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Violations of Legal Procedures in County General Plan & Local Coastal Program Amendments

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Last Wednesday, February 25, our Conservation Committee Chair Gillian Greensite spoke at the Santa Cruz County Planning Commission meeting on behalf of the Sierra Club to voice concerns with proposed amendments to the County General Plan and Local Coastal Program. Similar concerns, including possible violations of legal procedure and legal objections to the piece-mealing of changes to the General Plan were expressed in a letter delivered to the Planning Commission by the legal firm, Wittwer and Parkin who requested that the issue be continued. The Sierra Club made the same request.

2015-02-25 Conservation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Conservation Committee discusses and reviews conservation issues that are affecting Santa Cruz County, including conservation topics such as forestry, wildlife habitats, water, transportation, pollution, preservation of

Sierra Club advocates for tree protection in North Coast System Rehabilitation project

Sunday, February 22, 2015


On Friday, February 20, 2015, Conservation Chair and Executive Committee member Gillian Greensite spoke at the County Zoning Administrator meeting on behalf of the Sierra Club about a proposal to remove 24 trees including 10 "significant" trees between Wilder Ranch and Scaroni Road on

Water Supply Advisory Committee Update

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Santa Cruz Sierra Club has representation on the Water Supply Advisory Committee for the City of Santa Cruz. The purpose of this citizens advisory committee is "to explore, through an iterative, fact‐based process, the City’s water profile, including supply, demand and future threats, and analyze potential solutions to deliver a safe, adequate, reliable and environmentally sustainable water supply, and develop strategy recommendations for City Council consideration." Below is a summary of the February meetings, written by Water Department staff. Sierra Club members who are interested in water supply issues are meeting on March 11 to review and discuss the various proposals that have come before the Water Supply Advisory Committee. You are invited to join them and provide your input! Details for that event are here.

Stop Oil Trains!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Heard of oil trains? Well you certainly would hear one if it exploded in your backyard. Unless we take action, oil trains may begin traveling through the southern part of Santa Cruz County, near Aromas, as well as through Elkhorn Slough, San Jose, and other neighboring areas.

Pauline Seales of 350 Santa Cruz writes about this: "We are under assault by Big Oil, from tar sands and crude-by-rail. California could be the site of the next oil train disaster, unless we take action now. Right now, Phillips 66 is proposing to upgrade its Santa Maria refinery to begin receiving oil trains carrying dangerous, toxic, and climate-killing tar sands oil. If approved, more of these bomb trains will begin rolling through thousands of California communities, and right near highly populated areas including schools, homes, community centers, and parks. Millions of lives will be at risk and our state’s clean air, water, and climate threatened.

Car-Free Hikes from SensibleTransportation.org

Monday, February 16, 2015

Love to hike but hate to drive to trailheads? SensibleTransportation.org has a couple of car-free hikes that you can easily access by public transportation in Santa Cruz. From their website:

"A number of car-free hikes, in which one uses only public transportation, are available in Santa Cruz County. Here's the idea: You take a bus from downtown Santa Cruz to the start of a hike in a neighboring park or nature preserve. Then you take your good walk or hike. When you reach the end of your hike, you take another bus back to Santa Cruz. (For loop hikes, it may be possible to return to Santa Cruz on the same route you came on, but a later trip.)

Mission: Pedestrian Letter to Santa Cruz Elderly & Disabled Transportation Advisory Committee Members, City Council, & Public Works Department

Monday, February 16, 2015

This February, 2015 letter about sidewalk issues in Santa Cruz was written by Mission: Pedestrian, a Santa Cruz-based organization dedicated to making the walking part of your trip safe and enjoyable. The Sierra Club supports transportation policy and systems that, among other things, "provide everyone, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, with adequate access to jobs, shopping, services and recreation" and "ensure vigorous and effective public participation in transportation planning." This letter advocates for these values, as well, which is why we're promoting it on our website. Learn more about the Sierra Club Transportation Policy here

2015-02-11 Executive Committee Meeting

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Monthly meeting of the Santa Cruz Group Executive Committee at Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA. The Executive Committee meets every second Wednesday. Bike parking in front, as well as car parking nearby.

Upcoming Local Meetings & Environmental Items this Week

Sunday, February 8, 2015

To save our members the time spent reading local government meeting agendas to find items of environmental interest, members of our Conservation Committee have done this work for you! After reviewing agendas for the coming week, some items may be of interest to Sierra Club members. 

Sierra Club Condemns State Injection Well Practices, Calls for Investigation

Sunday, February 8, 2015

SACRAMENTO, February 6, 2015—The Associated Press reported today that more than 2,500 injection wells that put aquifers that are federally protected or provide drinking water at risk in California have been permitted by a California agency. At least 46 percent of those—or 1,172—have been permitted in the last four years.


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