Assembly GOP candidate Scott Kamena is the first among the four Republican primary contestants to declare his undying love for Contra Costa County’s voter-approved urban growth boundary.
Who knew the urban limit line would attract a fan base among Republicans, who typically decry such government regulations as onerous?
But Kamena is the son of Livermore Mayor Marshall Kamena, an advocate for growth boundaries and he’s an elected member of the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District.
Assemblymembers have little to say about county urban limit lines although they could promote legislation in Sacramento that enhances or weakens the effectiveness of the boundaries through changes in land-use law.
It’s a no-brainer, too, for a candidate to support what the voters have already enthusiastically embraced.
But it’s an oportunity for Kamena to separate himself from fellow candidate and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, whose city is considering whether or not to seek planning control over land outside the urban limit line in the the adjacent Tassajara Valley.
Here’s the press release that Kamena sent out:
Voters elect leaders to uphold their values, not to over-ride them. That’s why Parks Director Scott Kamena announced today that he has signed a written pledge to uphold the popular will of Contra Costa County and San Ramon residents by supporting the voter approved Urban Limit Line. Kamena has issued a challenge to elected leaders to join him in signing the pledge.
Kamena is responding to the news that San Ramon politicians have submitted an application to the Local Agency Formation Commission to take control of the Tassajara Valley. Such plans would pave the way for companies to develop the entire area-a proposal that voters have rejected time and time again. His campaign has started an online petition for individuals who would like to join him in demanding that the City of San Ramon withdraw its application immediately. (San Ramon voted Tuesday night to postpone its application pending further discussion.)
“This is just plain common sense,” said Kamena. “It’s never a surprise when politicians can’t make decisions, but it’s simply breathtaking when they have trouble upholding decisions that have already been made by the people. The people of Contra Costa County have spoken and violating the Urban Limit Line in Contra Costa County should not even be up for discussion.”
Kamena has had extensive experience dealing with smart-growth policies. Livermore has a similar measure he helped enact. The measure is overwhelmingly popular and has helped focus development on the downtown area, benefiting businesses, developers and residents.
“The next Assembly member from this area needs to continue to defend the people’s values,” said Kamena. I commend Guy Houston for supporting the voter-approved urban limit line and I invite the other candidates in this race to sign the pledge as well. ”