Category: Victories


Great news from Gilroy – last two remaining sprawl proposals defeated

(I just wanted to put a link to this Gilroy Dispatch article, and we’ll add more later. -Brian) Article: Citing uncertainties over environmental reports, the council voted 4-3 – with Council members Dion Bracco, Bob Dillon and Craig Gartman dissenting – against two annexation requests that would eventually lead to residential development. Gillmor’s Lucky Day...


One victory and possibly more for the environment

1. San Jose City Council’s Committee on Economic Development voted 4-0 to recommend the City Council pass a ban on plastic bags from retailers and groceries (with limited exceptions) and a ban on paper bags with less than 50% recycled content. The City Council will also consider a 10 to 25 cent fee on paper...


The great news keeps rolling in, and we can take some of the credit

Last week we could celebrate the purchase of 966-acre Rancho San Vicente, an important link in a chain of protected land extending immediately south of San Jose. Environmental opposition to sprawl in Coyote Valley was crucial for stopping the sprawl proposal that the developers originally tried at San Vicente: Tom deRegt, a partner in New...


Another victory for the environment – Rancho San Benito proposal withdrawn

Great news in the Hollister FreeLance: DMB informed San Benito County officials today the company hasofficially withdrawn its proposal for the 6,800-unit El Rancho San Benitodevelopment northwest of Hollister off Highway 25, a planning official confirmedto the Free Lance. DMB representatives submitted the withdrawal letter to thecounty today and attributed the decision to the ailing...


Two environmental victories

Important not to overlook these victories. At the end of 2008, Santa Clara County instituted new “Green Building” rules for residential development that required minimizing the impacts from new residences and major remodels (info here). While the County staff planned to require more from larger homes, they also planned to stop requiring more at a...


A great day for Coyote Valley!

(I think our press release speaks for itself. -Brian) Committee for Green FoothillsNEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 18, 2008 PRESS CONTACTS:Brian Schmidt, Legislative Advocatephone (650) 968-7243, (415) 994-7403 cell * [email protected] Committee for Green Foothills Welcomes Withdrawal of Coyote Valley Development Proposal, Calls for New Steps to Protect Against Sprawl The Committee for Green...


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