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2008-10-09 21:00:24

By Doug Siden IN 1988, voters in Alameda and Contra Costa counties approved a measure that has preserved 34,000 acres in parks and open space throughout the region and played a major role in defining quality of life in the East Bay. This November, voters will decide whether to renew this powerful tool. Through Measure AA, voters authorized East Bay Regional Park District to sell $225 million in bonds over 20 years. With the funds generated by the sales, the district has been able to...

2008-10-02 21:00:11

By Editorial FOUR YEARS AGO, the East Bay Regional Park District and Contra Costa supervisors devised a proposal to buy undeveloped land in 13 locations in the county. It was a well-meaning plan to obtain land for parks. Unfortunately, the method of raising funds was flawed and just this year was found to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court. That is why we reluctantly opposed the 2004 proposal, as did the voters. We also urged park district officials to come back with a...

2008-10-02 21:00:00

By Ned McKay Visitors to Brushy Peak Regional Preserve near Livermore can now hike a new loop trail through the preserve, thanks in part to the work of about 100 volunteers from Volunteers for Outdoor California. The volunteers spent the weekend of Sept. 13 and 14 helping to finish a mile-and-a-half of trail that makes the formerly dead-end Brushy Peak Trail into a loop. The new trail does not go to the top of Brushy Peak itself, but it takes you up to a shady spot with spectacular views...

2008-10-02 21:00:00

By BAY AREA NEWS GROUP THE TIMES GOT it all wrong in its recent editorial recommending the passage of Measure WW, the East Bay Regional Parks District's $500 million bond measure on the November ballot. It's time to tell the EBRPD that enough is enough. Let's look at the facts: -- EBRPD now has 98,000 acres (153 square miles) under its control. The vast majority of this is not open to the public and probably never will be. -- Additional private property purchased with Measure WW's...

2008-09-26 06:00:17

By Jeanine Benca LIVERMORE -- The park district's newly improved Web site has a host of user-friendly functions, including a key that can translate the entire site into more than 20 languages. Livermore Area Recreation and Park District officials say the renovated site will help members of Livermore's diverse ethnic community, especially non-English speakers, have better access to current information about parks and programs. A click from the homepage will activate Google Translate...

2008-09-25 21:00:21

By editorial FOUR YEARS AGO, the East Bay Regional Park District and Contra Costa supervisors devised a proposal to buy undeveloped land in 13 locations in the county. It was a well-meaning plan to obtain land for parks. Unfortunately, the method of raising funds was flawed and just this year was found to be unconstitutional by the California Supreme Court. That is why we reluctantly opposed the 2004 proposal, as did the voters. We also urged park district officials to come back with a...

2008-09-24 21:00:18

By Jonathan Lockett BRENTWOOD -- The Brentwood City Council voted unanimously to support a measure extending the existing East Bay Regional Park District Regional Open Space, Wildlife, Shoreline and Parks bond Tuesday night, which could result in more than $2 million for parks and recreation projects. The Measure WW bond worth $500 million would net Brentwood $2,313,312 in funding to meet local parks and recreation capital project needs if passed Nov. 4. The measure would replicate and...

2008-09-16 21:00:16

By Chris Treadway The International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday is a chance to join volunteers at area shoreline sites as part of the largest volunteer event of its kind in the world. According to sponsoring organization Ocean Conservancy, 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states took part last year, clearing 6 million pounds of garbage from oceans and waterways. Events cover most of the East Bay shoreline from Emeryville to Richmond and spots farther north; organizers say the...

2008-09-11 21:00:14

By JM Brown Over the objections of some vocal residents, a fire protection official said his agency will begin thinning trees again in Redwood Regional Park's East Ridge Trail just as soon as federal authorities OK the work. Assistant Fire Chief John Swanson of the East Bay Regional Park District is awaiting clearance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to resume cutting down eucalyptus, Monterey pine and other types of trees on a southern portion of the trail to create a firebreak...

2008-09-10 21:00:13

By Sophia Kazmi SAN RAMON -- The San Ramon City Council agreed Tuesday night to move forward with allowing a once controversial development project into its city limits. The council unanimously approved sending an application for the Faria Preserve, a 786-unit development located behind in Deerwood Road, to the Local Agency Formation Commission for annexation approval. ' In 2006, the city approved of zoning changes that would have allowed the plans to move forward, but the following...


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