Assemblywoman names Save Mount Diablo as Nonprofit of the Year


Local environmental preservation organization Save Mount Diablo was honored at the State Capitol on Wednesday as the 2016 Nonprofit of the Year for the 16th Assembly District.

Based in Walnut Creek, Save Mount Diablo strives to preserve Mount Diablo's peaks, foothills and watersheds through land investment, protection and education efforts.

"Through its commitment to conserving the natural beauty of Mount Diablo and the greater Diablo Range, Save Mount Diablo has been vital to the protection of wildlife habitats and the preservation of our environment," Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-San Ramon) said in a statement after she recognized the nonprofit during the special ceremony in Sacramento.

"Save Mount Diablo's dedication to preserve our local environment has benefited our community's park-goers and generations to come," added Baker, whose district includes the San Ramon Valley.

Since being founded in 1971, the nonprofit has helped the preserved lands on Mount Diablo and its surrounding foothills grow from a little over 6,788 acres to more than 110,000 acres across more than 40 parks.

"Save Mount Diablo has a time-sensitive land conservation mission for the beautiful Mount Diablo area, so we are very grateful for Assemblywoman Baker's leadership in stepping up to support and recognize our efforts with this award," said Ted Clement, executive director of Save Mount Diablo.

Through its collaboration with community partners and local government, as well as its efforts to unite and educate the public by organizing events throughout the year, Save Mount Diablo has experienced success in achieving its mission, Baker noted.

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Posted by Not fooled
a resident of Danville
on Jun 24, 2016 at 12:11 pm

Save Mt. Diablo went to bat for SummerHill Homes to ensure the Danville Town Council approved the environmentally-appalling 69+ unit residential development on Open Space land in the traffic-choked, flood-prone Diablo Road corridor. Then Save Mt. Diablo accepted a substantial contribution (at least $10,000) from SummerHill.

No, that organization is not worthy of the "non-profit of the year" award. Next time, select a worthy group, Assemblywoman Baker. There are a lot of them in the San Ramon Valley!

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Posted by Not Fooled is a Fool
a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2016 at 9:56 am

Save Mount Diablo tries to keep as much open space as possible. That is exactly what the Summerhill development would have done - there would have been hundreds of acres of open space permanently left that way. Now the hillside can be carved up and sold as individual lots. [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment directed at a person]

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Posted by Not fooled
a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2016 at 7:05 pm

@NFIAF: False promises of "open space" are what is used to ram unacceptable developments down the public's collective throat.

You are obviously an apologist for Save Mt. Diablo, which gained no land for the Mt. Diablo State Park out of the "Magee Ranches" project approved by the Danville Town Council. In fact, no parkland was to be created as part of the project.

The so-called "permanent open space" was in fact largely unbuildable land mostly in a canyon hardly anyone would ever see; was to remain grazing land under the control of the land investors; and was to stay in the Rural Residential land use category in the Danville General Plan, and thus potentially be open to future development.

The Danville Town Council was supposed to get some scenic easements over the largely unbuildable land, but the Council could decide not to honor those easements in the future. Why on earth would anyone trust the Council to protect open space? Just look at the hideous KB Homes "Quail Ridge" project on SRV Blvd.! Or the "Magee Ranches" project itself, which was almost all to be located (like the Quail Ridge project) on supposed "Agricultural Open Space" in the Danville General Plan! What a mockery of the English language and a betrayal of the public trust. The Danville Town Council and SMD should be ashamed of themselves.

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Posted by Not Fooled is Still a Fool
a resident of Danville
on Jun 28, 2016 at 11:24 am

Your facts are just straight up wrong.

The land was to be designated as permanent open space.

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