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Monitor Notes: Coyote Valley, Decarbonization, Youth Art, Guadalupe River, District 18

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


Vision for Coyote Valley

Situated south of San Jose and north of Morgan Hill, the Coyote Valley is one of the last remaining undeveloped valley floors in the Bay Area and a critical greenway connecting the Santa Cruz Mountains with the Diablo Range. The Valley has been under threat of development for decades, but protection is finally on the horizon. This evening at 6pm, an event sponsored in part by the Greenbelt Alliance will feature a panel of speakers that will talk about this new era of Coyote Valley and the vision for indigenous stewardship, farming, and wildlife in the area. Speakers include, among others, the Chairwoman and Vice Chairwoman of the Muwekma Ohlone tribe of San Francisco and the Mayor of San Jose.


Decarbonizing Housing

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in partnership with Contra Costa Health Services and San Mateo Housing Endowment and Regional Trust, will be hosting a three part informational webinar on building decarbonization, beginning this Friday, August 6. Speakers will discuss the connection between public health and low-carbon buildings. Follow up webinars will touch on equity in existing building decarbonization and building resilience after wildfires.


Youth Art Contest

This one’s for the young people in your lives: Light Earth’s Destiny, a Bay Area youth-ran nonprofit, is holding an “Eco Art” contest. Kids aged 5-14 are encouraged to submit art centered around themes like “Imagining Our Green Future,” “Focusing on the Present,” and “Honoring an Environmental Hero.” In addition to all sorts of prizes for top submissions, all art will be featured on Light Earth’s Destiny’s website. Interested young artists have until the end of September to enter.


Future of Guadalupe River

In downtown San Jose, the Guadalupe River represents a haven of nature and a valuable greenway in an urban heat island. In collaboration with the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, SPUR has been undertaking a study planning for the future of the river for the past two years. On Tuesday, August 10, the two organizations will be hosting an online event to discuss the study’s findings on the river’s ecological and economic impact on San Jose and what should be done to realise its potential for the city.


Assembly District 18

A candidate forum between Mia Bonta and Janani Ramachandra will be held Monday, August 9 as a part of the run-off election for Assembly District 18 previously represented by Rob Bonta. You can learn more about the candidates here, register for the forum here, and submit your questions to [email protected] Registered voters in Alameda, parts of Oakland and San Leandro (previously represented by Rob Bonta) can vote in the August 31 run-off election.



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