Category: Farmland

Ask Supervisors to Uphold $5 Million Promise for Farmland Preservation
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Ask Supervisors to Uphold $5 Million Promise for Farmland Preservation

On Tuesday, June 2, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to fulfill their commitment to fund nearly $5 million for farmland preservation. There are negotiations with local farmers for agricultural conservation easements that are dependent on this funding being approved by the Board of Supervisors. If they do not take action,...

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...

Action Alert Followup: Sprawl in the SEQ
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Action Alert Followup: Sprawl in the SEQ

On Tuesday, we asked you to speak up for responsible growth and farmland in Morgan Hill. Your response was heartening! 30 people emailed the City and Council Members.   Unfortunately, City Council – on a 3 to 2 vote – adopted a resolution authorizing the City to apply once again to LAFCo so they may...

Action Alert: Stop Sprawl in the SEQ
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Action Alert: Stop Sprawl in the SEQ

Note: The Council meeting has occurred and unfortunately the Council voted 3-2 to apply for annexation of farmland. Thank you to all those who wrote to the Morgan Hill City Council. We will continue to advocate on this issue. On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the Morgan Hill City Council will consider adopting a resolution authorizing the...

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Victory for Mountain View Open Space in Cuesta Annex

Nice article in the Mountain View Voice:  a proposal to move a historic building to Cuesta Annex, a rare, undeveloped open space area that is not along the Bay and the foothills, has ended.  We have no problem with the history museum or historic preservation, but don’t want the Cuesta Annex damaged.  The article cites...

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Apple orchard in Cupertino?

Take a look at this Youtube video of a presentation by Steve Jobs to Cupertino City Council, discussing a potential new campus for Apple that would bring back plum orchards and natural landscaping. The new jobs could also have a lot of impacts that need addressing, but the proposal is interesting. -Brian

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