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Russian Ridge Preserve (Selwyn Quan)
Additional Information


Special Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Regular Meeting at 7 p.m.

Consistent with Government Code section 54953(e) and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Resolution 21-33, and in light of the declared state of emergency, the meeting will not be physically open to the public and all members will be teleconferencing into the meeting via a virtual platform. To maximize public safety while still maintaining transparency and public access, members of the public can listen to the meeting and participate using the following methods.


1. The meeting can be viewed in real-time at: or listen to the meeting by dialing (669) 900-6833 or (346) 248-7799 (Meeting ID 891 3195 2292).

2. Members of the public may provide written or oral comments by submitting a public comment form at: 

  • Comments on matters not on the agenda must be submitted prior to the time the board president calls for public comments.  
  • Comments on agenda items must be submitted prior to the time public comment on the agenda item is closed.  
  • All comments shall be subject to the same rules as would otherwise govern speaker comments at the board of directors meeting.  
  • All written comments or requests to speak must be submitted via the public comment form. Requests to provide oral comments may be made by leaving a message at 650-772-3614 at least one hour prior to the start of the meeting. Comments via text or social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) will not be accepted.  

Any comments received after the deadline, will be provided to the Board after the meeting. 



1. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS (Government Code Section 54957.6)

Agency designated representatives: Ana Ruiz, General Manager, Brian Malone, Assistant General Manager, Jack Hughes, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore 

Employee organization: Midpeninsula Rangers Peace Officers Association  





This portion of the agenda is for members of the public to comment on items not on the agenda; however, the Brown Act (Open Meeting Law) does not allow action by the Board of Directors on items not on the agenda. Individuals are limited to one comment during this section.



All items on the Consent Calendar may be approved without discussion by one motion. Board members, the General Manager, and members of the public may request that an item be removed from the Consent Calendar during consideration of the Consent Calendar.

1. Approve the June 8, 2022 Board meeting minutes

2. Claims Report

3. Teleconferenced Board Meetings Pursuant to the Brown Act and Assembly Bill 361 (R-22- 65)

Staff Contact: Ana Ruiz, General Manager and Hilary Stevenson, General Counsel

General Manager’s Recommendation: Adopt a resolution affirming findings on the continued need for remote teleconferenced public meetings pursuant to AB 361.

4. Establish the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) Tax Levy for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Measure AA General Obligation Bonds - Series 2015A and Series 2018 (R-22-75)

Staff Contact: Andrew Taylor, Finance Manager

General Manager’s Recommendation: Adopt Resolutions of the Board of Directors of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District for each of San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties to establish an ad valorem property tax levy of $1.30 per $100,000 (or $0.0013 per $100) in assessed value for the Measure AA General Obligation Bonds – Series 2015A (Series 2015B was fully paid off as of September 1, 2021) and Series 2018. The District Controller has reviewed the calculation and concurs with the proposed rate of levy for FY23.


Public comment on agenda items at the time each item is considered by the Board of Directors.

5. Informational Report on the Outcomes of Six Years of Native Planting and Interpretive Work at Cooley Landing Park and Ravenswood Open Space Preserve (R-22-77)

Staff Contact: Tina Hugg, Senior Planner, Planning Department

General Manager’s Recommendation: Receive an informational report on the six years of Measure AA-funded native planting and interpretive efforts completed by Grassroots Ecology related to the Cooley Landing Park project located adjacent to and within Ravenswood Open Space Preserve. No Board action required.

6. Award of a New Four-Year Partnership Agreement with Grassroots Ecology for Community Engagement and Native Plant Landscape Maintenance at Cooley Landing Park and Ravenswood Open Space Preserve (R-22-76)

Staff Contact: Michael Gorman, Area Manager, Land and Facilities

General Manager’s Recommendation:

1. Authorize the General Manager to enter into a new four-year agreement with Grassroots Ecology of Palo Alto, California to provide service-learning events and native landscape maintenance for an amount not to exceed $255,250.

2. Authorize an allowance of up to $26,250 to be spent on the procurement of additional native plants, if necessary to meet habitat goals, for a total not-to-exceed amount of $281,500.

7. Proposed Update to Board Policy 3.03 to include Environmentally Preferable and Local Preference Purchasing for Services, Supplies, and Materials (R-22-68)

Staff Contact: Stefan Jaskulak, CFO and Director of Administrative Services

General Manager’s Recommendation: Review and approve proposed updates to Board Policy 3.03 - Public Contract Bidding, Vendor and Professional Consultant Selection, and Purchasing Policy - to include new sections for Environmentally Preferable and Local Preference Purchasing for Services, Supplies, and Materials.


• Annual Afterhours Preserve Closures for 4th of July

• Natural Ecological Succession of Schilling Lake to a Meadow and Eventually a Forest

INFORMATIONAL REPORTS – Reports on compensable meetings attended. Brief reports or announcements concerning activities of District Directors and staff; opportunity to refer public or Board questions to staff for information; request staff to report to the Board on a matter at a future meeting; or direct staff to place a matter on a future agenda. Items in this category are for discussion and direction to staff only. No final policy action will be taken by the Board.

A. Committee Reports

B. Staff Reports

C. Director Reports


*Times are estimated and items may appear earlier or later than listed. Agenda is subject to change of order.

Regular Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours prior to the meeting. Special Meeting agendas are posted at least 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place at the District Administrative Office - 5050 El Camino Real, Los Altos, CA 94022

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the District Clerk at (650) 691-1200. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting.

Minutes usually are not available until two to four weeks after a Board meeting. Please note that formal meeting minutes are not taken at Committee meetings or some Special Meetings of the Board (that is, study sessions or public workshops).