The Sunnyvale City Council, with a range of support from the Sunnyvale Cool Cities Team, passed an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags and imposing a charge on paper bags. The ordinance closely parallels one recently passed in San Jose.
Never a dull election! With three seats up for grabs on the Midcoast Community Council, only two environmental candidates had filed when the August deadline passed. The other candidates who filed were two decidedly right-wing candidates running as a team. But then Laura Stein stepped in as a write-in candidate and things suddenly got interesting.
The Santa Clara Valley Water District is working to renew a special parcel tax for flood control and ecosystem protection. They are clear on how to spend the flood control money. Their plan for ecosystem protection is squishy. The Chapter’s Water Committee is advocating for better planning of and more transparency about how the tax money is spent, and the district appears to be cooperating.
The San Mateo County Transportation Authority is proposing to spend over $50 million to widen a 1.3-mile stretch of Highway 1 in Pacifica from four lanes to six. The Chapter has made it clear that we believe that cheaper and less environmentally destructive options are available. Members of the Pacifica City Council haven’t stood up for our position, despite that fact that we endorsed most of them.