Author: Brian Schmidt

Ask County Supervisors to Support Better Enforcement of Ridgeline Easement at Lehigh Quarry
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Ask County Supervisors to Support Better Enforcement of Ridgeline Easement at Lehigh Quarry

On Tuesday, June 22, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will decide if staff should investigate sharing enforcement authority with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District over a ridgeline easement on Lehigh Quarry property. Lehigh has violated the County-owned easement agreement for many years, degrading the habitat and threatening Rancho San Antonio Park. Please ask...

No Single Solution to California Wildfires
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No Single Solution to California Wildfires

There are multiple reasons why the wildfire problem in California is growing worse: climate change is increasing the number of fires that burn more intensely and widely than in the past, past patterns of fire suppression have resulted in a backlog of fuel, and many people live in forests in harm’s way. There is no...

Light Tower Proposed in One of the Most Environmentally Damaging Locations
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Light Tower Proposed in One of the Most Environmentally Damaging Locations

Streams, Riparian Zones Running Through San Jose are Crucial Habitats San Jose is extraordinarily fortunate to have important and environmentally viable stream corridors running through the city, from the hills to the Bay. In the hills, elk and deer delight urban residents. In the Bay, sea life like leopard sharks and small rays swim within...

Santa Clara County Needs to Adhere to Ridgeline Protection Rules
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Santa Clara County Needs to Adhere to Ridgeline Protection Rules

One of the clearest rules in the Santa Clara County General Plan is to avoid developing on a ridgeline whenever possible. Unfortunately, the County failed to follow its own rules when approving an 8,600 square foot residence at the top of a hillside overlooking Morgan Hill. In February, we wrote a letter supporting an appeal...

LAFCO Appointments Are Critical In Stopping Sprawl
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LAFCO Appointments Are Critical In Stopping Sprawl

Possibly the most important committee or commission addressing land use in Santa Clara County is the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) which serves as a referee against sprawl. Having members appointed to the Commission who understand and uphold their duty to protect the environment is critical. When the Commissioners who serve on LAFCO fail to...

Victories on Measures T and N: Why it Matters and What it Means
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Victories on Measures T and N: Why it Matters and What it Means

Measure T: A Victory Funding Environmental Protection With over 81% voting yes, the massive public approval of Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority’s Measure T demonstrated how environmental advocacy can achieve positive change and a win on behalf of the environment. We actively played an instrumental role in Measure T’s passage. As Santa Clara Valley...

Strong Community Support Continues the Process of Re-Envisioning Reid-Hillview Airport
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Strong Community Support Continues the Process of Re-Envisioning Reid-Hillview Airport

On Tuesday, November 17th, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to begin the process for a community engagement plan that could result in closing all or part of the county-owned Reid-Hillview Airport in East San Jose and reusing the land.  Green Foothills strongly supported this possible re-envisioning process and, at the invitation...

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...

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