The SM County Times did a preview piece on tonight's vote by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District on whether or not to put a bond measure on the June ballot. You should click through to read the whole thing since it is nicely fact-filled. Here are a couple of them:
To date, it has acquired 62,167 acres, an area twice the size of the city of San Francisco.
But because so much of the agency's money went to buy land, and to service debt on those purchases, it hasn't had enough to hire sufficient rangers, planners and other staff to open all the lands to the public or build a network of trails connecting its lands. Currently, only 54 percent of its acreage is open to the public, with major properties padlocked, including much of the land around Mount Umunhum south of San Jose, the Bear Creek Redwoods property near Los Gatos on the site of the former Alma College, and Miramontes Ridge, between Half Moon Bay and Skyline Drive.
Let's just set aside the issue of whether "south of San Jose" is the midpeninsula and go on to note
The Peninsula Open Space Trust, in Palo Alto, has hired a campaign manager and will spend roughly $1 million on a campaign with direct mail and radio ads to advocate for yes votes.
Not sure about this one. I love "open space" but the buying may be getting ahead of the maintaining. Here's a real midpeninsula view.