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Neighbors save a mighty oak

Original post made on Mar 6, 2008

On Tuesday, a 50-foot oak tree stood on Lewis Lane in Alamo, leaves quivering in the breeze. By Wednesday it had been plucked up with a 100-ton crane and dropped off in Vin Rover's back yard as trees were being cleared for the infrastructure of the new San Ramon Valley YMCA.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 6, 2008, 1:26 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Dear neighbors,

Shameful and disgusting are the comments that allow excuse for invasion of the Hemme neighborhoods. Is it strange to you that there are no comments by other than the invaders from SRV YMCA? Is it strange that the Hemme neighbors did not get to comment?

In humor, it seems somehow novel how celebration of abuse of a neighborhood can seem somehow positive when SPIN is more important than in-depth reporting. It is less than humorous when selfish interests of a small minority in our region impose their will on the Hemme neighbors. It is deeply sad when that abuse is supported by Danville community groups that do not have to suffer any abuse from the result.

Nasty business!


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Posted by Keith Lewis, a resident of another community
on Mar 6, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Posted by request of the author

Dear neighbors,

Does SRV YMCA think we are that NUMB!

Saving an oak tree is suppose to make all the difference in the world to neighbors who will live daily with the abuse of Y facility in our neighborhood.

Really, are we that numbed by the SPIN?


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Posted by Kathy Bell, a resident of another community
on Mar 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm

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Dear neighbors,

It seems that SRVUSD has been the breeding ground for campaign jargon. Many neighbors have commented how Kathy Chiverton and Chris Kenber sound very much alike in their quotations for the press. Our difficulty, as neighbors, remains finding content in the quotations beyond the campaigning and we would invite Ms. Chiverton and Mr. Kenber to detail their points of view.

Commercial facilities planned by SRV YMCA within the Hemme neighborhoods become a negative by their affect on traffic and their overall operational impact on neighbors. Yet, we hear commentary from Ms. Chiverton that claims a "can't wait" attitude in the surrounding neighborhoods. No amount of campaigning will make such a negative action a value to the surrounding neighborhoods or lessen the impact on Danville Blvd and the Hemme intersection.

Good campaigning does not make a bad idea a good result,

Kathy Bell
Iron Horse neighbors
Diablo Vista region

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Posted by Keith Lewis, a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2008 at 8:56 am

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Dear neighbors,

For those that asked "where are the majority of neighbors that plan to stop the SRV YMCA?" There is an active program of regulatory actions in progress and further individual and class actions planned. Neighbors have established as their goal to make any effort at construction by SRV YMCA an uneconomical and expensive result and any operation a highly visible activity with exceptional objection by our region's neighbors.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Danville
on Mar 11, 2008 at 11:31 am

Hal, a comment in the story from a Hemme Neighbor regarding the Y:

"It's going to practically be in our back yard," said Caroline Rover. "That's a worry of mine - what kind of noise it is going to bring."

Posted by Hal Bailey, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm

Dear neighbors,

Be aware that has received 39 messages from various neighbors of the Y property that details the abuse from traffic, noise, and vandalism they expect from its existance deep in their neighborhoods. Most are deeply offended by the "cavalier" commentary of the Y personnel and supporters who "don't give a damn about who they abuse!"

SRV YMCA remains unwelcome in Alamo at any location according to hundreds of comments received from neighbors throughout our region and specifically by school parents that feel the Y has completely failed in their school-related programs.

All the press concerning support of SRV YMCA is from Danville and a handful of Alamo residents. The reality is the SRV YMCA is, and will be more so, a significant nuisance to its neighbors.

Anonymous was not alone in recognizing neighbors' commentary.


Posted by Amber, a resident of Danville
on Mar 20, 2008 at 10:41 am

Why don't we look at the positive things that they YMCA can do for our community, rather than the negative things that illustrated here. Yes, it must be such an inconvience for the residents of Alamo that are affected by the construction of the YMCA and the future traffic noises; but why don't we comment on what other YMCA's do for other communities and how this new branch will serve our communities' children. (Maybe less crime? Less vandalism? Maybe because children won't be bored at home with nothing to do.) ???

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