Author: Lennie Roberts

Dunes Beach: Let’s Keep Up the Pressure for Preservation
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Dunes Beach: Let’s Keep Up the Pressure for Preservation

Despite a virtual tidal wave of opposition to the proposed massive hotel and RV park complex at Dunes Beach, developers Steven Weed and John Vidovich have not heeded the public’s call to work with the city for protection of this important open space. It’s imperative we continue to remind the Half Moon Bay City Council...

Oil Wells in San Mateo County?
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Oil Wells in San Mateo County?

San Mateo County has some of the oldest oil fields in California dating back to the 1880s. During the past several decades, Green Foothills opposed many new oil wells proposed on prime agricultural land where farming is the principal allowable use. We supported San Mateo County’s Ordinance, enacted in the 1980s, that restricted new oil...

Remembering Gary Gerard
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Remembering Gary Gerard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our founding board members, Gary Gerard. Gary died on July 22, 2019 in his home in Emeryville, CA at age 96 of natural causes. It was Gary who coined the name Committee for Green Foothills. He proposed the name during the initial...

Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire
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Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire

The recent enormous losses of homes and lives due to devastating wildfires in California have highlighted a fundamental flaw in the state’s traditional approach to wildfire, which in the past has focused on vegetation rather than what should be our greatest priority – our homes and people’s lives. While wildfire in our Mediterranean climate is...

Remembering Nils Nilsson
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Remembering Nils Nilsson

Long time Committee for Green Foothills board member and board President in 1973, Nils Nilsson passed away on April 22 in Medford, Oregon.  He was 86.  Nils was a warm, generous, fun-loving person, who was always ready to volunteer his time for the benefit of the environment and the greater community. Nils and his first...

Vallemar Bluffs: Building Safely out of Harm’s Way – a Success Story
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Vallemar Bluffs: Building Safely out of Harm’s Way – a Success Story

By Lennie Roberts Vallemar Bluffs is the last remaining undeveloped blufftop in the Midcoast area of Moss Beach.  In addition to its sweeping coastal views, rocky cliffs and erodible bluffs, the site supports environmentally sensitive Coastal Prairie Grasslands where four rare plants are found, including the endangered Coast Yellow Leptosiphon. There is an informal trail...

What You Don’t See on the Coast
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What You Don’t See on the Coast

When Committee for Green Foothills was formed in 1962, land speculators, Chambers of Commerce, and eager elected officials had already set their sights squarely on the San Mateo coast.  Spurred by California’s post-World War II building boom, and in keeping with the commonly held notion that development was inevitable, San Mateo County planners had created...

$3,000 Matching Gift in January
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$3,000 Matching Gift in January

To those of you who didn’t make a year-end gift to Committee for Green Foothills, there’s still time! Please join me and Committee for Green Foothills by making a gift in January, and I’ll match it (up to $3,000). Some folks might call me a broken record, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t say...

What You Don’t See
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What You Don’t See

By Lennie Roberts, Legislative Advocate In June 1973 the last seven miles of Interstate 280 opened with great fanfare. Stretching from Raymundo Drive in Woodside to the Eugene Doran Memorial Bridge that crosses the canyon of San Mateo Creek, this final link completed some 50 miles of highway that was designed to blend with nature...

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