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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Ciudad de BrentwoodCandidato para Consejo Municipal

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Karen Rarey

Community Volunteer
9,466 votos (28.4%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Focus on economic development to ensure future fiscal sustainability
  • Strengthen public safety, both fire protection & medical services and police
  • Smart growth to protect our quality of life



Profesión:Community Journalist, Community Outreach Specialist and Community Volunteer
Freelance Community News Journalist, East County Times (2008–2016)
Community Outreach Specialist, REI, Inc. (2009–2013)
Associate Editor, Brentwood Press & Publishing Corp. (2002–2008)
Chairman/Member (City of Brentwood Representative), Contra Costa Transportation Authority Citizens Advisory Committee — Cargo designado (2000–2003)
Chairman/Commissioner, Brentwood Parks & Recreation Commission — Cargo designado (1999–2002)
Member, Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee — Cargo designado (1996–1999)


Los Medanos College Journalism (1998)
Foothill College Business (1981)

Actividades comunitarias

President, Liberty Union High School District Educational Foundation (2008–2015)
Co-Founder/Co-Organizer, Great American Backyard Campout - Discovery Bay (2011–2014)
Director, John Marsh Historic Trust (2011–2013)
President/Director/Charter Member, Kiwanis Club of Brentwood (2000–2008)
Cub Scout Commissioner, Pack Leader, Troop Committee Chair/Treasurer, Mount Diablo Silverado Council - Boy Scouts of America (1997–2003)


My husband and I moved our family to Brentwood (from San Jose) back in 1995 for affordable housing; at that point the population was 10,000. From the get-go I became active in the community, serving as chairman/commissioner over various boards and projects, where I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to policy, review budgets and serve as the voice of those boards.

I have long worked towards forward-looking positive change in Brentwood, for our citizens and local business. Due to my commitment to serving my community, I was recognized in 2012 as Brentwood's Citizen of the Year.

With the city realizing substantial growth, I was appointed to the Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee (a founding member). The City Council’s directive to us:  resolve issues arising within neighborhoods before they became problematic for the city. To bring a sense of community to Brentwood, we founded the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the quarterly Home of the Month program.

As a founding Commissioner of the Brentwood Parks & Recreation Commission, I helped formulate the city’s 2002 Parks, Trails & Recreation Master Plan (still in effect today),  and assisted Finance in establishing the city’s 5-year Capital Improvement Plan (germane to parks and trails).

Our commission was also responsible for opening the Aquatic Center & Skate Park, the design of the city’s first Dog Park and Sunset Athletic Complex. We were also recognized nationally as a Bicycle Friendly Community, as well as founding the very successful Concert in the Parks series.

While Chairman of the Contra Costa Transportation Authority CAC, I oversaw review of the Growth Management Program compliance checklists. GMP compliance is required by cities within Contra Costa County to receive their 18% share of Measure C’s local street maintenance and improvement funds.

Most recently, as President of Liberty Union High School District Educational Foundation, I led the revitalization of a failing organization. When I took over, the Foundation was in the red. Before I left it not only was in the black, but we also increased our semi-annual grant amounts.

I have also served as a neighborhood activist – my actions resulted in millions in dollars’ worth of repairs by a housing developer and two new mini-parks being erected within the 242-home housing development where I lived with my family.

For a number of years I have been encouraged to run for local office, but have declined previous opportunities. I was simply too busy with other community projects, working and raising a family. I now feel that the time has come for me to seek elected office. I want to bring a wealth of experience and my well-known positive forward-looking thinking to the Brentwood City Council.

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Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times
  • Contra Costa AFL-CIO Labor Council
  • United Professional Firefighters of Contra Costa County IAFF Local 1230

Organizaciónes (3)

  • Contra Costa Building & Construction Trades Council
  • BAC Local 3 Northern California
  • Democratic Party of Contra Costa County

Funcionarios electos (5)

  • Brentwood Vice Mayor Joel Bryant
  • Former Brentwood Mayor Brian Swisher
  • Oakley Vice Mayor Sue Higgins
  • Mike McPoland Former Brentwood Mayo/Councilman
  • Barbara Guise Former Brentwood Mayor/Councilwoman

Individuos (5)

  • Lill Pierce Brentwood Regional Community Chest Director
  • Rick Lemyre John Marsh Historic Trust Executive Director/Former Brentwood Press Editor
  • Steve Todd VFW Post #10789 Commander
  • Len & Sharon Del Chiaro DC Extraordinary Cherries/Seko Ranch
  • 'Farmer Al' Courchesne Frog Hollow Farms

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Taking Brentwood into the Future


Economic development is essential to ensure Brentwood's future fiscal sustainability.

Brentwood is at a crucial turning point as a city. According to our General Plan, we are currently teetering at around 75% of our residency plan and approximately 30% of our local business forecast. As is easily seen, we are lagging in growth of local (sustainable) businesses. This has significant implications on City Services, especially Public Safety Services. We really need to focus on economic development for the city’s future fiscal sustainability.

We need to become business-friendly, enticing companies that produce high-wage high-quality jobs to plant their roots here in Brentwood. There are multitudes of emerging technology-based businesses out there that are ripe for the picking – clean technology, telemedicine, solar and biotech, just to name a few.

One idea I have been developing with the local farming community:

We’re surrounded by agriculture, so why not create agribusiness above and beyond the U-pick farms? We need to work with the County so that our farmers don’t have to jump through hoops to open commercial kitchens, wineries, olive oil mills, restaurants and bed & breakfasts on their properties. By creating agritourism, Brentwood would directly see an increase in its tax revenue base due to tourists staying in our hotels and shopping & eating locally.

Public safety is also of momentous importance to me, both fire and police. We need to find ways to strengthen public safety. As you know, our fire district is in dire straits. While I’m not in favor of more taxes, facts are the majority of fire calls are for emergency medical aid. Doing nothing is unacceptable in that lives will be at stake. Our police force, while adequately staffed, could also benefit from additional personnel and assuring their crime-fighting technology stays current with the times.







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