environmental protection

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Update posted 8 hours 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.  And please help us get to 3000 signatures by posting the links to this petition on Facebook, Twitter and everywhere, and emailing then to your friends and neighbors. Here are the short links: Thanks for taking a stand to save our city from turning into a concrete jungle. Franette Armstrong   PS Scroll down a bit to see all the updates and articles I've posted!  

Franette Armstrong
918 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Jesús Aguirre

Landmark Park Threatened by Government Sell Out

Petition Superintendent Jesús Aguirre of Seattle Dept of Parks and Recreation to do the right thing and obey the law protecting Volunteer Park by not transferring land from open space use to museum use.  According to: Save Our Parks Initiative 42, Ordinance 118477: All park land shall be preserved for park, boulevard or open space use and cannot be sold, transferred or changed from park use to another use, unless: a)      The City holds a public hearing on the necessity of the transaction, and b)      adopts an ordinance finding the transaction is necessary because there is no reasonable and practical alternative and c)      The City receives in exchange a piece of land or facility of equivalent or better size, value, location and usefulness in the vicinity. (January 1997) Also to change the zoning code to make this expansion legal would set a very dangerous precedent – Allowing a zone code change for a specific use that takes parkland for other uses undermines the City Ordinances and Landmark status protection of parkland. The Dept of Seattle Parks and Recreation has turned its power for the protection of Volunteer Park’s well-being over to the Seattle Asian Art Museum, which leases a park building and is part of Seattle Art Museum. SAAM/SAM is a separate non-profit entity and is not Volunteer Park, who is owned by city tax payers… their interests are not same. Legally, in 2008, Seattle citizens, in a Parks and Green Space Levy, allocated $9 million (about 40% of the total cost) for the renovation and upgrades for the landmark building that SAM leases from the Park for the Seattle Asian Art Museum.  The project didn’t proceed because of the recession. With very little public knowledge in subsequent years, the original $ 29 million renovation proposal became a $49 million renovation and expansion proposal with no justification from SAM why the extra space was needed. And SAM has failed to meet the requirements of full public disclosure and approval for early building design. The Seattle Dept of Parks and Recreation has dropped the ball by failing to require SAM to prove there is no reasonable and practical alternative to the expansion of SAAM and the taking of parkland from park use. If you open the door to take parkland once it will happen again… SAM will be back wanting more parkland for expansion in another ten years. There are alternative ways for the museum to have the upgrades it needs, which should be thoroughly considered before any taking of parkland. Volunteer Park is not only a City designated landmark, but is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its designers, the Olmsted Brothers, in 1910 expressed their opposition to erecting buildings in parks, for the reason that "The landscape ceases to be a naturalistic park landscape, and becomes a building landscape." Part of the proposed expansion is 40’x80’and 50’ high with windows that will be flooded with artificial light and will dominate all the pastoral views of the east-side of the park. The natural open space will be lessened with this expansion. There will be a dominate environment of concrete, glass and light with eyes peering out the windows watching the park goers. The beloved, private and quiet, nature sanctuary atmosphere will be gone along with many of the big trees that will die from the stress of the construction process.  On darker days, evenings and nights, especially in winter, the artificial light through the museum windows will be unnatural and unsettling to park goers as well as nearby homes. For many park goers, the side that will be impacted is their serenity and favorite side of the park. There are far more people daily, using and loving this quiet side of the park than will ever go into the museum. Please help stop the selling out of our landmark park.  For more info visit: "Like" us on FB: DONATE to help with legal costs!  

Protect Volunteer Park
564 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stop using the organophosphate pesticde NALED over populated areas to fight mosquitos.

Stop the use of NALED via areial and truck spraying over and near populated areas for mosquito control.  Naled is a fast acting, non-systemic contact and stomach poison in insects and mites (2). It is used as a short-term fumigant to control agricultural pests on ornamentals in greenhouses, animal and poultry houses, kennels and food processing plants (1, 6). Liquid formulations can be applied to greenhouse heating pipes to kill insects by vapor action. Naled is also used for municipal and other large area mosquito control programs (3). It has been used by veterinarians to kill parasitic worms (other than tapeworms) in dogs (6). Naled is available in dust, emulsion concentrate, liquid and ULV formulations (3). Naled is one of a class of insecticides referred to as organophosphates. These chemicals act by interfering with the activities of cholinesterase, an enzyme that is essential for the proper working of the nervous systems of both humans and insects. Please refer to the Toxicology Information Brief on cholinesterase-inhibition for a more detailed description of this topic. TOXICOLOGICAL EFFECTS ACUTE TOXICITY Naled is moderately to highly toxic by ingestion, inhalation and dermal adsorption. Vapors or fumes of naled are corrosive to the mucous membranes lining the mouth, throat and lungs, and inhalation may cause severe irritation (9). A sensation of tightness in the chest and coughing are commonly experienced after inhalation (14). As with all organophosphates, naled is readily absorbed through the skin. Skin which has come in contact with this material should be washed immediately with soap and water and all contaminated clothing should be removed. Persons with respiratory ailments, recent exposure to cholinesterase inhibitors, impaired cholinesterase production, or with liver malfunction may be at increased risk from exposure to naled. High environmental temperatures or exposure of naled to visible or UV light may enhance its toxicity (9). The organophosphate insecticides are cholinesterase inhibitors. They are highly toxic by all routes of exposure. When inhaled, the first effects are usually respiratory and may include bloody or runny nose, coughing, chest discomfort, difficult or short breath, and wheezing due to constriction or excess fluid in the bronchial tubes. Skin contact with organophosphates may cause localized sweating and involuntary muscle contractions. Eye contact will cause pain, bleeding, tears, pupil constriction, and blurred vision. Following exposure by any route, other systemic effects may begin within a few minutes or be delayed for up to 12 hours. These may include pallor, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache, dizziness, eye pain, blurred vision, constriction or dilation of the eye pupils, tears, salivation, sweating, and confusion. Severe poisoning will affect the central nervous system, producing incoordination, slurred speech, loss of reflexes, weakness, fatigue, involuntary muscle contractions, twitching, tremors of the tongue or eyelids, and eventually paralysis of the body extremities and the respiratory muscles. In severe cases there may also be involuntary defecation or urination, psychosis, irregular heart beats, unconsciousness, convulsions and coma. Death may be caused by respiratory failure or cardiac arrest (9). Some organophosphates may cause delayed symptoms beginning 1 to 4 weeks after an acute exposure which may or may not have produced more immediate symptoms. In such cases, numbness, tingling, weakness and cramping may appear in the lower limbs and progress to incoordination and paralysis. Improvement may occur over months or years, but some residual impairment may remain in some cases (9). Naled may cause dermatitis (skin rashes) and skin sensitization (allergies) (2, 6). It is corrosive to the skin and eyes and may cause permanent damage (3). An aerial applicator developed contact dermatitis after using Dibrom. The exposed area became red and felt burned. Later, water filled blisters formed. They became itchy and dry, then flaked off (ACGIH TLVS 4th Ed. & Supplement. 1980). The amount of a chemical that is lethal to one-half (50%) of experimental animals fed the material is referred to as its acute oral lethal dose fifty, or LD50. The oral LD50 for naled in rats is 50 to 281 mg/kg, in mice is 330 to 375 mg/kg, and in chickens is 281 mg/kg (2, 3). Rats have tolerated a dosage of 28 mg/kg/day for 9 weeks with no visible signs of poisoning and with only moderate inhibition of cholinesterase (2). The dermal LD50 for naled in rabbits is 1,100 mg/kg, and in rats is 800 mg/kg (2, 3). The lethal concentration fifty, or LC50, is that concentration of a chemical in air or water that kills half of the experimental animals exposed to it for a set time period. The inhalation LC50 for naled in rats is 7.7 mg/kg, and 156 mg/kg in mice (9). CHRONIC TOXICITY Repeated or prolonged exposure to organophosphates may result in the same effects as acute exposure including the delayed symptoms. Other effects reported in workers repeatedly exposed include impaired memory and concentration, disorientation, severe depressions, irritability, confusion, headache, speech difficulties, delayed reaction times, nightmares, sleepwalking and drowsiness or insomnia. An influenza-like condition with headache, nausea, weakness, loss of appetite, and malaise has also been reported (9). Reproductive Effects Once in the bloodstream, naled may cross the placenta (9). Teratogenic Effects No information found. Mutagenic Effects Naled is mutagenic to bacteria (Chem. Biol. Interact. 43 (3):361-370. 1983; NIOSH RTECS Online File # 84/8309). Carcinogenic Effects No information found. Organ Toxicity Naled primarily affects the nervous system through cholinesterase inhibition, by which there is a deactivation of cholinesterase, an enzyme required for proper nerve functioning. Lab studies have shown liver damage in rats. Fate in Humans and Animals Naled is readily absorbed into the bloodstream through all normal routes of exposure: skin, lungs and gut. Metabolism is in the liver. Accumulation may occur in the bones (of rats). No accumulation effects have been reported in man. Excretion is through the urine (Menzie. Metab. Pesticides. 1969). ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS Effects on Birds Naled is highly to moderately toxic to birds. The LD50 for naled in ducks is 52 mg/kg (NIOSH RTECS Online File # 84/8309), 65 mg/kg in grouse and 37 mg/kg in Canadian geese (4). Effects on Aquatic Organisms Naled is toxic to most types of aquatic life (8). Some species are especially sensitive to naled (fathead minnow, bluegill, and mosquito fish) (Hndbk Acute Tox. Chem. Fish and Aquatic Inverts. 1980). Agricultural application of 560 g/HA of naled did not kill mosquito fish or tadpoles in irrigation ditches. The 24-hour LC50 for naled in goldfish is 2 to 4 mg/l (3). Effects on Other Animals (Nontarget species) Naled is highly toxic to bees (3). Mule deer are more resistant than most wildlife species. The LD50 for naled in mule deer is 200 mg/kg (4).

Chris Darsow
12 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Berkeley Heights Board of Education

Berkeley Heights residents, do your part in keeping our waters plastic-free

Hi, I am Allen Du, working with Harsh Tiwary. Both of us live in a town in New Jersey called Berkeley Heights. We are working on a serious problem that affects us, our town, our state, and our only world. PROBLEM: Berkeley Heights has the highest concentration of plastics in New Jersey. Where is this pollution coming from, why is it coming in the first place, and what can we do to stop the pollution? "WHY SHOULD I CARE?" You should care because the Passaic River is a public water source. The plastic that leaches into this river is broken down into smaller pieces, which eventually are so small they find their way through water filters (like microbeads do) and enter your tap water. Plastics themselves are made out of a material you wouldn't want inside you, petroleum (oil), but, even worse, when plastics are in water they soak up the other toxic chemicals in the water, like flame retardants and pesticides. No one wants to live in a town with polluted water. CAUSE: We are eighth-grade students, and our school system uses foam trays for lunch. After these trays are thrown away, they are put into local landfills near the Passaic River, a river that spans seven counties in New Jersey. The plastics (foam trays) from these landfills leach out into the Passaic River, where they concentrate in Berkeley Heights.  SOLUTION: We will replace the Styrofoam (polystyrene) in our school system with fully recyclable (polypropylene) trays. Polypropylene is recyclable in Berkeley Heights (plastic code #5; usually you see "PP" on polypropylene products). Because this material is similar in price with Styrofoam trays, it should have little to no financial burden on our school system. PARTING SHOTS: Do you regularly use lead products in your home? You probably don't because lead is toxic, right? Now, plastics are the new “lead”—everybody uses them, they are toxic, and we are only now beginning to understand why. As a result, there has been little to no studying done on plastics compared to other pollutants. We need to act now before we have to spend more money on cleanups. We have the ability to solve this problem before it turns snowballs out of control.

Allen Du
6 supporters