Since its founding over 20 years ago, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) has protected over 16,000 acres of open space, creeks and streams, forests and grasslands, wildlife habitat, and farmland in Santa Clara County. By providing hiking and biking trails in preserves such as Rancho Canada del Oro and Sierra Vista, funding preservation of urban parks and open spaces such as Martial Cottle Park and Ulistac Natural Area, and collaborating with the local agricultural community to preserve the increasingly threatened farmlands of the South County, the Authority provides benefits to everyone in the community.
A ballot funding measure, Measure Q, was placed on the November 2014 ballot to provide much needed funding to OSA. Committee for Green Foothills was part of the campaign team working to support Measure Q, and led the effort to get out the vote and raise the funds needed for the campaign. We were one of the few environmental groups in the region dedicating significant time and resources to this effort.
Thanks to the efforts of CGF and everyone else involved in the campaign, Measure Q passed. It was a great victory for open space advocates in Santa Clara County!