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Open space bond labeled Measure AA

A coalition of community leaders and volunteers has rallied behind a bond measure to provide public access and preserve open land throughout the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, which covers 550 square miles and 17 cities from Los Gatos to north of Half Moon Bay.

The $300 million bond – Measure AA on the June 3 ballot – championed by the Yes for Open Space campaign would improve and enhance 25 open-space areas throughout the district, including four in the region encompassing Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, Palo Alto and Sunnyvale.

“This measure is essential to protecting the miles of treasured open space that make the Bay Area such a wonderful place to live and work,” said Assemblyman Rich Gordon (D-24th District), who represents Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View. “Not only will Measure AA protect and preserve the vital land around our water sources, but it will also increase safe public access so that more trails, waterways and redwood forests can be enjoyed by all members of our community.”

If voters approve the measure, the open-space district would oversee the following enhancements to natural spaces in the region.

• Deer Hollow Farm at Rancho San Antonio: The bond would support construction of a new welcome center, general refurbishments and potential transit options.

• Middle Stevens Creek Trail: New signage would be posted, steelhead habitat enhanced and work on neighborhood connections to the trail supported.

• Long Ridge Trail: New trail connections would be added to Eagle Rock and Devils Canyon, existing trails repaired for multiuse access, restrooms and parking improved and habitat that benefits rare species enhanced.

• Upper Stevens Creek Trail: Multiuse connections between the Bay Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail would be completed through Picchetti and Lower/Upper Stevens Creek County Parks.

The campaign has garnered support from a range of area community leaders, including Gordon, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, Santa Clara County supervisors Dave Cortese and Joe Simitian, Los Altos Hills Mayor John Radford and Councilman Gary Waldeck, Mountain View City Councilwoman Margaret Abe-Koga, Santa Clara County League of Conservation Voters President Rod Diridion Sr. and the League of Women Voters of Santa Clara County.

For more information on the Measure AA campaign, visit yesforopenspace.org.

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