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Chamber Chairman Randy Brown launches bid for Pleasanton City Council

Original post made on May 16, 2020

Local real estate professional Randy Brown, who is serving this year as chairman of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, has announced his candidacy for City Council in the November election.

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7 people like this
Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 16, 2020 at 7:24 pm

You have been a Pleasanton resident for ONLY EIGHT YEARS??

7 people like this
Posted by Joseph
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 16, 2020 at 8:20 pm


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 16, 2020 at 9:57 pm

The Chamber of Commerce has dominated our council elections for years. It’s time to wake up Pleasanton!
No thank you, Mr Brown.

20 people like this
Posted by Bob
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 17, 2020 at 9:01 am

Randy Brown is a person who listens and he is a person who contributes constantly to the community with his wife, Lisa. They won the 2016 the Distinguished Community Service award. We recruited Randy to serve on the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation which serves Stanford ValleyCare hospital. Randy listens and comments; he is flexible. He has our vote and we encourage you to vote for him and support him.

13 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 17, 2020 at 9:10 am

Im sure Randy is a nice and good person, but a real state, not sure I can get around that bias. Scorpion/frog tale.

20 people like this
Posted by Bill & Linda
a resident of Del Prado
on May 17, 2020 at 9:58 am

We have known Randy and Lisa Brown for a number of years. We do not know a couple that does more selfless service for our community of Pleasanton than Randy and Lisa. Randy has excellent leadership skills. As mentioned, he is the current President of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. He is a past President of the Rotary Club of Pleasanton that does so much good for so many people. We do not know anyone more qualified to be a Pleasanton City Council member, or anyone that has the heart of a servant as big as Randy's. We endorse Randy Brown for Pleasanton City Council.

10 people like this
Posted by Pete
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 17, 2020 at 10:22 am

These potential city council members know downtown. doubt they know, really, much more of the rest...!

18 people like this
Posted by Doug Miller
a resident of Country Fair
on May 17, 2020 at 10:26 am

I am pleased to hear that Randy Brown, a Veteran, is running for Pleasanton City Council. In the midst of one of the greatest disaster we have faced, Randy’s dedication to the community will be just what Pleasanton needs to get through this crisis. He has my vote and I hope you will consider voting for him as well.

15 people like this
Posted by farmer_gal
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on May 17, 2020 at 11:00 am

It is not the time you have spent in the community that matters to me it is the effect you have on the community.

The Brown's arrived in Pleasanton and jumped right in to helping the community. They came from a small town much like Pleasanton and thus have experience in small town life.

From the first time I met Lisa and Randy I was impressed. Randy listens until you finish speaking, weights what he has heard and then reacts/answers. He is approachable, flexible and always offering to help/stepping up.

Randy Brown has my support and my vote.

17 people like this
Posted by Matt
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 17, 2020 at 11:28 am

Pleasanton can recover from this crisis even stronger than before, but we'll need strong leaders like Randy Brown on our city council. That's why I am so excited that Randy has stepped-up to this responsibility on our behalf.

Randy is passionate about our city. He is generous, hardworking and cares about the future of our community.

We would be fortunate to have Randy Brown as a voice on the council.

13 people like this
Posted by Elderly Shelterer
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm

"Bloom where you're planted." Randy and his wife Lisa may be relative newbies to those of us who have claimed Pleasanton as home for decades, but few have embraced and involved themselves in the community so enthusiastically and positively as the two of them. As Pleasanton moves out of the coronavirus pandemic, guidance and leadership will be crucial in the recovery for both the city and its residents. Small business has been dealt a blow nobody could have imagined six months ago, and for them to recoup, reinvent, and recover will require intense cooperation and collaboration between government and governed.

Randy's skills working with small businesses and his ability to listen and respond to concerns of both sides of an issue will prove invaluable toward making us the prosperous, viable, economically vibrant city we were before we were struck the same blow as all others were when COVID-19 set upon us globally. We've already lost some small business and restaurants, and regaining the vitality our downtown and business community had pre-Covid will require understanding, skill, and outside-the-box thinking that Randy's proven leadership experience can provide.

Rather than the scorpion/frog tale, I read this as a lemons/lemonade tale. My ballot will get a check-mark for Randy Brown, and I hope many others will do the same.

13 people like this
Posted by Brock Roby
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 17, 2020 at 3:19 pm

We have known Randy and Lisa ever since they organized the “Relay for Life” for the American Cancer Society here in Pleasanton a number of years ago. They are wonderful, caring people - and good friends of the community. Randy is one of the hardest working people that I know – and he manages to stay positive and engaged with people while working hard. He has made meaningful contributions through his community service and volunteer support (Stanford Valley Care, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, cancer society, foster care, veterans, etc.). Perhaps most important, he understands the business community, and knows how to advocate for good, local policies – which will be needed to keep Pleasanton strong through these turbulent times.

7 people like this
Posted by Elderly Shelterer
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 17, 2020 at 6:02 pm

Joseph, you apparently view yourself as a self-described "tribalistic being" but thank goodness most of the rest of us who live in Pleasanton are not. Identifying yourself as a resident of "Foothill High School" indicates you haven't quite grown up to full adulthood yet. Yes, demographics have changed, the world is becoming a smaller place as each tribe learns about the other tribes with whom this globe is shared. It's called learning tolerance and caring for one another as well as sharing knowledge one has learned that another perhaps has not. Those are generally considered positive attributes and ones that are embraced and encouraged by educated, thoughtful, insightful beings all across the globe.

All that aside, this Pleasanton Weekly story is about someone who is running for Pleasanton City Council in November. It isn't intended to be a discussion of crime up or down, immigrants in or out, or Fremont politics and demographics. Your remarks have nothing to do with that subject or the candidate whose candidacy is being announced. Please do us all a favor and find another forum for your unpleasantness.

3 people like this
Posted by Michael Austih
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 17, 2020 at 9:20 pm

Anyone wanting to serve Pleasanton as a council member should have some experience of previous mayors and council members through a twenty year plus period, while having owned, lived and paid property taxes in Pleasanton.

Is this new comer a non supporter of sanctuary cities?
Does this new comer support the majority of voters in Pleasanton to build a new Costco in Pleasanton? There are more questions for this new comer.

Resume of volunteer and dedication is good to know, there are hundreds of other tax paying residents that contribute anonymously, quietly, not jump on tables and wave their flag.

6 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 17, 2020 at 9:26 pm

Non supporter of sanctuary cities = law abiding citizen

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Posted by Elderly Shelterer
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 18, 2020 at 11:30 am

Michael Austih, this "new comer" (your words, not mine) most assuredly does live and pay taxes in Pleasanton. Besides, where is it written that one has to be mayor or have a 20-year + residency in the city before aspiring to be a council member? And have you met him to suggest he doesn't have "experience" with the mayor and council members?

Take a look at videos of city council meetings and you'll often see Randy sitting in the audience, listening and taking notes. He and his wife are both active participants in many of the city-sponsored activities around town, his wife is on the Board of Directors of Museum on Main, and they both can easily hold their own when it comes to representing this city in any venue. Others have lived here 20 + years and contributed nada to the city. Never sat through a council meeting, which can be an exercise in tedium on occasion, asked a question of a city official directly, or had coffee or cone with a cop event put on by the police department.

He may have lived here for a shorter length of time than some of us, but he immediately embraced the community and became one of us whole-heartedly from the get-go. He has been present, but quiet until becoming a candidate. He has a website, why not visit it and ask him the questions yourself? He's easy to talk with, email, or ask to meet with him to get answers.

Don't sell him short just because he doesn't descend from the founders of the city. He is a member of our community now, not some transient passing through. We have a couple of open council seats we need to fill in November, and he's offering to serve in one of them. Listen to what he has to say and learn who he is before giving a thumbs down.

9 people like this
Posted by Ronnie
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on May 18, 2020 at 1:15 pm

We will need council members with experience AND Who are involved with both the business and residential community. In fact, we need the Chamber more than ever as businesses are going bankrupt or leaving our city!
Why are people concerned about a realtor on the council if they support Karla Brown who is also a realtor.
Thank god the people posting negativity have never run for city council. What a fine mess they would cause.

6 people like this
Posted by Jill Buck
a resident of Del Prado
on May 19, 2020 at 10:26 am

Randy Brown is a good man who has demonstrated his love for, and understanding of, Pleasanton in enumerable ways. For all the small businesses that make this town great, he leads the one organization whose sole purpose is helping those businesses stay afloat during this economic downturn: the local Chamber of Commerce. In the months and years ahead, we will need leaders who can prioritize City expenditures wisely while we experience deep budget cuts. We will need leaders who can create public policy to bolster the City’s ability to invest in the infrastructure that undergirds the standard of living we all hold dear. In short, we need leaders with economic savvy and a track record of service to this City. Randy Brown checks the boxes for me, and the icing on the cake is that he is one of the nicest, most approachable people I know. In my view, we are fortunate that people with a servant’s heart and sensible solutions are willing to step forward to lead our City during troubling times.

9 people like this
Posted by Jason C
a resident of Downtown
on May 19, 2020 at 10:32 pm

I am alarmed to hear residents of this fine town persecuting Mr Brown for moving his family here and trying to make a difference. This is an inclusive town and could certainly use some new ideas. That being said, in his 8 years here he has already contributed more to our town than anyone in this forum. You cannot throw a stone at any community event, charity event/local fundraiser or council meeting without accidentally hitting Randy or his wife Lisa in my experience. Randy has made a tremendous impact in his neighborhood and throughout Pleasanton in his spare time, I am excited to see what he can do for us in this position.

5 people like this
Posted by Sarah C
a resident of Downtown
on May 20, 2020 at 8:36 pm

We have known Randy and Lisa for over 5 years now and have been nothing but impressed by them both. When my husband and I moved into the neighborhood, they welcomed us in with open arms and were so kind and generous and made us feel right at home. As many have said in previous posts, Randy is approachable, thoughtful, compassionate and wants to truly make a difference in this beautiful town. He has been involved and facilitated countless events around town that have raised money and brought us together as a community. He has nothing but my wholehearted support in his race for city council!

3 people like this
Posted by Karen F
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 21, 2020 at 12:51 am

I recall Ben Target did not live in Pleasanton for a long time either. Well, we’ve been here over 30 years and put more weight on integrity and volunteerism to achieve community harmony like Randy Brown.

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Posted by Karen F
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 21, 2020 at 12:56 am

That is the former Mayor Ben Tarver I speak of in my prior post. Sorry for auto-correct gone wild.

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Posted by Elderly Shelterer
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 21, 2020 at 9:07 am

The late Mayor Tarver did live in Pleasanton and was a neighbor of ours in Vintage Hills. He was not an "out-of-towner".

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Posted by Karen F
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 21, 2020 at 5:16 pm

Elderly, I don’t recall Tarver being a long time resident but he Did leave Pleasanton for Colorado shortly after leaving the council. He did not work in Pleasanton. But I dont care about his bio. What counts is integrity, ability to lead by bringing together different viewpoints, commitment to the community, solving problems, etc.

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