Occupy Austin Powerwashing Petition
  • Petitioned Lee Leffingwell

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Mayor of Austin
Lee Leffingwell
Honorable Council Member
Kathy Tovo
Honorable Council Member
Mike Martinez
Honorable Council Member
Laura Morrison
Honorable Council Member
Bill Spellman
Mayor Pro Tem
Sheryl Cole
Honorable Council Member
Chris Riley
Communications Director
Matt Curtis

Occupy Austin Powerwashing Petition

    1. Azzurra Crispino
    2. Petition by

      Azzurra Crispino

      Cedar Park, TX

Honorable Members of City Council, Mayor, and Mayor Pro Tem:

I write to ask you to change the City's powerwashing practices at the plaza. Please switch to only power washing once a week, and to do so during the day.

There are many good reasons to do this. We are in Stage 2 water restrictions, and it seems hypocritical to tell homeowners they are not allowed to water their lawns except once a week when the City is watering their concrete three times a week.  In the middle of a drought, power washing three times a week is a misuse of water. It is right for the City to tell people not to water their lawn during the day because of evaporation due to heat, but that is not a concern for powerwashing, which could be done during the day. 

More importantly, powerwashing at night is a health hazard to the protesters, who are forced to sleep on wet concrete three times a week. The powerwashing occurs even on nights when it is already raining, adding to the wet and miserable conditions on the steps. For the protesters that are eligible for health services from the City, getting sick will incur further unnecessary costs. 

I urge you to switch to power washing during the day, and substantially decrease the frequency of the power washing. It would really make a world of difference to the tenor of the protests, and show that City Council is willing to do the right thing.

Respectfully, 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Update to Powerwashing and Bank Divestment

      Azzurra Crispino
      Petition Organizer

      My dear fellow citizens of Austin, and of the world,

      In a sense, we were successful. Powerwashing at City Hall has indeed changed - because Occupy Austin was evicted, and no longer has a 24/7 occupation. Without a 24/7 presence to oversee them, the City Council last Thursday passed a resolution effectively overturning their previous Responsible Banking Resolution. Instead of moving the city's estimated $2.6 billion budget to a credit union, the City of Austin made the decision to move it from Bank of America to J.P. Morgan Chase, at the request of the City Manager's office. The same office which evicted Occupy Austin on less than two hours' notice on the rainy night of Feb 3rd, that spent untold amounts of money in riot cops to follow us around during our silent protest against homelessness, both of the underreported 4000 in Austin and our own Occupation less than 24 hours after eviction. Please let Council know you will be taking your displeasure to the ballot box by phone or email

    2. Reached 200 signatures
    3. Great job, everyone!

      Azzurra Crispino
      Petition Organizer

      We are currently at 164 petitions. I would love to get 250 before City Council leaves for the week. What is that, Friday at noon? :)

    4. Reached 100 signatures
    5. We have surpassed 50 signatures!

      Azzurra Crispino
      Petition Organizer

      Keep up the great work!

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. I just updated the email addresses

      Azzurra Crispino
      Petition Organizer

      We are officially live, folks. Let's start promoting this as much as we can. Post to your facebook, invite others!

    8. Reached 10 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Matt Wood AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Quit wasting water and money on trying to chill free speech - it's called a drought and budget cuts.

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    • Donna Barber AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Powerwashing the plaza that often is ludicrous, a waste of water and tax dollars.

      I lost 3 trees from the drought because I couldn't water, yet the city can use water extravagantly. It's obvious that this is a punitive measure against the protesters.

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    • Terri Lindgren DALE, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      Really COA, during a drought you are power washing? How ridiculous.

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    • Luis Lucero AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      The current pressure wash schedule was created to disrupt the Occupy movement. Three times a week is not necessary. Who are you kidding? Shame on you!

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    • Lindsey Huffman AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      You know full well why you're doing this and don't need me to tell you. Why cite health hazards as a reason for the powerwashing when the powerwashing itself creates plenty of them on its own, especially when done in the winter? I won't even get into the number of times the powerwashing has gone on when it has rained all day, or while it's raining, or when it's just about to rain. You're wasting taxpayer dollars, not Occupy.

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