Author: Brian Schmidt

Opinion: Primary factor creating wildfire risk is land use
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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...

Are the Cargill saltwater ponds part of San Francisco Bay? Take a look for yourself!
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Are the Cargill saltwater ponds part of San Francisco Bay? Take a look for yourself!

Developers from Arizona have been running ads on television suggesting that the Redwood City saltwater ponds operated by Cargill to produce salt aren’t really part of San Francisco Bay, despite their history of being integrated with the Bay, including all the years of salt production. CGF produced the following two videos as response. Other Committee...

This sure looks like San Francisco Bay to us
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This sure looks like San Francisco Bay to us

Arizona developers would like to build a mini-city on half of 1,433 acres of San Francisco Bay in Redwood City that have been used for salt ponds for years, and they claim that the area is an “industrial site” and not part of the Bay.  Take a look for yourself at these pictures.  The salt...

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First news roundup of 2010

Happy 2010, everybody! Looking forward to a new year with more chances to save and permanently protect our local farmlands and natural open spaces. Below are a few news items that happened recently: 1. Stanford trail litigation at the California Supreme Court: our litigation against Stanford and Santa Clara County has been tied up on...

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Impervious surface presentation

Here are the notes for today’s presentation to the San Francisquito Creek Watershed Council on the cumulative impacts of impervious surfaces in Santa Clara County, a project we are researching with great help of a grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District. -Brian — Impervious Surfaces, Cumulative Impacts, and Divergence Between NPDES and CEQA...

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Principles for resolving the Williamson Act issues in Santa Clara County

Along with our Action Alert on Williamson Act issues, CGF submitted the following memo that gives an expanded version of the working principles we think should be used to resolve compliance problems in Santa Clara County. -Brian ————– To: Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors From: Committee for Green Foothills Date: May 31, 2005 Re:...

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News roundup

Nice article about the beautiful and endangered San Francisco garter snake in the Chron. CGF Board Member Chris Powell has a quote in the article about the importance of small animals to the environment. The Mercury News has two articles of interest: first, that the landslides that destroyed homes in Southern California are equally a...

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Some good news in San Jose

I spoke at the San Jose Planning Commission last night to ask them to consider our recommendations for reducing the cumulative impact from impervious surfaces on San Jose watersheds. They were very receptive, and asked me to do a joint presentation with City staff at a study session. I also asked them to start overhauling...

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We’re watching you look around, Stanford

A little bird tells us that someone has commissioned a phone survey of Menlo Park residents to ask their opinions of Stanford, of increased development by Stanford, and their opinion of the Committee for Green Foothills. The callers aren’t saying who they’re working for, but we know they aren’t working for us, and that leaves...

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As the song goes, "Paranoia runs deep…."

But it may be accurate. Yesterday’s Coyote Valley Task Force meeting did nothing to reduce the worries we expressed earlier about eliminating San Jose’s triggers that forestall development. The meeting did raise a new worry though. Developer Steve Speno very briefly mentioned the possibility of some type of creative financing tying residential and commercial development...

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