Greenbelt Alliance Gala Gathers Local Leaders & Philanthropists Fighting Climate Change

Jake Mackenzie and Amanda Brown-Stevens

SAN FRANCISCO —On Thursday, October 24, 2019, 225 guests from around the Bay Area gathered for Savor the Greenbelt, the annual fundraising gala of Greenbelt Alliance. The organization’s supporters celebrated Greenbelt Alliance at the world-renowned Fairmont San Francisco. Bay Area philanthropists, elected officials, and thought leaders were in attendance to honor and support Greenbelt Alliance’s work to preserve open space, safeguard the region’s farms and ranches, and advance smart growth solutions across… Read More

Stop Development on South San Francisco Bay Shoreline

South San Francisco Bay Shoreline

One of the last unprotected open space areas along the south San Francisco Bay shoreline is at risk.  Developers want to truck in 1.67 million cubic yards of fill (over 100,000 truckloads) to build nearly 500 houses on top of open space lands and wildlife habitat in what’s called “Area 4” by the City of Newark. We must fight this proposal to restore the San Francisco Bay shoreline! A mosaic of wetlands… Read More

Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake Mackenzie knows a thing or two about standing strong. Whether herding sheep as a boy on his Scottish family croft, or responding to a tough crowd at a regional planning hearing, Jake is a man who doesn’t stand down. True to his convictions and a natural leader, Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes… Read More

AB 948 Gives Coyote Valley Statewide Significance

AB 948 brings statewide attention to the issue of protecting Coyote Valley

Assembly Member Ash Kalra’s AB 948 would officially recognize Coyote Valley as an area of statewide significance, creating new conservation opportunities. The bill focuses on both the pure value of the environment and its benefits to San Jose as green infrastructure.

Vote for Affordable Housing by Saying YES to Prop A in SF

San Francisco Prop A

UPDATE: With 100% of precincts reporting but not all ballots counted, Prop. A looks to be on the way to passing with a 69% majority. —Last updated 11/6/19 11:50am. The San Francisco County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to place Proposition A on the November 2019 ballot to raise $600 million for the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing throughout the city. This bond will fund the construction of more than 2,800… Read More

Brentwood Says No to Sprawl by Voting No on Measure L

U-Pick orchards are emblematic of Brentwood's agricultural history

Update: Brentwood residents stood up against sprawl development by voting no on Measure L. We’re proud to celebrate this victory with local partners—a win for the East Bay’s natural and agricultural lands as well as for climate-smart development in our cities. Critical open space land was at risk of being lost to sprawl development just outside the city of Brentwood in eastern Contra Costa County. Developer Blackhawk Nunn Partners attempted to sidestepped… Read More

City of Sonoma—Back to the Future—1999?

Sonoma City Hall

In the city of Sonoma, it feels like some folks are going back to the future, or simply back to about 1999. Back then, the city of Sonoma was among the nine cities in Sonoma County that were fighting sprawl by voting in the first urban growth boundaries. Greenbelt Alliance partnered with the community to gather signatures and put the measure on the ballot, which passed with a 64% majority. Now the… Read More

What’s a General Plan & How Can it Impact Our Climate?

Greenbelt Alliance General Plan

There’s no better way to get involved in making your city truly climate-friendly than influencing its General Plan. You’re probably asking yourself, “what is a General Plan?” Before you can jump in and inspire a fresh new approach to city planning, let’s cover the basics. What’s the Plan? Fundamentally, a General Plan must organize information in a way that can guide action, and in the state of California, information must be sorted… Read More

Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: New Mixed-Use Development On South San Francisco PUC Site

Greenbelt Alliance SSF PUC Project

Greenbelt Alliance is excited to endorse the South San Francisco PUC Project. This is a mixed-use development project that will provide 20% of its residential units as affordable housing and over 13,000 square feet of community retail, located just a half-mile from the South San Francisco BART station. The project meets Greenbelt Alliance’s strict endorsement criteria for sustainable urban development. At 800 residential units spread across 3 buildings on a 5.9-acre site,… Read More

Supporting People-Focused Transportation in Contra Costa County

Bike lanes an o

As Contra Costa County considers a new tax to fund transportation improvements, we must ensure those funds go to projects like improved public transit service, better bike infrastructure, and walkable neighborhoods.