October 11 marked the end of the 2015 California legislative session. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed a lot of bills (and opposed one: AB 779). Here is a run-down of how they fared.
This summer, the City of Sunnyvale kicked off its El Camino Real Corridor Plan update, an opportunity to improve upon an award-winning plan and to create a more vibrant neighborhood along the corridor.
Conservation is no longer just about protecting the open spaces outside of our cities and towns; it’s also about protecting the natural resources within our cities and towns.
It’s official. Our efforts to protect our greenbelt has resulted in the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) designating nearly half a million acres of new Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs). The new PCAs will cover an area more than 13 times the size of San Francisco!
Randal O’Toole—a Cato Institute fellow and avowed opponent of smart growth—recently wrote a diatribe against Plan Bay Area in Forbes. O’Toole wants to impose his growth vision on our region, which calls for opening the floodgates for sprawl development on natural and agricultural lands. Here’s our response.
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.
Urban Greening Priority Conservation Areas are an investment in our neighborhoods’ natural resources that will create healthier environments for humans and wildlife while also cutting long-term costs and increasing land value.
Healthy Bay Area watersheds are fundamental to safeguarding California’s limited water resources, now under increasing strain from development and climate change. The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that keeps our creeks and ecosystems healthy for nearly 2 million residents.
Greenbelt Alliance has been meeting with representatives and agencies from all nine Bay Area counties to highlight opportunities for new Priority Conservation Areas. Along the way, these collaborations have led to some rich discourse and some exciting potential projects.
With leadership from Greenbelt Alliance, voters dedicated $118 million over 15 years to protect and steward open spaces with Santa Clara County Measure Q in the November 2014 elections.