Coralin Feierbach: Belmont’s open space defender

Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal Belmont Councilwoman Coralin Feierbach got her start in community activism nearly 40 years ago by helping to stop development on Sugarloaf Mountain. She is leaving the Belmont City Council this year after serving for more than 14 years.

It was almost 40 years ago when Coralin Feierbach first made a name for herself by standing up to protect open space in Belmont. She was in her mid-30s then and her daughter was just 3.

A proposal to build housing on Sugarloaf Mountain in San Mateo on the border with Belmont prompted Feierbach to fight back in an attempt to preserve the open space. She and the others who fought against the development won that fight and Feierbach has spent much of her life since protecting the Belmont Hills from development.

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