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PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Publication
Campbell, CA | July 10, 2014

Liz Gibbons

Liz Gibbons Announces her candidacy for Campbell City Council, November 2014

Campbell City Council Race looks for Balance and Experience.

Elizabeth “Liz” Gibbons announced her candidacy for Campbell City Council, November 2014. The vacancy left by the termed-out Evan Low provides an opportunity for the residents of Campbell to elect the fourth woman ever to serve on the Council. Past Mayors Jeanette Watson, Barbara Conant, Jane Kennedy, Joe Hernandez and Dan Furtado have endorsed Liz for City Council in 2014.

Recent news articles identified Campbell as the fastest growing city in the South Bay. Campbell is facing enormous pressure from developers intent on securing favorable conditions for large residential projects; some proposed without Affordable Housing. These high-density projects impact established neighborhoods with increased traffic and parking conflicts. The current council has already relaxed parking regulations and downtown alcohol policies. Recent public meetings also cited deteriorating roads and potential insufficient water and utility network capacity.

Liz brings to the discussion the perspective of a licensed architect who has been on both sides of the table. She has represented developers and served as a Campbell Planning Commissioner. Regarding her service to the community, Councilmember Jason Baker recently said “You can tell if you watched the meetings or attended the meetings, how careful Liz was and meticulous because she wanted to get it right, because Liz loves Campbell.

Numerous members of neighborhood organizations have encouraged Gibbons to run for the vacancy. Retired Campbell Fire Captain Al Lowder said, “Liz understands that Campbell is a collection of people who know their neighbors and are invested in their community. Our neighborhoods collectively create this wonderful city. Liz will speak for us, the residents.”

In 2005 and 2013, Liz led successful campaigns for continued funding of the Campbell Library. Cheryl Houts, retired Campbell Community Librarian, said “This past year I had the opportunity to observe Liz’s commitment to our community when she volunteered to chair the ‘Yes on Measure A’ campaign in Campbell. Her countless hours and excellent leadership skills organizing a team of committed volunteers were rewarded in Campbell being the leading community in the Santa Clara County Library District with 87% YES votes! The passage of this measure assures that our Campbell Library has stable funding in place for the next 20 years.” For this and many other volunteer efforts, Liz was selected Campbell 2013 Citizen of the Year.

The Council is responsible for balancing the budget, ensuring safety, managing revenue and guiding development. A non-partisan candidate, Liz said “I can help guide the city in making balanced decisions about our future. I will challenge short-term decisions that have long-term risk to sustaining the quality of life in Campbell.

Campaign funding is under significant scrutiny at all levels of elected government. Funding from sources outside Campbell can blur voter confidence in the election results and the actions once successfully in office. Liz pledged to obtain 85% of her campaign funding from within Campbell. Liz also voluntarily signed the Santa Clara County Fair Campaign Practices Pledge.

Liz came to Campbell in 1990 as the Project Manager for the revitalization of Downtown Campbell including: returning E. Campbell Avenue to two-ways; adding the street trees and lights; increasing on-street parking in the Downtown loop; and creating Ainsley Park and Orchard City Park.

In 1999, Liz established her architecture practice in Campbell. Liz served as President of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Santa Clara Valley chapter.  While on the board of the AIA California Council, Liz worked with legislators on measures to balance the State’s finances. She is a graduate of the Santa Clara County Government 101 program and the Leadership Campbell program. Liz holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Oregon as well as other undergraduate degrees.  In 2008, Liz was recognized as a “Woman of Influence” by the San Jose Business Journal. Liz is a member of the Country Woman’s Club of Campbell. Liz began her volunteer efforts in Campbell as a board member of Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House. Liz bought her first home near John D. Morgan Park in 1991.

Liz Gibbons’ candidacy is based on the idea that a range of perspectives provides Campbell residents with comprehensive discussion and balanced results.

Information about Liz’s campaign, background and ethics pledge can be found at: www.Gibbons4Campbell.com

Media Contact:   Liz Gibbons