would you support houses being built on the property? Why not a studio that has its own officers and their own Fire Dept.?
Chris November 04, 2012 at 07:07 PM
I'm sorry Gary but your middle name isn't on yours so I can't consider yours as being "solid" either. Sorry just being facetious to make a point. That point is, "whether you agree or disagree with Joe, he makes a good point" Gary in your personal views on your home page here you write "I am tired of the “build it and build it now” attitude, our goal should be saving the land for Ag production and developing that as a business model." Yet you are willing to "sell out" to the first movie studio that makes an off.. (lol). Pick a Side and STICK TO IT.... Too bad,... I don't want to.. I'm not a fortune teller and while I can see the amazing advantages of a huge source of jobs, I also worry about my home town that I moved back to being turned into something completely different. What I see is more jobs, A LOT more houses (where) a lot of farm land already in jeopardy and a company that has already laid down the law to us on N.. I'll Vote No on N because it needs to be fixed first not because of a slight possibility of a studio coming.
Gary Erwin November 04, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Chris, The properties in question have been zoned residential for many years and they will at some time be developed. If the farmland is going to be developed why not build something that will generate a lot of tax dollars and pay excellent wages? The studio has said that they will have an ag buffer so that they can have privacy and to help it fit into the community a bit better. I believe that we should lock our town’s footprint and that we need to look at our zoning regs and provide for Ag lands within the city limits. So when you say that I am willing to “sell out”, this is not true, someone else sold us out many years ago
Walt November 05, 2012 at 07:42 AM
Gary, the "bird in the hand" I was referring to is Dixon. By "tending" to it, I meant the upcoming election. My point is that whether one votes Yes or No on measure N, I think it unwise to be influenced by Morningstar in making that decision.
Walt November 05, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Whoops. In both of my comments I said Morning Star. I meant Morning View of course. I was not mocking, just saying the name from memory, which was a little off. Sorry.
Gary Erwin November 05, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Walt, I understand now. Measure is poorly written, many people have noted this prior. I'm encouraging all to vote Measure N down because we should re author it and at the same time we can open the door for the studio...makes sense to me.
Chris November 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Gary, Obviously I was only trying to make a point with humor. Hence the LOL and the "selling out to the first movie studio to come along"... How many movie studios are going to come along?
Chris November 05, 2012 at 05:10 PM
While I understand the idea behind this article, I think it jumped to a conclusion that is not factual at this point, and there are no facts to back up the figures given on the gains of a studio. Also while I believe that N needs to be rewritten there are definately some positives to transparancy in our local government. None of these are mentioned which makes this article appear completely closed minded..
Gary Erwin November 05, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Chris, it is you blowing the smoke. You rfuse to use your full name and then you attack me and my writting. Man up or back your claims a bit better chum. While you are at it educate yourself a bit and read the report that I have posted twice before for all to read...guess you missed it. http://www.marineconomicforum.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Grady+Ranch+BOS+Report+-+Final1.pdf
Carol Johnson November 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Morning Star has nothing to do with the bad parts of this measure. It is a bad thing with our without them. There are so many ill phrased sections that will affect all of us in one way or another with or without a studio.
Chris November 05, 2012 at 06:21 PM
At no point did I attack you or your writing. I merely stated my opinion that while I understand the idea behind the article, at a glance it appears closed minded and based on faulty logic, with no references given as to where the numbers came from. That article on MARIN county is fine but has little relevance on this situation unless you have some info to show that the studio here is the same or will have close to the same impact. So if anyone has made a personal attack, it is you by telling me to "man up" and saying I refuse to use my last name.. did I miss the part where you asked for it as well?
Chris November 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I agree Carol, that was one of the points I made above I'll Vote No on N because it needs to be fixed first not because of a slight possibility of a studio coming.
Gary Erwin November 05, 2012 at 09:33 PM
The past proposed Marin Studio is smaller than the Dixon plan. The numbers cited were in the article were based on standard industry numbers available to anyone willing to look them up. Carol...thank you, if there were no studio involved I would still vote no...because of the studio I have become vocal.
Aaron November 05, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Gary, You gotta get past that whole "fully identify yourself" thing. Just let people yap as they will. Banter on the internet is just that... banter. It means nothing. When people use thier full name, it invites threats and intimidation by those that disagree. Who needs that? (I know I don't!) If you want spirited, honest debate, have some friends over and toss back a few glasses of wine while you chat about the problems facing the world. On the net you will find some folks with interesting points... mixed in with many donkeys just braying. By the way... I think your projections are pretty accurate relative to the studio. Unlike the horse race track (that you supported and I did not), this studio project will require no (or very little) significant additional police services. It would be a win - win when it comes to jobs & tax revenues vs "cost to the city".
Chris November 06, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Ok Gary,, I get it, it's out there if I know where to look and if you build it they will come.. what was that show called again... I have looked and cannot find anywhere that has plans for the dixon movie studio. So when I ask for facts to back up your numbers and you don't supply them forgive me if I'm skeptical... Gary I can remember when you were a kid living across from John and Marcia (I think that was their names) owners of the Dime Store, You guys had the first straight 8 cyl engine I ever saw, I remember telling you no way... You popped open the hood of the old black truck and sure enough, I think you said it was a flathead. That being said I think asking for proof once every 35 years is not that unreasonable
Gary Erwin November 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Chris, I would encourage you to trust me but ask questions...like we were old friends... yea i snapped back, sorry. The Marin Studio can be found by google searching "Grady Ranch" you will see a rendering. Then look at the pictures on Dixon Patch of the Studio proposed for Dixon. you can the quickly see the diffrence.
Gary Erwin November 06, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Another item of note.... the film industry is getting ready for explosive sales in the China and India markets. though they make many of their own films they highly enjoy American films. Demand for American films will reach an all time high in the next twenty years.
Gary Erwin November 07, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Aaron, you are again correct. I know I need to get over that aspect. It presented problems with my track debate as well on this issue. If I had known who you were then I would have weighed that against your opinion, same with Chris. Hey you have to admidt...I thought you were your son on the track debate....not to far off. The one thing Chris might have missed is that this is a blog...I don't seped a lot of time writing them....if I were really writting an article I would spend more time listing my background info as well proofing and rewrites. On the blogs I let them fly...sometimes only using my moble device. Chris is correct that I often make leaps...these are in my writting...in my mind I know the info but fail to list it for readers some times. It is a shortcomming that I have....one that I should improve. I'm telling you all....a studio like the one proposed is going to be a good thing for us...use it will change the town, but the town is not what it was.... When I was a kid we were but 3000 residents we all knew each other, it's not that way anylonger and it never will be. I'd love to work in town and have more time for my family and community... I'd like to help bring the arts back into the community....and many other things. The Studio that was in Marin was a great thing for them, and it will be for us...if it gets built. Cheers!
Gary Erwin November 07, 2012 at 02:29 AM
George Lucas Donates 4 BILLION to education.....what a man!
The Great Pragmatist August 11, 2013 at 09:35 AM
Well we voted down Measure N. Still waiting for the film studio that was promised by opponents of it. Ha ha. It is never coming. I will say here and now Measure N would've brought Carissa down well before the Bee got involved. Ironically, the movie studio fiasco that was cited as a reason to oppose Measure N proves it was needed!


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