Thursday, April 21, 2016

Landwatch's Amy White caps eight years at helm of local land-use watchdog

After eight years leading Landwatch Monterey County, Amy White has announced plans to leave the local land-use watchdog organization to pursue a career in teaching.
White, 35, announced recently her last day with the organization will be April 29, and she plans to take off six weeks to work on her Gonzales ranch and serve as a consultant on a King City affordable housing project before beginning a dual masters and teaching credential program at California State University, Monterey Bay under a prestigious U.S. Department of Education grant with a focus on Salinas Valley education.
White, who joined the organization as associate director in 2007, took over as interim executive director when Chris Fitz left in 2008 and leaves as the longest-serving director in the organization's history.
While she took over in the midst of the contentious debate over the county's general plan update, White said she will most remember efforts to bridge the so-called “lettuce curtain” between  the Monterey Peninsula and the Salinas Valley, particularly on Fort Ord development and water supply project issues involving desalination and recycled water, and counts the organization’s backing of the Tanimura & Antle farmworker housing project in Spreckels among her proudest achievements. 
White was also known for her work on the Pebble Beach Company inclusionary housing project, the Whispering Oaks business park proposal, and Heritage Oaks, Ferrini Ranch, Harper Canyon, and Monterey Downs.
In a statement announcing her departure, Landwatch said White leaves the organization with "an incredible legacy of successful advocacy and consensus-building," and credited White's leadership with allowing the organization to become "a more powerful force for responsible growth and strong communities throughout Monterey County."

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