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Encyclopedia > San Ramon, California
San Ramon, California
Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
Location in Contra Costa County and the state of California
Country United States
State California
Counties Contra Costa
Area
 - City  11.6 sq mi (30 km²)
 - Land  11.6 sq mi (30 km²)
 - Water  0 sq mi (0 km²)
Elevation  480 ft (146 m)
Population (2000)
 - City 44,722
 - Density 3,855.3/sq mi (1,490.7/km²)

San Ramon is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. The population was 51,000 as of January 1, 2007[citation needed]. Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... This is an alphabetical list of the sovereign states of the world, including both de jure and de facto independent states. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Chief Justice Associate Justices Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Counties, Cities, and Towns Other countries Politics Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states, which are... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... The U.S. state of California is divided into 58 counties. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in the San Francisco Bay Area of the U.S. state of California. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (U.S. spelling: square kilometer), symbol km², is a decimal multiple of SI unit of surface area square metre, one of the SI derived units. ... Basic Definition In geography, the elevation of a geographic location is its height above mean sea level (or some other fixed point). ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... The metre (American English:meter) is a measure of length. ... Population density by country, 2006 Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in Californias San Francisco Bay Area. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ...


San Ramon is a suburb of San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Oakland. As the location of the headquarters of the company formerly known as Pacific Bell (later SBC, now AT&T), it is the home of Dilbert (Scott Adams worked there before creating the Dilbert comic strip). It is also home to the headquarters of Chevron Corporation, Advanta Energy Corporation, and 24-Hour Fitness. Nickname: Location of the City and County of San Francisco, California Coordinates: , Country United States of America State California City-County San Francisco Founded 1776 Government  - Mayor Gavin Newsom Area  - City  47 sq mi (122 km²)  - Land  46. ... A view of downtown San Jose, the self-proclaimed Capital of Silicon Valley. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... SBC Communications NYSE: SBC is an American telecommunications company based in San Antonio, Texas. ... AT&T Inc. ... Dilbert (first published April 16, 1989) is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. ... Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and experimental philosophy books. ... Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) is one of the worlds largest global energy companies. ... 24 Hour Fitness, the worlds largest privately owned and operated fitness center chain, began as a one-club operation in 1983. ...


On April 24, 2001, San Ramon was received the title Tree City USA City Council Minutes Tree City USA logo Tree City USA is a tree planting and tree care program sponsored by The National Arbor Day Foundation for cities and towns in the United States. ...

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Geography

San Ramon is located at 37°45′26″N, 121°57′8″W (37.757350, -121.952138).GR1 According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 30.0 km² (11.6 mi²). 30.0 km² (11.6 mi²) of it is land and 0.09% is water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ...


It is adjacent to Danville, California, and Dublin, California. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The public library in Dublin Dublin is a city located in Alameda County, California, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 29,973. ...


San Ramon can be described as lying in a valley, flanked by hills. Its borders (east to west) extend from Norris Canyon in the west to Mt. Diablo in the east.[ [1] Mount Diablo State Park is a state park in California, USA. View of Mt. ...


Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 44,722 people, 16,944 households, and 12,148 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,491.1/km² (3,862.0/mi²). There were 17,552 housing units at an average density of 585.2/km² (1,515.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 76.82% White, 1.93% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 14.94% Asian, 0.21% Pacific Islander, 2.16% from other races, and 3.58% from two or more races. 7.24% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 1870 US Census for New York City A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ...


There were 16,944 households out of which 37.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.8% were married couples living together, 7.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.3% were non-families. 21.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.12. For the record label, see Marriage Records. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 26.3% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.6 males.


The median income for a household in the city was $95,856, and the median income for a family was $106,321. Males had a median income of $73,502 versus $50,107 for females. The per capita income for the city was $42,336. About 1.4% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.4% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the total population. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Government

The City Council is the elected policy-making body for the City of San Ramon. It is comprised of four Councilmembers elected at-large who serve four-year overlapping terms and an elected Mayor who serves for a two-year term. The City Council serves as the Board of Directors for the San Ramon Redevelopment Agency and the San Ramon Public Financing Authority, and acts as Housing Commission for the San Ramon Housing Authority. The City Council appoints the City Manager and the City Attorney.


Until June 30, 2007, police services were provided under contract by the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department. On July 1, 2007, the city officially took over providing police services. Fire and EMS are provided by the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District. The San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District is an autonomous Special District as defined under the Fire Protection District Law of 1987, Health and Safety Code, Section 13800, of the State of California. ...


Economy

The development of Bishop Ranch Business Park in 1982, transformed San Ramon into a significant regional employment center. With the development of major new employment centers, employees are attracted from such far away distances as Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties.


The Bishop Ranch Business Park consists of 580 acres of land with 5.9 million square feet of office space. The office park currently is home to approximately 200 companies including such Fortune 500 companies as AT&T (formerly SBC, Chevron, Toyota, and United Parcel Service. San Ramon is an expanding City and it is expected that over 16,000 jobs will be added within the next 15 years. This represents a 58% increase over the current 27,643 jobs in San Ramon. The Fortune 500 is a ranking of the top 500 United States corporations as measured by gross revenue. ... AT&T Inc. ... SBC may refer to: Session Border Controller (VoIP, NGN term) // South Birmingham College, a college of Further Education in Birmingham, England St. ... Chevron may refer to: Chevron, a V-shaped pattern seen in military or police insigna, heraldry, flag design, and architectural frets Chevron, a series of bones on the underside of the tail of reptiles Chevron Corporation, a petrochemical company Chevron Cars, an advertising campaign of the Chevron Corporation including stylized... This article is about the automaker. ... United Parcel Service Inc. ...


Education

The primary high school of San Ramon is California High School. Ironically, San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) is in the bordering city Danville due to the naming of the valley including San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. Some of the newer housing developments have sent students to Monte Vista High School in Danville. California High School California High School (commonly referred to as Cal High) is located in San Ramon, California a suburb of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. ... San Ramon Valley High School San Ramon Valley High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in the East Bay neighborhood of Danville, California, USA. It is part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. ... Danville is a city located in a part of Contra Costa County, California called the San Ramon Valley, United States. ... Monte Vista High School is a high school in Danville, California. ...


California High School (often abbreviated CHS, or Cal High), is bordered by the Iron Horse Trail, and the San Ramon Olympic Pool. The school is currently being completely rebuilt in phases due to aging and overcrowding. The first phase, which includes a new three story learning center, was opened during the 2006 - 2007 school year. Phase II will include: Elective building (9 classrooms), Counseling building, Career Technology building (Auto and Robotics will occupy this building), and demolition of the main building.


The EBAL (East Bay Athletic League) includes San Ramon Valley HS, Monte Vista HS, California HS, Livermore HS, Granada HS, Foothill HS, and Amador Valley HS. Monte Vista High School is a high school in Danville, California. ... California High School California High School (commonly referred to as Cal High) is located in San Ramon, California a suburb of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. ...


Several new schools, including a new high school, are being constructed to support the new development in the Dougherty Valley. The Dougherty Valley High School is scheduled to open in August 2007. Dougherty Valley High School will be a public high school located in San Ramon, California, USA. The school, which is part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, is set to open on August 27, 2007. ...


Some of the newest schools in San Ramon include Windemere Ranch Middle School, Hidden Hills Elementary School, Coyote Creek Elementary School and Quail Run Elementary Schoo. Also, the Bollinger Canyon Elementary School has recently been rebuilt.


History

San Ramon was originally home to the Seunen Indians, Ohlone/Costanoans who lived adjacent to the valley creeks. After 1797, it was Mission San Jose grazing land; later it included Jose Maria Amador's 16,000 plus acre Rancho San Ramon. For the college of the same name, see Ohlone College. ... For the college of the same name, see Ohlone College. ... Mission San José de Guadalupe Mission San José de Guadalupe was founded on June 11, 1797 by Father Fermin Lasuen, the fourteenth mission in the California mission chain. ...


San Ramon Creek was named after an Indian vaquero, Ramon, who tended mission sheep here. In an 1855 land title case, Don Amador explained that "San" was added to the creek's name to conform with Spanish custom.


American settlers first came to San Ramon in 1850 when Leo and Mary Jane Norris purchased 4,450 acres of land from Amador. Other early landowners were William Lynch, James Dougherty, and Major Samuel Russell. In 1852 Joel and Minerva Harlan bought land from Norris and built a house on what became the Alameda-Contra Costa County line in 1853. Alameda County is a suburban county in Californias San Francisco Bay Area. ... Contra Costa County is a suburban county in Californias San Francisco Bay Area. ...


Many of San Ramon's founding families are remembered today because their names grace various canyons, hills and streets. Some of these pioneers were Norris, Lynch, Harlan, McCamley, Crow, Bollinger, Meese, Glass, and Wiedemann. Both the Harlan home (1858) at 19251 San Ramon Valley Blvd. and the Wiedemann home (1865) near Norris Canyon still stand in their original locations. The Glass House (1877) has been moved to Forest Home Farms. A model of the Glass House on display at MOMA in NYC Another view The Glass house or Johnson house, built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut was an important project for architect Phillip Johnson, and for modern architecture. ... In 1997, Ruth Quayle Boone bequeathed the 16-acre Boone family farm known as Forest Home Farms, at 19953 San Ramon Valley Boulevard, to the City of San Ramon for use as a municipal historic park in memory of her husband, Travis Moore Boone. ...


San Ramon had several names in the nineteenth century. It was called Brevensville (for blacksmith Eli Breven), Lynchville (for William Lynch) and Limerick (for the many Irish settlers). The first village developed at the intersection of today's Deerwood Road and San Ramon Valley Blvd. In 1873 when a permanent post office was finally established, it was called San Ramon.


During the 1860's the village became a hub of community activity. In 1864, a stage line established by Brown and Co. ran from San Ramon through the valley to Oakland. A church was dedicated in 1860, the general store was built in 1863 and students left their home-based classrooms to attend the San Ramon Grammar School beginning in 1867. Saloons, a jail, Chinese wash houses and blacksmith shops lined County Road No. 2 (later San Ramon Valley Blvd.)


With the arrival of the San Ramon Branch Line of the Southern Pacific in 1891, other changes took place. The name "San Ramon" permanently replaced references to "Limerick." Crops and passengers could travel in and out of the area, no matter what the weather. Until 1909, San Ramon was the terminus for the line and boasted a two-story depot, the engine house and a turnaround for the locomotive. The Southern Pacific Railroad (AAR reporting mark SP) was an American railroad. ...


In 1895, attorney Thomas Bishop acquired 3,000 acres of Norris land (after a divorce case in which Bishop's law firm represented Margaret Norris). The Bishop Ranch raised cattle and sheep and was planted to hay, grain, diversified fruit crops and walnuts. Bishop Shropshire purebred sheep earned numerous awards. The Ranch was partially irrigated from an underground aquifer and at one point possessed the world's largest single orchard of Bartlett pears.


As with the entire Tri-Valley, agriculture was the basis for San Ramon economy until suburban development began. In 1966, the new Interstate 680 freeway was completed through San Ramon to Dublin. The Tri-Valley region of California is based around the San Francisco Bay Area cities of Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and San Ramon in the three valleys from which it takes its name: Amador Valley, Livermore Valley and San Ramon Valley. ... Interstate 680 is the designation for three tertiary interstate routes. ... Dublin city centre at night WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Statistics Province: Leinster County: Dáil Éireann: Dublin Central, Dublin North Central, Dublin North East, Dublin North West, Dublin South Central, Dublin South East European Parliament: Dublin Dialling Code: 01, +353 1 Postal District(s): D1-24, D6W Area: 114. ...


The designation "San Ramon Village" first appeared in the 1970 census with a count of 4,084 people, part of a San Ramon Valley population of 25,899. Developers Ken Volk and Bob McClain built the first San Ramon suburban homes close to the county line. A special district, the Valley Community Services District (VCSD) provided the water, parks, sewer, fire protection and garbage collection for the new homes. The San Ramon Valley is a region in Contra Costa County and Alameda County, California, east of Oakland. ...


In 1970, Western Electric purchased 1,733 acres of the Bishop Ranch and proposed a "new town" complete with a variety of housing, green belts, stores and light industry, placed in the center of San Ramon. Eventually part of the land became new homes and, in 1978, 585 acres became today's Bishop Ranch Business Park, a premier modern office development. Company Masthead Logo Logo until circa 1969, also current logo on company web site Logo 1969-1983 Western Electric (sometimes abbreviated WE and WECo) was an American electrical engineering company, the manufacturing arm of AT&T from 1881 to 1995. ...


Before San Ramon incorporated, homeowners groups such as the South San Ramon Homeowners and the Homeowners Association of Twin Creeks represented residents' interests before the county. They joined service clubs and others in providing a local voice as developments replaced orchards.


In 1983, San Ramon voters decided overwhelmingly to incorporate as a separate city and took control over development, police, parks and other services.


Memorial Park

Originally, this city park located on a hill overlook Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Blvd, was to be named Alta Mesa Park. During the construction of the park, the City Council voted to change the name to Memorial Park to honor Tom Burnett, a San Ramon resident and other victims from Flight 93 killed on September 11, 2001. A plaque was installed at the base of a lighted flagpole dedicated to those victims and the surrounding meadow is part of the city's memorial tree program dedicated to local residents who have perished. The park was dedicated on September 11, 2002. San Ramon City Council Minutes Plaque beneath flag dedicated to Burnett Burnett Burnett Burnett memorial flag in Bloomington, MN Thomas Edward Burnett (May 29, 1963 – September 11, 2001), was the vice president and COO of a Pleasanton, California, medical devices company, Thoratec Corporation. ... Flight 93 may refer to: United Airlines Flight 93, plane which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania as part of the September 11, 2001 attacks Flight 93 (TV film), made-for-tv movie about United Airlines Flight 93 United 93 (film), theatrical feature film about United Airlines Flight 93 (formerly titled Flight... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


Culture

San Ramon also hosts the annual Primo's Run For Education (5K and 1/2 marathon) at Iron Horse Middle school and the Art and Wind Festival every Memorial Day.


Nike Missile Sites

There are two retired Nike Missile sites in San Ramon[2]: Launch of a Nike Zeus missile Project Nike was a US Army project, proposed in May 1945 by Bell Labs, to develop a line-of-sight anti-aircraft missile system. ...


SF-25L Bollinger Canyon
N 37.81242°, W 122.04295°, elevation 1070 feet (326 m)
The first is on Bollinger Canyon Road near Las Trampas. A half mile south on Bollinger there are some Nike-era buildings being used as the Las Trampas park office.


1.1 miles (1.8 km) away is


SF-25C Rocky Ridge
N 37.81663°, W 122.06297°, elevation 1978 feet (603 m)
The IFC site is now covered with microwave relay towers.


Parks and other interesting places to visit

  • San Ramon Skatepark (located in central park)
  • Athan Downs Park
  • Bishop Ranch Open Space
  • Coyote Crossing Park
  • Crow Canyon Gardens
  • Forest Home Farms Historical Site
  • Iron Horse Regional trail
  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  • Old Ranch Park
  • San Ramon Central Park
  • San Ramon Golf Course duck pond
  • AT&T goose pond (Bishop Ranch)
  • San Ramon Olympic Pool and Aquatic Center
  • Windy Hills Park

See also

Arroyo de la Laguna is a stream in Alameda County and Contra Costa County, California, USA. The Arroyo de la Laguna is fed by tributaries in the Amador Valley and certain eastern slope drainages of the Diablo Range; these tributaries include Arroyo del Valle, South San Ramon Creek and Mocho... The Bishop Subbasin is an aquifer that resides between two subsurface structures of the Tassajara Formation in the northern extremity of the Amador Valley. ... Pacific Air Lines Flight 773 was a Pacific Air Lines Fairchild F-27A airliner that crashed at 6:49 a. ... The Tassajara Formation is a geologic unit within the Livermore Valley of Northern California, USA.[1] The formation surfaces only in the northern upland parts of the Livermore Valley and underlie the central part of the valley floor at a depth ranging from 250 to 700 feet. ... South San Ramon Creek is a stream in southern Contra Costa County, California, USA. The creek is a tributary to Arroyo de la Laguna and is being actively protected as of 2007 by the city of San Ramon[1] and other entities to preserve riparian zone habitat. ...

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