Author: Brian Schmidt

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CGF takes legal action to stop sprawl

Yesterday, CGF and Save Almaden Valley Rural Alliance filed a lawsuit in Santa Clara County Superior Court to stop San Jose’s illegal effort to bring sprawl to Almaden Valley. San Jose has an unfortunate reputation of only listening to environmental groups after the groups have sued the City. Hopefully the City will listen now, or...

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News bits

The Metro has a nicely-titled “Secrets ‘R’ Us” piece, half-way down its collection of news items titled “The Fly”. Metro picks up where The Pinnacle newspaper left off on the story of how CGF is fighting the County’s attempts to disclose environmental documents to developers while locking them away from everyone else. The Merc has...

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Looking to the future

An excellent Op-Ed in today’s Merc by Tom Steinbach from Greenbelt Alliance looks to the future of San Jose and says if “Downtown North” is developing, why develop Coyote Valley? We may not be quite as enthusiastic about the North First Street development as Greenbelt, particularly because of the jobs-housing imbalance, but the point is...

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Looking to the past

“Throwing a Long Shadow” is the title of a new exhibit opening Sunday at the Los Altos History Museum featuring CGF’s cofounder, the author/environmentalist Wallace Stegner. More information about the exhibit is at the museum website. The Merc has a good article on the man other authors have called the only American author who deserved...

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Secret developer access exposed

The Pinnacle newspaper in south Santa Clara County did an in-depth article about the issue CGF exposed – developers are given access to draft environmental documents to review those documents and argue for changes while environmentalists are excluded. Two points we can add here – County staff said giving equal access to environmentalists would be...

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San Jose to worsen the jobs-housing balance

San Jose has long (and justifiably) complained that north Santa Clara County cities would build tax-revenue-increasing business developments while failing to provide tax-revenue-decreasing housing. San Jose and areas south and east are then forced to provide housing for the North County jobs, resulting in sprawl and long commutes. Taking this lesson to heart, San Jose...

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Stanford’s improved finances to affect construction?

There’s been relatively little construction on Stanford campus pursuant to the 2000 General Use Permit, but much of that lull could be attributed to finances. Things may be changing: “The university’s investment returns last year were $1.7 billion. The university’s endowment is now $9.9 billion, up from $8.6 billion a year ago.” We’ll need to...

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News roundup

San Jose is considering a new “Downtown North“. It will have 100,000 jobs, supposedly, and 24,700 new residences. Shades of Coyote Valley where, once again, San Jose is not providing housing to balance all the people it is trying to attract to the region. On the other hand, this development will destroy much less open...

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Local connection to global warming – sardines?

An interesting article in today’s New York Times discusses a newly-discovered connection between the lack of sardines and global warming. It appears that these tiny fish eat, or used to eat, massive amounts of phytoplankton, which are tiny plants floating in ocean currents. With the sardines exploited and overfished, the phytoplankton proliferates, dies, and rots....

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Pushing for change

CGF has found serious problems with County planning processes, where developers are given access to government documents that are not shared with the public, and given a chance to influence the final version of those documents without input from the public. We have more information about this illegal practice here. We are now beginning to...

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