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ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP
Friends and Members of AEL,
I apologize for the delay in reporting on the outcome of the California State University Board of Trustee's meeting last Tuesday. We put up a noble fight - but took it in the chin again. CSU did accept the "donation" of 307 acres of vernal pool wetland and farmland from Eli Broad, Placer Ranch developer - an act which grants the land development entitlements. In some respects, a line of defense against this indefensible project has fallen.
However, we are not despairing because there is so much to celebrate and do:
1) that same day as the CSU hearing, we learned that voters cast Kirk Uhler out of his Supervisor seat; and that Suzanne Jones will be our new District 4 Supervisor. Suzanne is respectful to citizens, promises to enforce environmental rules and will cause developers to produce affordable housing
2) Center for Biological Diversity's lawsuit challenging the Placer Ranch Project and Sunset Area Plan is moving forward! Can you donate to help CBD defray litigation costs? Donate at GO FUND ME (Alliance for Environmental Leadership) or directly to CBD's Urban Lands Conservation Program.
3) our campaign for the west Placer vernal pool ecosystem continues. We're reaching out to the Attorney General, legislative committees and the Governor's staff to seek their intervention on the Placer Ranch and Sunset Area Plan on account of environmental, public health and affordable housing failures,
4) we are going to bring our concerns about the Placer Ranch project directly to Eli Broad, owner and developer for Placer Ranch. Help us with this! Please reformat your letters and comments on the EIR and to CSU Trustees to the attention of Mr. Broad. Let's make him aware of the adverse impacts of his Placer Ranch project. He presides over a multi-billion dollar empire. How much does he actually know about this project? Let's inform him. Address: 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Write "personal and confidential" on the envelope so that Mr. Broad actually opens it.
For those of you that want more info on our campaign to dissuade the CU Board of Trustees from accepting the "donation" of the vernal pool wetland for a CSU "center", here you go:
We had a stunning line-up of 12 speakers presenting fact-based information on a range of environmental and social issues to the CSU Board. Our written and oral comments (including a strong letter from CBD) made a strong case that Placer County's mega development on vernal pools called Placer Ranch is bad business for CSU and will tarnish CSU's legacy.
You may remember that the Placer Ranch developer offered to '"donate" 307 acres of vernal pool wetland to CSU for a Placer Campus. The donation was a tool to secure development zoning on 2200 acres of land that has long been reserved as the County's dump smell-buffer.
We'd hoped to persuade the CSU Board of Trustees to reject this "donation" because it comes at a high cost to 14 listed endangered species and carbon sequestering grasslands and farmland, runs contrary to the Governor's policies for conserving farmland and destroys our few remaining vernal pools and it is a gateway project for urban sprawl.
Back in February, Placer County approved the Placer Ranch project - largely on the promise of what was sold as a "full blown" CSU University. At the CSU Trustee's meeting last Tuesday, that University became a scaled back "campus center" - a far cry from the promise. The Placer Ranch project EIR is built around the University and the "primary wage earner jobs" it would bring to Placer County. Now that the University is shrunken to a storefront "Center", we feel that the CBD legal challenge to the project is stronger than ever.
Sadly, last Tuesday, it was evident that the deal had been cut already. Twenty four Trustees voted to accept the donation.
Hope shifts our thinking from the problem to a solution. Action: Send letters to Eli Broad, the developer. It is doubtful he has knowledge of why there is opposition to the Placer Ranch Project. Let's inform him. Write "personal and confidential" on the envelope so that the letter reaches him at: 2121 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
Be well, be safe and thank you for all that you do. Together we're a stronger voice.
Leslie Warren, Chair, Alliance for Environmental Leadership ...