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Save the Tassajara Valley from Urban Development

Original post made by Jim Gibbon, San Ramon, on Sep 16, 2010

Letter to the Editor

We are at a cross-road in San Ramon’s future

Fifteen years ago the Tassajara Valley would have been at the mercy of developers and urban sprawl. Today the valley is protected by both the San Ramon Urban Growth Boundary line and the County’s Urban Limit Line. Neither extends into the valley at the present time. Moving the UGB is what is proposed in measure W on the November ballot and will guarantee urban growth in the valley.

Moving the UGB into protected areas of western ridges will also change the land around the labor’s Camp to the south, the hills near Bishop Ranch, and Norris Canyon Road area into urban development.

This issue is straight forward and is a clear choice of alternatives. It is a choice to leave the valley and hills as agricultural and open space for our children and their children or to make a few developer’s rich at San Ramon residence’s expense. Are we going to allow our house values to continue to slide, our schools to be more overcrowded, our roads to be more congested, and our way of life to be permanently destroyed by more development? Will we choose to destroy the Tassajara Valley and western hills?

When is enough, enough?

Jim Gibbon AIA, LEED AP
San Ramon for Open Government

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Posted by M.
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 16, 2010 at 2:46 pm

M. is a registered user.

I'm all for keeping land protected from development. However your "way of life" will not be "permanently destroyed" if that doesn't happen. Let's at least try once on this to not make everything seem like the world is going to fold in on itself if something isn't done to stop whatever the imaginary threat of the week is.

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Posted by B
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 16, 2010 at 6:06 pm

M, the world just may if we don't curb our sprawl. If the natural lands surrounding our communities are developed our air and water quality WILL be decreased. Our home values WILL decrease (more homes = less demand, and no views = less value. Not to mention the recreational and educational opportunities that WILL be lost (due to no natural lands, habitats or wildlife corridors). No one should be apathetic about what happens in our government or environment. Please be informed and VOTE. I know I looked into Measure W and will be voting NO. I hope you join me.

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Posted by No on W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm

San Ramon, the city with the $300,000+ city manager, wants to destroy Tassajara Valley, just like it previously chopped off the top of the hills and ridges of Dougherty Valley, and filled it with houses from end to end. Vote No on W!

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Posted by Gunslinger
a resident of another community
on Sep 19, 2010 at 6:29 pm

These developers are going to experience a wrath like no other from the people. Time to show them whose town this is

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