Brett Lee is Davis City Council-member. He was elected in the 2012 City Council Election.

Personal History

As an devoted member of the Sierra Club, Brett was active in the No on X campaign. He also voiced opposition to Measure K in 2006.

Brett attended Valley Oak Elementary School for kindergarten and part of first grade but at age five, he and his mother moved to San Francisco. However, for the next ten years, Brett spent his summers living with his grandparents in Davis.

Brett attended the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, graduating in 1987 with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research.

The following year Brett enrolled at the London School of Economics studying Industrial Relations, graduating with a master’s degree in 1989.

Brett has worked for The Flying Tigers Air Cargo Company as an industrial engineer where he performed staffing and performance improvement projects in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Japan and Taipei.

He worked as an engineer for FedEx at their West Coast Hub in Oakland for ten years, responsible for productivity and service improvements, development of yearly operating budgets and cost justifications for new projects. He then transferred to FedEx World Headquarters in Memphis, Tennessee and worked for four years in the Business Planning and Forecasting Department. As a business planner he evaluated projects to determine feasibility and financial desirability. He was actively involved in using Six Sigma and Lean Sigma approaches to service improvement and cost reduction.

Brett is currently a process improvement engineer for Farm Fresh To You, a local, organic produce delivery service.

Brett is an avid weekend athlete and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS). He is also a fan of music. Some of his favorite bands are The CureSiouxsie and the Banshees, and Dead Meadow.

He lives in Central Davis with his seven-year-old son and two-year-old rescue dog.

Brett’s statement

Ken Wagstaff, Maynard Skinner, Brett Lee, and Ann Evans My name is Brett Lee, and I am running for re-election to the Davis City Council. We have made a great deal of progress over the past three years, but Davis continues to face some very serious challenges. To effectively deal with these challenges, the City needs an experienced, independent, analytical problem solver with a thorough understanding of the Davis Community who is willing to tackle these issues head on. Over the past three years, I have demonstrated that I am a reasonable and responsible advocate for our community. I believe it is important that the City Council continue to focus on the following areas:

  • Protect the amenities of our community. Davis is a great place to live due in part to the parks, greenbelts and variety of recreational and senior services to which we all have access. We must maintain these amenities to keep Davis a desirable, attractive community. In addition, we must maintain public safety. We have had a recent uptick in violent crime that we must address before the character of our community changes permanently. I have worked with my colleagues to increase police officer recruitment efforts, and I will continue working with them to bolster our crime prevention efforts.
  • Require that any growth be community driven, not developer driven. Growth should pay for itself, benefit the community and not add to the City’s cost burden. I voted against the Cannery Project because I believed that we needed a project that better fit our community's needs.

    18 months later when the Cannery Mello-Roos Fee proposal (CFD) came before us, I voted against that because I thought it was unfair to the future residents of Davis to pay higher taxes for the infrastructure the developer had already promised us.

    We have several large proposals coming before us - the 200-acre Mace Ranch Innovation Center and also the 60-acre Nishi Proposal. I will not support either of these projects unless I believe the net benefits to the community outweigh the drawbacks.

  • Provide economic growth opportunities. We need a vibrant local economy. We must promote business friendly approaches that are in character with our values and benefit our community by providing jobs and local revenue.
  • Provide critical oversight to our City administration. In the recent past, our City Management and prior councils have not adequately dealt with the threats to the fiscal health and stability of the city.

    The current City Council has provided strong leadership in this area. We have reversed the “rubber stamp” attitude of prior councils. In recent negotiations, we provided a modest 3% cost of living adjustment for three of the City's labor groups. For the remaining two groups. we continued to negotiate (actually moving to impasse) rather than creating an unsustainable and unrealistic financial path. We value our employees, but the long term fiscal health of the city is critically important.

    We must have a responsible and sustainable City government. I will continue to be a strong voice to accomplish that goal.

  • Protect the character and viability of the downtown. The Davis Downtown is a treasure that should be protected and promoted. Recently, we have seen a sharp increase in behaviors that threaten to undermine our downtown. We are working to impose new rules and regulations on late-night establishments, and we are working to increase the police presence downtown. I treat this issue seriously; we must move forward in a well thought out, comprehensive manner to address this complex issue.
  • Promote improved pedestrian and neighborhood safety. Our quality of life is directly related to having safe, walkable neighborhoods and streets. All of us (kids, seniors, etc.) benefit when we make proactive efforts to improve safety. I will continue to advocate for better designs and programs to achieve this.
  • Promote landlord and tenant responsibility. Landlords should be held responsible if their rental properties are used as ongoing “party houses” that negatively affect our neighborhoods. Too often, neighbors have the unenviable task of repeatedly asking tenants to behave in a considerate manner. At the same time, tenants are often unfairly denied their cleaning deposits or do not receive prompt repairs on their units from unresponsive, absentee landlords. And, of course, there are the occasional "tenants from hell" who unfairly take advantage of landlords. For a community with close to 2/3rds of its population as renters, it is about time to craft a Davis specific ordinance to address these issues.

    While the best solution is for all of our community to observe the golden rule, I have been working on a new “Renters’ Ordinance” that I hope to have before the Council in the coming months.

Today the city faces serious challenges. I have the experience to offer independent solutions to solve these challenges. I want Davis to more effectively use its natural resources and continue as a model for innovative community planning. As I campaign throughout Davis, I look forward to speaking with all our citizens to listen and learn. I'll share my ideas about how to preserve and improve our wonderful community. I ask for your vote. Please join me as I work to preserve and protect Davis.

Endorsements of Brett Lee for Davis City Council

Brett Lee was endorsed by the The Davis Enterprise for the 2012 City Council Election.

Former Davis Mayors Ann Evans, Bill Kopper, Maynard Skinner, Tom Tomasi and Ken Wagstaff; former Davis Councilmembers Stan Forbes, Lamar Heystek, Mike Harrington and Dick Holdstock; community members Holly Bishop, Elisabeth Bogren, Robb Davis, Cecilia Escamilla-Greenwald, Erin Gardner, Carolyn Hinshaw, Julia Hunter Blair, Brian Johnson, Carolyn Kopper, Dick & Rachel Livingston, Pam Nieberg, Bill Ritter, Rob Roy, Mark Spencer, Tansey Thomas, Diane Wagstaff and Lorraine Young.



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2012-07-05 16:18:20   Congratulations on your successful run for city council. Please keep on eye on how the 5th Street Road Diet impacts parallel streets such as E. 8th between the railroad tracks and "B" Street during the Fall 2012 construction period. We need some attention on this unofficial bicycle boulevard used by hundreds of children at six different schools, their parents and many UC Davis students. —fknochenhauer