San Ramon council to discuss sale of old City Hall

150th birthday celebration, storm drain repair, new employee introductions also on tap

The San Ramon City Council is set Tuesday to continue closed-session deliberations about selling the old City Hall site on Camino Ramon.

Negotiations are ongoing with a potential buyer interested in acquiring the one-story office complex site on the 2200 block of Camino Ramon that housed City Hall and city offices from the mid-1980s until earlier this year, according to interim city manager Joe Gorton.

Council members announced after their closed-session talks Sept. 13 that they had voted to authorize Mayor Bill Clarkson to sign a purchase agreement for the sale of the old City Hall site, but Gorton said Tuesday he could not reveal any specifics about the status of the sale.

"The city is in negotiations with a prospective buyer. At this point, the negotiations are still being conducted, and I am unable to discuss the details until we are farther along in the process," Gorton said.

Tuesday evening's closed-session discussion is set to focus on instructing Gorton on price and terms of payment related to the office buildings at 2220, 2222, 2226 and 2228 Camino Ramon, according to the meeting agenda.

The council is permitted to hold closed-session conversations about negotiations related to city property purchases or sales, if the meeting is properly agendized with public notification.

The meeting Tuesday, which also features open-session business, is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. inside the current San Ramon City Hall, a state-of-the-art, two-story facility that opened in late April at 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* The council will consider approving of the city sponsoring the San Ramon 150 celebration being planned for next year.

San Ramon's 150th birthday event is being organized by a committee of representatives of the school district, business community, chamber of commerce, library, arts and historic foundations, sports groups and city staff as well as other interested residents.

The council voted in January to establish for the first time 1867 as San Ramon's official founding year -- a date selected based on the construction of the area's first schoolhouse.

City staff recommends the city support the San Ramon 150 celebration by providing, no fee use of community buildings for 150th anniversary meetings and events, use of the 150th logo on city marketing materials and collateral during the 2017 calendar year and offering up to $12,000 from the Parks and Community Services Department budget to fund related activities.

The council will consider authorizing the event sponsorship as part of its consent agenda, a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once.

* The only other consent agenda item is a resolution to authorize a contract with Garney Construction to repair a 36-inch storm drain pipe on Crow Canyon Road east of Deerwood Road for an amount not to exceed $290,700.

* The council will also discuss appointing Shashikant Desai to serve on the Senior Advisory Committee with a term to expire March 2018. Desai was the only applicant for three open spots on the committee, one regular term and two alternate positions.

* City staff will also introduce the council to new employees: human resources analyst Vilcia Rodriguez and James Spielvogel, parks and community services recreation technician.

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10 people like this
Posted by Jim
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 11, 2016 at 6:41 am

Are we going to find out the City did a sweetheart deal to a friend of the Council. Why isn't this public. It's out public building. What are they hiding. What happened to full disclosure? Is Sunset getting another deal. Someone else?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 11, 2016 at 9:57 am

Just as you wouldn't discuss the sales strategy of selling your house with the buyer in the room, the council discusses the sale of the city hall in private. The Brown act allows for this.

The sales documents will be public record when the sale is completed. Then you can find out which "friend" of the council bought the property and how much they paid.

All will be revealed in time.

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

"All will be revealed in time"---Yeah Right! Just like the deal the city did with Sunset Development/Bishop Ranch, when the city sold land a number of years ago to Sunset with some murky arrangement that Sunset in turn would build a new city hall. Neither the land sales price or cost of new city hall (with independent accounting) have ever been revealed.

The land sold to Sunset had a fair market value, just what is that fair market value? As we all know, appraised value by the county is not always the same as fair market value reached by independent appraiser. Just what was the cost of the new city hall, was that independently audited, and how is it possible for the value of the sold land to be identically the same as the cost of the new city hall?; & if it is the same, that would be an amazingly unbelievable coincidence.

Remember the city of Bell, Ca.? Where is the transparency here in San Ramon?? There simply isn't any transparency here!

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Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:13 pm

Both Mayor Clarkson and councilman Hudson are realtors, wonder if they or their realty firms are getting a percentage of the sale?

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2016 at 7:07 am

The land was "sold" to Sunset at the price that was included in the original contract. Fair market value had no role in the transaction. Sunset had an option on the two properties. The city could not sell them unless Sunset declined on the option.

The transaction price for the two parcels was $15.1 million. For that amount, Sunset built the new city hall.

The transaction is being handled by an independent commercial realty company. Why would you think that the city would hire the mayor or councilmember would handle the transaction?

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Posted by San Ramon Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

At a point in time when the new City Hall was in the planning phase, the city of San Ramon purchased the building/property on Crow Canyon Road where the police and planning departments are now located. When this was purchased, the pubic was told that this purchase was just temporary until the new city hall was build. The police and planning department were to move into the same facilities and the building on Crow Canyon Rd would be sold. It appears now that this is not the case. The building/property on Crow Canyon Road is huge. I'm sure there is plenty of empty space still on hand. What are the plans for this building? I never could understand why the City Hall offices could not be included in the building on Crow Canyon Road. Does the city plan to sell the building on Crow Canyon Rd.? And, why did this building not become City Hall?

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