The Lehigh cement quarry in Cupertino has been dumping pollutants into Permanente Creek for years, poisoning the fish and, potentially, San Jose’s drinking water. The Sierra Club has notified Lehigh that it intends to sue them over these practices.
The Big Wave Project faces four separate appeals in front of the California Coastal Commission, as well as legal challenges. The Coastal Commission staff just issued a report that raises red flags about a wide variety of issues.
Volunteer chapter treasurers across the country must comply regularly with California’s complicated nonprofit financial reporting laws. The Club’s Chapter Treasurer Assistance Support Team set out to help chapter treasurers comply and came back a winner. Problems with financial reporting are way down. Bruce is one of seven members on the Support Team. He has been our Chapter Treasurer since 2007, has been on the Chapter’s Executive Committee since 2006, and is the Chapter’s Outing Chair.
The Chapter received excellent news in September: the Silicon Valley Community Foundation has awarded a third year of funding for our Building Climate Friendly Communities Campaign (BCFC). The Chapter will receive $60,000.
Why do folks volunteer to spend their evenings calling other Chapter members for money? Because “The Chapter is a strong local force, protecting our local environment …” Already, 16 volunteers at four phone banks have raised more money than the professional tele-fundraisers did in all of 2010. The results have been so strong that the volunteers have raised their goals and added two additional phone banks.
The Chapter is currently looking to fill the post of Development Coordinator. This part-time paid position resides at Chapter headquarters in Palo Alto and replaces former coordinator Darren Ponce, who moved to a full-time position after finishing his schooling.
The Chapter’s Sustainable Land Use Committee has been working with the Menlo Park Green Ribbon Citizens Council to support a more walkable, livable downtown Menlo Park. Filling in downtown and the area around the Caltrain station with a mixture of housing, jobs, and retail makes it possible for the people to meet everyday needs by foot, bicycle, and public transit.
Yet another developer has proposed yet another wretched, traffic-inducing, climate-busting shopping center with 350,000 to 400,000 feet of big-box retail surrounded by acres of parking. The location for this proposal is Almaden Ranch, an undeveloped 43-acre parcel on the Almaden Expressway in San Jose. The land is currently being farmed, but it is surrounded by residential development and is a reasonable candidate for some kind of mixed-use infill development … just not this kind of auto-centric infill development.
The San Antonio Shopping Center in Mountain View has approval for remodeling itself into a mixed retail and housing development. To address remaining concerns raised about bicycle and pedestrian access, the city charged the project developers to work with the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.
Saltworks developer DMB has encountered two new major setbacks concerning traffic and the water supply for its proposed development. Although the developer has succeeded in getting government agencies to water down the rules for such developments, the Chapter is still fighting this disastrous proposal.
The air was electric as a diverse group of nearly 100 citizens from Redwood City and surrounding areas gathered at the Redwood City Unitarian Church to celebrate the September 26 launch of Redwood City Neighbors United (RCNU). The new group’s mission is to convince Redwood City to reject Cargill/DMB’s plans to build the massive Saltworks project, an irresponsible development which fails to meet the reasonable growth guidelines in Redwood City’s own General Plan.
Bair Island, a neighboring wetland parcel twice the size of Cargill, was saved about three decades ago. Ralph Nobles, the first speaker at the launch of Redwood City Neighbors United, inspired and entertained the crowd with a brief history of how.
Some of the best sustainable, plant-based recipes can be found on Sierra Club web sites. The recipes are wholly plant-based, with nutritious and delicious ingredients that are easy on the environment. Food lovers will enjoy these hearty and flavorful dishes for all kinds of entertaining as well as everyday meals.
How can you make your garden an effective and persuasive showcase for environmentally friendly gardening? By planting native plants, of course, but also by making the garden look inviting and appealing the year round. Win hearts and minds by incorporating simple “cues to care” in your landscape.
A proposal to widen 1.3 miles of Highway 1 in Pacifica costs too much, has too many environmental impacts, would demolish roadside businesses and a residence…and would save drivers all of 84 seconds per trip.
Good news: The federal and state governments are working hard to restore Battle Creek for salmon and steelhead. No so good news: At the same time, the water quality necessary for the fish goes down as the state government continues to allow clearcutting in the watershed.
Does US trade policy affect environmental protections? You bet it does!
1959 - 1972: Millions of dolphins drowned when they became ensnarled in mile-long fishing nets used to catch tuna. Fishermen off Southern California, Mexico, and South America, would deliberately chase schools of dolphin to encircle them in huge purse seine nets.
1972: In response to an outraged American public, Congress passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The MMPA prohibited US fishermen from using purse seine nets to catch tuna.
Caltrain’s doing great: ridership is up, fare revenue is up. But its finances are a disaster because its funding mechanism is dysfunctional. It got bailed out once again this year, but we need a permanent solution that funds this important service.
The beautiful Sierra Club calendars (better-looking than the one in this ad) are here! Perfect holiday gifts for friends, family and co-workers, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chapter’s conservation work. They are a steal at $14 for wall size and $15 for engagement size if you buy them at the Chapter office. We'll mail them to you for $4 extra.
Loma Prieta Chapter, 3921 E. Bayshore Rd., Palo Alto
First published in 1935, Canoeing with the Cree is the true story of a remarkable 2,250-mile canoe trip made by two teenage boys. On June 17, 1930, Arnold Eric Sevareid, then 17, and Walter Port, 19, set off from Fort Snelling, Minnesota, in an 18-foot canoe as soon as high school let out. Sevareid, who went on to become a renowned journalist, kept a diary during the trip and in plain-spoken but fine detail describes how the two companions enjoyed, endured, and ultimately survived their 14-week odyssey.
Chapter activist Jill Boone is an inspiration both professionally and as a volunteer. Her many efforts have made a real difference in helping individuals and organizations act responsibly in support of our fragile environment.
Probably you’ve heard the alarming news about the Sacramento Delta and its endangered fish populations that bespeak an endangered ecosystem. What many people don’t realize is that we in the South Bay have direct ties to the waters of the Delta, and that we as individuals and Chapter members can help reduce the threat to the Delta.
Not subscribed to the electronic Loma Prietan? Then you missed Angelo Lanham’s excellent article, “Pave Paradise, Put up a Parking Lot.” The short version: The College of San Mateo decided to raze a portion of its garden to build a parking lot, and we all thought immediately of Joni Mitchell. An informal group of students calling themselves the Friends of the San Mateo Gardens filed suit in an effort to halt this attempt to pave paradise.