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Loretta Sanchez

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Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez represents California's 46th Congressional District. She holds senior positions on the House Armed Services and House Homeland Security Committee, and is founder and co-chair of the Women in the Military Caucus.


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Petitioning Todd Spitzer (Orange County Supervisor 3rd District)

Exonerate Kenneth Clair: DNA Evidence Points to Someone Else.

On November 15, 1984, 5-year-old Jerrod Hessling witnessed the beating, rape, and stabbing death of his babysitter. When asked to describe the killer, he said, without hesitation, that it was a white male. Another child present during the murder saw a white man’s tattooed arm reach inside the house to open a sliding glass door. Yet somehow, the lawyers in the case determined that Kenneth Clair, a dark-skinned African-American homeless man who had been squatting next door, was the killer. When Jerrod saw him on the witness stand and insisted they had the wrong man, the prosecution chalked it up to youth and trauma and pursued the death penalty for Kenneth Clair. To this day, 31 years later, Mr. Clair sits on San Quentin’s death row, awaiting his execution date. [UPDATE: I was recently made aware that the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals secretly overturned Mr. Clair’s death sentence and changed it to life in prison without parole. This is mixed news -- his life is spared, but he no longer has the right to an attorney under habeas corpus laws, and he has not been granted a retrial. That means the exonerating DNA evidence will NOT be seen in court. We now have to focus our energy on asking Governor Jerry Brown and California State Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate the case and exonerate Kenneth Clair for this crime he did not commit. It is Mr. Clair’s only remaining chance for justice. ] But that’s not the biggest bombshell in this case -- in 2008, forensic testing revealed that DNA found on the murder victim did not match Clair’s. DNA taken from a glove found at the scene also did not match. It matches another individual, but the Orange County District Attorney insists that “confidentiality is required” concerning this evidence, and for 7 years now, the identity of the person whose DNA does match the swab has remained a secret. In the interest of justice, we must call on the Orange County DA and California state lawmakers to demand that the DNA evidence be turned over to Kenneth Clair’s defense. Since his conviction, Clair has struggled with ineffective counsel. He wanted his lawyers to work at investigating the crime, rather than simply trying to free him from death row, but they never did. His plea for substitute counsel even made it to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2012, and he did eventually receive a switch of counsel. Finally, he is being represented by people who are dedicated to his exoneration. But their hands are tied without this crucial DNA evidence, and more of Clair’s precious life is wasting away in prison as they fight to obtain it. Please sign my petition if you feel that the disclosure of the identity of a possible “person of interest” is something that the prosecution should not be allowed to withhold.

C. J. Ford
161,163 supporters
Petitioning Doug LaMalfa, Jared Huffman, John Garamendi, Tom McClintock, Mike Thompson, Doris Matsui, Ami Bera, Paul Cook, Jerry McNerney, Jeff Denham, Mark DeSaulnier, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee, Jackie Speier...

Speak up for California Salmon! No to Senate & House Bills 2533 & 2898

We are asking you to take a moment to help us address a critical issue, Water! The current water bills (link to bill 2533 here and bill 2898 here) introduced by Sen. Feinstein and Rep. Valadao in the Senate and House will be up for consideration in Congress before the end of the year. These bills weaken protections for salmon in order to pump more water from the Delta in Northern California for use primarily for big ag in the San Joaquin Valley. Water is a public resource, and therefore should include all constituents. These bills dramatically weaken or completely eliminate consideration of water for the environment, specifically for wild California salmon, which need cold water released at certain times of the year to spawn, rear and migrate to the ocean. They would also promote new taxpayer subsidized and salmon killing dams.   We understand that ag needs water. So do salmon! Sacrificing the environment, salmon and the multi-billion dollar fishing industry to move more water is a dangerous and biased approach. We need a long-term solution for the drought which reflects the needs of all constituents, human as well as wildlife. We know how do to this. More conservation groundwater clean up and management, water recycling and capturing urban stormwater can provide plenty of additional water for cities and agriculture. And restoring habitat and ensuring adequate flows can help restore salmon and the environment.   We are asking for your help, because to risk the health and future viability of wild salmon runs in California due to poor legislation is inexcusable. Speak up for Salmon! 

Farmers, Fishers & Friends of Salmon
11,772 supporters
Petitioning Loretta Sanchez

Implement minimum federal standards for worker’s comp.

In 1998, a file cabinet fell on me at my workplace, seriously injuring my back, knees and arms. I diligently followed my company’s worker’s compensation plan, going from doctor to doctor, waiting on diagnoses for months on end. But by the time actual treatment started, my spine was so bad, I had to have major invasive surgery and was left permanently disabled. And that was only the beginning of my struggle. I was not receiving enough compensation to cover my medications, and I was in major debt. I fought the Worker’s Compensation Board for sufficient coverage for 11 years, until they abruptly closed my case, without any valid reason, in 2009. I now receive nothing from them, and all of my appeals have been met with denials. Worker’s compensation came about as a bargain between business and workers -- we gave up our right to sue our employers in exchange for the promise of protection if we were injured on the job. I now live in poverty. I can’t afford to buy the medications I need, and have trouble putting food on my table. What a great bargain. I have since learned that hundreds of thousands of workers around the country are enduring the same hardship as me. States have stripped workers’ compensation down to nearly nothing in recent years, and people are suffering for it. Please join me in demanding that the federal government step in and implement minimum federal standards for worker’s comp, so that workers can be a respected part of the bargain again. 33 states have cut worker’s comp in the last decade, some so drastically that they virtually guarantee injured workers will plummet into poverty. Workers often battle insurance companies for years to get the surgeries and prescriptions they need. It’s a story I know too well. And, amazingly, the U.S. Labor Department flat-out stopped keeping track of states’ compliance with federal recommendations in 2004. It seems the workers have been forgotten. So where do we go for relief when our worker’s comp falls short? We have no choice but to turn to Social Security Disability Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid for lost wages and medical costs. This means that it’s American taxpayers, rather than worker’s comp insurers, who shell out tens of billions of dollars a year to make up for the cuts. Nobody wins in this. States are clearly not looking out for workers, so we must demand that the federal government do so. I don’t want anyone else to experience my torment. Please join me in calling on Congress to implement minimum federal standards for worker’s comp.

Minerva Rosario
5,793 supporters
Petitioning Casey Steinau, Ian Olson, Kim Metcalfe, Darryl Sinkfield, Janet May, Nancy Worley

All Superdelegates - Vote Bernie

We, the undersigned constituents, write to you today to discuss how crucial your vote is to the future of our great country. I write to you today not only as a proud lifelong Democrat, but as someone who is deeply concerned about the upcoming election this November. Along with your colleagues, you are in an extremely powerful and special position for shaping our country's path forward. You have the power to help solidify the strongest candidate for our party to stop Donald Trump from damaging our country beyond repair. The party failed to prevent the loses of the '72 McGovern and '80 Carter elections. We can't make that same mistake in 2016, this time against an even more harmful and destructive Trump. That's the whole reason why you have your super delegate vote: to help prevent the party from choosing a poor General Election candidate that cannot guarantee a Democratic election. We have to do everything we can to make sure our Democratic candidate has the best odds to beat Trump. Senator Sanders has brought many people into the process (more than Obama did in 2008)(1), but many of those same people won't support Secretary Clinton. In fact, a petition that supported the 'Bernie or Bust' notion,  with over 100,000 signatures, was delivered to the White House recently. If we are to acknowledge the scientifically proven exit-voice theory, research suggests that it’s very likely more than 2.4 million people share the same sentiments (2) .In addition, hundreds of thousands of constituents feel disenfranchised due to abundant and documented voter restriction and election fraud (mass voter roll call purging, massive decrease in polling location, unused provisional ballots, misguided voting instructions, altering of ballots, broken voting machines, and a consistent trend of exit polling not matching election outcomes) (3)(4)(5)(6). Never mind the notion that hundreds of super delegates pledged their support for Clinton even before this election season, or the fact that documents were leaked proving that the DNC had already chosen Clinton as the nominee back in May 2015, on the same day that Sen. Sanders announced his candidacy (7).  We also run the risk of Secretary Clinton's potential legal issues costing us precious votes at the worst time possible. That is made clear by her own testimony regarding her misuse of her private email server; her statements to the public completely contradicted the FBI's testimony. It is also important to note that there is another petition that was delivered to the White House that voices the "Never Hillary" pledge., which was signed by over 200,000 people. There is also resounding concern over the issue of 'big money' in politics, including the issue of super PACs and the Hillary Victory Fund (8). The general consensus of average citizens is that she cannot be trusted.  The National polls are clear. The swing state polls are clear (9). The favor-ability ratings are clear. The momentum, energy, youth and Independent enthusiasm are all clear. Our best hope in defeating Trump is clear: Senator Sanders (10)(11). You have a unique opportunity to go down in history as one of the special few individuals who made the right judgment call and helped us elect the stronger candidate for the Democrats to retain the White House. You also have the opportunity to disregard all logic, polls, and the anti-establishment pulse of the country and stay with a riskier candidate and further the notion of a #DemExit. For the sake of the Democratic Party, for the sake of your place in history, and for the sake of unifying the entire country and not having to say "President Trump"... please vote for Senator Sanders in the convention this July. Thank you for your time and consideration. References: (1) http://www.vox.com/2016/6/2/11818320/bernie-sanders-barack-obama-2008 (2) https://johnlaurits.com/2016/07/10/mathematical-proof-that-you-are-not-alone/ (3)http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/only-voter-suppression-can-stop-bernie-sanders_b_9780128 (4) https://electionfraud2016.wordpress.com/ (5) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1649941911932852/permalink/1655874224672954/ (6) http://usuncut.com/news/arizona-polling-disaster/ (7) https://guccifer2.wordpress.com/2016/06/15/dnc/ (8) http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/01/how-hillary-clinton-bought-the-loyalty-of-33-state-democratic-parties/ - who resourced the FEC (9) http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/donald-trump-dead-heat-hillary-clinton-swing-state/story?id=40542377 (10) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/h-a-goodman/hillary-clinton-now-loses_b_10102664.html (11) http://elections.huffingtonpost.com/pollster/2016-general-election-trump-vs-sanders    

Jamie Ferrier
5,554 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Thomas MacArthur, Albio Sires, Donald Payne, Chris Christie, Chris Smith, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Scott Garrett, Frank Pallone, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Leonard Lance, Donald Norcross, Frank LoBiondo

Justice for Gaffney: With GAFFNEY'S LAW Stop LEO's from being allowed to DRINK & CARRY

On May 13th, 2016, Michael Gaffney 37, beloved, father, son, partner, and friend senselessly died at the hands of an off duty officer that had been drinking and engaged in a bar fight, that ended when the officer chose while under the influence, to shoot an unarmed man. We want a law, Gaffney's Law, to make it illegal, punishable by law, for off duty law enforcement to carry service weapons into any bar or establishment where they intend to consume alcohol. Alcohol and guns don't mix. If you cannot drive under the influence, it only makes sense you shouldn't carry under the influence. Michael Gaffney was not armed, he had no weapons. The officer involved knew Michael, they had been to parties and BBQ's together. Yes, they were both drinking, yes, a fight ensued, but never should an intoxicated officer with a gun solve drunken anger with his service weapon. Police officers are to protect and serve, not get served and shoot. Please, I urge you to consider Gaffney's Law. Make it illegal to mix guns and alcohol, so this might not leave another daughter, girlfriend, mother, and friends without someone they love. We have decided to try to get justice for Michael by helping create Gaffney's Law. Please help us with our petition to change current Attorney General guidelines to make them enforceable laws that prohibit law enforcement from engaging in alcoholic consumption while carrying. Thank you for considering, Gaffney's Law.

Ellen Sona
5,319 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Dianne Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Barack Obama, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Bradley Byrne, Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Mo Brooks, Gary Palmer, Terri Sewell, Doug LaMal...

Make Senators Boxer, Feinstein, REMOVE the non-native species mandate from SB 1894

Purposely hidden in section 202 of the 147 page bill SB 1894 is the planned eradication of non native species in the delta and its tributaries to include largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, crappie and catfish. The inclusion of these species in this bill MUST be removed. They are being made the scapegoats for the demise of the salmon and Delta Smelt when in fact the pumps are the largest non discriminate predator in the Delta. This eradication mandate will decimate the natural balance that has existed for 140 years, while doing NOTHING for the drought which is what the bill is supposed to address. It will decimate sport fishing on the California Delta, as well as adversely affect many businesses that rely on income directly generated from Delta fishing, i.e., bait and tackle stores, hotels, restaurants, tackle manufacturers etc. There are over 2300 local jobs that will be directly affected if this bill is passed; Guiding services, tournament staffing, Marinas, Bait and Tackle stores as well as grocery stores that will no longer have anglers to sell too. Boat dealers will go out of business with no fish to catch they will not be selling bass boats or V-Hulls so a dealerships like C&C, Anglers Marine and others that customer bass is fisherman will go out of business. Fisherman purchase thousands of gallons of fuel each day to fish in both boats and tow vehicles that will no longer be happening because there are no fish to be caught, no tournaments to go to. Hotels will suffer because they will not have two hundred anglers to use their rooms or eat at their restaurants or use there Casinos.   This bill would hurt a thousand to one people in the ratios of employment and recreations then it would help.  

Bobby Barrack
2,838 supporters
Petitioning Steve Bullock

DNC Delegates & Super Delegates: Only Bernie can defeat Trump

(First, we MUST have a roll call vote, all the Democrats who cast their votes for a candidate and in turn voted in delegates to cast that vote at the DNC MUST be heard and recorded. This is democratic.) Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly. An average of the entire summary of all polling data compiled over the course of the election confirms this:  Sanders leads Trump nationally +10.4 Hillary is slightly above at +3.2 Do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? The Democratic Party claims that Winning the White House is their top priority, along with defeating Trump. It's time to look at the facts and look at who is the best candidate to achieve these goals; goals taken straight from the DNC. DEMOCRATS ARE FOCUSED ON WINNING ELECTIONS, PERIOD. Case in point #1: When Bernie addressed the House of Representatives to  explain that "it's not about winning, it's about transforming America," he was booed by Democratic members of Congress who believe they have no power to transform America unless they win elections. Bernie Booed by House Democrats DEMOCRATS SAY WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP Case in point #2. Democrats also believe our main goal is to defeat Trump, i.e. win elections.  Their messaging is solely, WE MUST DEFEAT TRUMP.  Those two points have the Democratic Party freaking out after, to their surprise, Hillary's polling went DOWN after Bernie endorsed her. Democrats Freaked Out About Polls Emails sent from DCCC after Bernie's endorsement Three desperate emails were sent out in one day following Bernie's endorsement only to find Hillary's polling against Trump showed her LOSING ground, especially in three key swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania showing them being completely terrified over the lack of "unity" as Sanders supporters fail to fall in line behind Hillary claiming: "After Bernie’s call for unity yesterday, we just figured Democrats would...well...unify. But instead, everything is falling apart. FIRST: We heard barely a peep from grassroots Democrats. THEN: A Quinnipiac poll showed Trump and Clinton tied in OH, FL, and PA.* NOW:  We’re questioning whether the Democratic Party can unify at all." __________________________________________________ Polling prior to Bernie's endorsement, June 21st vs. after, July 13th: *(note that the states are not all 'tied' as the DCCC claims): FL:  Clinton 47 - Trump 39 -----> Clinton 39 - Trump 42 OH: Clinton 40 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 41 PA: Clinton 42 - Trump 41 ------> Clinton 41 - Trump 43 June 21st vs. July 13th, as well as virtually EVERY POLL conducted between Sanders and Trump, Bernie wins nationally every time (as stated in beginning): FL: Sanders 45 - Trump 39 ------> Clinton 47 - Trump 39 OH:Sanders 48 - Trump 38 ------> Clinton 40 - Trump 40 PA: Sanders 47 - Trump 40 ------> Clinton 42 - Trump 41 __________________________________________________ 13 million votes for Bernie Sanders were cast from demographics who are largely composed of people who simply refuse to vote for Hillary OR Trump.  And some of them rather vote for Trump INSTEAD of Hillary! This is a stark reality that the Democratic Party must come to grips with if they not only want to put a Democrat in the White House in January, but elect Democrats in Primaries across our nation in November. Are you willing to lose the White House (as well as Congress) and suffer a loss that allows the potential for a President Trump? Dr. Cornel West is now endorsing Jill Stein over Hillary Clinton Most Bernie supporters are Dr. Cornel West supporters. He makes a compelling argument to his supporters on why Hillary, nor Trump, is a viable choice. How many of those 13 million will follow West? How many will vote Trump? How many will write in Bernie or simply stay home? Are Democrats willing to risk losing over this? So, do Democrats REALLY want to Win the White House? Then maybe it's time for DNC Delegates and  Super Delegates to rethink who their nominee will be in order to achieve that victory.  Bernie Sanders is simply the best candidate to beat Donald Trump; Delegates and Super Delegates please cast your votes accordingly.

Progressive Democrats
1,578 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG)

Save Voice of America Radio to Tibet

National Public Radio (NPR) reported that “The [Buddhist] monks [in Tibet] listen secretly to Voice of America’s Tibetan service news every night, despite feeling almost physical pain at the bleak news.” Ignoring the suffering of the Tibetan people under the Chinese communist rule and desperate self-immolations of Tibetan monks to shock the conscience of the world, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a U.S. Federal agency which operates the Voice of America (VOA), wants to end VOA radio broadcasts to Tibet. Don't let the Broadcasting Board of Governors deny uncensored Voice of America news and hope to the Tibetan people while BBG executives divert U.S. taxpayers' money to create new high-level bureaucratic positions, pay themselves bonuses and sign a $50 million multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. As U.S. taxpayers, you fund and support the Voice of America. Demand that your money be used to bring uncensored American news to the suffering people of Tibet, China and other countries without free media rather than being spent on the salaries of government officials at the Broadcasting Board of Governors.   The folowing letter will be sent to Members of Congress:   Open Letter to Members of House Appropriations Committee Dear Members of Congress: This letter is to request your strong support to restore the funding in the FY2013 Budget for Voice of America (VOA) radio and television broadcasting to China and Tibet. We adamantly object to the proposal by the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), which manages the Voice of America, and their plans to eliminate the VOA Tibetan Radio Service, the entire VOA Cantonese Service, as well as eliminating more than 200 positions and reducing information coverage in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Cuba, Georgia, Greece, Iran, Iraq, Laos, Russian Federation, Turkey and Vietnam. The Voice of America English and Spanish services are also threatened with severe cuts in broadcast operations and staff. The Caucasus region, including Chechnya, and Central Asia are likewise targeted by the BBG’s plan for unprecedented program cuts and reductions. This egregious effort to disappropriate funding from VOA will effectively undermine the purpose of several Congressional mandates, including Public Law 94-340. The Voice of America has a mandate to inform the people in China who speak Cantonese by providing them with news broadcasts that promote freedom and democracy.  There are more than 70 million people in China who speak Cantonese, including in the critical economic hubs of Hong Kong as well as Quangdong province and this effort to deny VOA broadcasts to them in Cantonese will isolate them from uncensored information. This campaign against the Voice of America – during PRC Vice President Xi Jinping’s week-long visit to the United States – is nothing less than another attempt to concede that, little by little, the Broadcasting Board of Governors will dismantle America’s commitment to broadcast news on behalf of the United States not only to China but to other strategic areas of the world. The VOA Tibetan Service was created by an Act of Congress, Public Law 101-246, sponsored by Rep. Dante B. Fascell and signed into law on February 16, 1990, “to provide Voice of America Tibetan language programming to the people of Tibet.” Less than one year ago, the Voice of America was celebrating the importance of Tibetan radio broadcasts, marking the 20th anniversary of the first VOA Tibetan radio program. This campaign against Voice of America also comes during the detention of hundreds of Tibetans into Laogai (re-education through labor camps) upon their return from India after attending teaching sessions overseen by the Dalai Lama.  It comes while Tibetan Buddhist Monks are sacrificing themselves as human torches to shock the conscience of the world as the only way to dispel darkness and ignorance. It comes during the PRC’s ongoing crackdown on Roman Catholics, Evangelical Christians, Uyghur Muslims, Falun Gong practitioners, and all prisoners of conscience in China.  It comes one week after the PRC sentenced Zhu Yufu to seven years in prison for writing a poem. This effort to reduce Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio and TV Marti and broadcasting to the Middle East also comes during a time when the Broadcasting Board of Governors has entered into a $50 million dollar multi-year contract with the Gallup Organization. It is doubtful that Gallup or any company can successfully conduct a reliable audience research about Voice of America and other US Government-funded broadcasts into countries like China, Russia, Iran and Cuba.  People are too afraid to even admit that they know what these broadcasts are, much less tell a stranger that they are consumers of these news and information programs, which their governments tell them are dangerous and designed to destroy their nations. What these broadcasts in fact provide is uncensored news and hope. And yet the Broadcasting Board of Governors, known for its lack of transparency and the poorest record of management among all federal agencies, again plans to divert valuable resources away from programs serving information needs of the most oppressed into unproductive operations and bureaucratic positions, while also eliminating jobs of journalists who specialize in human rights reporting. We urge you to require that the FY 2013 Budget funding for the Voice of America’s Cantonese Service and the Tibetan Radio Service be restored, and to undo the proposed cuts in other news and information services so that Voice of America can continue to fulfill its mandate to provide an accurate, balanced and comprehensive view of significant American thought and institutions and to clearly present the policies of the United States to the people of China, Tibet and other news-restricted nations. Respectfully, Harry Wu, Laogai Research FoundationAnn Noonan, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingTed Lipien, Committee for U.S. International BroadcastingJing Zhang, Women’s Rights in ChinaRobert Reilly, Senior Fellow for Strategic Communication at the American Foreign Policy CouncilTimothy Shamble, American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 1812Marie Ciliberti, retired Voice of America writer, producer and broadcaster for programs directed to the former Soviet UnionManny Papir, International Human Rights CampaignerRobert A. Senser, Human Rights for WorkersJustin Yu, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce in New YorkAnn Lau, Visual Artists GuildGanden Thurman, Tibet House U.S.Gary Marco, Alexandria, VAJeremy Taylor, Free Burma AllianceReggie Littlejohn, Women’s Rights Without FrontiersNew York State Senator Reverend Ruben DiazKarl Altau, Managing Director, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC)John Lenczowski, The Institute of World Politics

Ted Lipien
895 supporters
Closed
Petitioning Mayor Bao Nguyen Garden Grove CA, Janet Nguyen, Chris Chung Associate Planner Garden Grove CA

Oppose Mortuary and Crematory located near Fairview St and Garden Grove CA residential

April 25, 2016 Dear Mr. Chairman John O’neill, Mr. Mayor Bao Nguyen, and Mr. Chris Chung; We would like to ask for your help to disapprove the permit to operate a new funeral home—including mortuary and crematory—located at 13272 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92843, near the corner of Fairview Street and Garden Grove Blvd. The applicant’s Mr. Tuan Nguyen owner, Case Number is Conditional Use Permit No. CUP-073-2016. At the community meeting on April 13, 2016, the applicant, Mr. Tuan Nguyen, owner of Heaven's Gate Funeral Home, proposed a plan to build a funeral home which will include a mortuary and a crematory. We would like your assistance in opposing the above proposal. The public hearing with the Planning Commission was original scheduled on Thursday May 19, 2016 at 7pm, and now based on the meeting with Mayor Bao Nguyen on Monday May 9, 2016 at 1:30pm. The applicant has submitted a request to continue (postpone) their item, Conditional Use Permit No. CUP-073-2016, to the June 2, 2016 at 7pm. The meeting will take place at the Council Chamber of the Community Meeting Center, located at 11300 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840. We as a community adamantly oppose the proposal of building a new funeral home in our neighborhood. As you know, there are many schools and churches in this area, such as Riverdale Elementary School, Lampson Elementary School, Samueli Academy High School, Doig Intermediate School, Santiago High School, Shepherd's Grove Church, Formosan Presbyterian Church, Christ Cathedral Church, Orange View Church of Christ, and Wintersburg Presbyterian Church, St Luke's Antiochian Orthodox Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter.  Along with that we do also have Garden Grove Hospital, Sun Grove Senior Apartments, Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Candlewood Suites Hotel, Twin Lakes Park, The Outlets at Orange Shopping Mall.  The fears of dead bodies being stored behind our homes and the dangers of Crematorium air pollution have caused tremendous stress and anxiety in the community, especially for our children. Many of the children have asked their parents if they can just move out of the area. This neighborhood has been our cherished home for decades and it is impossible for us to just pick up and leave. We enjoy the peace and safe environment we currently have here in the community. We would like you, as our city representatives, to honor and protect our rights for a safe and peaceful environment. As you know, the toxins in the crematory emissions will affect many citizens, especially our children in the surrounding homes and schools. Mercury is one of the poisonous chemicals released during cremation. When heated, it is released into the air as colorless and odorless gas. As it is breathed in and accumulated in the human body, it permanently damages the brain, kidneys, and nervous system.  Also, chronic exposure to mercury has been documented and proven to cause fatigue, anorexia, weight loss, tremors, memory loss, insomnia, depression, and loss of vision. In addition to mercury, there are many more toxic chemicals being emitted into the air during cremation, such as cadmium, dioxin, hydrogen chloride, sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and chromium. These toxins and heavy metals—known for their potent toxicity, especially in environmental contexts—have devastating impact on human health. We vehemently want to avoid exposing our children to these toxins which will pose many serious health problems to them and future generations. Along with these issues, our land and home values are at a substantial loss being around Heaven's Gate Funeral Home.  Our question is, who is going to pay / compensate for this loss?  Will Heaven's Gate Funeral Home cover this loss?  Besides this, Fairview Street and Garden Grove Boulevard are always congested in the morning from 7AM to 9AM, and in the afternoon from 3PM to 7PM traffic.  In addition, Fairview ends at an entrance onto the Eastbound 22 Freeway and Westbound 22 Freeway.  Both directions of the Garden Grove 22 Freeway are always jammed, creating more air pollution in this area.  We as a community are asking you once again, as our city representatives, to help protect our community. We would like to thank you in advance for your support. We believe that you will always do what is best for the people in this community, especially our children. Please treat them as your own children and provide them a peaceful neighborhood with toxin-free air to nurture their lives. We count on you to make the right decision, in the best interest of the children. In return, you have our gratitude and you can always count on our support so that you may continue to provide and protect all citizens in the community. We appreciate all your efforts to put a halt to the plan of a new funeral home in our neighborhood. Sincerely, The communities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Orange.

Chieu Tran
503 supporters
Victory
Petitioning The U.S. Senate

Federal Aviation Administration: Do not close the Control Tower at Sacramento Executive Airport

Sacramento Executive Airport is the premier business airport of Sacramento and is set to have it’s Control Tower closed by the Federal Aviation Administration on April 7, 2013. When the FAA closes the Control Tower, Sacramento Executive Airport will be an uncontrolled airport, and with it’s approximately 92,000 flight operations a year, an already busy airport will become an unsafe busy airport situated in a highly populated urban area. These aircraft, which can include many large Business Jets, which can weigh up to 25 tons, will be on their own during the most critical phases of flight, take-off and landing, the FAA is inadvertently creating an environment that is not only unsafe for the pilots and passengers of these aircraft, but also unsafe for the residents that live in the vicinity of the airport and the entire city of Sacramento, CA.

Andrew O'Hair
244 supporters
Grant Military Burial Honors to Women WWII Pilots

I thank Tiffany, Erin, and Whitney, for taking action on behalf of their grandmother Elaine Harmon and all the courageous WASPS who have been unjustly denied the honor of burial at Arlington National Cemetery. In WWII, these brave and hardworking female pilots signed up of their own volition and stepped up to the plate to fill the shortfall of male pilots. WASPs proudly served their country delivering planes in dangerous conditions and helping train male pilots for combat. 38 WASPs died while serving their country, yet the Army merely considered them civilians. We must honor these WASPs with the utmost respect and gratitude for their service and sacrifice. That’s why I’m co-sponsoring legislation to right this wrong. I strongly urge the Secretary of the Army to change its policy and allow these female pilots to be honored at Arlington National Cemetery.

1 year ago