Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Public Positions

2014

08.19.14 Resolution supporting Menlo Park Measure M

1.26.14 Letter To: Tony Estremera, Chair Santa Clara Valley Water District on Salmonid Fishery Recovery Strategy

 

2013

5.14.13 Approval of the Draft Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection 5-Year Implementa​tion Plan

4.30.13 Coalition Letter on Affordable Housing

4.30.13 Leaf Blower Resolution

4.26.13 Design changes to the Santa Clara/Alum Rock BusRapid Transit Project

3.18.13 Mountain View City Council - San Antonio Plan

3.20.13 Comments on the Draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) for Milpitas

3.15.13 Coalition Letter on San Jose Planning Commission Bylaws

3.8.13 - Bus Rapid Transit Coalition Letter

2.26.13 - Water Pollution Control Plant DEIR Comment Letter

1.28.13 - Menlo Park - Stanford mixed-use development at 300-550 El Camino

1.22.13 - San Benito County - Stop Fracking

1.21.13 - Google Bridges in North Bayshore across Stevens Creek

1.16.13 - Letter to the Editor - S.J. must do better on creek protection (Katja Irvin)

1.14.13 - Sunnyvale's Lawrence Station Area Plan

1.8.13 - Menlo Park - Ban Plastic Bags

 

2012

Fluoridation Ad Hoc Committee Recommendation - December 17, 2012

Sabatino Rezoning, Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration Comments - November 30, 2012

Council OKs burrowing owl planOctober 24, 2012

San Jose City Council Special Study Session, Please Prioritize Riparian Corridor OrdinanceOctober 9, 2012

 

2009

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Adopted April 2009:


Resolution in support of protecting habitat of the Calippe silverspot and Mission blue butterflies in San Bruno.

Adopted October 2009

WHEREAS the Callippe silverspot and Mission blue butterflies are federally listed endangered species; and

WHEREAS 98% of the Callippe's habitat around the bay has already been built on; and

WHEREAS the Callippe silverspot grassland habitat will be diminished and fragmented and isolated by Brookfield Home's proposed development on the northeast ridge of San Bruno Mountain; and

WHEREAS the San Bruno Mountain Habitat Conservation Plan has not, in 26 years, delivered on its promise of habitat conservation; and

WHEREAS the proposed mitigation measures for the development are not tested and proven on San Bruno Mountain; and

WHEREAS, the Sierra Club supports the preservation of species and open space habitat and denser residential development to conserve opens space lands,

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter supports protection of the habitat of the Callippe silverspot and Mission blue butterflies on the Northeast Ridge of San Bruno Mountain as open space. We are opposed to any development that reduces endangered and threatened species habitat on the northeast ridge.


Resolution in support of changing zoning of parks from "R-1" to "open space and parks"

Adopted October 2009

WHEREAS, open space on the San Mateo Peninsula is steadily disappearing in the face of pressure to develop outside of the existing transit corridors; and

WHEREAS, Open space conservation and smart growth go hand in hand, just as the natural and built environments are interconnected. On the one hand, open space conservation redirects growth by preventing development on protected land. At the same time, smart growth draws development pressure away from unprotected open spaces; and

WHEREAS, city zoning for parks can range all over the zoning map, implying a variety of uses that are not devoted to recreation and open space considerations; and

WHEREAS, San Carlos parks and open space are not currently protected with a zoning of "Parks and Open Space" but instead are zoned "R-1", making it simpler to develop.

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, the Loma Prieta Chapter supports a change to the zoning of all city owned open space and parks to Open Space and Parks.


Resolution to change wording in the San Carlos general plan to prohibit sale of parks to generate city revenue, and instead utilize them as open space.

Adopted October 2009

WHEREAS, open space on the San Mateo Peninsula is steadily disappearing in the face of pressure to develop outside of the existing transit corridors; and

WHEREAS, open space conservation and smart growth go hand in hand, just as the natural and built environments are interconnected. On the one hand, open space conservation redirects growth by preventing development on protected land. At the same time, smart growth draws development pressure away from unprotected open spaces; and

WHEREAS, prohibiting the sale of open space for purposes other than the acquisition of equivalent open space would reduce development far from the transit corridor and ensure availability of land for parks and recreation; and

WHEREAS, staff in the City of San Carlos want the flexibility to sell off open space lands as a condition of enhancing other parks currently in short supply.

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, the Loma Prieta Chapter supports the Planning Commission and General Plan Advisory Committee wording for San Carlos General Plan Policy 4.7 "Prohibit the sale of City-owned open space properties to generate City revenue and instead endeavor to utilize such properties as open space."


Resolution to promote Fair Election Campaign

Adopted August 2009

WHEREAS Sierra Club has endorsed the California Fair Elections Act which would allow candidates who support environmental concerns to compete with privately funded candidates, and

WHEREAS the Loma Prieta Chapter recognizes that its active support of the Act will contribute to the likelihood of its passage at the June, 2010 election and that joining coalitions of supporters is an effective method of expressing that support,

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that Brian Carr will represent the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club on August 30, 2009 at the community meeting in Palo Alto which is designed to bring together a coalition of supporters of the Act and is further authorized to contact other groups for the purpose of obtaining their support of the Act. The Loma Prieta Chapter may be listed as a co-sponsor of the August 30 event.


Resolution - Protection of Pacifica Quarry

Adopted August 2009

WHEREAS the Pacifica quarry is home to a vibrant wetland habitat which includes an endangered species: the San Francisco garter snake, and a threatened species the red-legged frog; and

WHEREAS the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club has consistently opposed development proposals onthis site; and

WHEREAS the California Coastal Commission has established 300' setbacks from Calera Creek (c.f. California Coastal Commission finding; F5a-7-2008, pgs 13 and 14) and adopted the findings contained in the Swaim report (c.f. Status of the San Francisco Garter Snake at Pacifica Quarry, San Mateo, California, pg 26) for the purpose of habitat conservation to sustain and enhance the existence of both an endangered species and a threatened species;

LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club supports continued recognition and protection of the land form known as the Pacifica Quarry as containing significant functional environmentally sensitive habitat area (ESHA).


Resolution in Support of Appointing Two Voting Members as Liaisons to the Bay Area Transportation Committee

Adopted May 2009

WHEREAS the California/Nevada Regional Conservation Committee (CNRCC) has approved the formation of the Bay Area Transportation Committee (BATC) to enable the Sierra Club to establish unified policy and speak with one voice on regional transportation issues that cross chapter boundaries of the below-mentioned three Sierra Club chapters that compose the 9-county Bay Area (and beyond):
• Loma Prieta
• Redwood
• San Francisco Bay

WHEREAS our policy issues need to be discussed between other Sierra Club chapters to advance a unified Sierra Club local agenda at the regional level and

WHEREAS the BATC has established a Liaison Committee composed of two 'liaisons' from each of the above three chapters, two 'at-large' members, two co-chairs, and a webmaster, that acts as its governing committee, And

WHEREAS the CNRCC steering committee has required that all chapter liaison be confirmed by their executive committees as soon as possible to ensure that the BATC is truly representative of the chapters they are intended to represent, and

WHEREAS the liaisons will bring back matter from BATC through the chapter process when required thus expanding the range of the Transportation Committee and

WHEREAS the liaisons must be approved by the chapter Executive Committee and inform the BATC co-chairs of said confirmation, and any resolution or other document indicating what is expected from them in that capacity and

WHEREAS It is expected that the liaison is to keep their chapter or group informed of what the BATC is doing, advancing BATC policies to their chapter or group for their approval if necessary, as well as to participate within the Liaison Committee, including voting on policies as representative of their chapter, and

WHEREAS In order to keep their chapter and or group informed of what the BATC is doing and to represent their interests, the liaisons will participate within their Chapter's and/or Group's Transportation committee, and advance issues through the ConsCom and ExCom process before taking a chapter position at BATC, and

WHEREAS we will find out if the Bay Area Transportation Committee has a better chance of being heard by the regional planning agencies,

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club appoints Gladwyn d'Souza and Paul Wendt as liaisons to the Bay Area Transportation Committee.


Resolution to Oppose the El Rancho Benito Development Project

Adopted May 2009

WHEREAS the Sierra Club supports good infill projects that reduce environmental impacts and supports jobs/housing balances that reduce vehicle miles traveled, GHGs, water and energy demands, and

WHEREAS the Sierra Club opposes urban development in locations that exacerbate environmental impacts to wetlands, watersheds, wildlife corridors, wildlife habitat, and

WHEREAS the El Rancho San Benito project, proposed by DMB Associates, is a classic sprawl project which will induce more the of the same; the project will cause significant harm to the Pajaro River Watershed particularly in its ability to attenuate flooding; the project will increase vehicle miles traveled in South Santa Clara County and North San Benito County contributing to GHG emissions, and result in significant water and energy demands for 20,000 to 40,000 new residents

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Loma Prieta Chapter of the Sierra Club opposes the proposed El Rancho San Benito project


Resolution to Uphold the Redwood City Creek Set-Back Ordinance

Adopted May 2009

WHEREAS, ordinances that require riparian setbacks have been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a means to 1) reduce flooding and flood intensity, 2) reduce the occurrence and impacts of stream bank erosion, 3) preserve riparian habitat, and 4) protect surface and ground water quality; and

WHEREAS, in 2005, the City of Redwood City adopted a creek setback ordinance establishing a 25-foot riparian setback (from top of bank) that prohibits 1) construction of structures and additional impervious surfaces within the setback, 2) the filling, grading or disturbance of stream banks or any other land within the setback, and 3) the removal of riparian vegetation; and

WHEREAS, McGowan Development has proposed, as part of a 9-home Planned Unit Development on Finger Avenue, to apply for a Use Permit to allow construction of the four largest homes within the setback zone of Cordilleras Creek, and

WHEREAS, there are no physical or legal encumbrances that prevent McGowan Development from complying with the 25-foot setback, nor does such a setback deny the property owner his rights to develop the property; and

WHEREAS, Redwood City Planning Staff has recommended to the Planning Commission to grant a Use Permit that will permit home construction within 15-feet of the top of bank as defined by McGowan Development, and within 10 feet from the 100-year flood zone, without benefit of an Environmental Impact Report or independently peer reviewed geotechnical studies; and

WHEREAS, residents of Redwood City, in a detailed response to the project's Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration and in testimony before the Planning Commission, have provided substantial evidence for significant flood and stream bank erosion hazards that would potentially impact the proposed project; and

WHEREAS, Redwood City Planning Staff, in their recommendation to the Planning Commission have failed to justify the required findings for a Use Permit;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, the Loma Prieta Chapter recommends that the Redwood City Planning Commission set a proper precedent by rejecting McGowan Development's Use Permit application.

ALSO, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Redwood City Council:

1. Support the creek setback ordinance by rejecting the McGowan Development Use Permit application,

2. Strengthen Redwood City's creek setback ordinance by requiring that a Use Permit for new construction within the setback zone not be granted unless a hardship can be demonstrated, and unless peer reviewed studies support Use Permit findings, and

3. Instruct the City's Engineering Department to develop a top of bank definition and setback zone for affected watercourses within the City that is unambiguous and predefined, in accordance with the model ordinance language recommended by the USEPA.


Resolution in Support of Institution of a Storm Drain Fee in Burlingame

Adopted April 2009

WHEREAS the storm drain system of the City of Burlingame is 80 years old and in serious disrepair, and

WHEREAS storm drain run-off allows debris and pollutants to run into Burlingame creeks and the San Francisco Bay, and

WHEREAS the cost to repair and upgrade this system cannot be covered within the City's already stressed operating budget,

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Sierra Club, Loma Prieta Chapter supports the measure by the City of Burlingame to institute a Storm Drain Fee on property owners to pay for the required improvements.


Resolution in Support of an Open Space Ballot Initiative for the City of Belmont

Adopted April 2009

WHEREAS, open space on the San Mateo Peninsula is steadily disappearing in the face of pressure to develop outside of the existing transit corridors, and

WHEREAS, "Smart growth" is an approach to land use that redirects economic growth away from undeveloped areas and back into established areas. Open space conservation and smart growth go hand in hand, just as the natural and built environments are interconnected. On one hand, open space conservation redirects growth by preventing development on protected land. At the same time, smart growth draws development pressure away from unprotected open spaces.

WHEREAS, the current city policy allows developers to develop in parks merely with a vote by 4/5 ths of the city council,

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED, the Loma Prieta Chapter supports the Belmont City Council's efforts to create an Open Space Ballot Measure to strengthen protections for designated Open Space.