Petition to Culver Marina Little League, Julie Valdez
CULVER MARINA LITTLE LEAGUE NEEDS TO REGAIN USE OF SENIOR FIELD IT HAS ONSITE
www.culvermarinalittleleague.com I am on the Board of Directors for Culver Marina Little League which is in Del Rey. Our League was established in 1956, and is on the La Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. We respect the land we are on by maintaining our fields clean and following current protocols established by an Agreement signed in 2013 by the former Little League President and CDFW representative. We need to revise our Agreement. Culver Marina Little League has four baseball/softball Fields – see picture. Three are in use by our League which are: Tee-ball, Minors and Majors Field. We also have a Senior Field that is not in use due to restrictions by the CDFW 2013 Agreement. To quote our website “Since 1956, Culver Marina Little League has been an anchor of the community as a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, instructional and fun baseball & softball environment for the children of Marina Del Rey (and surrounding areas), ages 4-16.” Unfortunately, we are unable to serve children 13-16 years old due to the Junior/Senior Field restrictions. Many of our kids are at-risk. Our League is a Safe Haven for the youth of our area. We are losing our kids, especially at-risk kids, at such a vulnerable age. The Del Rey area has a wide range of residents, including the Mar Vista Gardens Housing Projects and surrounding low income area. Culver Marina Little League provides up to 100% registration waiver to our low-income residents, thus providing access to the activity that the kids love in their own community - close to their home. Families do not have the means to go to another League outside the Community. We need to regain access to the Senior Field that is within the CDFW Access Limits and a field we once used. The field is already there. We need to revise our agreement by CDFW that allows us access to the four fields within the Access Limits. We need approval to have games and practices on this Senior Field. Mr. Bonham, as previously stated, we have been at our location since 1956. Generations of Del Rey residents have enjoyed the baseball and softball recreational activity on the ecological reserve. The Access Limits have already been established in 2013 Agreement and we do not have plans to go outside those parameters. We just need the four fields. Please help our kids!
Petition to City of Norwalk
Lights for little lake little league baseball
Our baseball fields had a chance to have lights installed but the city of Norwalk shut it down. This would be very beneficial to have as we could have practices and games later in the evening, especially in the winter when the sun goes down earlier. Most of our coaches, including myself, work late into the afternoon. This would also avoid us having to travel to another park on the other side of Norwalk that has lights installed on the field. Also on another note, what kid wouldn’t like to play under the lights like the professionals do. Please consider signing and supporting this petition to have lights installed for little lake little league baseball. In the end it is all in the best interest for all the players and their safety.
Petition to MLB
Ban Angel Hernandez from umpiring MLB games
Angel Hernandez must not be allowed to umpire MLB games anymore. His inability to accurately make calls behind home plate or anywhere else on the field has gotten to the point where it is consistently compromising outcomes of games. The fact he cannot accept his failures and instead chooses to blame the MLB saying there is discrimination is unfounded and frankly insane, and action needs to be taken.
Petition to Board of Education
Fix the baseball facilities at Troy Athens High School to make them safe and playable.
The Athens baseball community encourages the district to make the baseball facilities safe and playable venues that are a source of pride for our community. Regrettably, the current facilities do not meet these practical standards. Problems: Years of neglect have left the baseball fields in a hazardous and disgraceful condition. The unfortunate location of the Athens varsity field is problematic. It sits between the high school building and football field in frequent shadow from the gym and visitor football stands. A lack of sunlight and constant drainage from the building and football stadium leaves the field a swampy mess each season. Compounding the problem, heavy equipment has been driven on the field leaving tire tracks and ruts in both the infield and outfield playing surfaces. Sand, instead of an appropriate clay-based material, has been used to fill holes around bases, the plate area, and on the pitching mound. The bullpens down each foul line have not been maintained, leaving them unlevel, unusable, and unsafe. Unsuitable grass has been installed over the years, likely due to low-bid sod replacements. Infield sod for a baseball field needs to be a sports turf blend not typical lawn sod—which is currently in place. The current grass is not level and way too thick for baseball. There is no longer a batting cage, sound system or functional scoreboard. Fencing has not been well maintained and now protrudes in many areas and is dangerous. Lack of weeding has left the warning track nearly non-existent due to overgrowth. The main field entrance gate (regardless of the weather) is always muddy and often pools with water due to the poor field drainage. Dangerous tools, stakes and assorted metal objects have been left on the field and have turned up during games. Exposed sewer grids located in the outfield make footing even more treacherous. Necessary Improvements: A new playing surface, preferably synthetic turf instead of natural grass because of the field’s current location and drainage problems. Varsity Coach Mike Morris has specifics on how funding can be secured through donations and fundraising to make this possible. [For Safety, Maintenance, and Competitiveness] Netting installed above the fence line down both base lines. This is both a safety and cost necessity. Due to the location of the field next to the school building and football field, foul balls careen in all directions during a game. From a safety perspective, spectators are in constant danger of being hit by a batted ball. From a money standpoint, 3x times as many baseballs are needed for a game at Athens due to the large number lost on the roof of the high school. [For Safety and Budget] New bullpens installed down each foul line with mounds and in-ground plates. [For Safety and Competitiveness] A batting cage needs to be reinstalled. After removal in the summer of 2018 there has been no replacement. All other OAA and Division 1 baseball and softball programs have outdoor batting cages. From a competitive standpoint, this is a necessity that would greatly benefit all baseball and softball teams. [For Competitiveness] The JV field is in desperate need of a walking path from the parking lot, cemented dugout floors and extended netting along the base lines. [For Safety]
Petition to Martin Medrano, Janice Hahn, Anthony Duarte, Dr. Joseph Chang, Gino Kwok Esq., Jeffrey De La Torre
Secure the Future for Youth Baseball
Highlander has been the home of Youth Baseball in Hacienda Heights for almost 40 years. Through community funds from our Founders, Highlander was built with the intention it would always stay in the community for generations to come. It houses 4 fields (3 little league grade, 1 senior field), a snack shack, and parking for 100+ cars making it a One-Stop Shop for baseball. Highlander shares the parcel of land with Wedgeworth Elementary, who are in the process of finalizing their school expansion project. It will become a K-8 grade school and the new plans would be taking out 2 fields (1 LL field and the senior field - both with lights). There are no contingency plans set for the Little League program by the School district (which owns the land). Currently there are 400+ kids in the program, running 30+ games on average a week at the Highlander Complex. We want to make sure the community is informed in regards to the Highlander Baseball Fields and the plans for the new school. We want everyone to take part of the decision making since it will impact 400+ in-district kids. We know the significance these fields have to not just present and past players & families, but to the the community as well, for it was a community effort that made Highlander possible almost 40 years ago. We have TWO main objectives: 1) Save the Highlander Complex and have the Wedgeworth Plans be modified to accommodate the land the fields currently take up. 2) Have a fully funded contingency plan in conjunction with the Wedgeworth Project. This plan shall offer what is currently available to the Hacienda Heights Little League and shall be newly built in order to accommodate the Hacienda Heights Little League displacement. This shall include 4 fields (2 with lights), snack shack with functional kitchen, meeting room and parking for 100+ vehicles. We are willing to work with the School District and our local representatives to ensure we find a common ground and find a solution BOTH SIDES can be happy with.