San Carlos & Belmont Group

The San Carlos/Belmont Regional Group meets monthly (except July and August), usually on the 2nd Saturday. We emphasize hikes rated at 1A (less than 5 miles and less than 1000 feet change in elevation, that are usually on the Peninsula. Our events are open to all; membership in the Sierra Club is not required.

Hikes: Usually we meet in front of the San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street. You may use the public parking garage in the basement of the building. Bring water, day-hike items, and gas money for driver. Drivers and riders should know that the Club's liability insurance does not cover transportation to or from a Club event. You will be asked to sign and note emergency information on a Sierra Club liability release form. Be sure to call the leader to confirm meeting time and location.

Potluck meetings:  Call or e-mail the host to RSVP and obtain the meeting location.  Bring food (main dish, salad or dessert) to serve about 6.  We customarily contribute $2 per drink serving at the social time to defray costs.  Visitors are always welcome. 

 

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 - Morning Hike:  CANCELLED

 

Saturday, SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 – Evening Program:  “The Next Steps for North Crestview Park”” -- Speaker:  Cecily Harris, Executive Director, Coastside State Parks Association

After the success earlier this year of the “Save North Crestview Park” association, the Loma Prieta Chapter, numerous regional organizations, and members of the San Carlos/Belmont community in preventing its abandonment as a designated park site, there remains a need for both short and long range planning for this open space.  Goals for the property articulated so far include preservation of the natural environment, enhanced access without jeopardizing habitat, and increasing public awareness of the park’s existence.  

Ms. Harris will make a brief presentation, after which we will have an opportunity to brainstorm the possibilities – here’s your chance to offer input for the park’s future use.  The program will focus on how we as community members can actively steward the property, such as trail maintenance and related activities.  We will also discuss what political strategies might be available to be pursued by the SCB group to revise the General Plan or zoning so that all city parks are designated as "dedicated parks".

Cecily Harris is currently President of the Board of Directors of the MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District, and is an active member of the community, with over 30 years of nonprofit and public sector experience serving on committees, commissions, and boards.  She served for nine years on the San Carlos Parks and Recreation Commission.  She now has two park agency day jobs:  She is a Development Consultant for San Mateo County Parks, where she is responsible for alternative funding, legislation, donations and special projects.  She is also Executive Director for Coastside State Parks Association, a nonprofit organization that raises funding and awareness for fifteen California State Parks on the San Mateo coast.  (www.coastsidestateparks.org).  For background information about the “Save North Crestview Park” organization, go to http://plan4crestview.com .

Social time:  5:30 PM, Potluck 6-7:00 PM, Program 7-8:00 PM.  To RSVP for the meeting and to get directions, call or email the host,Nancy L'Heureux, (650) 593-8800, lheureux307@gmail.com. For carpool information, contact Marilyn Brewer, (650) 596-2865, marilynbrewer@comcast.net.  Bring food (main dish, salad or dessert) to serve about six.  We customarily contribute $2 per drink serving at the social time to defray costs.  Don’t hesitate to join us for the 7:00 program if you cannot attend the potluck.

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Mark your calendars!!  UPCOMING EVENTS OF THE SAN CARLOS/BELMONT GROUP

In the coming year, we will continue to alternate easy hikes with more difficult settings, to encourage wider participation.  Our evening programs may include both films and speakers.  Here is a tentatve list of the hikes and events currently planned:

 

October 11, 2014

·       Hike:  Huddart Park (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  Speaker Nicole David, Candidate for San Mateo County Harbor Commission

November 8, 2014

·       Hike:  Cooley Landing (rated Easy)

·       Program:  Transit Village (San Carlos) Update

December 13, 2014

·       Hike:   Black Mountain (rated Challenging)

·       Holiday party, jointly with members of the Peninsula Regional Group

January 10, 2015

·       Hike:  “Area H”, Redwood Shores (rated Easy)

·       Program:  Community Choice Aggregation – an alternative to traditional delivery of energy on the local level

February 14, 2015

·       Hike:  Pulgas Ridge (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  Panel discussion on the pros and cons of clear cutting

March 14, 2015

·       Hike:  Mori Point (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  How Sierra Club can select more environmentally responsible candidates

April 11, 2015

·       Hike:  Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge (rated Easy)

·       Program:  San Carlos Climate Action Plan update

May 9, 2015

·       Hike:  McNee Ranch State Park (rated Challenging)

·       Program:  Update on activities of Save the Bay

June 13, 2015

·       Bay Trail (San Carlos) (rated Easy)

·       Programs:  Options for green waste in multi-family and commercial settings