The beauty of San Mateo County is undeniable, but it wasn’t that long ago that the rolling coastal lands and old farmsteads here were threatened by sprawl. Today, much of that land is no longer in jeopardy, thanks to the foresight of preservationists and environmental groups.
This June, county voters have an opportunity to take the next step in preserving the open spaces that make our county special. Measure AA is a $300 million bond placed on the ballot by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which will ensure that future generations of county residents have access to some of the most pristine countryside in the state.
Midpen and its citizen advisors have identified 25 projects that provide the broadest possible benefit. The bond will be used to develop 200 miles of trails, linking existing open space areas and opening access to 62,000 acres of land that has been set aside in perpetuity. Many of the projects also protect farms and expand grazing on our scenic and still-rural San Mateo Coast, providing local food and local jobs.
Measure AA has been endorsed by the county supervisors and nearly every elected official, public agency, business organization, community leader and environmental group in the region. We all understand that its passage will go a long way toward keeping the threat of development at bay and saving the beauty of San Mateo County for those who come after us.
Learn more by visiting yesforopenspace.org.
The letter writer is the San Mateo County supervisor for District Three.