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Petition to David Pollack, The Pollack Family Trust

Save Our Historic Fairfield Community Theatre #SaveOurCommunity

THE SHORT OF IT:  The goal of this petition is to facilitate the sale of the Fairfield Community Theatre to a developer or group to provide a center for affordable entertainment, cultural development and community involvement, while contributing to the vibrancy and economic vitality of downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. We call upon the current owners—David Pollack and his family—to sell the property as soon as possible to allow for the theatre's timely redevelopment and restoration as a performing arts space. THE COMPLETE STORY:  We all see it just sitting there, in a sad state of disrepair, our Fairfield Community Theatre. It makes us feel as if the town is also in sad shape—despite the vitality that surrounds it. And why not? When a downtown theatre closes and the theatre remains vacant, it is usually one of the first signs of downtown decay. Collectively, we are saddened that something has been lost here and we can’t help to feel the pain for our children, our community and the future of our town. We drive by and wish that somebody would do something to fix it. We wonder, "who owns it?” And, "why doesn’t the town do something about it?” The truth is that there have been many attempts to revitalize this property since its closing on September 8, 2011—nearly 5 1/2 years ago. In fact, there are many interested property developers and private groups today that would like to buy the property and invest several million dollars needed to revitalize it into a performing arts multifunctional space for events such as concerts, live theatre performances, comedy shows, etc.  You don’t realize it, but it’s a big space; nearly 8,000 square feet seating over 700 people in its current configuration—giving it plenty of space for different uses. Imagine attending a children’s production on a Saturday afternoon or taking-in a comedy act; in a place that was constructed in 1900 and operated continuously at the center of the Fairfield community for nearly 100 years. We all want it fixed and we can envision how it will bring vitality and further economic development to our community—especially at a time when our property taxes continue to rise. In fact, its revitalization has very widespread community support. According to a 2013 survey conducted by students at Sacred Heart’s Jack F. Welch College of Business Graduate Program, 97% of the 1,901 respondents were aware of the theatre and they were overwhelmingly positive about a potential revitalization project. Many respondents wanted to help fund the effort or left comments of general support for the project. Others described their memories of the theatre and noted it as a historical landmark. There was a true affinity for the Fairfield Community Theatre and a strong desire to revitalize the space. Their research and analysis has proven that a multifunctional space is the best analysis and most popular choice from a financial perspective as well as from the community members. If we have nearly full community support and active interest by developers to revitalize the Fairfield Community Theatre, then what’s the problem, you ask? That is the very reason for this communication and petition—we need the current owners to agree to sell the property. The building is owned by The Pollack Family Trust—led by David Pollack, who is a long time Fairfield resident—and to date they have rebuffed all efforts to lease or sell the property despite repeated attempts by First Selectman Mike Tetreau, Mark Barnhart and the Fairfield Economic Development Commission to broker a deal between David Pollack and various developers over the years. David Pollack and the Pollack Family Trust were offered their asking price to lease the theater, but David and his family declined the offer—defying both logic and our collective community interest. And, its costing the Trust money every year to just sit on the property, which I estimate to be greater $500,000 in total lost rental income since the property closed in 2011—calculated using their own reported monthly lease payment for the property. The value to the community is clear and only David Pollack and his family are standing in the way of our community and our children having our Fairfield Community Theatre back. I call upon David and his siblings to have a heart and work with the Town of Fairfield toward the timely sale of the property. Who am I and why am I the ideal person to lead this groundswell of community support for change? I am an 11 year Fairfield resident with 2 children (who attend Sherman and Trinity Pre-school) and a new baby girl on the way later this summer. I was appointed to the town’s Economic Development Commission in late 2016 by the First Selectman and I promised that I would make it a priority to do something about this theatre—selfishly for my children and for the entire Fairfield community. Also, I am Vice President, Brand Strategy and Integrated Communications at Quinnipiac University, so I know something about branding, marketing and audience activation—especially how to leverage social media to drive change.  Simply put, I love our town and like so many others in our community, I'm pained to see such an extraordinary opportunity wasting away.  We can do this together. We know that David Pollack and his siblings are reasonable people, they just need to know how important it is to all of us. Please sign and leave a comment to tell David and his family how you feel.  Or, if you know David and his siblings please tell them in person.  Most of all, PLEASE distribute to everyone you know—through email, through social media and through conversation and with your full support. If you have questions or know of other opportunities to spread the word, I am happy to speak with you. Please email me at mail@keithrhodes.com. Best, Keith Rhodes 

Keith Rhodes
5,871 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to Kathleen Sullivan, Scott Lee, Lisa J. Clement, Sarah Nebeker, Lianne Thompson, Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, Heather Hansen, Cameron Moore

KEEP CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN ARCH CAPE-FALCON COVE BEACH

We respectfully ask the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to reverse its decision to dissolve the Southwest Coastal Community Advisory Committee (SCCAC, aka SWCCAC).  Please meet with and work with the concerned and engaged citizens of Arch Cape, Falcon Cove Beach, and the entire Southwest Coastal Community to keep the important aspects of the SCCAC and allow for continued citizen involvement in our region of the County.  For more than 40 years, the SCCAC has worked actively and persistently to maintain the Southwest Coastal Community’s livability, natural resources and beauty. In the 1970’s the SCCAC help draft the Southwest Coastal Community’s Comprehensive Plan. This Plan guides development in the Southwest Coastal Community by protecting our beaches, headlands, streams, wetlands, forestlands, and Highway 101 from improper development. The Plan was progressive for its time and remains a guiding document for the community and our land use ordinances. The SCCAC provides the opportunity for local people to advise the County on proposed developments, provides critical local knowledge, and helps to ensure that developments are done properly and in the best interest of the community.  Without the SCCAC and the Plan, we believe that the Southwest Coastal Community could look much different today. The entire Highway 101 corridor could become a commercial strip like Rockaway Beach. Ocean front homes could be three stories high like in other communities, blocking the view of everyone living behind them and changing the natural feel of our glorious beach. All vacant lots could be cleared of trees and natural vegetation leaving our neighborhoods void of the remarkably lush coastal rainforest in which we live. The SCCAC and its Plan are the core of our community.  We do not understand why, after all these years of the SCCAC working selflessly to protect the resident and communities of the Southwest Coastal region of Clatsop County, that the BOC was so determined to dissolve the SCCAC against the wishes of the residents of the community, and with little opportunity to hear public comment and deliberate.  And why dissolve a citizen advisory committee, if a primary principle of Oregon’s planning goals is citizen involvement? As an unincorporated region of the county, citizen input is all the more important to provide appropriate representation. We are pledged to complying with the law and respecting our neighbors, and we strongly believe that the SCCAC can and should continue to play a role in advising the County regarding decisions affecting our area.  Please work with us.

Save Arch Cape - Falcon Cove Beach
241 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Let’s ‘disconnect’ our digital devices and ‘reconnect’ with each other.

Technology has provided us powerful tools and platforms that have enabled people to connect and communicate as never before. But these same tools that have enriched our lives have also coarsened our lives. Cyber-bullying, the distribution of “fake news”, trolling, and general incivility have infected so many of our online interactions. We have seen our privacy and productivity eroded. Our technology has led to accidents and tragedy. We need to promote a healthier relationship to our tech devices and more civil social interaction with each other. We need a nationally-recognized day to BREAK the connection with our digital devices and MAKE the connection with the family and communities that surround us. Here’s why: Several recent studies have shown that excessive social media use can make it difficult to foster meaningful relationships offline. The average American spends almost 11 hours each day attached to some screen or device. We’re so focused on what’s happening online (and giving strangers access to our lives) that we’re distracted from the people right around us. We need to get serious about tackling this imbalance in our lives. An easy way to demonstrate our seriousness in bringing more awareness to this issue is to designate one Saturday each year as our national “Disconnect to Reconnect” day. It would be a day where people all over the country voluntarily put down their digital device(s) and turn towards their families, friends, and neighbors within their own communities. If you agree that we can all use a digital time-out, taking a break from social media to take an opportunity to be more present in our families and communities -- sign and share this petition. Together, we can build a more connected nation -- one person, one neighborhood, and one community at a time. Here are a couple other ways you can grow the impact of our movement. Join our monthly Disconnect to Reconnect rally. DETAILS AND REGISTRATION DONATE  Even $2 a month goes a long way in helping us get our word out.

operation-365.org
8,810 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Larry Ellison, Safra Catz, Mark Hurd, Thomas Kurian, Inderjeet Singh

Tell Oracle to Move Forward Java EE as a Critical Part of the Global IT Industry

This petition was created by the Java EE Guardians. We are a group of people and organizations very concerned about Oracle’s current lack of commitment to Java EE. We are doing everything we can to preserve the interests of the Java EE community and the global IT industry. We believe that working together – including Oracle – we can ensure a very bright future for Java, Java EE and server-side computing. To make any of this possible we urgently need your support. Please help us by signing this petition. Every voice counts. Java EE is incredibly important to the long term health of the entire Java ecosystem. This is because of the basic fact that Java on the server will remain mission critical to global IT in the foreseeable future. Hundreds of thousands of applications worldwide are written in Java EE, many of those applications are regularly being brought to light. Even applications and frameworks that claim they do not use Java EE are in fact heavily dependent on many Java EE APIs today and going forward, regardless of trends like cloud or microservices. Just some of these APIs include Servlet, JAX-RS, WebSocket, JMS, JPA, JSF and so much more. There were no less than 4,500 input points to the groundbreaking, unprecedented survey to determine Java EE 8 features. In major survey after survey developers continue to show their strong support for Java EE and its APIs. Java EE vendors and products are some of the most enviably profitable in our industry certainly including Oracle and WebLogic. Few multi-vendor open standards are as widely implemented, supported, depended upon or as widely participated in as Java EE. Indeed there are no practical alternatives to Java EE as an open standards based platform. There is an extremely passionate, responsible community behind Java EE – most technologies would be hard pressed to find anything like the Java EE community. The Java EE Guardians is a testament to this fact. There is growing evidence that Oracle is conspicuously neglecting Java EE, weakening a very broad ecosystem that depends on strong Java EE development. Almost all work from Oracle on Java EE has ceased for more than six months with no end to the inactivity in sight. Unless things change soon Java EE 8 won’t be delivered in anywhere near the time when it was initially promised if it is delivered at all. It is very difficult to determine why this neglect from Oracle is occurring or how long it will last. Oracle has not shared it’s motivations even with it’s closest commercial partners let alone the community. A very troubling possibility is that it is being done because Oracle is backing away from an open standards based collaborative development approach and is instead pursuing a highly proprietary, unilateral path. There is a lot the community is doing together to try to tackle this problem the best we can. We are continuing to enthusiastically evangelize Java EE, including Java EE 8. We are strongly supporting active Java EE 8 JSRs like CDI 2 led by companies like Red Hat. We are lobbying Oracle to fulfill its commitments to the Java EE community through all channels available to us. This includes Java EE 8 expert groups as well as the Java Community Process (JCP) Executive Committee (EC). We are keeping all Java EE 8 expert group discussions active, in many cases despite lack of activity from Oracle. We are moving ahead Java EE 8 reference implementations, TCKs and specification documents through open source in many cases despite inactive Oracle specification leads. Our biggest challenge in this regard is access to the TCK and getting our work accepted by Oracle specification leads. We are exploring whether some inactive Oracle led JSRs can switch ownership to us or vendors like Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe or Payara. Our biggest challenge in this regard is persuading Oracle to relinquish control of JSRs they are not delivering on. In conjunction to the above, in the interim we will provide the functionality that should be standardized in Java EE through open source. We will work with vendors like Oracle, Red Hat, IBM, Tomitribe and Payara to include these features in their Java EE runtimes out-of-the-box. We will provide these features to vendors completely free of charge with the clear goal of standardization as quickly as possible via the JCP. As committed as we are we still need Oracle to cooperate with us as a responsible, community focused steward to move Java EE forward. Persuading Oracle to adapt to the legitimate interests of people outside of itself – even its own customers – has proven challenging in the past. In all likelihood it may not be easy this time either, though there must always remain plentiful room for reasoned optimism. That is why your voice is so very important. Please join us in signing this petition to ask Oracle to: Clarify how it intends to preserve the best interests of the Java, Java EE and servers-side computing ecosystems. Commit to delivering Java EE 8 in time with a reasonable feature set that satisfies the needs of the community and the industry. Effectively cooperate with the community and other vendors to either accept contributions or transfer ownership of Java EE 8 work. After signing the petition please join us at javaee-guardians.io. The Java EE Guardians include many technical luminaries, journalists, Java Champions, JCP experts, JUG leaders and Java developers including Dr. James Gosling, Cameron McKenzie, Arjan Tijms, Bauke Scholtz, Werner Keil, Reza Rahman and Kito Mann. The Java EE Guardians include many Java User Groups and companies around the world including Connecticut JUG, Istanbul JUG, the Japan JUG, Columbus, Ohio JUG, Peru JUG, Madras JUG, India, Esprit Tunisian JUG, Pakistan JUG and Bulgarian JUG.

Java EE Guardians
3,947 supporters