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Tuolumne River: Paddle, Cycle, Backpack, Fly-Fish

From Peter Drekmeier of Tuolumne River Trust:

I'm participating in the Tuolumne River Trust's By Land and By River adventure-a-thon (our new version of Paddle to the Sea that includes backpacking, cycling, and fly fishing), and I'm hoping you will sponsor me. Please visit my fundraising page:


The State Water Board's updated Bay Delta Water Quality Control Plan, Phase 1 will focus on increasing flows on the Tuolumne, Stanislaus, Merced, and lower San Joaquin rivers to improve water quality and fish & wildlife habitat. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to revive our rivers and help bring back the salmon. Historically, an estimated 130,000 salmon spawned in the Tuolumne, but last year only 434 fish returned. Your support will help make our work possible.

Just Say NO to Jerry Brown's "By Right" Proposal

In an effort to streamline development of affordable housing, Governor Jerry Brown proposes to remove community input and environmental review from planning and development processes. Politicians have reached a budget agreement that would allocate a one-time $400 million for affordable housing in exchange for approval of the governor’s "By Right" proposal, which excludes public transparency, community input, and environmental protections statewide. See the articles below for more info:

Los Angeles Times

San Mateo Daily Journal

Urge your state representatives to oppose the governor's "By Right" proposal:

State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin

State Senator Jerry Hill

Here is a sample email:
I oppose the governor's By Right proposal, which removes virtually every opportunity for the public to know about the environmental impacts of development projects in their neighborhoods. Community input and environmental review processes should not be removed from planning and development. Please take action to stop this attack on CEQA and the Coastal Act!

(This post courtesy of our friends at ResistDensity.org in Moss Beach)

Montara Mountain Book Back in Print

Montara Mountain by Barbara VanderWerf
Montara Mountain
is back in print. Barbara VanderWerf’s guidebook to the trails, plants, and fascinating historical lore of Montara Mountain, including San Pedro Valley Park, is available at the Visitor Center Trailside Store. Originally published in 1995, Montara Mountain was reprinted in 2010 with a foreword by Mike Vasey. As this is still a great reference book for hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders, the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park (SPVP)—working with Barbara—have facilitated a third printing. Trailside Store hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The park entrance is at 600 Oddstad Boulevard just south of the Oddstad/Rosita/Linda Mar intersection. Friends of SPVP present informative nature programs, and always welcome new members to support volunteer work in the park:

Friends of San Pedro Valley Park

Correction: Sharp Park Berm Not "Legally Mandated" to Be Maintained

Stan Zeavin Op-Ed

This "My Turn" column originally appeared in the Pacifica Tribune (May 4) under a headline presumably written by the editor ("Challenging responsibility of Sharp Park sea wall," which op-ed contributor Stan Zeavin says has "nothing to do with the article and, in fact, deflects from the article's intention." We are happy to post Stan's op-ed here with the author's correct headline.