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Ian Arnold on Morning View's Next Steps (Featured User Comment)

The proposed $2.8 billion studio project is a huge deal -- very worthy of critique and scrutiny. At the same time, it deserves to be treated fairly.

 

We like to feature user comments that we find particularly interesting on Patch. Sometimes the comments will be thought-provoking and unique and other times they will be funny or creative. 

This one, from Ian Arnold, just feels level-headed and reasonable. (View it on the right). The comment was written shortly after the last councilmeeting, when Morning View announced that it has the 300 acres needed to move forward with land purchase agreements. They've since signed letters of intent to purchase more land within the city limits. The city manager and several councilmembers voiced their support for the project at that meeting. 

Morning View is being discussed heavily on Dixon Patch these days. That makes total sense, because the proposed $2.8 billion studio project is a huge deal -- very worthy of critique and scrutiny. At the same time, it deserves to be treated fairly, like any other business. 

It's easy to take an extreme stance when it comes to big news items like this, especially when it comes to internet commenting. But for the sake of the town, there's value in maintaining context and proceeding accordingly. That goes for both sides of the issue. 

In just a few sentences, Arnold strikes that tone, which is why we wanted to share his comment. 

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Joe Knows March 24, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Gary, I appreciate your positive response. It sounds like you are familiar with the film industry. I am questioning the legitimacy of this particular LLC, given its' past history. Also, there are many factors involved in a project this size that a small city council really needs the advice of wise counsel, before they make any commitments. Failing to do so, may lead us down the wrong path and put the City of Dixon in financial jeapardy. There have been other failed projects in this city that are an example of that (e.g. train station, library property) There are also other more important projects already on the table that need to be addressed (e.g. water). I am concerned that our city council is wasting time on a "pie in the sky" proposal, when time is short to prepare our city in other areas.
Joe Knows March 24, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Gary, I appreciate your positive response. It sounds like you are familiar with the film industry. I am questioning the legitimacy of this particular LLC, given its' past history. Also, there are many factors involved in a project this size that a small city council really needs the advice of wise counsel, before they make any commitments. Failing to do so, may lead us down the wrong path and put the City of Dixon in financial jeapardy. There have been other failed projects in this city that are an example of that (e.g. train station, library property) There are also other more important projects already on the table that need to be addressed (e.g. water). I am concerned that our city council is wasting time on a "pie in the sky" proposal, when time is short to prepare our city in other areas.
Gary Erwin March 24, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Josh my understanding is "everything under one roof" and this makes sense knowing the condition of both VFX and Practical Efx. Both areas have and continue to take hit after hit.
Gary Erwin March 24, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Joe, don't confuse the library blunder with the City Council. I do understand your point. Trust me when the whole enchilada is out there in front of you steaming...you'll like it. The net effect on the city will be positive.
David A. Davis March 26, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Joe you are 100% correct. Reference any 2 to 4 billion dollar project....... i.e. Apple 2 Campus in Cupertino, LAX's Tom Bradley International Terminal, Willets Point Development Project in New York and you will find that from purchase of land to completion and occupancy is 2 to 3 times the timeline Morning View is claiming. This topic has everything to do with my experience (38 years of commerical big job sub-contracting) and simply cannot be built by January 2015. A realistic timeline would be 5 to 7 years from this date forward. That is of course if the funding is available. The environmental impact study required by the State of California could bring things to a grinding halt indefinitely along with several other hurdles inherent in a project of this scope. City Council meetings are about to get very popular.....dave

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