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Petition to City of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, Lan Diep, Housing & Community Development Commission, Magdalena Carrasco, James Stagi, Ray Bramson, Dave Cortese, Charles Jones, Sergio Jimenez, Raul Peralez, Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco, Devora Davis, Tam Nguyen, Sylvia Arenas, Donald Rocha, Johnny Khamis

Say NO! to the homeless shelter on Noble Ave in Berryessa, San Jose

The City of San Jose started planning the BHC pilot program on January 1, 2017 and presented their plan via Memorandum to City Council on May 22nd. The Memo recommends incidental shelter sites in each district of San Jose to set up small housing units on vacant land to house the homeless. In District 4, a list of the locations include 14630 Noble Ave – right next to the Noble Elementary and right behind Toyon Elementary. The location is also within quarter mile from Piedmont Middle, right across Noble Park, within quarter mile of Penitencia Creek Park across Summerdale Elementary and right next to the Berryessa library. (circled in red in the picture above) Prior surveys conducted by the City of San Jose show that 50% of the homeless have addiction problems. At least half are getting some type of government assistance. 95% are unemployed. 25% have been in jail in 2016-2017. It has also been stated that there will be minimum screening requirements for the shelter users which begs the question of the need for placing a shelter in the heart of a community of schools, parks and libraries. Such shelters have been shown to require a high degree of policing, emergency services and are accompanied with rampant problems of crime, trash and poorer quality of life for the residents. Neither has the community been consulted for the proposal nor have we been informed of the proposal by official channels. The community learned of the development only from alert residents who have been going through routine official communication. Fund Raiser: The residents of the Noble community of Berryessa request the City of San Jose to not place a homeless shelter as proposed.  

Keerti Narayan
3,508 supporters
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Petition to Weight Watchers

Discontinue plans for Weight Watchers program for teenagers

This summer, my family spent 18 weeks living out of state at an eating disorder treatment center while my step-daughter fought a crippling eating disorder. Eating disorders are caused by a variety of factors, but I know that our culture of obsessive dieting is a huge factor. As the parent of someone who almost died from an eating disorder, I was horrified to learn that this summer, Weight Watchers will offer a free program aimed at teenagers like my step-daughter. Join my campaign to demand that Weight Watchers stop plans to target teenagers. Eating disorders have a 10% fatality rate and are the most fatal type of mental illness. My step-daughter’s illness was so severe that she spent 9 weeks being fed from a tube. She developed heart issues, hormonal issues, and insulin-resistance because of heavy dieting while her body was still developing. Some of the other children in treatment center with her have bone-density loss and organ damage as well. These are not diseases to be taken lightly. Weight Watchers claims that its new program is meant to encourage healthy habits at a young age – but we know that dieting more often leads to unhealthy habits which can spiral into dangerous diseases. This program has nothing to do with teenagers’ health and everything to do with the company’s goal to grow its revenue to more than $2 billion by 2020. Weight Watchers thinks its bottom line is more important than our children’s health and that is unacceptable. Sign my petition and tell Weight Watchers that we demand better. If you disagree with this petition, please do not post comments about it in the comments, as this could be very triggering to those suffering from an eating disorder.  Feel free to email me at  I will respond to you as soon as I can so that you know you have been heard and I will also share your comments with Weight Watchers when I send the other comments.  Thanks!

Sarah Wright
19,491 supporters