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San Ramon Salutes & Thanks Outgoing Councilmember Harry Sachs For 14 Years Of Public Service To Citizens
Posted on 11/28/2018
Cm. Harry Sachs

San Ramon Salutes & Thanks Outgoing Councilmember Harry Sachs For 14 Years Of Public Service To Citizens

November 27, 2018
From City Hall to Central Park to the new City Center at Bishop Ranch, outgoing Councilmember Harry Sachs has helped define the look, character and success of San Ramon. 

Sachs was honored this week when the San Ramon City Council passed a proclamation to salute and thank him for 14 years of public service and a legacy of enhancing the city’s overall economic viability and quality of life.

Sachs did not seek re-election to his city council seat. An educator and 20-year resident of San Ramon, Sachs was elected to the city council in 2013 and served as vice mayor in 2016.

In the proclamation, the city council noted that Sachs has “contributed significantly” in the review and approval of a wide range of office, commercial and residential projects which in turn improved the quality of life in this city of approximately 80,000 people. Those projects included the new City Center at Bishop Ranch, the city’s First Climate Action Plan, the General Plan Update 2030, the St. James Place Mixed Use Development and North Camino Specific Plan.

During his tenure on the planning commission and city council, Sachs was an advocate for protecting open space in San Ramon’s scenic hills and strong architectural guidelines in new buildings.

“After working with Harry on the Planning Commission and City Council over many years, I personally appreciate his commitment to make decisions that balance housing, jobs and open space in San Ramon,” said Vice Mayor Philip G. O’Loane. “These decisions helped preserve the natural beauty in and around San Ramon.”

Sachs played a key role in the creation of Rancho San Ramon Park and City Hall, renovation of the main library, approval of the Iron Horse Trail Bicycle Pedestrian Overcrossing as well as the establishment of the Community Facilities District and Joint San Ramon/Fire District Communications Center. He also helped to provide citizens with more energy options through the city joining Marin Clean Energy.

Since 2004 Sachs has served on numerous committees, boards and foundations including the Library Advisory, Teen Council, an Iron Horse Advisory Committees.  Councilmember Sachs' legacy extends beyond San Ramon.  For example, he was an avid supporter of the Tri-Valley Children's Museum, a liaison to the Dublin San Ramon Services District and a member of statewide policy committees with the League of California Cities.

“Harry served San Ramon as a hardworking and thoughtful city council member who worked tirelessly to communicate openly and transparently with the community. He kept our residents well informed and as such was able to share a resident perspective in our decision-making process,” stated Mayor Bill Clarkson.

Sachs was a great ambassador for San Ramon which is consistently ranked at or near the top of California cities with a great quality of life. He was a staunch advocate of providing San Ramon with an excellent infrastructure system including roads, parks and public facilities. As part of this commitment, Sachs worked with his fellow council members to create a City Council Infrastructure Sub-Committee to ensure that critical infrastructure funding and planning was a priority.

In the proclamation, the city recognized and thanked Sachs for his “commitment, dedication and valuable contributions to make … San Ramon a great place to live, work and play.”

Reflecting on his many years of service, Councilmember Sachs said, “It’s been an honor to serve and be part of such a great group of people. It takes a great many people to make the city such a special place to live, and it’s been a real privilege.”