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Community Issues

198 petitions

Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Scott Lee, Lisa J. Clement, Sarah Nebeker, Dirk Rohne, 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. (Information sources include "Tunnel Echoes" - thank you)

Save Arch Cape - Falcon Cove Beach
205 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to April Sound Board of Trustees, Johnny Kopecky

ASPOA LEADERS MUST BE ETHICAL & TRANSPARENT

In the past year, April Sound property owners started probing into the fiscal health of April Sound Property Owner's Association, Inc. (ASPOA). Specifically, owners began demanding to know how their dues are spent. Property Code 209 states any property owner may view all financial documents. ASPOA refuses to open its books to the level legally obligated.  Next, property owners were forced to deal with an expensive, frivolous lawsuit.  As a result of the pressure for producing records, ASPOA filed a defamation lawsuit against two property owners in the Montgomery County 284th District Court (Cause #16-09-10168). The lawsuit was filed SEPTEMBER 2, 2016.  Http://odyssey.mctx.org/Unsecured/default.aspx On DECEMBER 21, 2016, the Honorable Judge Cara Wood dismissed the lawsuit against one defendant.  On JANUARY 11, 2017, ASPOA withdrew the defamation lawsuit against the second defendant. The frivolous lawsuit is expected to accrue in excess of $50,000 in legal fees, all of which are the responsibility of ASPOA.  Now, property owners are being forced to deal with a third issue.  Despite acknowledging a valid petition to remove the current Architectural Control Committee (ACC), ASPOA is refusing to follow the governing documents. ASPOA refuses to hold a valid election. ACC members are to be voted onto the committee - not appointed. The current ACC panel was appointed in 2014.  Instead of holding an electiin, the board of trustees directed ASPOA to mail a piece of paper to all property owners. The piece of paper has a YES/NO question, essentially asking property owners if they are really sure they want to have an election for the ACC.  This ridiculous waste of time, energy, and money will, reportedly cost property owners about $3,500.  Property owners are furious at the frivolous waste of money and time for the lawsuit and the maiming now of a piece of paper. Sending out a valid ballot with all candidate names is the logical thing to do.  If you agree ASPOA must offer a transparent, honest, and ethical board of trustees, please show your support by signing the petition.  Ask to join April Sound Governance on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557006817928820/ or April Sound - POA Group Discussion on NextDoor https://aprilsound.nextdoor.com/groups/15639364/?is=sidebar

Andrea Fahrenthold
183 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman

DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN

Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
72,728 supporters