- Associated Press - Thursday, January 21, 2016

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area environmentalist Sylvia McLaughlin, who along with two friends founded Save the Bay, has died. She was 99.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates says McLaughlin died Tuesday at her Berkeley home.

McLaughlin along with friends Kate Kerr and Esther Gulick launched their pioneering environmental organization in 1961 to protect the San Francisco Bay Area shorelines from development.

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Because of the women’s activism, the California Legislature in 1965 created the Bay Conservation and Development Commission to regulate development and shoreline access.

The wife of a mining company executive on the UC Board of Regents, she used her charm, to make her case to protect the Bay.

The San Francisco Bay Area “is a national treasure, and yet we’re losing it,” she told the Contra Costa Times in 2005.

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