August 18, 2019

Good morning friends and neighbors,

Here is my Sunday update on the opposition to The Vineyards @ Deer Creek Initiative, now Brentwood’s November 5, 2019 Special Election Measure L.

Jovita, Rod and I secured another 33 opposition signatures at the Farmer’s Market yesterday, bringing our opposition totals to well over 1,000.

Our big news this week is that the Northern California Carpenters Regional Council & Local 152 out of Oakland and Martinez are supporting our NO ON L position! Yes, a building trades organization and Union. This is huge!

We are currently designing lawn signs, door hangers and flyers that we will need help distributing – stay tuned for when those are available for you, most likely the end of next week.

Then, alarmingly, the East Contra County Fire Protection District Board of Directors has sprung a special meeting on us for tomorrow, Monday, August 19 @ 5pm, Brentwood City Council Chambers to adopt a Memo of Understanding with Blackhawk Nunn/GBN Partners, developers of the Vineyards @ Deer Creek, to support their development! For our Fire Protection District to enter into an agreement promising “something of value” to a single private concern and to hold a special meeting using our public funds seems improper and borderline illegal.

Isn’t it still irresponsible of our FPD to advocate adding service territory when money is not available to staff our fire stations in exchange for GBN buying them an emergency vehicle ($750k) which can’t be staffed and promising increased property tax revenue will be forthcoming for which they have no control? All the phrases in this agreement are will work on and in cooperation with – it as just as it sounds, no concrete, tangible things.

The agreement goes on to say “GBN agrees to participate with other new development on a fair share basis, and other sources of funding, in the development, design and construction of a new fire station, if such a station is determined to be necessary” – if it’s necessary? The 9212 Report already said a fire station WOULD BE NECESSARY at build-out of their massive housing development. Response times to west Brentwood are currently running at 10:55 minutes!

PLEASE ATTEND IF YOU CAN to voice your strong concern for this type of agreement, and restate our alarming fire/emergency service levels of response times of almost 11 minutes to west Brentwood already, and shuttered fire stations. Here’s the link to the Special Meeting Agenda and the MOU:…/August+19+2019+SPECIAL+Board+Meeti…

Have a wonderful day, and stay strong – say No to lack of fire/EMS services, No to more traffic, No to 20 years of construction on our western border, No to urban sprawl – NO ON MEASURE L, a losing proposition for Brentwood