Save the East Bay Hills

3,875 supporters

    Started 4 petitions

    Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf, Ken Schwarz, Dan Kalb, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Noel Gallo, Sheng Thao, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Fire Department, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Loren Taylor

    Save Oakland Forests

    Our forests are in danger. The City of Oakland has released the draft of an environmentally catastrophic plan to chop down hundreds of thousands of healthy trees across 1,925 acres of public lands and 308 miles of roadway and to give city officials the unlimited discretion to clear cut any trees or forests they choose without public approval. It is a costly, destructive, and radical public land transformation that is predicated on the extensive use of herbicides and which will increase both the risk and severity of fire, imperiling public health and safety. And it will result in a whole host of additional and unavoidable harms including exacerbating climate change, destroying animal habitat, negatively impacting local businesses and property values, eroding community character, increasing the threat of landslides, and ruining the quiet enjoyment of people’s properties. Eventually, as a result of the impact of climate change and Sudden Oak Death Syndrome to which all oak trees are predicted to succumb, it will result in public lands that are barren and treeless.  Moreover, the Draft Vegetation Management Plan (DVMP) ignores the results of the city’s own survey which revealed that the public was against the use of herbicides and the destruction of healthy trees. In fact, Horizon, the consulting company which created the plan, refused to meet with citizens who opposed broadscale tree removal and pesticide use beyond cursory public meetings, while providing private access to those who supported them. As such, it is undemocratic and was designed to achieve a predetermined conclusion unrelated to its stated goals or the will of Oakland citizens. In that regard, it is also unlawful. To save our beautiful forests and the iconic local character, stunning vistas, shady hiking trails, and animal habitat they create, tell Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council, the Oakland Fire Department, and other city officials to reject the DVMP. Read our opposition by clicking here. Sign the petition. NOTE: After you sign this petition, Change.org will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at saveeastbayhills.org in the Take Action page.

    Save the East Bay Hills
    644 supporters
    Petitioning Mayor Libby Schaaf, Ken Schwarz, Dan Kalb, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Noel Gallo, Sheng Thao, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Fire Department, Nikki Fortunato Bas, Loren Taylor

    Save Oakland Forests

    Our forests are in danger. The City of Oakland has released the draft of an environmentally catastrophic plan to chop down hundreds of thousands of healthy trees across 1,925 acres of public lands and 308 miles of roadway and to give city officials the unlimited discretion to clear cut any trees or forests they choose without public approval. It is a costly, destructive, and radical public land transformation that is predicated on the extensive use of herbicides and which will increase both the risk and severity of fire, imperiling public health and safety. And it will result in a whole host of additional and unavoidable harms including exacerbating climate change, destroying animal habitat, negatively impacting local businesses and property values, eroding community character, increasing the threat of landslides, and ruining the quiet enjoyment of people’s properties. Eventually, as a result of the impact of climate change and Sudden Oak Death Syndrome to which all oak trees are predicted to succumb, it will result in public lands that are barren and treeless.  Moreover, the Draft Vegetation Management Plan (DVMP) ignores the results of the city’s own survey which revealed that the public was against the use of herbicides and the destruction of healthy trees. In fact, Horizon, the consulting company which created the plan, refused to meet with citizens who opposed broadscale tree removal and pesticide use beyond cursory public meetings, while providing private access to those who supported them. As such, it is undemocratic and was designed to achieve a predetermined conclusion unrelated to its stated goals or the will of Oakland citizens. In that regard, it is also unlawful. To save our beautiful forests and the iconic local character, stunning vistas, shady hiking trails, and animal habitat they create, tell Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council, the Oakland Fire Department, and other city officials to reject the DVMP. Read our opposition by clicking here. Sign the petition. NOTE: After you sign this petition, Change.org will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at saveeastbayhills.org in the Take Action page.

    Save the East Bay Hills
    2 supporters
    Petitioning Consumer Affairs Branch, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Barbara J. Parker, PG&E Tree Removal Program

    Stop PG&E From Killing Healthy Trees

    PG&E has embarked on an environmentally destructive plan to cut down healthy trees in neighborhoods throughout its 100,000 miles of transmission lines. In the San Francisco East Bay hills, for instance, there are some streets where the tallest trees on virtually every lot will be destroyed or radically cut back, devastation that will render such neighborhoods unrecognizable after PG&E crews sweep through with chainsaws to destroy the very thing that makes such neighborhoods so desirable: their natural beauty. In the place of soaring trees, large canopies, shade, and habitat for local wildlife, PG&E will leave tree stumps and empty sky, with many remaining trees being profoundly hacked without regard for beauty or symmetry. Not only will this loss take an emotionally devastating toll on many local residents, but by degrading landscaping and destroying property value-enhancing trees, it will also negatively impact what is for many residents their single greatest asset: their homes. Instead of allowing PG&E to kill trees, destroy local beauty and animal habitat, harm the environment, and degrade property values, the California Public Utilities Commission must force PG&E to eliminate the danger of fire by upgrading its equipment and putting lines underground. PG&E is sitting on over $1 billion in credit reserves to make these necessary upgrades. Instead of following the lead of other public utility agencies in California such as San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Edison which are already doing so, PG&E is determined to force local homeowners to bear the burdens associated with their attempt to limit liability from their own faulty and inadequate equipment instead. On behalf of the millions of Californians served by PG&E, we demand that the California Public Utility Commission immediately suspend the planned destruction of healthy trees growing on our properties and on our collectively owned public lands and demand that PG&E use its considerable financial resources to protect both the environment and public safety by upgrading their antiquated infrastructure instead. For more information, click here. NOTE: After you sign this petition, Change.org will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at saveeastbayhills.org in the Take Action page.

    Save the East Bay Hills
    1,533 supporters
    Victory
    Petitioning Ken Schwarz, Mayor Libby Schaaf, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillen, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Noel Gallo, Sheng Thao, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Oakland Fire Department

    Save our forests

    Our forests are in danger. The City of Oakland has released the draft of an environmentally catastrophic plan to chop down hundreds of thousands of healthy trees across 1,925 acres of public lands and 308 miles of roadway and to give city officials the unlimited discretion to clear cut any trees or forests they choose without public approval. It is a costly, destructive, and radical public land transformation that is predicated on the extensive use of herbicides and which will increase both the risk and severity of fire, imperiling public health and safety. And it will result in a whole host of additional and unavoidable harms including exacerbating climate change, destroying animal habitat, negatively impacting local businesses and property values, eroding community character, increasing the threat of landslides, and ruining the quiet enjoyment of people’s properties. Eventually, as a result of the impact of climate change and Sudden Oak Death Syndrome to which all oak trees are predicted to succumb, it will result in public lands that are barren and treeless.  Moreover, the Draft Vegetation Management Plan (DVMP) ignores the results of the city’s own survey which revealed that the public was against the use of herbicides and the destruction of healthy trees. In fact, Horizon, the consulting company which created the plan, refused to meet with citizens who opposed broadscale tree removal and pesticide use beyond cursory public meetings, while providing private access to those who supported them. As such, it is undemocratic and was designed to achieve a predetermined conclusion unrelated to its stated goals or the will of Oakland citizens. In that regard, it is also unlawful. To save our beautiful forests and the iconic local character, stunning vistas, shady hiking trails, and animal habitat they create, tell Mayor Libby Schaaf, the City Council, the Oakland Fire Department, and other city officials to reject the DVMP. Read our opposition by clicking here. Sign the petition. NOTE: After you sign this petition, Change.org will ask you for a donation. This money does NOT go to us. If you would like to donate to our efforts, you can do so instead at saveeastbayhills.org in the Take Action page.

    Save the East Bay Hills
    1,696 supporters