Karen for City Council
Safety, Vision, Environmentalism, Progress
Small Business Owner
Safety, Vision, Environmentalism, Progress
I am running for Brisbane City Council as I want to further contribute to Brisbane in a more meaningful way. I feel truly privileged to have been able to serve my Community since moving here in 1994. I have worked in various capacities, from volunteering to serving as a Planning Commissioner from 2010- 2015 and again in 2017.
I am looking forward to initiating public improvements throughout Brisbane and would welcome becoming a part of the positive decision making process that serves our future generations. I would like to improve our financial, educational and recreational opportunities as well as see all changes in Brisbane decided by the residents of Brisbane only.
Affordable Housing. If elected, I would like to set up an “affordable housing working group” from within the community, to include Property Owners, Renters, Builders and City Government. We need to reframe our thoughts on how to create affordable housing.
Brisbane Baylands. If there were a vote today, I would vote no for housing; for one reason. I do not believe it is safe. My criteria for “safe” is “would I live there or allow my child to live there?” If elected I would push for the highest standard of remediation possible. People need to understand the dangers.
That being said, we are going to face some pretty tough and ugly choices regarding the Baylands. We now have enormous pressure from our state and local leaders to allow some housing on the Baylands. Can we clean it up to make that even a possibility?
Connecting Old Brisbane to the Ridge. I envision us connecting the Ridge and Old Town Brisbane. It is long overdue; we really need both parts of our City fully integrated.
The Arts. It is very important to expand our City’s support for the Arts by partnering with community artists and creating a strong Artistic Identity.
Environmentalism. As Brisbane prides itself in being ahead of the environmental curve, I would like to take us even further by introducing ideas and programs that are not only achievable in our building practices and protection of San Bruno Mountain, but to further educate us all on the benefits of cleaner energy, leveraging technology as it becomes available and lessening our pollution footprint in its’ entirety. This includes ideas like driverless electric multi person shuttles etc. which would serve our entire community.
Moved to Brisbane from San Francisco in 1994 and purchased my first home in 1995.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (2006 - present)
Citizens group working with FAA and other groups to reduce noise in Brisbane (2006-present)
Citizens Committee for the Brisbane Swimming Pool (1998-1999)
Citizens Committee for the Brisbane Dog Park (2002-2004)
BBCAG ~ 2005 - 2007
CERT ~ 2004 - 2017 Current Chairperson
Brisbane Village Helping Hands Volunteer ~ 2013 - present
G3 Volunteer ~ 2017
BES and Lipman Donor/Volunteer since 2005. Science Fair and Career Days volunteer
Nine Lives Foundation ~ Feral Cat TSNR rescue 2010 - present
SMALL BUSINESS OWNER & BOOK AUTHOR
Shapes Health and Fitness Center in Sydney Australia ~ 1983 - 1988
Owner and Managing Director
A 50,000sq ft facility that incorporated :- Aerobic, stretch, circuit training, prenatal and yoga classes. A separate free weight training area, creche, health food bar, medical center, weight loss and fitness training as well as a full service European style beauty salon.
Paper Tiger Productions ~ 1994 - 2014
A Full Service Agency for Art Direction and Styling services
Partial Client List:-
PAMF, Stanford Hospital, Mills Peninsula Hospital, Sequoia Hospital, Microsoft, Delta Dental, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente.
The Bridge so Far, “a suspense story” by David L. Brown ~ Art Director (2005).
Cowspiracy ~ financial contributor (2014).
What the Health ~ financial contributor (2017).
Arbonne Independent Consultant ~ 2006 - present
Specializing in the 30 Day Healthy Eating Program.
364 Days of Healthy Eating (because nobody is perfect)
A Healthy Eating Guide with over 365 Vegan and Gluten Free recipes
Other Items on my ToDo List
What do you want? ~ In Brisbane we have a few very vocal people who come to most meetings and voice their opinions. If elected, I want to hear all voices.
- What do young families in Brisbane want ?
- How can we help our seniors more ?
- What is important to you ?
- Our Citizenry is getting younger. Young people what do you want ?
In Brisbane we have so much to look forward to ~ If elected I would also really push for downtown beautification, more social activities that connect our Community; more music, art, social and civic opportunities. It is such a pleasure living in a City where we have so many positive people making huge efforts to make life better for us all. Let's work on that together and make life even better for everyone. Lets work together on our "can do" attitude.
School Children and others in need ~ It is a frightening travesty to me that even one person in our Community could even go unfed for one meal. I do not know how to fix that, but I would certainly like to add this to my to do list as I do not think it would be too hard to resolve.
Water Catchment ~ Each rainy season, I am more and more baffled as to why we have made no attempt to catch the millions of gallons of water that flow from San Bruno Mountain into our sewer system and ultimately out to the ocean. We pay for that and then we pay SF to bring us water. There must be a better way. I see that SF has actually installed a pilot project on Holloway to collect 1 million gallons of water each year.
Parking ~ YES, it is a local nightmare and yes I think it is about time to address it. I am in favor of parking permits.
Family Safety ~ As a long time member of the Brisbane CERT group (Community Emergency Response Team) I am painfully aware that our City of 4500 people could well be on our own in the event of a natural or other disaster. I have tried to push for more outreach and education of our Citizenry for years, but as there has been little interest from the Citizens, not much has happened. Every person we educate regarding how to respond after a disaster is one less person who will be requesting help. So, if elected I will have this on my short list of to do items as well.
AFFORDABLE HOUSING IDEAS
Container Cafe in Buenos Aires
Fancy Container Home
Sharon L. Boggs
Peter R. Fishr
Kathryn Anderson Gooding
Ana Maria Hernandez
Dee Dee Porter
Leticia Valera Rickerd
Esther Diane Schreiber