Petition to Dannel Malloy, James Redeker, David Martin
Create the 1st Mile of the Merritt Parkway Trail - a 38-Mile Multi-use Trail and Greenway
We support the creation of a 38-mile multi-use public trail and greenway stretching from Greenwich to Stratford, CT. The trail would run through the woods within the 150-foot wide right-of-way owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation on the south side (northbound) of the beautiful and iconic Merritt Parkway. It would be a safe and wheelchair accessible paved trail for recreation and transportation to be enjoyed by families, runners, walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers, dog walkers, and nature lovers. KEY BENEFITS OF THE TRAIL: creates a safe east-west route for recreation and transportation through congested southwestern CT abates pollution and noise by replacing automobile trips creates a wheelchair accessible trail for exercise for runners, walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, rollerbladers, and cross country skiers enables users to enjoy the beauty of CT and the Merritt Parkway’s historic bridges and landscape creates tourist destinations and sources of economic development closes the gap in an essential piece of the 3,000-mile, Maine to Florida, East Coast Greenway creates a popular recreational amenity and builds community encourages bicycling and walking (alternative modes of transportation) between residential, commercial and recreational areas, employment centers, shopping, a university and schools, all located along the length of the Merritt Parkway ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Studies of other trails (see link below) have shown that the tourist revenue over time exceeds the cost of construction the trail. The studies also show that the property values of homes increase if they are located closer to the trail which is viewed as a special amenity. Furthermore, homes for sale located closer to trails have been shown to sell more rapidly than those further away. Surveyed realtor organizations in many locations around the country profess that they actively use nearby trails to promote property sales. An example in Connecticut is that owners of homes along the Farmington Valley Trail have in fact asked that barriers that were initially installed, be taken down so that they can more easily enjoy the trail. We understand that the payback is long term, but the intangible benefits are substantial and immediate. HEALTH BENEFITS: It is well known that the rates of obesity and diabetes are growing dramatically in this country. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle contributes to this epidemic. What is most disturbing is that these issues are showing up increasingly in our children. Having a safe off-road place for families to ride so children can learn to enjoy experiences that can keep them active for their whole lives can help reverse this trend. In fact, a 2005 study concludes that every $1 investment in trails for physical activity led to $3 in direct medical benefits. TRANSPORTATION BENEFITS: It is also well documented that one of the significant inhibitors to the future growth of the State of Connecticut is our clogged roadways. There are a significant number of corporate employers along the Merritt Parkway in towns such as Stamford, Norwalk and Fairfield. Over time, as our car dependent culture changes, more people will find it advantageous to travel via bicycle to work. This will be further enhanced by connections to MetroNorth train stations at Talmadge Hill in New Canaan and Merritt/7 in Norwalk and connects to bike lanes such as the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Pequonnock River Trail in Bridgeport and proposed bike lanes on High Ridge Road in Stamford. Existing commuter parking lots also provide parking spaces for those driving to the trail. Total usage should be substantial in this dense area of the state as evidenced by the fact that the Farmington Valley Trail in northern Connecticut has more than 300 thousand users per year. QUALITY OF LIFE: In 1987, President Reagan’s Commission on American Outdoors recommended the establishment of a national "network of greenways to provide people with access to open spaces close to where they live, and to link together the rural and urban open space in the American landscape." The Merritt Parkway Trail, which is part of the more extensive East Coast Greenway, will bring this vision alive for us all to enjoy. The establishment of the trail calls for bringing back plants and trees native to Connecticut replacing the invasive species in the right of way. It will be built in a way that compliments the historic nature of the Merritt Parkway. When Trail systems have been formally studied using user surveys, crime data, and reports from nearby property owners, trails have been universally shown to add to the quality of life for local citizens. We see this trail as the spine which will connect a network of trails throughout the towns of Fairfield County for the benefit of all who want to live, work and play here. Link to Referenced Studies: http://bit.ly/TrailStudies We ask that you support the construction of the Merritt Parkway Trail with Stamford as the 1st mile. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Petition to Heritage Capitol Partners
Save Ormewood Forest
Please help Save Ormewood Forest. Nestled in the heart of East Atlanta, Ormewood Forest represents over 6 acres of land, upon which century-old trees provide habitat for abundant wildlife and essential protection for a first-order headwater stream. The surrounding community wishes to preserve the land, its trees and the stream for several reasons. First and foremost, the land and its trees contribute to the ever-shrinking tree canopy within the urban heart of Atlanta. Preserving Ormewood Forest would increase, by 50%, the current public greenspace within the East Atlanta neighborhood. Second, preserving the land around the headwater stream protects watershed resources of the already impaired Intrenchement Creek and South River Watersheds. Third, neighboring residents as well as native inhabitant wildlife depend upon this forested land to mitigate urban heat-island effects and to process storm water runoff. The land serves as a significant wildlife habitat, as well as providing esthetic values that enrich the quality of life for our community. Heritage Capitol Partners and Heritage Homes are seeking to develop Ormewood Forest using high density, multi-family residential zoning. Their specific re-zoning request to MR1 could even allow for some limited commercial usage and does not guarantee that a quality planned development would be built. MR1 is not only inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood zoning, it would set an undesirable precedent for future developers who may be unconcerned about environmental impact and the existing traditional character of our neighborhood as established in the City of Atlanta’s 2016 Comprehensive Development Plan. If unsuccessful in their zoning request, Heritage is still intent on developing the property in accordance with existing zoning. This would result in the entire acreage being sliced up across the protected stream buffers into ten home sites, virtually eliminating any meaningful way to restore and preserve the stream system. Show your support for Saving Ormewood Forest and join our efforts in appeal to Heritage Capital Partners and Heritage Homes to take their development plans to a more suitable location and allow our community and Atlanta the opportunity to permanently protect this green space for the benefit of all.
Petition to Ron Meyer, Koran Saines
Stop the Self Storage Facility at 1700 Sterling Blvd.
Over the past several years, Sterling has become a dumping ground for other people's stuff. No, not by people dumping their garbage, but by the proliferation of self storage units in and around the 20164 community. We have been averaging one new self-storage facility per year opening. We currently have 12 of these facilities in our community, and don't need any more. As a Sterling resident since 2005, I'm tired of watching developers ram these through the planning commission. Unfortunately, even though this one will be right on Sterling Blvd, it is in Broad Run district and not Sterling, so we have to convince Supervisor Ron Meyer from Broad Run to put pressure on the developer to change their plans. The plan sits at the intersection of Glenn Drive and Sterling Blvd, which is already one of the most dangerous intersections in the county. Adding moving vans to the mix will only increase the problem.
Petition to City of Pomona
Allow a local gallery to host public music and arts events with local artists
The local music and arts community in Pomona is a rich and important part of the city's culture. This city is very well known for its local concerts/music events, but venues to host them have become scarce. We would like for the alley gallery in Downtown Pomona to be able to host music and public events in the alley next to their venue again. The City Of Pomona should allow this venue to do so with the support of this thriving music/arts community within the arts colony. It would make Downtown Pomona a destination for many. Growing up in the city of Pomona going to local concerts as well as booking them has kept myself and others out of trouble and has given people a purpose and a place to call home despite wherever else they may feel unwelcome. There currently is no program in place that does what the arts/music community does for people. Most importantly, the youth of its city needs more positive and healthy outlets for the youth in this city dealing with the struggles of growing up in an urban area.
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
Petition to Bishop Dennis Sullivan
Request Diocesan Bishop Sullivan to delay closing St. Michaels Church in Atlantic City, NJ. All public Sunday Masses will now end on September 27, 2015.
St. Michaels Church and Parish is 112 years old and a Historic Landmark and Cultural Center for Italian-Americans and Atlantic City. St. Michaels Church contains beautiful Italian Renaissance sculptures, frescos, paintings and sacred objects that are irreplaceable. $8 Million was spent in 2000-2001 to completely restore St. Michaels Church and the adjacent Dante Hall. Closing St. Michaels Parish which occupies almost a whole city block will eliminate the heart, soul, and character of the Ducktown District of Atlantic City and allow corporate developers of outlet type stores to commercialize the community and “take over” the historic area. Closing St. Mikes will further deteriorate a community in a City that needs the Churches’ spiritual and moral leadership more than ever. St. Michaels is an icon and model of the Mission of the Catholic Church to preserve community, traditional values, and the saving message of Jesus. St. Michaels Parish has hundreds of admirers who are not aware of the Churches closing many of whom are graduates. They deserve the right and the opportunity to Save St. Mikes for the future.
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.
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.