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: https://www.eccfpd.org/…/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

Kathy

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!

Kathy

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.

Thanks!
Kat

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.

Kathy

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

July 18, 2019

JOIN US!
Monday, July 22, 2019, 6 pm to 8 pm
Mountain Mikes, 1185-2nd Street, Brentwood

REMINDER!
Complete Brentwood’s workforce survey:
https://www.opentownhall.com/7603

The Alliance for a Better Brentwood is holding a community meeting!

This is a more informal, open dialog meeting. You can arrive anytime during the 2 hour duration and stay as long as you want. Come learn about our opposition to the Vineyards @ Deer Creek project and soon to be Ballot Initiative. It moves our Urban Limit Line to build 2,400 more housing units in west Brentwood that we don’t need and can’t support! Share ideas, information and strategies, get first time info or up-to-date stats debunking the project and take-on volunteer opportunities.

Hope to see you there.