May - June 2010
Vol. 73 No. 3


Conservation News

Park initiative turns in signatures
On April 19, environmental groups turned in 760,000 signatures to state election officials. These will almost surely contain the 433,931 valid signatures required to place on the ballot the California State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010. This initiative will provide a stable source of funding to get our state parks into good repair and to protect them from threats of closing. To help in the campaign this fall to pass the initiative, contact Chapter conservation coordinator or by phone at (510) 848-0800, ext. 323

Help plan for a wild Arctic Refuge as it turns 50
This year is the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Habitat or decoration? - the role of plantings in Golden Gate Park.
In urban environments, often we nurture plants to `pretty' things up: street trees, hanging baskets of geraniums and the like.

Park soccer location is out of bounds
Can San Francisco build a massive soccer complex in Golden Gate Park without performing any environmental analysis?

Golden Gate Park updates
Stow Lake boathouse, Strybing fees

Union City hillside threat withdrawn
Congratulations to Union City residents, volunteers, and leaders who have stopped an assault on the city's hillside protections!

Coast Commission to weigh Tomales Dunes
The future of Tomales Dunes is scheduled finally to come before the California Coastal Commission at its July meeting in Santa Cruz.

Town Council decision on Moraga creek and ridgeline expected in May
The fate of Moraga's Rheem Ridge open space still hangs in the balance.

Local "Yosemites of the sea" to be preserved
On May 1 a network of 24 undersea state parks - the first of its kind in the country - will hit the water between Half Moon Bay and Point Arena.

Alameda Supes block kennel in scenic area
On March 30 the Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 4 - 0 to uphold the Sierra Club's appeal of a use permit for a very large dog-and-cat boarding kennel in east Castro Valley.

Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant
PG&E says safety can wait
Wants relicensing of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant before seismic studies