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Saturday, September 13th, 2014     

Greenbelt Alliance Mourns Passing of Board Leader John Chapman

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of long-time Greenbelt Alliance board member John Chapman after a nearly year-long battle with cancer. John had served on the Greenbelt Alliance Board since 2003 and as President of the Board from 2009 until earlier this month. Continue reading

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El Camino Real in Mountain View
Thursday, September 4th, 2014     

Mountain View City Council candidates talk housing & transportation

On Tuesday night, over 120 Mountain View residents packed into the Rengstorff Park Community Center for the Housing & Transportation Candidates Forum, co-sponsored by Greenbelt Alliance. Continue reading

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014     

Vote yes on Measure Q

This November, Greenbelt Alliance urges you to vote yes on Measure Q in Santa Clara County. This measure would fund natural and agricultural land preservation, increased public access to open spaces, and protection of county water supplies. Continue reading

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El Camino Real in Mountain View
Thursday, August 28th, 2014     

What’s next for El Camino in Mountain View?

The City of Mountain View has released the draft El Camino Real Precise Plan and associated environmental impact report for public comment. The City Council currently intends to discuss and hear comments on the draft plan at the September 23 council meeting and to approve a final plan before Thanksgiving, so it’s important to get involved now. Continue reading

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West San Carlos St.
Thursday, August 28th, 2014     

Two San Jose urban village plans released

The West San Carlos Street and South Bascom Avenue urban village plans are available for the public to read and comment on. How do these urban village plans stack up against what the community wants? Continue reading

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014     

Latinos on quality of life in Silicon Valley

In July, the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley released the Voices of Change report, which details the Latino community’s quality of life in the Silicon Valley. Watch our very own Michele Beasley talk about how our environment is integral to quality of life. Continue reading

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014     

Vote yes on San Bruno’s Measure N

Greenbelt Alliance urges you to vote yes on San Bruno’s Measure N this November. Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 27th, 2014     

Money Talks: The value of Santa Clara County open space

How do you put a value on the benefits that our natural and agricultural lands provide? For the first time ever, Santa Clara County has calculated the economic value of its natural capital. Spoiler alert: it’s worth a lot. Continue reading

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downtown concord
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014     

Downtown Concord plan is a mixed bag

On June 24, the City of Concord adopted the Downtown Specific Plan, which will direct short- and long-term development in downtown Concord. While the plan contains many features that could generate exciting new opportunities, it also has some glaring omissions. Continue reading

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Rolling hills
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014     

The Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas

On July 17, the Bay Area made its strongest regional commitment yet to protecting our natural and agricultural lands. The Association of Bay Area Governments unanimously approved the new and improved Priority Conversation Area Program. Continue reading

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