Contra Costa County Votes No on Measure J

equitable transit in east bay

Update: On March 3, Contra Costa County voters rejected Measure J, choosing not to support this ballot measure, which would have provided funding for the county’s transportation system. Greenbelt Alliance endorsed Measure J to reduce traffic congestion and improve the transportation system in Contra Costa County. Measure J was on the March 2020 ballot and Greenbelt Alliance along with a coalition of partners (see the San Francisco Chronicle’s endorsement here) encouraged residents… Read More

Marcela Cardoza: A Green Path to Lifelong Skills

Marcela-ICA-Internship

Marcela Cardoza is in her Senior Year (Class of 2020)  and has been working for Greenbelt Alliance under ICA’s Corporate Work Study Program for going on two years now. She has been a tremendous contributor and team player—so-much-so that we hired her separately from ICA over the 2019 summer period!   After interning at a K-8 school in San Francisco as a teacher’s assistant and then at the San Francisco Veterans Hospital where… Read More

A Disasterous Development Decision in Newark

Newark CA

On November 14th, the Newark City Council formally approved a development project along the South San Francisco Bay shoreline in a place called Area 4. This project includes 469 single-family homes and 2,738 parking spaces that will be built in a FEMA flood zone, which also serves as a wildlife refuge. Ultimately, this development will destroy one of the last remaining unprotected open spaces along the South Bay shoreline.  Despite an at-capacity… Read More

Voters Protect Natural Lands & Choose Smart Growth For A More Resilient Bay Area

Greenbelt Alliance Election Wrap Up 2019

On November 5, 2019, people across the Bay Area made their priorities clear—climate-smart growth that preserves open space lands is the future we choose.

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

Championing the Bay Area with True Highlander Spirit

Jake and Barbara Mackenzie Sonoma County

Jake is known in the North Bay and beyond as a steward of smart city planning and a voice many seek when it comes to local and regional government. And we could not be prouder to honor him with this year’s Greenbelt Alliance Champion Award.

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.

San Francisco Votes for Affordable Housing by Saying YES to Prop A

San Francisco Prop A

San Francisco residents voted YES on Prop A to allocate $600 million towards affordable housing. This bond will fund the construction of more than 2,800 affordable housing units over the next four years, a critical step to remedy the housing shortage.

Brentwood Says No to Sprawl by Voting No on Measure L

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

Brentwood residents stood up against sprawl development by voting no on Measure L. This is a win for the East Bay’s natural and agricultural lands as well as for climate-smart cities. Measure L would have broken the city’s voter-approved Urban Limit Line that provides a clear boundary for major development.

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