Tuesday, November 23, 2004
The study was conducted in Africa, but could be relevant to the collapsed sardine fishery off the northern California coast. Just one more lesson of the dangers in massively altering systems we don't yet understand.
The locator map and trail use info are already available on the MROSD website, but the additional info might be quite interesting, and it's worth taking a look at this book.
Wednesday, November 17, 2004
Friday, November 12, 2004
The one consolation was that somebody else at the meeting told me that I was not visibly angry. I kind of thought I was.
The only times I've become angry on the job in my year-and-a-half here are in that particular committee (on other occasions), and with Stanford's various activities. I'm not sure what that says about anything, but I'll try and keep my cool, or keep it from showing when I don't keep my cool.
Thursday, November 11, 2004
We are now beginning to take action. Here is a letter we're sending to Santa Clara County. We'll see what happens next.
Monday, November 8, 2004
Stanford S1 Trail Alignment Draft Supplemental EIR (scroll two-thirds of the way down the screen)
The main problem with the document is that the "trail" it identifies as environmentally superior is hardly a trail at all, and simply follows existing roads and sidewalks. The reason for this is that the County refuses to look at which trail best reduces the environmental impact from Stanford's expansion, and instead chooses the trail alignment that has the least impact on its own. Obviously, the smallest impact will come from an alignment that creates as little actual trail as possible. Instead of looking for a more natural setting, the document prefers a trail along existing roads and sidewalks, where people can already go walking.
Comments are due Friday for this document - send them to Tim.Heffington@pln.sccgov.org
We'll do a more public push on the S1 Trail when the final environmental document is complete.
Update: You can read CGF's comment letter on the draft environmental report here.
Friday, November 5, 2004
Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan / Natural Communities Conservation Plan
A question that has long bothered me is why the HCP has been delayed so long - I originally believed it was because San Jose did not want the HCP to moderate development in Coyote Valley. We may have learned part of the answer yesterday when San Jose staff said that the development group funding planning for Coyote Valley is also funding San Jose's participation. My guess it that the development group delayed an agreement to fund the process, which is why San Jose delayed the process. Whether San Jose was actively cooperating or resisting this delay is unclear - they're not talking about it.
Monday, November 1, 2004
On this election-day-eve, you might, like me, be feeling the need to act locally. Here's an opportunity to have an effect on our local representation – on the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Board of Directors.
With the addition of the San Mateo County Coastside to its jurisdiction, MROSD now needs to adjust the boundaries of its seven districts so that each contains approximately the same number of people.
They're holding a series of workshops to get input on how best to redraw the ward boundaries so that the new constituents are appropriately represented on the district’s Board of Directors. (Each ward elects one Director.)
This could affect many of the district’s nearly 750,000 constituents, as the various scenarios drawn up by staff involve adjusting boundaries of as many as four of the seven districts.
The final meeting on this issue is this Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7pm, at the District’s field office on Skyline.
You can also visit the district’s website (link to www.openspace.org) to see the proposed scenarios and provide your input electronically.