Fremont Argus, November 26, 2007
My comments are an emotional plea for preservation
as well as a call for common sense planning that looks not simply at the
short-range terms of a 15-year development agreement, but at the future of
Fremont for our children and grandchildren.
Friends of Coyote Hills tell their children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren stories about Coyote Hills. These children
can identify great egrets, blue herons, marsh hawks, red-tailed hawks and white
The area abounds with wildlife because of the rich
mosaic of habitats against the hills and the Bay and because of the farmlands
that serve to buffer these habitats from the impacts of development.
We believe the lands that surround and frame
Coyote Hills are a part of our heritage, just as they were part of the heritage
of indigenous people for thousands of years.
We hope that the city of Fremont will protect and
preserve our heritage for generations to come.
All elected and appointed officials have a moral
responsibility to protect and preserve these unique lands. Fremont can build
playfields, schools and spiritual facilities in many places. You cannot build
the views and the organic shape of natural landscape nor the ecology of the
lands and its inhabitants.
We must preserve and enhance this landscape.