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/