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.

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

Rohnert Park Votes YES on Measure B to the UGB

Rohnert Park

Update: On November 5, the people of Rohnert Park chose to renew the city’s Urban Growth Boundary with over 90% voting yes on Measure B. This is a huge win for open space in the North Bay, setting a precedent for other Bay Area cities to grow in a climate-smart way—within city boundaries and not on precious open space lands.  Greenbelt Alliance partnered with Rohnert Park’s City Council and staff to develop… 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

Renewing Rohnert Park’s UGB with Measure B

Rohnert Park

Special Election November 5, 2019 The city of Rohnert Park is on its way to renewing its voter-approved urban growth boundary for another 20 years in a special election on Nov. 5, 2019. Get the specifics of the measure here. Greenbelt Alliance partnered with the City Council and staff to develop the UGB renewal Measure B to protect open space and prevent sprawl in this growing city that lies within the heart… Read More

News! Ready for More Open Space in Napa?

Image of Napa

Another 20,000 acres of natural lands—from rivers and creeks to the top of Mt. Veeder and the ridges of Skyline Park—could be protected with a proposed new Napa County open space measure. The Napa County Board of Supervisors will decide in late August whether to place a new quarter-cent sales tax before the voters in March 2020. Greenbelt Alliance is ready to jump in and help pass the measure that would generate… Read More

Concord Naval Weapons Station Land to Become a Park

Concord Naval Weapons Station

For over a decade Greenbelt Alliance has worked to protect 2,200 acres of the East Bay’s former Concord Naval Weapons Station—an area double the size of Golden Gate Park. On July 2, the U.S. Navy finally transferred the land to the East Bay Regional Park District to make it official.  The new park that will be developed will create more ways to get out in nature with new trails and campgrounds. Plans also include a visitor… Read More