Bookmachines Presents Coyote Hills-Themed Exhibit

Bookmachine’s October photographic exhibit “Open Space” comes out in opposition of Measure W, a ballot measure dealing with the Chevron development on the West Coyote Hills.

Bookmachine’s October photographic exhibit “Open Space” comes out in opposition of Measure W, a ballot measure dealing with the Chevron development on the West Coyote Hills.

The ballot initiative ask voters whether or not the city should approve the West Coyote Hills Development and Nature Preserve, which claims to preserve approximately 283 acres of open space in exchange for building homes on the property. Local activist and gallery owner Jesse La Tour disagrees with the measure and wants to keep all of the 510 acres of open space as is, which is why he’s opposing it.

La Tour’s anger over Chevron’s public misinformation over what Measure W would do to West Coyote Hills inspired him to visit the Robert Ward Nature Preserve located next to the Chevron property with photographer Josue Rivas and create this exhibit. Ira McNabb is the third photographer featured in “Open Space.”

He said: “So there’s this situation that I’m angry about and they’re lying to people; they have these resources and what can I as an individual do? I have a venue, this little bookstore, I do photography. Well, I can use the venue that I have to promote the truth.”

Besides combating Chevron’s misinformation, La Tour said that the Bookmachine exhibit will also inform visitors about what a “treasure” the community will have and will be lost forever if the development plan succeeds.

“When a lot of people say Coyote Hills, they think of the golf course,” he said. “They don’t know that it’s 510 acres of coastal sage scrub and Federally-threatened birds. They don’t know how unique it is.”

In addition to the photograph exhibit, La Tour and Rivas will feature a short documentary which details reasons to oppose Measure W and features their visit to the Robert Ward Nature Preserve in West Coyote Hills

Half of the proceeds from “Open Space” will support the Friends of Coyote Hills, which has been in support of preserving the area for a park.

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