The California Coastal Commission sided with the Chapter, the Committee for Green Foothills, and other environmental organizations to deny a permit to the oversized commercial Big Wave project west of the Half Moon Bay airport. The Chapter had appealed to the commission over a year ago. Chapter activists Mike Ferreira and Lennie Roberts spoke at the meeting on our behalf.
In a victory for Chapter activists, the Mountain View City Council voted 6-1 to prohibit additional housing in the commercial and industrial North Bayshore area. The vote came on July 10, during the closing months of the five-year process to update the city’s general plan.
After a stream of protest emails from Chapter members, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors has changed its plans. It has shelved their earlier proposal to cut some of the redwoods in Pescadero Creek County Park in order to help balance the county’s parks budget. Assistant County Manager David G. Holland wrote the Chapter in early July to let us know and to request that we pull from the Chapter website the call for emails to the board.
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The Sierra Club supports proposition 37 on our November ballot, which would require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). Giant food companies have raised over $20 million to defeat it, presumably fearing that customers may (sensibly) shun foods bearing a GMO label. Earthbeam Natural Foods of Burlingame is refusing to carry products from those corporate funders. Read our position and Earthbeam’s letter to their customers.