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Article in East Bay Times

The following article, “San Ramon Golf Club owners plan to shutter course if houses aren’t allowed,” appeared in East Bay Times today. It’s worth reading, but there are a couple of things to note in particular.

The reporter, Sam Richards, interviewed Ron Richards, the Beverly Hills attorney heading the group that bought the San Ramon Golf Club last year. In the article, Richards says, “We are trying to work with the community to build homes on a small section of the course, leaving the rest as permanent open space with golf.” This raises an important question: if he is “trying to work with the community,” who has he spoken with? Individual homeowners? City Council members? These would be good questions to raise at the meeting tonight (9/22).

Many of us have seen a map of a portion of the golf course, showing apartments and other buildings on a portion of the course. Its origin was not marked, but Richards said the map [City Councilman Dave] Hudson and others have seen in the last few weeks is an “internal draft map” leaked without his consent. “It was for internal use only, and subject to be modified after community input,” Richards said.

The article is a must-read. And tonight’s meeting is VERY important. It will begin at 7:00 PM tonight, 9/22.

Wedgewood Banquet Center
9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon

Read the article at http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2016/09/21/san-ramon-golf-club-owners-plan-to-shutter-course-if-houses-arent-allowed/

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  • Chris snd Jolee Gust September 22, 2016, 2:26 pm

    Per the article – I would love to know who Ronald Richards is speaking to and if he is working with someone on our communities behalf. We have had no official proposal from the new owners we have only had communication from a small group suggesting we should agree to compromise but that does not truly represent the majority of our group.

  • David Ernest September 23, 2016, 5:34 am

    Mr. Richard’s comment about leaving the balance of the land as “permanent open space with golf” is a Trojan horse leaving the rest of the golf course open to development without the need for further master plan review and approval. I would hope our team of folks who are planning on meeting with the ownership do not acknowledge the possibility of changing the current zoning of the remainder of the golf course after they are finished with their current land grab.

    Just my opinion.

    • Scott Holder September 23, 2016, 10:51 am

      I agree with you 100% David.

  • Bill Harrington September 23, 2016, 3:14 pm

    Attended portion of City Attorney’s response to question, and was curious what name of outside real estate attorney (retained by the City) was to ensure that people were properly represented, in this matter. Residents need this information so a conflict of interest does not arise, if residents agree retention of outside counsel is in their best interest.

    As a nearby resident I am concerned with the environmental impact to the existing wetlands and stream splitting the golf course, along the effect to the birds and fish in the stream. The existing fertigation system introduces fertilizer, while watering the golf course. When the course is covered with buildings and paving, chemicals leach towards uncovered areas, ultimately depleting oxygen from the wetlands and streams.

    Merely turning the water off presents a scaling, and ultimately an airborne exposure to dried chemicals used in the fertigation process.

    Last, as you drive west on Alcosta towards the golf course it takes little imagination to notice that the ‘proposed’ housing and 4-story apartment buildings will fully block the view of the hills, currently protected by provisions of the General Plan.

  • Rosalind Rogoff October 9, 2016, 2:26 pm

    I knew the golf course had been sold, but I thought my suggestion to zone it Golf Course back in 2008 or 2009 at a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council would keep it from being developed.

    I moved to Villa San Ramon a few months ago. The Villa is on Fircrest and close to the Golf Course. New owners, Sunrise Senior Living, recently took over the Villa too, but they are guaranteeing no major changes.

    One of the perks of Villa San Ramon that they advertise is the proximity to the Golf Course. So I’m sure they would be interested in making sure it isn’t developed into housing. Your group should contact Sunrise Senior Living to see if you can get their support to fight any changes to the Golf Course.

    Roz

    • Admin October 9, 2016, 5:17 pm

      Thank you for the EXCELLENT idea!

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