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Scott Holder has asked me to post a statement to the blog on his behalf. For those who may not be aware, Scott is the one person responsible for mobilizing the community to deal with the matter of the attempted development of the San Ramon Golf Club. He has devoted countless hours, much sweat, and considerable money in serving the community. He deserves our appreciation and our gratitude.

Joe Parsons

Dear community members,

I have resigned from my role in the Stay the Course group.  I would like to thank the Committee members who stepped up in an effort to achieve the best possible outcome for our community.

I hope this same outcome we all should be striving for is the end result.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve,

Scott Holder

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  • Chantal Chiapetto February 28, 2017, 11:47 am


    Your tremendous efforts have not gone unnoticed, my husband and I are truly greatful for what you’ve accomplished in the short time. We will miss your leadership and professionalism during this ongoing turmoil.

    Warm Regards,

    Chantal and Steve Chiapetto

  • Erin February 28, 2017, 12:26 pm

    thank you, Scott, for hanging in there as long as you did! After seeing the way you were treated at the meeting I attended, I am surprised it wasn’t sooner. Let’s hope the inflammatory vitriol that was heaped upon you will be tempered for the next person to step up — if anyone has the cojones. eek!
    Best of luck to you and Thank you again for all of your hard work for all of US!!

  • John Souza February 28, 2017, 12:55 pm


  • Julius Kahn III February 28, 2017, 1:09 pm

    Scott, Please accept my personal thanks for your tireless efforts on behalf of the Stay the Course Home Owners.

  • Diane Schinnerer February 28, 2017, 2:59 pm

    Thank you Scott for all that you have done for San Ramon. You are my hero!

  • Laura February 28, 2017, 3:37 pm


    Thank You for all you did to help the community form a committee to represent the citizens of San Ramon. I am surprised you and the other members lasted this long since there are differences of opinions and emotions are running high causing some unpleasant feelings and words.

    Sadly, this is a time the community needs to stand as one even when we don’t all agree, but it is evident we aren’t able to achieve that at this point.

    Again, thank you Scott

  • Tim boone February 28, 2017, 4:15 pm

    Thank you Scott

  • Ellen February 28, 2017, 4:43 pm

    Thanks for taking the lead on this issue. Your leadership will be missed.

  • Barbie Dunn February 28, 2017, 6:23 pm

    Scott I thank you for everything you have done for the city and the people of San Ramon.
    Thank You
    Barbie D.

  • Cary February 28, 2017, 11:22 pm

    thank you for taking the lead and serving the community.

  • Colleen Henry March 1, 2017, 11:43 am

    Thanks so much Scott for all your time and hours of effort to lead our community. Your expertise will be missed. Lets hope we can all move forward to a positive resolution to maintain our neighborhood. Thanks!!!

  • Troy Ravazza March 2, 2017, 10:13 pm

    Despite many obstacles – now we are getting somewhere!

  • Scott Holder March 3, 2017, 10:12 pm

    Last evening there was a post on this blog by Ronald Richards. I actually copied the post and here is its content…

    “I am going to come up to San Ramon and sponsor a meeting myself with my neighbors. I will send out invites and have a guest list. We will provide beverages and snacks and have a civil meeting to get all the questions answered and come up with solutions. Anyone who is foolish enough to self censor themselves from that process will miss out on getting the facts and being part of the process. If you want to attend, you can email me at ron@ronaldrichards.com and I will start putting you on the list.”

    Not to long after I saw the post it was removed from the blog along with several other posts he had made.

    Most of us were taught as children to face our issues and problems directly and not to ignore or run away from them. In turn we teach our children to do the same.

    Whether we acknowledge this issue or not the bottom line is it exists. Deleting or censoring someones post because we don’t like them or agree with them does not make the issue go away.

    I plan to attend the meeting and listen to what he has to say. We need to realize we do not own the golf course, yet we can have an impact and say on the future of the property.

    Whether we like it or not we have to accept the fact that Tree City LLC owns property in our neighborhood just as most of us do.

    Simply dismissing the facts, or in this case deleting posts, benefits no one. If you want to
    achieve the best possible outcome for San Ramon, I encourage you to RSVP and attend.

    • Corey March 4, 2017, 8:41 am

      Scott, I was under the impression that you had resigned from this group — but I do often, and that’s the case with your recent post, promoting Ron as an opportunity for the community.

      We need people across San Ramon working directly with the city to bring this issue, with or without Ron, into open, public forums. That way, we don’t have single-blog posts driving an RSVP — but a public meeting with the broadest opportunity to attend.

      • JW March 4, 2017, 9:35 am

        Thanks Scott

    • Jenny March 4, 2017, 3:05 pm

      Thank you for the information Scott. We plan to attend. Thank you for all you have done to try to keep us informed, despite the personal attacks on your character and motives. Those who know you, know your motives are pure. I applaud you for always taking the high road and not wasting your time and energy on the ugly actions of a few. Having been in public service your entire adult life I’m sure you already know… you can’t fix stupid.

      • Troy Ravazza March 4, 2017, 5:57 pm

        I thank you also Scott and will be in attendance as well as about 20 others that I know who simply stay off this blog and any public forums as they fear they may be persecuted as you have!

        Going to hear what the Owner of the propert has to say hurts no one! Knowledge is power, the more information we have the better we are to make informed decisions when the time comes for us to make them. Not quite sure how so many can’t seem to understand such a simple thing.

    • Joe Norton March 4, 2017, 5:58 pm

      Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. Assuming that Scott Holder truly posted a request from Ron Richards to set up a meeting with San Ramon Citizens, all I can ask is “When will he, and Richards, get the message!?” San Ramon neighbors are overwhelming in their support of “No” meaning “no”! And when myself and a few other Committee members voiced our incredible disdain at a very slim majority of the Steering Committee demanding we go through with a meeting and shutting down Joe Parsons as he tried to make a case to listen to the groundswell of neighborly opposition, we did what I felt was the only right thing to do. We resigned.
      Fast forward, the Committee decides maybe that wasn’t such a good idea, and they cancel the meeting (Kudo’s to them for that!).
      And Scott resigns. But instead of realizing what I believe to be the error of his ways, he now tries to facilitate an end-run around a Committee who is aligning itself with the neighborhood?! I’ve made this statement before, and I’ll make it again. The new Owners of the Golf Course are disrupters, in the true sense of the word. They recognized a weakness in the system, and they are quickly trying to exploit it. Think for a minute what Shapell would have paid for Royal Vista, if it had residential zoning? Probably 10 times what the new Owner did. This new Owner realizes the uphill battle he’s got on his hands. He is being painted as the invader that he is. He needs, in my mind, to be validated. He needs the neighbors on his side, because let me just say that I believe no matter what they tell you and I, one on one, or in meetings, the City Council will sell us all down the river, given the chance. They like money, folks. They need money. And the entitlement fees they could generate make them go weak in the knees. So sorry, this is just me, but I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them.
      Back to us. Richards needs us to validate his march on the Council. He needs to say, “Look, they met with me, they liked what they saw, they are in favor of a small development”. This request for a meeting is to provide enabling. And as many, many people have put out before, this is NOT the proper channel! He needs to make an application with the City! That is how the process works. Anything else should be the cause for alarm that it is. A meeting would be a waste of time because it means nothing till an application is made. I don’t much like Chess. And one reason is we all know what always happens to Pawns.
      A meeting with him only enables him to use you.
      Make him use the proper channels!

  • J.S. March 4, 2017, 8:38 am

    I’m really concerned that Scott Holder is promoting Mr. Richards’ agenda, through reposting/publicizing a meeting that Mr. Richards wants to orchestrate. Mr. Richards should be following the formal channels of submitting a development plan to our Planning Commission. Public hearings would then be held, enabling everyone in the community to participate. Clearly he thinks he has something to gain by meeting with the community (without a city attorney there) prior to that process. Please do not attend this meeting or publicize it for him.

  • Scott Holder March 4, 2017, 9:01 am

    Your entitled to your opinion too Jennifer

  • Ron Pugh March 4, 2017, 11:15 am

    It is nice to know that Richards fails to recognize that we have a city government and a way to hold public meetin’s and all for us simple folk. If he is going to hold his meeting, will there be crumpets? I’m not going unless there are crumpets.

    Regarding the golf course, he can shut it down if he deems it prudent to do so. As I have stated many times before, he can take the $4M golf course that he paid $8M+ for and let it turn brown. Property will still be zoned as golf course and the value of said land will only decrease under that zoning. Keep in mind, that the property is zoned as “golf course only” not “golf course/agricultural” as I have seen mistakenly misrepresented in many posts on this subject.

    • Admin March 4, 2017, 12:29 pm

      You’re right…it is indeed zoned “GC” (Golf Course), not “Golf Course/Agriculture” as I have said before. I had said that based on a comment City Council member Dave Hudson had made, so I incorrectly assumed that was the zoning from that point on.

      • Ted March 5, 2017, 2:54 am

        SRGC has never been zoned for “Residential”. It was zoned “Golf Course Only” in Oct 2006 for the 2020 General Plan. The terminology changed to “Golf Course” in the 2035 General Plan. Council members Dave Hudson and Scott Perkins voted for “Golf Course Only” in 2006 while Phil O’Loane voted for it as a member on the Planning Commission. All current council members voted for GC zoning as part of San Ramon’s 2035 General Plan.

  • Allison Hanson March 4, 2017, 1:02 pm

    Is there a reason why former Steering Committee members (who resigned after there was outrage because they scheduled a secret meeting without obtaining public input or informing San Ramon residents ahead of time), ARE NOT ONLY PUSHING for a meeting with Ronnie Richards, BUT ACTUALLY ACTIVELY ADVERTISING IT…DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE COMMUNITY SURVEY RESULTS HAVE NOT EVEN BEEN POSTED.
    The developer would not be trying to entice people to come…free drinks and snacks,really?…if he does not think the meeting will be of great benefit to him. I continue to urge San Ramon residents to send the firm message. GO TO OUR CITY AND SUBMIT A FORMAL PLAN! THEN, AND ONLY THEN, WILL THIS PUT TO REST ALL THE RUMORS ABOUT YOUR PROPOSED PLANS FOR THE GOLF COURSE!

    • Scott Holder March 4, 2017, 2:52 pm

      It’s called America Allison. A place where many don’t see things as you do. I’d be more worried about posting factual information if I were you.

      • Admin March 9, 2017, 11:06 am

        I discovered that this post was caught in the spam filter–we get hundreds of “comment spam” posts each week. They are automatically put into the spam folder, but there are occasional false positives, like this one. I know you re-posted the same reply, but I do want to clarify a couple of points. First, to characterize the meeting between the Steering Committee and the developer as “secret” is misleading. It was intended for the Steering Committee to attempt to get information about the developer’s plans. It’s not necessary to rehash the pros and cons of the meeting (which was canceled), as they are available here on the blog. The results of the survey indicated conclusively, by a 2:1 margin, that the community was NOT in favor of the meeting. That means that going forward with the meeting would have gone against the wishes of the larger community, who had authorized a Steering Committee in the first place.
        I’ll reiterate: there is no “censorship” taking place on the blog. We have agreed that it is not at all appropriate (or smart) to allow Mr. Richards to use this forum to advance and promote his own agenda. Therefore, we have decided to moderate anything he tries to post here. Apart from the large number of spam comments, there has been just one other reply that we moderated–and that was a personal attack against another person on the blog.

    • Mary Holder March 5, 2017, 10:09 pm

      Allison…The short answer to your question is because the blog is censoring information to the community. Nice attack on John and Scott’s integrity by the way. Let’s clear a few things up shall we?

      To say that there was a secret meeting planned is at best misleading. You (and Jennifer) took information from an unhappy minority voter given out before anything could have been put in writing and positioned it to suggest that there were gross, intentional wrong doings happening with the Steering Committee, thus creating an emotional firestorm and a scenario that really did not exist. You don’t know how anything was going to be handled because you didn’t let it happen.

      Unless you were included in the emails between the Steering Committee, you, nor anyone else has any accurate knowledge of the true timing or reasoning behind Scott and Johns resignation from the committee. To say that they resigned after there was outrage as if that was the reason is just not true, but who cares if it supports your agenda right?

      Let’s move on to surveys and meetings. The Survey results don’t really bear weight on much of anything. The results don’t matter. The Steering Committee is not meeting with Richards. This was cancelled before the results of the survey were tallied. Richards is no longer asking for a meeting with the Steering Committee. THIS IS A DEAD ISSUE. Richards is coming up from LA to host his own meeting. Scott re-posted a comment from Richards announcing he would be holding a community meeting for those who wanted to attend because it was deleted from the blog. This is censoring…withholding information from the community. It devalues the integrity of the STC blog. Isn’t this the very thing you were accusing the Steering Committee of? Lack of transparency? Withholding information? Oh, wait…it’s ok if it fits your agenda.

      Listening to whatever Ron Richards has to say does not change the fact the he still needs to go through the process….. formally submit a development plan to the City. Listening to what he has to say doesn’t change the votes required by the City Council and Planning Commission to amend the General Plan and Zoning. If you think that this process protects us 100%, good for you. But what if it doesn’t? What then? Luckily there are others who are intent upon getting themselves educated on every potentiality that could arise from the situation in both the long and short term. NONE of us wants homes on the golf course, but there are those who believe there is more than one way to protect ourselves and bring about the best possible result for our community. I will take an educated position over and ignorant one any day.

      Richards is hosting his own meeting and this no longer a Steering Committee issue. They have sent their message to Richards….. NO MEETING. Still…Some people want to hear what he has to say, while others don’t. It is now a decision for individual citizens to decide if they want to attend. And yes, Scott is in support of attending the meeting and is encouraging others to do so as well, just as you are encouraging others not to. He and anyone else who wishes to attend does not need to know what the results of the survey showed, anyone’s permission or your approval to do so. He and others are entitled to their opinion just as you are yours.

      • Admin March 10, 2017, 7:38 am

        There were three identical posts from Mary Holder in this thread. I have deleted two of them to keep the reply thread uncluttered.

  • Susan Thomas March 4, 2017, 2:07 pm

    I agree with Allison and Corey. No one is running away from the problem. We WOULD like to face it head on, as you say Scott, through the proper channel, our city council. We do not want to deal with the man who has clearly hurt so many people and their communities already, time and time again. There is only one reason he wants to come here and meet privately with any of us and that’s for his benefit – to sway us to vote to change the zoning.

    And honestly he’s the one with the problem. He bought land to develop that isn’t zoned for developing. We don’t need to solve his problem. He shouldn’t have bought this golf course. I know I’ve said this before, but there is nothing to discuss.

    • Carol March 4, 2017, 3:24 pm

      “You teach people how to treat you,” I’m hoping Mr Richards will gain new respect for our community as he sits alone at his meeting and resigns to direct any golf course proposals to the office of city planning. Cheers Mr Richards!

    • jason glabbner March 5, 2017, 1:17 am

      Good point, Susan.

      My understanding is this guy has purchased multiple golf courses in the West Coast and hasn’t built a house on a single one – and has used extreme strong arm tactics in the process.

      Probably sounded like a great idea at the time. But now he has nothing to show for it and his investors have to be getting a little ‘antsy.’

      If Stay the Course really wants to have their impact felt, keep up with the City Council and Planning Commission and let them know that anyone who votes for re-zoning is going to live a VERY uncomfortable life as long as they and their family stay in the San Ramon Valley.

      To quote the great Pauli from The Sopranos:

      “What, no reward? Fer-get-about-it. I’m an animal lover.”

  • Gary March 4, 2017, 11:25 pm

    I would be very interested in knowing what the reason would be for attending this meeting with Ron Richards. I have read the vague admonition that we should confront the problem head on. That’s admirable but there doesn’t seem to be any plan behind it. From everything that I have read about this man, he is very persuasive. At the moment, I tend to agree with the folks who are saying that this group needs to go through proper channels. In a meeting such as this, there will always be a few people who will be swayed and will go along with him. This is the first chink in the armor. He is accustomed to getting his way and we have seen that he is willing to go to any lengths to get it. If there is any concrete reason to go to this meeting I would like to see it spelled out with some kind of a plan for what the community is going to get out of it. The article in the Californian seemed to point out threats that had been made that they were going to close the golf course for good if the city does not change the zoning. Why would they do this when they haven’t yet applied for any such thing? Many people are impatient and want some action that they can then push against. Tree City has the patience to sit it out and watch the divisions in those who believe they are arrayed against them crumble in their own divisiveness. I think the best course of action is to develop the resolve that is suggested by the name. Stay The Course. Many have resolved that they won’t budge, no matter what. I don’t see where going to a meeting called by Ron Richards is going to serve this end.

    • Admin March 5, 2017, 8:00 am

      Ronald Richards is an accomplished trial lawyer. Of course he is very persuasive. I have no doubt that the presentation he plans to make to homeowners attending his meeting will be slick and convincing. None of that would be binding on him, however; one has only to view his history to see his tactics. On the other hand, there will be snacks.

      • Gary March 5, 2017, 10:51 am

        Of course. The snacks are the most important thing. But be sure to wear your tinfoil helmet.

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