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by Patti Price, Menlo Park: The Willows,
on May 22, 2014
This is an expensive place to live. But if we set aside some land we can all share, there will be protected views, protected watersheds, and protected animal corridors. Providing access to some of these areas for all is like having an enormous back yard in which to recharge our souls. The redwoods and rolling hills are a great counter balance to the cement and steel in more developed regions nearby. POST, Midpen and other groups have done a great job of protecting lands in an intelligent manner. Funding is needed to provide more access and to complete some connections. That’s why it’s important that people support Measure AA. It will set aside money to keep the land open forever. It’s an inexpensive bond – at most $31 a year for a homeowner with a house assessed at $1 million – and it does a lot. In all, 200 miles of trails will be added to thousands of acres already set aside. Midpen hasn’t let us down yet. They deserve our support.