Alliance Endeavors from 2012 to 2015

2015

Endorsed Food & Farmlands Resolution

Submitted letters of support for Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone

Alliance submitted a letter in support in October to the San Jose City Council asking them to adopt a resolution to allow the implementation of the County Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone (UAIZ) Program in the unincorporated areas of the city.  The Alliance also urged the City Council to prioritize drafting and adopting their own UAIZ Program.

In June, the Alliance submitted a letter of support to the County Board of Supervisors asking them to adopt a resolution to allow eligible cities within the county adopt an Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone as authorized by Assembly Bill 551.

Submitted a letter of support for nominated Priority Conservation Areas in the County

Alliance submitted a letter of support in May to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Board of Directors urging their approval of the nominated Priority Conservation Areas, specifically those with the Agricultural Lands Designation

Provided public comment to the County Planning Commission on the draft Health Element for the Santa Clara County General Plan

An Alliance member provided public comment to the Planning Commission on behalf of the Alliance in support of the Planning Commission recommending adoption of the draft Health Element to the County Board of Supervisors.

2014

Submitted a letter of support for the Health Trust’s proposed changes to the City of San Jose’s Food Rules

Alliance submitted letter to the City’s Planning Division in support of proposed changes that would help to enhance the Health Trust’s Fresh Carts mobile produce vendor initiative that brings fresh fruits and vegetables to San Jose neighborhoods with little or no access to fresh foods.

Public presentations and meetings with officials to introduce Alliance and Santa Clara County Food System Assessment

Alliance members met with County Supervisors and other elected officials in local jurisdictions to introduce them to the Alliance and the Santa Clara County Food System Assessment. Alliance members gave presentation to the County Planning Commission on the Alliance and the Assessment

Continued providing input on the development of the draft Health Element for the Santa Clara County General Plan

Reviewed and submitted a comment letter in October on the draft Health Element (in particular Section F: Healthy Eating, Food Access, and Sustainable Food System). A representative of the Alliance attended meetings of the Wellness Advisory Committee for the draft Health Element.

2013

Completed Santa Clara Food System Assessment

Alliance members led effort to create a 120 page document providing comprehensive snapshot of Santa Clara County Food System, as well as recommendations and next steps. An abbreviated version of assessment was drafted to encompass the summary of findings and key recommendation. The Alliance a series of community presentations on the assessment results.

Provided input on Healthy Eating/Food Access/Sustainable Food Systems Section of the Health Element for the Santa Clara County General Plan

Reviewed and provided input on the preliminary draft of the Healthy Eating/Food Access/Sustainable Food Systems section of the Health Element.

Organized and hosted 2nd annual SCCFSA Farm Tour

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure all Alliance members are current on the key issues facing agriculture in the Santa Clara County, we hosted its 2nd annual farm tour for SCCFSA members and guests. The tour focused on water quality, water rates, labor supply, and minimum wage.

Submitted position paper on reduced water rates for agricultural users

Provided the Santa Clara Valley Water District with the Alliance's position paper on maintaining reduced water rates for Santa Clara County agricultural users.

2012

Submitted a comment letter on the City of Morgan Hill’s proposed agricultural policies

Alliance submitted a letter to the City of Morgan Hill containing six detailed recommendations intended to increase the effectiveness of the City’s draft Agricultural Policy and Implementation Program.