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An end and a new beginning

Original post made on Dec 12, 2013

Tuesday's meeting of the San Ramon City Council marked the end of one era and the beginning of another. Councilmember Jim Livingstone was honored as he retired after decades of service for the city of San Ramon, and Harry Sachs was sworn in as the newest councilmember.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm

"An end and a new beginning" features quotes by former SR Councilmember Livingstone re the proposed HOV lanes to Norris Canyon Rd. Says Livingstone, "For you council members to bow down to a small little group, shame on you!" What he is speaking of, is a "small little group" of neighboring residents rallying in opposition to the wishes of an influential and monied group of local corporate interests. I'm glad to see Livingston go, and with him, his cavalier attitude toward the residents of San Ramon. His statements are cringe-worthy in their disrespect for the homeowners (whom he was elected to represent) who would have their property values and quality of life lowered by the increased noise and traffic of these massive eyesores. However this issue shakes out, there is one thing that needs to prevail in the decision-making of the SR City Council going forward: Every San Ramon voice -- no matter how 'small and little' -- is worthy of each council member's consideration and respect. Don't let the door hit you on your way out, Jim.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

I agree 100% with Susan regarding former SR Councilmember Livingstone's comments on the proposed HOV lanes at Norris Canyon Rd. (Which are opposed by the vast majority of residents on the West side of 680). Livingstone's statement "For you council members to bow down to a small little group, shame on you!" was not only dismissive & disrespectful, but also incorrect because there is a very large number of residents in opposition to the HOV ramps, not only at Norris, but also at Executive Parkway. Councilmember Livingstone's comments simply provided confirmation of his callous arrogance and unresponsiveness to the residents of San Ramon; thank goodness that he is gone!

Please be aware that the HOV ramps are still under study by CCTA (Contra Costa Transit Authority) and that the EIR will be ready for S.R. City Council review in about 6 to 8 months (according to Mayor Clarkson at the last city council meeting.)

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