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Letter: Rural valley at stake if W passes

Original post made on Oct 29, 2010

" I am writing to express my opposition to Measure W, which proposes the expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary by San Ramon to include half of the Tassajara Valley. The rural nature of the area is jeopardized by this land grab. This expansion is premature at best and ill-considered overall."

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm

Dorothy Burt's letter hits the nail on the head. Many/most of the people who actually live in the Tassajara Valley, who are not within San Ramon's city limits, are not able to vote on this issue (such as myself, living in un-incorporated Danville), even though it is us who will be most affected.

There is no question that the San Ramon city council and mayor want to expand San Ramon - just read their carefully-worded statements about "not having any plans". Not YET, that is.... But if Measure W passes, THEN they'll roll out the plans that they didn't have....

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Oct 29, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Here! Here!

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Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Oct 29, 2010 at 6:03 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Thank You Dorothy for your posting..I hope the San Ramon citizen's vote NO on W...and also vote for Joan Buchanan as well, Mr. Wilson and the San Ramon development cabal have had a good run, but the the reality is most of us in the Valley do not want San Ramon to be another Dublin. As you drive south on 680 this week look at the hillsides between Crow Canyon And Alcosta West along the freeway. Is that what you want? Everytime I go to Marin County I am seeing their hills with their oaks and savannah grasslands and I lament what has happened to the Valley I moved to 25 years ago. It is not too late, defeat the Jordanian landowners and lobbyist Tom Koch. Please google Mr. Koch prior to voting might enlighten you as to his involvement....

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Posted by kevin
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm


I live in San Ramon. I contributed $1,000 to the No on W, Have manned the booth at the farmers market with my son(he's much better at it than I)posted signs at my business, written about 20 of these comment letters(boy, will I be glad when 1/2 comes), will be waving signs Monday & Tuesday.

It would be really great for you to call your neighbors in the Tassajara Valley & have them write in here & on the Patch to express how they feel.

You are right, it is your issue & you all should be heard.

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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 30, 2010 at 7:03 am

Dear Dolores,

When Emily returns could she please find answers to the concerns of San Ramon and Dougherty Valley neighborhoods? Neighbors expect full and rapid growth by San Ramon into Tassajara Valley if W passes. What they want to know is how much will the infrastructure cost and what taxes (Bond measures, etc) will be necessary to pay for roads, streets, sewers, water lines, drainage systems, and energy that connect such developments to the city of San Ramon. Neighbors would also like to see the traffic studies that route traffic from the new developments through Dublin, San Ramon, Danville and even Alamo as access to jobs and commercial centers. How do those towns plan to pay for infrastructure to support San Ramon's expansive sprawl?

These questions are likely important to all Express readers.

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Posted by David Barlow
a resident of John Baldwin Elementary School
on Nov 1, 2010 at 1:40 pm

Dorthy Burt has her property and her unobstructed views and now would deny to others what she has.....we need to grow and people need places to call home and to conveniently forget that where we all live was once open space is to be naive. Dorthy may want to move to Winnemucca, Nevada where she can have all the open space she wishes but the Tassajara Valley is too beautiful to not be shared with others.

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Posted by No More
a resident of another community
on Nov 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

Congratulations to citizens of San Ramon ! West County voters again refuse to allow circumvention of the ULL. I would think by now that our political leaders would get the message that the citizens voted in the ULL for a reason and to stop trying to change the will of the people. Hopefully voters will see through the New Farm project too. It is another attempt at special interest and our pro growth Supervisor. Voters need to stop the politicians that continue to work against the people for self interests or remove them.

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