Mixed Election Results Tell Us It’s Time to Get Creative

March 2020 Mixed Election Results

Here at Greenbelt Alliance, election day is always hotly anticipated, even when it is not a presidential primary. We’ve been working on local land-use ballot measures since the 1960s and have seen great success (and a few heartbreaking losses) in locking in Urban Growth Boundaries around our cities, stopping sprawl development from taking over precious natural and working lands, and securing much-needed funding for permanent protection of open space, increased public transportation… Read More

The SMART Train That Can

SMART Train Measure I

Greenbelt Alliance was instrumental in generating public support to build the SMART train that connects Marin and Sonoma counties to the rest of the Bay Area. Now we need to keep the train on track toward completion. Please vote Yes on Measure I to renew the existing quarter-cent sales tax. For a full briefing on the train and why we need to keep it alive, read the following piece by Steve Birdlebough,… Read More

Marin Protects San Geronimo Valley by Voting No on Measure D

San Geronimo Valley No on D

By voting No on Measure D, Marin County voters will protect, connect, and restore more than 157 spectacular acres in the San Geronimo Valley. Measure D would force The Trust for Public Land to use the land as a golf course, which the organization cannot do. By voting no on D, Marin County will ensure that open space and many conservation and public benefit uses are made possible on the land that will be protected.

City of Sonoma Ready to Renew Urban Growth Boundary

Sonoma City Hall, where the future of the City of Sonoma General Plan will be decided.

The City of Sonoma is moving forward to renew its existing Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) for another 20 years! This is great news for open space, agricultural lands, and climate-wise city-centered growth. After a robust discussion and hearing from a crowd who care deeply about the community and environment, city leaders agreed unanimously to ask voters to renew the UGB with a ballot measure in the November 2020 election.   Next steps will… Read More

San Jose Supports Measure E for More Affordable Homes

Yes on Measure E San Jose

Greenbelt Alliance urges San Jose voters to say YES to Measure E. Measure E will provide affordable homes for seniors, veterans, people who are disabled, and low-income families. It will help homeless residents move into shelters and/or permanent homes. It will provide more housing options near jobs and transit, reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

Sonoma & Marin Counties Vote No on Measure I

Marin Sonoma SMART Measure I

Update: On March 3, Sonoma and Marin county residents said no to Measure I, rejecting a sales tax renewal for SMART. Greenbelt Alliance supported Measure I, urging residents to renew the existing one-quarter cent sales tax to fund SMART for another 30 years. Unfortunately, the measure failed. SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit) is the passenger rail system that was approved by voters in 2008 and began operating in 2017. It runs from Larkspur… Read More

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

Protect Napa’s Open Space: Support Measure K

Napa County Open Space Measure K

Napa County’s Measure K will generate much-needed funding to forever protect water, parks, and open spaces throughout the county. We need your help to spread the word about Measure K and ensure that all Napa County residents vote yes this March. There are a lot of ways you can chip in to ensure Napa County’s Measure K gets passed and you don’t have to live there to help. There are several volunteer… Read More

Napa Open Space Measure K Fails to Meet Two-Thirds Threshold


Napa County residents will vote on Measure K this coming March. If passed, Measure K will generate $9 million a year to forever protect water, parks, and open space. Napa County enjoys some of the most beautiful natural open space in the Bay Area, but over 10,000 acres of natural areas and agricultural lands are at risk of development. Measure K will help reduce this risk, which is why we urge you to vote yes on K this March!

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.