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Petition to Novato Mayor Eklund and City Council Members

No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato

In April 2020, Costco Wholesale proposed to add a gas station adjacent to the existing Costco Wholesale store, located in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. This is Costco’s second attempt to build a mega gas station next to its store. If build it would become the largest gas station in Marin County. The project includes the construction of an approximately 10,000 square-foot canopy that will cover 14 fuel dispensers that accommodate 28 fueling positions. Additionally, it includes three 40,000-gallon gasoline underground storage tanks (UST), one 1,500-gallon additive UST. Why is it important to oppose a mega gas station in Novato? Novato doesn’t need more gas stations, not in this area, not at all. There are already 12 gas stations citywide, and 3 gas stations nearby that are closer to the freeway; 2 of them in close proximity (Chevron and Matt & Jeff’s), as well as the Shell gas station on the other side of the freeway on Redwood Blvd.  Fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for over 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and nearly 90% of all carbon dioxide emissions. We are in a Climate Crisis. Droughts, heatwaves, and horrendous wildfires are a wake-up call, letting us know that our survival is at stake. We have to stop burning fossil fuels for transportation and all other energy consumption. Scientists urge people and governments of cities, counties, states, and countries to target net-zero emission in five to ten years to combat Climate Chaos and to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’.  On September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an executive order ending sales of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035 as a measure to combat the rise of greenhouse gas emission. General Motors announced in January 2021 it will stop making gas-powered cars, trucks and SUVs by 2035. On November 10, 2020, the Novato City Council acknowledged the Climate Crisis by declaring a Climate Emergency. In the Climate Emergency Resolution, the city of Novato declared that it will elevate climate issues in its goal-setting process; give precedence to climate mitigation and adaptation when evaluating policies and purchases, planning for projects. This project is entirely incompatible with the Climate Emergency Crisis we are in. Therefore, it makes no sense to approve this fossil fuel installation, which provides gas for a discount price for Costco members and helps keep dirty Co2 emitting transportation going.     This project fosters only short-term financial gain for Costco at the expense of already constructed local stations and doesn’t consider the price taxpayers, next generations and the environment have to pay in the long run. The gas station would be built near-pristine watershed and wildlife, in an area with a high water table. Vintage Oaks is threatened by sea-level rise, this plaza is vulnerable on the low-lying ground throughout the property.     We have to stop burning fossil fuels. We need to build and invest in a livable future for our children and grandchildren by transitioning to 100% clean & renewable energy. De-carbonizing our economy by electrifying transportation, private and business infrastructures as quickly as possible is the way to go. Therefore, please sign the petition to protect our environment. Tell the Novato City Council: "No Costco mega gas station in Novato."

https://350marin.org/
283 supporters
Update posted 1 hour ago

Petition to Mayor Eklund and City Council Members

No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato

In April 2020, Costco Wholesale proposed to add a gas station adjacent to the existing Costco Wholesale store, located in the Vintage Oaks Shopping Center. This is Costco’s second attempt to build a mega gas station next to its store. If build it would become the largest gas station in Marin. The project includes the construction of an approximately 10,000 square-foot canopy that will cover 14 fuel dispensers that accommodate 28 fueling positions. Additionally, it includes three 40,000-gallon gasoline underground storage tanks (UST), one 1,500-gallon additive UST. Why is it important to oppose a mega gas station in Novato? Novato doesn’t need more gas stations, not in this area, not at all. There are already 12 gas stations citywide, and 3 gas stations nearby that are closer to the freeway; 2 of them in close proximity (Chevron and Matt & Jeff’s), as well as the Shell gas station on the other side of the freeway on Redwood Blvd.  Fossil fuels are the largest contributor to climate change, accounting for over 75% of global greenhouse gas emissions, and nearly 90% of all carbon dioxide emissions. We are in a Climate Crisis. Droughts, heatwaves, and horrendous wildfires are a wake-up call, letting us know that our survival is at stake. We have to stop burning fossil fuels for transportation and all other energy consumption. Scientists urge people and governments of cities, counties, states, and countries to target net-zero emission in five to ten years to combat Climate Chaos and to avoid a catastrophic ‘Hothouse Earth’. On September 23, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced an executive order ending sales of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035 as a measure to combat the rise of greenhouse gas emissions. General Motors announced in January 2021 it will stop making gas-powered cars, tucks and SUVs by 2035. On November 10, 2020, the Novato City Council acknowledged the Climate Crisis by declaring a Climate Emergency. In the Climate Emergency Resolution, the City of Novato declared that it will elevate climate issues in its goal-setting process; give precedence to climate mitigation and adaptation when evaluating policies and purchases, planning for projects. This project is entirely incompatible with the Climate Emergency Crisis we are in. Therefore, it makes no sense to approve this fossil fuel installation, which provides gas for a discount price for Costco members and helps keep dirty Co2 emitting transportation going. This project fosters only short-term financial gains at the expense of already constructed local stations and doesn’t consider the price taxpayers, next generations and the environment have to pay in the long run. The gas station would be built near pristine watershed and wildlife, in an area with a high water table. Vintage Oaks is threatened by sea-level rise, this plaza is vulnerable on the low-lying ground throughout the property.      We have to stop burning fossil fuels. We need to build and invest in a livable future for our children and grandchildren by transitioning to 100% clean & renewable energy. De-carbonizing our economy by electrifying transportation, private and business infrastructures as quickly as possible is the way to go. Therefore, please sign the petition to protect our climate and environment. Tell the Novato Planning Commission and City Council: "No Costco Mega Gas Station in Novato."  

https://350marin.org/
541 supporters
Update posted 13 hours ago

Petition to Joe Hoefgen, Bill Brand, Laurie Koike, Eleanor Manzano, Nils Nehrenheim, Todd Loewenstein, Christian Horvath, John Gran, Laura Emdee

Let's build a community garden for Redondo Beach

NOTE: Change.org asks petition-signers to "chip in" a donation, but please note that this donation goes to Change.org for their promotional efforts and does not go to us. This is not a donation platform. If you'd like to donate to the South Bay Parkland Conservancy (the nonprofit we are working with), visit the donation page here. As residents of Redondo Beach, we are lucky to live so close to the beautiful Pacific Ocean and enjoy recreation and fresh air each day. For the many people that call Redondo Beach home, there is also a sense that park space and green space is limited. At 10,769 persons per square mile, Redondo Beach is among the most densely-populated South Bay cities. According to an L.A. County needs assessment, Redondo Beach has limited park acreage. We have a desperate need to improve our existing park spaces and provide amenities for people to grow food and build a sense of community. Nearby cities like Torrance and Hermosa Beach host beautiful community gardens thriving with plants and active members. Redondo Beach has none. Renewed efforts to create a community garden for Redondo Beach started in the summer of 2020: The Redondo Beach Community Gardens project was established, and a committee and newsletter were created. The COVID-19 pandemic made clear how crucial it is to grow food and develop neighborly connections for food security and knowledge-sharing.  The community gardens effort is an initiative under South Bay Parkland Conservancy to work with the City of Redondo Beach to establish a community garden for the city. Our project was highlighted in a feature article in the Easy Reader. In Fall 2020, the RBCG committee presented at meetings for council members Nils Nehrenheim and Todd Loewenstein and established connections with other council members. In October 2020 we presented to the city's Recreation and Parks Commission who approved a motion to bring our project before city council. Since October we have been asking to present to city council and be included on a meeting agenda. We have the momentum and the team in place to move this forward and we have heard so much support from residents throughout Redondo Beach. Our community would benefit from a community garden in countless ways. Please show your support for a Redondo Beach Community Garden by signing this petition. We hope to show city staff and council the overwhelming support our residents have for a community garden, and that this is a priority. Our community has an imperative to join other South Bay cities, increase access to green space and food-growing spaces, and fully realize a vision for a community garden in Redondo Beach. Thank you!

Redondo Beach Community Garden Committee
1,439 supporters