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Councilwoman Karla Brown launches re-election campaign

Vows to stop ‘runaway growth, high density housing that the city is not required to build’

Pleasanton City Councilwoman Karla Brown has kicked off her campaign for re-election on Nov. 8 with a rally at the home of Kelly Cousins where more than 75 supporters lined up to sign Brown’s petition for candidacy.

“Karla Brown stands as the lone vote on the Pleasanton City Council who consistently raises questions regarding the impacts of housing growth on our residents,” said Cousins, who is president of a citizens’ coalition called www.pleasantonvoters.com is also a member of the Pleasanton Cultural Arts Council.

“Increased traffic, school overcrowding, pedestrian and cyclist safety, and crime are all issues that must be considered carefully by our elected officials,” Cousins added.

Brown said that during her first four-year term in office, she supported the creation of a historic preservation ordinance for the downtown district, and voted to prohibit smoking in parks and at downtown events, reduce the city’s debt and combated a plan to develop East Pleasanton with thousands of new homes.

“I am constantly in conversation with residents who are concerned about runaway growth and high density housing that the city is not required to build,” Brown said. “I hear what residents are telling me and I translate your concerns into my vote on the City Council.”

Longtime council-watcher John Carroll said in a press release that Brown is the only city council candidate to receive the endorsement of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club “for her consistent support of the environmental concerns of Pleasanton residents and her efforts to preserve the quality of life in the city.”

"Karla's sustained commitment to protecting and enhancing the life and environment of Pleasanton has been well known and appreciated by city residents,” said Richard Pugh, a Pleasanton resident and vice-chair of the Sierra Club's local Tri-Valley group.

“In recognition of Karla's enviable track record, the Sierra Club's San Francisco Bay Chapter has once again exclusively endorsed Karla for reelection to the City Council", he added.

As a city council member, Brown also served as Vice-Mayor of Pleasanton in 2015 and sits on several regional boards that affect Pleasanton residents. She represents Pleasanton at the Regional Water Reseller’s Round Table, is vice-chair of the Wheels/LAVTA board and is Pleasanton’s liaison to the city of Livermore, East Bay Regional Park District, Zone 7 Water Board, Alameda County Fair, and other agencies.

She is also a select member of the task force involved in planning a new and larger library and community center. Internally, she works on the important Audit and Waste/Recycling committees.

Karla Brown is a 24-year resident of Pleasanton and lives in the city with her husband Tim. She has three college-educated daughters who also attended Pleasanton schools.

Brown, who is a broker associate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices realty in Pleasanton, also had a long career in the semiconductor industry. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and Marketing from San Jose State University.

For more information, sign on to her election website at www.Vote4Karla.com or email her at Karla@Vote4Karla.com/

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22 people like this
Posted by Diversity is healthy
a resident of Hart Middle School
on Aug 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

I believe having a diverse perspective on the Council creates better decision making. Karla has been a strong leader and champion for representing the voice of Pleasanton residents over developers. Given the other Council members have strong ties to the business community and have generally been advocates for more growth, Karla brings a balancing perspective to the team. She wants thoughtful and slower growth since Pleasanton has more than met our housing needs. We need this perspective. And she presents her arguments in a professional and respectful manner so others listen to her.


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:15 am

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We need Karla! The Chamber is trying to replace her. She is the only Council Member who questions the other 4 members who all vote in unison. There needs to be one voice who questions growth, growth, growth-- one, who is not controlled by special interests.


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Posted by Blockhead
a resident of Grey Eagle Estates
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:24 am

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We need you on the city council, Karla! Stop this runaway growth!


21 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 10:53 am

"Do nothing, ever" is not the same as intelligent, managed planning. We would not have the excellent schools, homes, and tax base we now have, if nothing had been done in the past. The growth that you are currently seeing is the result of previous councils from years ago preventing growth and the City later losing a lawsuit which demonstrated that the housing cap was not legal. Supporting a historic preservation ordinance is just another way of trying to control what other people do with their homes. For a person who makes a living as a realtor, her involvement in local real estate decisions seems like a "special interest."


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Posted by Thank you Karla!
a resident of Ironwood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 11:00 am

Thank you Karla for your continued support of our community. You were the leader in blocking thousands of new homes in East Pleasanton. We need your in our leadership and my wife and I will be forever thankful.

I am also a Vet and your support of the Veteran's memorial means a lot to us all.

By the way - you are by far the best looking candidate too.


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Posted by kmary1
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm

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What I'd like to hear from Karla and other anti-growth candidates is how they intend to combat the required RHNA numbers imposed on Pleasanton by Sacramento. It's very easy to pander to the uneducated (Donald Trump does it every day) and those without an understanding of the RHNA issues. It's another thing to have a plan and strategy that makes sense and is actionable. Until I hear such a plan, I'll look at Karla's rhetoric as just that, rhetoric.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 12:29 pm

@kmary :"What I'd like to hear from Karla and other anti-growth candidates is how they intend to combat the required RHNA numbers imposed on Pleasanton by Sacramento."

Don't think that it's reasonable or realistic to expect that a Councilperson can do anything to change that policy. Need to apply pressure at a higher level.


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Posted by Resident of Ventana Hills
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 1:11 pm

@kmary1 has got it right, @Sam.

Re: "Don't think that it's reasonable or realistic to expect that a Councilperson can do anything to change that policy. Need to apply pressure at a higher level."

Also agree with that, however, if you read Karla's "vow," she conveniently gives herself an 'out,': 'Vows to stop ‘runaway growth, high density housing that the city is not required to build’.

"..that the city is not required to build."

So much for the power in that statement--see none. Just empty rhetoric.

As Karla knows, all of the high-density housing being built right now is because Pleasanton is required to build it.

She'd be wise to heed @Resident's comments.

Additionally, people should keep in mind that Karla Brown was an ADAMANT supporter of the 'No on K' effort, and their campaign of repeated lies, falsehoods, and use of paid signature gatherers who made false statements to help get enough signatures to qualify the measure on this past June's ballot.

Measure K, which won, now permanently sets aside 177 acres of hillsides and ridges, preserving them as open space for us and future generations, and prevents Gov. Jerry Brown, ABAG, and Urban Habitat from shoving more massive housing down our throats in southeast Pleasanton.

One of big (and false) arguments of Karla and other No on K supporters was "No Hillside Sprawl," even though every single of the 43 homes that will be built will be sitting in a valley, not on hillsides and ridges.

Yet, Karla Brown lives on a hillside (Kottinger Ranch)--exemplifying the ultimate in hypocrisy.

Thus, if you want someone:

-who can intelligently deal with impacts of housing growth on our residents, rather than make positioning statements that are hollow;
-carefully considers increased traffic, school overcrowding, etc. (noting Karla Brown had no problem approving the massive apartment + retail development at Bernal and Stanley regarding those two issues;
-is sincerely committed to protecting and enhancing the life and environment of Pleasanton;
-supports and represents REAL integrity in government;

please do us all a favor, do what's right, and please vote for someone else.


Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge

on Aug 30, 2016 at 1:36 pm

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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:31 pm

Hmmmmm....

Karla Brown - against hillside development BUT:
1) Lives on a hillside
2) Sells homes that are on hillsides

Sounds like a hypocrite to me - she talks the talk but does not walk the walk, as the old saying goes.

I also have a question for all of you who question mayor Thorne's ethics and conflict of interest regarding his small investment in Costco:

How much do Ms. Brown's no growth preferences / votes increase the value of the homes she sells? How many tens of thousands of dollars has she made due to the increase in housing prices? I would guess she has made significantly more than Mayor Thorne.

Where is the outrage regarding all of her conflicts of interest?


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 3:45 pm

To "Thank you Karla" -- your Ironwood neighborhood is relatively new, maybe 10 years old, and included hundreds of newly built homes in that time period. Where would you be living if your neighbors objected and Karla had voted against it and Ironwood had not been built? Now that you are in Ironwood, no one else should be allowed to move to Pleasanton?


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Posted by kmary1
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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Resident of Ventana Hills:

I agree with your comments, especially Karla's out on housing "..that the city is not required to build." All of the units going up now are part of the 1,800 unit RHNA requirement. The new requirement will be announced, I believe, in 2018. Given the tremendous growth in jobs in this area, it's very possible that the new requirement will be around 2,000 units. So, any candidate who says they are anti-growth must explain how they can stop the RHNA requirement, or as I said before, they are just using fear to pander for votes.

Oh, I'm retired and never have had any involvement with the Chamber (responding to Lisa S, above).

I do not like the growth or the traffic either, but I react very negatively to candidates who use growth and traffic as platforms without putting forth any responsible ideas on how to work through the Sacramento / RHNA issue.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:11 pm

@Long Time Resident :"Hmmmm.....
Karla Brown - against hillside development BUT:
1) Lives on a hillside
2) Sells homes that are on hillsides
Sounds like a hypocrite to me "

So your argument is that if she lives on a hillside and sells homes that are on hillsides that she should be for hillside development?

Hmmm.....


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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How many projects have been declined by the Mayor and his three allies in the past 4-6 years?
Did Karla state that she is for no growth?
Should all projects which are approved by the Chamber of Commerce be approved by the Council?

Criticizing where she lives is silly; criticizing the appreciation of her home is ridiculous. She is a 24 year citizen.

Do you want 5 Council members who will always vote together to pass ALL projects?

NOT ME!


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Posted by Resident of Ventana Hills
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:40 pm

Thanks, @kmary1.

To @Lisa S., I don't belong to the Chamber, and I sure as heck am not a surrogate/mouthpiece for them, either.

To @Sam, c'mon, @Long Time Resident is just reaffirming what Karla Brown is, a hypocrite.

It's too bad that truth has to knock Karla off the pedestal some folks want to put her on, but then, the truth hurts.

And as far as supporting special interests, Karla's got that down pat. See Allen Roberts, and all the NIMBYs who supported No on K.

So yes, we DO need a NEW person who TRULY represents the people--ALL the people, that is; not special interests.

Indeed.

Karla Brown isn't a "voice in the wilderness," as Matt Sullivan likes to refer to her (Sullivan also being an adamant supporter of No on K, btw).

There's no longer any pedestal for her to stand on.

She's a tarnished politician who needs to go.


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Posted by George Wu
a resident of Country Fair
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:50 pm

Get your facts straight. I have been to Karla's house and she lives in a valley.

Karla is our only voice on the council that is not bought and paid for by the builders. She has my vote election after election.

Anyone can research the tens of thousands of dollars the developers paid to win then build house for Lund Ranch and pay their campaign pros.. And I am pretty sure 4000 sq ft houses are not RHNA housing. Pleasanton is for sale to the highest bidder just like most of the elected leaders.

Follow the money.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm

@Resident of Ventana Hills

Fine with me if you want to kick Karla Brown and her slow-growth ideas out, Resident. After all, unlike you I don't live right next to lots of undeveloped land which is eagerly eyed at by developers wanting to build lots of new houses and apartments which will flood your neighborhood streets with lots of cars, trucks, and buses.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

@Long Time Resident

Pretty empty statement. Your house is also in the middle of an area that once used to be beautiful empty space. So were all of our houses.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:16 pm

@Resident of Ventana Hills

You're still smarting over the fact that Karla Brown took an opposing view on Measure K that you can't think rationally about what her leaving the council would mean for the future prospects of your own neighborhood. Go ahead and try voting her out. Like I said, whatever happens I'll be relatively unaffected. I would love to see the look on your face, though, when developers start bulldozing the undeveloped land near your house and putting up lots of houses and apartments there. If you thought that Measure K was bad, just wait until you see what happens to your streets then.


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Posted by Keeping it Simple
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm

That will be a NO Vote from me - for Karla's re-election....


carry on


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:43 pm

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@Sam,

Your post makes no sense.

You say "if you thought Measure K was bad"

But clearly Resident of Ventana Hills thinks measure K was good.

Vote out NIMBY Karla Brown.


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Posted by Fha
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 5:53 pm

I know somebody vote for developing near P-Bart station. you see 3 lanes road become 1 lane road on Owens Dr. how ugly planners creat?


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Posted by Rod
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm

Karla has my vote.
1) will stand up to the "good ole boys" Chamber
2) smart growth
3) not influenced by special interests

I don't care where the hell she lives as long as it's in Pleasanton. And for those of you who keep criticizing her for opposing Measure K - get over it. At least she took a stand against the special interests and "good ole boy" bunch. Many people like me respect her for that. Don't forget, almost half of the voters agreed with her.

She's got my vote!!


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 30, 2016 at 6:55 pm

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@Rod,

Your side lost on measure K. The majority of voters opposed Karla Brown on Measure K and many of us see her position as hypocritical. Maybe you need to get over it.


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on Sep 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm

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