Community Development

254 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to BART Board of Directors

Building Chinatown's Legacy for The Transformation of Oakland

After the past seven year Lake Merritt Station Area Planning Process and a previous development, BART has restarted a development process for two of the blocks in the station areas: (1) Where the BART Station Parking Lot currently is and (2) The MetroCenter Block which currently houses the BART Police as well as Asian Health Services' Administrative Headquarters. Various stakeholders and supporters would like to establish a hub of activity of the Lake Merritt Station that connects and grows the existing communities, including Chinatown.  We are encouraging BART to integrate an aggressive platform of community benefits into their new development: 1) Community control of 120,000 square feet of community and non-profit space 2) $1M contribution to Madison Park 3) 200 affordable housing units Our goal is to establish a distinct “community thumbprint” that extends the legacy and current Asian community core that is Oakland Chinatown. We share a vision of a vibrant community hub that intentionally strengthens the Asian community, helps Chinatown thrive, and engages community voices toward a cohesive and engaged neighborhood and beyond.  It is a holistic vision that will serve as an attractive magnet to and for Chinatown.  This will build ridership, pencil out for BART’s bottom line, and excite, engage, and enthrall the community in true partnership. We urge BART to commit to this highest community use as a complement to the principle of highest feasibility - a commitment that will signal to the community that we will be able to exert our rights and have the resources to continue to grow, thrive and become a strong and vibrant neighborhood. Please support our efforts CA Senator Nancy Skinner CA Assemblymember Rob Bonta Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson Oakland City Councilmember Abel Guillen Asian Health Services Asian Immigrant Women’s Advocates Asian Pacific Environmental Network Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership Asian Prisoner Support Committee Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Buddhist Church of Oakland California Health Care Foundation Chinese American Citizens Alliance-Oakland Lodge Chinatown Community Development Center Chinese Community United Methodist Church Chinese Progressive Association East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation Family Bridges, Inc. Filipino Advocates for Justice Friends of Lincoln Square Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational and Environmental Design New Hope Chinese Cancer Care Foundation New Oakland Pharmacy Oakland Asian Cultural Center OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates: East Bay Chapter Peralta Community College District Public Advocates Wa Sung Community Service Club Lailan Huen Karoleen Feng

Michael Lok
548 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Maui County Council

Save Pāʻia Town from Mass Development

On Aug. 29th - Pa'ia Developer hosted a Community Meeting explaining his Project. After two hours of listening to his promises, and dreams, Our opposition was very clear to this Mass Development Project. He also did not provide any proof, or valid Title to the land he wishes to Develop. Wrapping up the meeting Mr. Spee stated that he would remove his zoning change request from (Agriculture - Commercial) from our Maui County Council until he has a meeting with Community leaders and kupuna. HE LIED!!!  He had a months to schedule a meeting with our Community alaka'i (leaders) & kupuna (elders), BUT HAS NOT GIVEN ANY EFFORT INTO ATTENDING.  NOW he is putting the item back on our Maui County Council agenda for this Wednesday , NOVEMBER 29th 2017 at 1:30pm.  Sneaky & NOT PONO! We can't wait to show the strength of our Communities voice at the Council Chambers once again to speak our Opposition to his MASS DEVELOPMENT OF Pa'ia Town. We have concluded this does not benefit our surrounding families, and encourages more development to the North Shore.    Original Petition:  Hāmakuapoko is home to fishermen, surfers, makaʻāinana (citizens), and kupuna (elders) who have worked hard their entire lives. This plantation town was created when the sugar cane era irrupted after a handful of businessmen overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom to commercialize Hawaii into the pineapple & sugar cane industry.  We have seen this little town grow drastically in the past five years. Many buildings are more than 70-100 years old, however, today there are many proposed developments threatening the surrounding community, and traditional Hawaiian lifestyle.  The community has been faced with proposed developments, & have come together in numbers to oppose them. This is how small communities show their strength & exhibit their opposition. I am a seventh generation descendent to this island, My 'Ohana are farmers, fishermen, hunters, and gatherers, raising our keiki (children) from the mountain to the sea. We honor those visitors who seek Hawai'is beauty for the way it is. Our visitors & tourist DO NOT come to Hawaii for the many buildings, and concrete, they visit our Islands to seek aloha, & culture. This $12 million project planned on 9 acres between the Paia mini bypass and Baldwin Avenue, would bring 300 more cars to Paia town daily, while attracting more commercial spaces to the 'upper Paia town' region. The project needs Maui County Council approval to change the current community plan, changing the zoning from Agriculture to Urban (commercial). This is a district boundary amendment to the Paia Community Plan that we cannot support.  Our maka'ainana have seen effects of these kinds of changes; we have seen our local families get pushed out by the cost of living. We have seen vacation rentals pop up, & non-residents buy up our housing, & land. We have watched tourism, real estate, and commercialism grow beyond our infrastructure and resource capacity. There is much respect to those conscious visitors & residents who seek ways to support the local economy, farmers, and community, however, we also have many 'business men' who seek pure profit, over community.  The proposed development is just below the Paia Post Office.  Allowing the developer, David Spee, to change the zoning of this lot for his 'Paia Courtyard' would significantly impact the surrounding families and communities. We oppose development that does not support the Community, Hawaiian Lifestyle, & Traditional Practices. This proposed development threatens this ahupua'a (district) & will drastically change our little town forever. Please support the traditional 'Ohana by opposing this Development.  The Community Meeting for this Proposed Development will be this TUESDAY AUGUST 29th at 6pm, Heritage Hall in Paia.  Please show up or send someone to represent your 'Ohana.  (David Spee) Paia 2020 LLC, noticed all landowners within 500 feet of the project and other parties it felt may have an interest in the project about the upcoming meeting.  Please sign & share with your Maui 'Ohana, friends, residents & visitors.  Mahalo nui     Info of the Development:  Paia attorney David Spee, who owns the property under David R. Spee Revocable Trust and Paia 2020 LLC Applicant: David Spee Traffic Engineer: SSFM International - Mike Packard Market Analysis: Collier’s International – Mike Hamasu  Paia 2020, LLC - David Spee, Manager Hunton Conrad & Associates – Martin Cooper Otomo Engineering, Inc. - Mark Matsuda  Archaeological & Hawaiian Practices: Archaeological & Ethnographic Consultants Hawaii, LLC Andree-Michelle Conley-Kapoi, MA Commercial – 41,603 Square Feet Apartments – 9 Units (11,745 sq. ft.) above commercial Senior Housing – 56 Units with 8 Garages and mini storage for bikes, etc., and a lap/aerobics pool, and community room. Parking Stalls - Per Code 267 Total Stalls 309 (+13 offsite) Improvements – Curb & Gutter along Baldwin Ave., relocate or bury electrical, add entrance off of the mini-bypass, landscaping.      

Mary Ann Pahukoa
21,432 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to City of Detroit, Michigan, State of Michigan

Citizens Against the Grand Prix on Belle Isle

We believe that it's time to pull the plug on the Detroit Grand Prix event on Belle Isle.  Before bankruptcy, the City could not afford to properly maintain the Island, so offers by the Grand Prix to run the race there in exchange for making "improvements" might have made some sense.  Now that the State of Michigan has taken over and has made Belle Isle a State Park, the time has come to allow the Island to be used as it was intended - as a nature and recreational park to be used by all people, year round.  This current year, the Grand Prix began setting up 8 weeks before the race.  That means concrete barriers inhibiting access to the riverfront, blocking bike lanes, etc.  When you include the weeks afterward to dismantile it and clean up, this means the island is essentially monopolized by the race people for the better part of three months.  This is prime park season, with public access impeded to the river, and most public gathering places in the half of the Island where the race course exists.  The fact that an immense portion of the island near the Fountain and Casino has been encased in concrete - creating a gigantic parking lot - to serve the purposes of the race organizers, is a permanent blot and eyesore on the face of the island.  It's time to say no to the rich and powerful who have taken over the island, and return it back to the people.  Move the Grand Prix somewhere else - get it off Belle Isle.

David Martin
908 supporters