Rancho del Pueblo Facts
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Next Steps for the Community regarding Rancho del Pueblo: Please continue to submit one-click Online Petitions to Council members: http://www.d5leadershipgroup.org/online-petition/. Each and every petition reminds Council Members that they should not propose converting Rancho to housing in the future.
The Fact Sheet below is a work in progress by united community volunteers. The most recent update was on 4/9/12.
1. The Community overwhelmingly opposed the sale of Rancho del Pueblo at three community meetings. The San Jose Envision 2040 General Plan Task Force, the San Jose Planning Commission and the San Jose Parks Commission voted unanimously to retain Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course as open space, but could Rancho del Pueblo still be sold? Yes, the City Council could choose to disregard all the recommendations and the community and still sell Rancho del Pueblo!
2. If the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course is sold, is the City’s plan to use the funds to fix potholes, hire police officers, or keep libraries or community centers open longer? No. Instead, most of the funds will be used to provide a subsidy of $21 million to another golf course.
3. Did the funding that some people believe Rancho del Pueblo should repay also help fund other City properties? Yes, the funding that some people believe Rancho del Pueblo should repay also helped fund the Berryessa Community Center, Camden Park, Murdock Park and the Hayes Mansion.
4. Why was the information above not being presented by the City in Community meetings? The information above became available due to multiple inquiries to the City by District 5 United members and supporters. It appears that the City’s request for an expedited process did not provide adequate time for thorough research.
5. Why is the City proposing to sell Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course instead of other existing recreational open spaces that might generate more revenue? The primary reason the Rancho del Pueblo property is being targeted appears to be because it can possibly be sold without voter approval for housing development, which makes the land very valuable. Other existing recreational open spaces with a parkland designation can’t be sold without voter approval.
6. How much is still owed on the land purchased for the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course? The City stated that $5.6 million in land debt is owed on the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course. This amount is less than the unplanned construction cost increase of $7 million for the Los Lagos Golf Course, which increased from an original cost estimate of $14 million to a final cost estimate of $21 million.
7. Could the land debt for the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course be reduced? It appears that the bond/debt cannot be refinanced until after August 15, 2017 without the City paying a very significant pre-payment penalty. This penalty will also have to be paid if the land is sold, which will waste millions of taxpayer dollars.
8. Could other City-owned properties be sold to pay off the land debt for the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course? Yes, other City-owned properties could be sold to pay off the land debt for the Rancho del Pueblo Golf Course.
9. The City is proposing the sale of other City-owned property. Are there other City-owned properties proposed for sale that are also existing recreational open spaces? No. District 5 appears to be the only District that stands to lose an existing recreational open space.
10. I understand that the community is united to oppose the sale. What are the community’s concerns? The following community concerns have been voiced:
• Traffic impacts
• Reduction of open space
• Pollution & health concerns
• Loss of a unique community asset
• Permanent loss of a health and recreation venue serving both children and seniors alike
• Further reduced accessibility to the sport of golf to underserved communities
• Relocation of The First Tee program away from the Eastside community
11. How many youth are involved in The First Tee? The First Tee of Silicon Valley has over 14,000 youth in the greater San Jose area as well as other areas of Santa Clara County since 2005. This number includes approximately 2,000 youth who have taken their in-depth life skills classes at Rancho del Pueblo and over 12,000 youth who have participated in their outreach programs at local schools, primarily Alum Rock Elementary and Rocketship Education Charter Schools. The First Tee is currently running programs in cooperation with AREUSD and Rocketship physical educators within 20 elementary schools. In 2012, The First Tee estimates that at least 600 youth will participate in their in-depth classes at Rancho and 5,000 will participate in their programs at school. The First Tee plans for these annual numbers to reach 1,000 and 10,000, respectively, by 2015.