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A gem of open space

Original post made on Mar 21, 2014

For decades, coyotes, hawks and dusky-footed woodrats have roamed the secluded INE Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Few other creatures, domestic or human, have been on this 148-acre Palo Alto parcel off Skyline Boulevard in the last 15 years.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 21, 2014 at 2:23 pm

Every time I read of another land acquisition by the Open Space Preserve, my heart sings!

It's that much more land that will not be destroyed by developers and that much more of nature that will be preserved and protected for our enjoyment!

This is why I love the Bay Area!

Thank you so much!


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

We need housing, I don't mind buying land for open space but we need to build housing.


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:32 pm

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Who Says WE need Housing?
I don't think so, We don't have the Schools to support more people, We don't have the Water to support more People, We don't have the Grocery stores to have more People,We don't have the sewage system. We don't have the Roads, Transportation, etc. etc. etc...
Only Developers feel that we need more building.
Too much Growth is TOO Much..
Stop the "Build it and they will come" attitude..


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

It would be nice if what you've outlined would be recognized, Gus. Unfortunately, we have a number of city councils in this area that are out for the almighty dollar, and forget everything else.

It's amazing how a positive story like this can be hijacked by some into a "build, build, build!" argument. Sad, really.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:53 am

We must preserve open space by planning better in the bay area, yes we need the housing. We must plan and build better conservation features. Transportation again comes down to build altermatives. Schools and their sites, they can rethink school design. Speaking of schools, not every couple wants to have large family or children, maybe a dog.

Everyone should have open space, recreation, a chance to walk on a meadow, but if people drive more, spend more money on gas with their extra long commute. Most likely they will be to tired, another night of TV.


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Posted by resident 1
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Mar 22, 2014 at 7:25 am

Garrett from another community - I believe you live in the east bay - note all of the regional parks in the east bay. Also note that there is good transportation in the east bay - ferries, BART, AMTRACK, buses, etc.
Also jobs - lots of jobs. There is a whole technology sector in the east bay. Think about all of the property that UC owns and what the ramifications are.

I think the better planning has already happened - except for the crime element - but that is a different topic.
Note all of the new housing - Pleasanton, Dublin, Walnut Creek. Please go enjoy what is there now, put your bible away and enjoy the day in the east bay.


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Posted by Elaine
a resident of Ventura
on Mar 22, 2014 at 7:30 am

Wonderful news! Thanks for the story.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 8:09 am

Yes we do have great open space around the bay area.

But not open space is parks, we do need space to produce food, raise cattle and run a dairy.

Not all open space is just about walking and enjoyment.


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Posted by lv4ntr
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

My spirits lifted after reading this story; I am so grateful for and to MPROSD.


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Posted by JanN
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm

Keep It Healthy!!


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

So open space is only useful if it's used to produce something, Garrett?

Wow, how pathetic. By your logic, the open space in Nevada is being wasted...


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

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Another beautifully written piece by Sue Dremann.

I grew up in an area where so many such places were often bulldozed to build housing tracts. It's so good to know this pristine area will be preserved and wildlife will live in peace.


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Posted by Nora Charles
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 22, 2014 at 3:59 pm

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And to Veronica Weber, gorgeous photographs!


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm

In the 60's and 70's some of hardest battles for land preservation happened right here. Productive land fell to the bulldozer, they truly paved Paradise over.

I know saying give up open space, just don't send it to other places.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Not saying give up open space, build on all open space around but don't send the growth, the bulldozer or miles of real estate developers to quench the thrist of affordable housing and parking lots.


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Posted by UC Davis Grad
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:10 pm

Garrett -- HUH???


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:48 pm

In a quick nutshell, just don't let sprawl take over our open space or send it to other community.


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