Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority

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The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) is an independent special district in Santa Clara County, California, U.S.[1][2] A bill signed by Governor Wilson in 1992, SB2027, created the district as the Santa Clara County Open Space Preserve as of February 1, 1993.[3] In 2015, Governor Jerry Brown signed California Senate Bill SB422 to rename the authority with "Valley" instead of "County." [2] The OSA serves areas of the county outside the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District with the exception of Gilroy.[1] The OSA uses $4.2 million per year from a $12-per-parcel property-tax assessment to hire rangers and to open land to the public.[4]

The Open Space Authority currently owns or manages the following properties:[5]

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  1. ^ a b "About OSA". Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. Retrieved 2014-09-07. Santa Clara County Open Space Authority is an independent special district – rather than a part of county government – and is governed by an elected board of directors.
  2. ^ a b Staff (July 18, 2015). "Internal Affairs: The word 'Valley' gives agency a new meaning". San Jose Mercury News.
  3. ^ "About OSA. History". Santa Clara County Open Space Authority. Retrieved 2014-09-07. The new district would be a key part of a comprehensive, long-range strategy for protecting the county’s future quality of life by preserving the overall quality of the environment.
  4. ^ Paul Rogers (July 19, 2014, updated July 24, 2014). "Silicon Valley open space tax heading toward November ballot". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2014-09-07. The agency also has $26 million left from the 2008 Supreme Court settlement. But when that money runs out...it won't be able to hire more rangers or open more of its lands to the public -- and only about 7,500 acres are open now. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Open Space Authority Trails and Preserves". Santa Clara Valley Open Space District. Retrieved 20 May 2016.
  6. ^ "The Future Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve". Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. 20 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

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