#061: Seth Adams of Save Mt. Diablo Talks Brentwood Measure L

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On this episode, I chat with Seth Adams of Save Mount Diablo on Brentwood Measure L. Adams is Land Conservation Director for Save Mount Diablo. In 1988 he was the East Bay organization’s first staff. He focuses on advanced policy, land use, and advocacy; government relations; acquisition projects; and educational and media programs.

Episode Overview:

  • 01:27 – Seth Adams gives a little background on who he is an what Save Mount Diablo is about
  • 03:25 – Adams explains they don’t’ control development, but tries to ensure public benefit while protecting sensitive areas. Importance how Urban Limit Lines require a vote of the public.
  • 05:20 – Explains how preserving land is a big picture approach. Importance of playing chess with big stakes of land values and land development. They are working to protect land and make it a better place to live.
  • 06:37 – Adams explains how Measure L is actually a culmination of 30-years of talks and the only piece of land in the Ginocchio properties of 7,000 acres they wish to develop is the land proposed between Antioch and Brentwood. Adams explains how this land will not be a park or is highly sensitive land allowing them to have an environmental net gain in environmental land while strengthening the urban limit line.
  • 09:48 – How does Save Mount Diablo work through preserving land versus the need for much needed housing? Explained importance of smart growth and urban limit lines.
  • 11:30 – Adams answers whether or not the land proposed in Measure L will be developed. Adams says the land has been planned to be built on for over 30-years. Explains how much land they were able to save over the years.
  • 14:10 – We discuss Measure L. Adams explains the biggest misconceptions of the land. Adams explains why residents should care about the protected land and protection of Marsh Creek Watershed.
  • 16:30 – What people are getting wrong about Measure L. Adams explains this is about guiding development.
  • 19:26 – Adams answers what happens if Brentwood says no, claims anyone who says Antioch is not interested in this land, is not being realistic. Says this property has been in the planning area for both Antioch and Brentwood for 30-years. Explains how Brentwood has a track record for ensuring senior housing while Antioch approves it and changes it later. Says level of assurances in Brentwood will be higher than in Antioch.
  • 24:30 – what are the real consequences of Measure L.
  • 25:07 – Adams explains Measure L is about what Brentwood wants for its future. Save Mount Diablo monitors about 50 projects.
  • 27:30 – We discuss what Save Mount Diablo has accomplished over 30-years which land lock East Contra Costa County. Explains how they are proud of protecting 50,000 acres of land. Explains the amount of land they have worked to protect.
  • 31:13 – Adams explains Measure L, how this property is in the path of development, its not a matter of “if” but rather a question of “when”. So they worked to create the best deal they could get to protect the most land as possible calling it a once in a lifetime opportunity. Urges residents to vote “yes” to protect open space.

 


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