We need your help to qualify an initiative for the ballot that would protect a special stretch of scenic open space in the Richmond hills north of Wildcat Canyon.
To qualify the Richmond Hills Initiative for the ballot, we need to gather 6,000 signatures in the next few months. It’s a big effort, but we can do it if we all pitch in! If you can volunteer a few hours of your time to support this important initiative, please sign up for one or more signature-gathering shifts.
The initiative would protect 430 acres of undeveloped hillside with stunning panoramic views and important ecological value. The area offers a mixture of dense oak forest, rolling hills, stream beds, and pasture — all providing homes for birds and wildlife. Although the land is poorly suited for development (it’s prone to landslides, for one), it has been targeted for large-scale housing projects numerous times over the years. Right now, these misguided developments have to be beaten back one-by-one.
The Richmond Hills Initiative would protect this land forever by rezoning it to preserve scenic views, protect wildlife habitat, and prevent residential subdivisions and other harmful development. The area would be open to recreation like hiking and horseback riding, as well as small-scale agriculture and grazing. This initiative is modeled after similar initiatives that have successfully protected open space in Dublin, Hercules, and elsewhere.
Signature gatherers will work in pairs at high-traffic locations like farmers markets, grocery stores, and special events. It’s a great way to do good and meet new people, so sign up today! If you’re interested in volunteering, or even if you’re still on the fence, come to this Saturday’s volunteer orientation to learn more about the initiative and get trained in signature gathering:
This is our chance to protect our hills for the long-term — but first, the initiative needs to qualify for the ballot. Please sign up to gather signatures, even if you have only a few hours to give. This is a big endeavor and we need your help now to protect our beautiful open space forever!