The Environmental Committee works to protect the watershed and to educate the public on forestry issues, erosion control, hazardous waste, recycling, and other issues. We also monitor government policies and procedures.
PG&E is a high priority for the Environmental Committee due to its massive and destructive felling of trees to prevent wildfires when unsafe, unreliable, antiquated equipment is the fundamental cause of the fires. From working on legislation and a new Franchise Agreement for PG&E in the County to in-depth research and analysis to support work with agencies affecting PG&E and helping folks protect their trees from PG&E’s contractors, this keeps the group busy. We work with a State-wide Utility Wildfire Prevention Taskforce on these issues.
Your help is needed.
Visit https://endpowerlinefires.com for more information.
River & Road Clean Up
with Save Our Shores
Annual Environmental Town Hall
Felton Community Hall
First Saturday of the month
Second Saturday if the first Saturday is a holiday weekend.
10:30 am at VWC Office at Highlands Park Senior Center
On Zoom and in-person. Email for Zoom info.
Meetings are open to the public.
Call 338-6578 or email for information.
Valley Women’s Club, SLV Chamber of Commerce, North County Democratic Club and elected officials oppose Greenway
FELTON, CA (Mar. 1, 2022) – The NO WAY Greenway campaign today announced two of the San Lorenzo Valley’s most influential organizations are opposed to the deceptive Greenway initiative, including the Valley Women’s Club of San Lorenzo Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce, joining the Democratic Club of North Santa Cruz County. SLV elected officials are also opposed to the Greenway initiative, including Cabrillo College Trustee Donna Ziel, County Board of Education Trustee Sue Roth and SLV Water District Director Jayme Ackemann.
“The Greenway initiative will take our county backward, rather than forward in transportation planning for the future of our community and our economy,” said Bryan Chambers, San Lorenzo Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. “The Greenway initiative will result in tracks being ripped up on the Santa Cruz Branch Rail Line and the Felton Branch Line becoming stranded from the national rail network.”
Other organizations opposed to the Greenway initiative include:
Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Club, Santa Cruz County Democratic Party, Pajaro Valley Cesar Chavez Democratic Club, Mid County Democratic Club, College Democrats at UC Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz for Bernie, People’s Democratic Club, Santa Cruz Climate Action Network, Youth for Climate Justice, GLBT Alliance of Santa Cruz County, Friends of Rail & Trail, Coastal Rail Santa Cruz and Equity Transit.
Other elected officials opposed to the Greenway initiative include:
Dr. Faris Sabbah, County Superintendent of Schools; Fred Keeley, Former Speaker pro Tem, California Assembly; Bill Monning, CA State Senate (ret.) Majority Leader Emeritus; Dawn Addis, Candidate for State Assembly District 30; Jon Wizard, Candidate for State Assembly District 30; Francisco Estrada, Watsonville City Council; Lowell Hurst, Watsonville City Council; Eduardo Montesino, Watsonville City Council; Vanessa Quiroz-Carter, Watsonville City Council; Aurelio Gonzalez, Former Watsonville City Council (ret.); Sandy Brown, Santa Cruz City Council; Justin Cummings, Santa Cruz City Council; Shebreh Kalantari-Johnson, Santa Cruz City Council; Renee Golder, Santa Cruz City Council; Donna Meyers, Santa Cruz City Council; Christina Cuevas, Cabrillo College Board of Trustees; Felipe Hernandez, Cabrillo College Board of Trustees; Adam Spickler, Cabrillo College Board of Trustees; Steve Trujillo, Cabrillo College Board of Trustees; Maria Orozco, Pajaro Valley Unified School Board Trustee; Bruce Van Allen, County Board of Education; Deb Tracy-Proulx, Santa Cruz City Schools District Board of Trustees; and Claudia Vestal, Santa Cruz City Schools District Board of Trustees.