Victory! On June 8, Brentwood voters soundly rejected Measure F, the urban limit line expansion that would have sacrificed 740 acres of valuable agricultural lands to sprawl. With 100% of precincts reporting, Brentwood voted down Measure F 57-43%.
“This vote underscores a commitment to protect farmland and to put new growth in its proper place—within existing cities and towns,” says Jeremy Madsen, Greenbelt Alliance Executive Director. “And it sends a message to sprawl developers to respect voter-approved boundaries that protect open space.”
The Measure F defeat was a hard-earned victory. Measure F opponents were outspent 35 to 1, and Brentwood residents were inundated with glossy Yes on F campaign mailers for weeks before the election. “David won by handing out flyers and talking to neighbors while Goliath spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a slick misinformation campaign,” says Matt Vander Sluis, Senior Field Representative for Greenbelt Alliance. Greenbelt Alliance worked closely with our allies Save Mount Diablo and People Opposed to Developer Measure F.
The victory in Brentwood is great news for Greenbelt Alliance’s Grow Smart Bay Area vision. To achieve a region that balances protection for farms, forests and watersheds with investment in climate-friendly and affordable cities, every acre matters. The defeat of this developer land grab saves 740 acres of key wildlife habitat, ranchland and natural beauty for the benefit of all Bay Area residents.
An Endorsement from the Contra Costa Times also boosted the No on F campaign.
Read a little more about the history of Measure F in Brentwood.