San Ramon Councilman Harry Sachs will not seek re-election

Planning for population growth, senior housing, advocating increased hotel tax focuses during remaining term

“I will not be seeking re-election in November,” San Ramon City Councilman Harry Sachs wrote as part of his 2018 first quarter city council update email sent Sunday.

In the email Sachs cited a desire to focus his energy on both his family, and the "winding down" of his teaching career.

“My children are growing up too fast. My daughter is now at the let’s travel to colleges age and my sons will both be in the middle school and are active in (Boy Scouts) as I will continue to be. Diana is a super mom and owns her own financial planning practice,” Sachs wrote in the email.

“Continued service on the City Council, if re-elected, would simply mean the time, energy and commitment the job needs would not be going to my family.”

A San Ramon resident since 1999, Sachs was first elected to City Council in 2013 but began serving the city government in various roles in 2003. While serving on the City Council, Sachs has contributed toward the city’s transition to Marin Clean Energy, the lowering of housing density in the Crow Canyon Specific Area Plan and the formation of the city's Library Advisory Committee.

However, Sachs said he is most proud of advocating for the increased funding for the improvement and maintenance of city infrastructure.

“Our infrastructure and facilities represent our quality of life,” he said.

Regardless of the ticking clock on his time on the council, Sachs intends to use his remaining time to improve the city. In his announcement, Sachs laid out his intent to focus the remainder of his term on planning for San Ramon's growing population, increasing senior housing opportunities, supporting a regional e-bike program, and promoting voter approval for an increased hotel tax.

When asked if he would ever come back to city government, Sachs said, “In the immediate future, no,” but added he will, “never say never” because he loves volunteerism and will continue to participate in the community.

“It’s been an honor to serve and be a part of such a great group of people," he said. "It takes a great many people to make the city such a special place to live, and it's been a real privilege.”

Sachs is an eighth-grade history teacher at Walters Junior High in Fremont, and has been a teacher in the Fremont Unified School District since 1998. In 2006, he served on the city's Economic Development Advisory Committee and also served on the city’s Planning Commission from 2007 until his election to City Council in 2013.

He represents San Ramon on the TRAFFIX governing Board, the Tri-Valley Water Council and the County Iron Horse Trail Committee. Sachs is also a member of the Valley Children’s Museum Board of Directors.

“My family and I have evaluated our time and commitment to my my service on the City Council. I feel honored to have served and contributed to the direction of the City of San Ramon. We have much to be proud of yet there are, as always, challenges ahead,” Sachs said. “You will see me around and I look forward to continuing my volunteerism when I can.”

The council seats currently held by Sachs and Councilman Dave Hudson will be up for election in November, as will the mayoral seat.

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Posted by RozRogoff
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Here are links to all of the blogs I wrote about Harry Sach. I endorsed him back when he first ran and he has been a good Councilmember.

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Now that Harry is retiring from the City Council, it is time to fill his seat with someone from Dougherty Valley. DV has had no representation on our City Council since it was added to our City, and we have not had a woman on the City Council for many years. I endorsed Zabina Zafar two years ago, and I hope she will run again this year.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2018 at 9:02 am

Unfortunately, Sabina Zafar's real goal is HIGHER Office not just San Ramon City Council. She really wants to be in the State Assembly or better yet Congress. She has backing from the Democratic Party for a non-partisan office so she can use it as a stepping stone to something higher. This is NOT what San Ramon needs.

Don't forget that Phil O'Loane lives in Dougherty Valley. His girls both graduated from Dougherty Valley High School and his wife works at an elementary school in Dougherty Valley. He represents the Valley very well.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2018 at 11:55 am

Regarding Phil O'Loane, he turned a deaf ear to residents living in Twin Creeks on the West side of 680, when they voiced their opposition to the Executive Parkway HOV ramps proposal, and to the Norris Canyon HOV ramps alternate. The HOV ramps would have devastated the adjacent neighborhoods. Mr. O'Loane will never get my vote again for city council.

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