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Our next meeting has been scheduled:

September 22, 2016
7:00 PM
Wedgewood Banquet Center
9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon

At our last meeting, there was interest expressed in having the San Ramon City Attorney address our group.  Bob Saxe, City Attorney, will be at our meeting and will answer questions related to the golf course.  I know there are many questions so in order for Bob to be prepared and to keep our meeting timely please submit questions beforehand.  Please email your questions to Joe Parsons at joseph.parsons@fpmail.com  by September 12.

The following were nominated to represent our group:

John Adams
Gene Bucciarelli
David Ernest
Geoff Ho
Scott Holder
Joe Norton
Joe Parsons
Travis Sexton
Joe Weyandt

I have asked each to provide a statement including their background and their goals to achieve in representing our cause.  I will provide these statements so you can vote for those you feel will represent our group best. We will vote by a show of hands per nominee, all nominees may be voted in and there is no cap on representatives.

This week many of you may have seen a drawing of potential development on the golf course.  The bottom line is the drawing is nothing more than a piece of paper.  I am including a copy of the drawing and you will notice it does not include any markings or language as to who created it.  The drawing calls for 255 townhomes and two apartment buildings covering holes 1, 2, 9, 18 and the driving range.  It is outrageous and will never happen but this is a start towards a productive dialogue.  Up until now everything has been speculation but now we have something to work with.  As it stands now I do not believe anything other than the course closing, being bordered by chain link fencing and left do deteriorate as has been the case with the other golf courses purchased by the owners. The only way I can see to prevent this is if we can support a negotiated alternative plan submitted to the city.  Please keep in mind no drawing has been submitted to the City.

I know many are concerned, myself included, at the absurdity of the drawing.  As I indicated above it is a piece of paper.  I want to win Power Ball but I am not holding my breath.  I wish we could go back in time to November 2015 but we can’t so let’s do everything we can to make the most out of a bad situation.

Stay the Course,

Scott

Rendering of townhouses

Rendering of townhouses

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  • eleezeh September 19, 2016, 8:18 pm

    Before we cave in and give this beautiful community to a developer from Southern California who has no clue what a community is lets make sure we do not forget why we all moved to this area. It was because of the schools, quite community and serenity of this place. To take this golf course and build townhomes where single-family homes exist is Ludacris. Not to mention destroying the reason most of us bought our house around this course. The beautiful and peaceful view, the Canadian geese, ducks and anything that would erase a hard day at work, why should we give this up because an obnoxious SoCal developer decided he can make money using this community. If he wanted to develop another community there is other lands around here that he could have bought and build houses on. Please research and see other cases of developers destroying golf courses, and the facts that the judgments were for the homeowners, for the purpose of devaluation of their houses. This golf course is making money I live on it and I see it daily. This guy has no reason to say he is not making money from this course. He has no financial pain from buying this course. The financial pain will be for us when a 2 story town home is built in front of our houses blocking the view we have, and destroying the 7% prime rate these house have over any other house in this area. On top of that it will turn Alcosta into a mad house of cars, over burden the schools. Also what prevents this developer from building the other parts of this golf course, he is hungry for money and should not be trusted. We should not give in and fight as hard as we can and show him what a close community San Ramon is.

  • Michelle Podany September 19, 2016, 8:59 pm

    In addition to the above, you need a representative who lives on Winged Foot or Fircrest, someone who is impacted directly by the above drawing.

  • Joe Rivello September 22, 2016, 9:44 am

    I have heard no mention from the city of San Ramon about the impact additional housing units would make on the city’s infrastructure. I think when you combine a project this size with the City Center you will increase traffic, which we call all agree is already a problem. Then there is the added burden on the schools and water use.To mention a few. We have to find some legal way of preventing these individuals from bullying the community. Has Sunset Development weighed in on this situation? As a stake holder, they would lose in a protracted legal fight, which could tarnish San Ramon’s shining image.

  • Denise September 23, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Michelle, They announced last night that they would delay voting and open it up for more candidates. I agree that in order to fully represent ALL the interests of those who live on/ near the course it should be geographically diverse. Also diversity by age, gender, and ethnicity are needed to represent a true make up of those who live in San Ramon. Your interest and questions about the plans on the course will be vastly different depending on these things.

  • Joe Rivello September 26, 2016, 5:22 am

    After attending the last meeting, I would like to suggest we find, invite and encourage a real estate attorney and a civil engineer, or at least persons with contract negotiation and real estate experience, who have homes on the course or in the close proximity to be a part of the exploration team. With their experience, they may be able to be sensitive to nuances, that those without this training and experience may miss.

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