The title of "Most Important Environmental Bill to be Signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2008" may go to Senator Steinberg's SB 375 — a bill that promises to do for land use policy what AB 32 (Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006) is doing for climate.
After eight years as chapter activist, including four as chapter Executive Committee chair, I want to tell you about how I got involved, what my time with the Chapter has meant to me, and what the Obama win means to us in the Chapter.
Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 2954 in October, establishing the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Now the Association of Bay Area Governments will appoint seven board members to the new Authority.
Santa Clara County officials are considering an expansive development project on the 150-acre Santa Clara Fairgrounds. However, many residents are opposed to development which would change the character of the land.
Katie Dunlap and Mary McVey Gill, both active Sierra Club members, were part of an exciting tour to China this fall. The tour was organized by the Loma Prieta Chapter, in association with the Angeles Chapter.
The Third Tuesday events are social and informative get-togethers offered to Sierra Club members and the general public to give them a chance to interact on environmental issues and come together as a community.
I frequently get calls from people looking for the "best way to eliminate termites." Most callers want to avoid tenting and fumigation with Vikane. Fortunately we can avoid that unfavorite method, but termite control is never easy.
The results of Redwood City's open space vote registered "Dismal" at the polls. Measure W — the Charter Amendment that would have guaranteed Redwood City voters the final say on development of Cargill's 1,433 acres of retired salt ponds and other open space — didn't pass in the November election.
Land use issues were front and center at "Building Climate-Friendly Communities," a public workshop hosted by the Chapter's Cool Cities Campaign in conjunction with the Greenbelt Alliance and the Planning and Conservation League.
In Malaysia and Indonesia, palm oil is produced in areas covered with native lowland forests. In these forests a tragedy has been unfolding for the last 30 years. Soaring demand for palm oil is killing orangutans and destroying their rainforest home.
Our California environment is rooted in the winter-wet, summer-dry cycle. A successful California garden can be designed to absorb the winter moisture, "bulking up" naturally and organically in order to survive the dry season ahead.