Your City Council in Action
15 Months Later and It Still Looks Just as Corrupt and Sad
On July 25, 2019, the Brentwood City Council voted unanimously 5-0 that voters would choose the fate of a proposed urban limit line expansion initiative during a special election in November, 2019 rather than holding the vote November 3, 2020. The proposed measure was spearheaded by a group of local developers who wanted the election held one full year early. The group, which included longtime Brentwood farmer and developer Ron Nunn — would have moved the mark at which urban development must stop, clearing the way for a proposed 815-acre project of up to 2,400 residential units, situated north of Balfour Road, east of Deer Valley Road, and west of the Shadow Lakes and Brentwood Hills neighborhoods.
The council’s election-timing decision came after about 90 minutes of impassioned public comments for and against holding the special election in November. The vast majority of speakers pleaded with, and sometimes even begged the council to please Vote No against special election. “This belongs in the hands of the voters, and if the voters want this, it will pass, and if they don’t want it, it will not pass,” said Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant.
Councilwoman Karen Rarey expressed concern the controversy was hurting the community. “We are turning neighbor against neighbor,” she said. “I watch it on social media — people attacking each other, both sides. What do you think it’s going to do in 18 months when people continue to attack each other?”
Incumbent Bryant took a large donation from notorious Seeno developer. Incumbent Rarey took substantial donations from Ron Nunn family developers, and related Blackhawk developers, oil wells, and whatever else they do. A lot of residents have been drawing attention to this corruption so hopefully they have stopped! It would be political suicide to continue accepting donations from new housing developers and special interests after being publicly called out so many times.
This quotation from a concerned resident rings largely true for me: "Joel Bryant and Karen Rarey both continue to propagate lies and promises in their regular fashion. Both incumbents don't really care what happens in the community." I realize some people say "Karen isn't as bad as Joel" but the fact is: they almost always vote the same on new housing projects and essential agenda items . . . to the detriment of Brentwood. All this hurts our residents, and increases emergency response times.
"Special Election" starts at 53:00