Author: Lennie Roberts

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

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 along the blufftops...

Farewell to Sam Halsted
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Farewell to Sam Halsted

It’s with heavy hearts that we say farewell to former Committee for Green Foothills board member and vice president, Sam Halsted, who passed away on January 16, 2019. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Sam was a member of Portola Valley’s first town council and later served as mayor of the town....

Ten Tips for Advocates by Lennie Roberts
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Ten Tips for Advocates by Lennie Roberts

Lennie Roberts has been an advocate with Committee for Green Foothills for more than 40 years. Here she shares her secrets! Here are ten common sense tips that I point to when people have asked me, “how do you do it?” 1. Learn everything you can about your issue. Knowledge is power! 2. Research the...

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...

The Making of Midpeninsula Open Space District
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The Making of Midpeninsula Open Space District

Fifty years ago, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District was merely a gleam in the eye of conservationists on the Peninsula who had to repeatedly fight off proposals for sprawling development in cherished open space land.  Today, the District has successfully acquired and permanently protected more than 63,000 acres of land in the Santa Cruz...

$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

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 (as much as a six-lane...

Speak Up For the Coast by August 14!
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Speak Up For the Coast by August 14!

As you may have heard, new coastal marine sanctuaries and monuments (designated or expanded in the past 10 years) are currently under review by the federal government in an effort to expand offshore oil and gas drilling. Please join me in speaking up for our coast by August 14. What You Can Do  1. Tell...

Good News for Old-Growth and Wildlife Trees!
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Good News for Old-Growth and Wildlife Trees!

Last November, I asked you to speak up for protection of old-growth redwoods and wildlife trees on the 40-acre Stoddard Trust property. 572 people emailed CALFIRE and asked that these venerable trees be protected. CALFIRE has now approved the Timber Harvest Permit and we are pleased that no old-growth or wildlife trees are proposed for...

Join Me & I’ll Match Your Gift
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Join Me & I’ll Match Your Gift

I’ve been an advocate with Committee for Green Foothills since 1978. I know the work we do matters. Each of the victories I have been part of over the past 40 years was possible because of our community of members. Join me as a member of Committee for Green Foothills by making a donation today...

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