Author: Julie Hutcheson

People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser
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People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser

On March 1, Trina Hineser became the new Executive Director of the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley, a nonprofit that protects natural habitat and agricultural lands in Santa Clara County through conservation easements and land acquisition. We are very pleased to see Trina, who graduated from Green Foothills’ Community Advocates Leadership Academy in 2018,...

Big Potential in Small Farms
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Big Potential in Small Farms

For over a decade, claims have been made that farming on small parcels – those that are 40 acres or less – is simply not viable in Santa Clara County. To be successful, according to this argument, farming requires much larger parcel sizes. With 83% of agricultural parcels in the county below this 40-acre threshold,...

People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti
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People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti

Carolyn Tognetti has been a true champion of southern Santa Clara County’s environment for decades. A native of Gilroy, Carolyn became involved in city land use issues with a local group called Citizens for Balanced Growth in the late 1980s and has remained a core member as it transformed into Save Open Space Gilroy in...

CEQA: A Force for People and Nature
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CEQA: A Force for People and Nature

Committee for Green Foothills is a steadfast supporter of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and has been since this landmark environmental protection and public process law was passed by the state legislature in 1970. This is because it gives the public – and organizations like ours –  the right to weigh in on the...

Supervisors Request Options to Fund Farmland Preservation
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Supervisors Request Options to Fund Farmland Preservation

On May 7, we asked you to speak up for farmland preservation by asking the Board of Supervisors to allocate money to help protect local farmland at risk of sprawl. Thank you to the 249 people who emailed the Board! We’re pleased to say that progress was made, and your emails mattered. During the budget workshop,...

Action Alert: Update on the SEQ
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Action Alert: Update on the SEQ

What’s Happening On Wednesday February 6, the Morgan Hill City Council directed staff to postpone starting the process for development of city-owned property in the Southeast Quadrant until Council has had the opportunity to review and discuss the City’s plan for this area. Please email the City Council to thank them for deciding to reevaluate...

Supervisors Support Funding Preservation of 12,000 Farmland Acres
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Supervisors Support Funding Preservation of 12,000 Farmland Acres

On Tuesday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to strengthen the protection and viability of agriculture in the County, including allocating up to $20 million annually (if available) from the year-end General Fund balance to acquire agricultural conservation easements. Please email the Supervisors to thank them for acting to preserve farmland in...

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