The Open Space Council Blog


Homes and Habitats in the South Bay

October 13, 2016

Silicon Valley is study in contrasts where it is home to people from the homeless and working poor to the extremely wealthy and everyone in between. It also experiences cycles of explosive economic growth with the addition of tens of thousands of jobs, while also being home to endangered species like Burrowing Owl and Bay Checkerspot Butterfly, and rare serpentine flowers. One of the challenges that the South Bay faces is how to make sure that all of these people, flora, and fauna have the homes and habitats they need to survive and thrive.

To tackle this challenge successfully, it is critical to have an informed and engaged public who sees the value of both new housing to meet local and regional growth needs and parks and open space for recreation and conservation. It is not an “either – or” proposition, but rather “both – and.” Advocates for housing and open space agencies can work together to shift public opinion to create the long-sought “win-win” scenario. The result will be a resilient Silicon Valley with homes and habitats for all its residents.

San Jose, photo credit City of San Jose

Join us for a Gathering on November 17, 2016 to discuss this with housing and open space leaders in the South Bay.

Register now.

The speakers include:

Angel Rios, Jr., Director, San Jose Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services, will provide opening remarks.

The Gathering will be held November 17, 2016 from 9:30am – 1:00pm in the Rotunda at San Jose’s City Hall in downtown San Jose. Lunch will be served from 12:00pm – 1:00pm.

Register now.