Stop Privatization of a local public park to benefit a private high school
  • Petitioned Ash Kalra

This petition was delivered to:

Ash Kalra
Mayor and Council Members of City of San Jose
Pierluigi Oliverio
Pete Constant
Sam Liccardo
Kansen Chu
Xavier Campos
Madison Nguyen
Rose Herrera
Donald Rocha
Nancy Pyle

Stop Privatization of a local public park to benefit a private high school

    1. Petition by

      Ishant sharma

The city of San Jose Parks and Recreation department plans to turn the John Mise neighborhood park in West San Jose into a soccer/softball sports complex by replacing an open, grass field with unhealthy artificial turf.
Vast majority of the neighborhood residents and users of the park did not ask for this, are not in favor of this plan and love the grassy park the way it is. This was communicated to the City by over 200 neighborhood residents at a public hearing on October 26, 2011 at Archbishop Mitty High School. Despite opposition from the local residents, the parks and recreation department continues to move forward with their agenda.
The primary beneficiary of this “renovation” would be Archbishop Mitty High School, a private high school located one block from John Mise park, which plans to be the major user of the sports facilities and parking while contributing less than 10% of the approximately $4-5 million cost of renovation. The City of San Jose in essence plans to subsidize Archbishop Mitty High School’s athletic program and parking expansion at the expense of local residents.
For the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the City of San Jose faces a $115 million budget deficit. Due to ongoing 11 years of consecutive budget deficits, the City of San Jose has had to reduce public safety workforce such as police officers and firefightera, cut branch library hours down from 6-7 days/week to only 4 days/week and make additional cuts to essential city services. Under such difficult economic situation, it is a criminal waste of public money to destroy a green public park in order to subsidize a private high school’s athletic program.
This renovation, besides depriving the residents of an open natural, peaceful park, will also lower property values, which in turn will lead to an increased budget deficit due to the resulting negative impact on property taxes.
Please sign the petition to protect John Mise Park and preserve it’s open, grassy space.
The San Jose Parks and Recreation Commission will meet to vote on the proposed “renovation” of John Mise Park on March 7, 2012 at City Hall, Room W-119, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA at 5:30 p.m. 

For more information:
San Jose Parks and Recreation department Proposed John Mise Park renovation project:
http://www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/sjcommissions/parks/agendas2012.asp

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Please attend April 2, 7pm community meeting at Mitty High School

      Ishant sharma
      Petition Organizer

      District 1 council member Pete Constant has agreed to meet with the neighbors to hear about John Mise park proposed plan. We need to have a large turnout and tell Constant to "listen to the people", we want to "keep John Mise park open and green for all public to enjoy".

      Please bring your friends, family and signs. It's really up to us "the people" to save our local park.

      Meeting location: Mitty H.S.- 5000 Mitty Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

      Thank you.
      Ishan and neighbors who enjoy John Mise Park

    3. Reached 750 signatures
    4. Update from March 7 Parks and Recreation Commission hearing

      Ishant sharma
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all who have signed the petition. Here is the update:

      1) ~80 residents attended the Parks commission hearing on 3/7/2012 and everyone asked the commissioners to reject the proposed plan.
      2) The commissioners voted 5-2 to reject the plan and told Parks staff to reconsider the whole plan.
      3) PRNS staff member Matt Cano has decided to ignore the commissioners' vote and push ahead with the plan. He is planning to present the proposed plan to the City Council on April 3rd, 2012.

      The fight to preserve our open and green park has just started. We need help with:

      1) Getting the word out to your network. We need more people, particularly San Jose residents to sign the petition.
      2) Call District 1 council member Pete Constant as soon as possible at 408-535-4901. Tell him you want to keep the open and green space at John Mise Park for all to enjoy, no fenced sport field and unhealthy artificial turf.

      Thank you.

      Ishan and John Mise Park neighbors

    5. Attend Wed. March 7 Parks and Recreation public hearing at 5:30pm

      Ishant sharma
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much for your support!

      We need residents to attend Wed., March 7th, 5:30pm public hearing to voice your opposition to this project and help save our park! You will need to sign a card to be able to speak.

      Location: San Jose City Hall, Room W-119 E, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose

    6. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Yi-Ning Chou OAKLAND, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      I grew up playing at that park and still visit it frequently when I go to see my family. That park is still a safe, wholesome hangout spot for my little sisters and their friends, and I think it would be an enormous loss to the families in the surrounding neighborhood to have a clean, healthy, natural environment transformed into an artificial sports complex. Please keep John Mise Park the way it is.

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    • Sarah Folsom LIVERMORE, CA
      • about 2 years ago

      Animals need a place to be happy. The park can also be a field that is shared with the high school to play sports on.

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    • Delores Hampton SCOTTSBORO, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      I am very much against all this privatization push to turn over every thing to big business, they already have to much power!

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    • Bozena Stasiak CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I'm getting sick of elected officials giving up our public property to private businesses. It must stop! They must hear us!

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    • Yizhi Tan SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      I am coordinate a group of 50+ active grass volleyball players playing in John Miss park every Saturday afternoon for many many years. The plan for enlarged soccer field will fence off all our playing area west side of current soccer field.

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