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Open space district purchases secluded INE Ranch

Original post made on Mar 21, 2014

For decades, coyotes, hawks and dusky-footed woodrats have roamed the secluded INE Ranch in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Few other creatures, domestic or human, have been on this 148-acre Palo Alto parcel off Skyline Boulevard in the last 15 years.

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Comments (11)

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:07 pm

Why not housing for all these workers?

Posted by UC Davis Grad, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Really, Garrett? Really?

I guess you have no concept of the value of "open space." Or maybe you just don't care. Thank goodness the folks running the Open Space Preserve have some common sense.

Posted by Arturo, a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 21, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I've lived in many area surrounded by undeveloped or otherwise open lands, but what makes this area special is our ability to ACCESS that land. If you cannot get into it and interact with it, it might as well just be a facade. Even in areas like San Luis Obispo, that people equate with beautiful wide open spaces, the reality is that only very small portions of that land can be accessed by the general public. Its mostly private ranch or PG&E in the surrounding areas. I feel the accessible open land of the peninsula is what makes it so special. It only gets better. Thanks MidPen!

Posted by Garrett, a resident of another community
on Mar 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

I am not saying build on open space but remember if we keep pushing further east we are just going to eat into more open space and encourage suburban sprawl. Sprawl that will eat up valuable farm, cattle and water shed lands. More sprawl in a hot valley with hundreds of front yard, back yards and landscaping.

We will have Smog, the Sierra Foothills which we can see from our open space will became more hazy.

If we want to preserve open we must starting thinking of infill. I don't want to see Monte Bello eaten by housing, but I don't want see the Sierra Foothills eaten by housing either.

Posted by UC Davis Grad, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Mar 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

Sorry Garrett, but your "Better to build on your land rather than mine" argument doesn't wash. Period. There is NO need to build on the open space that's just been acquired. And for you to argue otherwise only shows that you have an agenda -- and a pretty pathetic one at that.

Posted by Garrett83, a resident of another community
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:23 am

Garrett83 is a registered user.

Grew up around so I think the open is wonderful, open land must be preserved but growth in the bay area must be planned better to save open space. Both here and far.

Posted by Sweetness, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 22, 2014 at 5:59 am

This is FANTASTIC! New trails to connect to the old, and one of the great mountain biking areas become little bit bigger, and a little bit better.

Posted by Move on Back, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Is there a VTA bus route I can take to the top of Skyline to access this? Or is this area only reserved for the wealthy elites who fly the green flag from the back of their $100K Telsa's ?

Posted by Chuck, a resident of Gemello
on Mar 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

Thank you Open Space District for your fine long and hard work to put this together.

I'm A 1600+ mile a year hiker.

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 24, 2014 at 9:09 pm

This is great news, not only for hikers but also for animals, which need large open areas for foraging and genetic diversity.

Posted by Already Back, a resident of Bailey Park
on Mar 25, 2014 at 6:16 am

@Move on Back. Weeeelll aren't we the running with the hoity toity crowd. I cannot afford a bus so I either walk or ride my bike. I guess having a driver take you to the top while you just sit and relax is only reserved for those that can afford it.

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