San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo: New era of conservation gaining momentum in Coyote Valley

SAN JOSE — After decades of conflict over whether to build technology campuses and housing in Coyote Valley, the scenic expanse of ranches and farms on San Jose’s southern edges along Highway 101, a new momentum has begun to keep the area free of urban development, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Saturday.

New park in Silicon Valley opens Saturday, rekindling debate over future of Coyote Valley

SAN JOSE — For years, developers and environmentalists have battled over Coyote Valley, a bucolic stretch of orchards and farms along Highway 101 between San Jose and Morgan Hill that — depending on one’s viewpoint — is either a prime spot for job-producing industries or a natural gem that should remain untouched in a region choked by sprawl.

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: 800 New Homes at Former Alameda Naval Air Station

We’re elated to report that the Alameda City Council unanimously approved the “Site A” development proposal for Alameda Point at a public hearing on Tuesday, June 16. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed the proposal as a prime example of sustainable, equitable, transit-oriented development.

Three of the Coolest Women in Sunnyvale

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Profound change often comes at the hands of volunteers. In Sunnyvale, the historic block of Murphy Avenue by the Caltrain station remains a charming, bustling shopping and dining district due to the tireless efforts of one such woman, Ann Hines. Today, her legacy lives on through a committed group of environmental advocates who call themselves Sunnyvale Cool.

Seven Reasons to Be Optimistic About Housing on the Peninsula

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The housing situation in San Mateo County is dire, like in most parts of the Bay Area. While job growth in the region leads the nation, the benefits of the booming economy are shared unevenly and skyrocketing rents are displacing more and more of our low- and middle-income neighbors. Here are seven reasons to feel positive about the housing situation.

A Tour of Cotati’s Greenbelt

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All nine of Sonoma County’s incorporated cities and towns have urban growth boundaries (UGBs) in place, which designate where growth can and cannot happen. They direct new houses, shops, and other development inside the footprints of the cities and prevent urban development in the open spaces between communities. The City of Cotati’s is expiring within the next few years, so together with community activist Jenny Blaker, we ensured the City of Cotati committed to renewing its urban growth boundary.

A Win for Walkable and Rail-Friendly Santa Rosa

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Bicyclists and pedestrians—including children from nearby Helen Lehman Elementary School—frequently cross the tracks at Jennings Avenue because there is no convenient or safe alternative in the neighborhood. But with Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) service slated to begin by the end of 2016, the unsanctioned walk-and-bike path crossing Jennings Avenue near the center of Santa Rosa needs to be made safer now, not later.

Who Benefits From Our Parks?

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The Bay Area has immeasurable natural wealth and beauty. We have permanently preserved over 1.1 million acres of the greenbelt, nearly 25% of the entire Bay Area. That’s pretty impressive, but is everyone in the Bay Area reaping the benefits?

Growing Our Farmland

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While our demand for locally-grown food steadily rises—particularly after biting into a fresh Sebastopol apple or a luscious tomato from Sonoma—few of us realize that access to land is a major barrier facing the farmers and ranchers who produce our favorite fruits, vegetables, and sustainability-raised chickens and beef.

Meet Nancy Fleming, Climate Rider

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Nancy just completed her third consecutive Climate Ride, biking down the Northern California coast to raise money for Greenbelt Alliance. Thank you, Nancy!