Save the Bay’s mailer on Newark’s Area 4

Dan Ondrasek posted this in a different thread. I thought I’d bring it up to the top in its own thread, so others don’t miss it. (Hope you don’t mind, Dan.)

Here’s the rest of the press release from Save the Bay:

“The City of Newark plans to fill in one of the largest tracts of restorable, undeveloped baylands in the South Bay to make room for 500 houses and an 18-hole golf course. But you can help stop this project before it’s too late.

The Bay has already lost 90% of its wetlands. We can’t afford to lose more.

Newark’s “Area 4,” as it’s known, is located along the Bay shoreline near Fremont. It’s a massive swathe of open space that lies within the expansion boundaries of the Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge. Area 4 is home to approximately a dozen threatened or endangered species, including the endangered salt marsh harvest mouse. And it is directly adjacent to Mowry Slough, a primary breeding ground for San Francisco Bay harbor seals.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife calls the area “critically important to waterfowl and shorebirds which migrate to San Francisco Bay.” The Baylands Habitat Goals Project identified the area as uniquely suited for tidal marsh restoration that is critical to the health of the Bay.

Newark has a choice: Will it go down in history as the city that put a golf course on restorable habitat and built 500 homes at risk of flooding? Or will it be the city that worked to expand one of the most important urban wildlife refuges in the country?

Please TAKE ACTION and tell the City of Newark to protect the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge!

If Newark approves this plan, we could see 2.1 million cubic yards of fill dumped onto rare and restorable wetlands. That’s enough dirt to fill nearly 100 trucks a day for two years. We’ll also lose critical wildlife habitat and expose the Bay to even more runoff pollution from this urbanized area.

Won’t you please take action today? Tell Newark that the days of filling the Bay are over. The city should focus future growth within already developed areas—near transit, shops and services—not on ecologically-sensitive, restorable baylands.”

Chris DeBenedetti


  1. Thank you Chris, a excellent article. I wonder who cares? as far as politicians who are suppose to represents us?

  2. If you haven’t noticed yet – – – – Every comment that’s ever been posted herein, has now been dropped from this venue.

    Who’s brilliant idea was it to not convert ANY comments?
    Nicht, nein, nyet, nada . . . .

    Everything costs a pretty penny – I get it. But, come on – at least the previous 90 days worth of activity, or, how about 30?? You know – maintain SOME modicum of continuity.
    Not since Matt Artz elected to publically identify and out an otherwise anonymous member of this blogging community have I been so disappointed in this venue.

    Here’s an announcement from one of the other BANG blog moderators clarifying the choices that have been made –


  3. Bbox,

    I have heard that Disqus is becoming more and more popular as a message board commenting system. Many sites are moving towards it. I think Disqus and Livefyre are now the top two in the space.

    I’ve also heard that converting an existing database of comments is not easy. It could be done but it would probably be pricey. While they represent several years worth of interesting discussion to us, I don’t see BANG putting much value in them. Hence the decision not to bring them over to the new system.

    So, as noted, we’re stuck with making a new history of comments starting now. I will reply to your comments on red lights as best I can remember them soon. I’ve just been very busy over the last couple of weeks.

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