Thursday, January 29, 2009
Lots to be done, but we'll be working hard to do it.
Bonus blogging - new information's out showing the earthquake hazard of building in floodplains of major streams: "If a major earthquake rattles the South Bay, the sandy soils alongside San Jose's two largest rivers pose the highest risks to modern businesses and homes in Santa Clara County, according to new seismic maps by the U.S. Geological Survey. The maps reveal the hidden danger along San Jose's ancestral Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek flood plains...."
Still more reasons to keep those floodplains natural and open, whenever possible.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We at the Committee have done extensive work to protect local wildlife corridors, both the crucially-threatened one in Coyote Valley and others throughout the South Bay and South Valley. While Patagonia's project map focuses on national-scale corridors, local ones are just as important.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Primary disagreement with staff - 25 year limitation on analyzing sustainability
Question is whether this fully complies with what Stfd promised, and if not whether SM county should be interested in promoting compliance
Not just a check-off box - Stanford MUST submit an adequate plan to continue new development
Two problems with the non-compliance – nowhere in the permit plan or admin record was the study limited to a restricted time frame – a lot of info suggests otherwise
Second, that by definition you can't do an adequate sustainability study while limiting it to a short time frame like 25 years
No definition was included – page 94
Here's a def they could use:
"A sustainable process or condition is one that can be maintained indefinitely without progressive diminution of valued qualities inside or outside the system in which the process operates or the condition prevails."
No criteria for measurement, analysis, or conclusions re sustainability
Just one example of effects on SM County – traffic impacts from development post-2035
Can you analyze beyond 2035 - yes, two examples
Not sure about your process – I suggest you recommend letter not go forward as written
Analogy - Alpine Road sidewalk expansion also failed to meet Stanford's original promise
Encouraged by Joe Stagner's reference to planning to 2050
Friday, January 9, 2009
January 8, 2009
Re: Committee for Green Foothills' support for the Single-Use Carryout Bag Fee Ordinance
The Committee for Green Foothills supports
Paper bags create similar problems. When we opposed the permanent logging permit that San Jose Water Company requested for thousands of acres of redwoods and Douglas firs from Lexington Reservoir extending southeast halfway to
We hope that
Please contact us if you have any questions.
Brian A. Schmidt
Monday, January 5, 2009