The Rural Alliance uses proceeds from contributions and our Annual Dinner & Outstanding Auction (Oct. 15th, The Union Hotel, Occidental) to help neighborhood non-profits or projects pay for consultants, experts, and lawyers to fight innappropriate development or activity which is in violation of The General Plan.The Rural Alliance holds bi-monthly, open Board of Directors meetings. Groups needing assistence should call 829-8617.
Some of our acheivements and involvement over the past twenty years include:
* Stopping the Quail Hill sub-division plan in Freestone as originally conceived. (1979)
* Working for a strengthened Lower Russian River Specific Plan to protect Ag lands.
* Supporting the inclusion of an open space element in the 1989 General Plan.
* Taking a leadership role in defeating the County Property Rights initiative (1990) which would have destroyed the General Plan.
*Helping lead the movement to adopt the ballot measure to form The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.
* Joining the environmental coaliition who urged the Santa Rosa City Council to recycle its treated wastewater and not dump in the Russian River.
* Lobbying to get meaningful logging reform and to save the Van Alstyn old growth redwood grove on Fitzpatrick La, Occidental.
* Provided seed money to help these West County groups or projects:
... Community Coalition for Ocean Song (Ocean Song)
... Salmon Creek Watershed Day
... Jane Hamilton for Supervisor
... Watershed Protection Alliance
... Forests Forever
... Neighbors and Community against the Hwy 12 Golf Center
... The Green Valley Alliance ( formed to force an EIR and subsequent review on The Kendall-Jackson/Bones La. Timber to Vineyard conversion)
... The Bohemia Ranch/Waterfall Park Rehabilitation Projects
... Western Watershed Alliance
* Continuing to sponsor yearly Environmental Pow-Wows.
* Our greatest pride... Funding the two endowed Bob Sharp Environmental Scholarships to SRJC and Sonoma State University students interested in conservation. These scholarships will be awarded annually in perpetuity.
Membership is welcome at $15 or $25. The Rural Alliance is a 501 (c)(4) tax-exempt non-profit. Contributions ar not tax deductable. This status allows us to support environmentally freindly candidates for political office. The work goes on. The Board of Supervisors is dangerously close to a pro-development majority, as evidenced by recent votes on certificates of compliance and The HiIlside Vineyard Ordinance. They must be kept honest to the General Plan. That's our job.