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San Ramon council to discuss changing to district voting for future city elections

Original post made on Nov 26, 2018

The petition, received by the city on Election Day, formally requests that San Ramon switch to district-based elections for council seats as opposed to the current practice of at-large representative elections, in order to give the city’s population better representation in their government.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 26, 2018, 1:46 PM

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 26, 2018 at 2:13 pm

Just as important as ethnicity is neighborhood location in San Ramon. The West side of San Ramon, i.e. West of I680 has some distinctly different issues compared with central S.R. and Dougherty Valley, namely the affects of being in close proximity the I680 freeway.

Example: The HOV ramps proposed for either Norris Canyon or Executive Pkwy. would have severely damaged the neighborhoods West of I680. This should have been self evident, but was not appreciated by a number of council members, partially because most council members did not live near the affected areas in Twin Creeks, and therefore they ignored the many residents opposed to the HOV ramps.

Funny how one recently re-elected councilman (Hudson) is vehemently opposed to development on a golf course that he lives next to, but was strongly in favor of the HOV ramps that would have devastated the quality of life West of I680 in Twi9n Creeks.

The HOV ramps were finally voted down because Sunset Development changed their mind & wanted the Bollinger / I680 interchange improved instead because of the so-called City Center project. Nevertheless many hundreds of resident's time was wasted opposing the HOV ramps.

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Posted by Olivia
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 27, 2018 at 10:12 am

I thought we were supposed to judge a person by the content of their character, not the color of their skin or race, as the late Dr. Martin Luther King once said. What happened to that?????

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Posted by Johnny Crowell
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 27, 2018 at 11:44 am

District voting often results in more factionalism making it difficult to remain "one city" and
even harder to get things done. The classic example of the disastrous results of district elections
is San Francisco which can't solve the simplest of city wide problems.

We already have other competing cities, counties and numerous boards each with their own provincial
aims. The last thing we need to do is divide into even more areas of influence.

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Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 27, 2018 at 1:44 pm

Thank goodness we have Scott Rafferty to save us from ourselves. Perhaps some interpid journalist could do some old fashioned reporting and do a bit of digging?

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