"The greatest making of the future will be from a small piece of land." Abraham Lincoln

City of Santa Clara
Council Meetings

The following are council meetings that feature BAREC or agricultural land use education. Many of these video clips are no longer available to the public because the City of Santa Clara does not keep a permanent record of any Council Meetings. They are made available on VHS tape and after a few months, the tapes are over written with new City Council meetings. So, it is up to the public to keep the public informed. Please email us with any questions.

April 26, 2005 - BAREC was placed on the agenda. Good public comments were made and even better City Council comments were made. Council members Caserta, Mathews, and Mahan stated their positions on BAREC. Click here to view all the information.

March 7, 2006 - BAREC was placed on the agenda to discuss the contamination on the property. The Mayor decided at the last minute to cut public comment to two (2) minutes, down from three. This is only supposed to happen with ten (10) or more speakers. There were only eight. Just another example of the Mayor's actions of not supporting educating the public on this matter. Click here to view all the information.
May 9, 2006 - Friends of BAREC asked the City Council to allow the group to present an agricultural land use option for BAREC. While certain members of the Council (Kennedy and Moore, and Mathews at one point) were in favor of letting the group give a 15 minute presentation, the Mayor was vehemently opposed to it. She stated it was "subverting the process." The motion to allow the presentation failed 4-2. Click here to view all the information.
July 18, 2006 - Friends of BAREC was able to get ten (10) minutes in front of the City Council to present the benefits of an educational urban farm in Santa Clara. This is an excellent presentation on how farmland can be used in a city. Unfortunately, the Mayor did not allow the public to speak on the matter and even banned/censored the word BAREC from any discussion. The public did not get a chance to speak on this matter. We are still checking to see if this is legal. Click here to view all the information.
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