Since its founding the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) has protected and preserved over 65,000 acres of open space in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. This is a great source of pride for Committee for Green Foothills since we campaigned for the voter initiative to start MROSD in 1972.
Permanently protecting open space and mVoters approved Measure AA on the June 2014 ballot, providing much needed funding for MROSD. Committee for Green Foothills was honored to campaign for Measure AA.
In 2013, MROSD announced that it would begin the process of developing a vision for the future of its open space preserves. Committee for Green Foothills’ Legislative Advocate Lennie Roberts participated in MROSD’s Community Advisory Committee and contributed advice and expertise towards the development of this vision.
In March 2014, after the vision process was complete, the MROSD Board of Directors voted to place a general obligation bond measure (Measure AA) on the June ballot. We worked on the campaign, led by the Peninsula Open Space Trust, to recruit volunteers, help with voter outreach, and educate the public about the benefits of Measure AA for open space. On June 3, 2014, Measure AA passed. Over the next 30 years, funding from this bond measure will add new trails and trail connections, open new preserves to the public, protect redwood forests, preserve farmland, restore wetlands and streams, provide habitat connectivity, and reduce fire risk, among other benefits.
For more information on Measure AA visit: http://www.openspace.org/news/bond_measure.asp