San Ramon council to discuss sustainable water use

Public hearings, committee appointments among other meeting topics

The San Ramon City Council on Tuesday (July 22) is set to receive a presentation on water use and water management strategies amid the current California drought.

The presentation will include discussion of the water supply for the city's water providers, East Bay Municipal Utility District and Dublin-San Ramon Services District.

More efficient landscaping practices for local agencies and conversion of turf strips in the Dougherty Valley to landscaping that require less water use are also topics to be addressed in the drought discussion during the council meeting, which is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the council chambers at 2222 Camino Ramon.

In other business, the council is set to conduct a public hearing regarding Building and Safety Services' statement of expenses for unpaid abatement costs, fees and fines. The public hearing is an unfinished business item from the July 8 council meeting.

The council will also discuss the eighth amendment to the Bishop Ranch annexation and development agreement and the sixth amendment to a portion of Chevron Park annexation and development agreement. The amendments are listed as discussion-only items, with final consideration expected to occur on Aug. 12.

The council will appoint new representatives to serve on the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, Arts Advisory Committee, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority and as Poet Laureate.

Karen McNamara, interim Parks and Community Services director, will introduce the new county librarian, Jessica Hudson. City Manager Greg Rogers will give an update on the new City Hall construction project as well.

To see the complete agenda, visit the city website.


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Posted by Senior Citizen
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

There are many, repeat many, wonderful, colorful(if wanted) NATIVE CALIFORNIA PLANTS which do extremely well without much water.

These plants are hardy, drought tolerant, not all bothered by animals as deer, and many can produce many colorful blooms adding wonderful color to the landscape. These blooms ALSO help the bees which are dying off.

There are many examples of these all around.

One neighbor when I suggested drought tolerant plants, immediately referred to a cactus type plant.

NO; California natives are not a cactus, but a variety of plants which require very little water once established, usually in a year.

Require little in the way of maintenance; little in the use of water; and add beautiful color the landscape. All of this would take place in roughly a year once planted and fostered along during the first year.

Call in a California native plant expert to demonstrate the superb qualities these plants have to conserve on water.

Not only do they conserve water but also add much beauty to the landscape and help bees continue to flourish.

Less water usage, more color and multiple shape of California natives.

This is the optimum way to go for long term future conservation of water.

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:02 am

Wonderful idea Senior Citizen, but do it for a reason to beautify your property not to satisfy the self serving water company people...they will screw us all in the end.

Folks the more water you save and do not use the MORE you will pay for the drops you use. They need to bring in a specific amount of money to cover operating expenses and they will do that by charging us accordingly.

You may think I talking through my hat but I have been around a long time and time after time it's the same old story.

Thanks for listening or at least I hope you are listening. By the way there is not a damn thing we can do about it but pay the bill.

Julia Pardini from Alamo.

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Posted by Senior Citizen
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Señora Julia,

EBMUD had nothing to do with the drought.

We all suffer from the drought.

Population growth continues unabated; ergo the demand for more housing leading to more use/abuse of water.

More people means more demand on water resources.

Now one must "think" community survival and not personal cost at this point in time.

So, we will sink together or float together.

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