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

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!

Kathy

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!

Kat

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!

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!

Kat

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.

July 10, 2019

ACTION REQUESTED: 
Complete Brentwood’s workforce survey:
https://www.opentownhall.com/7603

Currently, Brentwood is less than ⅓ built out for jobs and 88% of employed Brentwood residents leave the city for work. In order to bring a better job-housing balance to Brentwood, one of the guiding principles of the General Plan is “Attract and retain businesses and industries that provide high-quality and high-paying jobs so that residents can live and work in Brentwood”.

In April 2019, Brentwood hired a new Assistant City Manager, Terrence Grindall to focus on “promoting Brentwood’s development potential; increasing the city’s per-capita sales tax base through retail recruitment; and attracting high-quality local jobs.” See The Press article dated May 23, 2019.

Now, Brentwood is asking residents to complete a workforce survey so that the city can better evaluate the workforce here in order to attract businesses that match. See The Press article dated July 11, 2019. You help the city understand our workforce by completing the survey here: https://www.opentownhall.com/7603

-Nicole

July 4, 2019

Hello family & friends.

Happy Independence Day, the day the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies no longer subordinate to the monarch of Britain. Enjoy your day, have fun, and be safe!

On another note, just wanted to pass along a message from Brentwood City Clerk, Margaret Wimberly:

The City would like to provide you as much notice as possible that at the City Council meeting of July 9, staff will be recommending the regular City Council meeting of July 23rd be cancelled, and a special meeting be held on Thursday, July 25th at 7:00 p.m. in order to provide a full 30 days for the preparation and presentation of the 9212 report, which will provide additional information to the public on the Vineyards at Deer Creek development project.

Brentwood City Clerk, Margaret Wimberly

Please amend your calendars to attend this important special meeting. The Council is set to decide which election to send the Vineyards @ Deer Creek initiative to, either a special election in the fall of 2019, or the next General Municipal Election, November 3, 2020. I, as well as the Alliance for a Better Brentwood, are advocating for the 2020 election. We deserve to have a draft and final Environmental Impact Report prior to voting on this life-changing ballot measure. The City is not sure when this will be available to us just yet.

We continue to find new and revealing information about the claims made by the developers that people need to know. Please check our website regularly for new information and sign-up for our Newsletter. We will be holding several important meetings over the coming weeks and will communicate those accordingly.

Thank you for listening and your support. Brentwood is near and dear to my heart, where my children grew up, and where some live with our grandchildren. We need to guide it into the future and help protect it for generations to come.

Kat

June 29, 2019

ACTION REQUESTED: 
Join us Tuesday, July 23rd Thursday, July 25th at 7 pm 
for the City Council Meeting
where the Council may decide whether to
send this to a special election or a general election

Happy wonderful weather Saturday friends and neighbors.

Just posting a thank you for all of you who wrote the Council or attended the Tuesday evening City Council Meeting to stand up for Brentwood and our Urban Limit Line, and encourage the City Council to order the informational report vetting the required components of the Vineyards @ Deer Creek development as dictated by Election Code Section 9212.

Karen Rarey also added 2 components as allowed under the provision which analyzes the project under a different lens than an EIR – see the list of criteria in the Council agenda packet.

Many concerned residents spoke both under the Public Comments section, and on the agenda item of the ULL expansion project. Thank you to leadership team member Sinziana Todor for preparing the Alliance for a Better Brentwood’s unified 6-page message, and I might add there was not one pro-development speaker! You can view and listen to the entire Council meeting at the City’s website, choose the video from 6/25: http://brentwoodca.iqm2.com/Citizens/default.aspx

Regarding the informational report which stands to cost the City around $60k, the City only has 30 days to hire a company to prepare it, and bring it back to the Council. We can all expect that reveal at the Tuesday, July 23rd Council Meeting – please put that date on your calendars. That evening could be the night Council decides on which election they will send the measure to:

  1. a special election Fall of 2019, costing Brentwood a whooping $104k-$173k; or
  2. the regularly scheduled General Municipal election on 11/3/2020, only costing $43k-$60k.

The developer can be asked to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of all these costs, but there is no guarantee. The Alliance is advocating for the 2020 General Election because of historically higher voter turnout statistics and because we don’t even have a Draft nor Final Environmental Impact Report yet to make an informed decision on the measure.

We will continue to oppose this ULL expansion project because Brentwood does not need to expand –

  1. we have 6,075 housing units of various types in the queue, and 33 commercial projects, and that’s only Brentwood;
  2. we have abysmal fire & emergency services for which this development offers the SAME FIRE FEES to the City as any housing project AND adds more service territory;
  3. the CHP is extremely concerned about the traffic this project will generate, and has reported that the project’s current configuration appears to not have the capacity to accommodate increased traffic on both Balfour & the Bypass, and will severely hinder their ability to do their job by increasing response times, collision potential, traffic congestion and negatively impacting the safe movement of people & commerce.
  4. the initiative will completely take the City Council, Planning Staff, and its residents out of the equation by making all their plans law, over-riding our General Plan and zoning regulations;
  5. if we do need to expand at a later date, Brentwood has a plan for the SPA2 area for ranchette estates & very low density housing on the parcel, and will also complete American Avenue AND extend Hillcrest through to Balfour.

Thanks for your time today, and please do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns, questions or input regarding this deplorable Project. We have new information to share shortly supporting our opposition – don’t forget to sign-up for our news blasts at our website, or check our site regularly: www.AllianceforaBetterBrentwood.org .

Now get out an enjoy Brentwood’s amazing weather and amenities while you can!

Kathy

June 28, 2019

On June 25th, the Brentwood city council had to decide between:

  1. Placing the Measure on the ballot for the City’s next regular election (November 3, 2020); or
  2. Placing the Measure on the ballot for a special election; or
  3. Providing direction to prepare an informational report in accordance with section 9212 of the Elections Code.

Voters need more information before we move forward on this and so the council unanimously voted for Option 3. However, this report will not be as detailed as a full EIR which is also in progress. It is not known when the draft EIR will be released.

The 9212 report will cover the following topics:

  1. Its fiscal impact.
  2. Its effect on the internal consistency of the City’s general and specific plans, including the housing element, the consistency between planning and zoning, and the limitations on City actions under state laws prohibiting discrimination in housing and governing density bonuses.
  3. Its effect on the use of land, the impact on the availability and location of housing, and the ability of the City to meet its regional housing needs.
  4. Its impact on funding for infrastructure of all types, including, but not limited to, transportation, schools, parks, and open space. The report may also discuss whether the measure would be likely to result in increased infrastructure costs or savings, including the costs of infrastructure maintenance, to current residents and businesses.
  5. Its impact on the community’s ability to attract and retain business and employment.
  6. Its impact on the uses of vacant parcels of land.
  7. Its impact on agricultural lands, open space, traffic congestion, existing business districts, and developed areas designated for revitalization.
  8. Any other matters the City Council requests to be included in the report.

Watch the entire city council meeting here. YES, it is long, but we heard concerns from CHP and Fire as well as many residents. Concerning is that the person from FIRE stated our insurance rates could increase and CHP noted the increased safety concerns. Additionally, it was pointed out that the builder has CROSSED OUT the General Plan and updated it with verbiage that will allow them to do whatever they want on the site (overriding the City and the existing General Plan).