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Big victory in the UC versus FEMA lawsuit

In the long-running effort to prevent UC from clearcutting the "Hill Campus", last week we received some great news. The Federal Magistrate hearing the case agreed with FEMA and HCN that the lawsuit that UC filed attempting to undo portions of the HCN/FEMA settlement agreement was moot. In other words, it was thrown out. FEMA and HCN won! This victory was a long time coming, but it was sweet indeed. As a result of this decision, UC is not allowed to use the Biological Opinion that was developed as part of the FEMA EIR in support of their just-launched CEQA EIR. While we don't know what (if any) UC's next steps might be, we do know that they fought long and hard to avoid this ruling. Once aga

Sad news

We are sad to report the recent death of Georgia Wright, beloved board member of Hills Conservation Network for the past several years. She came to HCN after the termination of Save Strawberry Canyon, for which she had served as treasurer probably since its inception. Georgia was an activist, in her own quiet way, in the North Hills community, having served tirelessly and with complete integrity on several boards that protected the neighborhood from the encroachment of developers. In earlier years Georgia had loved hiking with her dog in Strawberry Canyon. She loved nature and and was an inspiration to all of us who knew her and knew of her enduring care for the environment, and her enjoymen

2019 year end update

For anyone thinking about making charitable contributions before the end of the year, HCN could sure use your support! Last Thursday we spent 4 hours at the Federal Courthouse in San Francisco to participate as interveners in the UC versus FEMA lawsuit. For those who might not know, after the historic settlement agreement reached between HCN and FEMA in 2016, UC attempted to undo pieces of this agreement by suing the very agency that had previously approved a grant of federal funds to the University. Needless to say, HCN petitioned the court to be allowed to join the case as an intervener and was awarded this right. Since then we have participated in days of failed negotiations with UC and m

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