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City Hall project gets the go-ahead from San Ramon Council

Original post made on Oct 10, 2013

Plans to develop a new city hall adjacent to Central Park received unanimous approval from the San Ramon City Council Tuesday night, as well as overall support from residents. The city also discussed plans to renovate the library and relocate popular basketball courts.

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Posted by yuck..., a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2013 at 6:01 am

What a giant waste of money! No fireworks, but let's spend millions to add ANOTHER city hall. What a backwards government! Apparently, this is a local government initiative created, voted, and approved by the government, but funded by special interests and our hefty taxes.

Our government folks only see the dollar signs. I wonder what Sunset gets for the $14 million they're donating for this monstrous beast. Oh well, I believe the facts are conclusive - our representatives have been bought and paid for because a center that's originally deemed as too expensive is no longer such when you're getting donations from private interests. Hey, San Ramon! I'll give you a new city hall if you give me...

I'd be willing to bet this new city hall will cost more than $40 million (governments keep budgets?!) and the taxpayers will be forced to cover the gaps, but our representatives are content because this will have their names all over it and perhaps be where they rest their hats in a few more short years. Yuck! I wish our representatives had true moral character/compass and actually represented us...

Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

Wow, that's ugly.

Who designed it? The Jetsons?

Posted by FanDanville, a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

Once again, a building that appears to have INSUFFICIENT PARKING from the start.

Sunset Corp is not GIVING $14 million, they already OWE that money to the city (as unpaid interest on land purchase from SR).

This is a plan to accommodate future bigger and more expansive Government, i.e., more employees, more empires, more cost (taxes/bonds).
And not real added benefit to the lives of the citizens.
This is the dreams of politicians. Wonder who will be granted NAMING rights--to this building or the previous City Hall?

Notice the known lack of information to its citizens and the refusal to put this to a vote by its citizens.

Good luck, San Ramonians.

Posted by miSFit, a resident of Diablo
on Oct 10, 2013 at 9:45 am

Wow, that is ugly. [removed] Very short-sighted design. Not what our little piece of the planet here requires.

Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on Oct 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

Ugly indeed, in a hulking battleship sort of way. They must be colluding with our fine Danville planners on the concept. That or the good folks who built the one in Milpitas.
Parking, yes, that is a huge issue. And is there not already enough congestion on Bollinger? How about just expanding the San Ramon park? A ton of people use it rain or shine now, but of course a park won't generate revenue for Sunset, or kickback money for city officials.

Posted by long time resident, a resident of Danville
on Oct 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Eliminating well used basketball courts and a skate park just to house some bureaucrats. What a shame!

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:33 am

Dear folks in San Ramon...don't blame the so called leaders YOU PUT INTO OFFICE. The blame goes to the folks in the mirror.

But you all know that already, you just don't want to admit it.

Just My Opinion...Thanks for listening, Julia Pardini

Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

WOW...I just noticed not one comment from the folks in San Ramon...I guess they really don't care or even worst they don't understand.

What a shame. I am glad I live in Alamo

Just My Opinion...Julia Pardini...yes from Alamo

Posted by Mike, a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 10, 2013 at 7:24 am

I think it is a good start to a downtown area. Obviously the people that comment the most on these sites have the worst things to say, but let me be the first San Ramon resident to say I am glad they are getting the ball rolling on this. I am excited to think that San Ramon will one day have a downtown!