Petition to Andrew Cuomo
Dogs and Cats have a right to homes
Homeless Dogs and Cats in shelters need homes. Apartment complexes , landlords that ban Dogs and Cats increase the number of homeless Cats and Dogs, Responsible people should have a choice. Pet ownership enriches life. Co Op and Condo boards denied so many. I can't buy a home this is not fair. I work hard it seems no complexes are Pet Friendly. Is it too much to ask to have a dog. Dogs and Cats deserve homes. I just want my American Dream. This will decrease animal homelessness and give so much joy to lives of people. Don't ban Dogs or Cats from homes , Co-op's Condos , homes. Not fair. No Ban should be put on owners.
Petition to The City Council and Planning Commission of Foster City
We oppose any additional high-density residential units until all previously approved construction projects are completed and we can evaluate their impact on Foster City's overcrowded schools, traffic congestion, and limited potable water resources.
Adverse Effects of High-Density Housing on Foster City: 1. Schools: Adds to our already overcrowded schools. 2. Traffic: Increases traffic congestion and safety concerns. 3. Water: Exacerbates our potable water shortage. 4. Quality of Life: Diminishes the charm that makes Foster City the envy of the Bay Area.
Petition to firstname.lastname@example.org , Michael Davidson, Joanna Trotter
Say GRACE for South Deering!
Grace Housing Complex (Grace) and The Social Alchemy Collective (SAC) are proud to be working together on the Say GRACE initiative to revitalize the South Deering Community of Chicago. The "GRACE" of SAY GRACE means Greet, Relationships, Assistance, Communication, & Evaluation, and it is a model through which we will provide programming and activities which focus on housing, education, and health. We will also begin planning activities around workforce development and the creation of a social enterprise - a community-owned brewery which will create jobs and revenue to further South Deering's revitalization. Grace and the SAC recently submitted a request for funding to the Chicago Community Trust (CCT) to support these efforts. While the CCT has a fair and open grant awarding process, it is important for CCT leadership to know that the people of South Deering are in support of these efforts and are being organized to take an active role. It is also important for CCT leadership to realize the impact that this grant will have in South Deering ... an impact which will advance prior and and forthcoming planning efforts in the area. Please consider signing this petition to inform CCT of your support of Grace's work! WHY SOUTH DEERING? South Deering is a neighborhood which is 31.3% below the National and City poverty line and is in need of philanthropic investment. As a result of impoverished conditions and subsequent lack of investment, South Deering has been plagued with gangs, high crime rates, struggling schools, and below national average consumer spending for several decades. Moreover, South Deering has limited restaurants, stores, affordable housing and community resource centers, and opportunities for gainful employment. Thus, Grace has been working with the SAC over the past year to develop strategies to address these challenges within the context of its mission and focus. The Say Grace initiative is one outcome of these efforts. THE SAY GRACE INITIATIVE Say GRACE is an initiative in which Grace, the SAC, and partnering organizations work with residents of Trumball Park Homes and the South Deering Community to address issues of financial stress, trauma, education, health, self-mastery, and community change. This work will be encompassed through a community organization model developed by the SAC in which principles of popular education are used to teach mindfulness and mind/body practices as a means to improve mastery motivation, social action, and community organizing around education and health outcomes. Say GRACE adapts three "keys" of mastery (self-care, self-help, and self-sufficiency) to facilitate objectives. These keys are explored thorough workshops and activities addressing education and health-related concerns. Concepts are further reinforced through engagement with a graphic novel and related personal development curriculum (The Magic of Mastery) developed by the SAC. SAY GRACE GOALS Say GRACE connects permanent public housing residents to activities which enhance health and education outcomes through the pursuit of four goals: Alleviate physical and trauma symptoms through short- and long-term mindfulness-based interventions. Address the link between disruptive parenting and poor child/youth academic performance. Develop a cadre of residents (adults, youth, and children) who become leaders within the community and take a leading role in devising community change solutions. Engage the community through organizing around the pursuit of solutions to education, health, and workforce readiness concerns. OUR PLAN General Community Sessions. Conduct drop-in workshops and activities (once-twice per week) to provide services and training on self-care, self-help, and self-sufficiency. These sessions will evolve into panel discussions, organizing meetings, and planning sessions as the project progresses. Focused Cohort Work. Address parental responsiveness, mastery, and academic performance for three cohorts through 8 weeks workshops and activities (meeting twice per week), with Weeks 1-3 focusing on Self-Care, Weeks 4-6 focusing on Self-Help, and Weeks 7-8 focusing on Self-Sufficiency. Dates include Cohort 1: 10/1/17 – 11/17/17; Cohort 2: 1/1/18 – 2/23/18; and Cohort 3: 4/1/18 -5/25/18. Leadership Cultivation. Develop a cadre of residents (adults, youth, and children) to become community leaders. Leaders will pursue activities around community planning, teaching other residents in a “train the trainer” model, conducting organizing and outreach around education and health needs, etc. Summer 2018 Planning & Activities. Grace will convene a planning committee of community residents and other stakeholders to plan Summer 2018 events around peace, safety, health/wellness, education, & workforce readiness, with planning conducted 6/1/18 – 6/30/18. Grace will also conduct programming around mindfulness, education, safety, and arts (7/1/18 – 8/15/18). Finally, Grace will also lead additional community planning efforts and host a community celebration (8/18). ABOUT GRACE Grace is an economic and community development organization with a mission to provide low income residents with affordable housing, informational services, and other development opportunities. Grace was founded in 2013 by Cynthia Dailey, a community activist and mother of Grace CEO/President Justin Dailey. Cynthia came from humble beginnings being raised in the Robert Taylor Housing Projects. Her struggle and experience led to the development of Grace … an organization focused on helping low income residents (particularly mothers) of the far southeast side take control over their lives through the provision of services which advance affordable housing, civic service, employment, health, education, and othercommunity initiatives. More info: https://www.gracehousingcomplex.org/ ABOUT THE SAC The Social Alchemy Collective is a nonprofit think tank and action team comprised of social alchemists who not only represent various sectors, interests, professions, ideologies, and aspirations, but who are also committed to using the nonprofit movement to facilitate social change and the holistic development of humanity. Through the process of our work, we hope to start a movement which contributes to a revolution of society, relationships, thoughts, and existence. More info: http://socialalchemycollective.org
Petition to San Diego City Council and Mayor's Office
Implement Rent Control in San Diego
It is time for San Diego to implement rent control to protect its residents’ quality of life. Renters are experiencing substantial rent hikes that are not consistent with salary increases, and hard-working San Diegans face the stressful situation every year of being forced from their home if they don’t pay exploitative rent increases. When searching the rental market for a new place to live, people have some ability to compare options and even possibly negotiate with some success. However, when they are already living in a rental unit and it is up for lease renewal, the landlord clearly has the upper hand. Not only does the apartment management company have easier access to sometimes proprietary information about the market, but also they can substantially raise the rent because they know the cost and hassle of moving for the tenant can be substantial. Moving is time consuming, from the housing search, to packing, to hiring movers, and to settling into a new home and sometimes new schools. In addition, the financial cost of moving can be quite high, it creates an unstable home life, and it can take an emotional toll from being uprooted from one’s own home just because the landlord thinks they can fill it with another renter willing to pay more. This system creates a lose-lose situation for renters – pay whatever the landlord asks or endure the hardship of a move. Moreover, the current system discourages renters from making valid complaints for fear of reprisals at lease renewal time in the form of a higher rent hike. This is not a system that ensures a good quality of life for renters. Either they must give in to exploitative rent hikes that steal an increasing amount of their income or they must suffer from instability, lost productivity, and stress from moving frequently. Housing is central to quality of life, and the system is currently favoring landlords over tenants. The rental market is also reducing the standard of living for San Diego residents. Over 50% of San Diego households rent housing and they spend 44% of their income on it (compared to 30% for the country). Rents have increased 25% over the past decade and are expected to increase by 19% in just the next 5 years. In 2014, rents in San Diego increased 5-6%, the highest rent growth in more than a decade, and 2015 has experienced 9% increases. Meanwhile, household income is rising only less than 1% a year and has even decreased a total of 6% since 2009. With some of the most expensive housing in the country (San Diego was recently labeled the least affordable city in America by Realtor.com), buying a home is out of reach for most San Diegans, and renting is the only realistic option. While San Diegans are hurting, large corporations that own the apartments are winning big. For example, Essex Property Trust that owns and manages 13 complexes in San Diego saw an annual increase in profit of 7.4% at its properties in 2013, a total profit increase of 14% in 2014 to over $200 million, and its top two executives receiving compensation of $3.4 million a year (a 136% increase over the past 4 years). Similarly, the Irvine Company, which owns and manages 12 complexes in San Diego, has seen recent annual growth of 8.7%, and its Chairman Donald Bren has made $3 billion over the past three years (an increase of 25%), making him the 30th richest American with a net worth of $15.2 billion. Rent control (or “rent stabilization”) is needed to remedy this inequality between landlord and tenant and to protect the majority of San Diego households who are renters. Rent control laws exist in 15 other cities in California, including the three largest cities in the state besides San Diego – Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco. Vacant units can still be subject to pure market forces (“vacancy decontrol”), but it is time to protect the renter from exploitative rent increases for their current apartment homes. The San Diego County Apartment Association has used its deep pockets and team of lobbyists to effectively represent the interests of landlords to our local government, and it is time for us, the people of San Diego, to now petition our representatives – the City Council and the Mayor – to pass rent control measures. 10 Facts about Rent Control in California Please fill out our brief survey! Please remain subscribed to Change.org e-mails related to this petition to learn about updates regarding this petition and how we all can ensure that change does indeed happen. Your e-mail and address is not shared with the petition author or recipient. If you would like to contact our growing San Diego Tenants United movement to get more involved, for media inquiries, or anything else, please email email@example.com. Renters should also fill out our survey and like our Facebook page. Please share your stories and comments in the section below! Your full name will only be displayed below if you choose to leave a comment. Check out our other petitions advocating for San Diego renters: Reform the San Diego rental system to better serve renters Make San Diego Apartments Smoke-Free Other actions you can take include: Write a review (e.g., Yelp) about your rental Talk to your neighbors Share this petition! Contact your representative Understand and stand up for your legal rights as a tenant Footnotes* Cover graph: CBRE Econometric Advisors and RealPage, Sept 2014, http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/#comments-module  http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=ACS_13_1YR_B25106&prodType=table http://www.zillow.com/research/q2-2015-rent-mortgage-affordability-10268/  http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/sep/18/rents-housing-supply-downtown-units-forrent/ http://timesofsandiego.com/business/2014/12/31/san-diego-rents-rose-average-55-per-month-2014/http://files.zillowstatic.com/research/public/rental/ZRI.San%20Diego.395056.pdfhttp://rebusinessonline.com/demand-for-apartments-grows-in-san-diego/http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/aug/15/real-estate-housing-corelogic-zillow-midyear/ http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/sep/18/san-diegans-income-still-below-great-recession-lev/ http://www.realtor.com/news/least-affordable-cities/ http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/apr/16/rising-housing-prices-stagnating-wages-are-harming/ http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/2015/01/21/the-eternal-question-for-sd-businesses-should-i-pay-or-should-i-go/ http://markets.on.nytimes.com/research/stocks/fundamentals/financials.asp?type=is&symbol=ESS http://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=20594349&ticker=ESS http://biz.yahoo.com/ic/40/40241.html http://www.ocregister.com/articles/bren-645922-county-irvine.html http://www.forbes.com/profile/donald-bren/?list=rtb http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/appendix2.shtmlhttp://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Rent_Stabilization_Board/Home/Other_Rent_Control_Jurisdictions.aspx
Petition to Tower Hamlets Development Committee
STOP SAINSBURY'S, SAVE WHITECHAPEL
What’s the story? Sainsbury’s have submitted plans to Tower Hamlets Council for an over-sized development of their megastore in Whitechapel, east London. Whitechapel is a diverse and ever changing area, which makes its character all the richer. However the proposals, based primarily on cashing in on high value apartments, causes irreversible harm to the surrounding community and environment. 1. Disproportionate Scale The development is radically out of context with the surrounding low-rise Whitechapel area. The proposed 28 storey tower (101m) would be the tallest building in the 3 mile stretch between at Aldgate and Canary Wharf. Even the eight ‘smaller’ blocks of up to 15 storeys (59m) would introduce a density beyond Council guidelines. The enormous tower will block daylight to hundreds of homes and businesses, and overlook countless more. 2. Damage to Local Heritage The scheme will overwhelm the historic setting of the Whitechapel Market and Stepney Green Conservation Areas and their 52 listed buildings. The tower also intrudes significantly on the Grade 1 listed Trinity Green Almshouses, sited just 100m to the east of the site. The current proposals demonstrate little evidence of how this remarkable context has influenced the design, which Historic England has described as “substantially harmful”. 3. Lack of Affordable Housing Of the proposed 559 residential apartments only 89 apartments (16%) are to be ‘affordable’, falling far short of the Council’s targets of 35-50% to align with the London Plan. A tiny 6% are family dwellings, making the mix wholly inappropriate for this part of Whitechapel, and doing little to address the wider London housing crisis. What can I do? Please support this campaign by signing this petition - it takes just a few seconds, and please spread the word! Opposition has been raised by Historic England, the Georgian Group, SPAB, the Victorian Society and the East End Preservation Society but we need much more support to ensure the development is rejected by Tower Hamlets council. You can send your objections to Tower Hamlets Council to firstname.lastname@example.org (ref:PA/15/00837), and join the Friends of Trinity Green at www.friendsoftrinitygreen.co.uk where you can find a template letter objection. STOP SAINSBURYS, SAVE WHITECHAPEL Thank you for your support.
Petition to Jerry Brown, California State House, California State Senate, California Governor, Eric Garcetti
DECLARE A "SHELTER CRISIS" IN LOS ANGELES (CA. GOV. CODE § 8698-8698.2)
California Homeless Crisis Grows As State Is Reluctant To Use Powerful Law (CA. GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 8698-8698.2) Homeless spike in rural California linked to Silicon Valley: "California’s Central Valley is best known for supplying nearly 25% of the country’s food, including 40% of the fruit and nuts consumed each year. Yet today, backcountry places such as Patterson, population 22,000, are experiencing an increase in homelessness that can be traced, in part, to an unlikely sounding source: Silicon Valley. The million-dollar home prices about 85 miles west, in San Francisco and San Jose, have pushed aspiring homeowners to look inland. Patterson’s population has doubled since the 2000 census. Average monthly rents have climbed from about $900 in 2014 to nearly $1,600 in recent months, according to the apartment database Rent Jungle, compounding the hardships of the foreclosure crisis, the shuttering of several local agricultural businesses and surging substance abuse rates." https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/apr/13/california-homelessness-silicon-valley-tech-commuters Shelters across California have only enough beds for a small fraction of homeless people turning away hundreds each night for this reason leaving them to fend for themselves. But one of the state's most powerful tools to assist this vulnerable population is hardly being used. Buried within California's legal codes is a 25-year-old statute that allows counties and municipalities to declare a state of emergency when a "significant number" of homeless people exist in a community, allowing them to convert public facilities into shelters and even to change zoning codes to site shelters in most neighborhoods. Yet since the law was passed in 1987 -- and as the homeless population increased -- few communities have invoked the statute, and when they do, it is almost always just to set up temporary winter shelters. As a result of a lack of political will, neighborhood resistance and budget constraints, this law has rarely been tapped to ease the suffering of the dispossessed." "It is almost unparalleled in its potential," National Coalition for the Homeless executive director Neil Donovan said about the statute. "But it's a challenge [for California] because of the financial crisis that they're in. Other communities use similar statutes far more effectively. I'm thinking of Boston, which opens up its armories when overcrowding happens." The reluctance to take action frustrates advocates for homeless people. "It's a very powerful statute in the sense that once a shelter crisis has been declared -- it could be done on a statewide level by the governor or on a county level -- there are just about no restrictions to housing the homeless anywhere," said civil liberties lawyer Mark Merin. "But there are very few instances where it has been invoked. Any mayor or board of supervisors which has not declared a shelter crisis should be asked - Why not?" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-40635756 http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-lopez-renters-struggle-06042017-story.html
Petition to Michael LoGrande (Director, L.A. City Planning), Mike Bonin, Eric Garcetti, VNC Board, LUPC , Tricia Keane, Kevin Jones
CALLING FOR A MORATORIUM ON MANSIONIZATION & SMALL LOT SUBDIVISIONS IN VENICE, CA
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.”
Petition to Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, PC Leader Patrick Brown, Deputy Premier Deborah Matthews, MPP Vic Dhillon, Minister Tracy MacCharles
End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!
Ontario's Premier Kathleen Wynne said the time for monopolies is over (National Post, Apr. 17, 2015). We think she’s absolutely right! Monopolies are notoriously inefficient and ineffective - the prices are too high and the production is too low - and they can "capture" the political and regulatory processes (CBS Money Watch, Sept. 18, 2014). And now Justice Cunningham has recommended ending Tarion's monopoly as a result of his Tarion Review! "...I am recommending the introduction of a competitive multi-provider model for warranty protection. Introducing competition should encourage continuous improvement and innovation. This in turn can lead to better consumer outcomes such as enhancements in warranty protection beyond minimum amounts..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). But the Wynne Government has not yet accepted Justice Cunningham's recommendation to end Tarion's monopoly. Tarion is a private corporation created as a monopoly by the Government of Ontario to provide warranty protection to new home buyers and to regulate builders. The legislation was established in 1976 – 41 years ago – and many agree that it has never worked properly. Numerous media reports show that there are many serious problems resulting from the legislation and how Tarion is administering the legislation - and now Justice Cunningham has agreed! The following summarizes the situation in three other provinces – and then in Ontario: Prov 2015 Housing starts # of Warr Providers Avg # Alberta 37,282 7 5,326 BC 31,446 5 6,289 Manitoba 5,501 5** 1,100 Ontario 70,156 1 70,156 This means that Alberta, BC and Manitoba offer a CHOICE of warranty providers AND, on average, the warranty providers in those provinces have a much more reasonable number of homes to service than Tarion. Sign this petition to ask Premier Wynne to end Tarion’s monopoly and offer a number of warranty providers in Ontario -- like Justice Cunningham recommended -- and like other Canadian provinces are doing. It's time for Ontario to catch up! ------------------------------------- * Statistics Canada **effective 2017