Petition to Kalamazoo Planning Commission
Deny rezoning and NFP overlay removal for the property adjoining Asylum Lake Preserve
We strongly oppose the rezoning of the former Vermeulen property at 4301/4305 Stadium Drive and 2231 S. Drake Rd. Kalamazoo, MI from current residential (RS-5) status to Community Commercial (CC) and secondly, the removal of Natural Features Protection (NFP) Overlay, from any of these properties. This property adjoins the northern boundary of Asylum Lake Preserve, a 274 acre public nature preserve enjoyed by many city and county residents. As a land preserve, Asylum Lake Preserve needs to be protected from any development that would endanger it's health and viability now and in the future. It contains two lakes and lies within the West Fork of the Portage Creek Watershed. The largest of the two lakes and the wet meadow/emergent marsh area border the land with proposed development. A high intensity development located adjacent to this preserve would endanger its water areas and expansive ecosystem as well as destroy both the visual and noise buffers it provides this treasured, peaceful area. The proposed development of this property with a CC zoning (a large carwash/oil change operation owned by an out-of-state developer who has recently opened a $10 million facility only two miles away) is an unacceptable level of development at this specific property. Allowing this rezoning and removing the NFP overlay would set a terrible precedent as it goes against one of the main NFP objectives to "ensure natural features within the city are protected long term for the enjoyment of the public and health of the environment – with special focus on properties being developed or redeveloped" and it does not align with the goals of the City's Strategic Vision of Environmental Responsibility.
Petition to Ted Cruz, Texas Governor, Texas State House, Texas State Senate, Greg Abbott, John Cornyn, Texas
Stop 4X Construction from pumping water out of the Pecos River
4X Construction Group was mistakenly given a permit to pump water out of the Pecos River near Grandfalls, Tx. This river barely has water in it as it is and struggles to maintain levels all year long. I was told that the permit was signed by a new state employee who did not know what they were signing. This needs to be reversed immediately. They are using this water for construction projects for profit and lowering an already dwindling resourse. 4X Construction can be contacted at: Mr. Jeff Parrish, 4X Construction Group 99 Regency Parkway, Suite 303 Mansfield, Tx 76063 Their Permit allows the following: Total Combined authorized amount: Not to exceed 10 acre feet (3,258,510 gal) Combined Diversion Rate: Not to exceed 250gal per minute Duration of Authorization: Not to exceed 12 months (end date 11/22/2020) Authorized by: Ryan Slocum, Section Manager Midland Region Office Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Petition to Safeway, Safeway Moraga
End Plastic Bags at Safeway
American's use 100 million plastic bags per year and on average, they are only used for 12 minutes. 100,000 marine animals are die yearly due to plastic ingestion. In August of 2014, California banned single-use plastic bags. This has not stopped big box grocery stores like Safeway from finding a loophole and continuing to contribute to our plastic problem. When plastic bags get into our oceans, they do not decompose but absorb additional toxins, poisoning the wildlife. Let's eliminate the use of plastic bag sales at Safeway & save our marine life!
Petition to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni
Save The Last Resort -- A Working Model of Sustainability in Marin County
Dear Supervisor Rodoni, We immensely appreciate your recent efforts to, at long last, reach a compromise that preserves The Last Resort (http://thelastresortlagunitas.org) David Lee Hoffman's property, as a historic landmark. As the process of working with David progresses, we must express the imperative to reinstate Marin County's own Architectural Commission's ruling that David's site is historically important. This would allow the use of the California Historic Building Code as a guideline and protections this code offers. Reinstating the Commission's ruling is ethical and allows for long-awaited progress in complying with reasonable code upgrades and an ultimate resolution. We do not want to lose The Last Resort, nor do we want to lose David as a friend, neighbor, and contributor to our community. We feel that David is a visionary who, during the past 40 years, has created solutions to climate change issues that we face as a global community. These solutions lie in the very structures and systems that stand to be destroyed if the Commission's unanimous ruling continues to be discounted or ignored. We believe the demolition of his work would severely endanger the health, safety, beauty and tranquility of Marin County - and the potential for large-scale solutions that David's innovation provides. We request that Marin County, through their receiver, reinstate their own Commission's unanimous ruling, which declared that David's property deserves local historic status. You, too, recently stated in your January 31, 2017 letter to the appointed receiver, “Furthermore, please consider this an official request from my office to include architectural and cultural value determinations on the Hoffman property in your final recommendations.” The reinstatement of the County Architectural Commission ruling would be the final step in bringing closure to the issue of preserving as much of David’s site as possible without interfering with the work of the receiver. We believe that if David loses, we all lose -- and we believe the solution is outlined by the steps in this petition. We are truly thankful to have you addressing these issues. By signing this petition we support the reinstatement of the Marin County Architectural Commission resolution that all 36 structures on the 2-acre property of David Lee Hoffman in Lagunitas constitute a cultural and historic landmark of local importance. Signed,
Petition to Robert G. Ortt
Solar Energy Isn't So Green
In the wake of solar energy being the hot new money-making trend, what will happen to agriculture? How much of our landscape will now be nothing but solar panels as far as the eye can see? While at a zoning board meeting we were told that the laws for New York state are simply too new and/or too vague to limit the installation of solar "farms". Further, the same goes for local law. So, instead of making sure laws are set in stone to protect residents and nature, local lawmakers are going ahead and giving a "thumbs up" to solar energy companies and letting them install solar "farms" without even knowing what the consequences or long-term effects may be. Before we know it, there are going to be solar "farms" everywhere, once the floodgates open! This needs to be stopped before it gets started! There should be concrete laws and the zoning guidelines should be specific, and further, upheld. These solar "farms" are now asking towns to let them build directly next to residences! It is getting out of hand. These solar "farms" are going to start replacing much of our agriculture. What will happen to food availability and/or prices? We need to think about what we are giving up in the name of saving a bit of money! I am asking for residents to band together.Why are we allowing these monstrosities to go next to our homes? I feel that our wonderful villages are going to be completely surrounded by these solar "farms" if we don't ask the lawmakers to make better laws regarding this!
Petition to Council Members of the City of Walnut
Help Save Brookside Walnut!
The Old Brookside Equestrian Center is on 800 Meadow Pass Road in Walnut, CA, Its sprawling beauty of 25.8 acres is at risk of destruction by the new landowners. The history of this property dates back to the mid-1800s as part of the Rancho La Puente developed for cattle raising and agriculture. Ownership had changed over the centuries, but the property has retained its countryside character with bountiful trees, natural habitat, trails, and a creek that flows through the land. It was once a weekend getaway, thoroughbred horse breeding, and the training base for the Olympic United States Equestrian Team. Now, the new landowners have a different plan for Brookside. They have repeatedly applied for Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to subdivide the land into smaller parcels than what is zoned. The latest CUP revealed development plans to disrupt much of the natural environment and to destroy Brookside's long-standing structures to make room for as many houses as the city will permit. Brookside is essential to the city's rural charm, and a reminder of its cultural history. The trails and creek have always been accessible to the public. The community has always enjoyed the peaceful tranquility of the place. We must protect the integrity of its natural environment and preserve its cultural history. We must help save Brookside; the land can not defend itself. If we don't act now, Brookside's breath-taking land will be in ruins. The carriage house, barn, and stables will all be gone. In its place will be estate houses on a private road. The natural environment will peril as the developer clears the land and converts open spaces into rows of roofs. The streets and other impervious surfaces will add to stormwater run-off and flooding. Walnut’s last remaining gem will be lost FOREVER! Join us, the Brookside Brigade, to show Walnut's City Planning Commission that you care about saving Brookside! Sign the petition, tell the City Planning Commission what we want! Preserve the Carriage House, Barn, and Stables for Public Use Public Access to Creek and Trails Protect the Natural Environment and the Wildlife that made a home on this land Complete all Required Scientific Studies Ongoing Wildlife Protection Measures Zoning that Reflects the Rural Character of Walnut -- Do Not Overdevelop. Email the City Officials below before January 15th, 2020, to voice your concerns: Andrew Rodriguez (Mayor) – firstname.lastname@example.org Bob Pacheco (Mayor Protem) – email@example.com Nancy Tragarz (Council) – firstname.lastname@example.org Eric Ching (Council) – email@example.com Dr. Allen Wu (Council) – firstname.lastname@example.org Rob Wishner (City Manager) - email@example.com No need to donate, just share the link to everyone in the City of Walnut, CA TAKE ACTION NOW to SAVE BROOKSIDE!
Petition to Puerto Rico State House, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, United Nations, Environmental Protection Agency, United Nations Environment Program
Stop Fracking in Puerto Rico: To bring awareness to the true cause of Earthquakes in PR
Recently there has been a series of deadly earthquakes in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico and the surrounding Carribean islands are known to have major earthquakes naturally every century. However, the magnitude and the number of Earthquakes this time were abnormal. Mainstream media is trying to frame it as natural. However, these Earthquakes were really caused by the Oil and Gas Industry's recent Fracking project underneath and around the island. Locals on the islands reported that the past week or so they have been hearing strange explosion and drilling sounds at night. A fisherman reported that he seen the tools used for fracking around the islands and even claims he does not care if he is killed if he reports this. The aftermath of these man-made earthquakes? Thousands of homes ruined, no electricity or water on the island, children out of school and many left homeless of the street after losing their property. Reports have said the aftermath of these Earthquakes is worse than Hurricane Maria where thousands have lost their lives. Puerto Rico and other surrounding Carribean islands deserve justice for these man-made earthquakes. Between climate change and the fracking industry, there is no telling when these environmental injustices will end. Puerto Ricans fear that worst is yet to come. Sign this petition to demand immediate action to stop the environmental man-mad abuse in Puerto Rico and the Carribean islands and for reparations to be made for all lost property and other damages that have been made. How long will this take to end? As a Puerto Rican American the few times I have visited my family on the island I was in awe of how beautiful a place can be. I felt so connected to the land and it hurts to see it slowly become destroyed for a problem that can be stopped. #stopfrackinginpuertorico