By Roz Rogoff
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and... (More)
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and saved my barbs for my Commentary page. I had some political differences with the City Council at that time and particularly with the majority dubbed "The Gang of Three," by the San Ramon Valley Times. In 2003 new Council members were elected and the Council was more balanced and fiscally conservative, but I continued to write the Observer until 2009. At that point I decided I wanted to concentrate on my commentaries. So I requested a meeting with the editor and publisher of the Danville Weekly about taking over the San Ramon Observer. My timing was very apropos since the parent company, Embarcadero Media, was planning to release an online San Ramon Express that April. I was offered a "blog" under the name "San Ramon Observer" for my commentaries. I like to inform residents about what is happening in San Ramon, especially on city government and local politics. When I don't have anything to write about on those topics, I just write about anything I am doing or thinking about. (Hide)
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The Council will appoint the Student member of the Parks Commission. The student member serves for one year and also heads the Teen Council.
Beth Bigelow will give a presentation on the GovDelivery Service. This is described on www.GovDelivery.com as "The world's leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions. GovDelivery's Email and Digital Subscription Management solution is a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that provides organizations a fully-automated, on-demand public communication system."
The Consent Calendar has an item to renew T-Mobile wireless antennae on several lampposts around San Ramon. So we should all expect a visit from Catherine Zeta-Jones any time now.
New business includes reimbursing Shapell for improvements to Bollinger Canyon Road, and approving the Statement of Investment Policy for Fiscal Year 2009-10. The first priority of the policy is safety, the second is liquidity, and the third is yield. The Investment Policy was approved by the Finance Committee, which added FDIC insured bonds to the list of permitted investments.