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Tri-Valley Hero: Alexander Mehran Sr., transforming San Ramon

Original post made on Dec 1, 2019

The result of Mehran's contributions to the region's evolving landscape was among the reasons he received the 2019 Tri-Valley Heroes Lifetime Achievement award.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3:37 PM

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Posted by David M.
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 1, 2019 at 8:17 pm

I don’t believe that people who are concerned about the scope of the housing proposal are simply wary of change. I think they are concerned about the real, tangible negative effects of the change. It’s a little insulting to say residents are so shallow that they are afraid of change in general.

The consequences of massively increased population density are pretty clear, and can be observed and measured. It’s not some philosophical question of being vaguely worried about change.

Also, this quote from Mr. Mehran is very telling: “.. the agenda is simply to do what is in the best interest of the business and what is in the best interest of the family.”

What about the interests of the community?? Does this proposal really benefit our community, as he claims?

Mr. Mehran is very good at spinning the dialog, but I think that he slipped up and showed his true colors with this quote. I submit that San Ramon is nothing more than a vehicle for the Mehran family to use to line their pockets.


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Posted by Franettea@comcast.net
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 2, 2019 at 9:13 am

The article didn’t mention that Sunset Development, through Alex Mehran Jr, has committed a half million dollars towards renovating the old Mudd’s restaurant into a beautiful nature center which will include a large classroom kitchen for cooking classes and chef demonstrations. This generosity gives us a huge headstart in our fundraising campaign and we are so grateful for it.

I have to disagree that Sunset ignores the needs of the community. The new city center has brought a lot of fun activities and opportunities for entertainment, dining and relaxation to our city. I love the drive-by art gallery they installed on the front of it and the beautiful Christmas lights. Bishop Ranch is one of the most beautifully landscaped business Parks I’ve ever seen… It really does look like a park and that is something we all can enjoy. Their rebuilt lake by the Roundhouse conference Center is gorgeous and anyone can walk around it and enjoy the peace and quiet there.

As for the 4500 unit plan for infill housing in Bishop Ranch, I would much rather have that additional housing there than up in our Hills. The state is forcing cities to approve housing complexes no matter what they destroy in the process, and I believe Sunset has come up with an aesthetically sensitive plan that with a few changes would be preferable to any other alternative.


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Posted by Virginia
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 2, 2019 at 9:22 am

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David M. The Mehran’s have been part of the San Ramon community longer than most of the residents have lived here. They are business residents that contribute positively to the community. The only “true colors” they are showing is that the care they are partners with this community and very generous with their giving. They are landowners and business people that have A positive vision for San Ramon. Read the papers; the State is forcing housing on everyone. Wouldn’t you rather have a developer who is local and not going to build and leave town? The Mehran’s aren’t going to do anything that will adversely affect San Ramon because they would be adversely affecting their own interests. Not everybody likes growth, but that is going to happen regardless. Therefore the comments should not be around no growth. (The State is already suing some cities about their refusal to allow for building). The comments should be about smart growth and how to make San Ramon continue to be a great community with great amenities. How can you accuse the Mehran’s of lining their pockets when they are working with the land they have owned for years? I think this is a good thing for San Ramon.


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Posted by john-2008
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 3, 2019 at 5:58 pm

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I recall the elder Mr. Mehran lived in Hillsborough and not in the San Ramon area. So we who live in San Ramon are their belongings while they live the high life in their mansions. They don’t have to deal with the horrible traffic they are generators make even more money on top of their billions.
I wish they stopped any donations and would take their shopping center with them to Hillsborough. They only contribution they have made is worsen the traffic and if they succeed build a lot more congested housing in the area destroying the quality of life in our area.
Now, to top everything, they want to build 4500 new units in addition to their hotels and other plans they don’t care to share with us the little people. By the way, our city politicians in their pocket waiting for their hefty pensions.
The Mehrans are destroying San Ramon and our quality of life.
Stop them before it is to late!


Posted by john-2008
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on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

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on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm

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on Dec 3, 2019 at 6:01 pm

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Posted by David M
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 3, 2019 at 11:04 pm

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@Virginia & @franette you both make convincing points which I must agree with. The state and illegitimate organizations like ABAG are indeed forcing housing quotas on us, and I agree that infilling is probably better than continuing to bulldoze pristine land.

I too am thrilled he is donating to the Mudd’s effort. Franette, you know I’m also a big supporter of the site’s preservation. But you have to admit, it could be viewed as a well timed PR move at a time when the housing initiative is going to run into a lot of resistance.

As far as city center, yes it’s quite an addition to San Ramon. I’ve been a regular there since opening day. But make no mistake, these are first and foremost business interests. That’s not a bad thing; I’m a business owner myself. But ... “hero”? That might be taking it a little far.


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