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2015-03-29 Open House for City of Santa Cruz Parks System

Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

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Though not hosted by the Sierra Club, this may be of interest to members. The City of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation Department is hosting two open houses to collect public input on how to improve the City’s parks, recreation facilities, beaches, and open spaces. Your input will help guide the development of a citywide Parks Master Plan, a plan for future park activities and improvements. The first open house was on Wednesday, March 25, and the second one is this Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Louden Nelson Community Center, Room 3.

2015-03-25 Conservation Committee Meeting

Wednesday, March 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 heritage trees, and more. This Committee provides recommended actions to the Executive Committee regarding how to address these issues, such as writing letters to officials stating the Sierra Club Group's position. Open to the public. This month's meeting is at Louden Nelson Community Center Room #2. Join the MeetUp event page for email reminders here. Join the Facebook event page to invite your friends here

Upcoming Local Meetings & Environmental Items this Week

Friday, March 20, 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. 

2015-03-26 Forum: No Fast Track for the Trans Pacific Partnership!

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Join the Sierra Club, Citizens Trade Campaign, Monterey Bay Labor Council, and 350 Santa Cruz for a forum about the environmental and labor impacts of the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership!

When: Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 - 8:00pm 
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center, 301 Center Street, Santa Cruz, CA 
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What is TPP? 
Attempts are underway to fast-track secret trade negotiations between the United States and 11 other countries around the Pacific Rim in a proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Fast-track would eliminate congressional debate and all opportunity for amendments. This massive "NAFTA on steroids" trade deal would weaken our environmental protections, open the floodgates to more fracking, move more jobs offshore, increase trade in endangered species' body parts, and empower corporations to attack climate policies in secret trade tribunals. 

Letter: Paddling on the San Lorenzo River

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Monday, March 9, 2015

The Santa Cruz Sierra Club submitted the following letter to the Santa Cruz City Council in response to public notice of a new advisory group to "develop the framework for a pilot paddling program on the lower San Lorenzo River." We are concerned that a proper environmental review has not yet taken place. Read the letter, as well as a letter we wrote from September 2014 below, for more information.

Ventana Chapter Schedule of outings, meetings & other activities

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Wondering what kinds of outings or other events are happening throughout the Ventana Chapter? Read this list of upcoming outings, through April 30.

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

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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.

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