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Nominees for Board of Stay the Course

From Scott Holder:

At our meeting on September 22, it was the consensus of the group to elect a “board” to represent our group in dealing with the golf course ownership. Please nominate those you feel will be the best representatives for our community. We will close the nominations on October 2.

If you know you are being nominated please prepare a candidate statement which will be shared with the group and afford each of us to make the correct decision on who our representatives will be.

Once all of the nominations and candidate statements are received we will put out the statements and vote at our next meeting. We will also vote on the number of representatives we will have on the board.

To submit your nomination(s) please email them to: joe (at) pfscalifornia.com

Stay the Course,
Scott Holder

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  • Marty September 23, 2016, 3:30 pm

    As discussed last night, 25% of the development will have to be affordable housing. The plan of the owner reportedly includes a number of “townhomes”, i.e. high density units.

    Read about what high density affordable housing did to the crime rates in parts of Marin County:


    ABAG’s conclusion that affordable housing does not negatively affect property values was based on a case study in San Francisco, which is the fifth most expensive place to live on Earth. No one with a brain in their head wants to purchase a home near high density housing. Or a freeway. Or a high tension power line.

    I’m starting to believe those insane billboards on 580 E.

  • Chris Crowley September 23, 2016, 6:25 pm

    I unfortunately had to leave last nights meeting early. I have been advised that there was a “straw poll” vote on negotiating or not. The result was to negotiate.

    I am appalled at this notation. I am quite curious why there has been such a substantial change of heart on this issue in the last 5 months. The whole principal, in my opinion, of negotiations is both parties must be somewhat trust worthy. Time and time again the Golf Course ownership have proven themselves to be liars and frauds. They are human pieces of garbage.

    A closed brown golf course is far better than any alternative that can be negotiated absent an agreement of ZERO housing. In particular, high density housing. I believe letting them close the golf course and waiting them out for however long is needed is the best course of action. Our strong position in terms of the 4/5’s vote needed from planning and counsel is all we need. A lot can happen over the course of 5-10 years that would force this organization to abandon their development plans. I.E. recession or personal financial misfortune for one or both of the principals.

    I will never support negotiation. I believe if this is what a minority of the group supports then we need to find new leadership that will act as the majority feels it should. We have the position of power in this and to act in a fashion that implies weakness is counter productive to the end result we all should want which is ZERO development.

    Have you who are so foolish and delusional to think we can negotiate a favorable settlement with these individuals thought about what the affects to San Ramon’s infrastructure would be for the amount of housing any settlement would include for this group to agree to settle? I think not.

    My vote is an unequivicable NO. No settlement. I will fight regardless of this votes outcome to deny any negotiation. It is bad for San Ramon, it is bad for home owners and it is bad for the environment.

    • Eleezeh September 23, 2016, 7:26 pm

      Chris my husband and my mom were at the meeting and there was no vote to negotiate, only to vote for electing a group. There better not be any negtotiaitons no one voted on that. I make going to post a big banner on my property which faces the golf course saying NO! To Negotiating. However I must say my mom told me there were people that were using scare tactics to persuade people to agree to negtotiaitons. There was a guy called Scott who actually met with the owners without being elected by the community, and he was one of the people pushing for negtotiaitons. I just hope people of San Ramon are more clever that listening to bunch of garbage.

      • Amit Sharma September 23, 2016, 9:57 pm

        My vote is also no negotiations. I live on 14th hole and don’t mind brown open field. Any houses of any kind on this course will change the neighborhood for worse

      • Scott Holder September 24, 2016, 4:39 pm


        I STRONGLY suggest you get your facts correct before you post and include someones name.

        • Chris September 24, 2016, 5:06 pm

          Just curious, were negotiations not discussed at the Thursday meeting?

          If so, were there not certain people who were strongly advocating for negotiating?

          I ask because information to the contrary would contradict what several different people told me.

          Further, how exactly is the nomination process working? We all generally want the same thing here but I believe the majority of the group if asked in a silent poll with no intimidating figures around would say no to negotiation. So before I vote for any board member I feel we should know where they stand on this key question.

  • Amit Sharma September 23, 2016, 10:01 pm

    I there an option where we put together an HOA and let that HOA run the golf course. Basically kick out the current owners and run this golf course as community owned non-profit.. not sure what the legal and city angle is but this seems to be of best interest for the city and the community

  • Charles Smith September 24, 2016, 12:40 am

    Negotiation – is knowing from the start that the citizens of San Ramon are going to relinquish concessions. Might as well go into a fight with one arm tied behind your back and start giving in before any communication begins with the developer. What is this the name of this organization? “Stay the Course”. – – – Well – – – Stay the Course! No Negotiations!

  • Ruth Rydbeck September 25, 2016, 3:55 pm

    In order to nominate “the best possible candidates” to this board, the community would need to know the names of our “most talented” individuals
    who would offer the best possible assistance and who would be willing to serve in this capacity. Do we, for example, have attorneys, planners, historians, surveyers, etc., etc. We will need “THE BEST OF THE BEST” in
    order to deal with what is ahead of us. How do we best go about this??

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