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Petition to Sen. Thibodeau and Rep. Gideon Maine State Legislature

Save Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine from a Mega Cruise Ship Pier!

[ETA 3: There is more happening in this multi-faceted campaign to save Frenchman Bay than can be explained here fully. We are making great progress on several different fronts--political, legal and public awareness. The best way to keep up is to follow us at Please bookmark us and check in often for the most complete explanation of the current state of affairs. Some very good news!] [ETA 2: Please read our latest update "Some sad news." We will continue to make our voices heard.] [ETA: please read update entitled "Really Great News" before you sign. The Committee voted to continue the discussion on LD#1400 till January. We have time to breathe, but the fight and this petition are no less important.] The cruise ship lines have Frenchman Bay and Acadia National Park Maine in their sights for further development. They would like Bar Harbor, which is the closest town to the Park, to build a pier capable of docking two 1000' long, 200' tall cruise ships at a time. And NO environmental impact study has been done at this time.  As it is now, without a pier, 171 cruise ship visits are scheduled for 2017. 226,000 visitors. That's plenty. We are against LD 1400 in the Maine State Legislature.  It calls for the emergency establishment of a Bar Harbor Port Authority.  A port authority will enable millions of dollars in bonds to be raised in order to finance this $30-40,000,000 project.  In our opinion, development of the pier will demand more and more cruise ships to come into Frenchman Bay, to pay for this infrastructure and as a ROI. The largest cruise ships can carry up to 6,000 tourists and crews of 2000 each. The proposed pier would allow up to two mega cruise ships to dock at Bar Harbor each day, so together they could allow up to 10,000 day tripping tourists per day to land at Bar Harbor. This is in addition to existing cruise ships that already anchor in the Bay--taller than the Porcupine Islands in the Bay, that you see pictures of above. We petitioners hereby express our strongest possible opposition to a Port Authority which--in our opinion--will lead to the development of this up to 1/2 mile long mega pier in Bar Harbor.  And once again, NO environmental impact study is being done at this time. We support ecological sanity for Frenchman Bay and surrounding areas. We believe that more cruise ships would be bad for Bar Harbor businesses, bad for the physical health of Bar Harbor residents, and a national travesty for Acadia National Park, the only National Park in the entire New England region. BAD FOR BAR HARBOR BUSINESSES Large numbers of mega cruise ship day-tripping tourists flooding into Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park would cause significant disruption: traffic, noise, congestion, lines. These nuisances would result in a worse quality of tourism for the thousands of overnight tourists.  In our opinion, If mega cruise ship day tripping tourists overwhelm Bar Harbor and Acadia, overnight tourists will go elsewhere. Overnight tourists spend locally 10 times more per day than cruise ship tourists, so such cruise ships jeopardize the very lifeblood of Bar Harbor and greater Frenchman Bay: tourism. BAD FOR OUR HEALTH Mega cruise ships are like floating cities. They are significant sources of pollution, especially air pollution from the 24-hour running of electricity generators. Summer time prevailing winds would blow this pollution directly into Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park. In addition, more mega cruise ships and the building of the pier would create other pollution, including noise, silt disruption from dredging, and inevitable effluent discharges. The pier will be extraordinarily brightly lit 24/7 for security purposes. In our opinion, the cruise ship industry is not necessarily well known for its ecological stewardship. Our area is well known and treasured for its Dark Skies, itself a compelling reason for many to come to the beauty that is Frenchman Bay and DownEast Maine. A NATIONAL TRAVESTY For more than 10,000 years, humans have visited the coastal edge of Frenchman Bay to gaze with awe at the beautiful island and its mountains. The United States recognized this treasure by creating Acadia National Park, the only National Park in New England. The majesty of a National Park is completely incompatible with even more mega cruise ships, a brightly lit mega pier and thousands of point-specific day tripping tourists. Would anyone favor up to 50 Boeing 757 flights per day to the rim of the Grand Canyon or El Capitan in Yosemite? That is the equivalent of two mega cruise ships docking at Bar Harbor, literally across the road from Acadia National Park. This petition asks the Maine State Legislature to reject LD 1400, whose sole purpose is to create an Emergency Port Authority so that the mega pier can be built for the cruise ship industry. And once again--NO environmental impact study has been done in advance. Thank you for your support in signing our letter. We know so many of you treasure your moments at Acadia National Park and DownEast Maine.

Sarah Steinhardt
1,196 supporters
This petition won 4 days ago

Petition to Bill Clarkson, Dave Hudson, Harry Sachs, Phil O'Loane, Scott Perkins

Stop the Sale of Mudd's Beautiful Land

Neighbors, Our City Council recently voted, behind closed doors and without a public hearing, to continue negotiations to sell one of the most beautiful pieces of land in San Ramon—the site of the old Mudd's Restaurant. There is no other spot in San Ramon that is so wild and yet so accessible. It is right off Crow Canyon, but when you are there the noise and traffic feel a million miles away. It was bought by the City in 2008 for over $2 million using taxpayer dollars to be a public park, and now they are trying to sell it. Because it has been allowed to go into disrepair, the current appraisal is only $1.2 mil. WE own this land! IF they sell it, the City will only get less than $50K for their investment of $2 mil plus costs like fencing it, removing trees and fixing a mudslide. What will WE get? Another office building, more traffic. What will we lose? 2+ acres of absolutely gorgeous land, peace and quiet, space for our children, pets, an afternoon stroll. The old parking lot alone has 22 heritage trees ranging in diameter from 15"to over 36". It is surrounded on 3 sides by a creek that still is running (with rapids!) in June. And, it adjoins the Crow Canyon Community Garden and picnic area—another 7.5-acres. Put together, we would have a magnificent 10-acre park with a beautiful community center (the architecture of the old Mudd's building is stunning) and shaded BBQ areas. City leaders are saying they have to sell as part of the State unwinding of its Redevelopment Agency. But they don't. They could insist on their rights to keep it, they could buy it back, they could exchange it for another piece of land they own which has no delicate habitats (like creeks) and no mature native trees. It was bought to be a park and should remain a park. Please sign below to tell our Mayor and Council to stop the negotiations and look for alternatives to save this irreplaceable land.  Here's What You Can Do Now Stay informed: click on Settings and tell Change to send you updates about Mudd's as they are posted. Help us get to 3000 signatures by posting the link to this petition on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere, and emailing it to your friends and neighbors. Here is the short link: Thanks for taking a stand to save our city from turning into a concrete jungle. Franette Armstrong Citizen’s Coalition for the Preservation of Mudd’s PS: Scroll down a bit to see all the updates and articles posted!  

Franette Armstrong
1,262 supporters
Started 1 week ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Gilbert Anthony Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, david ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Monica rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren D. Price, Herb Wesson, Mike Bonin, Mithcell Englander, Mitch O'Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino, Department of Parks and Recreation County of Los Angeles, John Wicker

Convert Some Municipal Golf Courses in Los Angeles to Community Parks

We the people of Los Angeles move to petition LA City Council to convert the municipal golf courses currently dominating the landscape into public parks that could profoundly enrich our community virtually overnight. What makes a city great? Famous urban hubs around the world like London, New York, Chicago, and Munich boast numerous parks and nature areas for travelers and city-dwellers alike to find a quiet reprieve. Making such public treasures available is a sure way to strengthen our sense of community (and even contributes to a healthier population by encouraging more walking!) Lincoln Park in Chicago, IL stretches 3.19 square miles Hyde Park in London covers 350 acres Central Park in New York City covers 1.32 square miles The Death of Golf With prohibitive costs and the popularity of golf already in decline, why do we continue to allow so many high-maintenance golf courses to monopolize access to our land? Environmental Benefits According to Audobon International, the average golf course uses 312,000 gallons of water per day, which is roughly equivalent to the usage of 780 4-unit families. With over 90 golf courses in LA alone, the negative impact of these water-guzzling wastelands cannot be overstated. By transforming municipal golf courses into public parks, their maintenance would be subject to direct government oversight which would curb some of this excessive water usage. Community Enrichment And while there are plenty of public hiking trails in Los Angeles, this is not a comparable experience to enjoying a public park. For one thing, a park is much more family-friendly than a hiking trail - Have you ever tried pushing a stroller up a mountain? Replacing municipal golf courses located in key areas would afford residents more easily accessible zones of calm to escape the bustle of the city. You can see for yourself how many golf courses there are in LA in Google Maps - but imagine for a moment what it would mean for our community if even just some of these were converted into public parks: The sounds of children laughing and playing, the magic of bumping into a friend in passing, the energy from street performers practicing their craft… Just remember: Golf courses are for the few elite, but a park is a place where we can all go to indulge in the essence of our city. Ready to speak up and make your voice heard? Here are 3 things you can do right now to make a change that will better our community and profoundly reduce water usage. 1) Sign this petition. If you support the abolishment of municipal golf courses in Los Angeles in favor of converting them into parks, creating a rich new space for public use and saving thousands of gallons of water per day, sign this petition! 2) Write directly to your local city council member. This map will show you where the district boundaries are so you can write to the appropriate city council member. Or, you can simply go here to fill in your address to determine your district automatically. 3) Start your own petition. Do you have additional demands not covered by our petition? You should speak up and start your own petition. Here are some tips: Who to petition? Department of Parks and Recreation County of Los Angeles. How to start a petition? Write your petition title (This is the first thing people will see about your petition. Get their attention with a short title that focuses on the change you’d like them to support). Choose a decision maker (This is the person, organization, or group that can make a decision about your petition. will send them updates on your petition and encourage a response.) Explain the problem you want to solve (People are more likely to support your petition if it’s clear why you care. Explain how this change will impact you, your family, or your community).     List of Municipal Golf Courses in Los Angeles: Name: Alondra Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 16400 S. Prairie Ave, Lawndale CA 90260 Name: Balboa Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 16821 Burbank Blvd CA 91436 Name: Chester Washington Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 1818 Charlie Sifford Dr, Los Angeles CA 90047 Name: Debell Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 1500 E. Walnut Ave Burbank Ca 91505 Name: Diamond Bar Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 22751 E. Golden Springs Dr. Diamond Bar CA 91765Name: El Cariso Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 13100 Eldridge St. Sylmar CA 91342Name: Encino Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 16821 Burbank Blvd Encino, CA 91436 Name: Hansen Dam Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 10400 Glenoaks Blvd Pacoima, CA 91331 Name: Harding Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Knollwood Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 12040 Balboa Blvd, Granda Hills CA 91343Name: La Mirada Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 15501 E. Alicante Rd. La Mirada CA 90638 Name: Mountain Meadows Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 1875 Fairplex Drive Monoma CA 91768Name: Whittier Narrows Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 8640 E. Rush St. Rosemead CA 91770 Name: Los Verdes Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 7000 W. Lod Verdes Dr. Rancho Palos Verdes CA 90274 Name: Los Amigos Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 7295 Quill Dr Downey, CA 90242 Name: Lakewood Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 3101 Carson St Lakewood CA 90712Name: Wilson Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027Name: Woodley Lakes Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 6331 Woodley Ave Van Nuys CA 91406Name: De Bell Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 1500 E Walnut Ave Burbank CA 91501Name: The Links at Victoria Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 340 E. 192nd Street Carson CA 90746Name: Marshall Canyon Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 6100 N. Stephens Ranch Rd La Verde CA 91750Name: Meadowlark Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 16782 Graham Street Huntington Beach CA 92649Name: San Dimas Canyon Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 2100 Terrebonne Ave San Dimas CA Name: Griffith Park Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 4730 Crystal Springs Dr Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Armand Hammer / Holmby Pony Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 601 Club View Drive Los Angeles CA 90024 Name: Roosevelt Executive Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 2650 N. Vermont Ave Los Angeles CA 90027 Name: Maggie Hathaway Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 1921 West 98th Street Los Angeles CA 90047 Name: Los Feliz Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 3207 Los Feliz Blvd Los Angeles CA 90039 Name: Westchester Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 6900 W Manchester Ave Westchester CA 90045Name: Rancho Park Golf ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: P.O. Box 64266 Los Angeles CA 90046Name: Rancho Park 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: Bell Gardens Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 8000 Park Lane Bell Gardens CA 90201Name: Compton Par 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 6400 E Compton Blvd Compton CA 90221 Name: Rio Hondo Country ClubType: MunicipalWebsite: 10627 Old River School Road Downey CA 90241 Name: The Lakes at El SegundoType: MunicipalWebsite: 400 S Sepulveda Blvd El Segundo CA 90245 Name: Alonda Park Par 3 Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 16400 S Prairie Ave Lawdale CA 90260 Name: Alonda Park Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 16400 S Prairie Ave Lawdale CA 90260 Name: Sea-Aire Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: doesn't have websiteLocation: 22730 Lupine Drive Torrance CA 90503 Name: Montebello Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: doesn't have websiteLocation: 901 Via San Clemente Montebello CA 90640 Name: Don Knabe Golf Center and Jr AcademyType: MunicipalWebsite: 13717 Shoemaker Avenue Norwalk CA 90650Name: Pico Rivera Municipal Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 3260 Fairway DriveName: Iron-Wood Nine Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: 16449 Piuma Avenue Cerritos CA 90703 Name: Harbor Park Golf CourseType: MunicipalWebsite: N Figuerora Place Wilmington CA 90744  

Michael Blaze
11 supporters