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Questions for City Council candidates

One of our local homeowners, Jim, has pointed out that questions for the candidates’ forum on Thursday must be submitted to the moderator ahead of time. It does not appear that there will be an opportunity to ask questions from the floor.

There are obviously things we need to know about the four candidates’ positions on the matter of the San Ramon Golf Course and any possibility of rezoning to allow houses to be built, or of any amendment to the General Plan.

Everyone with questions for the candidates should email them to the moderators, Gina Channell and Jeb Bing: gchannell@embarcaderomediagroup.com

Don’t delay in getting your questions emailed! The makeup of the City Council is critical to any future actions concerning the Golf Course property.

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  • Scott Perkins September 26, 2016, 4:45 pm

    Just as I spoke at the meeting last Thursday at the Wedgewood, Councilmembers cannot take a lead role in the efforts to block the current landowners from changing the land use designation. That is the law.

    However, as I also said at the meeting, I voted as a member of the City Council many years ago for the current land use designation of “Golf Course” and I see no reason to change it now.

    Because Dave Hudson will be precluded from voting in this matter because he lives too close to the golf course, the remaining 4 members of the City Council will be the ones to decide in any future issue that comes before the council. To make a change, the General Plan must be amended and that requires a 4/5 vote of the Planning Commission and in this case a 4/4 vote of the City Council. That’s right. The City Council must be UNANIMOUS to make a change to the land use designation. If just ONE MEMBER votes “NO” the change doesn’t pass and the designation stays the same.

    I promise you that I WILL NOT ABSTAIN from any vote regarding the San Ramon Golf Course.

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

  • Admin September 26, 2016, 4:53 pm

    Thank you Scott.

  • Mark Karbo September 26, 2016, 10:49 pm

    So Scott, you only said you would not abstain from voting. Can I infer that you would vote against rezoning the land for residential development?

    • Geoff Ho September 27, 2016, 10:28 am

      In general it is not appropriate for council members or candidates to openly state that they would vote no against rezoning. The reason is that since this matter has not officially been brought to the City and no full proposal is available the Developer has not made their case. If a council member were say “no” even before a official proposal was made this could be seen as prior bias and be grounds to exclude the council member from any voting or discussions on the proposal. Legally the Developer has the right to a fair unbiased hearing (regardless of what we may think of them). Council member Hudson is in a different case since he is already going to have to recuse himself from any voting due to his proximity to the course, therefor he is free to state his opinion already.

  • Cindi Doell September 26, 2016, 11:01 pm

    Where is the forum being held and what time.

  • Robin September 27, 2016, 10:02 am

    During October 2006, both incumbents voted for changing San Ramon Golf Course from its awful Commercial/Recreation zoning to its current one, Golf Course Only. At that time, Scott Perkins was a City Councilman and Phil O’Loane was a Planning Commissioner. Both were strongly supportive of Golf Course Only, to keep its open spaces and recreational assets without requiring City revenues.

    The leading alternative to Golf Course Only was “Park” which was being advocated by a Citizen’s Initiative.

    The new owners cannot get the four City Council votes needed to develop the golf course with Phil O’Loane and Scott Perkins on the City Council.

    If you are against more congestion, more crowded schools, and more crime, then get out and vote for Perkins and O’Loane. They most assuredly will “Stay the Course” and not allow any rezoning for the next four years.

  • Rosalind Rogoff October 10, 2016, 12:57 am

    I came up with the Golf Course Only zoning at a joint Planning Commission and Council meeting. I’m not sure what the date was, but ask Scott Perkins if he remembers. I suggested it in public comment. I just wanted to settle the issue once and for all. Not only does it take four Council members to vote to change any zoning, it requires four Planning Commission members too.

    Ask Chief Holder (loved the pix with the cat). It’s done, I did it. You’re welcome.

    Roz Rogoff,
    San Ramon Observer, Retired

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