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 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

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

Farms & Ranches Forever Fest 2019

Donors and friends of Greenbelt Alliance experienced the Bay Area’s agriculture in downtown San Francisco on Thursday, May 16. Our annual happy hour featured local farms and ranches and their products, including wines and tastings from our lead sponsor McEvoy Ranch. Together we raised over $50,000 to protect and support local agriculture.

Greenbelt Alliance Names Amanda Brown-Stevens CEO

Beginning April 29, 2019, Amanda will guide Greenbelt Alliance and the Bay Area into a new era of growth.

East Bay: Winning Protections for Agriculture & Open Space

Greenbelt Alliance celebrated a big win this summer when the Antioch City Council voted to protect 1,200 acres of natural and agricultural lands, which had long been in the crosshairs for sprawl development.

Brentwood Farmland Threatened by Sprawl

Brentwood farmland and orchards are being threatened by sprawl.

A developer wants to build a new sprawling subdivision on 800 acres of prime Brentwood farmland. This proposal violates the town’s urban limit line and threatens to destroy the community’s cherished agricultural heritage.

South Bay: Three Monumental Ballot Measure Wins for Open Space

The fight to sink Measure B and pass Measure C, two competing measures in San Jose, was a battle of dollars versus democracy—and democracy won. These victories, along with the passage of Measure T in fall 2018, have us on the verge of permanent protection for Coyote Valley.

County Denies Morgan Hill Sprawl, Sparing Local Farms

Morgan Hill's Southeast Quadrant

The Santa Clara County LAFCO denied the City of Morgan Hill’s Sprawl proposal which would have destroyed agricultural land in the City’s Southeast Quadrant.

Defend Sonoma County’s Community Separators

Sonoma Solstice threatens greenbelt lands at the site of the old Buzzard's Gulch.

In 2016, Sonoma County voted by 81% to protect community separators, the green spaces between our towns and cities. Now, a luxury resort with hundreds of events is proposed by an out-of-town developer in the community separator between Santa Rosa and Windsor. This oversized hideout for the 1% will put the community separators we voted to protect to the test! Defend the Windsor-Larkfield-Santa Rosa Community Separator from this oversized development by signing… Read More