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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of LivermoreCandidate for City Council

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Neal Pann

Architect
9,938 votes (18.86%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Move forward with the next phase of Downtown Livermore. We now have a plan and it is time to implement it.
  • Encourage a variety of housing types, which will help our police, firefighters, teachers and local workforce residents that are struggling with the affordability of housing in Livermore.
  • Respect the Urban Growth Boundary. Maintain the Scenic Corridor Policy. Protect our Open Space. Promote smart growth of our infill property.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Architect
Architect, Dahlin Architects | Planners (2016–current)
Planning Commissioner, City of Livermore — Appointed position (2011–current)
Commissioner, Historic Preservation Commission — Appointed position (2006–2011)

Education

Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Bachelor of Architecture, Architecture (1993)

Biography

A longtime Livermore resident, I am proudly raising my family in Livermore. I graduated from Granada High School and attended Chabot College where I wrote the definitive history on Livermore’s downtown Southern Pacific Railroad Depot. My interest in design and planning led me to earn a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where I had the opportunity to spend a year in Florence, Italy. These experiences inspired me to serve on the Livermore Historic Preservation Commission (2006-11), then the Livermore Planning Commission (2011-present). I am honored to serve my community in these roles, offering my expertise and dedication to create a stronger, more livable Livermore. Having graduated from the Livermore Valley Chamber of Commerce Leadership Livermore program and this fall participating in the Livermore Citizens Police Academy, I look forward to giving back to my community as a City Councilman. My education, professional experience, and service on the Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission give me a well-rounded understanding of the concerns of Livermore’s residents. As your City Councilman, I will listen to you and make decisions that continue the smart growth that has made Livermore a vibrant community to ensure a bright future for tomorrow. I am excited for the opportunity to represent Livermore on the City Council.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Livermore-Pleasanton Firefighters, IAFF Local 1974

Organizations (2)

  • The Building Industry Association of the Bay Area
  • Bay East Association of REALTORS

Elected Officials (4)

  • Dan Cunningham - Dublin Unified School District Trustee
  • Tom Vargas - Livermore City Council Member - Former
  • Stewart Gary - Livermore City Council Member - Former
  • Doug Horner - Livermore City Council Member - Former

Individuals (14)

  • Rhovy Antonio
  • Randy McClellan
  • Kevin Lalor
  • Martha Sutton
  • Thomas Petty
  • Jeff Antrim
  • Lisa Lagorio
  • Anna Siig
  • Matt Ford
  • Cate Sarraille - Livermore Education Association, President
  • Bryan Fagundes - Livermore Planning Commissioner
  • Erik Bjorklund - Livermore Planning Commissioner
  • Nadine Horner
  • Jeff Schroeder

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

Platform

Summary

Issues important to Neal and those he will focus on as a member of the Livermore City Council.

As an architect, I’m trained to see things differently and am always looking towards the future. Architects are leaders, problem solvers and coalition builders. It is this sort of experience that I have brought to the Planning Commission for the past seven and a half years. That training, experience and dedication is what I will take to the City Council to work on the following:

 

Downtown

Move forward with the next phase of Downtown Livermore.

 

In 2017 the city embarked on a yearlong inclusive and holisticcommunity outreach program. This resulted in a design that addresses the concerns of the majority of the thousands of residents that participated. We now have a plan and it is time to implement it.

 

Affordable Housing

Encourage a variety of housing types, which will help our police, firefighters, teachers and local workforce residents that are struggling with the affordability of housing in Livermore.

 

Continue smart growth policies, which are governed by the city’s Housing Implementation Program (HIP). The HIP regulates Livermore’s growth between 1.5-2.5%.

 

Incorporate Universal Design architecture into our Development Code for buildings and our environment.

 

For housing, this would include items like wider hallways and doorways, backing in walls for grab bars in bathrooms, and other features that address the accessibility for housing that will make it easier to age in place.

 

Bring online plan submittals to our Planning and Building departments to streamline the approval process, which has a direct effect on the cost of affordable housing.

 

Community 

Continue the high level of public safety we all appreciate, which is provided by our police and firefighters. This directly impacts Livermore being a desirable community in which to live, work and play.

 

Respect the Urban Growth Boundary. Maintain the Scenic Corridor Policy. Protect our Open Space. Promote smart growth of our infill property.

 

Prosperity

Listen to the needs of our local business owners, national laboratories and vintners to augment our already prosperous business environment. This includes continued support for our local business incubator i-GATE. i-GATE operates The Switch, a coworking space for startups, entrepreneurs and creatives, which has already created over a dozen local businesses.

 

Support the economic viability of the wine industry by focusing on the growing the agritourismmarket, which the new downtown hotel will serve.

 

I believe strongly in fiscal responsibility and maintaining a balanced budget. While the city has many competing obligations, it is necessary that we address the continuing need for maintenance and upkeep of city owned and operated facilities and infrastructure.

Videos (2)

— October 31, 2018 Neal Pann for Council 2018

Hello I’m Neal Pann, Candidate for Livermore City Council. Growing up in Livermore, graduating from Granada High School, serving on both Historic Preservation and Planning Commission, I am well aware of the importance of protecting our surrounding open space, maintaining our scenic corridor policy and promoting smart growth with Livermore’s current infill property. 

I’m dedicated, honest, experienced and ready to lead our community into the future.

Vote Neal Pann, on November 6th.

— October 31, 2018 Neal Pann for Council 2018

As an architect with experience designing affordable housing, I’m dedicated to supporting creative housing options. I’m committed to maintaining our fiscal responsibilities and believe in promoting agricultural business. Vote Neal Pann on November 6th. 

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