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Affordable senior housing for San Ramon

Original post made on Feb 16, 2010

Ground was broken in San Ramon on Friday for its first affordable senior housing community, Valley Vista, which will be the newest in the county. It is expected to be ready for residents to move in by fall 2011.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 15, 2010, 9:12 PM

Comments (15)

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2010 at 8:41 am

It may be Affordable Senior Housing" to you but it is Tax-Subsidized housing to the rest of us (i.e. more "free" government money). Noteworthy as the project may be, if you do the math it comes out to almost $300,000 per apartment. The real beneficiary is most likely Satellite Housing and ABHOW - where's ACORN?

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Feb 16, 2010 at 9:30 am

Throughout this whole article it never once states the actual location.

What is the address of this housing project?

Posted by Sue, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:24 am

Third paragrah - "at 20801 San Ramon Blvd."

Posted by Greg T., a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

To the person who feels this is just another example of "more 'free' government money" I have to ask why is it always the things that help regular people that get called "Socialism" or "Communism" or a handout whereas the things that help the rich are called "free markets?" The real beneficiary is the community of elderly that in most cases have already paid for this type of development. The reference to ACORN should tell you how credible this person's opinion really is.

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:04 am

jrm is a registered user.

Another visual blight on San Ramon's once beautiful westside hills. Thank goodness we have been able to avoid all the ticky tacky Dublin and San Ramon development. What is San Ramon thinking? I think their planners all moved up from Mission Viejo or Ranch Santa Margarita. We must do all we can to staunch their plans to pave over the rest of the Tassajara Valley. Clearly our 2 communities have a contrasting view of preservation of scenic open space. I'm all for affordable housing for seniors but why destroy the hills adjacent to the quaint farmhouse? It should have been located smack dab in the middle of Windemere.

Posted by Don't fire til you see the whites of their eyes, a resident of Danville
on Feb 19, 2010 at 7:43 am

The only affordable housing worth providing is that to seniors. I don't think we should destroy the environment to build it, but that being said the only people I feel who are worthy of welfare are the elderly. I completely agree that we should reconstruct windemere to accomodate seniors. But to make it safe we need to boot the preponderance of criminals, so our seniors feel safe

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Feb 22, 2010 at 11:09 am

Posted by Sue, a resident of the Alamo neighborhood, on Feb 16, 2010 at 10:24 am
Third paragrah - "at 20801 San Ramon Blvd."

Whoops! Thanks! I missed that address.

Actually, I just tried to find it on Google Maps Satellite and it just points me to the middle of the intersection of the freeway exit.
So I'm still not certain where the actually LAND/LOT is located. Can anyone describe its location more exactly (so that I can find it when I drive by).

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Feb 22, 2010 at 7:18 pm

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drive south on 680, proceed past sycamore exit approaching Crow Canyon... look to the West next to the "quaint" Italiante farmhouse, see the massive hillside excavation. the heck can you miss it? One more San Ramon debacle for all to see. Any scenic hillside is at risk in their town.

Posted by Cookie, a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

I say any senior housing is deserving, especially for those who are "legal" and have paid their taxes for many years, as most have. Seniors are the ones local and especially federal governments usually target when cutting budgets! Social Security, (which we have all paid into most of our lives) is going to bankrupt sooner than anticipated, thanks to the government squandering the money and now our current administration wants to pass a healthcare plan and take money away from seniors who are on Medicare to help pay for it!!
ACORN, by the way, is a corrupt organization that our dear President has favored and continues to favor. Could we call him bit "racist"?
I say anything we can do for our seniors is fine with me! They deserve it!
Remember we are all going to be old one day!

Posted by Paul, a resident of Alamo
on Feb 23, 2010 at 10:53 am

If you are a "senior" then you should have saved for your retirement - no need to "subsidize" anything. And why do we need subsidized senior living facilities in one of the highest cost areas of the country? Send em to Arizona - vast swathes of cheap, brand new housing available. The subsidy for each unit would buy two new homes in Arizona.

Posted by Sharon, a resident of San Ramon Valley High School
on Feb 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm


Many seniors have saved for retirement, only to lose much of their nest egg to cover out of pocket health care expenses or supplement the income of their adult children who are out of work in the current economy. Our neighbor had to retire early due to disability and took early retirement to cover the loss in salary - she is 54 years old and has many years to live on the funds that she had anticipated would not begin to be distributed until she was in her late 60's.

One reason some may not want to move anywhere (including Arizona) is that they have families nearby, physicians that know them and their history and take their insurance, etc.

The vast majority of seniors in these housing situations come from the local community where they have lived for years - this provides the opportunity for them to remain in a community where they are comfortable and more likely to spend their money, volunteer their time, etc.

A win-win if you ask me.

Posted by Rose, a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

No one is disputing whether this is deserving or not!!! LOCATION is the main issue! There has to be a better location than eating up our beautiful hillsides. I keep hearing how "green" we are!! WOW, chopping down trees in the middle of Danville and destroying our hills doesn't fit the picture! Sadly we will complain now; but soon we will be looking at more beige stucco buildings where green hills have been forever. Does this sound familiar or what!

Posted by Gunslinger, a resident of Danville
on Feb 23, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Paul, do you feel that way about all affordable housing, or just that for seniors? Seniors built this great country. Decent people take care of their elders. I say that younger people don't need affordable housing beause they still can work and earn cash. Seniors live on a limited income because they can no longer work.

I don't like that we're constantly demolishing our environment though. We should reclaim windemeres low income parts for seniors.

When are these developers gonna get that nature has intrinsic worth to us... THE COMMUNITY

Posted by Cookie, a resident of Danville
on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:22 pm

I agree with Sharon, Rose and Gunslinger! You all make great points! There must be a way to help our senior citizens and still preserve the beauty of our hills and land!
I remember when we could drive down Camino Tassajara and look at cattle grazing on the hills. Now those same hills are covered with houses!
Very sad!

Posted by diana, a resident of Danville
on May 15, 2010 at 12:01 am

What a wonderful idea. These wise and elder people can have a good quality of life and we can learn from them. Open your hearts and your minds.

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