Author: Lennie Roberts


Serving as Expert Witness in Martin’s Beach Trial

When in 2009, mysterious new owners tacked “Beach Closed” and “No Trespassing” signs onto the newly-locked beach access gate at Martin’s Beach, we paid attention. For over 50 years, we have worked to ensure that people from all walks of life have access to our public waterways, especially the Bay and San Mateo coast. When...


Main Street Bridge Heads to Ballot

By Lennie Roberts The citizens working to preserve Half Moon Bay’s Main Street Bridge have begun circulating an Initiative Petition that, if approved by voters in November, would prohibit demolition or enlargement of the historic Main Street Bridge unless the voters approve it. Meanwhile the City Council voted on March 4 to place not one,...


Action Alert: Midcoast LCP Update

Dear Friends, The update of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) for the San Mateo Midcoast, which guides local implementation of the Coastal Act, is nearly completed at long last! After two delays requested by San Mateo County, the California Coastal Commission will consider whether to certify the LCP as consistent with the Coastal Act on...


CGF’s San Mateo County Update

This month, the Committee for Green Foothills has been busy in San Mateo County – protecting our coasts and creeks from development and speaking out against new permits for offshore oil drilling permits. A quick update: Coastal Commission Workshop with Local Governments: A couple of years ago, the League of Cities formed a “Coastal Cities...


Ainsley Timber Harvest Plan Threatens Butano State Park

Lennie Roberts, CGF’s San Mateo Legislative Advocate, submitted these public comments on the proposed Timber Harvest Plan of the Ainsley Forest. January 23, 2006 Ms. Leslie MarkhamDeputy Chief, Forest PracticeCalifornia Department of Forestry and Fire Protection135 Ridgeway AvenueSanta Rosa, CA 95401 Re: THP 1-06-127 SMO, Ainsley Forest LLC Dear Ms. Markham, The Committee for Green...


CGF Letter to YMCA Encouraging a Stewarship Approach to Camp Jones Gulch

Lennie Roberts, CGF’s San Mateo County Advocate, wrote this letter to the YMCA in December urging them to consider a more stewardship-based approach to managing the land at Camp Jones Gulch. The YMCA has now established a Stewardship Advisory Committee to review their timber harvesting plans and to help the camp develop alternatives to the...


CGF Letter on Camp Jones Gulch County Use Permit Application

Lennie Roberts, CGF’s San Mateo County Representative, sent this letter to San Mateo County concerning the YMCA-Camp Jones Gulch’s application for a use permit. February 14, 2007 George Bergman, Zoning Hearing Officer455 County CenterRedwood City, CA 94062 Re: PLN 2003-00377 – Item #5 on ZHO Agenda, February 15, 2007 Dear Mr. Bergman, On behalf of...


Commercial Timber Harvesting and Fire Hazards at YMCA Camp Jones Gulch

Lennie Roberts, CGF’s San Mateo County Legislative Advocate, attended yesterday’s hearing at Camp Jones Gulch about the YMCA’s plans to log part of the camp. One of the issues has been how best to reduce the threat of fire within the camp. Lennie presented this information about the qualities of a redwood forest that make...


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