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Open Space District Elects Officers

Curt Riffle, representing Mountain View and most of Los Altos, is the president of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District elected Curt Riffle its president during the board's first meeting of 2012.

Jed Cyr, who represents Sunnyvale in Ward 3 was voted vice-president, Peter Siemens, who represents Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga and Monte Sereno for Ward 1, was elected treasurer. Yoriko Kishimoto, who represents parts of Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, Stanford and Sunnyvale for Ward 2.

Riffle will preside over the district's 40th anniversary in November. The district was created by voters in 1972 to protect and preserve open space lands and is divided into seven districts, or wards, that include the San Mateo County coast to Pacifica, and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

In 2012, the district will be carrying out its new strategic plan which includes preserving land as open space, while strengthening the District’s partnerships and increasing its environmental stewardship and public access and education efforts. 

“It’s an honor to be part of an organization where everybody from the board to the staff to the volunteers are so passionately committed to the work we do,” Riffle said in a prepared statement from the district's public information officer. 

Riffle, a resident of Los Altos, is a program officer for two programs at the David & Lucile Packard Foundation. He is responsible for the Conservation and Science Program and the Local Program. He manages the Local Program’s Conservation & Science and its Los Altos/Los Altos Hills grantmaking, and leads the Packard Foundation’s Environmental Sustainability Task Force, according to the foundation website. 

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District manages 26 open space preserves totaling over 60,000 acres in the South Bay, Peninsula and Coastside areas.

Jack Hickey April 12, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Brief History of MidPeninsula Regional Park District(MRPD) August 1971 San Mateo County(SMC) Board of Supervisors(BOS) voted against creation of MRPD in their section of the midpeninsula. March 1976 MRPD Board of Directors adopted Order to annex 81,500 acres of SMC land including the cities of Woodside, Portola Valley, San Carlos, Redwood City, Menlo Park, Atherton and certain adjoining unicorporated lands. June 1976 Voters responded with 23.7% yes, 21.7% no with 54% ABSTAINING. Not exactly a MANDATE!! Redwood City vote was 17% yes, 21.7% no with 61.3% abstaining. San Carlos vote was 20.7% yes, 23.2% no with 56.1% abstaining. Woodside vote was 25.2% yes, 28.9% no with 45.9% abstaining. 1977 MRPD underwent "name change" to become MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District(MROSD) to reflect a de-emphasis on PARKS and Recreational activities MROSD has failed to support BOS efforts to create golf courses in the Southern Watershed area and at Edgewood Park. They were instrumental in the re-classification of Edgewood Park as a Natural Preserve. Handicapped access is now unlikely.
Centennial Business October 09, 2012 at 01:23 PM
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