Petition to Judy Fiske
First Ward says: Vote NO to Demolish the Harley Clarke Mansion
NOTE: This is for residents of the First Ward only. Please see the update at the bottom of this page for links to other wards. Vote NO to Demolish the Harley Clarke Mansion Dear Alderman Fiske, As First Ward residents, we implore you to VOTE NO on the proposal for demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion at Lighthouse Beach. It is prudent for the Council to VOTE NO rather than rush into an irreversible decision with unknown consequences. Please DO NOT fast track the demolition plan, unvetted by any measure and only explained in one 90 second public comment. In response to the restoration proposal, the city undertook a rigorous process, including an additional RFP, in the name of transparency and due diligence. A process with the same rigor and public input should be followed now. Please say NO to allowing a small group of adjacent property owners to privately fund the demolition of a city and public asset. This sets an inappropriate precedent, is not the Evanston that we aspire to be. Please respect the overwhelming voice of the people. Evanstonians do not want this treasure demolished, as confirmed consistently over the last 3+ years, and in a City-sponsored survey which showed that an overwhelming 67% voted to save the building for public or non-profit uses while only 12% wanted demolition. The recent process and now rushed advancement of a demolition vote appear to run counter to the City’s tenets of transparency and civic involvement, to public opinion and the City’s Preservation Ordinance. It has been many, many decades since access in Evanston was for only the lucky few, or since privileged voices were the only ones heeded. The people of Evanston deserve to be heard. Please stand with your constituents and the people of Evanston and VOTE NO on demolition of the Harley Clarke mansion. Sincerely, Your First Ward Constituents
Petition to Thorndale Farm, LLC
Save Bennett College
Halcyon Hall, also known as, Bennett College is a beautiful historic building built in 1890. It was abandoned in 1978 and has been vacant since. The building is part of the NRHP and deserves restoration, not demolition. If demolished, this gorgeous structure will be forgotten, along with its history; replaced with nothing but a park. Bennett deserves to be saved and restored to its former glory. If restored, this place could become a magnificent museum and tourist spot that would attract more people than a park would. History is very important and this generation needs to be aware of this. Please sign this petition to save this significant part of history.
Petition to Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, Vice Mayor Kate Gallego, Councilwoman Laura Pastor, Councilwoman Thelda Williams, Councilman Sal DiCiccio, Councilman Jim Waring, Councilman Michael Nowakowski, Councilman Bill Gates, Mayor Greg Stanton, Deputy City Manager Paul Blue, City Manager Ed Zuercher, Phoenix Community Economic Director Christine Mackay
City of Phoenix - New Ordinance for Demolition Permits Needed Now
We've lost many iconic buildings in downtown Phoenix, the latest being perhaps the biggest slap in the face to the community yet -- the 1947 Stewart Motor Company building, also known as the Circles building for its' most recent use. Though the community and city were in discussions with the Empire Group over the fate of the building and its possible preservation, this developer chose to end these discussions by razing a large part of the building last week. This developer may wish to still seek a GPLET (General Property Lease Excise Tax) incentive, but we the community are adamantly opposed to rewarding such unscrupulous behavior. Not now, or ever. It is time for solutions, and we believe the following solution is the best course of action for Phoenix to take immediately. We are seeking an ordinance (or amendment to an ordinance) surrounding the demolition permit process. This will add a layer of transparency to this process, will prevent similar outcomes from happening in the future, and will hopefully help this City understand the important role that buildings can play in our neighborhoods and sense of place. We ask the City of Phoenix to adopt a similar ordinance to that of Los Angeles which was passed in December, 2014: "Notification of Demolition. The Department shall not issue a building permit for demolition of a building or structure for which the original building permit was issued more than 45 years prior to the date of submittal of the application for demolition preinspection, or where information submitted with the application indicates that the building or structure is more than 45 years old based on the date the application is submitted, without having first done the following at least 30 days prior to issuance of the demolition of building or structure permit:" You may read the full text of the ordinance HERE. This ordinance was enacted because of similar tear down shenanigans in Los Angeles. We believe this solution is fair for everyone, should be accomplished swiftly and will be publicly supported by good community developers, as well as the general public. Please help us protect what remaining history we have left in this city, do not reward terrible behavior with any incentives, and add this layer of transparency to support the character of Phoenix.
Petition to San Francisco Planning Department
Refuse Lennar Urban Developers a Permit to Demolish Candlestick Stadium Through Implosion.
Imploding Candlestick Park will further exaserbate the environmental health problems of this community. Extensive medical research backs up the connection between particulate matter exposure and many of the diseases Bayview Hunters Point residents already suffer from at the highest rates in this city - asthma and ischemic heart disease. Medical literature says particulate matter is also associated with risks of premature deaths, especially in the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiopulmonary disease. In children particulate matter exposre means reduced lung function, a condition that may plague them for the rest of their lives. Also, concerns exist about brief exposure to implosion dust clouds as far as 6 to 12 miles from the implosion site, potentially affecting over two million lives. To prevent further endangering this community with the dust from an implosion, we are demanding that Lenar is held to the mechanical dismantling that they put forward in their initial EIR application in 2010 that was approved by all city agencies and the community. This is a disenfranchised Bayview neighborhood in San Francisco. Similar work has been done all over the city during the last twelve months in more affluent neighborhoods and numerus buildings have been deconstructed using mechanical dismantling. It is only in this Southeast corner of the city that politicians and developers feel they can act with impunity towards the health and safety of the community. Our community has been left out of the conversation, permits have been applied for without the knowledge of promninent community organizations. This is why we're asking for your help. We need to get our voices heard. We need the city to know that our lives matter.