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Candidates for Stay the Course Board

These are the people who have expressed interest in serving on the Board of Directors of the to-be-formed Stay the Course organization. If you believe you should be on the list for consideration, please leave a comment. Also, if your name is on this list, please leave a comment with a few words about yourself and why you’d like to serve. We’ll have a meeting within the next couple of weeks to get everyone up to speed and vote on the candidates.

Frank Abajian
John Adams
Jeff Bolwsby
Diana Brown
Gene Bucciarelli
David Ernest
Jolee Gust
Jim Hart
Geoff Ho
Scott Holder
Joe Norton
Joe Parsons
Travis Sexton
Rinku Thakur
Pat Tuohy
Joe Weyandt
We’ll vote to select 5 or 7 of these candidates at the meeting.
{ 19 comments… add one }
  • Ruth Rydbeck October 14, 2016, 3:43 pm

    Perhaps we could have each of these candidates introduced (and have them present their reasons for wanting to serve) at the meeting to be called?

    • Joe Norton October 15, 2016, 12:44 pm

      I second this idea! We should hear from each candidate in person. Words sound great on paper, but “body language” goes a long way!

    • Jennifer October 17, 2016, 8:07 am

      agree- It would be nice to have a better understanding of how each would represent, and approach this situation.

      • Jim October 17, 2016, 8:52 pm

        Perhaps each candidate could give a 60-90 second talk on “why” they should be elected. Theat way all attendees could hear and see what hey are taking about

  • Brian October 14, 2016, 3:57 pm

    “Board of Directors” for what purpose?

  • Patrick Tuohy October 14, 2016, 5:50 pm

    I’m a 40 year resident of San Ramon with years of involvement in the City including 8 years on the Planning Commission and 25 years running a business in town. I believe the golf course is a valuable asset to the city and I want to do everything possible to save it. I would appreciate your vote.

    • Scott Tryon October 15, 2016, 3:54 pm

      What does that mean? Will you support building part of the golf course so you can save the rest or will you prevent any building? If there is any board of directors which I don’t know the purpose of it since we have city councils to take care of these issues, my vote will go to the person who assures me there will be NO building in any section of the golf course. Can some tell me what the purpose of this board is when a city has city council and planning commission.

  • Jim October 14, 2016, 6:06 pm

    Good Luck to all candidates

  • Charles Smith October 15, 2016, 2:24 am

    I am for and will support any and all candidates that refuse to negotiate with the developer(s) and their representatives. The act and willingness to negotiate is admission that there will be concessions, from the start. The same applies to the members of the Planning Commission and City Council.

    “Stay the Course”

  • Joe Norton October 15, 2016, 12:47 pm

    I am in the camp of “NO Negotiations with Terrorists”! Why we would ever think we should give the slightest false hope of being open to any development of any kind, is beyond me.
    These new owners need to see swiftly that they made a major miscalculation on this acquisition. And I won’t deviate from this “no negotiation/compromise” position one bit!

  • Mary Safarians October 15, 2016, 4:02 pm

    Board of director for what purpose? We should on the up coming city council election and make sure we elect the right people. There is no reason for civilians of a city to get involve with a developer who is trying to pressure our community into submission. I agree with Joe Norton we should not negotiate.

  • David Ernest October 16, 2016, 12:03 am

    My wife and I moved to San Ramon in 1966. We moved away in 1979 and returned in 1995.
    I served on the Building Permit Appeal Board for four years and have just completed my 12th year as a commissioner on the Parks and Community Services Commission. I did not submit an application to be reappointed to a fourth term.
    There is nothing to be gained by negotiating with an owner who has already told us want he intends to do with the property. Let’s see if he goes ahead with his threat to shut the course down after the first of the year. If he does, so be it. BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN.

  • Brian October 16, 2016, 4:33 pm

    I really appreciate Joe Norton’s comments and couldn’t agree more. With that said, what’s the point of voting for a civilian “board of directors”? I agree with Mary, we have a city council and should be focused on voting for the right council members. If you want political power then run for city council. This civilian negotiation idea is getting ridiculous…we can’t change the fact Scott Holder met with the developer before but that type of situation should never happen again. Let our city do its job. The developer can’t do anything at this point except let the course go brown (big deal) and consequently lose money. He has ZERO power in this situation.

  • jan murphy October 17, 2016, 6:28 pm

    When will these newly elected people meet with the new owners? Only
    candidates who will not concede to them in any way need to be on Board!
    They chose the wrong golf course to ruin! Let’s not let their problem
    become our’s!!!!!

  • Joseph Weyandt October 18, 2016, 11:57 am

    My name is Joe Weyandt. I have lived on the 16th hole for 24 years. I will do whatever is necessary to help fight this evil man from ruining all 18 holes. I am not willing to negotiate anything!

  • Michelle Podany October 19, 2016, 12:00 am

    Hi — I would like to be considered for a position on the Stay the Course board. I am a 30 year resident of San Ramon, have family history with the golf course and Aqua Bears, have served on several non-profit boards (current President of one), have years of business experience and an interest in Law (as a pre-law student in college).

  • john adams October 23, 2016, 10:22 pm

    We have lived in San Ramon (close to the golf course) for the past 25 years. We all face stiff challenges to retaining our current neighborhood environment due to the new owners of the golf course. I feel the best avenue for us to ensure the best outcome of this situation is to take a firm stance against re-zoning the property until the city receives a formal proposal from the owners. Keep in mind that our city counsel retains the decision on re-zoning. However, we should express our desire to present our community’s position on any proposal.

    Logic would dictate that any proposal from the owners should be reviewed.
    We then have the opportunity to review it and present our desired changes to the proposal. The changes must be not negotiable.
    Our demands should include:
    -No high density dwellings
    -Parcel lot size consistent with the existing surrounding properties
    -Minimal percentage of the property would be available for development.
    Balance would remain zoned for golf/ag
    -Available area would be such that it would have a minimal impact on
    properties with a golf course view
    -Any other inclusions

    If our demands are not satisfied, we can just say no to their proposal.

    Keep in mind that the owners in the future could seek to place a ballot measure to change the re-zoning of the property. Hate to think about it, but it could happen.

    I would appreciate your support to appointing me to the Stay the Course Board.

  • Diana Brown October 27, 2016, 4:51 pm

    I have dental surgery tonight and possibly will not attend. I did not submit my name, a neighbor did. I would be willing to serve on the board if for no other reason to add diversity.

    My belief is that we should listen to proposals and keep a dialog going. We do not have to agree. Dialog might possibly keep the course open longer. As it is, we are a tax write off for this Development LLC and they have every intent to shut the course down on 12/31/16. There are several other brown courses now. I’d prefer to have a board as a show of strength. The Developers intent is to be in this for the long term.

  • Jim Hart October 27, 2016, 5:22 pm

    I am very much in agreement with the NO Negotiation side. This developer has already shown that he is unwilling to negotiate by his strong arm tactics in the past.
    The homeowners and the city council must stay strong and use every legal avenue to stop this development.

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