Author: Brian Schmidt

Drought Makes Green Foothills’ Mission Even More Important
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Drought Makes Green Foothills’ Mission Even More Important

Residents of the Bay Area are quite familiar with the golden hillsides surrounding us during the summer dry season. Yet now those hills remind us that we are in the midst of another severe drought, just five years after a record-breaking dry spell for our state. During a drought emergency, the impact and importance of...

Ask Supervisors to Make Lehigh Quarry Pay for Violations
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Ask Supervisors to Make Lehigh Quarry Pay for Violations

On Tuesday, June 7, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will receive a report summarizing the more than 2,100 known legal violations Lehigh Quarry and cement plant have been cited for during the last 10 years by local, state, and federal agencies. Please ask the Supervisors to finally begin imposing its own fines on...

Santa Clara County Continues Agricultural Preservation Work
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Santa Clara County Continues Agricultural Preservation Work

On Tuesday, April 19, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors decided to continue making progress on financial incentives protecting Coyote Valley’s farmland and open space. We asked the Supervisors to keep the process moving forward, and with over 300 people writing in their support, the Supervisors did just that. County staff brought four different...

Taking Action to Acquire, Protect, and Restore Lehigh Quarry
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Taking Action to Acquire, Protect, and Restore Lehigh Quarry

For the past century, Lehigh Quarry has been the site of a limestone mining operation and cement plant that has ravaged more than 800 acres of land in the hills outside Cupertino, and indirectly damaged much more land near Rancho San Antonio Park. Now Santa Clara County has a chance to acquire, protect, and restore...

Ask Supervisors to Support  Steps to Close Lehigh Quarry
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Ask Supervisors to Support Steps to Close Lehigh Quarry

On Tuesday, February 15, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will decide if staff should investigate options for purchasing Lehigh Quarry and cement plant, potentially ending decades of air and water pollution. The ravaged moonscape of the quarry could finally begin habitat restoration to the benefit of all. Please ask the Supervisors to support...

People Who Give Us Hope: Pat Toombs
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People Who Give Us Hope: Pat Toombs

Community activists exemplify the saying, “think global, act local.” Pat Toombs, a resident of rural Santa Clara County, embodies this maxim. Her work demonstrates how Green Foothills’ partnerships with local communities stop sprawl development and protect crucial habitat. Pat and her husband Larry live west of Gilroy along Uvas Creek, in an area where farmlands...

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