December 27, 2014

Collect signatures to save Doolan Canyon between Dublin and Livermore

Looking south-southeast down Doolan Canyon at the area that Pacific Union Homes wants to develop. Doolan Road is in the middle of the picture. The ridge in the distance is the East Bay Regional Park District's Ohlone Regional Wilderness containing Rose Peak, the highest peak in Alameda County, just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Photo by Dick Schneider.

Looking south-southeast down Doolan Canyon at the area that Pacific Union Homes wants to develop. Doolan Road is in the middle of the picture. The ridge in the distance is the East Bay Regional Park District’s Ohlone Regional Wilderness containing Rose Peak, the highest peak in Alameda County, just 32 feet lower than Mount Diablo. Photo by Dick Schneider.

Doolan Canyon in eastern Alameda County is at risk of development. Pacific Union has proposed a 2,000-unit senior-housing project in this rural canyon between Dublin and Livermore (see June, page 4). Now used for ranching, the canyon is designated critical habitat for the California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander.

This unincorporated area is currently protected by Alameda County Measure D, the Sierra Club-written Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) initiative passed by county voters in 2000. Dublin, however, does not have a UGB on its east side, and at the behest of Pacific Union, city officials authorized a general plan amendment study, the first step towards annexing the canyon and approving urban development without a vote of the people.

Map by Bob Newey.

Map by Bob Newey.

Fortunately, several environmental leaders in Dublin have drafted an initiative to enact a UGB on Dublin’s east side. To qualify the measure for the ballot, we need to collect about 3,500 signatures of Dublin registered voters this winter and spring. These local environmental leaders need our help.

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No prior experience is necessary to collect signatures. Training will be provided by Sierra Club leaders. The only requirement is that you be eligible to vote in California, that is: a California resident, U.S. citizen, and at least 18 years old. You do not need to live in Dublin.

You will be paired up with another volunteer for a two-hour shift in front of a grocery store or other high-foot-traffic area in Dublin. No door-to-door soliciting will be involved. All you have to do is ask shoppers as they enter or leave the store if they are Dublin registered voters and will sign the petition to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Collecting will occur on Saturdays and Sundays in Dublin throughout February and March.

If you can help in this vital effort to protect Doolan Canyon from urban sprawl or just want more information, please contact Dick Schneider at richs59354@aol.com or (510)926-0010.

Dick Schneider, Executive Committee, Sierra Club Tri-Valley Group

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