San Ramon: Council to talk old Mudd's site, Laborer's property

Plus: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, recycled water pump station may be coming to San Ramon

The San Ramon City Council is set to consider a consolidated general plan amendment associated with two distinct properties Tuesday night, with city officials discussing the fates of the former Mudd's Restaurant site and the so-called "Laborer's property."

Specifically, city officials will talk about rezoning the Mudd’s Restaurant property now owned by the city from office to park space, and adjusting the urban growth boundary of the Laborer's property in western San Ramon.

Located on a 2.2-acre parcel at 10 Boardwalk Place, adjacent to the Crow Canyon Community Gardens and the San Catanio Creek, the former site of the Mudd’s Restaurant property was purchased by the city in October 2017 for $1.

City officials have said they were able to acquire the property at such a low cost after an engineering analysis revealed that the excessively high cost of creek mitigation meant development at the site would have no real commercial value.

After reviewing the Mudd’s property, the council will consider adjusting the urban growth boundary of the Laborer's property by approximately 15 acres in order to more accurately reflect the urban conditions found at the training facility, according to city staff.

Based around the Laborers Training Facility on 1001 Westside Drive, the Laborers site encompasses 360 acres in west San Ramon and was purchased in the early 1970s, prior to the city’s incorporation. City staff say the property contains largely underdeveloped land mostly comprised of grassy rolling hills and wooded creeks, in addition to the training facility itself which is cloistered in 25 acres at the southeast corner.

According to city staff, a key aspect of the agreement is that the property owner has agreed to dedicate 177 acres of open space found in the area north of the training facility to the East Bay Regional Park District at no cost.

The dedicated land would also include a public assessment easement throughout the property to allow public access to the open space and potential options for a series of trails.

The San Ramon City Council is set to hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, in the City Hall council chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business

* To start off Tuesday’s meeting, the council is set to issue a proclamation officially recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

* Council members are also set to recognize the city’s 2019 Planning Academy graduates, including: Ade Adekunle, Richard Adler, Candice Balobeck, Courtney Boisseree, Williams Ejuwa, Larry Fong, Patrick Hansen, Deborah Hart, Shabbir Kaghazwala, Annestelle Maes, Dennis Noh, Robert "Bob" Peoples, Nancy Powers, Scott Rigg, Oliver Solis, John Strain and Ken Tatum.

* Revisiting the city’s "Public Peace, Morals and Welfare" section of the San Ramon Municipal Code, council members will consider updating its policies relating to the establishment and licensing of massage service establishment within city limits.

*Next, council members will hear the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) annual report to learn about transportation issues and observations in San Ramon schools.

City staff say the SRTS Annual Report is a collaborative effort between the city, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, My Beat, My School Officers, and the administrative staff at the 12 elementary schools in San Ramon.

* The council is also set to consider authorizing the sale of a parcel of land along Dougherty Road to the East Bay Municipal Utility District for the construction of a recycled water pump station.

The property in question is located just south of Crow Canyon Road and Red Willow Road, and if sold to EBMUD, will be used as a part of the organization’s “long-term process of developing a recycled water distribution system throughout the area,” according to senior engineer Rod Wui.

* In an effort to help advise the City Council on issues that relate to technology, council members will consider establishing the Innovation and Technology Advisory Committee, as well as relevant bylaws for said committee.

* After discussing the aforementioned items with the public, the council will convene to a closed session to conduct a performance evaluation of city attorney Martin Lysons, as well as to meet with its lead negotiator to discuss issues of price and terms of payment relating to the sale of a parcel of land located adjacent to 19251 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

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Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 21, 2019 at 10:44 pm

It has been a long time coming for the thousands of us who feared Mydd’s property would be sold, the beautiful restaurant building torn down and lost to the citizens forever. It’s wonderful that we have come to this point. It is a testimony to the persistence of the citizens, the wisdom of the parks commission, and now, we hope, the concurrence of our elected leaders.

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Posted by Jacob H
a resident of Danville
on Oct 23, 2019 at 1:16 pm

Wait a second, if we repupose the Mudd's site, where are all the local kids going to go to smoke da kind?!

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