(I’m posting this here at Scot Holder’s request…Joe Parsons)
As you know the San Ramon Golf Course was purchased in December by Tree City LLC out of Beverly Hills
As a San Ramon and golf course resident, I and many others have concerns over the potential changes to the property and the impact those changes will have on our community.
I traveled to Los Angeles last week and met with the Tree City LLC Principal.
Past actions on the part of the property owners in other communities lead us to fear the same negativity has a high probability of occurring in San Ramon
We need to take action to attempt to avoid the disruption created in Escondido, Rancho Mirage and Las Vegas.
Unfortunately, no one has fared well….not the residents, not the cities and not the owners.
We have already received a telephone survey related to housing on the property.
Then the owners made their first statement as to their intent with the abrupt closing of the pool two days prior to its scheduled opening and the beginning of the Aqua Bears Swim Team season.
A letter from the golf course management company Western Golf Properties as to why the pool closed is so full of misinformation I could not begin to address any of this within a three minute window this evening.
It is obvious the owners have no emotional ties to the San Ramon community nor did they have any emotional ties to the communities which preceded ours.
The bottom line is the ownership chose to ignore the obvious when they purchased the property knowing full well it was zoned in our General Plan as “Golf Course.”
Why would they make what I and others would deem a reckless purchase?
The answer is simple….they have the funding and capital to wait for many years for a return on their investment.
In return our community stands to lose what we have enjoyed for over 50 years.
I believe the owners will close the golf course and sit on the property as long as it takes to obtain the a housing deal.
Currently the course is open; however, it is my belief the course would already be closed had the sale agreement not called for the course to be open for one year following the sale.
We have choices…
We can wait until the course is closed, fenced off and not maintained as has been the case in the other cities.
If this occurs there are actions the City could take should the neglect of the property become a nuisance to our community.
At that point it’s too late…the damage is done.
I view our city as one which can handle this in a different manner than the other cities.
How is this?.
I am formally asking the Council and City Manager to allow members of our group…..Stay the Course San Ramon, to partner together with city staff to include representation from the Planning and Engineering Departments and any other staff members the city deems appropriate to meet with the golf course ownership.
No one has seen any plans either “conceptual” or “actual” related to their intent.
Waiting until the course is closed will be too late.
We need to take the lead and invite the owners to meet prior to any further negative actions similar to closing the pool taking place.
I am willing to facilitate this effort I only ask for your approval and participation to allow us to make every effort to come out of this unfortunate situation with some positive impact for San Ramon.
June 23, 2006