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City of Livermore

Founded in 1869, Livermore is California's oldest wine region, framed by award-winning wineries, farm lands and ranches that mirror the valley's western heritage. The City of Livermore (pop. 83,604) encompasses twenty-two square miles and is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area; the gateway to the Central Valley. Protection by the coastal range provides the Livermore Valley with a mild climate that enhances the pursuit of a more relaxed, less congested lifestyle.

As home to renowned science and technology centers, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore is a technological hub and an academically engaged community. It has become an integral part of the Bay Area, successfully competing in the global market powered by its wealth of research, technology and innovation.

Livermore's arts, culture, western heritage and vibrant wine industry provide a unique blend to this special community. Historic Downtown Livermore is enjoying a renaissance reestablishing the downtown as the city's preeminent shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural district with a new 10-screen cinema and a 500-seat performing arts center. With the addition of several residential projects, art/live workspaces, and a pedestrian-oriented environment, the City is establishing an active urban living experience in the Valley.

All City offices share a vision of excellence grounded in superb customer service. We have streamlined our processes, policies and even our City Hall to make life easier for busy people to do business. We are also dedicated to providing you with a website that helps you find information, answer questions and conduct business, simply.

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City Profile

Incorporated: April 1, 1876
County: Alameda
Government: Council-Manager
Population: 83,604
Area: 24.1 square miles (city) as of June 30,2001
480 feet elevation
Location: 43 miles southeast of San Francisco, 30 miles southeast of Oakland
Telephone Area Code 925
Zip Code 94550/94551
Tax Rate 1.1049%


Average Daily Temperature Maximum 59 degrees
Average January to July Daily Temperature 37/88 degrees
Annual Rainfall 14.4 inches
K - 12 Schools 19
Community Colleges 1
Student Population 13.225
Average Daily Attendance 13.225

Community Facilities

Parks: 46
Golf Courses: 2 public, 2 private
Libraries/Branches: 3
Fire Stations: 5 (ISO Class 3)
Community Centers: 1
Municipal Airport 1

Economic Stimulus Overview
Local & National Impact

On February 17, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Known to many as the Economic Stimulus bill, ARRA allocates an unprecedented $787 billion in grant money to:

  • Preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery
  • Assist those most impacted by the recession
  • Spur technological advances in science and health
  • Invest in transportation/other infrastructure and environmental sustainability for long-term economic benefits
  • Stabilize state and local government budgets to minimize reductions in essential services and avoid counterproductive state and local tax increases

The City of Livermore has identified projects eligible for ARRA grants and is applying for $67 million in the following broad categories:

  • Community Development
  • Economic Development & Housing
  • Transportation
  • Public Safety/Homeland Security
  • Environment
  • Energy and Telecommunication

Two types of grants are available:

Formula (block) grants are distributed annually to state and local governments to assist with federal policy compliance in areas such as health, transportation and education. How much each governmental entity receives (and over what period of time) is determined by intricate mathematical formulas using factors such as population, poverty, growth and income. Block grant funds pass through a state agency to the grantee and are subject to availability of funds from the federal government.

Discretionary grants are awarded directly to local governments, nonprofits and others following a competitive application and selection process. Discretionary grants often include monies earmarked for specific purposes. The federal agency administering a discretionary grant manages it directly with the grantee.

To date, the City has received almost $2 million in block grants for the capital projects and human services listed below. City staff continues to work on a variety of applications for grant funding, many of which are block grants allocated to our community.

These grants all create jobs and boost the local economy.

  • Federal Highway Administration:
    – Surface Transportation Program ($1.47M)
    – for street resurfacing
  • Community Development Block Grant and Neighborhood Stabilization Program ($480,000):
    -to support the City with the purchase and rehabilitation of foreclosed homes
    -for capital projects that assist low-income residents

Livermore's community partners in human and social services have also applied for ARRA funding. Axis Community Health (designated a Federally Qualified Health Clinic) was recently awarded a two-year allocation of $1.3 million to fund the salaries of additional doctors and nurses— allowing the clinic to serve approximately 4,000 new clients. For further updates on ARRA funding for the City of Livermore and its community partners, please call 925-960-4040 or email|

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