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Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Chattanooga/Hamilton County Regional Planning Authority, Chattanooga City Council, Erskine Oglesby, Residents of Southside Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain

Grant Zoning change (if necessary) for Publix on South Broad Street

Publix and a local developer wish to build and integrate a brand new grocery store on the land. They have requested a zoning change which would allow them to build in a Suburban form which has the parking in front of the store.... To which we are accustom. The store entrance would face Lookout Mountain. There is opposition to this request based on fears of additional traffic, not being bike friendly, changes to Riverwalk extension, the design would not integrate well and that this addition would put pressure on Food City. We feel that Publix has always shown themselves as a responsible designers that create inviting, aesthetically pleasingly and functional facilities that benefit the areas they open in. Looking at North Chattanooga, the design would be similar and that has become a major asset to that area. We deserve the same opportunity! If the rezoning is not granted we will likely lose this opportunity and will again be passed over for progress on South Broad Street. What will likely be built there will be more 4 story apartments that further cut away into the beauty of the mountain and another piece of the "Scenic City" will be available to only those who can afford the high rise condo/apartment. The representative for Publix was very clear at the St. Elmo neighborhood meeting in May that the "UGC" urban design code currently zoned is simply not feasible as it restricts the size available to build by less than half the size they need of 32,000 square feet to build the proposed complex. We believe that Publix and the zoning variation should be granted. With the assistance of traffic engineers, the riverwalk designers and Publix we have faith that this would be a valuable asset and lifeline to the residents surrounding South Broad Street. Looking around the country at Publix facilities you will see that they are well maintained, well paying and economically beneficial to the communities they choose to be part of.   Pushing away a potential like this for not only St. Elmo but, Alton Park, Lookout Valley and the thousands of commuters and tourists, due to a zoning issue (that has so far not been developed under in this area) is sending a clear message that we are not willing to compromise toward or accept progress here. And that is a dangerous and irresponsible message that could have dire consequences for this areas future. We must think of all our neighbors... There are those of limited mobility, advanced age, restricted transportation and those who simply cannot make the trek up to Food City and would welcome and utilize a reputable, fine grocer such as Publix. In conclusion, we ask that the rezoning request be permitted if there is no way to accommodate existing guidelines and that Publix is allowed to build the best facility that they can offer our side of town. Thank you.

Nicki Treemont
1,010 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Texas House Speaker Joe Strauss

Restore Honesty and Fairness to the Texas Lottery!

The Texas Lottery is supposed to be fair and honest.  However, the Lottery and its private operator, GTECH, sold deceptive Fun 5’s scratch-off tickets to Texas lottery players promising they would win if their tickets revealed a Money Bag symbol. Over 1,000 players got Money Bags but GTECH refused to pay their prizes. The Lottery and GTECH continued to sell the deceptive tickets even though up to 100 players per day were complaining that they had been cheated. The Executive Director of the Lottery Commission, Gary Grief, testified in a deposition that the players’ complaints did not cause him any concern.  A Dallas judge has now ruled that both the TLC and GTECH are immune from suit even if they commit fraud on Texas lottery players.  We, the citizens of Texas, are shocked to hear that our lottery officials and GTECH can defraud us and cannot be held accountable.  We demand that our elected officials restore honesty and fairness to the Texas Lottery now.  The lottery operations contract says that GTECH can be terminated for cause if it “engages in any conduct that results in a negative public impression” with respect to Texas Lottery games.  GTECH sold a deceptive ticket to the Texas Lottery and refused to stand behind the promises it made on the ticket.  We call upon our elected leaders to exercise our contractual right to terminate GTECH for cause.  The Executive Director of the Lottery Commission showed a lack of respect for the lottery players by ignoring their concerns.  We call upon our elected leaders to hold him accountable and to shake up the top management at the Texas Lottery Commission.  If Texas is going to run a gambling operation, the least our state leaders can do is make sure it is fair and honest.

Denice Deckard
9,161 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA: Ban paraquat, an herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease.

Despite being banned in 32 countries, paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Yet many studies, including one as recent as 2017, show that paraquat exposure increases risk of Parkinson’s disease. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should join other countries in banning the use of this herbicide.   Parkinson’s is a chronic, degenerative neurological disease that impacts nearly 1 million Americans. Currently, there is no treatment to slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s, nor is there a cure. Every 15 years, the EPA reviews all herbicides to confirm they comply with federal safety standards, and paraquat is currently under review. That’s why your signature is so important today. The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, educates lawmakers on the causes of Parkinson’s and advocates for public policy changes that support patients and families. Last year, the Council sent a letter to the EPA outlining paraquat’s health risks and asking for it to be banned in the United States. Introduced in the 1960s, paraquat kills most green plant tissue on contact and is often used as an alternative for weeds resistant to glyphosate, the herbicide commonly known as “Roundup.” There are other means of pest-control that farmers can use to obtain an adequate yield without increasing Parkinson’s risk. Please sign our petition asking the EPA Administrator to protect Americans and prohibit the use of paraquat.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
101,594 supporters