Author: Brian Schmidt

Santa Clara County Needs to Adhere to Ridgeline Protection Rules
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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
Post

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...

Post

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...

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to our Protect Coyote Valley website.

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to our Protect Coyote Valley website.

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to the Protect Juristac website.

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to our 2021 CALA Application.