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PLEASANTON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE PROFILE: Karla Brown

Original post made on Oct 3, 2012

By Karla Brown
I am a Pleasanton businesswoman and 20 year resident of Pleasanton. Together with my husband Tim, we have raised three daughters in Pleasanton. I earned a Business degree from San Jose State University and have earned many awards and accolades in my business career.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 7:31 AM

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:13 am

I have known Karla Brown a long time. She is smart, well informed, and the only candidate Cindy McGovern and Matt Sullivan are supporting for council. She gets my vote!


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Posted by Patrick
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:17 am

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Posted by Gail
a resident of Bridle Creek
on Oct 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

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Posted by JJ
a resident of Stoneridge Park
on Oct 3, 2012 at 10:27 am

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Posted by Maxine
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:03 am

Karla is the greatest. And trust me I'm not one of the identical four posters above me. She gets my vote!


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Posted by Rob
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:43 am

Here's the correct link (or at least the one I found) to Karla's website:

Web Link


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm

'a long time' is relative. I've had some really l-o-n-g days!
Just like the mulitple positive poster violations above, most Karla signs are not on appproved locations...but, on frontage space, or on bark covered corner entrances to streets...on the property line of a business or person, but not IN a person's yard....implying, but not really. Along city curbs of shopping center....nobody's endorsement. Most signs NOT in a person's yard..sort of sneeking in. Notice as you drive around. As a newcomer to the community scene, having her people send out mass mailings to their professional email lists, telling them to vote ONLY for her. Tacky, probably unethical to campaign that way in a double election. Personally, I intend to vote for only one, Pentin, the longest community serving candidate in the race. But, it's a desperate sign to actually campaign to the masses that way. It's possible, the very most qualified and most community experienced, president of Rotary, chairman of Planning Commission, decade on Parks & Rec, etc, could get squeezed out with the unions and their pressure.campaign to masses, going to deMarcus. and Karla votes coming from greens, old-time no growthers, and ignorant voters who follow glossy campaign pieces listing a dozen other candidates, from groups they jst blindly follow.
Sierra Club, Matt Sullivan, & Cindy McGovern, are kiss of death for me. I saw all the various no-growth green-type groups pick candidates to run for all council seats in the valley, even having a valley-wide meeting for volunteers.
Every vote should be an educated. When in doubt, don't.


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Posted by Terry Messick-Cass
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Hosted a great fundraiser here @ our home for Karla Brown for City Council last Sunday! Enjoyed meeting Frank Brandes, former Pleasanton Mayor as well as many supporters too. You are by far, the best candidate for the job of City Council!! GO KARLA!!!


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2012 at 2:54 pm

I'm for property rights, ownership, and the rule of law. I'm against Karla Brown.


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Posted by Jill
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I'm for listening to the people and protecting our city so I am voting for Karla Brown.

Once again, "Observer" posts that the public is full of "ignorant voters" if they vote for somebody who wants slow, controlled growth. From the rest of the message it looks like somebody working on Pentin's campaign. Does not make me feel good that his campaign feels that people that are for slow-growth are ignorant. The message Observer posted is all full of incorrect info. Karla is not a newcomer to the scene. She has been involved for a long time, volunteering in the community, working in the community, working on city ordinances to protect the city, representing the city when PG&E tried to put untested high-voltage electrical lines down the middle of neighborhoods, soccer coach, etc. Karla might not have been there waving a sign that says "look at me" but she has been quite active in the community.


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Posted by Vintage Hills Family
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Jill,

Just a quick response to your post. Yes you are very correct that she help fight the PGE lines and had them moved elsewhere. But what you failed to mention is that the wires were moved from her neighborhood to the people living off of Vineyard who were affected with dirt and construction for almost two years at a much higher cost. But I guess she would say that it was the best for all concerned just as long as it was out of her neighborhood.


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Posted by Jill
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 3, 2012 at 7:46 pm

It went down the realigned Vineyard Avenue that was not built yet. Most of the dirt and construction was not for the PG&E line but rather the realignment of Vineyard Avenue plus the repaving of Vineyard Avenue near the mayors house for a special asphalt that has less road noise (rubberized asphalt). The PG&E lines stayed on arterial roads instead of going through neighborhood streets.


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Posted by Vintage Hills Family
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Jill for the information. I guess it was all our imagination all the PGE trucks and construction that was happening during that two time span. I am sure the houses that face Vineyard and the Mobile Home parks that were affected had the same mirage. Yes you are right about the repavement but seperate project. Thanks again for clearing this up. Oh by the way can you tell me how much was the added cost to redirect the project from the original neighborhood to mine?

As a seperate issue and this is not a crack at anyone, is there still legal action pending regarding the space above Hearst? The last that I read was the project has been scaled back and some spaces are now obscene in size. What is the cost to the city to fight this? Hopefully someone can give an update without opinion.


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 3, 2012 at 11:10 pm

So now thousands of individual voters who speak positively about a candidate suddenly become part of a campaign team.?.
That will scare lots of voters away from many candidates.
but I do agree, the visible ones for Karla ARE scary, so she does get labeled accordingly. Just like Erlene gets labeled from her union supporters.
I don't even know Pentin's phone or address. I only know his resume' is long and full of dedication and service, and he'll get my only vote.


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Posted by Anne Childs
a resident of Walnut Hills
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:22 am

I met Karla on the Save Pleasanton Hills project, which as we can all recall was pretty rancorous. Throughout, Karla was polite and professional in discussing the issue with me - a tone that was lacking in remarks from some Council members at that time. Besides having a positive attitude, Karla is smart, well-informed, and committed to doing what is best for the city. I am happy to support her.


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Posted by Ptown Moom
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Oct 4, 2012 at 11:55 am

What is a "businesswoman"? What real job experience does Karla have under her belt? I am a female working in the business world, but I would never describe myself as a "businesswoman." It's simply too generic. I would use specific terms to describe where my experience lies: corporate/public vs. private, small-mid-large company, role and function.


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Posted by ?????
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Dear Ptown Moom, I hope your job is not an English teacher.


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Posted by Got me vote
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Go Karla - you've got my vote!


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Vote for American values like life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Do not vote for Karla Brown.


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Posted by Arnold
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

I think Karla Brown will make an excellent council member.


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Posted by Betty
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Oct 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

As a resident of Kottinger Ranch I can attest to the fact that Karla has worked tirelessly over the past several years to protect our 180 homes. As for what she has done for the rest of Pleasanton she'll be the first to tell you, "who cares!". I didn't bother to open the web link to this story as I could not get past, "I have earned many awards and accolades...". I'm voting for Pentin as he actually has been involved in Pleasanton and not exclusively in the area of town where he resides.


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2012 at 7:38 am

Karla is the only City Council candidate for slow and smart growth for Pleasanton. She has been endorsed and supported by a wide variety of people and newspapers who feel that Karla offers us her experience and dedicated hard work for the benefit of our community. She has worked hard on ridge line protection, (Measure PP), preserving our unique and historic neighborhoods and given hours of her time on various community task forces where she has worked cooperatively with a large group of stakeholders within the City on the Hacienda Task Force to her current position on East Side Pleasanton Task Force. She has the facts to back up her opinions and campaign agendas instead of the often vague campaign statements given by the other candidates. I encourage you to view the various community political forums this campaign season as well as attend these events in person to see for yourself that Karla stands out from the group as a clear leader. It is also equally important to follow the money to see what large developers and other PACs are helping to fund the campaigns of the other candidates. Karla's campaign is funded by individuals who desire what is best for all of Pleasanton and not just what is best for their own pockets and their influence on the decisions that effect our community.
Find out more about what Karla is committed to a www.Vote4Karla.com.


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Posted by john
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 6, 2012 at 8:43 am

I live in the Vintage Hills area and had no problem at all with the development that Karla opposed. It looked beautiful and would have been wonderful addition to Pleasanton. She led a selfish campaign of lies and distortions against the development. Her NIMBY attitude is the problem, not the solution.


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Posted by karla supporter
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 6, 2012 at 10:39 am

Karla is the best candidate for council. She does her homework and studies issues carefully and she isn't afraid to stand up for what she feels is right. Her work on Measure PP is admirable. There were many people in town who supported PP who did not live in the Kottinger hills, so it wasn't just that neighborhood involved. I'm sure as with any candidate, you many not agree with them on everything. But, Karla is smart, knowledgeable, and passionate about doing what is right for the community.

If you watch any of the forums that have been conducted, she, by far, stands out from the rest. She has absolutely done the best and I was thoroughly impressed. She definitely has my vote and for our community's sake, I hope she is elected to one of the spots on the council.


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