Why Trump’s Immigration Actions Worry Bay Area Food Businesses

By Annie Sciacca As food industry businesses — from restaurants to farms to food production — struggle to find workers in the Bay Area, President Donald Trump’s actions on immigration policy could cut their workforce even more. Trump signed executive orders Wednesday directing the construction of a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, increasing the number of immigration officers who carry out deportations and blocking federal grant funding to sanctuary cities…. Read More

Contra Costa County Adopts Agriculture and Open Space Policy

The county’s local regulatory commission recently adopted county-wide policies to preserve farms and open land and put limits on urban sprawl, but specifics and details continue to be worked out.

Contra Costa County Adopts Agricultural & Open Space Preservation Policy

Farms and open space won important protections when the Contra Costa County’s LAFCo adopted an Agricultural and Open Space Preservation Policy.

Big Win: Sonoma County Renews Community Separators for 20 Years

Greenbelt Alliance led the charge to not only renew voter protections for Sonoma County’s community separators but also triple the amount of land protected. Watch the video.

Antioch Growth and Transportation Issues Pack the House at Candidate Forum

More than 120 people packed the Antioch Community Center to hear from the candidates for Mayor and City Council at the Conservation and Community Forum. Greenbelt Alliance co-hosted the event with Save Mount Diablo, Sierra Club, and the League of Conservation Voters of the East Bay. Candidates squared off on big development issues facing the city and where the right place for development should be in the Contra Costa’s second largest city.  The… Read More

Sonoma County Says Yes to Community Separators

On Aug. 2, after hundreds of letters and dozens of people showing up wearing “Yes to Community Separators” stickers, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to renew longstanding voter protections for community separators for another 20 years with a countywide ballot measure in the upcoming election.

Press Release: Sonoma County Renewing and Adding Open Space and Ag Land Protections

Today the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to renew longstanding protections for green buffers between towns and cities for another 20 years with a ballot measure requiring a countywide majority vote in the November General Election.

Sebastopol Renews Urban Growth Boundary

On June 7 (Election Night), the Sebastopol City Council unanimously adopted the citizens initiative to renew the city’s urban growth boundary (UGB) for 25 years, maintain existing boundaries, and add strengthened policies. Greenbelt Alliance jump-started the renewal process to prevent the UGB’s voter protections from expiring and partnered with the City Council, city staff, and advocates to write and pass the renewal measure.

A Day on the Farm in Sonoma County

On May 21, Greenbelt Alliance and Sonoma County Farm Trails co-hosted the Sonoma Farm Tour. We plucked eggs still warm from laying with Adam Taggart at Tara Firma Farms, walked freshly planted veggie rows with Jesse Pizzitola at First Light Farm, and were inspired and impressed as always by Elizabeth Kaiser at the lush Singing Frogs Farm. Rain, wind, and sunshine added drama to the day’s visit with locally-grown food and farmers at their best.

Your Voice Is Needed for the Plan Bay Area Update

This summer, the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission are hosting public workshops in all nine Bay Area counties to gather input for their just-released scenarios on how to update Plan Bay Area. Greenbelt Alliance will be at every workshop and we urge you to join us and make your voice heard.