Posted by Ms. Bunny, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 23, 2013 at 8:21 pm
I'm quite fine with a cemetery, in fact I would definitely support such a developmental endeavor...It's needed and it beats housing marring those hills further. Marble monuments and headstones. Big deal HTGH. I'd much rather see this than development. Again, we could really use a cemetery here. Variety is what makes a community.
Posted by BobP, a resident of another community, on Feb 25, 2013 at 7:49 pm
This is not the first time a cemetery has been discussed in San Ramon, and not surprisingly, each time the proposal's are met with major resistance. I have no issues with a cemetery in San Ramon, it would be a welcome addition. Personally I think a cemetery is a good neighbor.
Posted by Resident, a resident of San Ramon, on Feb 26, 2013 at 7:42 am
I want to know where are they going to get the water to make the cemetery green. If they put in wells, will it drain the aquifer so the other residents of Tasajara Valley will suffer? I don't think EBMUD or DSRSD will put in a pipeline. And if they did, wouldn't it encourage more housing development?
Posted by Holly Newman, a resident of another community, on Feb 26, 2013 at 8:49 am
According to the cemetery's Draft Environmental Impact Report, the cemetery would use a LOT more water than is available - and it all would come from wells that don't currently exist. The cemetery would also cut up to 30 feet off a prominent ridge, and would put mausoleums and other structures on it that would be very visible from Camino Tassajara, Windemere Parkway and the Hidden Valley trail.
While it's true that San Ramon and Danville don't have their own cemeteries, the Tri-Valley area as a whole has more than enough cemetery room to meet all needs. If San Ramon and Danville want their own cemetery, they should find a location that has enough water to support it - and this location isn't it!
The website www.stopthecemetery.org has more information about the proposed cemetery based on the documents submitted to Contra Costa County.
Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer, on Feb 26, 2013 at 9:44 am Roz Rogoff is a member (registered user) of San Ramon Express
I wrote a blog on Corrie's cemetery plans almost two years ago. I interviewed Sid Corrie and Bill and Holly Newman. Web Link
Corrie's original plans, which he gave me, were very ambitious and would add a large mortuary building and a phase two which would cut into a ridge line. I agreed with the Newmans that the plans were too much for the location.
Abram is much more open to compromise with the Newmans and other residents of Tassajara Valley. He is NOT working for Sid Corrie. Corrie turned the project over the Abram due to health issues.
Abram told me he is doing this on his own without pay. He sees it as not only good for the region but as a source of future income for tri-valley cities.
I know the Newmans would prefer to leave the land open or put a horse stable there like there was before, but I think some compromise is necessary on both sides on this.
Posted by John Madison, a resident of San Ramon, on Mar 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm
EXACTLY.....Abram...please stop trying to get a new job working for land developers....you and Herb practically bankrupted us. Your literate citizens of San Ramon realize your time has come to an end...please stop...you have been voted out of office, you are DONE and are no longer relevant..
Posted by Ms. Bunny, a resident of San Ramon, on Mar 4, 2013 at 9:38 am
I remain a supporter of this idea...Water is only necessary if you CHOOSE to use common turfs...There are other native grasses that can be used that would actually enhance the entire idea. I'd rather see sporadic stone mausolems than MORE houses...I think it's a win-win idea IF, it is planned with very different landscape than people have known...It takes a vision to create, but is, doable...Ya gotta love the nimby attitude of the Dougherty valleyites...Considering that entire valley was nothing but farms and ranches up until 20-30 years ago...Ah well...
Posted by Alfred, a resident of San Ramon, on Mar 24, 2013 at 8:31 pm
I use Tassajara road every day and it's always appreciative to see the adorable valley view. To add a massive cemetery in the middle of the rolling hills and within only a couple miles of major residential communities is not the best way to preserve the nature. City and county planners should not have approved the major residential developments in the area and levy higher property taxes to begin with. To allow a cemetery in the middle of already developed neighborhoods does right the wrong, but to show how imprudent the planners are.