What is happening with the Sierra Club? Earlier this year, the organization’s local Loma Prieta chapter made regional headlines for opposing a 100% affordable housing project in Moss Beach. Such a project might house, for instance, some of the thousands of low-wage workers who work on the coastside but cannot afford to live anywhere nearby.

Now, the chapter has been conspicuously silent about the Measure Y ballot measure in San Mateo, which is officially opposed by other environmental organizations like Save the Bay and Greenbelt Alliance. That measure’s extension of onerous height and density limits around the city’s transit hubs directly contradicts the Sierra Club’s national infill policy, which declares that “development areas served by public transportation … should be zoned for dense/multi-family/mixed use development in order to reduce emissions and waste.”

Additionally, some of the most anti-housing, pro-sprawl political candidates in cities to our south are touting the Sierra Club endorsement. In Cupertino, it endorsed Mayor Steven Scharf, who opposes sufficient homes to go along with the city’s new 12,000-employee Apple campus. And in Palo Alto, it endorsed a full slate of NIMBY candidates, who resist building more housing in the city with the worst jobs/housing balance in the entire Bay Area.

For Sierra Club members who understand that addressing the climate crisis is more important than currying favor with the political establishment, these endorsements should be an embarrassment. Until the club changes its ways, it’s hard to argue it is treating climate change as an existential threat.

Mike Dunham


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(4) comments

Terence Y

I guess the Sierra Club just moved up on the old respect-o-meter if they're canceling their global warming support. But oops, they moved down on the old respect-o-meter since they canceled their founder, John Muir. Oh well, I guess Sierra Club members better toe the line and stop bellyaching about global warming, else they'll get canceled, too.

Christopher Conway

Mike from Burlingame, why do you care what happens in other cities beyond your own. Is that your business or the business of the people who live and vote in that specific city. Why don't you just concern yourself with Burlingame and let other people decide for themselves what they want for their city. Do you think it should be the choice of citizens in each city or some regional or state decision? People who own property in these cities you are referring to don't want height changes or other zoning changes, that is very clear, deal with it.

Madeline B

Chris from the Crusades, why do you want to tell your neighbors what to do with their own land? So nosy.



I thought one of the great things about America was free speech. You are sounding more and more like your orange idol. Anytime someone says something he doesn't agree with, reporters, newscasters, authors etc., he calls for them to be fired, reprimanded, barred and so on. Did you ever think that Mike may own property in San Mateo also? Maybe he has family and relatives in San Mateo. Maybe he is trying to educate people all over the peninsula. One other thing. You are painting the population with a broad brush. You try and project that the majority of people agree with your idea of how things should be. Yes, some people in other cities don't want changes but many people do. Deal with it.

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