On May 21, Greenbelt Alliance and Sonoma County Farm Trails co-hosted the Sonoma Farm Tour. We plucked eggs still warm from laying with Adam Taggart at Tara Firma Farms, walked freshly planted veggie rows with Jesse Pizzitola at First Light Farm, and were inspired and impressed as always by Elizabeth Kaiser at the lush Singing Frogs Farm. Rain, wind, and sunshine added drama to the day’s visit with locally-grown food and farmers at their best.
This summer, the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area. Greenbelt Alliance will be at every workshop and we urge you to join us and make your voice heard.
Edward, a 7th grader at Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School, chose Greenbelt Alliance as the nonprofit organization to support for a school project. As part of this project, he interviewed Program Director Matt Vander Sluis. Here are some highlights from their conversation.
At the ABAG General Assembly on April 21, Greenbelt Alliance CEO Jeremy Madsen was asked to bring the environmental perspective regarding the potential integration of the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Read an excerpt from Jeremy’s remarks.
For the last several months, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) have been exploring taking unprecedented steps to better integrate the two agencies to create more effective, efficient regional planning for the Bay Area. At the ABAG General Assembly on April 21, Greenbelt Alliance CEO Jeremy Madsen was asked to bring the environmental perspective regarding this potential integration.
Last night, the Oakland City Council officially adopted a housing impact fee—the single largest local source of funding for affordable homes in the city’s history. The new funding will generate an estimated $60 million over the next 10 years for the construction and preservation of affordable homes.
A group of motivated activists in Sebastopol is making strong headway on collecting signatures for a ballot measure to renew the city’s voter-approved urban growth boundary (UGB) before it expires at the end of 2016. Greenbelt Alliance and other open space enthusiasts are supporting the UGB renewal and assisting the citizens group.
The City of Cotati in Sonoma County plans to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) with a city-sponsored ballot measure in the November 2016 General Election. See the timeline for public review and voter approval of the ballot measure.
Measure AA is a $12 annual parcel tax that will invest $500 million over the next 20 years for Bay restoration projects. This tax measure is the first of its kind in California. It pulls together voters from the entire nine-county region in support of restoring wetlands around the iconic San Francisco Bay. Greenbelt Alliance urges everyone in the Bay Area to vote YES on Measure AA.
This June, residents in the City of Richmond will be asked to weigh in on Measure N—a developer-drafted ballot measure that would overturn the City’s plans for compact infill development along the waterfront and instead approve an inefficient, unsustainable development project. Greenbelt Alliance urges the residents of Richmond to vote NO on Measure N.