Larry Hassett

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

  1. Larry Hassett has been our representative for 14 years keeping the preserves open and accessible to us all, currently serving as Secretary.

  2. Measure AA was approved in June and gives us the opportunity to open new preserves, protecting Redwoods, preserve farmlands, restore
    wet-lands and streams, and reduce the risk of wild land fires.

  3. Midpeninsula Open Space Preserves are a key part of our peninsula greenbelt, preserving Windy Hill, Purisima Creek, Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge, Thornewood, La Honda plus 20 other Open Space Preserves.


Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

Part of the Midpeninsula Open Space

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We live in a very unique area where, in just a few minutes from the hustle and bustle of urban life, one can experience the serenity of a redwood forest, rolling grassy hills, oak woodland forest, streams and lakes, and vistas as far as the eye can see.  All of which are open and free of charge every day of the year. It is my hope that everyone takes the opportunity to get out and enjoy this incredible greenbelt that has been and will continue to be preserved by an incredible group of hard working, dedicated and forward thinking people of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

As a Board member representing Ward 6 of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space
District, it has been my honor to have served the communities of Atherton, La
Honda, Menlo Park, Portola Valley, Redwood City, Woodside and the
unincorporated areas of south San Mateo County. Since I was initially appointed
to the Board in 2000, and subsequently re-elected for 3 more terms, the District has
more than doubled in size to over 62,000 acres. We are fortunate to have 12 of the
26 Preserves in our Ward. These include Windy Hill, Russian Ridge, Skyline Ridge,
Thornewood, and La Honda, to name a few.

With the public's great support, Measure AA was approved in the last June's
election.  There are opportunities  to provide greater access, additional trails,
opening new preserves, protecting the Redwoods, preserving farmlands, restoring
wet-lands and streams, and reducing the risk of wild land fires.

With my environmental background and business experience in owning and
operating four neighborhood Hardware Stores, employing over 120 people,
I have years of experience dealing with budgeting issues, contracts, human resources,
construction, preservation, public outreach, promotions; all areas the Open Space
Board deals with in the normal overseeing of the District.

I have spent my entire adult life living and working on the Peninsula. I have a
passion for protecting open space and creating opportunities to enjoy it.
With the Board's adoption of the Vision statement and the recent passage of
the funding measure, I look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead for the District.

My broad Board experiences and working with community organizations and non-
profits throughout the District boundaries, such as "Christmas in April/ Rebuilding
Together",  Achieve,  Leadership Mid-Peninsula, Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce,
Rotary and Kiwanis clubs,  have been key influences on my abilities to form the
necessary partnerships to build community, tackle tough issues and create positive
outcomes. I have also been very active in my Skyline Blvd community, serving on
the South Skyline Association Board, the Skyline Historical Society,  and on the 
volunteer fire department.

As the only Director who lives adjacent to any Preserve, I also bring a unique perspective in the form of bringing neighbors' concerns to the Board. As well, I've helped develop a Good Neighbor Policy that the District has adopted.