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City of CampbellCandidate for City Council

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Elizabeth "Liz" Gibbons

Councilmember/Architect
8,323 votes (26.02%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Land Use Planning envelops our entire future: Jobs-Housing-Transportation. How much of what is built where, determines revenue, sustainability and quality of life.
  • Implement Measure O, a bond for safe and functional Library and Police Department facilities: These services for the entire Campbell community are housed in 40+ year old, deteriorating buildings and modular trailers without plumbing.
  • Impact fee for new commercial development will fairly address a variety of housing needs. Redevelopment Agencies once provided funding for schools and housing. Taxpayers should not assume the burden.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Architect, Small Business Owner; Incumbent
Principal, Gibbons Architecture (1999–current)
Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board of Directors; Executive Board an Adm, City of Campbell — Appointed position (2016–current)
Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board, Cities Association of Santa Clara Valley — Appointed position (2017–current)
Councilmember, City of Campbell — Elected position (2014–2018)
Senior Architect, Steinberg Architects (2003–2012)

Education

University of Oregon, MArch;, Architecture (1980)
Boston Architectural Center, Architecture, Certificate of Architecture (1976)
Newton College of the Sacred Heat (Boston College) Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts, Art Major and Art History Minor (1970)

Community Activities

Strategic Council Councillor At-Large;, American Institute of Architects; (2017–current)
Campbell Citizen of the Year 2013, Campbell Chamber of Commerce (2013–2013)

Biography

WHO IS LIZ GIBBONS? Liz Gibbons grew up in the Boston area where she earned a BA with an Art History minor from Newton College, followed by a Certificate of Architecture from the Boston Architectural Center. Liz received her March from the University of Oregon, and practiced in Massachusetts and California. She served as 2009 AIASCV President and 2008-2010 AIACC Board Member. In 2017, Liz was elected a national Strategic Counselor by the American Institute of Architects.  

Liz moved to San Francisco, and for 10 years was an Associate with Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade and Douglas working on major transportation projects including BART extensions and Light Rail systems for Santa Clara County, Baltimore, Austin and Denver. 

In 1990, Liz was tapped to take on the conversion of Campbell Avenue. The project would be a game changer for the city. The redevelopment of Historic Downtown Campbell would ultimately revitalize the downtown core and create an undeniable sense of place. Once again downtown Campbell Avenue became a two-way street. New sidewalks, parking, street lighting, parks and landscaping were all part of its economic development, which would include the creation of Ainsley Park and the Orchard City Green.  

Liz’s life changed as well. She had moved to Campbell and her connection with Campbell took root with the “Great Gatsby Event”, a benefit for the newly relocated Ainsley House. Liz volunteered on the Ainsley House and Historical Museum Board and joined the Country Women’s Club. All punctuated with her chairing the successful ‘Save Our Library’ campaigns in 2005 and 2013. 

For Liz, Campbell proved to be a community committed to its heritage, quality of life and future, a place Liz proudly calls home. A place Liz has served, in various roles, for more than two decades. 

As licensed California Architect, with more than 35 years of business experience, Liz’s core skill is working with people to define the problem and identify a range of solutions. Previously, Liz was a Senior Architect and Project Manager covering master planning, design and construction of community colleges, residential high-rise towers, and the design of art museums. Prior to joining the San Jose team, Liz ran a sole-proprietor firm. Her clients included Silicon Valley Fortune 500 and pre-IPO companies.

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE IN GOVERNMENT: In 2014, Liz Gibbons became the fourth woman elected to the Campbell City Council. In 2017, she became Mayor.  During her years of service, Liz has developed extensive working relationships with elected officials in Silicon Valley, throughout Santa Clara County, State officeholders and federal legislators. As a Campbell City Councilmember, Liz has served on various county and regional boards.  

Prior to 2014, Liz served 17 years as the Campbell Planning Commissioner. In this capacity Liz garnered significant understanding of city codes and ordinances, which included time on the General Plan Committee in 2000, and the 2009 and 2015 Housing Element updates. Recognized for her leadership and depth of knowledge, her colleagues on the Campbell Planning Commission elected her Chair for a third time in 2010.  It’s this depth of knowledge that enables Liz to ask the tough questions, as the city explores the current General Plan Update.   

As Councilmember, Liz tracks the budget annually for consistencies and abnormalities. She questions how revenue will meet projected expenditures, and identifies potential new revenue options such as Commercial and Traffic Impact Fees.  

Liz understands how all the pieces — budgets, ordinances, guidelines and codes – must fit together to maintain Campbell’s stability and quality of life. She wants to be ready for any economic fluctuations or potential natural disasters. Liz is deeply engaged in the politics of addressing affordable housing and homelessness. Most importantly, she wants to make sure our neighborhoods thrive.    

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Liz has the professional background to make sure Campbell carries positive momentum into the future. This includes Bond Measure O, which the city placed on the November 2018 ballot to upgrade Campbell’s public library and police facilities both constructed in the 1970s.  With 40 years of professional experience, Liz understands the complexity of what needs to be built and at what cost. She consistently questions assumptions and requires the facts to assure that our tax dollars are well spent. As a licensed architect, Liz managed design and construction budgets from $5M to $100M. Under her direct supervision, teams of 5 to 25 staff produced exceptional on-time and on-budget work resulting in repeat clients.  Additionally, Liz was LEED AP certified in 2004.  

Outside of work Liz has volunteered with Rebuilding Together and the San Jose Museum of Art on the facilities committee. Over the years she volunteered with S4CA in San Jose’s Yerba Buena High School, working with students interested in architecture and engineering.   

 

PUBLIC SERVICE AND HONORS  

Elected by the Cities Association of Santa Clara County 

  • Association of Bay Area Governments Executive Board
  • Santa Clara County Emergency Operations Comm. (Alt.) 

Appointed by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors 

  • Community Development Block Grant Program Committee
  • Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study Policy Advisory Board (Appointed by SCC Supervisors) 

Silicon Valley Clean Energy Joint Powers Authority Board, Executive Board and Finance an Administration Committee 

 

PUBLIC SERVICE 

  • Planning Commission 1996 – 2013, Chair 2000, 2005 and 2010 Campbell Emergency Response Team (CERT), Morgan Park Member
  • American Institute of Architects Santa Clara Valley, Board of Directors and President
  • American institute of Architects California Council, Board Member
  • Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House, Past Board Member
  • S4C’s outreach to supporting Trades education in Public High Schools
  • Rebuilding Together (repairing homes of elderly/disabled for continued safe occupancy)
  • Save Our Library Campaign 2005 and 2013, Campbell Chair 

AWARDS/SPEAKING 

  • A’18, AIA Conference NYC “Blueprint for Better Cities”
  • AIA Grassroot, Keynote Panelist on ‘Architecture and Legislation’
  • KZSU: The Modern Architect Radio Show and Podcast, October 2017
  • Campbell Citizen of the Year, Campbell Chamber of Commerce 2013
  • Woman of Influence, Silicon Valley Business Journal 2008
  • Women and Girls Summit, Monroe Middle School (sponsored by Silicon Valley Leadership Group), Classroom Speaker
  • Visiting lecturer: University of Oregon, Graduate School of Architecture and Allied Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, CA-18th
  • California Senator Jim Beall, District 15
  • Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian

Elected Officials (8)

  • Councilmember Susan Landry, City of Campbell
  • Greg Scharff, Vice Chair ABAG; Past Chair, Cities Assoc. of Santa Clara County; Councilmember, Former Mayor, Palo Alto;
  • Linda LeZotte, SCVWD District 4
  • Mayor Lenny Siegel, Mountain View
  • Mayor Lisa Gilmore, Santa Clara
  • Councilmember, Former Mayor, Jeannie Bruins, Los Altos; Caltrain Board; Former VTA Chair
  • Councilmember Chappie Jones, San Jose District 1
  • Mayor Mary-Lynne Bernald, Saratoga

Individuals (6)

  • Jason Baker, Former Campbell Mayor
  • Michael F. Kotowski, Former Campbell Mayor
  • Dan Furtado, Former Campbell Mayor
  • Joe Hernandez, Former Campbell Mayor
  • Jimmy Zion, Citizen of the Year - 2010
  • Russ Pfirmann

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Making decisions about the future of Campbell requires integrity, innovation and inclusion.

To get there means asking the tough questions, studying the issues and being transparent. Why? Because nothing is more important than ensuring Campbell retains its unique sense of community; its innovative thinking; smart growth philosophy, and inclusive spirit.  

To date, the city’s governing has a proven track record.

·         Campbell has award-winning financial management.

·         Public Safety Services have been vigilant in balancing safety with positive community relationships.

·         Our prized parks are well maintained and updated, and thanks to a $1M Santa Clara County grant, we will have an ‘Inclusionary Play Area’ at John D. Morgan Park.

·         Road replacement and resurfacing continues to receive significant funding increases from local and state resources.  

Yet, we must not become complacent with these achievements. We must build on these accomplishments and remain educated and prepared as we guide our city into the future. 

I have listened, researched and learned. Our major issues today, though similar to four years ago, have become more pressing:

Land Use Planning envelops our entire future. What we build, and where we build, determines sources of revenue and our sustainability. Campbell must not wait for the General Plan update to address the impacts of the mega development – spearheaded by tech-giant Google and the City of San Jose – around Diridon Station and San Jose’s Urban Villages. We must be proactive and involved. The outcome will affect all Campbell residences. We need to plan, now.

Implementation of Measure O results in functional and safe facilities corresponding to the needs of the 21st century.  Tangible and intangibles contribute to the quality of life in Campbell, chief among these a sense of safety and a place to experience new things.  To meet our expanding population, Campbell’s Police Department personnel have increased over the years.  Expansion space is in a triple wide modular located in the parking lot.  Restrooms are in the main building. Likewise, the Campbell Library has not been updated or expanded since constructed in 1975.   The configuration of rooms does not meet the program requirements for the range of relevant activities and resources now part of every library.   

Campbell needs to learn from the successes of other Silicon Valley cities, like Cupertino, San Jose, Sunnyvale, that commercial and traffic Impact Fees provide local funding for affordable housing and traffic mitigation. I recognize that Campbell shares many situations and solutions with our surrounding communities. Because we are often at the mercy of state governance, I’ve established strong relationships with state legislators to make sure Campbell has a seat at the table. I serve on numerous county-wide and region-wide boards to achieve our city’s short- and long-term goals. Veterans and foster youth, as well as hard-working families and mentally challenged individuals caught in the tornado of high-paying job growth.  

Twelve (12) Recommendations for a thoughtful and balanced future in Campbell:

1.       Manage growth by understanding the economics of Land Use – how much of what, goes where.

2.      Define infrastructure impacts resulting from growth, particularly water and transportation.

3.      Apply 2018 Measure O funds for the Campbell Community Library and Police Department.

4.      Prepare the city for economic fluctuation and natural disasters.

5.       Implement impact fees on new Commercial Development.

6.      Maximize benefits of Silicon Valley Clean Energy carbon-free power.

7.       Reform council campaign financing.

8.      Prohibit use of Capital Improvement Project Reserves to fund staffing.

9.      Aggressively implement an extensive range of methods of public communication.

10.   Develop the ‘Campbell Brand’ to entice and retain the right businesses.

11.    Maintain funding and sustain innovation for Public Safety.

12.   Expand analysis for lost opportunities for city revenue.

Position Papers

Housing solutions vary by how you define the problem, but define we must.

Summary

Defining a problem is the necessity before solutions; caution is to be exercised.  What do you know or think when you hear: Homeless; Missing Middle Housing; Below Market Rate Housing; Regional Housing Needs Assessment; Plan 2040; Market rate housing;Work-force housing: Supply and Demand, Home First; By-right approval or Accessory Dwelling Units (granny units)?  

How will we house the next 10,000 in our communities, in our neighborhoods?  

Videos (2)

— September 24, 2018 City of Cupertino

The traffic on Hwy 85 is no longer confined to morning and evening commutes.  These videos tell a story of how moving people the length of Hywy 85 may not be in cars or buses.  What do you think?   

Liz Gibbons provided an overview of Campbell's revenue sources and a video of Campbell as it changed over the years with community support for major bond meaures.

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