Place Matters Blog

Executive Director Jeremy Madsen
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

A Letter from the Executive Director

2014 was quite a year. Across the Bay Area, great steps were made toward better protecting our region’s special open spaces and to making our cities and towns great places to live, work, and play. Continue reading

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Kids on El Camino Real
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

Mountain View Takes Two Steps Forward

On December 9, Mountain View took two important steps toward creating a more vibrant and affordable city by approving a long-term vision for the El Camino Real corridor and voting to significantly increase funds for new affordable homes. Continue reading

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Man in forest
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

Conservation by Collaboration

Greenbelt Alliance has been meeting with representatives and agencies from all nine Bay Area counties to highlight opportunities for new Priority Conservation Areas. Along the way, these collaborations have led to some rich discourse and some exciting potential projects. Continue reading

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Katie farming
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

Overcoming Barriers to Farming and Ranching

These days, there are a lot of barriers to success in our region’s agricultural industry. Greenbelt Alliance believes that there are innovative policies that we can use to help local agricultural businesses thrive and to keep farmers and ranchers on their land. Continue reading

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Volker Eisele
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

Agricultural Land Advocate Volker Eisele Has Passed Away

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Volker Eisele. Volker served on the Greenbelt Alliance Board of Directors for many years and was a tireless advocate for the protection of Napa County’s agricultural lands. Continue reading

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015     

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: More Homes for Seniors in East Palo Alto

The cost of living for seniors in San Mateo County is the highest in the state. While East Palo Alto has traditionally been a leader in providing homes affordable to all, this community is not immune from skyrocketing housing costs. The University Avenue Senior Apartments helps address these pressing challenges. Continue reading

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014     

San Francisco Chronicle: ‘Driving miles’ is best measure of new development

For more than 40 years, California’s signature environmental law—the California Environmental Quality Act—has helped safeguard our natural lands and protect community health. Now it’s time to modernize some elements of the law to strengthen its effectiveness and make our communities even better places to live. Continue reading

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014     

Big Wins at the 2014 Ballot

UPDATE (11/10/14): Santa Clara County’s Measure Q has officially passed, so we are ecstatic to announce huge wins for the Bay Area and Greenbelt Alliance—winning on all ballot measure positions that we endorsed. Our endorsements and your support made this happen. Continue reading

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Rohnert Park plaza
Friday, October 17th, 2014     

Show Your Support for a SMART Rohnert Park

Greenbelt Alliance has been working with local partners to ensure the neighborhood plan for the area around the future Central Rohnert Park Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) Station creates a vibrant downtown. Continue reading

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Bicycle-pedestrian bridge
Friday, October 17th, 2014     

Santa Rosa Receives $8.2M Grant for Pedestrian Crossing

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has awarded the City of Santa Rosa an $8.2 million grant to make the Jennings Avenue rail crossing safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Continue reading

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