$20,000 Match Challenge for Leadership Academy

$20,000 Match Challenge for Leadership Academy

This week I was sitting down for tea with Karen Grove, a Menlo Park resident and community leader, sharing information about our reimagined Community Advocates Leadership Academy (CALA). At the end of this conversation she generously decided to put up a $20,000 match to ensure this program launches in January 2020. Her gift ensures we can offer significant scholarships for participants. Thank you, Karen! Donate today. This $20,000 match challenge needs to be met by November 30, 2019 to launch CALA in January 2020. Founded in 2013 with an alumni network of 200+ graduates, we have reimagined the CALA program...

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State Lands Commission Approves Burlingame Shoreline Park!

State Lands Commission Approves Burlingame Shoreline Park!

Fabulous news! The California State Lands Commission voted unanimously on October 24 to approve an initial 3-year lease for the proposed Burlingame Shoreline Park. Please take a moment to thank the Commissioners for their vote by using the form below. Thank you to everyone who showed support for a nature park along the Bay. We garnered over 2000 signatures on our petition, and more than 400 people sent letters to the Commissioners. What’s Happening This is a significant win for open space in the Burlingame area and access for all to the Bay. We have been advocating for the last...

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People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti

People Who Give Us Hope – Carolyn Tognetti

Carolyn Tognetti has been a true champion of southern Santa Clara County’s environment for decades. A native of Gilroy, Carolyn became involved in city land use issues with a local group called Citizens for Balanced Growth in the late 1980s and has remained a core member as it transformed into Save Open Space Gilroy in 2001 and then into Gilroy Growing Smarter in 2016. Carolyn served on Gilroy’s 2020 General Plan Update Committee where she suffered a bitter defeat in trying to protect 660 acres of prime farmland on Gilroy’s east side from being designated for industrial development. More than...

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Protect Open Space in the Stanford Foothills

Protect Open Space in the Stanford Foothills

On Tuesday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m., the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will hold its final hearing on Stanford University’s development plans. Please sign the petition and email the Supervisors “using the form below” to tell them to protect the Stanford Foothills from development! What’s Happening The Stanford Foothills, which stretch from Junipero Serra Blvd west beyond Highway 280, are protected from development by the Academic Growth Boundary (AGB). Currently, a supermajority vote (4 out of 5 Supervisors) is required in order to change the AGB. However, that 4/5 vote requirement expires in the year 2025.  County staff...

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Speak Up for Burlingame Shoreline Park on the San Francisco Bay!

Speak Up for Burlingame Shoreline Park on the San Francisco Bay!

On October 24, the California State Lands Commission will vote on a 3 year lease with the SPHERE Institute to maintain a 9 acre parcel on the Burlingame Bayfront as publicly accessible open space. We are pleased  to support staff’s recommendation for the lease of this park proposal.  If you have not already done so, please send a letter of support to the Commissioners using the form below, or consider attending the meeting: October 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors Board Chambers 651 Pine Street, Room 107, Martinez, CA What’s Happening After months of deliberation,...

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Speak Up for Open Space at Dunes Beach!

Speak Up for Open Space at Dunes Beach!

Despite overwhelming public opposition, developers Steven Weed and John Vidovich have  submitted a formal application to the City of Half Moon Bay for a 212-room luxury hotel/conference center, a 177-space high-end RV park/clubhouse and a 40-bed hostel on a 47-acre area of open space between Highway 1 and Dunes Beach. Please show your support for open space!  Join fellow coastsiders, led by Amber Stow, and Committee for Green Foothills at the City Council meeting: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. , Adcock Community Center, 835 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay  We will be speaking under Public Comment at the beginning...

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AB 948 signed by Governor Newsom

AB 948 signed by Governor Newsom

Photo Credit: Jim Gensheimer/Bay Area News Group Great news! The campaign to protect Coyote Valley got a big boost last month when Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 948, creating the Coyote Valley Conservation Program. “What Coyote Valley offers is irreplaceable: vibrant wetlands, an essential wildlife habitat and migratory area, active farmlands, a resource to fight climate change and open space for all to enjoy,” State Assemblymember Ash Kalra stated when he first introduced this bill in April. Now that it has passed with bipartisan support, it’s clear that the State of California recognizes the importance of protecting Coyote Valley. AB...

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We’ve Sued the Trump Administration

We’ve Sued the Trump Administration

On September 24, Committee for Green Foothills, together with 3 other environmental groups, filed suit against the Trump administration over its actions in giving up Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the Cargill salt ponds in Redwood City. “We’re not going to stand by while Cargill uses the Trump administration’s eagerness to gut our environmental laws for its own economic advantage,” stated Megan Fluke, Green Foothills’ Executive Director, at a press conference overlooking the Cargill site. “The salt ponds are part of the Bay. Development here would not only destroy restorable wetlands, it would put homes and businesses in the path...

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A Day to Remember: Nature’s Inspiration 2019

A Day to Remember: Nature’s Inspiration 2019

Thank you to the 300+ people who joined and supported us at our 16th annual Nature’s Inspiration on Sunday, September 22. With the breathtaking scenery of Wickett Ranch, talented musicians like Jerry Hannan, and our wonderful community, it was a beautiful day in so many ways. Many commented as they left that they felt hopeful about the future and were full of gratitude. The theme for this year’s celebration was courage. With Joe Cotchett as our honoree and Congresswoman Jackie Speier as our emcee, it was evident throughout the program. After our hosts Jim Wicket and Magdalena Yesil spoke, and...

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Action Alert: Stop Cargill – Protect Our Bay Shoreline

Action Alert: Stop Cargill – Protect Our Bay Shoreline

Seven years ago, we stopped plans by agribusiness giant Cargill to build a massive new city of 30,000 people on top of the Redwood City salt ponds – historic San Francisco Bay wetlands that provide crucial habitat to tens of thousands of migratory shorebirds, and offer the region’s best opportunity for restoring San Francisco Bay. However, Cargill is at it again – and has convinced the Trump Administration to remove important Clean Water Act protections for the salt ponds, and have announced that they will re-start efforts to develop this vital part of the Bay. We can’t let that happen!...

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