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San Ramon

San Ramon (Spanish: San Ramón; meaning Saint Raymond) is a city in Contra Costa County, California, United States. It is a suburban city of the San Francisco Bay Area, and lies in the San Ramon Valley. San Ramon’s population was 72,148 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, with an estimated population of 74,378 in 2012,[11] making it 4th largest city in Contra Costa County, behind Richmond, Concord and Antioch.

San Ramon is home to the headquarters of the Chevron Corporation, 24-Hour Fitness, the West Coast headquarters of AT&T Inc., The Global Software Center of GE, as well as the San Ramon Medical Center. Major annual events include the Art and Wind Festival on Memorial Day weekend, the Fourth of July Picnic and Fireworks Show, and the Primo’s Run for Education in October.

On April 24, 2001, San Ramon received the title Tree City USA.

Geography

A view of Mount Diablo from San Ramon

San Ramon is located at 37°46′48″N 121°58′41″W.[13] It is adjacent to Danville, California, to the north and Dublin, California, to the south. Unincorporated county lands border San Ramon to the east and west. It is located around 500 feet (150 m) above sea level. Mount Diablo flanks the city to the northeast and is prominently visible from almost all parts of the city. The Las Trampas Regional Wilderness borders San Ramon’s extreme northwest, at the northern end of Bollinger Canyon. The smaller Bishop Ranch Regional Preservestraddles San Ramon’s western border, located approximately between Interstate 680 and the Alameda County line.

The topography of San Ramon is varied, featuring a mix of the rolling hills of the Diablo Range and the flatter basin of the San Ramon Valley. The city is predominantly urban and residential; however much of the land around the city’s perimeter regions remains undeveloped, and is covered by grasslands and oak tree orchards. During the drier months the grasses are golden; with the precipitation of winter and spring, the grasses turn green.

Climate

San Ramon’s weather typifies the Mediterranean climate; temperate, seasonal, and moderate. Summers are warm and dry, while winters are mild and damp. Its weather is similar to the adjacent cities of Danville, Dublin and Pleasanton. Fog is a relatively infrequent but normal occurrence in the western reaches of the city, at the eastern mouth of Crow Canyon, through which marine weather patterns funnel in from the San Francisco Bay via Castro Valley. It usually burns off by mid-to-late morning.

Average January temperatures are a maximum of 58 °F (14 °C) and a minimum of 38 °F (3 °C). Average July temperatures are a maximum of 75 °F (24 °C) and a minimum of 56 °F (13 °C). January is normally the wettest month, averaging 5.20 inches (132 mm) of precipitation. July is usually the driest month, with an average of only 0.06 inches (1.5 mm) of precipitation. Normally snow is exceedingly rare.

Climate data for San Ramon, California
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
(24)
80
(27)
88
(31)
96
(36)
104
(40)
113
(45)
113
(45)
112
(44)
115
(46)
106
(41)
90
(32)
79
(26)
115
(46)
Average high °F (°C) 58
(14)
61
(16)
66
(19)
70
(21)
77
(25)
84
(29)
89
(32)
89
(32)
87
(31)
78
(26)
66
(19)
59
(15)
67
(19)
Average low °F (°C) 38
(3)
40
(4)
43
(6)
45
(7)
49
(9)
53
(12)
56
(13)
56
(13)
54
(12)
49
(9)
42
(6)
38
(3)
46
(8)
Record low °F (°C) 18
(−8)
19
(−7)
22
(−6)
28
(−2)
32
(0)
38
(3)
36
(2)
40
(4)
35
(2)
29
(−2)
23
(−5)
18
(−8)
18
(−8)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.20
(132.1)
4.64
(117.9)
4.27
(108.5)
1.72
(43.7)
0.71
(18)
0.15
(3.8)
0.06
(1.5)
0.11
(2.8)
0.36
(9.1)
1.15
(29.2)
3.69
(93.7)
3.84
(97.5)
25.90
(657.9)
Source #1: The Weather Channel 
Source #2: MSN Weather 

 

 

Future downtown

The city of San Ramon is planning a new 40-acre (160,000 m2) downtown that will include a public plaza, hotel, independent cinema and a mix of residential units plus a new city hall, library, transit center and office space, to be developed by Sunset Development Company, the original developers of Bishop Ranch. As of May 2010, the start of construction of the new City Center was postponed due to the economic decline; however the project was fully approved and ready to move forward when economic conditions improve.

Education

San Ramon’s public schools are part of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), serving approximately 30,300 students. The city has 11 elementary schools and 4 middle schools. The high schools are California and Dougherty Valley. An alternative K–12 school is operated by the SRVUSD to support home-schooled students: Venture Independent Study School.

California High School was founded in 1973 and ranked 250th best high school in the United States by Newsweek.

Higher education

  • Diablo Valley College – San Ramon branch campus
  • University of San Francisco – San Ramon regional campus
  • UC Davis Graduate School of Management – the Bay Area working professional program

Public libraries

There are two public libraries. The San Ramon Library and Dougherty Station Library of the Contra Costa County Library are located in San Ramon.

Memorial Park

The Memorial Park

Aerial View of Memorial Park, including play area, ball field and BMX track

Originally, this city park, located on a hill overlooking Bollinger Canyon Road and San Ramon Valley Blvd., was to be named Alta Mesa Park.[30] 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 in the September 11 attacks of 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.[31]

This 16 acre park includes a play area, a BMX course, a picnic area, a bocce ball court, horseshoe courts, a ball field, a dog park, rest rooms and water fountains (including a doggy water fountain). The play area has two big play structures, one for ages 2-5 and another for ages 5-12. [32][33]

Points of interest

  • Crow Canyon Gardens
  • Forest Home Farms Historical Site
  • Iron Horse Regional trail
  • Las Trampas Regional Wilderness
  • Old Ranch Park
  • Athan Downs Park
  • Boone Acres
  • Coyote Crossing Park
  • Centennial Park
  • Del Mar Dog Park
  • Mosaic Park
  • Red Willow Park
  • San Ramon Central Park
  • Tiffany Roberts Sport Park
  • Forest Home Farms, National Register of Historic Places
  • DunDraCon, a gaming convention, is held annually in San Ramon

Transportation

Local bus service in the San Ramon Valley is provided primarily by County Connection (Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, or CCCTA).

The major freeway in the area is Interstate 680.

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