November 7, 2012

Wining and dining in Sonoma

On September 22, donors of the Sonoma Leadership Council and their guests joined Greenbelt Alliance in downtown Sonoma for cocktails and a candle-lit dinner at the Mission San Francisco Solano. Guests enjoyed a dinner of locally sourced food paired with wines generously donated by Buena Vista Winery in Sonoma.

A bright future for Walnut Creek

Walnut Creek is building a brighter future for its residents. In October, the City Council approved plans for a cutting-edge transit village featuring 596 apartments, commercial space, and replacement parking in the downtown BART station parking lot.

Savor the Greenbelt

On October 4, Friends of Greenbelt Alliance came together for our annual fundraising event, Savor the Greenbelt, to support our work in making the Bay Area an even better place to live. In celebration of our Local Farms and Ranches Initiative, guests enjoyed the bounty of our region’s farms and ranches by way of the delectable culinary offerings of local chefs. (Photo Credit: Moanalani Jeffrey)

Board President John Chapman wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to Greenbelt Alliance’s very own Board President John Chapman on receiving Sustainable Contra Costa’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is a testament to John’s dedication to sustainability and his efforts toward making the Bay Area an even better place to live. Cheers to you, John!

2012 Election results

UPDATE (11/26/12): Alameda County Measure B1 just missed the required two-thirds vote to pass, getting 66.53% of the vote and falling about 700 votes short. Meanwhile, Marin County Measure A, Healdsburg Measure W, and San Francisco Measure C all passed! (Photo Credit: jamelah via Flickr)

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s $20 million mistake

On October 24, MTC voted to take $20 million in funds, which had been designated for grants to local governments with the purpose of engaging in community planning processes around transit stations, and redirect them to county Congestion Management Agencies. This decision threatens the implementation of Plan Bay Area and raises serious concerns about public process.

San Jose delays adoption of Habitat Plan

Today, the Valley Transportation Authority decided to go ahead and vote on the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan and it was approved! Now, San Jose is the only remaining partner that needs to approve the plan before it’s adopted. Urge your San Jose City Council Member to vote in favor of the Habitat Plan below!

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