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Survey Results

This is Joe Parsons, webmaster for the Stay the Course blog.

Given the strong differences of opinion among the Steering Committee about whether to meet with the developer who now owns the San Ramon Golf Club and wants to create a housing subdivision on the site, we decided that it was important to have at least some idea of the community’s thoughts on the matter.

With that in mind, I created a simple survey on the blog and released it at noon on Sunday, 2/26/17. The survey ran until 5:00 PM on Wednesday, 3/1/17.

There were two statements for the respondents to agree or disagree:

  1. The Steering Committee should meet with the developer in March
  2. Only members of the San Ramon City Council and Planning Commission should have any communication with the developer

Each response had space for an “Other” response. There was an additional field for free-form comments.

I configured the survey to allow only one response from each IP address and required an email address (with no verification) from each respondent. I collected IP addresses from all respondents.

The survey was publicized on the blog, on NextDoor and through the mailing list. I posted reminders mid-week to get the maximum number of responses.


There were 344 responses:

“Agree” with a meeting: 111
“Disagree” with a meeting: 222
“Not sure” or unclear opinion: 8
“Other” 3

On the second question, “Should only the City Council and Planning Commission meet with the developer:”

“Agree:” 201
“Disagree:” 120
No clearly expressed opinion: 14

In some cases, I added “Agree” or “Disagree” to answers that clearly expressed an opinion. I did this to facilitate sorting the answers in the spreadsheet.

The survey page is now marked “closed,” although a small number of responses (17) have continued to arrive after the deadline. The opinions were in the same proportion as the on-time responses.

Joe Parsons

{ 23 comments… add one }
  • William SooHoo March 4, 2017, 7:15 pm

    Thanks for doing this; it gives us a general sentiment of the people who follow this blog. I also thank Scott for a thankless job.

  • William SooHoo March 4, 2017, 7:31 pm

    p.s. although i don’t agree with him.

  • Corey March 4, 2017, 7:32 pm

    Thanks for posting — this is an example of transparency, posting the results of a previously announced survey. I disagree on the notion of Scott being “attacked,” but there are clear (and very likely a majority of residents) whose points of view are in sharp contrast with his own.

    If that is being perceived as disruptive or mean-spirited, a case cannot be made for that being an agenda. The developer has an agenda — and we, all of us, have a voice in saying what’s best for our city. Push politics aside, and embrace open, civil debate about this golf course and its future. What’s not to like about that?

  • Nat Simons March 4, 2017, 10:00 pm

    first of all, kudos to all those having an interest…it’s a thankless task.
    second, doesn’t your survey results indicate that those who may meet with the developer are simply representing themselves and must state that they don’t represent any named community group AND should state that they can not in any way negotiate with the developer since the developer must work through the official San Ramon City Council and it’s designated agents and agencies…

    • Admin March 4, 2017, 10:07 pm

      The group that had been planning to meet with the developer was the Steering Committee. That body was formed to represent the larger community.

  • donald corbin March 4, 2017, 10:08 pm

    dont be busybodies,wait for the developer to file with the city

  • donald corbin March 4, 2017, 10:10 pm

    dont be busybodies,wait for the developer to file with the city

    tell scott to get a hobby.

    • Troy Ravazza March 5, 2017, 7:36 am


      No need to attack Scott as there would be no STC if it were not for him.

      As for meeting with Richards, he is having an Open House on his property that he has invited the Public to attend. I don’t consider that being busy bodies.

      Again people LAY OFF of the people who are not opposed to attending Richards meeting, stop the bullying and bashing of those who don’t agree with you.

      • Eleezeh Safarians March 9, 2017, 11:44 am

        What open house and why not a town hall with all San Ramon resident. Why has he hand picked who can go and cannot. Openness is having a open conversation with all.

        • Admin March 9, 2017, 3:44 pm

          What makes you think Mr. Richards wants to be open? He will do whatever he thinks will advance his agenda–to subdivide the present San Ramon Golf Course and sell it to a builder.

  • Nat Simons March 4, 2017, 10:26 pm

    So????????????? (more than 60 percent of those who voted are telling the Steering Committee not to meet with the developer. Not so?)

    • Admin March 5, 2017, 7:51 am

      That’s correct. The meeting between the Steering Committee and the developer will not take place. Richards is attempting to reach out to individual people to schedule his own meeting with homeowners to promote his own agenda. In his words, he plans to “repurpose a small sliver of this asset.” Translation: he wants to get the property rezoned so he can then sell it to a builder for a very large profit. Anyone who would like to know this individual’s documented history (at least part of it) can do so by going to the “History” section of this website.

  • jason glabbner March 5, 2017, 3:12 am

    Thank you for the transparency.

  • Susan Thomas March 5, 2017, 6:10 am

    Thank you Joe for all the time and effort you put into creating and tallying this survey. It’s very helpful information! How did the meeting go? We’re new officers elected? Thank you! I’m so grateful too for this blog and all your efforts maintaining it. It’s much appreciated.

    • Admin March 5, 2017, 7:53 am

      We’ll post a detailed report of the Thursday meeting of the Steering Committee later today.

  • BillO March 5, 2017, 6:41 am

    It appears the Steering Committee has an agenda defined by their personal beliefs, not the desires of the community. Should we say “Not My Committee”?

    • Admin March 5, 2017, 7:42 am

      Given that the larger community is not in favor of a private meeting between the Steering Committee and the developer, that meeting will not take place.

  • Steve Hardy March 5, 2017, 10:22 am

    A good negotiator tries to learn as much about his opponent as possible before showing his hand. None of us want the golf course developed. That should be the only option we will allow. The developer is trying to get a feel for what we might accept. He has something to gain from a meeting with us. We have no advantage from the meeting because he is not going to tell us exactly what he plans. Furthermore we don’t want him to go to the City and say he has reached out to the community and they seem ok with something. Let him put all his cards on the table at the City meeting.

    • Susan Thomas March 5, 2017, 10:26 am

      Exactly! Well said Steve.

  • donald corbin March 5, 2017, 6:05 pm

    i agree steve ! nobody should ever meet with the developer. as for you troy ravazza, get out a dictionary and look up the word attack ! ,bullying and bashing. busybody isn,t close .

  • Joe Appleby March 6, 2017, 11:21 am

    “tell scott to get a hobby”
    “bullying and bashing”.

  • jason glabbner March 7, 2017, 11:44 pm

    I know this is hear-say but my daughter’s friend works at the course and was told this week (or maybe next) his services are no longer needed as the course is shutting down.

    • Ron Pugh March 8, 2017, 9:12 pm

      Thanks for the scoop, but seems to be an expected move for Richards/Schlesinger.

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