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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 greenprint

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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Napa City Bike Tour
Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014     

A successful Sunday bike ride through Napa

June 22, 2014 was a beautiful sunny day in the North Bay—the perfect day for a 24 mile bike ride through the City of Napa. Continue reading

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Photo: Richard Masoner
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014     

Diridon Station on the right track

Last night, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved the Diridon Station Area Plan, which calls for 2,588 new homes near the Caltrain, Amtrak, light rail, and bus hub. This marks the end of a five-year process that started with … Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014     

Team Greenbelt Alliance completes another Climate Ride

Team Greenbelt Alliance has successfully completed Climate Ride California 2014! From May 17 to May 20, Team Greenbelt Alliance took to our bikes to “pedal for the planet,” riding 250 miles from San Francisco to Sacramento. Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014     

Solving for the Silicon Valley Growth Bomb

On May 21, Silicon Valley leaders joined friends of Greenbelt Alliance at the historic Green Gables Estate in Woodside for Solving for the Silicon Valley Growth Bomb. Continue reading

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Asti Winery
Wednesday, June 18th, 2014     

Cloverdale’s proposal to expand to Asti denied

On June 4, the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) rejected Cloverdale’s request to include Asti under its control at the urging of Greenbelt Alliance, Sonoma County Conservation Action, and concerned local residents. Continue reading

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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014     

A conversation with Jeff Speck

On May 21, Greenbelt Alliance had the pleasure of hosting renowned city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck in the Bay Area and ask him some questions. Here are the highlights from our conversation. Continue reading

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Photo: Joe Parks
Thursday, May 15th, 2014     

Senator Steinberg proposes cap-and-trade climate strategy

Greenbelt Alliance was a guest at today’s announcement of Senator Steinberg’s proposed multi-billion dollar climate strategy. The plan would dedicate cap-and-trade revenue from AB 32 toward transportation and housing. Continue reading

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Asti Winery
Thursday, May 15th, 2014     

Decision on Cloverdale sprawl proposal approaches

On April 30, the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) conducted a public meeting in Cloverdale. Greenbelt Alliance, our allies, and members of the Cloverdale City Council attended to discuss concerns over the City’s sphere of influence (SOI) proposal. Continue reading

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