October 2012

Oak Group Exhibit
The much heralded Oak Group exhibit at the Faulkner Gallery opened with a gala reception on October 5th. Almost 200 guests, both lovers of art, and lovers of More Mesa, came together to enjoy the ninety-two paintings on exhibit.  Many of these are scenes of our beautiful More Mesa and surrounding areas.  Works by nearly all of the 23 artists in the Oak Group, as well as four guest artists are being exhibited. We extend our heartfelt thanks to all the painters who participated, as well as to those volunteers who helped to make the opening reception a stellar event.  We also would like to gratefully acknowledge wine donations from Arnoldi’s Café, the Buttonwood Winery, the Gainey Winery and Kim and Tammy Hughes.  As well, our thanks go out to the Chocolate Gallery, Costco, Lazy Acres, Ralphs, Trader Joe’s, Vons and Whole Foods for food donations.

We encourage all who were unable to attend the opening, to visit the Faulkner any time during the month of October. We hope you will also consider acquiring one of these lovely works to remind you of the wonderful open spaces in our beautiful Santa Barbara area. Further, and most especially, we trust these images will remind you of More Mesa, and the need to preserve all of it forever!  And, on a more pragmatic note, remember that half of the purchase price of any art will be donated to the More Mesa Preservation Coalition.

Art Show Wine

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September 2012

Our mission remains, as always, to preserve More Mesa, in its entirety.  Toward this end we have been extremely busy, in several areas, during the past month.

Supporter Base: First, we have been actively engaged in expanding our base of supporters.  For example, we mailed more than 10,000 postcards to communities surrounding More Mesa.  The purpose of these mailings was twofold: to let our neighbors know of the existence, and work, of the More Mesa Preservation Coalition, and to raise awareness of the potential for development on More Mesa.  Response was very gratifying.

Fund Raising: Second, we have gone into an active fund raising mode. This decision represents a significant change for MMPC. During the past twelve years we have functioned with minimal funds, all from unsolicited donations. However, we now believe there may be much more interest in selling the property than there has been in the past. Therefore, we need financial resources for many additional activities: to support our legal team (Environmental Defense Center), for mailings, and to participate in any acquisition fund raising. To accelerate fund raising we have implemented a “Donate” button on the web site and are actively soliciting funds as well.

Oak Group:  Also in the area of fund raising, and as reported in our February and April News, the month-long October exhibition of Oak Group paintings of More Mesa is fast approaching.  It will be held at the Faulkner Gallery of the Main Library. The opening, on Friday night, October 5th (5:30-7:30 PM), features a gala reception to be hosted by the More Mesa Preservation Coalition.  All those on our supporter list will be receiving an invitation, by mail, in the next few weeks.  Even if you cannot make the opening on the 5th, stop by any day in October to view the paintings.  Part of the proceeds of this exhibition will go to benefit MMPC.

We will need help setting up for the reception on the afternoon of the 5th, and at the reception itself.  Please let us know if you can give us an hour or more of your time. It will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks so much!

Current Development Proposal: Note: As far as MMPC is aware, the sale of More Mesa to a Saudi developer in late 2012 seems to have marked an end to the attempts of the Hawk team to develop More Mesa.  Therefore all material related to this potential development has been removed from the MMPC web site.

art show

April 2012


We reported in our February News, that the OAK Group will feature More Mesa in their month-long exhibition at the Faulkner Gallery, this coming October.

As a prelude to this well-known gallery showing, the neighbors of the More Mesa Shorescommunity have joined together to host an all-day fund raising event on May 20th.  Most appropriately, it will be held in the backyards of several families living on the west side of More Mesa.  The “Preserve More Mesa 2012” event will feature art and science exhibits by students of local schools, clubs, organizations and local artists, both individuals and groups, all contributing their talents to support community grass roots efforts to preserve More Mesa.

The exhibits and art work featured at the May 20th event will be the result of another ongoing endeavor of the More Mesa Shores neighborhood; one aimed at engaging students, clubs and other youth organizations in the preservation of More Mesa.  Various groups participating have been provided with ideas for science and art projects, as well as information about visiting More Mesa County Open Space.  The topics suggested have been structured to help youngsters understand, and appreciate, all the natural resources; habitats, plants, wildlife etc. that exist in this wonderful open space.

More Mesa County Open Space Activities
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Student tour in the Mitigation Riparian area Horse training adjacent to Atascadero Creek

February 2012

The Eyes Have It!

Why Is It That Raptors Have Such Great Vision?
Many expressions are used to extol the incredible vision of raptors.  Most of us have used the phrase “Hawk-eyed”, or know someone we refer to as having an “Eagle Eye”.  And then, there is the oft-quoted football field analogy … “A Golden Eagle’s sight is so keen, it could read the New York Times across a football field!” However, although raptors, including Golden Eagles, definitely cannot read, there is no mistaking that they do have extraordinary vision.  To find out why, check the newest feature of our More Mesa Preservation Coalition website, “Raptor Vision”, located here.

More Mesa Through the Eyes of the OAK Group
We are extremely pleased to announce that the prestigious OAK Group has decided to feature More Mesa in their month-long exhibition at the Faulkner Gallery, this coming October.  We will be updating our supporters about all aspects of this event as the year progresses.

The Eyes Have It