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Environment

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Update posted 3 hours ago

Petition to Mayor Karen Goh and Bakersfield City Councilmembers

24th Street Signalized Crosswalk Needed for Safe Passage to Neighborhood School and Park

For the safety of pedestrians as well as motorists and to allow pedestrian access to the neighborhood school and neighborhood public park, we are requesting that the City of Bakersfield install one street-grade* signalized crosswalk to enable pedestrians to traverse across 24th Street at Alder/“A” Street in the Westchester neighborhood. We seek to preserve the existing crosswalk and make it safer for pedestrian crossing by adding a traffic signal as part of the 24th Street Widening Project. (Currently, the existing crosswalk at Alder/"A" Street has a blinking light that no longer works; this is not safe.) We feel that it is important to include and preserve this crosswalk in the plan for the 24th Street Widening Project because residents that live north of 24th Street need safe pedestrian access to their neighborhood school (Franklin Elementary) and their neighborhood park (Jastro Park)—both located south of 24th Street. A prior plan (including the approved Environmental Impact Report) showed the “A” Street crosswalk. The current plan for the 24th Street widening project has signalized crosswalks at Oak Street and “F” Street. There is a crosswalk listed in the plans for “A” Street, but it does not include a traffic signal. This is not adequate for pedestrian access within Westchester to the school and the park. If the plan eliminates the “A” Street crossing, it will divide northside Westchester residents from their neighborhood park and neighborhood school. This is unacceptable. The proposed crosswalk across 24th Street is a logical location because Alder/“A” Street connects directly to Franklin Elementary (the neighborhood elementary school for all of Westchester – both sides of 24th Street). In addition to traffic lights including pedestrian walk buttons (for button-activated crosswalks) and pavement markings, we request that clear and proper signage notifying drivers of the presence of pedestrians and improved lighting in the vicinity be added as well.   Additionally, installing a crosswalk at Alder/“A” Street will limit the City’s liability from pedestrian-automobile accidents by providing a safe way to cross 24th Street. Overall, we feel that the addition of this crosswalk will create a safer and more connected community. We are proud to live in the beautiful Westchester neighborhood, full of character and charm. Part of this allure includes Westchester’s proximity to downtown and walkability within the neighborhood. We support this petition because we would like to maintain the ability to walk to our neighborhood public park and neighborhood elementary school.   *A pedestrian bridge overcrossing is not a viable solution for the following reasons: Cost (pedestrian bridges cost millions of dollars, and this is not budgeted for in the Project Plan); Crime (studies show that bridges attract crime); Safety (studies show that pedestrian bridges are inconvenient because they require walking up and down stairs or a ramp, so they are not often used by pedestrians - walkers often attempt to cross lanes of traffic instead); and Removal of more personal residences (a pedestrian bridge would require the condemnation and demolition of more private property/personal residences north of 24th Street due to the setback required to construct a bridge). 

Westchester Neighborhood
438 supporters
Update posted 5 hours ago

Petition to City of Mountain View Council, City of Mountain View Community Service Director, City of Mountain View Planning Director

Prevent the removal of a Grove of Heritage Redwood trees located at 575 Sierra Avenue

A magnificent grove of Heritage Sequoia (Redwood) trees at 575 Sierra Avenue in Mountain View is to be cut down. This lot was purchased by a developer with the purpose of developing it into a single family home. As part of the development plan the developer is asking for a permit to remove every tree from the lot. This is a total of nine (9) trees. Seven (7) of these trees form a grove of 80+ ft tall healthy Heritage Redwoods. These trees are the tallest and most visible in the area and are a true asset to the community and the city.  Their destruction for the sake of a single family home is unacceptable especially when some modifications to the home’s design could save many of these trees Most folks believe that the City’s heritage ordinance would protect against such action. Unfortunately, this is not the case by default. The reason is that development request go through the City’s Planning department and as long as the developer’s plans adhere to the FAR requirements, they get a green light. This is different from when an existing home owner wishes to remove a tree. In this case, the request goes through the City’s Parks and Recreation department who, as many homeowners wishing to remove a heritage tree can attest, strictly apply the heritage tree ordinance.

Ross Dargahi
182 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Portland City Council

Pass an organic land care ordinance in Portland, Maine

Organic land care is the way of the future. More than 25 Maine communities already restrict conventional pesticides. Most of Canada has banned both the use and sale of conventional pesticides. France started rolling out its own ban in 2017. In 2016, South Portland passed the strongest organic land care ordinance in the country. Portland residents want an ordinance as strong OR stronger than South Portland's. Responding to resident complaints, the city finally eliminated its sidewalk Roundup spray program in 2016. The city is also working to reduce pesticide use. But the pace is slow and city staff still cling to IPM, which allows the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers for cosmetic purposes. Meanwhile, any property owner in the city is free to buy conventional pesticides and apply them as they see fit. This often means high risk conventional pesticides run-off into storm drains and drift into neighboring yards. Residents and visitors continue to be exposed to pesticides used on city athletic fields, the city golf course and by untrained property owners. Retailers remain free to sell these varied chemicals linked to diseases in both humans and animals; known to kill bees and other pollinators; and that negatively affect our environment and coastal waters.. In 2015, the city spent $25,000 on synthetic pesticides for the Riverside Golf Course, which abuts the Presumpscot River.  Our property rights are taken from us when pesticides drift and runoff from neighboring properties and kill foraging honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Children and pets often run across or lay down in treated areas.  Other communities in Maine, across the country and around the world have restricted conventional pesticides within their city limits. Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, which has a retail center in Portland, has removed all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from its store shelves and replaced them with organics and seen sales rise 30 percent. Organic land care is the way of the future. PETITION We the undersigned Portland residents, property owners, workers, business owners and visitors ask the City Council to reject IPM and enact an organic land care ordinance restricting the use and sale of conventional pesticides and fertilizers and permitting those allowed in the National Organic Program. It is our duty to advocate for children, pets and pollinators today. By passing such an ordinance, the Portland City Council can keep our community and environment healthy and thriving and maintain our place as a leading green city.

Portland Protectors
1,283 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

Petition to US Senate, Rand Paul

Save the "Arctic National Wildlife Refuge" From Greed

In the early 1970s we had tremendous Republican and Democratic Party environmental leadership that resulted in the most sweeping environmental legislation ever put forth on the face of planet earth. Our then President Richard Nixon, in keeping with the pulse of the nation signed into law landmark legislation that will be his outstanding legacy. WHAT HAPPENED?! If the pace of that legislation, EPA est.1970, Clean Air Act amnd. 1970, Clean Water Act 1972, Marine Mammal Protection Act 1972, Endangered Species Act 1973,  had continued through ensuing administrations until today, we would be living in a world facing a different outcome to the one we face. With accelerating environmental deterioration and an uncertain worldwide climate future; it is time to demand that our Congress and Senate pick up the environmental banner that was dropped after the Watergate Scandal, and once again begin to actively repair the earth we are destroying. Protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the already existing environmental legislation from greedy predators is the first step in moving forward to a cleaner more sustainable way of living. Once we protect the environmental legislation we have, we can begin to propose new and more aggressive legislation to advance protection for the future. WE BORROW THE EARTH FROM OUR CHILDREN!! We owe it to them to take action now. REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS FIND YOUR ENVIRONMENTAL ROOTS which were once a bipartisan standard, and make the ongoing protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge a bedrock of a new environmental legacy that our children can be proud of.

Frank Escalona
4,160 supporters