Meet us on January 22, 2019 from 12 pm – 1:30 pm at San Jose City Hall
Coyote Valley has come a long way in many respects, but perhaps its most dramatic progress has been made in public opinion. While the Valley was known to nature enthusiasts and some local residents for decades, before the past few years many in San Jose would not have recognized the name or been able to point to Coyote Valley on a map. At the city government level, the consensus was that large parts of Coyote Valley would inevitably be paved over, destined for industrial zoning. That’s no longer the universally accepted view, and today elected leaders and the general public alike have become more familiar with the uniqueness and value of Coyote Valley as it is now.
There are signs that further changes are coming. Voters rejected a ballot measure in June that would have created a type of zoning that would put Coyote Valley at risk for accelerated development, and affirmed its importance again this November by saying yes to Measure T, which provided millions in funding for Coyote Valley’s preservation. Now the San Jose City Council will be conducting a special study session on Coyote Valley’s future.
You’ve raised the profile of this campaign and now’s the chance to make a big impact. Almost 5,000 people have signed a petition calling for the full protection of Coyote Valley as natural open space, and we’ve built a community that cares deeply about this local treasure. People from all over San Jose, Morgan Hill, and beyond want to see an important regional wildlife corridor, water resource, and recreational area defended from industrial development. It’s time to bring that message to city hall in advance of the study session to show decision-makers that the public supports Coyote Valley!
Join us for a Rally for Coyote Valley on January 22 from noon to 1 pm. It’ll be a fun and family-friendly event with snacks and beverages–and signs in support of Coyote Valley, of course! We’ll meet together outside of City Hall and walk to the council chambers together. We’ll invite members of the press to cover the event, and while we’ll go ahead if there’s light rain, a downpour will cancel it.
Get ready to show your support and demonstrate how important it is to Protect Coyote Valley. RSVP today!
About Protect Coyote Valley
The Protect Coyote Valley campaign is led by Committee for Green Foothills and supported by Greenbelt Alliance, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, SAGE — Sustainable Agriculture Education, and the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley. It aims to preserve Coyote Valley, San Jose as open space that offers flood-buffering wetlands, an essential wildlife habitat and migratory area, and active farmlands.