housing and homelessness

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Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Michael LoGrande (Director, L.A. City Planning), Mike Bonin, Eric Garcetti, VNC Board, LUPC , Tricia Keane, Kevin Jones


We the undersigned call for the following:  - an immediate moratorium on the  'McMansionization' of VENICE - an immediate moratorium on Small Lot Subdivisions (SLS) in VENICE - a denial of all Small Lot Subdivisions currently pending for VENICE - no building permits to be issued for Small Lot Subdivisions prior to recordation of final map In VENICE - FULL public notification and participation, as set forth by Federal, State, and Local Law, in any and all proposed developments in VENICE. Additionally, we the undersigned call for full enforcement of  the California Coastal Act, the Mello Act, and the Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan, because the cumulative effect of recent development in VENICE is diminishing the quality of life for it’s residents, and negating the purpose of said protections put in place to preserve the Coastal Zone. Here are 3 consistent and repeated ways that the City is ignoring and violating Venice Coastal Zone Specific Plan (VCZSP):1. City Planning is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance (SLSO) to trump the Specific Plan, although the law says that specific plans always trump ordinances. The City is interpreting the Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance to allow more units on lots than the Specific Plan allows, and is not requiring any guest parking at all, and is allowing tandem parking that people often don't use, rather than side-by-side parking.2. Allowing buildings to be constructed to the maximum possible size even when the proposed building is totally out of scale with the neighborhood i.e. three story buildings that block all of the neighbors' sunlight in a one-story or two-story neighborhood. The Specific Plan requires an evaluation of the compatibility of the mass and scale of the proposed building with the other buildings in the neighborhood. The Planning Department does not do this, and they have set up a process where there is no appeal. If the Planning Department continues to get away with this, soon Venice will be all 3-story compounds with very little sun or air between the buildings. 3. The Planning Department is issuing illegal DIRs that blatantly violate the Specific Plan. Then the City says that there's no appeal because the 14-day deadline has passed. The community has no real notice and no opportunity to respond. The City refuses to email citizens a .pdf of the DIRs as they are issued, they only send a mailed copy.Whereas per The CA Coastal Act. Section 30116 Sensitive Coastal Resource Areas – Venice has the following characteristics:b.  areas possessing significant recreational value.c. Special communities or neighborhoods which are significant visitor designation areas.Areas that provide existing coastal housing or recreational opportunities for low- and moderate income-persons.The public has a right to fully participate in decisions affecting coastal planning, conservation and development.From Section 30250 Location; existing developed area:“In addition, land divisions, other than leases for agricultural uses, outside existing developed areas shall be permitted only where 50 percent of the usable parcels in the area have been developed and the created parcels would be no smaller than the average size of surrounding parcels.”Section 30251 Scenic and visual qualities:“Permitted development shall be sited and designed to protect views to and along the ocean and scenic coastal areas. Section 30252 (e) and enhancement of public access:Where appropriate, protect special communities and neighborhoods that, because of their unique characteristics, are popular visitor destination points for recreational uses.”

872 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Gus Bilirakis, Kathy Castor, Alcee Hastings, Frederica Wilson, Rick Scott, Darryl Rouson, Sean Shaw

Help End Housing Development Racism

A 32 square mile area of Hillsborough County Florida has designed a “Community Plan” aimed at keeping middle class, minorities, workforce and low income families out. This plan was orchestrated over 15 years ago to attempt to keep life rural for locals, but it has failed and changed into a racist dictatorship, fully endorsed and defended by local officials. Gone are the pristine orange groves and cow pastures that used to dominate this area. It’s no longer rural, yet the local Keystone Civic Association, under the leadership of one Tom Aderhold, says you can’t build there unless you own 5 acres or more! This man and his entire board of directors (who live in what they call Keystone) don’t even live on 5 acres themselves. The Keystone/Odessa Community Plan dictates no public water lines or public sewer lines to run in this area to discourage density. What has resulted is a racist enclave as property values rise and the only availability is to multimillionaires to build mansions. Every development for anything less than 1 house per 5 acres is fought by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership and then whatever the Keystone Civic Association wants is endorsed by local county officials. The Executive Director of Hillsborough County’s Planning Commission, Melissa Zornitta, works closely with the Keystone Civic Association’s handful of outspoken leadership to ensure all proactive, positive changes coming before the County are flatly denied. Ms. Zornitta served on the Planning Commission with Tom Aderhold’s wife, Barbara Dowling Aderhold for many years before becoming Executive Director. This husband and wife team are fixtures at the County Center, constantly putting pressure to deny anyone in the Keystone/Odessa area the right to the privileges everyone else in Hillsborough County may enjoy. They also take great pride in their “Sovereign Defense” of this area to EXCLUDE minorities!• The roads in Keystone/Odessa are a main thoroughfare for neighboring county residents commuting to work in Tampa, yet these roads are single lane, substandard, in dire need of resurfacing, country roads. They are clogged everyday with bumper to bumper traffic from ignorant planning and there is no way to improve this safely within the “Community Plan”. Any suggestions at improving roads or building sidewalks are met with ire and adversity by the Keystone Civic Association’s leadership. • There is no fire hydrant in Keystone/Odessa…hence no fire station either! If a fire occurs, there is only one pump truck in the closest community of Lutz, Florida and they are not able to pump water from any lakes as it clogs the pumps. So, we get to watch our homes burn to the ground due to no fire hydrants. • No public water or sewer is allowed in Keystone/Odessa. Even though these public utilities border the boundaries of this community and can easily accommodate hookups, the Keystone Civic Association and Hillsborough County refuse to allow residents to hook into these lines because “it will set a dangerous precedent for higher density”. • Keystone/Odessa is an environmentally sensitive area filled with beautiful lakes, creeks and wetlands. With the current number of septic systems (most of which are very old), public water and sewer is an inevitability to maintain clean lakes, creeks, wetlands and drinking water.• There is no diversity on the board of the Keystone Civic Association. This community of racist white supremacists openly refer to one of the community’s sacred lakes as “Nigger Lake”. Only because one of the founding fathers of Keystone was a prominent African American (Charles Walker) who owned a large portion of that lake.• The Keystone Civic Association has morphed into a hostile dictatorship run by the same man and his wife for 13 years, Tom Aderhold, President and Barbara Dowling Aderhold, Secretary. Its membership is top secret, but estimated at around 200 with roughly 10% active members. They have built a substantial “legal defense fund” with various local fundraisers cloaked under the ruse of a way for them to help members of the community. That has never occurred. Former board members have left the association extremely disgruntled and dismayed by the situation the Keystone Civic Association has created in their hometown. Membership has dwindled as well. All that is left are the few who are handpicked by the Aderholds to agree with whatever they want and not fight for the betterment of the community. There is zero transparency within this nonprofit organization and no accounting for public funds and grants bestowed upon them since the reign of the Aderholds began. Any member who dares to ask a question is bullied into submission and or threatened with legal action. Racist, ageist, homophobic and slurs of against the mentally challenged are the norm at general membership meetings and veiled within printed newsletters in various forms. These newsletters are written, edited, published and distributed by the Aderholds. Recent attempts at changing the Community Plan to better Keystone/Odessa were halted by the publishing of complete lies and propaganda in Keystone Civic Association’s newsletter.  

Michelle Williams
702 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to the City of New Haven, Yale University

Housing Not Jails

Whoever wins the upcoming New Haven mayoral election must respond publicly to these DEMANDS by December 1st, 2017. I. Decriminalize homelessness—immediately. Place a moratorium on the enforcement of all ordinances that criminalize people because of their homeless status, including laws that prohibit loitering, panhandling, sleeping in public spaces, and erecting shelter. Cancel all court debt, fines, fees, and court-ordered community service labor for every homeless individual living in New Haven. Institute mandatory training for all NHPD officers on the Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights. Police must respect homeless people’s right to congregate, associate, and travel in public spaces. Police officers must stop stealing and destroying property belonging to homeless people.  The city must stop destroying homeless encampment II.  Provide quality housing and social services for every homeless person living in New Haven by January 1st, 2018. The city of New Haven must create a council of homeless and formerly homeless people to oversee the implementation of housing and service programs. The unsanitary, over-crowded Grand Avenue shelter should be destroyed and replaced with humane shelters that safely accommodate couples, families, women, and gender non-conforming and transgender people. The city must convert enough vacant buildings into livable homes in order to house every chronically homeless individual in the city. This conversion process must be overseen by the aforementioned council. The city must increase the provision of high-quality harm reduction services including mental health and employment counseling for all homeless people, overseen by the aforementioned council. III. Yale University, the largest property owner in New Haven with a $25.4 billion endowment, must begin paying taxes.

Connecticut Bail Fund
309 supporters