David Tam 
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Director, SPRAWLDEF (Sustainability, Parks, Recycling And Wildlife Legal Defense & Educational Fund), Berkeley

Updated on June 24, 2015 at 6:04 PM

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Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

I welcome improved coverage of complex public policy issues as exemplified by Sophie Ho's thorough coverage of dueling lawsuits against the FEMA grant for eucalyptus-thinning (Hills Conservation Network: too much; environmental groups: gradual removal essential). Too many media have focused on the pro-thinning advocates and missed the advocacy for removal espoused by the suit brought by SPRAWLDEF (Sustainability, Parks, Recycling, and Wildlife Legal Defense Fund) with the participation of the Club. I think it's incumbent upon Mr. Gammon to reflect the complexity in future editorializing.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Tam on 06/25/2015 at 1:05 PM

Re: “East Bay Hills Tree Removal Plan Still Sparking Debate

@ Jim Wiegand: I don't get what the opposition of credible, internally democratic environmental groups to the unscientific and sentimental policy of thinning eucalyptus has to do with what project-specific mitigations such groups may have exacted from wind projects 40 miles southeastward.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by David Tam on 06/25/2015 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Measure WW's One-Year Report Card

RE: "It [Measure WW] was also the first to face an organized opposition campaign."
INSUFFICIENT ATTENTION TO DETAIL AWARD: While it is true that Measure AA in 1988 (the $250 million predecessor of WW @ $500 million) was virtually unoposed, there was substantial bona-fide environmentalist opposition to a 1998 EBRPD parcel tax, including folks in the Regional Parks Association and former EBRPD Director Harlan Kessel. Apart from disgust with managerial styles, the critics sincerely believed the commitment to open up acquisitions for development was detrimental to the need to acquire as much as possible before sprawl set in, expecially near newer parks on the I-680 corridor.

Posted by David Tam on 01/12/2010 at 11:42 AM

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