My Epic Win for Parks in 2014

My Epic Win for Parks in 2014
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CGF’s 3 Legislative Advocates – Lennie Roberts, Julie Hutcheson, and Alice Kaufman (left to right)

As 2014 comes to an end, the other Legislative Advocates and I thought it would be fun to share a few epic wins with you. I hope these stories will inspire you to join us and make a year-end gift today. If you donate before 12/31, your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000.

I was thrilled to speak up for local parks this year.

I’ve spent much of my life living in fairly dense cities. I know the difference accessible parkland can make. Having the ability to walk among trees and see wildlife, can bring much needed peace to a busy mind and life.

The City of Santa Clara has the least amount of parkland compared to all other cities in Santa Clara County. Most cities require housing developers to pay significant amounts to fund local parks, but Santa Clara didn’t. Until now.

My favorite epic win of 2014 was when I, along with local activists, successfully convinced the City of Santa Clara to adopt a new parks development impact fee. We also convinced the city to require developers to pay 100% of the funds necessary to provide parkland, in spite of developers’ efforts to get those fees reduced to only 65%.

Ensuring there are local parks for all people to enjoy is something that I, and Committee for Green Foothills, feel strongly about. I’m looking forward to doing more advocacy on this important issue next year.

Join me in increasing accessible parkland for all by making a tax-deductible gift to Committee for Green Foothills of $250, $100, or $50 today.

Thank you for making our work possible. Happy Holidays!

Alice at NI 2011

 

 

 

Alice Kaufman
Legislative Advocate

PS: Donate now and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 thanks to a few generous members.

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