Author: Brian Schmidt

EPA Should Ban Predator-Killing Rodenticides
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EPA Should Ban Predator-Killing Rodenticides

On July 6, we joined many other environmental organizations calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban rodenticides instead of relicensing them, particularly brodifacoum, bromadiolone, difethialone, difenacoum, diphacinone and chlorophacinone. These anticoagulant “rodenticides”, a misnomer hiding their most important ecological effect – that of killing mid-level and top-level predators, should be banned and non-poison...

High Speed Rail Endangers Wildlife, Farmland in Santa Clara County
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High Speed Rail Endangers Wildlife, Farmland in Santa Clara County

In our comments last week to California’s High-Speed Rail Authority about the environmental analysis of running the rail from San Jose to Merced, we called for better protections of wildlife connections through Coyote Valley and Pacheco Pass, and to reject a potential East Gilroy Station in the County’s Agricultural Preserve. We will continue our long-running...

Tell California’s High Speed Rail Authority to Protect Wildlife and Avoid Farmland Destruction in Santa Clara County
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Tell California’s High Speed Rail Authority to Protect Wildlife and Avoid Farmland Destruction in Santa Clara County

This Tuesday, June 23, is the deadline to submit comments on the environmental analysis of running high speed rail from San Jose to Merced. Please email the California High Speed Rail Authority using the form below, asking it to protect wildlife movement through Coyote Valley and Pacheco Pass, and to avoid sprawl and the loss...

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Opinion: Primary factor creating wildfire risk is land use

Until counties stop building houses in high-risk areas, threat of wildfires will continue to increase This op-ed was originally published in the Mercury News.  Click this link for the original online article. As still more wildfires hit California this fall, we remain in denial about the primary cause of our disastrous wildfire risks. Climate change...

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CGF corrects discussion of its No on E position

(Palo Alto Weekly published this letter from CGF correcting the discussion of the No on E position taken by CGF’s Board of Directors.  Where the last line says “Committee for Green Foothills Board of Directors”, the Weekly failed to include the words from the letter that started with “On behalf of Committee for Green Foothills Board...

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Major step forward in San Jose (and a minor step back)

Yesterday, San Jose approved the General Plan that the City and we (together with other environmental groups) had been working on for years. Good coverage in the Mercury News: About two dozen speakers addressed the council on the Envision 2040 goals that include: adding as many as 470,000 new jobs and 120,000 new housing units;...

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Letter to Mountain View City Council on History Museum at Cuesta Annex

(CGF sent the letter below to Mountain View City Council.  -Brian) October 18, 2011 Mountain View City Council             Re:  Please preserve the living history of Cuesta Annex by locating the History Museum at a different site Dear Mayor Siegel and City Councilmembers; The Committee for Green Foothills and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society do...

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Center for Biological Diversity warns San Jose and Santa Clara County not to walk away from Habitat Plan

(Below is a letter from the Center for Biological Diversity warning San Jose and Santa Clara that withdrawing/suspending their participation in the Habitat Plan could result in immediate legal vulnerabilities.  It’s the same issue I warn about in the video above.  -Brian) August 29, 2011 Santa Clara County Board of SupervisorsCounty Government CenterTenth Floor –...

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Guest post: A Riparian Exploration of San Jose

(Below is a guest post by CGF Intern Kelsey Grousbeck.  -Brian)       We all know urban creeks don’t get the best treatment. There are organizations and felons dedicated to cleaning the banks and there are messages above storm drains that caution people to think before they dump, but these measures cannot protect every...

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