The East Meadow at UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) is not only beautiful and emblematic of the campus and the city, it's also a living monument to the University Founders' commitment to environment, preservation, and history.
The University's current Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) still upholds this tradition of environmental preservation, stating "The meadows south of the developed center of the campus will be maintained as undisturbed grassland. In these meadows no building will be allowed."
But now, a fast track plan will destroy the Meadow with a large student housing development — not because it is appropriately planned but because it's the faster and cheaper option. It's absolutely true that UCSC needs more affordable housing and childcare, but destroying a beautiful and beloved natural landmark with little public debate is not the way.
Sign my petition asking UCSC's Chancellor George Blumenthal and Executive Vice Chancellor Marlene Tromp to immediately stop all plans to develop the East Meadow.
There are several better and less controversial choices for development on campus, but the University is pushing forward this ill-advised and unpopular plan just to save a buck — to the disappointment and outrage of thousands of students, alumni, faculty, and visitors.
In 1965, I was proud to be part of the founding class at UC Santa Cruz. The UCSC campus was then — and still is — an amazing, beautiful, and inclusive space for learning. Surrounded by majestic redwoods and lush landscapes like East Meadow, the university continues to be a leader in thoughtful and sustainable environmental planning. Hasty development of East Meadow would not only be a huge environmental mistake — it would also be an insult to the University's traditions and history.
Stop this mindless, anti-UCSC travesty. Sign my petition to stop UC Santa Cruz's destruction of East Meadow!