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Bay Area lawmakers support state buying Livermore ranch for $20 million

51,000-acre property could become California's newest state park

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Bay Area leaders are moving quickly to acquire a large swath of land just south of Livermore that has attracted global interest from potential buyers for its pristine wilderness, and what could become California’s newest state park.

More than a dozen local legislators have urged Gov. Gavin Newsom to buy N3 Ranch, a nearly 51,000-acre property near Del Valle Regional Park that spans across parts of Alameda, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. The working cattle ranch was listed for sale in July 2019 for $72 million.

The purchase would be partly funded with $20 million either dedicated from this year’s state budget surplus or included in one of several resource bond bills that are currently pending, as the group has suggested doing. A $30 million match by the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land would help towards completing the transaction.

Newsom set aside $20 million for the purchase of a new state park last week but hasn’t specified where it would be. Sen. Steve Glazer (D-Orinda) and other officials said they want to strike fast before the coveted property is sold to a private party.

“This is a matter of urgent concern because this irreplaceable property is for sale now,” Glazer said in a statement. “Non-profit conservation groups have assembled funding commitments that could finance more than half the cost. We need to move on this quickly.”

Deer, tule elk, wild pigs, turkeys, coyotes, mountain lions, bobcats, gray foxes and hundreds of bird species roam freely on the land, which has a significant source of drinking water and more than 200 miles of established trails for hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding. Covering nearly 80 square miles of backcountry terrain, the N3 Ranch would also be one of the state’s largest public parks. There are also 14 historic cabins that officials said “could support a unique hut-to-hut experience similar to Yosemite’s or those found in Europe but in the heart of the Bay Area.”

Asm. Rebecca Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda) called the N3 Ranch, which was last on the market 85 years ago, “a critical asset in the efforts to protect our open spaces and fight climate change.” Bauer-Kahan and Glazer (D-Orinda) are both among the local lawmakers that recently signed a declaration supporting the acquisition.

“Californians deserve this opportunity to be provided clean air, clean water and access to parklands. I am proud to be working with my colleagues to preserve this natural treasure,” Bauer-Kahan said.

The state has some competition for the property, however; a real estate broker told Bay Area News Group this week that a number of potential buyers have shown interest, including some from overseas.

Julia Baum is a staff writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. Reach her at jbaum@pleasantonweekly.com or 925-600-0840, ext. 111.

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5 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 19, 2020 at 8:02 pm

Question??

If the property is listed for $72 million
How will $20 million offered by local Lawmakers have a chance of purchasing this property? Or, if the $20 million is down payment, where does the other $52 million come from?

If there is international interest in this working ranch, the final sale price may well be above the $72 million. International interest would be towards development not preservation.


11 people like this
Posted by Mike Vandeman
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 19, 2020 at 8:40 pm

What were you thinking??? Mountain biking and trail-building destroy wildlife habitat! Mountain biking is environmentally, socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!

Bicycles should not be allowed in any natural area. They are inanimate objects and have no rights. There is also no right to mountain bike. That was settled in federal court in 1996.


3 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 19, 2020 at 9:11 pm

Currently this property is private land, under no obligation to follow any government legislation, laws or regulations for habitat.

There are no firm government dollars established to purchase this property, what has been identified as possible funding is all speculation.


5 people like this
Posted by Fifty Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 19, 2020 at 11:17 pm

The N-3 is over 50,000 acres, not 1,000.


4 people like this
Posted by urmomz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 20, 2020 at 4:57 am

"Question??

If the property is listed for $72 million
How will $20 million offered by local Lawmakers have a chance of purchasing this property? Or, if the $20 million is down payment, where does the other $52 million come from?"

Did you read the article? 20 million from state surplus or resource bonds, 30 million from the Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, 20 million that the governor just set aside for the purchase of an unspecified state park.


4 people like this
Posted by Grumpy
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jan 20, 2020 at 6:36 am

The state can buy it no matter what. They seem to be in a rush to cut off higher bids or else they may be forced to pay them. But I’m not really sure how that will go.

It’s a fascinatingly big property, looking from the map. It seems like the sort of thing the state should want to buy. I hope they find a way to do so.


10 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 20, 2020 at 7:23 am

Mike V,
You destroy the habitat far more than my mtb does.

All for a regional park that has hiking and mtb access. Now is this the property that the state is planning to let another politicians family graze cattle on for free? If so, it’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing deal.


6 people like this
Posted by Tri-Valley Resident
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jan 20, 2020 at 12:05 pm

Mike Vandeman - You are way out of touch regarding your statements against mountain biking, i.e., "socially, and medically destructive! There is no good reason to allow bicycles on any unpaved trail!" First of all, mountain biking is on unpaved trails. More importantly, the article states that there are "more than 200 miles of established trails for hiking, mountain biking and ATV riding." That means the trails already exist. For the record, I would support restrictions to ATV riding since that does pose safety concerns.
Take care...!


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Posted by AprilVillegas
a resident of Avila
on Mar 16, 2020 at 6:09 am

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