May 9, 2019

Hello friends and neighbors,

I wanted to let everyone know the progress we’ve made this week in our opposition to the housing proposal, Vineyards @ Deer Creek. We’ve been handing out new flyers with all the information supporting our “Why Not” argument. Public reception has been great, and we continue to be surprised how many residents have not heard about the Urban Limit Line busting housing proposal—please keep paying all the information forward.

On Tuesday, many of us attended the Contra Costa County Envision 2040 – a great open house in Knightsen to provide our input to the County’s General Plan Revision; as we know, the parcel that Blackhawk Nunn wants to develop is on County-controlled ag land, so our request to hold this parcel as the County-controlled, community separator between Brentwood & Antioch has been heard loud and clear!

On Wednesday, the Brentwood Teacher’s Association welcomed us for a presentation in their final meeting of the school year—thank you BTA! The attendees were very receptive and seemed to be in agreement to our opposition argument, and asked that we take the matter to the school district as a whole.

Then the same day, I spoke during public comments at Wednesday’s evenings Brentwood Union School District Meeting, making clear the concerns over school overcrowding to Adams and Krey with 480 new common market homes in the project, Antioch schools sending their kids off Heidorn Ranch to our schools, construction, bulldozing and roads dug-up in the area of 3 schools trying to operate in the area, and the fact that extending American Avenue will not be helpful, dumping all the cars right back on the congested problem—Balfour Road, not to mention future homes and construction all around the schools. In an informal traffic filming I did on Thursday, 5/2 from 2:30 pm to 3:30pm, most ALL cars coming down American Avenue were turning East on Balfour, or going straight North on West Country Club—how on earth is that helpful to deliver them further west down Balfour adding to their travel distance?

We will continue to battle this misguided idea of moving Brentwood’s ULL when we still have 5,878 housing units in our City under construction and planned, and 33 commercial projects in motion. The usual developer fees from the housing development will be funding services as well, to the tune of $429M; we don’t need to add 2,400 more outside our city limits. We need to wait until we are able to evaluate how all this will be absorbed, solve our fire/emergency problems and get some good jobs in this town!

Join me Saturday May 11 at the Farmer’s Market, 8 am – 11 am. I’ll be explaining the Project, disseminating our opposition message and I’ll need help shadowing any developer petitioners. Drop me a message if you are able to help. Thank you!

Lastly, next Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm, we need as many people as possible to address the City Council during the public comments section, tell them why you’re opposed to this developer project and the negative perception of their messaging and petitioners so far. We have 3-5 minutes to speak. According to the agenda, Diane Burgis, our District III County Supervisor will be in attendance. This would be a perfect time for her to hear from all of us first-hand! Louie has already volunteered, thanks Louie!

Thank you everyone for your support in helping to keep Brentwood the Best! 925-325-8439