Petition to Michael Patterson, Mitch Gruber, Malik Evans, Jacklyn Ortiz, Loretta Scott, Adam McFadden, Molly Clifford, Elaine Spaull, Willie Lightfoot, Alex Yudelson, James Smith, Laura Miller, Cedric Alexander, Lovely Warren, Concerned Citizen
Keep street parking free after 6pm!
As residents, workers, visitors, patrons, fans, business owners, drivers, cyclists, taxpayers and supporters of Downtown Rochester, we believe that the City of Rochester’s short sighted and under-researched decision to extend parking meter charges from 6pm to 8pm must be reversed immediately. It was a hastily made decision with a lack of notice and zero input from the community. No feedback was solicited from residents prior to making this decision. No businesses or venues were asked about the negative impact this would have. The City of Rochester has stated this change will generate an additional $214,000 toward a much larger budget deficit. We understand this is not part of a long-term parking improvement project but solely a bandaid approach to covering a small portion of a large financial deficit. This approach has put the expense on small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, sports and entertainment venues, restaurants, residents, etc. and overall economic growth for the City. We are empathetic to this budget challenge and aim to be part of the solution. We believe there are numerous other options that can provide the necessary funds and we are eager to participate in a transparent, public dialogue with The City of Rochester to identify a better alternative. To be delivered to: Lovely Warren, MayorAlex Yudelson, Chief of StaffJames Smith, Director City CommunicationsLaura Miller, Director of ParkingCedric Alexander, Deputy MayorAnd City Council Members: Elaine SpaullWillie LightfootMitch GruberMalik EvansJacklyn OrtizLoretta ScottAdam McFaddenMolly CliffordMichael Patterson Additional points: This decision can be reversed: Remove the new 8pm stickers that have been placed on the meters, seek community feedback, and adopt another approach to raising this additional revenue. We are 100% in favor of making Rochester a more bike-friendly city. This decision to extend parking meter times from 6pm to 8pm is not a pro-bicycling decision. The infrastructure is lacking to support this change. Only parking meters with 2-hour time limits are present in many areas. Yet movies, sporting events, dinners, openings, fundraisers, theater events, concerts, and other performances often extend beyond 2 hours making it difficult for patrons to comply with these changes without being ticketed by the City. Coin-operated parking meters with 2 hour time limits dominate many areas, yet movies, sporting events, dinners, plays, concerts, performances, openings, fundraisers, etc. extend beyond 2 hours. It is not clear when or how the requisite investment in new parking technology will be supported. Parking is inequitably charged in some neighborhoods and not charged in others. For example High Falls is metered, but Park Avenue, Monroe Avenue and South Avenue (meters removed several years ago) are not metered. Extending the parking times further exacerbates this already unjust situation. Not only does this decision by The City of Rochester place an undue economic burden on the business owners and residents of Downtown Rochester, it is a burden felt by the hearts, minds, and pockets of all citizens of our great city. Rochester has a poverty rate of 32.8 percent and an extreme poverty rate of 16.3 percent (see https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/4325383-CensusUpdate.html ) and implementing this measure is only adding to the economic hardship and burdens our citizenry face. Rochester boasts a number of collegiate institutions and post-graduate centers including medical, dental, and other professional schools. Students who are on fixed incomes, stipends, and federal financial aid will also feel the additional economic burden when parking outside of Eastman School of Music for classes, Dental School for clinical labs, and Brockport’s Downtown campus for post-graduate studies. These examples are some of the many ways students from outside the area will be dissuaded from contributing to, and remanining in our evolving city for the long term. This petition was written by: Concerned Citizens for Downtown Rochester And endorsed by:350 East Ave ,llcAbileneAbodes Property ServicesAirigamiAnimatus StudioBar BantamBernunzio Uptown MusicBlue Marble Hair SalonBrass Bar & LoungeCenter City Community Coalition (C4)City Blue ImagingDownstairs CabaretFifth Frame BrewingFuego Coffee RoastersGeva Theatre CenterGreenwood BooksGrove Place AssociationHigh Falls Women’s Film FestivalHochstein School of MusicHowe & RuslingJavas CafeLocals OnlyMade On StateMasons BarOMNI SecurityMurphy’s LawRest Urban Micro InnRochester Contemporary Art CenterSalingersShianos PizzeriaSilk District PubSteadfastStrombolis RestaurantTapasTemple Bar & GrillThe Little TheatreThe Spirit RoomThree City Center PartnersUDN, IncUnter BiergartenUUU Art CollectiveWebster PropertiesVeneto RestaurantWindsor Lofts
Petition to Popp Family, Melissa Dunning
Save Aunt Millie's Bakery in Fort Wayne
Aunt Millie's Bakery in Fort Wayne has announced the closure of their facility in April of 2018. It is vitally important that the people of Fort Wayne let Aunt Millie's know that this is the wrong move. Aunt Millie's Bakery is absolutely iconic to Fort Wayne. The smell of bread baking downtown has been part of our identity for 116 years! Given the current resurgence in business and industry in Fort Wayne, especially downtown, it is a mistake to take away this vital business now. The company has decided that closing the plant and laying off 91 employees is the right move to "reduce excess capacity", but this is not correct. The people of Fort Wayne love the bakery and its history that is so entwined with our own. Why give up on us after we have served proudly as headquarters to this company for over a century? We are known for the revolving sliced bread sign on top of the bakery and the company claims the sign will remain; but without the smell of the bread baking, what is the point? The Popp Family should reconsider the closing the Fort Wayne location. It is especially shocking considering all of the opportunities flooding into our city at this time. When other businesses are building, investing, and vying for a chance to get into our area, it seems very wrong to move a long-standing integral part of our culture and commerce out.
Petition to Steve McShane, Scott Davis, Gloria de la rosa, Tony Berrera, John "Tony" Villegas, Kimbley craig, Joseph Gunter, Luis Alejo, Jane Parker
Leave Our Sidewalks Alone - Stop Downtown Boondoggle in Salinas
Stop the Downtown Vibrancy Boondoggle Our downtown IS currently vibrant and is in need of ENHANCEMENTS, not a complete overhaul. Keep Downtown Salinas quaint and historic: the current streetscape was designed by renowned local architect, Will Shaw,* and remains unique and artistic 28 years later. Retain existing sidewalks, planters and most trees. The greenest solution is to clean the sidewalks, employ a professional landscape gardener to plant and maintain the planters, and remove/replace only trees that are threatening the small planters. We don't want random tables, chairs and umbrellas that are not associated with specific restaurants. Take out food is NOT GREEN, and most Downtown patrons do not buy take out to eat on the street, instead, the street furniture will become a magnet for the homeless people. We already have seating on the planter 'benches' which currently discourages sitting for long periods and sleeping. Instead, fix the sidewalks throughout the City of Salinas that are in dire need of repair or replacement, some for over 15 years. Bring HOPE Services back to Downtown Salinas to clean the area. Incentivize restaurants to provide outdoor dining and property owners to convert upstairs to apartments. Steam clean the sidewalks twice a year. One and a half to two years of construction will kill Downtown and many shops will go out of business directly from the "revitalization" process. Concentrate on beautifying the surrounding streets: Salinas, Monterey, Alisal, San Luis, Gabilan, and Central Avenue. Do not remove perfectly good sidewalks, planters, and trees to match the grey sidewalks in front of the Taylor Farms Building. Be green and stop wasteful spending! The property owners and tax payers paid for the existing sidewalks and planters for years, and do not want to destroy them, to rip them apart! It's a boondoggle** - let's end it now. * Will Shaw 1924-1997: A Carmel-based architect who designed, among many other beautiful structures, the Highlands Inn. He was the founder and principal of Will Shaw & Associates in 1969, Monterey, and was a Trustee at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Among many other accolades and community service, Shaw was the recipient California Governor's award in environmental design for Shell Service Station, Carmel 1964, Urban Renewal Design Award Progressive Architecture magazine 1973, President, founding member Big Sur Foundation, American Institute of Architects Honor award for Merchant Built houses 1968, and was a member of the Pacific Biological Laboratory in Monterey. https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/William-Vaughan-Shaw-3309258.php **Boondoggle: "Work or activity that is wasteful or pointless but gives the appearance of having value. To waste money or time on unnecessary or questionable projects."-Google Dictionary
Petition to Hot Springs Mayor Pat McCabe, Hot Springs Board of Directors
I am FOR the Arlington!
The Arlington Hotel, opened in 1924, is under new ownership for the first time in decades. The new owner, Al Rajabi, has a solid track record in Little Rock and San Antonio in refurbishing long neglected hotels, and plans to invest 30-million dollars in the Arlington Hotel. Less than six weeks after purchasing the hotel, the city of Hot Springs notified the owner the hotel would be closed November 8th if repairs were not made. The city cited safety issues as the cause; however, those issues have not been released to the public.Forced closure of the hotel would financially devastate the 200 employees who would be laid off. The closure would also negatively effect our local tourism industry and cost the city in Advertising and Promotion Tax dollars.We would kindly like to ask the city to allow Mr. Rajabi to continue with his staged redevelopment plan while keeping the hotel open. We are asking the city to sit down with Mr. Rajabi and constructively develop a timeline to redevelop and refurbish the hotel.