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...

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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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Joint Organization letter on the San Jose General Plan

(CGF co-authored the letter below with a number of other environmental groups.  -Brian) August 15, 2011 Mr. Andrew Crabtree, Envision Team Leader               Planning, Building and Code Enforcement San Jose City Hall 200 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95113 Dear Mr. Crabtree, On behalf of Greenbelt Alliance, the Loma-Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club,...

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CGF Comment letter on San Jose General Plan Programmatic EIR

(We wrote the letter below on the draft environmental review for the San Jose General Plan.  CGF Intern Kelsey Grousbeck did great work co-authoring this letter.  -Brian) August 15, 2011 Andrew Crabtree, City of San Jose RE:  Committee for Green Foothills comment letter on the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for Envision San Jose 2040...

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