Thursday, August 30, 2007

Campaign to Save Our Las Trampas Ridges

Please support the legal challenge of the Sierra Club and East Bay Regional Parks to hillside development at Las Trampas known as the Northwest Specific Plan. The challenge is to require the City Council to abide by the General Plan which requires hillside developments be voted on by the citizens of San Ramon before approval.

If you support this legal challenge you can contribute by making your checks payable to:

"Sierra Club Foundation"

Add a note in the memo area to read:
"San Ramon Litigation"

Mail your contribution to:
San Francisco Bay Chapter
Sierra Club
2530 San Pablo Avenue, Suite 1
Berkeley, Ca. 94702-9918

This donation is a tax deductible contribution with no maximum limit to the Foundation!

Please contribute as much as you can. We are looking to gather $10,000.00 by the end of this year and the same next year. The Sierra Club is donating $20,000.00 and has asked the citizens of San Ramon to match that amount. We will be campaigning throughout the summer for contributions.

If you can contribute $100.00 we can meet our goal. Groups and Homeowners Associations can contribute more to get to our goal. If you have already pledged money to the lawsuit, please send it in to the address above.

If you would like to help by having a meeting of your neighbors to raise funds, we would be glad to speak to the group about the lawsuit and the City’s future.

Help us help San Ramon maintain our quality of life, our green hills and open space.

Thank you,
Jim Gibbon, AIA
Jim Blikenstaff, Sierra Club

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Las Positas Golf Course Now on the Chopping Block

Could This Happen In San Ramon?

Article from Contra Costa Times Newspaper: Development May Drive Golf Course to Redesign

February 7, 2007
Contra Costa Times

Developers are out-of-control in the Tri-Valley and are gobbling up more of our quality of life. Another example is in an article in the San Ramon Valley Times dated February 7, 2007, page A3 entitled "Development May Drive Golf Course to Redesign."

The article states, "a vast plan in Livermore would develop 150 acres would include a road extension that could rearrange the layout of the 18-hole Las Positas Golf Course (next to Airway Blvd) and, an adjacent nine-hole executive course." Our concern is that this would reduce the size of the golf courses; create huge traffic impacts; and, would be another example of over-development in the Tri-Valley thus creating over-crowding. The article states, "the overall plan would reserve about 42 acres for commercial use which would include 150 tenants – including a Nieman Marcus and a Saks Fifth Avenue store, a food court and a parking lot spanning just under three acres." Is this 42 acres being taken away from the 150 acre golf course of open-green space? The article is not clear. Jeff Shafer, golf course manager, stated, "traffic would not affect the golf course, which hosts 90,000 rounds of golf a year." We need to fight for our quality of life, to maintain our open green spaces (ie. golf courses) and say NO to more shopping centers and three acre parking structures.

If you are interested, go to the Planning Commission at 7:30 p.m. February 13th at City Council Chamber, located at 3575 Pacific Avenue, Livermore.

Could this happen in San Ramon too?