Top menu navigation changes

I’ve been struggling since the rollout to make sense of the two different top menu bars – the black, semi-transparent ‘Admin’ bar, and the larger navigation bar at the top of the page.  This struggle has been brought to a head yesterday (Wednesday) night when I added some functionality that, as a side effect, is causing those two elements to not stack properly for the majority of people out there.

At this point I’m leaning very heavily towards getting rid of the upper, black sem-transparent bar entirely, and simply ensuring that all of the items that folks would pick from that bar are available in the main navigation bar – basically consolidating both into a single element.

Anyone have any strong feelings about NOT doing this?  For the record, doing the opposite and consolidating everything into the black admin bar takes a much larger amount of effort.