SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
Indybay About Contact Newsletter Calendar Publish Community

Santa Cruz Indymedia | Education & Student Activism | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing, and Public Services

View other events for the week of 5/29/2012

Title: Teach the Forest: LAFCO Upper Campus Development Meeting
START DATE: Tuesday May 29
TIME: 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location Details:
UCSC, Social Sciences 1 Room 414
Event Type: Teach-In
Contact NameTeach the Forest
Email Addressteachtheforest [at] gmail.com
Phone Number
Address
Teach the Forest

It’s time to organize and we need YOUR help!

Swift action is required!

On June 6th, the Local Area Formation Commission (LAFCO) will decide the fate of the UCSC upper campus and the Long Range Development Plan (LRDP). Currently, the University is planning to develop 240 acres of upper campus, which would destroy valued redwood forests and nature trails, stress an already taxed water supply, and threaten federally endangered species.

LAFCO is positioned to force the UCSC administration to re-think its plan and to demand that the University comply with environmental guidelines. But we need your help to make sure that LAFCO takes this action!

What you can do:
1: Join our effort to “Teach the Forest” and come to our meeting on Tuesday May 29th at 7 PM in Social Sciences 1 Room 414. At this meeting we will provide you with a presentation to deliver in your classes, petitions for gathering signatures, and packets to train others to Teach the Forest. Also, you will have a chance to buy your own "SAVE UPPER CAMPUS" t-shirt (we think the cost will be approximately $10 each). Bring 3 friends! AND SPREAD THE WORD!

2: Join us at the LAFCO meeting on June 6th at 10 AM - 701 Ocean Street Room 525 in the County Governmental Center and tell LAFCO that you want them to approve the March 7th substitute motion put forward by John Leopold. Make it clear that the UCSC administration does not represent the voice of our University!

3: IF YOU CAN'T COME TO THE MEETING, print the petition and Teach the Forest Instructions from our website and gather signatures from anyone affiliated with the campus! Drop your finished petitions in the dropbox outside Social Sciences Room 413 by June 5th at midnight. Please note and inform people that these petitions are different from the de-salination ones that are going around. These petitions are meant to show the overwhelming desire of campus affiliates to re-consider destructive development in upper campus Natural Reserves.

4: Forward this email to friends!


Visit our website: http://www.teachtheforest.wordpress.com


Like us on facebook!: http://www.facebook.com/teachtheforest



In solidarity,

The Teach the Forest Team

Contact us at: teachtheforest [at] gmail.com




Added to the calendar on Sunday May 27th, 2012 2:55 PM

iCal Import this event into your personal calendar.

Comments  (Hide Comments)

by Translation Time
Sunday May 27th, 2012 8:23 PM
What you're basically saying is "I'm in, its perfect now, any bigger would be criminal, no more growth.".

..that's easy to say when you already had your shot at it.

But what about the generation behind you, that hasn't had it's chance, and there won't be enough room for them? The population has grown, the demand for UC admission has never been higher. Your stance strikes me as short sighted and selfish. What about your younger brother or sister?

What about your brown brothers and sisters who are trying to attend as the first generation in their family?....over 40% of this years UCSC class is just that; first in family to have the opportunity.

Saving trees is an easy decision; a virtual no-brainer, a slam dunk. But making a reasoned decision between trees vs. an opportunity for those behind you is a lot harder. I challenge you to consider that reality.

And hey, if you really want to show your commitment to saving the trees? Transfer to UC Davis or Merced, and open up a spot for one of the less fortunate than you who needs a spot. Now THAT would show your commitment . But that's not going to happen, is it?


Replies welcome...but I notice that nobody seems to want to address these hard issues. Much easier to have campfires in the forest where you decry growth, and congratulate yourself for protecting a forest when you already got the gold ticket to inhabit it.
by Alex Darocy
( alex [at] alexdarocy.com ) Sunday May 27th, 2012 10:23 PM
In this article, community members have answers to the issues you bring up:

Protection of Natural Habitat Concerns Those at "Water, Desal and the UCSC Expansion" Talk
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2012/05/19/18713811.php

....and also in a variety of the comments made by the public at the last LAFCO meeting, which can be read here:
http://santacruzlafco.org/pages/agenda/20120404materials/March%207%202012%20Minutes%20Draft.pdf

Rick Longinetti of Santa Cruz Desal Alternatives suggests that new UC campuses be built in areas whose natural resources aren't as tapped out as those in the Santa Cruz area are.
by Translation Time
Monday May 28th, 2012 7:46 AM
Rick's presentation showed me that really this protest has nothing to do with saving the forest; it has to do with stopping growth and stopping a desal plant. The trees are a pretty and easy icon to sell people on the issue.

"Save the forest!". Well of course, who doesn't want to save the forest? And isn't that a lot easier a pablum to digest than the real issue? And isn't "the University should just build somewhere else" easy to say when one is already in it and getting their great education in an outstanding environment? Yes, it is. And that's my point.

People who really want to save this forest could show their commitment by transferring to Merced. But they aren't going to. That commitment would cost a price. Easier to tell others to do it while they enjoy all the perks of UCSC and feel p.c. while doing so by fighting growth and telling all those behind them that there is no place/space for them here. Selfish is what I call it.

Rick's presentation also told me that :

-The University consumes less water per person than the S.C. community does.

-The Santa Cruz community has grown in population by over 30K in the past 2 decades. The campus, 5k. But the campus is the main culprit and main drive to get the Desal plant?

-Rick agrees "the university is an exemplary customer" and how you'd want everyone to use water.

-Rick notes the campus has cut back water use by 25% per person in the past 10 years, while the city hasn't cut by even 10%.

-Rick states the campus uses 10% of the cities water. I note that the campus represents close to 25% of the city population. (15K on the hill, 60K city population.).

......and all this equates to Save the Forest? I disagree. To me, it adds up to make the city stop wasting water, and show your committment by moving out if you really want to walk the walk. Keep Education Accessible To All. Build More UCSC!!
by Alex Darocy
( alex [at] alexdarocy.com ) Monday May 28th, 2012 9:16 AM
"People who really want to save this forest could show their commitment by transferring to Merced."

This of course, is not true. UCSC does not set its enrollment this way. If a current student transfers this year, another person will take their place during the next academic year.

"Rick's presentation showed me that really this protest has nothing to do with saving the forest; it has to do with stopping growth and stopping a desal plant."

I'd say the number of people who are actively working to protect the forest, to protect natural habitat, equals those who oppose the desal plant. They have similar interests, and the groups are distinct and separate from each other, but they see the value in working together on an issue like this.

"The University consumes less water per person than the S.C. community does."

Rick Longinetti openly praises the university for its water conservation efforts, but he points out that Santa Cruz just doesn't have enough water to supply UCSC's unlimited growth, which occurs at a higher rate than the city's.

"The Santa Cruz community has grown in population by over 30K in the past 2 decades. The campus, 5k. But the campus is the main culprit and main drive to get the Desal plant?"

UCSC enrollment has increased by 5k in the last TEN years, not the last two decades, and your's is a misleading way to present population statistics. Comparing the statistics between the year 1970 and today shows that the population of Santa Cruz has increased from 30K to 60k people, and enrollment at UCSC has increased from 3,000 to 16,000.

(see: http://planning.ucsc.edu/irps/historicalData/HeadcountEnrollmentHistory.pdf)
by via Teach The Forest
Monday May 28th, 2012 3:53 PM
Please read, sign, and share this petition:

Halt Plans to Develop Upper Campus
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/433/941/375/teach-the-forest/