Brunch by the Bay

Brunch by the Bay
Save The Bay Board Member Lynda Sullivan enjoys brunch with Founding Members Dan Tuerk and Jan Tuerk. Click the photo to view the full album. Photo credit: Mike Oria

On Sunday, friends of Save The Bay gathered at the East Bay Regional Parks Shoreline Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay. We were joined by over 75 guests, including our Board of Directors, Founding Members, Legacy Society, and Save The Bay’s founder Sylvia McLaughlin and family.

At the event, Redwood City Councilmember Ian Bain was presented Save The Bay’s 2015 Leadership Award. In April, Bain was the first elected official from Redwood City to explicitly oppose housing on Cargill’s restorable salt ponds. Bain spoke with guests about his opposition to Cargill’s plans and commitment to a healthier Bay.

Sylvia McLaughlin was thanked by the many members who have stood by her side since the 1960s. Many shared their stories about what it was like growing up in a time when the Bay was being filled with trash from neighboring cities. Their memories of founders Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin and Esther Gulick making phone calls, writing letters and collecting $1 membership contributions to create the “Save San Francisco Bay Association” around Sylvia’s kitchen table were surreal. Save The Bay and the entire Bay Area have these women to thank for creating the movement to save the Bay from destruction.

It was wonderful and inspiring having such close friends of the organization celebrate San Francisco Bay together.  Thank you to our long-time supporters and new friends for making the event a huge success!

Thank you to our volunteer photographer, Mike Oria for capturing these special moments. You can view the gallery of photos from the Brunch by the Bay here.

Board Members Help Restore The Bay

Our Board members took some time before their June meeting to transplant native seedlings at our Palo Alto Baylands Nursery. They really loved getting their hands dirty and learning more about our restoration education programs!

Board Members transplanting
Board members Si White and Ron Gonzales and Executive Director David Lewis (center) transplant gumplant (Grindelia stricta). Photo: Betsy Cardis


Board members in nursery
Board members Sandy Linder, Michael Gallagher, Maureen Reilly, Michael Katz, and Christopher Richard transplant alkali heath (Frankenia Salina) with Habitat Restoration Director Donna Ball. Photo: Betsy Cardis

Join us this summer and help transplant native seedlings at one of our nursery programs in Palo Alto.

Board Profile | Paul A. Stone

Paul Stone and daughter
Paul with his daughter, Mary, as they get ready to swim the Alcatraz Race.

Meet Save The Bay Board Member Paul A. Stone, Patent Attorney and Chief Operating Officer at 5AM Ventures. Paul is originally from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

How long have you been a member of Save The Bay’s Board of Directors?

Almost two years.

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?

Sailing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

I learned about Save The Bay through a colleague. I was immediately interested in the organization’s issues and felt aligned with what Save The Bay was trying to accomplish.

What is the best thing about being a board member at Save The Bay?

Getting exposed to interesting and important issues, and being a part of the breadth and depth of experience that the other board members and Save The Bay staff bring to the table to address such issues.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?

A porpoise that gets to swim in and out of the Bay!

Who is your environmental hero?

Chief Seattle, who said “We do not inherit this Earth from our ancestors; rather, we borrow it from our children”

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The diversity and mix of the climate, topography, and people.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?

As a board member I try to think about and/or do something for Save The Bay every day. I also stay aware of waste creation and recycle every day.

Tell us about your role as Co-Chair for Save The Bay’s 2013 fundraising event, Fall for the Bay.

As a Co-Chair I believe this is an event that helps us showcase the Bay. I love that it will be a night of celebrating the organization’s efforts to protect and enhance the environment of the Bay. We need to do all we can to keep this gem healthy, for the environmental aspect as well as the economic value a thriving Bay brings to our communities.

Board Profile | Sam Luoma

Sam Luoma
Save The Bay Board Member Sam Luoma has studied the Palo Alto wetlands since 1974.

Meet Save The Bay Board Member Sam Luoma, an Environmental Scientist originally from Great Falls, Montana.

When did you join Save The Bay’s Board of Directors?

March 2013

Do you have a favorite Bay site or experience?

Looking at the Bay from the research vessel Polaris and the Palo Alto wetlands. Since 1974, my colleagues and I have studied the Palo Alto wetlands, which is a wonderful example of where wetlands meet mudflats.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

I have known David Lewis a long time and loved the story of how Save The Bay began. Save The Bay is an organization of great integrity and as a scientist I admire the important issues it tackles. I also like the continued focus on wetland restoration and education, both are so important for the Bay’s future.

What do you look forward to most as a new board member at Save The Bay?

Further support of wetland restoration as flood control and sea level rise become prevalent in our lives. Also, preventing expansion of development on the shores of the Bay which is crucial to reducing our vulnerability to climate change and loss of biodiversity.

I recently signed up to be on the Host Committee for Save The Bay’s event Fall for the Bay on September 26th. I want to support this fantastic community event and have a chance to meet all of the members who have helped support the great work of the organization.

I also look forward to working with my fellow board members. I am impressed by the group and its dedication.

If you could be one Bay plant or animal, what would it be and why?

The mudflat clam Macoma balthica – I’ve worked with this species since I first started studying the Bay in 1974. They are hardy, flexible and a positive part of the Bay ecosystem; just like we should be.

Who is your environmental hero?

The amazing three women who founded Save The Bay – Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin and Esther Gulick. Also the people who were responsible for the California Water Accord in the 1980’s: former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit and his Assistant Secretary for Water and Science, Bettsy Reike. The accord was a landmark achievement and an example of ways to begin solutions to complex environmental problems. Finally, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board, Mary Nichols who I worked for from 2000-2003.

What is your favorite thing about the San Francisco Bay Area?

The people, culture, and the diversity of thoughts and ideas cannot be found elsewhere. Plus you cannot beat the wonderful climate.

What is one thing you do each day to protect the environment?

Recycle. I love that this is a habit for Bay Area residents. I hope this way of life and system catches everywhere in this country.


Fall for the Bay this September

Fall for the BaySave The Bay’s Fall for the Bay gala on Thursday, September 26th at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio, San Francisco  is a great way to support critically important work!  This event will enhance Save the Bay’s efforts to restore tidal marsh around San Francisco Bay, prevent development and fill that threatens the Bay, and improve Bay water quality by reducing pollution.   Collectively these programs will help ensure a healthy Bay ecosystem and mitigate negative effects associated with climate change!

Importantly, San Francisco Bay is much more than an ecological treasure.  The Bay is a significant contributor to the economic and business fabric of the Bay area.  We attract and retain top talent across business, financial, academic and non-profit institutions in part because of the presence and beauty of the Bay.   We all benefit collectively from the interaction of the diverse set of people and interests which converge at San Francisco Bay.

This is going to be a fun party – with 250-300 guests, an interesting program, and some great food, wine and music.  Don’t miss this opportunity to Fall for the Bay!  As Chief Seattle so eloquently advised: “We do not inherit this earth from our ancestors; rather, we borrow it from our children”.

— Paul A. Stone

Paul A. Stone, J.D. is the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of 5AM Ventures – a venture capital firm investing in early stage life science companies. Mr. Stone serves on the Board of Directors of Save The Bay and is co-chair of the Fall for the Bay event.