After reading Ralph Strauss’ letter to the editor, I reviewed facts, removed myself from the emotional debate and considered what we may really be facing if we do not approve Measure F.
Antioch desires Measure F to fail so it can bring both sides of Balfour into Antioch. Why? The Roddy Ranch area, just west of Measure F at Deer Valley, was brought in by Measure K five years ago, but Antioch cannot provide the needed infrastructure funds to develop that area. There are not enough homes to provide infrastructure funds on its own.
Just like Measure K, Antioch must and will have another measure for the north side of Balfour and willing to include the Measure F area if that area is rejected by Brentwood. It doesn’t have to cost Antioch anything and that city at bankruptcy desperately needs the taxes and fees.
Follow the facts: Antioch must bring sewer from Hillcrest Avenue, water from Kaiser hospital and improve Deer Valley Road before Roddy Ranch can be built. Sewer alone is probably over $12 million, water is about $6 million and Deer Valley Road improvement is probably over $20 million.
If Antioch is broke and Roddy Ranch developers do not have enough home fees to pay these infrastructure funds, the only other choice is more development with a new Measure. More Antioch homes in this area will bring those needed funds.
Roddy Ranch already has maps, the north side of Balfour is being planned and Antioch would prefer both sides of Balfour in a measure to Antioch. Antioch has passed one measure while Brentwood rejected one and Antioch is providing its future control while Brentwood may reject plans.
These areas will be developed, if not by Brentwood, then by Antioch, and LAFCO will respect either Antioch or Brentwood residents’ vote.
Do you think Antioch developers are going to care about Brentwood residents? No.
Will a measure legally take precedence over any MOU between cities? Yes.
Will there be more homes built in the Antioch plan than in Measure F? Yes. (Antioch’s average homes per acre is 4.5, creating 3,300 homes in the Measure F area next to Deer Ridge and another 3,800 across Balfour next to Shadow Lakes.)
Will Measure F area remain in the Brentwood sphere of influence if rejected twice? No.
Will cheaper homes and apartments to immediately compete with depressed probably be allowed in an Antioch measure so they can immediately build? Yes.
If you were a landowner in Measure F and rejected by Brentwood twice, would you probably choose Antioch? Yes.
Can Antioch afford to wait? No.
Is a person lying if they say this can’t or probably won’t happen? Yes.
Follow the facts and review the circumstances Antioch is facing. Do not let “opinions and lies” from the opposition lure you into thinking that a rejection of Measure F will not destroy what made Brentwood your choice to live. Every Brentwood voter must vote Yes on Measure F and protect Brentwood.
Alex Sanabria, Brentwood