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San Ramon: Small business owner Susmita Nayak launches bid for mayor

Campaign centers on fiscal accountability, responsible development, open space

The field of candidates competing to lead San Ramon continues to grow with the recent announcement that local small business owner and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Susmita Nayak is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election.

A 15-year resident of San Ramon, Nayak has centered her campaign around strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and an opposition to development projects that do not fit the city's character or are not seen as responsible.

San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Susmita Nayak has announced her candidacy for mayor of San Ramon. (Photo courtesy Susmita Nayak)

Commenting on development in her city, Nayak further stated that she is the only candidate who has voiced opposition to the CityWalk Master Plan that proposes to develop 4,500 housing units in the heart of the Bishop Ranch Property.

"I am a passionate leader with a sharp vision, a problem solver, a good decision-maker with high values and integrity. Our city needs strong leadership that works for our residents to maintain a good quality of life by optimizing the city budget efficiently," Nayak told DanvilleSanRamon.com.

"Our residents don’t want any further increase in utility bills or property tax which is overwhelmingly high. Instead, we should be focusing on creative strategies to utilize the funds in more judicious and economical ways," she added. "Moreover, I am very concerned about the huge 25-year development proposal of the CityWalk Master Plan at Bishop Ranch during this unprecedented and uncertain time."

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In addition to maintaining San Ramon's reputation as a safe community to live and prosper, Nayak has listed six key priorities for her platform: economic development, fiscal accountability, review and adopt ordinances, maintain open space with sustainable growth, traffic mitigation, and open-door government and collaboration.

As a full-time small business owner in San Ramon, Nayak has a business background in her city and is currently serving in her third term on the Board of Directors for the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce.

A member of the chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Nayak said her time with the chamber has helped increase her experience in civic governance and given her insight into the most pressing issues facing her community.

She further added that she has attended city events and meetings collaborated with city officials and community leaders, and through her participation with the Chamber, has been "deeply involved in making decisions on several ordinances and bills."

Nayak is also familiar with the region's school systems from a parental point of view, having, alongside her husband, raised two children who are currently attending San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools.

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She also has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering completed in India and has more than 18 years of experience in the telecom sector.

This is not Nayak's first run at local city leadership, in 2016 she campaigned to join the San Ramon City Council but was beaten by incumbent councilmen Phil O’Loane and Scott Perkins -- both of whom are up for re-election in November.

"We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant city that embraces inclusion and diversity. I am stepping up for complex community challenges that I couldn’t ignore. Our city needs strong leadership and vision that leads us to a better future," she said on her campaign website.

Nayak is the third resident of San Ramon to publicly declare their candidacy for mayor, which will be left open with sitting Mayor Bill Clarkson terming out at the end of the year. The other candidates so far are City Councilwoman Sabina Zafar and Open Space Advisory Committee member Aparna Madireddi.

Learn more about Nayak and her campaign online at www.susmitanayak.org.

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San Ramon: Small business owner Susmita Nayak launches bid for mayor

Campaign centers on fiscal accountability, responsible development, open space

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Fri, Jul 24, 2020, 1:55 pm
Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2020, 4:39 pm

The field of candidates competing to lead San Ramon continues to grow with the recent announcement that local small business owner and San Ramon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors member Susmita Nayak is running for mayor in the Nov. 3 election.

A 15-year resident of San Ramon, Nayak has centered her campaign around strong leadership, fiscal responsibility and an opposition to development projects that do not fit the city's character or are not seen as responsible.

Commenting on development in her city, Nayak further stated that she is the only candidate who has voiced opposition to the CityWalk Master Plan that proposes to develop 4,500 housing units in the heart of the Bishop Ranch Property.

"I am a passionate leader with a sharp vision, a problem solver, a good decision-maker with high values and integrity. Our city needs strong leadership that works for our residents to maintain a good quality of life by optimizing the city budget efficiently," Nayak told DanvilleSanRamon.com.

"Our residents don’t want any further increase in utility bills or property tax which is overwhelmingly high. Instead, we should be focusing on creative strategies to utilize the funds in more judicious and economical ways," she added. "Moreover, I am very concerned about the huge 25-year development proposal of the CityWalk Master Plan at Bishop Ranch during this unprecedented and uncertain time."

In addition to maintaining San Ramon's reputation as a safe community to live and prosper, Nayak has listed six key priorities for her platform: economic development, fiscal accountability, review and adopt ordinances, maintain open space with sustainable growth, traffic mitigation, and open-door government and collaboration.

As a full-time small business owner in San Ramon, Nayak has a business background in her city and is currently serving in her third term on the Board of Directors for the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce.

A member of the chamber’s Governmental Affairs Committee, Nayak said her time with the chamber has helped increase her experience in civic governance and given her insight into the most pressing issues facing her community.

She further added that she has attended city events and meetings collaborated with city officials and community leaders, and through her participation with the Chamber, has been "deeply involved in making decisions on several ordinances and bills."

Nayak is also familiar with the region's school systems from a parental point of view, having, alongside her husband, raised two children who are currently attending San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools.

She also has a bachelor's degree in electronics and communication engineering completed in India and has more than 18 years of experience in the telecom sector.

This is not Nayak's first run at local city leadership, in 2016 she campaigned to join the San Ramon City Council but was beaten by incumbent councilmen Phil O’Loane and Scott Perkins -- both of whom are up for re-election in November.

"We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant city that embraces inclusion and diversity. I am stepping up for complex community challenges that I couldn’t ignore. Our city needs strong leadership and vision that leads us to a better future," she said on her campaign website.

Nayak is the third resident of San Ramon to publicly declare their candidacy for mayor, which will be left open with sitting Mayor Bill Clarkson terming out at the end of the year. The other candidates so far are City Councilwoman Sabina Zafar and Open Space Advisory Committee member Aparna Madireddi.

Learn more about Nayak and her campaign online at www.susmitanayak.org.

Comments

JC
San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:03 pm
JC , San Ramon
on Jul 24, 2020 at 11:03 pm
7 people like this

What does this candidate care about what private investment is made at Bishop Ranch during “these times”? we need to look ahead. Housing is necessary Bay Area wide, and if she complains about high taxes, wouldn’t more residents in the city help offset those expenses? Enough with Nimbyism in the Bay Area.


Member
San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2020 at 2:18 pm
Member, San Ramon
on Jul 25, 2020 at 2:18 pm
9 people like this

I was disappointed to hear that this candidate did not want the new housing in our downtown area (Bishop Ranch). To be a first class city, we need a variety of housing near transit and combined with pedestrian/bicycle area. I am eager to downsize in this community and be able to retire and walk to shops/restaurants. I am hoping that our candidates think more broadly and longer-term.


Dan Rak
San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 8:57 am
Dan Rak, San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 8:57 am
5 people like this

Boilerplate agenda, with out any specifics.
We need people who actually know what they are doing to be mayor. Be more specific please if you want my vote!


Nayak for Mayor
San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm
Nayak for Mayor, San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 7:42 pm
4 people like this

This huge development plan, 25-27 year old city walk is not even compliant with our City General Plan which forecasts any development for 20 years max.
So many red flags on EIR, it's not compliant, traffic, noise pollution.etc
Do you have any idea 4500 mixed units means how many people we are expecting and where the kids will do the schooling, how about traffic and environmental issues?
Do you have any clue how many story buildings they are going for, check the reports and attend the meeting to get involved to stop this disaster plan, don't be the voice of developers.
Why they are planing for 25-27 year plan in the age of such uncertainty.
I even have concern for their hotel plan which has a park at the back for public use.
Do we have any Bart station as a major transit to combat this overcrowding, just the bus transit will not solve this issue. Potential of rise in crime rate is seriously high.
San Ramon is a suburban city and open space and a good safe neighborhood is what we need for our city not tall rising buildings on both sides of Bollinger Canyon. If we need to visit SFO/ Pleasanton downdown, we can visit for sure. San Ramon is not yet ready for something this huge to keep our developers busy for 25-30 yrs and impacting our residents quality of life.
If developers would have used their sound judgement in planting right type of plants in the city then more than $10M dollars would have been saved, which residents are still paying for their actions.

Any other concerns, pls send me email to [email protected]


Nayak4Mayor
San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 8:42 pm
Nayak4Mayor, San Ramon
on Jul 26, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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Our City center is there for dining and shopping.Shop local and help local businesses.
Riding bikes is also feasible, we can plan to have some bike stands around city center so that residents can enjoy riding and shopping.
Bishop Ranch has successfully implemented this rideshare plan after my suggestion back in the 2016 council debate. I feel honored that my plans are benefiting the community.


Kjgamble
San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:53 am
Kjgamble, San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 7:53 am
4 people like this

I agree with this candidate. Slow the growth. It’s way too much, too fast. You can’t even drive down SRV without feeling like you’re in gridlock city traffic. San Ramon has turned into an overgrown, overtaxed city that no longer has the appeal for which it was grounded for decades-suburban country-ish living. We dont need or want 4 story apartments everywhere. We don’t need more retail. That sounds positively horrible. Nobody shops at that city center eye sore as it is. And, we don’t need more ppl so we can get more tax revenue. We need to simply balance the budget. If you want growth and high rise apartments, just travel to the other side of the hill and see how that’s working out for places like Oakland Hayward San Leandro Fremont and union city. All high crime, mostly terrible overcrowded schools, aesthetics are awful, cheesy strip malls everywhere, traffic from hell. Move there if that’s what you like but don’t bring it out here. Thank you.


GMack
San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 9:04 am
GMack, San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 9:04 am
5 people like this

Those units are State requirements. If not built in Bishop Ranch, they will replace some of our shopping centers. Takes two seconds to read some of the reports that explains why they are being proposed.


Member
San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 12:23 pm
Member , San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 12:23 pm
2 people like this

It is state mandated that San Ramon builds more housing. A well thought out 25 year plan by a single developer is a much better choice than a series one off buildings every few years by developers who have absolutely no stake in our community. Bishop Ranch has proven to care about San Ramon over 30 or 40 years. The business park including the complete remodel of the old AT&T Campus is beautiful. City Center is still in its infancy, but gets better everyday - it is a no brainer - This candidate needs to do more research.


Nayak4Mayor
San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm
Nayak4Mayor, San Ramon
on Jul 27, 2020 at 3:04 pm
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As per Article 1, San Ramon City has all powers allowable under the Constitution of the State of CA to adopt ordinances, establish rules including the growth & development of infrastructures in the city. The recommended affordable housing clause is maintained well for our city standard.

This makes it more important for our residents to elect a strong leadership that works for our residents with due diligence without getting influenced by any special interests.

Rational growth is what is needed for our city but not fast-paced.
We can't approve this huge proposal, this is not a prudent decision to make for the benefits of our residents and for our future generation. What is the necessity of fast-paced growth right now?

There is no resentment to any developer in question. The main question is do we need this development to be approved now which will go on for straight 25-27 years?
Why do we need this now? What will happen if we decide not to?

As your Mayor, I will collaborate with other council and city officials and have the ordinances pass for improving the quality of life of our residents. Our City has the power to handle the city matters without involving the state but if needed I will step in, and collaborate with our state officials for any ordinances.

Regarding your concern about rezoning any businesses to residential and vise versa, there are set of procedures that need to be followed with city officials in multiple hearings by multiple departments, it's not that simple as you think.


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