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Some thoughts from local resident Ryan James

I have just received the following from Ryan James, a local homeowner. I am posting it here with his permission.

Name Ryan James
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Questions or comments? Is anyone clear on who we should vote for to make sure the Hollywood developer that bought the course doesn’t have a voice in our City?  Since there hasn’t been any formal proposal submitted to the City (yet), the candidates can’t really comment on how they would vote, but from what I can infer the two incumbents, Phil O’Loane and Scott Perkins, seem to be our best bet.  The Contra Costa Voter Information Guide came in the mail last week and I noticed O’Loane and Perkins wrote personal narratives.  The narrative for Sabina Zafar appears in the third person and doesn’t mention anything about Open Space.  Is this an indication that Sabina is backed by the developer and he is managing her campaign?  Perhaps a stretch, but then I noticed last week that candidates posted/attached signs to the iron fencing behind the 13th green of the golf course along Pine Valley Road between Thunderbird and Blue Mound.  All these signs were subsequently removed except for one…Sabina Zafar.  I haven’t seen anything written or posted for the final candidate, Susmita Nayak.  I don’t know any of these candidates, all I want to know is who will protect San Ramon Open Space, particularly the golf course.  Does anyone have more definitive facts on who to vote for?
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  • Rebecca October 5, 2016, 11:23 am

    The city Council meeting where the candidates discussed their views was recorded. I’m not sure how to see that recording, but if you go to the website for city Council maybe there will be a link? Or somebody you can ask? I think if you watch that recording it will give you a lot of information to help you make your decision about who will best address the concerns about the golf course. I don’t think anybody can tell you who you should vote for, because we all have to decide who best represents our individual interests, so watching the video can be very useful.

  • David Ernest October 5, 2016, 11:27 am

    I have known Phil and Scott for a number of years and I have no doubt they are the ones to vote for in the upcoming election. They will both look after our interests.

    I do not know anything about the other two candidates except that I have been told by several folks that Sabina Zafar has been planning on running for council for a couple of years. I saw a quotation attributed to her several weeks ago wherein she stated her support for no housing on the golf course.

    The question about the golf course came up at the recent candidate forum and I believe she was quoted as saying the same thing about her opposition to the “non proposal” we currently have.

  • Erin October 5, 2016, 11:29 am

    try votersedge.org
    Note that Sabina Zafar worked for Architects and a statement in Nayak’s bio says “•Traffic Mitigation and Open space preservation with sustainable growth policies ” (I read building more).
    Anyway, you can also contact them directly and just outright ask them their position.
    Perkins was at the meeting last month and said flat out that he will never vote to change the general plan.

    • Sabina Zafar October 5, 2016, 8:35 pm

      Hello – I work as a technology architect. Which means I design software solutions not houses 🙂 I do not support the developers in any capacity. And on the city council I will not vote for re-zoning. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions you may have, I hope to earn your trust and vote on November 8th.

      Sabina Zafar
      T: (925) 272 9097
      E: info@sabinaforsanramon.com
      W: http://www.sabinaforsanramon.com

      Get to know me:
      facebook: @sabinaforsanramon
      twitter: @sabina4sanramon
      Instagram: @sabina4sanramon

  • Farrokh Khodadadi October 5, 2016, 11:30 am

    Candidate signs get posted on the fence along trail & golf course.
    All signs disappear except for one candidate.
    Either the golf course staff did a sloppy job of removal of ALL signs, or the property owner favors one particular candidate!
    You be the judge of that.

  • Marty October 5, 2016, 11:37 am

    The incumbents’ contact information is located on the City’s webpage.

    Mayor Bill Clarkson
    2966 Ascot Drive
    Cell Phone: (925) 200-5380
    E-mail: bclarkson@sanramon.ca.gov
    Term Expires: 2016

    Vice Mayor Scott Perkins
    2764 Ellingson Way
    Home Phone: (925) 833-7743
    E-mail: sperkins@sanramon.ca.gov
    Term Expires: 2016


    David E. Hudson
    162 Pebble Place
    Cell : (925) 570-0106
    Home : (925) 828-5578
    Term Expires: 2018

    Philip G. O’Loane
    7000 Bollinger Canyon Rd
    City V-Mail: (925) 973-2548
    Term Expires: 2016

  • Elaine Baldwin October 5, 2016, 12:07 pm

    I know Mayor Bill Clarkson and all of the members of the City Council, except for Dave Hudson. I know Phil O’Loane the best. I am supporting him for re-election. When Phil was elected in 2010, he had already proved his commitment to preserving open space and limiting unwanted development by leading the successful (by a vote of 71%!) effort to defeat Measure W, which was a proposal to extend the city’s urban growth boundary and allow development on 1,600 acres of agricultural open space in the Tassajara Valley. Since joining the Council, he has spearheaded the creation of an Open Space Advisory Committee and the establishment of a $3.4 million fund for open space preservation, and led opposition to building an enormous cemetery on the open space hills in Tassajara Valley. He has worked with the East Bay Regional Parks District to preserve more than 400 acres of open space in and around San Ramon. Open space is his passion, but he is also proud of his accomplishments in improving the fiscal health of the city, and saving lives by improving emergency response by police and firefighters. Check out his Facebook page and read his statement in the Voter Information Guide everyone should have received by now.

  • William SooHoo October 5, 2016, 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the valuable information ; it will help in my decision on who to vote for.

  • Robin October 5, 2016, 2:53 pm

    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.

  • Sabina Zafar October 5, 2016, 4:05 pm

    Hi Folks,

    I wanted to make sure that you all know me as a candidate and know my position on the golf course issue. I was the only candidate who came to the first meeting in favor of the golf course and since then have brought this issue back to the the Dougherty Valley community and made them aware of what’s going on with the San Ramon Royal Vista Golf Course. I have always stood with the community on the golf course and preserving it. I have been against development and for the golf course from day one. I am also the only candidate quoted in the East Bay Times that questioned the developer on what gives him the confidence that he can build on the course. Obviously someone in the current city council has his back!

    I am the Director of Technology Solutions Architect which means I design technology solutions (do not design home 🙂 ) I want to make sure I put all these rumors to rest right now.

    Feria development with 600+ homes is happening under the watch of the current city council and we had to fight the Norris Canyon HOV ramps from being built – so I don’t think the incumbents are really looking out for the best interest of the community and curbing growth.

    The general plan was approved by the voters and any major changes to the general plan have to be approved by the voters. I do not support re-zoning of the San Ramon golf course and do not support building houses on it.

    I am proud to have the endorsement of our leaders like former Assembly Member Joan Buchanan. Former Mayor Greg Carr, Former Mayor Abram Wilson, Former City Council Member and Chair of Mount Diablo Sierra Club Jim Blickenstaff, who has said “The City needs to bring all regions of the City together. And give a sense of unity and purpose to all the diverse groups within our borders. I’m confident a smart, educated, open minded, motivated, community focused, women such as yourself – and who’s from the long neglected, “out back”, of Dougherty Valley, is EXACTLY what the City needs going forward! New perspectives, younger perspectives, more diverse perspectives, will help guide us through the challenges of a future where the old paradigms are no longer the answer. I believe you to be just the kind of person the City needs, to answer the challenges of these changing times. The best of luck!”

    I hope that you too will entrust me with that responsibility on November 8th. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.

    Sabina Zafar
    T (925) 272 9097
    E info@sabinaforsanramon.com
    W http://www.sabinaforsanramon.com

    Get to know me:
    facebook: @sabinaforsanramon
    twitter: @sabina4sanramon
    Instagram: @sabina4sanramon

    • Brian October 5, 2016, 10:13 pm

      I’m not understanding how you concluded, “Obviously someone in the current city council has his back!”, can you please explain?

    • Corey October 7, 2016, 9:25 am

      Great context and overview — my vote is secure with you as we need a fresh direction with the council for sure.

    • Marty October 25, 2016, 7:28 am

      This is a bit off-topic, but I was reading about the Iron Horse bridge that’s being planned for Bollinger Canyon Road. One of the articles I read had a quote from a bridge engineer hired as a consultant by the city who thinks the bridge should be “iconic” (read: expensive).

      One of the early designs for the eastern span of the Bay Bridge was a simple viaduct like the San Mateo Bridge that would have cost $1 billion. Jerry Brown, mayor of Oakland at the time, thought the viaduct design was “too plain. Others criticised the viaduct design as a “freeway on stilts”. Ultimately, politicians chose the current design because it would be “iconic”. As we all know, the Bay Bridge ended up costing over $6 billion.

      I deeply resent politicians making a name for themselves with vanity projects paid for with other people’s money. This is, relatively speaking, still a “small town”. It should not try to become something it’s not.

      We as voters need to choose elected officials who will conserve this city’s resources, and spend when needed, not wanted.

  • Rosalind Rogoff October 9, 2016, 2:18 am

    I attended a joint meeting of the Planning Commission and City Council in 2009. They were discussing how to rezone the golf course to keep it from being developed. I said in Public Comment (on the record), zone it Golf Course, and they did.

    Changing zoning in San Ramon requires a 4 vote majority of BOTH the Planning Commission AND the City Council. No way can any two new Councilmembers make that change by themselves.

    Phil O’Loane opposed Measure W incorrectly. The City needed to move our boundaries into Tassajara Valley to keep the County from having complete control over it. With the defeat of Measure W, the County has full control over Tassajara Valley and the City has no input at all into whatever they decide to do.

    I don’t know either of these two new candidates, but I would like to see at least one woman back on the City Council. I’m not sure where they live, but we should have representation from Dougherty Valley. I plan to vote for Scott but I will vote for one of the newcomers instead of Phil.

  • Rosalind Rogoff October 10, 2016, 1:25 am

    Correction on the year. I thought it was 2009 but my memory is too good anymore, so it might have been earlier, but I know I was the one who suggested zoning it Golf Course. That much I do remember.

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