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July 2012

 

Dear Friend,

Did you know we are currently in one of the worst droughts in US history, impacting 26 states including California (and even Hawai'i!)? If you need any more reminders that we face man-made climate change in our lifetimes, there you go! If you want to do something about it, our chapter can use an awesome volunteer like you. Learn how you can help in this latest Loma Prietan article (incidentally, also about me!).

Speaking of volunteers, congratulations to members of our Conservation Committee for successfully calling on the Mountain View city council to protect burrowing owl habitat in the North Bayshore area!

For more ways to take action this summer, take a look at some upcoming events below.

In solidarity,

Adrien Salazar
Conservation Coordinator
Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter

"Talking  About Land-Use & Transportation" - Messaging and Outreach Training
Monday, August 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
Peregrine Conference Room, Peninsula Conservation Center,
3921 East Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303 (map)

How do we advocate for and build communities that are sustainable, healthy, and thriving? Those new to land-use/transportation advocacy and those who want to know more about what's coming up next around these issues, please join us for this training co-facilitated by Chris Lepe from Transform.

Please RSVP by emailing adrien.salazar@sierraclub.org, by Next Friday, August 3.

Menlo Park at HomeDo you care about the future of housing in the Bay Area?

Join the City of Menlo Park as it updates its Housing Element, which identifies areas of the city for future housing development including sites for affordable housing.

Menlo Park Housing Element Steering Committee Meeting
Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.
Arrillaga Family Gymnastics Center, Multi-Purpose Room
501 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA (map)

Save the date for these upcoming Community Workshops!
Wednesday, August 15, 6:00 p.m.
East Menlo Park (location TBA)
Thursday, August 23, 6:30 p.m. West Menlo Park (location TBA)

For more information please email Vu-Bang Nguyen with Urban Habitat, at vubang@urbanhabitat.org.

NL GBIDaly City Walk the Talk-- Breakfast Forum
Thursday, July 26, 7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Daly City War Memorial Community Center, Community Room 1-3 7755 Mission Street, Daly City

Join the conversation about the future of Daly City's Mission Street corridor. Expert panelists will offer their insights about the corridor neighborhood's potential from three different perspectives: economic development, urban design, and public health. You are invited to listen and share your opinions with us about how we can work together to improve the vitality of the Mission Street corridor. Breakfast is provided.

RSVP Now!

Saratoga - Going Green without Going Broke

GoingGreen.jpgMonday, June 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Saratoga Public Library 13650 Saratoga Avenue Saratoga, CA 95070 (map)

What every homeowner should know about going green on a budget.
  • Indoor air quality and allergies
  • Tankless water heaters
  • Radiant heat systems
  • Remodeling for energy efficiency
  • Lead exposure in vintage homes
  • Energy efficiency mortgages
  • Solar electric (PV)
Find out what to do first, learn about easy energy-saving tricks and surprising myth-busters, and discover lots more rebates. Two programs give FREE insulation and FREE kitchen appliances. Free and open to public.

Happy Birthday El Camino! El Camino Real Centennial Tour
Tuesday, August 7, tour at 10 a.m.
SanBrunoRear of Tanforan Shopping center
1150 El Camino Real, San Bruno (map)

August 7th, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the creation of the first california State Highway, which was the segment of El Camino Real between San Bruno and Burlingame. The Tour will begin at a gathering of old cars, and travel down El Camino to Burlingame past a reviewing stand at the site of the original groundbreaking. The tour will conclude with a picnic and birthday party for the El Camino! Birthday cake provided for all!

Vehicles participating require preregistration at http://www.mpotac.org/centennial-tour.php

Save the Date for The Silicon Valley Watershed Summit!
Saturday, September 22, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Foothill College (Smithwick Theater)
12345 El Monte Road, Los Altos Hills (map)
Details: http://www.acterra.org/watershedsummit
Registration: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/256652  
 

WatershedPlease join us at the Silicon Valley Watershed Summit, a gathering of activists, elected officials, community leaders, and the newly-interested, to learn about and take steps to improve our local watersheds in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. This event will focus on the "Big Picture" of the health of our watersheds, and teach skills that YOU can implement in your watershed and community. Speakers include Brock Dolman, Director of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center’s Water Institute, and Lester Snow, former California Secretary of Natural Resources and current Director of the California Water Foundation.

To receive updates, please send an email to pdrekmeier@earthlink.net.

Volunteer for a Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Endorsement Team in your city!

The Sierra Club interviews and endorses city council and other local elected officials. We try to interview the candidates in every one of the 23 races listed so we can help the most environmentally supportive candidates get elected. The 1st step is to interview candidates interested in our endorsement.

We need many volunteers to have teams for all these races! If you are willing to commit to 1 two hour training session in the next few weeks and 1 evening between August 20-30 to interview candidates in your city, please let us know by contacting John Cordes political@lomaprieta.sierraclub.org and Ann Schneider, schneiderann@juno.com to volunteer or if you have questions.

Santa Clara Water Board needs you!

The Santa Clara Water Board is up for re-election and we need individuals on the Water District Board who want to see better balance in the budget for our water supply, flood control, and environmental needs. We need those individuals to file their candidacy by early August 2012. Candidates don't need to be water experts, but they need to be able to make common sense decisions based on a logical consideration of the complex facts. They need to be willing to listen and then to be leaders in creating new approaches. Please consider serving your community in this much needed way.

If you know anyone or if you yourself would be interested in serving on the Water District Board, please contact Richard McMurtry 408-402-3641, RMcMurtry@baymoon.com, with Environmentalists for Living Streams.

Environmentalists for Living Streams PO Box 1267, Cupertino, CA 95015-1267 www.envirosforlivingstreams.org.

Go Solar with the Sierra Club! 

Solar ShareReceive a $750 cash gift card and help Sierra Club when you go solar with Sungevity. Sierra Club is now offering supporters a one-stop solar shop through Sungevity. Sungevity will take care of installation, maintenance and service. In addition to paying less than their current energy bills, homeowners will receive a $750 gift card and for every home that participates, the club receives $750 for clean energy work. If you are interested in the carbon cutting revolution, please visit the Solar Homes Campaign for a free savings quote.

Got an article for Loma Prieta Chapter Update?

Article submissions for the Loma Prieta Monthly Chapter Update:

We would be happy to include local environmentally-related events in the Loma Prieta chapter monthly email update. Please send to Adrien Salazar by the 1st of the month to be included in the chapter update email that will be sent in the 2nd week of the month. Email Adrien at: adrien.salazar@sierraclub.org.

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