Sunday, February 21, 2010

How to Help Save Arana Gulch


Plan to attend the March 10, 2010 California Coastal Commission meeting in the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Chambers, 5th Floor, 701 Ocean Street in Santa Cruz. Check the Hearing Agenda for specifics on time of the Hearing and other events.

Testimony at the hearing should include the following critical points:





  1. The proposed Broadway-Brommer Bike project (now called an "interpretive trail") will cause "significant and unavoidable impact" to habitat of the endangered and threatened Santa Cruz tarplant (Holocarpha macradenia).

  2. The B-B Bike project ("interpretive trail") will violate an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area (ESHA) as defined in the CA Coastal Act (Policy 30240). The City of Santa Cruz has failed to demonstrate that this proposed project is "resource-dependent," as specified by the Act.

  3. The City of Santa Cruz has never substantiated its claim that money for management of tarplant habitat will come from construction funding for the Broadway-Brommer Bike project. The City has not identified any dedicated funding mechanism to mitigate "significant and unavoidable" damage to Santa Cruz tarplant habitat.

  4. Urge that the CCC only approve the Arana Gulch Master Plan contingent on the removal of the Broadway-Brommer Bicycle Path Connection project (as found in six Public Use objectives on page 30 of the Draft Master Plan, as well as portions of Sec. 3.4).

  5. Finally, ask that the CCC instruct the City to consider alternatives outside of Arana Gulch for any proposed east-west bicycle transportation project.


If you cannot attend the hearing, please send your letter covering the above critical points, BY MARCH 1, 2010, to:

Dan Carl, District Director
California Coastal Commission
725 Front Street, Suite 300
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please share this information with others and encourage them to write letters and attend the hearing. All City, County and State residents can participate to Save Arana Gulch!

Friends of Arana Gulch web site: http://members.cruzio.com/~arana

2 comments:

  1. I personally don't understand why so many Santa Cruz bike people want this trail. It's unnecessary and, as you note, it damages sensitive and crucial habitat.

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  2. Jack Burns3:02 PM

    I know you've worked extremely hard on this one, Michael. I'll saddle up Whisky and lend a hand if needed!

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