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Mudd's property in San Ramon vandalized

Original post made on Jan 11, 2019

The former Mudd’s Restaurant property in San Ramon has been mostly abandoned and become a popular target for vandalism, according to officials with the city, which now owns the once-popular eating destination.

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Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm

Actually the city report read that the glass wasn’t penetrated all the way through—only on the outside pane. I am up there many times a week and I can tell you that vandalism is rare, not constant or frequent. Most of the damage that has been done to the inside of the building-/of which there is very little—was done by our police force which used this site for shooting drills. The beautiful ceilings and hand plastered walls are still intact and gorgeous. The restaurant and the outbuildings represent about 6000 ft.² that we can put to use as a wonderful nature-based Community center for a new, nearly 10-acre San Ramon Nature Park. We are hoping to work closely with the parks commission and the city’s parks and recreation department to bring something completely new to the city that will become an attraction for the entire TriValley area. Activities that are not available anywhere else in San Ramon (like overnight camp sites for youth groups) are part of our plan for this park.

Our concept is to fund this new park using corporate and citizen donations, grant funding, volunteers, and special fundraising events that will be fun for everyone. Ongoing activities, classes and events will provide funds for maintenance. We hope to have a complete commercial kitchen that will be used for cooking classes and demonstrations by local chefs as well as catering for events.

If we can picture all this we can make it happen and there is nowhere else in San Ramon that is so beautiful, so wild, surrounded on two sides by creeks and one block off of Crow Canyon Road near Home Depot. All of the candidates from San Ramon running for any office in the last election support combining Crow Canyon Gardens and the site of the famous Mudd’s restaurant into a wonderful a park for everyone. I can’t wait for all of it to materialize.

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Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Jan 13, 2019 at 5:18 pm

I forgot to add: it has been extremely cold, wet and windy since early December. A number of homeless people, who have nowhere to go for shelter in San Ramon, use the Crow Canyon Gardens restrooms, right next door to Mudd's during the daylight hours they are open. They sleep in their cars. I know several of these people and they mean no harm. A few times I have had to ask them to stop doing something that would physically harm the facilities (like sticking aluminum cans in the hingers of the restroom doors because the restrooms are so hot in the summer with doors closed). Mudd's restaurant is quite protected the way the buildings are built so sometimes they sleep inside the courtyard since the property isn't being used. It is very hard to blame them for wanting better shelter when the weather turns against them. At some point we, as a city, are going to have to find a humane and better way to help these people during inclimate weather. Livermore has their Open Heart Kitchen program that is run by a collective of churches and we need something like this here.

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Posted by Dreamers
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

Franette your comments are very gregarious and out reaching for the community. However they are blue sky ideas and would cost kazilllions of dollars. Where are you proposing this money come from? Grants and donations from interested community residents would only provide minimal amounts for this mega project. In addition, for any habitable building, the creekbanks would need to be stabilized.

Great thoughts though

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Posted by Roz Rogoff
a resident of San Ramon
on Feb 28, 2019 at 12:34 am

Thanks so much for writing about the importance of Crow Canyon Gardens and the Mudd's Restaurant building. I don't know why it took so long for residents of San Ramon to recognize the historic and architectural importance of the Mudd's building, but I'm glad it is finally being given the respect it deserves.

The reason the windows are dual pane is because the building was built to Gov. Jerry Brown's energy efficient "green guidelines" that he proposed during his first term as Governor back in 1974. Mudd's is an important landmark in the history of California and San Ramon.


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