August 16, 2019

It’s On Brentwood: We are now the official Opposition to Measure L!

Good morning all!

Yesterday, the County Elections Office assigned the initiative on Brentwood’s Special Election set for November 5, 2019 as MEASURE L. This is the measure that seeks to bust through our Urban Limit Line for yet more housing we don’t need. First and foremost, fire & emergency services and jobs, jobs, jobs!

Join me at the Farmer’s Market tomorrow, Saturday, 8/17 from 9am-11am to learn why we are so opposed to this Measure, sign our opposition list – now up to over 1,000 – and contribute to the opposition campaign if you can. Let’s show big money developers that this is bad for public safety, bad for traffic, bad for the environment and bad for Brentwood – No on Measure L! It’s GO TIME! See you there!


August 12, 2019

Happy Monday friends and neighbors.

Quick weekend update on the effort to defeat the Brentwood ballot measure on November 5, 2019 – yes, it’s a special election just around the corner! We secured another 26 opposition signatures and one campaign donation on Saturday morning; thank you Jovita and Sinziana for your help at the Information Table, and thank you Sheila for contributing! Here are some items coming up this week, and please watch for our newsletter tomorrow:

  1. City Council Meeting, Tuesday, 8/13 @ 7pm, City Council Chambers. Come out and talk to the Council during the public comments section in the beginning of the meeting. You can express your thoughts on any topic tomorrow night. Then, you may want to stay for the agenda items which include a discussion on the ECC Fire Protection District Strategic Plan & a medical services committee recommendation; as well as a report on the Amphitheater feasibility study, the one planned by the John Marsh home off Vineyards Parkway.
  2. EB Regional Parks meeting, Wednesday, 8/14 @ 7pm, Brentwood Community Center. A 2nd meeting to discuss the details of completing an awesome 3-mile trail from Vineyards Parkway/Marsh Creek Road all the way to Round Valley Regional Park. This is a great plan for bicyclists and hikers alike! Dan & I went to the first one, guided path ideas, shade structures, path surface requests, etc. Get out to convey what you want to see in that trail, flyer attached.
  3. Assignment of the Ballot Measure letter, Thursday, 8/15. The County Elections Office will randomly assign the letter that will be associated with the Vineyards @ Deer Creek initiative for our November 5 Special Election. We will be ready to roll with printing our materials once that letter is assigned, such as lawn signs, flyers, door hangers, etc. We will need your help to distribute those items. Thank you!

A busy week in Brentwood! Please help keep all your friends and folk abreast of the Special Election, and other happenings in town.


August 7, 2019

Hello friends and neighbors, 

In light of recent posts, I wanted to get out a message about housing in Brentwood. Yesterday, I went over the entire City’s Residential Housing Projects list, and I’ve also looked back at my numbers from 3/21/19, the date I validated the numbers used on the Alliance for a Better Brentwood website with Debbie Hall, City Planner. In March, the housing numbers for pending, approved and under construction in Brentwood was 3,868. Oh, and you betcha I’m counting the 2,000 or so housing units in PA-1 below Home Depot and on both sides of the Bypass – those are planned and adopted by the 12 members of the PA-1 Committee for that area, and adopted by our City Council on 11/13/18. Total housing in March, 5,868. To go back to 2017, the numbers were 1,839 SF units occupied; 446 SF units under construction 2,521 SF units not yet built; 476 MF units not yet built.

Fast forward to today, and our battle to hold the Urban Limit Line for housing we don’t need. As of yesterday, housing either approved or under construction, 2,402; add applications pending and you get 2,733. Apartments/multi-family approved or under construction, 166; add apps pending, 870. Total, 3603 + PA-1 housing units forecast = 5,603.

Erik Nolthenius is getting me the numbers on Trilogy in the next day or two, but it is almost completely built out. Whatever phase housing starts are in, you still count all of the housing units available and planned when trying to assess housing needs. The Association of Bay Area Governments has only dictated that Brentwood provide 760 housing units through October 31, 2022.

Whomever are buying new homes in Brentwood, as well as all the resale homes, are adding to the impacts on City services, roads, commutes, etc. I’m not knocking our population and resident growth, just pointing out there is enough housing opportunity in Brentwood now and in the future, and that’s just what’s on the books right now. What we don’t have is adequate fire/emergency services, good jobs, infrastructure, schools, retail, you name it. We need to concentrate on improving these things inside our City limits first and foremost.

Now, let’s go over the over 55 active adult housing. We have 3,113 over 55 active adult housing units in Brentwood. Add in approved and under construction, Brentwood CC (Blackhawk), Brentwood Country Club (Blackhawk), Pioneer Square/Barcelona Trilogy (Shea) and Cowell Ranch (Blackhawk) in the works, another 299. We also have Merrill Gardens, a 123-unit assisted living facility ready to break ground by Summerset 1. Nearby, Antioch’s 1,177 housing unit project, The Ranch has plans for Antioch’s first ever, large-scale over 55 housing development; add in the Albers Ranch project of common market, over 55 and possible assisted living facility in the Sand Creek Focus Area, another 301 units. You see where I’m going here? Do you see any Blackhawk trends? Blackhawk also has their project in the Antioch Sand Creek Focus Area around Kaiser, The Vineyards @ Sand Creek-337 under construction, looks like a total of 641 more approved. Interesting the developers keep calling their developments “The Vineyards” and “The Ranch” – another trend in the snow job of paving over land almost designated as such.

I will announce any corrections to this post when Brentwood’s Planning Manager and Planners respond to my inquiries. Trying to be as factual as possible in light of a ballot initiative asking us to move our ULL for 2,400 housing units, and along with that, authorizing the law to circumvent all the City processes used to plan for our future as the mood strikes them. Thanks for the opportunity to post the opposition message.


August 4, 2019

Good Sunday morning everyone. Sending out a quick update of the Alliance for a Better Brentwood’s opposition campaign to deny The Vineyards @ Deer Creek Project and Initiative. At yesterday’s farmer’s market, our Political Action Committee Brentwood Alliance for Smart Growth, Traffic Abatement, Jobs Creation and Land Protection received it’s first 3 contributions and 21 more opposition signatures! Thank you Feroz, William, and Kevin for coming down and launching our campaign, we really appreciate it! You may send contributions to our PAC at P.O. Box 1424, Brentwood, CA 94513. Be sure to include your full name, street address, occupation & employer for campaign finance reporting; or see me in person at the Brentwood Farmer’s Market each Saturday morning from 9am-11am (unless otherwise posted.)

On another note, we understand the proponents have started polling via text messaging and calling with survey questions. Of course you should answer that survey truthfully if you choose to participate – if you do, you are paid handsomely with a $3 Amazon gift card (?!). After seeing some of these questions, we will be sure to respond with our take on what’s being communicated and the information they seek to gather. First and foremost, they want to see what marketing they will bombard our mail boxes with. Already false statements are evident – they are asking about why you wouldn’t want to make road improvements in our western area due to 27 accidents and 2 fatalities, implying those accidents took place on Balfour Road – if they did, I don’t know about it. BTW Balfour is the only road they plan to widen and not even all the way to Deer Valley Road; and the recent traffic report says they will add 3 roundabouts to somehow miraculously breeze traffic down that Balfour – really? In addition to widening this road, the entire stretch of Balfour will be dug up for years while they lay various piping for their monster project – what will that do to the school traffic? I will let you picture both those scenarios for yourselves.

The Alliance appreciates your opposition support. I am presenting at the Sierra Club meeting today. We have already received their opposition endorsement, and they plan to make a call to action of their constituents. We have 3 other presentations in the works, and we will hold once a month Community Meetings for opposition discussion and updates, as well as volunteer opportunities. According to City Clerk Margaret Wimberly, the County Elections Office will assign the Measure Letter on August 15th; as soon as we know that for sure we’ll be producing more literature and lawn signs. I will personally deliver one to you!

Have a great day and enjoy this glorious weather. Kids are back in school – drive safe and sane, share the road and abide by posted rules please. Kathy

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The draft environmental impact report (DEIR) (volume I and volume II) became available for public review and comment on July 19, 2019. The public has until 5:00 PM on September 3, 2019 to comment. See Tips for Effective EIR Commenting

Written comments may be sent via U.S. mail, e-mail, or fax to:

Community Development Department
Attn: Erik Nolthenius, Planning Manager
150 City Park Way
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5407 [fax]

If you have any questions about the DEIR or the project, please contact Erik Nolthenius by phone at (925) 516-5137 or via e-mail at

August 2, 2019

Hello Friends and Neighbors,

Please come down to the Farmer’s Market tomorrow, Saturday, 8/3 from 9am-11am to hear more about why we oppose The Vineyards @ Deer Creek Project & Initiative to move Brentwood’s Urban Limit Line, now set for a vote in the November 5, 2019 Special Election. You can sign our opposition list – we are up to over 1,000 people – and also by providing your e-mail address, you can begin to receive our Newsletters informing you of important meetings, volunteer opportunities and milestones in our opposition campaign. If you’ve already signed up and aren’t receiving Newsletters, please Messenger me.

The Alliance for a Better Brentwood has formed an official opposition Political Action Committee, so we are now accepting donations to fund opposition actions, including upcoming lawn signs! You can donate in person, or send donations to:

Brentwood Alliance for Smart Growth,
Traffic Abatement, Jobs Creation and Land Protection
P.O. Box 1424
Brentwood, CA 94513

Include your full name, street address, phone number and occupation with employer for campaign finance reporting.

Thank you for your support, and I hope to meet you tomorrow or soon. Let’s stop this developer Initiative – it’s not your or your City’s plan nor the time to move the ULL! Hold the Line against sprawl development ahead of vital service funding and jobs!


July 27, 2019

Hello friends and neighbors,

Thank you for your support ⁠— I secured another 2+ pages of opposition signatures (47) today at the Farmer’s Market in 2 hours! That brings us to about 850 opposition signatures, and not all signatures are entered. We have 3 organizations opposed to this as well, and soon to have a 4th.

Hold the line! They can’t build this mini-city on our western border unless you move that line! Please read the traffic appendix used to contribute data to the 9212 report ⁠— very telling that this project will be a disaster for Brentwood.

Have a great day!


July 26, 2019

Hello friends and neighbors,

Well last night, the Brentwood City Council gave the millionaires their special election. They have all the money in the world to buy ad space or send you glossy mailers with all their lofty promises. Karen Rarey says we should read 30 pages a day to weed through the available information and that people who didn’t speak last night or send her an e-mail don’t matter—she was counting. Claudette Staton says the information is out there so Special Election it is. Johnny Rodriguez says we are unruly and he doesn’t like that—get used to it baby, we are Grassroots at it’s finest!

Funny I saw EVERY Councilperson hesitate to second the motion for a Special Election, and yet all voted to hold it—very telling they really didn’t want to stick their neck out, right? I didn’t see the 5,000 people there that signed the Petition, did you? Lest we forget out of the 500 signatures checked, 97 were disqualified! Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo who stands to gain land from the Ginochio Family on the east side of Mt. Diablo didn’t even have the guts to read his own letter—he had Bob Nunn read it, and Save Mount Diablo call themselves an organization to preserve and defend land.

I did read the 792-page 9212 Report and studied it all day yesterday. Their project makes 11 intersections in Brentwood a Grade F over the coming years. Yeah, that’s progress—whatever. That means, we have 3 months to defeat The Vineyards @ Deer Creek Initiative. No sweat—we did it in 2010, and we’ll do it again!

Meet me tomorrow morning at the Brentwood Farmers Market, Saturday, 7/27, 9 am-11 am to join in the opposition and to make a contribution to our opposition campaign. We are official now: Brentwood Residents for Smart Growth, Jobs Creation, Traffic Abatement and Land Protection…AMEN to that! Hope to see you tomorrow, corner of First and Oak. Let’s show Blackhawk Nunn they will not bulldoze our western hills for more houses!

TGIF everyone!

ECCFPD Resolution No. 2017-19

This development adds 11.6% to Brentwood’s footprint. On page 1, Section 5 of the initiative, the developer only agrees to pay fire facilities fees based on the current fee schedule which amounts to only $2M over the entire 20-year project.

The ECCFPD has stated that their 249-square mile service area requires nine operating fire stations. We only have three. We have developer fees to build a new fire station, $6.5M, but no money to staff stations. It takes $16M per year to run our three stations.

Response times to emergencies have increased 29% over the 2nd quarter of 2019 which resulted in a total of 31 hours of time in which they could not answer emergency calls!

Response time is up to 10:03 minutes. A person can be brain-dead in just 8 minutes and a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds!

The Contra Costa County Grand Jury and ECCFPD admit that insurance rates and property values within the District are negatively affected by the worsening level of fire services. Read it here

It is not the time to add residential service area to ECCFPD.

3. “High ISO rates may increase rates for residential and commercial insurance coverage.”

Suggested Response: The District partially agrees in light of information the District has received indicating that the ISO rate increase have already increased insurance premiums. ISO rating range from 1 for the best to 10 for the worst. As of 2002, ISO ratings in the District were 3/9. As of 2010, they were raised to 4/9. Public commenters at District Board meetings have shared that District residents are seeing insurance costs increase by up to 198.2% over a three year span from 2014 to 2017, which, in turn, reduces the value of property within the District.

ECCFPD Board of Directors, Resolution No. 2017-19, Page 2

July 24, 2019

Hello friends and neighbors.

A big reminder that tomorrow, Thursday, 7/25 @ 7pm is the Special Council Meeting to review the report they ordered on the Vineyards @ Deer Creek Project & Initiative, and to possibly decide on which election to send the measure to (no agenda for the meeting yet).

It is imperative we show up EN MASSE at the Council Chambers, 150 City Park Way, Brentwood, to let the Council know we want this Measure on the November 3, 2020 general election ballot.

We just received the Draft EIR, and it’s 2,500 pages long! No Council who represents the residents of Brentwood can expect us to review the impacts of this huge development in time for a fall 2019 special election – that would be flat-out irresponsible.

Please join us to hold up signs, speak before the Council, or just support the opposition. We don’t need to move our Urban Limit Line for more houses! We have service deficits, plenty of homes planned for the foreseeable future, traffic and congestions problems and NO JOBS here! Thanks everyone!