Author: Alice Kaufman

San Jose Prioritizes Environmentally-Focused Initiatives
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San Jose Prioritizes Environmentally-Focused Initiatives

  On March 15, the San Jose City Council voted to prioritize an initiative to relocate homeless encampments away from sensitive creek habitat, while also providing essential services such as sanitation and trash removal, as one of the top two priorities for 2021. The Urban Greening initiative was not chosen for this year, but remains...

Biden Administration Dismisses Cargill Appeal
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Biden Administration Dismisses Cargill Appeal

Great news — another victory in our fight to protect restorable wetlands along the Bay! Today the Biden administration officially dismissed the Trump administration’s appeal of the ruling that the Cargill salt ponds are subject to the Clean Water Act. This means the district court’s decision in favor of our lawsuit over the Cargill salt ponds stands. Trump...

Electronic Billboards, Urban Greening and Single-Use Plastics
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Electronic Billboards, Urban Greening and Single-Use Plastics

Update: On Thursday, February 25, the San Jose City Council followed our recommendation and voted to halt all work on Phase II of the electronic billboards policy. The Council decided to discuss the proposed new initiatives, including Urban Greening and a ban on single-use plastics, at a later date. We will alert you when those...

County Supervisors Support Coyote Valley Climate Overlay Zone
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County Supervisors Support Coyote Valley Climate Overlay Zone

On February 9, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to move ahead on developing a Climate Action Overlay Zone for Coyote Valley to protect wildlife habitat and movement, creeks and groundwater, farmland, and climate resilience.  Details of Climate Action Overlay Zone Must Now be Drafted The vote by the Santa Clara County...

Green Foothills Joins Call for EPA to Withdraw Appeal of Court Decision
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Green Foothills Joins Call for EPA to Withdraw Appeal of Court Decision

On February 16, 2021, Green Foothills joined 40 federal, state and local elected officials and 16 other environmental organizations in requesting the Biden administration to withdraw the appeal of the district court’s ruling in our favor against the Trump administration over the Cargill salt ponds. In 2019, the Trump administration attempted to declare the Cargill...

Please Support the Coyote Valley Climate Change Overlay Zone and Development Moratorium
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Please Support the Coyote Valley Climate Change Overlay Zone and Development Moratorium

On Tuesday, February 9, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider a Climate Change Overlay Zone and development moratorium for Coyote Valley. Please email the Supervisors and ask them to support these important environmental protections in Coyote Valley! Coyote Valley Still Threatened by Development We’ve made great strides towards protecting Coyote Valley lately....

Regional Housing Allocations Threaten Open Space
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Regional Housing Allocations Threaten Open Space

Last week, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board voted to approve housing allocations for Santa Clara County that could result in thousands of homes being located in rural areas. We will be working to keep the County’s rural areas rural and protect our open space from inappropriate residential development. ABAG’s Action Would...

Latest Actions to Protect Redwood City’s Shoreline
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Latest Actions to Protect Redwood City’s Shoreline

When it comes to sea level rise, Redwood City is both unusually vulnerable and unusually lucky given its unprotected shoreline and opportunity for wetland restoration. Much of our advocacy has been focused here for good reason. Here are some of our most recent efforts to encourage climate adaptation and keep residents out of the path...

San Jose Task Force Votes to Protect Coyote Valley
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San Jose Task Force Votes to Protect Coyote Valley

Last Thursday, the San Jose General Plan Task Force voted overwhelmingly to change the land use in North Coyote Valley from industrial development to open space and agriculture. Although this action must also be approved by the Planning Commission and City Council, this is an amazing outcome that could only have been dreamed of just...

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COVID-19

Given our present health crisis, Green Foothills will not hold any in-person gatherings until we know it is safe to do so. Your health and well-being are important to us and we are currently planning ways in which to engage you in the important work we do through other means.

As you know, we have worked together for nearly 60 years to protect nature close to home, so please enjoy the fruits of our labor if possible. Getting out into nature can help reduce anxiety and might even boost your immune system, so we strongly encourage you to hike, walk, or bike close to home.

To unite our community during this time when we can’t physically be together, we encourage you to share photos from your outings on social media* with hashtags: #GreenFoothills #stayhealthy

*If you are not active on social media but want to share your photos, feel free to send us an email with your favorite photos from your hikes

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