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Town Council votes to alter or end Hot Summer Nights

Original post made by Concerned Citizen, Danville, on Apr 2, 2008

On April 1st, 2008, at the Town Council Meeting, the council recklessly reduced the number of Hot Summer Nights car shows from 4 nights to 2 nights. This is the end of a 13 year legacy that is responsible for bringing 60,000 people to Danville each year. The decision was made based on personal preference and not economics. Boutique owners complained about having to park 1/4 mile away from their store fronts, while a woman from a bank said she was too scared to leave work (in daylight) because of a crowd gathering in the parking lot and considered calling for a police escort! Give me a break! My family and I only discovered Danville because of Hot Summer Nights. We've always considered it to be a safe and well organized event. In this economy, we can not afford to be turning away potential business. Due to sponsorship and insurance issues, the 4 Hot Summer Nights events might not be able to be condensed into 2 days. The committee has 60 days to come up with a workable plan; otherwise Hot Summer Nights will not happen at all.

Comments (14)

Posted by annonoooomous
a resident of Danville
on Apr 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

The stores should be grateful for Hot Summer Nights. Don't you think it would bring in revenue that they usually don't receive?

Hearing about the request for a police escort is very lame.

Posted by Graham
a resident of Danville
on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:02 pm

They are reducing Hot Summer Nights, but suggesting additional street closures to encourage shopping in Danville. There is no motivation for people to come to Danville just because the street is closed. The store owners are happy to encourage these street closures, but doesn't it still affect the parking and store assesability? Weren't these their major concerns? It's insanity and economic suicide!

Posted by Oxymo Ron
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2008 at 3:17 pm

Dear Danville neighbors,

Bring Hot Summer Nights to Alamo!

We will block off Danville Blvd for you and our restaurants will serve a beverage of your choice while you visit the cars.

Looking forward to the fun!


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Karen Sexton
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2008 at 5:21 pm

Posted at the request of the author

Wow! Pay attention neighbors,

Alamo can teach Danville how to do Hot Summer Nights with a well-staged car show and food/wine event in our business district. Let's get a committee together among the business and neighborhoods to make this happen!

Checked with sponsors in the business district among major corporations today and got a "can-do" response.

Watch e-exchanges for ad hoc development,


Posted from Iron Horse neighbors e-exchanges via [email protected]

Posted by Oxymo Ron
a resident of another community
on Apr 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Dear neighbors,

Our dear neighbors in Danville, quite upset with the decision to end, in affect, Hot Summer Nights, have a new campaign. "Don't go to Danville of Thursdays" is a new movement gathering strength throughout the Iron Horse corridor.

As example, Devon Khrelmn, the inventor of the optical flintlock in 1732, during a duel with the device, fell asleep waiting for the sun to come out. The sun came out, the optical flintlock fired hitting a large skillet on the back porch in today's Meriden Connecticut. The sound was like a lone church bell that informed the locals to stop all activities and pray. To this day, nothing happens on Thursday in Meriden Connecticut.

All cars are welcome in Alamo on Thursdays, bring your thirst for freedom,


One HAL of a Pal

Posted by Gerri Thurman
a resident of another community
on Apr 7, 2008 at 7:35 am

Dear Mayor and Council, Town of Danville,

Do you realize that a large number of Danville and surrounding communities residents are laughing at you for your "LORD(s) giveth and the LORD(s) taketh away" attitude. Your actions are a painful reminder to Alamo residents of the poor choice of establishing a local government with an independent council that has no responsibility to the town's residents.

The laughter is getting louder,

El Pintado neighborhoods
Diablo Vista region

Posted from Diablo Vista e-exchanges

Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Danville
on Apr 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Wow really? This is such a nice community event. Maybe these merchants should think outside the box and do something like get an event permit to serve food and beverages to keep their revenues up.

I love Hot Summer Nights and was really bummed when they changed it from Hot August Nights a few years back. Can we force this on to a ballot? We pay allot of money in taxes if we want to spend it on police enforcement shouldn't we have the right to make that decision. Besides I agree with what others say I beleive it helped put Danville on the Map where others might not know about our little town.

Posted by sponge bob
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2008 at 8:21 am

uh, hey Town Council geniuses - why don't figure out a way to take the businesses who are profiting hugely from the shows (restaurants like Crown, etc) and share their profits with those who must close? I can't think that Pup_purr_Ee "loses" more than a couple hundred bucks, while the Crown's take for the night must be near 10 grand at least. It's called "profit sharing".

Or is that too simple for you?

Posted by Amber
a resident of San Ramon
on May 15, 2008 at 6:55 am

That's too bad. I heard about it last year and planned to visit this summer with my boys. I guess Danville is really trying to stick that 'small town' feeling they are so proud of. It's a pity, those very merchants who did all the complaining will inevitabley suffer the loss in revenue. I wonder if more urban (snickering out loud) place like the City of San Ramon would be ready to take this over. I wouldn't want the residents of Danville to be frightened to go to the bank in their own town (LMAO!)

Posted by Local Merchant
a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2008 at 3:04 pm

I find it quite funny reading all of these outraged posts about getting rid of the car shows.

As a local merchant on Hartz Ave, I look at this as a blessing. Every year this event gets trashier, more reckless, and dangerous. How would you like to own a business in which you have to close early, and come to work in the morning wondering if your front windows have been bashed in, or someone has puked or pissed on the sidewalk?

The bottom line here is that the majority of the residents in our town think this is a real joke. A community sponsored night for white trash to come from far and wide to end up causing more harm than good.

I remember when I moved here a few years back asking folks if they wanted to meet downtown for a drink during the car show.....

The response...are you kidding?

If you really want to see old hot rods the way it should be done....get on over to the Good Guys show at Pleasanton Fairgrounds.

Thank you Town of Danville.

Posted by Brian Fong
a resident of another community
on May 23, 2008 at 11:39 am

If Alamo wants to run a car show on one of the dates that Danville is has left. Just do it !... and the cars and people will come !

Posted by Porsche Guy
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 6, 2008 at 10:27 am

"White trash?" Gee, that's enlightened speech. So how many businesses have had windows broken or other vandalism as a result of Hot Summer Nights? Or, how does the occurrence of such vandalism compare to other Thursday nights throughout the summer?

I've been bringing my vintage Porsche to Hot Summer Nights for many years. Maybe I'm just oblivious but I have never seen these roaming bands of puking vandals. Anyway, if this is how the City of Danville and the merchants feel, fine. I have other things to do in the summer.

Posted by DJ Darrell
a resident of Danville
on Apr 2, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I too wish this event were back to 4 nights instead of 2...
In 2008, I had the opportunity of setting up my DJ gear (playing classic rock and good-time oldies) in front of Mountain Mike's for the 2nd of the 2 nights, and their place was packed most of the evening!

I contacted the organizers again last year, and effectively got shut out because no one could afford to pay me. Upon walking the length of Hartz Ave., however, I saw 3 live bands, some of which were of dubious quality, and 1 of which was taking an extended break.

This year (2010), I've been told that the number of live bands has been reduced to 2 (further budget woes). The south end of Hartz Ave will have no music presence at all! Are there any business owners (preferably restaurants) that want some great music for one or both of the car shows this summer? All original songs that the crowd loves, played continuously without breaks! I'm willing to set up for cheap! Please contact me via Facebook or my blog, Thanks!

Posted by klwoody
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2010 at 9:13 pm

This is an example of misguided government. How much are they paid, what is their pension and who are they benefiting. Ask those questions first. The police are the ones who are making the most money for the least work, check it out.

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