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Environment

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Update posted 13 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
5,365 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to California Governor

Stop punishing California Residents. The water problem is YOUR FAULT!

We have done our part. We have installed water saving toilets, shower-heads, sprinklers, faucets, etc. We have reduced our water consumption dramatically and are paying exorbitant fees for water and taxes. Enough is enough!  On the other hand, YOU have done nothing to prepare the State for water shortages and increased population. Blaming the weather is flatout irresponsible. You had plenty of warning. Our water system is old and not capable of sustaining growth or lack of rain. 1. Time for YOU to get to work. Find ways to bring water to the State: Water desalinization – Better, efficient, solar-powered technology is available now. The biggest ocean in the world is right next to us.  Waterpipe from Oregon/Washington States. The Columbia River dumps millions of gallons of water to the ocean everyday. Find a way to buy that water and build a pipeline to supply our aqueducts.  Talented American engineers are working in the Middle East turning deserts into tropical paradises. Consult with them. The technology is available. 2. Every action has an Equal and Opposite Reaction! Your mandate for us to cut our water usage by 25% will have serious and irreversible effects to our Eco-system:  We spent years planting trees, grass and plants, making our cars more efficient and reducing pollution to clean our air quality. We can’t go back to pollution.  Air quality and greenhouse gases will create a man-made climate change. By reducing the irrigation of our gardens, we will be killing our grass, plants and trees. This will reduce the amount of oxygen producing organisms and increase our CO2 levels affecting our greenhouse gases, damaging our air quality and increasing the number of people suffering from respiratory and pulmonary diseases. Reduced production of healthy California produce:  You are asking farmers to decrease their water usage. This will also reduce the amount of produce grown in California and kill our farming industry. The unacceptable alternative would be to import produce from China and other non-FDA regulated countries that use dangerous pesticides and fertilizers. You will seriously harm our health! California is one of the most beautiful states in the Nation. By destroying our gardens and trees, our property values will decrease. This will have negative consequences by reducing the amount the State and local municipalities collect in taxes. The reduced consumption or water will increase water pressure and instability in the old pipes and infrastructure in our larger cities. Bursts underground pipes waste more water per minute than the water we could “save” by reducing our water usage in weeks. Your punishing actions and unacceptable mediocrity are driving people away from California. STOP! 3. Money is NOT an issue: You have budgeted billions of dollars to build a high-speed train, support entitlements for undocumented workers and unnecessary government projects and bureaucracy.  This is an EMERGENCY. Re-allocate funds to get water into our States NOW! The State is collecting unprecedented and unfair amounts of money in the “Global Warming Tax”.  Use this money to prevent further global warming. We need our plants, trees and grass to reduce CO2 levels and prevent further climate change. Initiate investigations into corruption, nepotism and waste of resources in ALL of the State’s water agencies.  For example: Do we really need over 5,000 people making over $130,000 per year in salary in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power?  200 of them make over $250,000 per year.  This is flat out corruption! 4. Mediocrity is UNACCEPTABLE:  California is the world leader when it comes to innovation, technology and human progress. We have some of the best research universities in the world like Caltech, USC, Stanford, Berkeley and others. Some of the best technology companies and the brightest minds in the world are headquartered in California.  Start an immediate program to fund research and solutions for the water mismanagement problem. Bring engineers and consultants from Israel to train our farmers on the water utilization techniques they use. Just like Space X did it for space travel, create a State-funded contest and with a prize of $10 million dollars to the entity or individual that can find better solutions.  With all these resources at your disposal, it is just impossible to believe that the only solution you can find is to further punish the citizens for your mistakes and lack of action. Get off your comfortable seats and comfy offices and GET TO WORK! Time to act and work for US, the people that pay your salaries, the citizens of California! 

Elias C
69,271 supporters