Petition to David Ige
Extend & Improve the Eviction Moratorium
The eviction moratorium is set to expire on August 6, 2021! Use this petition to take action and urge Governor Ige to extend and improve the eviction moratorium. Hawai'i families need relief now -- not after the economy recovers, not after the pandemic is over, and certainly not after it's too late to turn back. When you sign this petition you are reminding Governor Ige that thousands of Hawai'i families were already struggling with high housing costs pre-pandemic. In addition to extending the eviction moratorium, because many landlords are not accepting relief, families should be paid rent relief directly, and taxes will recoup the money from those who do not need it. COVID numbers are also spiking again and are higher now than they were at the same time last year. Results from an August 2020 University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) survey suggested that 11,157 households statewide were behind on rent. The National Equity Atlas suggests that number is closer to 16,000 now. Millions of dollars are at the disposal of those in "power" -- the economic recovery of Hawai'i goes hand-in-hand with the ability of its people to recover. A total of $366 million in federal funding was provided to Hawai'i specifically for Emergency Rental Assistance. We should not have to beg for help to keep a roof over our heads.
Petition to Governor Kathy Hochul
Stop Governor Kathy Hochul’s Urbanization Plan!
We stopped the Governor’s plan for now…Thanks to the united efforts of Supervisor Don Clavin and the entire Hempstead Town Board in leading the opposition, Governor Hochul’s plan to end single-family zoning on Long Island was withdrawn…for now. Over the last few weeks, Supervisor Clavin and the Town Board assembled a coalition of local leaders and residents across Nassau County to battle the measure – which would have mandated that localities, including the Town of Hempstead, permit Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs/apartments) on the properties of homes that are currently zoned for single-family use, including the construction of additional structures. The Town’s petition against the action garnered more than 13,000 signatures alone, and was crucial to the effort. Our efforts were successful and the Governor was forced to nix the controversial plan – which had been buried in her over 5,000 page state budget proposal – in the face of overwhelming opposition from Long Island’s suburban communities. But, the fight is not over yet! Hochul: ADU idea is not DOA!The Governor maintains that this provision is not DOA (dead on arrival) – and she has vowed to continue pushing for urbanization initiatives on Long Island. Continue to fight to “Save Our Suburbs!”Our elected officials and residents MUST remain vigilant to protect our homes, our families and our suburban quality of life. Continue to stand with Supervisor Don Clavin and the Town Board and remind Governor Hochul that we continue to opposed her original plan and any future plans to urbanize the suburbs. Join the town’s email list to assure you receive the latest updates and information. Click here to sign up. Please share this information with your family and friends so we can continue to keep our community the great place to live! Remind them to add their support to our petition!
Petition to Henry T. Yang
UCSB Should Reject The Proposed 'Munger Residence Hall'
The University of California at Santa Barbara is moving forward with a proposed construction for a new residence hall, designed by Charles Munger, a 97-year-old billionaire turned amateur architect, who is contributing $200 million to the project on the condition that his design be followed exactly. The proposed building is an architectural nightmare, entirely out of touch with Isla Vista and the needs of students, and the administration is moving forwards with the project, ignoring all criticism. According to the Santa Barbara Independent, the new hall will be "an 11-story, 1.68-million-square-foot structure that would house up to 4,500 students, 94 percent of whom would not have windows in their small, single-occupancy bedrooms,". Furthermore, "[the new residence hall] would qualify as the eighth densest neighborhood on the planet, falling just short of Dhaka, Bangladesh. It would be able to house Princeton University’s entire undergraduate population, or all five Claremont Colleges,". The building would stand 159 feet tall - for comparison, Storke Tower is 175 feet tall. Anyone who has attended a university and lived in on campus housing knows that cold, flu, and now coronavirus spread like wildfire in confined, dense spaces. Social distancing would be virtually impossible, and students with coronavirus would be expected to isolate in tiny, windowless rooms. The building will also be designed with very little focus on its location. UCSB's fantastic location means that an 11-story building could have fantastic views, at least alleviating one of the many problems with the structure. However, the proposed hall will be mostly inwards-facing, including the 11th-story rooftop courtyard. According to a Q&A posted by UCSB on 11/4, the building will have 15 entrances and exits. For comparison, the currently largest, soon to be second-largest single dormitory in the world, Bancroft Hall on the US Naval Academy campus, has more than 25 entrances and exits for a population of 4,000 students. I am not an architecture major, but it does not take an architecture major to recognize the glaring problems with this structure, and the administration's refusal to recognize the criticism they have received from architects and, today (10/29), the national news, is very disappointing. Finally, there is a breadth of research on the mental health impacts of living in windowless spaces, or spaces with poor natural lighting. Munger has suggested that this solution be solved with screens, that are artificial windows, akin to those on cruise ships. Why this is necessary, when this building will be located on California's gorgeous coastline, is beyond me. Currently, UCSB has a housing crisis, and this must be addressed. However, warehousing students in one windowless superstructure designed by an amateur architect is not the solution. This petition was created to allow students, alumni, community members, and concerned citizens a platform to voice their opposition to this building. Resources and Further Reading: A petition started by UCSB Architecture faculty! https://www.change.org/p/ucsb-chancellor-henry-yang-halt-the-construction-of-munger-hall-at-ucsb The Santa Barbara Independent article, if anyone is interested in reading the full text: https://www.independent.com/2021/10/28/architect-resigns-in-protest-over-ucsb-mega-dorm/ An article from Slate on the subject, written by a UCSB graduate student: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2021/11/ucsb-munger-hall-windowless-dorm-privatization-public-space.html An Op-ed by the architect who resigned in protest, written in the LA Times (paywalled, disable your adblocker): https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-11-01/ucsb-megadorm-santa-barbara-charles-munger-design A writeup on the San Joaquin Villages, a UCSB housing project featured in architectural magazines: https://www.archdaily.com/917952/san-joaquin-villages-at-the-university-of-california-som-plus-loha-plus-kda-plus-kierantimberlake An op-ed from the Independent on Brutalism, Le Corbusier, and the inspiration for Munger Hall: https://www.independent.com/2021/11/04/student-housing-and-the-brutalist-style/
Petition to neighbors in the Fruitvale neighborhood and supporters in Oakland
Tiny House Village on 36th and Foothill in Oakland
Homeless residents in the Fruitvale district are applying to use the city-owned vacant lots on 36th and Foothill to build a tiny house village. Your support will help us get the project approved with the city council. Please reach out to your councilperson and express your support for this project as well! Join the Landless People's Alliance and the Bay Area Community Land Trust in supporting this project to provide housing now for our landless neighbors.
Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, MPP Bob Bailey, Minister Ross Romano, MPP Stephen Blais, MPP Terence Kernaghan
End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontarians a choice!
Why has Doug Ford changed his tune since he became premier? Why has he not ended Tarion's monopoly? Could it be that he is now more interested in catering to builders/developers than protecting Ontario's consumers? Tarion has been studied for decades - the problems are well known. Consumers and the media have reported serious problems with Tarion for decades. Justice Cunningham, who was hired by the Ontario Government in 2015 to conduct an independent review of Tarion, ultimately concluded in 2016 that Tarion basically needs to be dismantled. Justice Cunningham laid out a comprehensive plan forward, with 37 recommendations, including ending Tarion's monopoly: "...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..." (Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). In October 2019 the Auditor General of Canada issued a scathing report following a special audit of Tarion. Despite the ON PCs committing to end the monopoly before the June 2018 election, unfortunately, then-Minister Thompson announced in 2019 that they were not willing to end Tarion's monopoly after all. She said that this decision was based on "extensive consultations" by her ministry in 2019. We asked Minister Thompson for information about those consultations numerous times, but she did not respond. So, CPBH processed Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, and learned that there were no "extensive" consultations - but the Ford Government did allow some people to provide input. Indeed, we learned via FOI that the vast majority of those who did provide input said to end the monopoly. But the Ford Government covered that up and dug in their heels - continuing with the monopoly. Each month the Ford government is FORCING approximately 5,000 families who purchase newly built homes to also purchase a warranty from the monopoly Tarion - a mandatory warranty that many agree is little to no good. What happened to Ford's slogan "for the people"? It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta and BC and offer a CHOICE of approved warranty providers! There is no perfect system, but it remains clear that the multi-warranty provider warranty option is the best model. Sign this petition to ask Premier Ford 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!
Petition to City of Eastvale, City of Eastvale City Council, City of Eastvale Planning Commission
Sumner Place Apartments by Stratham Homes: NOT a Good Fit
The proposed project: Stratham Homes is proposing to build 216 High-Density apartments and townhomes in the center of town, at the corner of SUMNER & SCHLEISMAN ROAD. The structures would be 2 & 3 stories in height, and the project would also include a 5,000 sq. ft. retail/restaurant complex on the property. All in the middle of quiet residential neighborhoods consisting of hundreds of single-family homes. Why Sumner Place is NOT a good fit for this location: There are countless reasons why Sumner Place Eastvale is NOT the right development for the specified area. We invite you to look into all the specifics and data of the project in the "Initial Study" attached for the negative impacts of this project; not just the beautiful renderings displayed by the builder. The location encompasses one of the most congested intersections in the city along with high rates of accidents. There are 3 CNUSD Schools less than 1/2 mile from the proposed site; thus, posing a risk to our children as they walk or ride bikes to school. High-density developments rarely have a realistic amount of adequate parking for tenants; thus, resulting in overflow cars in the adjacent neighborhoods. Some of the negative impacts of high-density housing in the middle of single-family homes: Increased traffic concentrated in a small area, potentially higher rates of collissions, parking violation occurrences, adverse effects on public safety, and impacts on school capacity. It has very few, if any, long-term benefits. What you can do: * SIGN this petition and SHARE with other friends, family, neighbors in Eastvale * EMAIL ALL members of the Eastvale PLANNING COMMISSION & CITY COUNCIL (see email links below) * VISIT https://informedeastvale.com/get-involved * Attend the Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, June 16th at 6 pm, in person at City Hall City Council & Planning Commission Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org Ahove@eastvaleca.gov, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org For a copy of the INITIAL STUDY / MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION, please click on the link https://www.eastvaleca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/15240/637545041192630000
Retract Rent Increase in Claypond Commons Apartments
Whether you have been a resident here for 5+ years or just moved in 6 months ago, this rent increase Claypond Commons has announced is going to impact us all. Many of us work hard to pay our rent on time and keep our areas in good clean conditions. We have transformed our bare apartments into our own unique living spaces where we have raised children or cultivated friendships with neighbors. Our lives are built around our homes and now we are being forced to re-evaluate everything. Can I afford this new rent price? Is it worth it to stay? If I do decide to leave will I find a place in time that is fairly priced and in good condition? So many hard life changing questions that we all will have to answer. I am starting this petition because we deserve the basic necessity of reasonably priced housing. In fact, it is our right by law. In the South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated, Title 27 - Property and Conveyances, Chapter 40, Residential Landlord and Tenant Act Article 9, it states "(e) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) a landlord who rents more than four adjoining dwelling units on the premises may increase rent without there being a presumption of retaliation, provided that the increase applies uniformly to all tenants, or so long as the rent does not exceed the fair-market value.". After reading that I went to RentData.org and looked at what the fair market value is for a two bedroom apartment in our zip code, 29579. I found that the FMV is $1,062. The increase that Claypond Commons is suggesting is $695 above the FMV of this area. Which means, it is unlawful for them to increase our rent in this capacity. Please stand with me by signing this petition to negotiate a reasonable and fair rent price for our community here at Claypond Commons. Thank you for your support!
Petition to Detroit City Council
Detroiters Need Protection From Eviction- Pass A Right To Counsel Ordinance Now
Detroiters Facing Eviction Deserve A Right To Legal Representation Detroit City Council must act with urgency to pass a Right to Counsel ordinance to protect Detroiters facing eviction! The U. S. Supreme Court has struck down the CDC eviction moratorium. The time has passed for temporary solutions. We must treat housing as a human right, and a right to counsel ordinance is the long-term solution we need. Detroit has a steadily growing eviction crisis that displaces elders and families, increases poverty, disrupts education, exacerbates mental health issues, and causes a vicious cycle of blight and poor housing conditions. The people of Detroit need a long term, systemic solution. When people have legal representation they are more likely to stay in their home. For instance, in San Francisco eviction filings decreased by 10% between 2018 and 2019 67%of those with a lawyer stayed in their homes. In New York City, 86% of tenants who received right to counsel representation stayed in their homes! Cities throughout the U.S. that have implemented a right to counsel for people facing evictions have successfully and substantially reduced evictions. We know that a right to legal counsel provides due process and access to justice for our most vulnerable community members. We must invest in and protect all Detroiters.