By Roz Rogoff
Rene Matsumato - In her own wordsUploaded: Sep 30, 2013
1. Why are you running for City Council? You may have answered this but give me more specifics this time.
I am running for City Council to ensure that the San Ramon community continues to enjoy the quality of life that my family and I have enjoyed.
As San Ramon continues to grow and evolve, we must elect smart leaders who will build upon the city's rich history and engage all segments of our diverse community in planning and decision making.
As an active and engaged member of the San Ramon community I have built strong relationships that give me a broad perspective of the desires of the citizens and the needs of the city. I will listen to all sides of each issue that comes before the council and will make sound decisions that best serve the citizens of our city.
These decisions will be based on gathering facts, being open minded, an independent thinker who will listen to residents. Decisions will also be based on what will be best for the citizens and city as a whole.
2. Since most of your experience has been with the schools, have you thought about running for the School District next year and why or why not?
I have had the privilege of being a part of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) for seventeen (17) years at the unit, council and district level. In addition, I have participated on several school initiatives advocating for all kids. My work with the schools has been very rewarding and self-fulfilling as a community leader. So, yes at one point I considered running for the school board, but I find that as my children are aging out of K-12 school, my interest lies more in broadening my leadership and scope to be an advocate for our city and citizens (young and old) and to make sure there is a "quality of life" beyond education. This includes safety, parks, and recreation to name a few.
3. What are your goals for being on the Council? Do you have any projects or plans you would like to see happen?
As a council member, public safety is a priority along with being fiscally responsible. I will work to protect our open space, and maintain our partnerships. In doing this, I will ask questions and listen to the views of our residents.
What I would like to see accomplished is ongoing communications, bringing back the fireworks, responding to the needs of our diverse community and seeing the City Center come to fruition. The City Center Project could be challenging but it will enrich the city. I want to be a part of the planning process with public input. Traffic will be a key issue but it will provide an opportunity to expand employment for our residents.
I want to bring leadership that energizes people toward a common goal.
4. What are you against or would vote against if you are elected and why?
I would not support uncontrolled development that impacts our schools, safety, roads or our citizens. And, as previously mentioned, I will work toward preserving our open space, creeks, and hills.
5. Where do you stand on the Mudd's property? This is one of my important issues.
As mentioned, this is not a project about which I have a lot of knowledge. It will take me some time to come up to speed. I would love to talk to you further since this is an important issue to you. Thank you for sending me some documents on its history. I have read through them and am working on gathering more information so that I can take a well-informed, thoughtful position on the matter. That said, I am open to listening and learning more about the Mudd's site.
I have a meeting with both Phil Wong and Karen McNamara this week. I hope that they can answer some questions and concerns moving forward. It would be important for me to tour the site and find out what, if any, legal restrictions there.
Landmarks and/or historical sites are important to the history of our community.