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Economic disaster: environmental aspects of surviving a housing bubble

(The following is a “thought-piece” originally intended to be part of an article in the forthcoming newsletter, but we decided it didn’t quite fit. We hope it’s an interesting read here. More good stuff to come in the Fall 2004 newsletter… -Brian) No one has difficulty identifying a speculative financial bubble – with hindsight. Dot-com...

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Bicycling to sports complex gets you expelled

A recent study shows that suburban sprawl creates a car-dependent lifestyle pattern that fosters chronic diseases. Unfortunately, then, San Jose is promoting sprawl with with its recent proposed sports complex, located on a road so dangerous that children are forbidden under threat of expulsion from walking or bicycling to the athletic fields. The complex is...

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Breaking news: San Jose upholds ban on trapping coyotes

It’s fun to get a news item out before the news media does, and here it is: San Jose failed to pass an “urgency ordinance” that would allow trapping coyotes in part of Almaden Valley. As an “emergency” measure that skips the normal process, it needed 8 of the 11 City Council members to support...

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Should better surveillance mean lower penalties?

In an interesting blog by security expert Bruce Schneier, he argues that technology’s increasing ability to detect legal violations has its downside. Calling it “Bigger Brother”, he cites the example of Baltimore using aerial maps and computer software to detect code violations such as rooftop decks built without permits. Schneier argues that because technology makes...

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CGF’s first movie review: it’s “Monumental”

“Monumental” is the title of a new documentary about the life of David Brower, the most important and maybe the most interesting environmentalist of the 20th Century. This documentary features archival footage of Brower’s work and his experience as a leading mountaineer prior to World War II. Brower built Sierra Club to prominence, got fired,...

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Ethnic diversity increases support for open space

I recently attended a very interesting meeting of the Bay Area Open Space Council, a grouping of nonprofits and government agencies concerned with managing open space. One presentation (available on their website) concerned the effect of increasing ethnic diversity on public support for open space. The presentation was short, but had mostly positive news. Here...

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Earth and Art Day in Woodside

We at CGF find it very timely and appropriate that the theme of Woodside’s annual environmental festival this year is “Earth and Art.” They’ll be holding the event on Saturday, October 9 from noon – 4pm at the Runnymede Sculpture Farm, where some 150 modern sculptures are placed about the 120-acre landscape so as to...

September 27, 2004February 7, 2020 in News
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A victory for San Jose on high speed rail

Today’s Mercury News had a good article with a bad headline in the print version: “High Speed Rail Setback for San Jose” (the online headline is better). The bullet train environmental planning process will now consider a route over Altamont Pass that may, we emphasize may, be more environmentally beneficial. Only doing the study will...

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Rushing towards sprawl in Coyote Valley

One advantage of this blog is it gives us a chance to share documents that might not fit on other parts of the website. Here (in PDF format; requires Acrobat Reader) is a letter we delivered yesterday to the San Jose City Council. Of particular interest is our concern that the county-wide habitat plan may...

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More South County development rumors

The news buzzing around is that the Ohlone Native American tribe living in the south Santa Clara County area has cut a deal with the owners of the 5,000-acre Sargent Ranch. The landowner is supposedly paying for the process of lobbying for federal recognition, and in return the tribe supposedly will help Sargent Ranch develop...

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