Category: Action Alert

farmland outside the Gilroy city limits
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LAFCO Compromises on Protecting Gilroy Farmland

Should residential sprawl be allowed on farmland outside of Gilroy city limits? Santa Clara County’s Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) considered this on August 2, and ultimately voted to allow development to proceed on approximately half of the proposed site. Unfortunately, this compromise still impacts Gilroy’s climate resilience, residents’ safety, and taxpayers’ wallets throughout the...

Lehigh quarry, aerial view
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Lehigh to Demolish Cement Kiln

After 84 years, the cement kiln at Lehigh Quarry – the largest single source of air pollution in Santa Clara County – will now be shut down for good and demolished as a result of a legally binding agreement entered into with Santa Clara County. Lehigh has also withdrawn its earlier request to expand its...

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Thank You: Santa Clara County Invests in Virtual Participation

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved the purchase of equipment and staffing needed to enable virtual public participation at all meetings of County Boards and Commissions. Thanks to everyone who emailed the Supervisors, as well as the nonprofit Racial Equity Action Leadership (REAL) Coalition who worked hard with us to make this...

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Update: AmeriGas Closes Propane Tank Facility and Puts Property Up for Sale

In a major victory for Green Foothills, AmeriGas is removing their 15,000-gallon propane storage tank and shutting down operations on a 1.5-acre site along Airport Street in Moss Beach, finally removing an ongoing existential threat to the Pillar Ridge community. Risky Storage Tank Threatened Residents, Airport We have been advocating for closure of this hazardous...

farmworker housing next to farm field
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Farmworker Housing: Challenges and Opportunities

What are the challenges and opportunities for building new farmworker housing in our region? Green Foothills helped present a panel discussion last week on this important topic. The panel experts called on community members to help raise awareness and speak up in favor of better housing for farmworkers. In the wake of the tragic mass...

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail
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Half Moon Bay City Council Threads the Needle on E-bikes

The Half Moon Bay City Council made a wise decision on April 4 to allow electric bicycles (e-bikes) on its two paved, multi-use trails along Highway One, while prohibiting them on the recreational Coastal Trail. Green Foothills had recommended this nuanced approach, noting that e-bikes and other e-devices (e-scooters and e-skateboards) are a motorized form...

Pleasant Hills Golf Course
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Take Action: Pleasant Hills Development

  Update: On April 26, 2023, the San Jose City Council voted unanimously in favor of a city-led community engagement process for the development of the 115-acre former Pleasant Hills Golf Course site. Hundreds of public comments in favor of a city-led process were submitted. A joint memo from Mayor Mahan and Councilmembers Candelas, Ortiz,...

Lake Cunningham
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Lake Cunningham Water Quality Funding Still Uncertain

Thanks to everyone who emailed the San Jose City Council about preserving funding for Lake Cunningham’s water quality. Unfortunately, the Council voted on March 14 to shift the funds to public safety construction projects. The Council did unanimously vote to pursue outside funding for Lake Cunningham, but the future of this beloved East Side lake...

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