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Council to weigh consultant, committee for Dougherty Valley tree problem

Original post made on Jan 9, 2017

The San Ramon City Council is set to talk Tuesday about how best to handle tree and turf problems in city planting strips in Dougherty Valley neighborhoods, including possibly contracting with a landscape consultant to develop a master plan and creating a citizens' committee to provide community input during the process.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 9, 2017, 5:32 PM

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Posted by Deb
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 9, 2017 at 6:43 pm

This is what happens when you plant the wrong tree in the wrong place! I see this all over San Ramon. Do they not consider how big the tree will become in 20 years? Or the root system? They could have opened any Sunset book and gotten this information. Morons.


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Posted by Jeff
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 9, 2017 at 11:24 pm

I was under the assumption that there were city paid arborist and landscape professionals?


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Posted by Karyne Ghantous
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2017 at 7:28 am

Danville, London, Palo Alto, Valencia -- all have Sycamores. There is going to be a cost associated with having these majestic trees and maintaining them. It is far cheaper to cut roots, move pipes and fix sidewalks then having the City pay a contractor $ 10 to $ 30 million up front to replace these trees while destroying our property values and the homes of our wildlife. They approved a budget of $785K to remove trees as part of a Capital Improvement Project (illegally without a CEQA study.) Only they want to continue to circumvent CEQA while they pay a contractor to figure out a new Master Plan that involves full replacement of our trees which is estimated to cost $30 million dollars (it will keep growing like the library costs did.)

There is no reason to come up with a new plan. We need to simply use the $785K already budgeted as part of the CIP to pay claims and fix sidewalks and roots as they arise, no need to pony up $30 million today. We've had these trees for 20 years and sustained only $40K in claims (not the half a million they will tell us at the meeting which includes the costs for their illegal removal of 600 trees.)

Please come to the meeting Tuesday at 7 City Hall, we really need your help.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

Dougherty Valley was and still is a Contra Costa project. They did all of the planning and approvals. Only when a portion is complete does San Ramon incorporate it. The bad design is on the developers and the county.


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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Jan 10, 2017 at 11:35 am

In virtually every case, public space tree plantings (medians, etc.) are planted way too close together. It may look nice in the first couple of years, but (duh!) trees grow.

Rule number 1 when dealing with landscape contractors and/or landscape designers (when not independent, and part of the overall contract) is this:

- They ALWAYS design in way too many trees and shrubs, planted way too close together. Because (again, duh!) this makes them more money!

How is it that something that is obvious to every homeowner who ever had landscaping done, somehow escapes the city and county planners? Does no one ever review the proposals from the landscaping contractors? Or is the relationship a bit "too cozy"? Just asking the obvious questions. Because this isn't rocket science, and is entirely predictable/preventable....


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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

SHale is a registered user.

For a big portion of Dougherty Valley send the bill to Toll Brothers; their crap up.


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