Category: News

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Local land conservancy next step in open space protection

Our colleagues at Peninsula Open Space Trust have been raising private money to buy open space since 1977, and have been remarkably successful. Their work often depends on that of Committee for Green Foothills, which acts to defend lands from development so that they remain as open space and are thus worthy of purchasing, but...

September 15, 2004February 7, 2020 in News
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News roundup- Santa Clara County

A news roundup, with our comments. In the Mercury News: Plan to clean up mercury contamination in the Bay reaches the Water Board today. These plans rarely get to that level without having the political path paved in advance, so it will likely go ahead. CGF follows this issue, but we are careful to remain...

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Mercury News perspective on Coyote Valley shifting?

The Merc has two new editorials on Coyote Valley, in advance of today’s Coyote Valley Task Force meeting: Triggering Coyote, and Main Issues Must Be Solved Before Approval. The Merc is right to insist on “triggers” that require job creation prior to Coyote Valley residential development. From CGF’s perspective, this requirement shows the fallacy of...

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The nice developers in Morgan Hill

Probably the most interesting meeting to date about the proposed Urban Limit Line (ULL) in Morgan Hill happened on Tuesday. The ULL is supposed to indicate either the permanent limit to the city’s growth, or its limit in fifty years, depending on the person describing it. This contrasts with the city’s current Urban Growth Boundary,...

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Joni Mitchell and capital depreciation schedules

Joni Mitchell, who wrote the song with the lyrics “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot”, may not have realized her connection to obscure tax code provisions. Brian Leiter, a professor from the University of Texas, might see it. Leiter reports on a proposal to accelerate capital depreciation schedules to a single year,...

September 8, 2004February 7, 2020 in News
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Creative diversion of waste

Today’s SF Examiner has an article about an operation that’s trucking food waste from restaurants in San Francisco not to the landfill, but to a giant composting plant in Vacaville. This is a creative way to keep landfills from filling as quickly (and could alleviate, or delay, problems such as that posed by Santa Cruz...

September 2, 2004February 7, 2020 in News
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Some good news for Stevens Creek

Next to Stevens Creek and Stevens Creek County Park lies an undeveloped 124-acre parcel that had been proposed for a 1,500-student private academy. Besides destroying the parcel’s environmental value, the proposal would have had significant traffic impacts and access issues. Canyon Heights Academy has now announced an alternative, permanent location for their school, on the...

September 2, 2004February 7, 2020 in News
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A casino just south of Gilroy?

The Gilroy Dispatch discusses a “nebulous” idea for a tribal casino right near the Santa Clara/San Benito County border, south of Gilroy. This proposal seems to be an extension of the “big box” retail concept favored by Gilroy developers – extremely large buildings and parking lots on undeveloped land, designed to pull in traffic from...

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Stanford gets massive donation for housing

Stanford recently received a $43.5 million donation that is expected to be used primarily to house law school students. The university had previously announced plans to build a 500,000 square-foot dormitory near the law school. Generally, building on-campus housing is a good thing that reduces Stanford’s environmental impact. However, CGF will also have to watch...

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Agricultural preservation versus agricultural mitigation

In Santa Clara County, one increasingly hears the argument that “farming is doomed.” Farmers have told CGF that it isn’t just a matter of them wanting to make windfall profits by selling to developers, but that they can’t make any profits at all being farmers in the County. While this is likely an exaggeration, there...

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