Yes on Measure E: Novato Wetlands and Flood Control

Novato residents have an opportunity to improve flood control and increase marsh restoration by voting YES on Measure E in the November 7 election. Measure E will fund improvements to water quality, restoration of fish and wildlife habitat, and smart responses to sea level rise. The measure could also reduce the threat of sprawl development by expanding protection of sensitive natural areas and low-lying wetlands around Novato. Many of us remember last… Read More

Vote YES on Measure H in Windsor

The Town of Windsor in Sonoma County is holding a special election on November 7 to renew its urban growth boundary (UGB) for another 22 years through Measure H. The growth boundary draws a clear line around the town, beyond which major development isn’t allowed. Changes to the growth boundary are only allowed with a vote of the people. Measure H will “lock in” two more decades of voter protections for the… Read More

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.

2016 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

California’s 2016 legislative session ended on September 30th with many successes for Greenbelt Alliance’s endorsements, but also with some disappointments. Here’s an overview: Signed Into Law AB 2031 (Bonta) allows cities to issue bonds for construction of new affordable homes based on the revenue stream of “boomerang funds,” which are funds received by cities and counties after the dissolution of redevelopment. This allows cities to build more homes faster to address the… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Sunnyvale Says NO to Measure M

UPDATE: We are happy to report that Measure M did not pass in the November 2016 election. Measure M is a poorly conceived initiative that would make the city less affordable and sustainable while wasting limited taxpayer funds. This measure would require a public vote for the sale, lease, lease extension, lease renewal, land swap, or transfer of properties, facilities, or land that the city owns, leases, or uses. Sounds confusing? It… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Milpitas Says Yes to Measure K

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure K passed in the November 2016 election! This measure protects parks and open space by requiring a two-thirds public vote to re-zone these lands for industrial, commercial, or residential development. The Milpitas City Council placed Measure K on the November 2016 ballot to complement Measure I and Measure J—two other smart ballot measures that, if passed by Milpitas voters, will protect important natural and agricultural lands. While… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Alameda County Says Yes to Measure F1

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure F1 passed in the November 2016 election! This measure authorizes a $250 million bond for repair and maintenance of local parks within the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD). For over 70 years, the residents of Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Ashland, Cherryland, Fairview, and surrounding communities have enjoyed safe, clean, well-maintained parks and recreation facilities provided by HARD. Today nearly 300,000 residents live in its… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Santa Clara County Says YES to Measure B

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure B passed in the November 2016 election! Measure B establishes a new ½ cent sales tax to improve transit, make streets safer for walking and biking, and fund other transportation investments across Santa Clara County. If approved in the November 2016 election, Measure B is expected to raise up to $6.5 billion over 30 years. The measure was drafted and placed on the ballot by the Santa… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Albany Says YES to Measure N1

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure N1 passed in the November 2016 election! This measure removes outdated parking requirements to make the city more affordable, reduce air pollution, and support walking, biking, and transit. High parking requirements for new development are bad for our environment, our economy, and our quality of life. By dedicating space for cars rather than people, they increase the cost of new homes, exacerbating the Bay Area’s housing affordability… Read More

Election 2016 Win: Oakland Says YES to Measure KK

UPDATE: We’re excited that Measure KK passed in the November 2016 election! This measure would raise $600 million for street repair, affordable homes, and other essential community needs in the City of Oakland. Measure KK is a $600 million bond to invest in Oakland’s infrastructure and housing affordability. The measure dedicates $350 million to street rehabilitation to help solve the city’s major road repair deficit. Because of Oakland’s new “complete streets” policies… Read More

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