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City Council election coming up

Two of our five City Council members are up for reelection this year. Both incumbents are running, and both are being challenged.

It is more important than ever to be an informed voter. We will all have a chance to meet and speak with the candidates this week. PLEASE make an effort to attend. The future of our community is at stake.

Remember: any change in the General Plan or a rezone of what is now the San Ramon Golf Club property requires a 4/5 vote of both the City Council and the Planning Commission. The positions of the Council members, both now and future, are critical to what happens to our community.

Candidate Forum

 On Thursday, September 29th, the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Candidate Forum at the Roundhouse, 2600 Camino Ramon.  Doors open at 6pm, and candidates will answer questions beginning at 6:30pm.

The event is FREE and is open to the public.

There are two City Council seats available in the upcoming election, with two incumbents running for re-election and two challengers vying for the two available positions.

I encourage everyone to become an informed voter. The format of the forum will allow attendees to get an understanding of the Candidate’s views on the issues facing San Ramon. your-vote-counts

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  • donald corbin September 26, 2016, 12:46 pm

    if they dont want to vote in favor of our golf coarse dont elect them !!!

  • Eleezeh September 26, 2016, 12:46 pm

    We will be there. Will post on Facebook for all to know.

  • Elaine Baldwin September 26, 2016, 1:22 pm

    It is important to pay heed to what the City Attorney said at the recent meeting. The Council members must be very circumspect at this time. Citizens can and should let the candidates know their views, on the golf course (and other issues), but we should not expect, nor should we require, them to make promises that could compromise the process and hurt our cause in the end.

  • Renae Wilber September 26, 2016, 2:45 pm

    Question: Does the community have the right to know, should either of the parties running accept campaign contributions from the developer (Schlesinger) who has purchased our golf course, or any one of his many business entities? If so, how do we as a community access this information so that we can be fully informed prior to giving our vote? Have Phil O’Loane or Scott Perkins shared any of their personal views on the golf course issue in the past? Also, what are the views of the two running against them? I would be very interested in hearing from these four candidates as to their thoughts on the golf course and knowing in the future whether or not they have accepted any campaign contributions on behalf of the developer.

  • Jim September 26, 2016, 2:59 pm

    Admin, thanks for this public forum info.

    However, it appears that questions from “outsiders”, not the moderators, have to be submitted in advance for vetting. Please see this link:


  • Scott Perkins September 26, 2016, 11:09 pm

    As I said last Thursday at the meeting, I voted for the “Golf Course” land use designation as a member of the city council. It was the right vote then and I believe that it is the right designation now.

    Regarding campaign contributions, my contributions are a matter of public record. All contributions over $100 must be disclosed by name and occupation. I personally know every person that has contributed to my campaign. I have not nor will I accept any contributions from Richardson, Schlesinger or anyone associated with them or with their companies.

    I pledge that I will not Abstain from any vote regarding the San Ramon Golf Course.

    Scott Perkins
    Vice Mayor
    Candidate for re-election to City Council

    • Renae Wilber September 26, 2016, 11:25 pm

      Thank you Scott. You had my vote before and you have my vote now.

      You and I raised our children in this community. We saw them enjoy the benefits of a San Ramon where the schools weren’t overcrowded, crime wasn’t high, and traffic wasn’t congested. I want what he had with our own children for the next generation. Thank you for preserving our community.

  • Marty September 29, 2016, 12:37 pm

    I think the candidates need to be questioned about their ties to the community, e.g. whether they have kids in local schools, whether they plan to remain residents for the long term, etc.

    I understand that the incumbents probably need to be circumspect about their feelings regarding the golf course development, but I wouldn’t imagine that candidates running to replace the incumbents are similarly bound.

    • Scott Perkins September 29, 2016, 1:49 pm

      Incumbents and challengers have the same requirement regarding pronouncements.
      Applicants and interested parties have a right to a fair and impartial public hearing of the case.
      If someone has prejudged the situation AND made that opinion public, it is quite likely that they would be disqualified from voting on the issue.
      If you hear anyone of the candidates give a definitive opinion on this topic, they will likely be disqualified.

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