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 Annie Campbell Washington, Abel Guillén, Noel Gallo, Larry Reid, Desley Brooks, Rebecca Kaplan, Dan Kalb
Reject a relocation fee ordinance that includes houses, condos, du-, tri-, and fourplexes
Do you own a HOME, CONDO, OR RENTAL PROPERTY in Oakland? Do you have hopes of renting your home because of life change or circumstances? Do you seek to return to your home in the future? Councilmember Kaplan along with support from Councilmember Kalb and Brooks are currently looking to pass a uniform relocation ordinance that will cover single family homes,condos, and all other properties that range in fees of $6,000-$12,000. There are no requirements for a renter receiving this money- no minimum length of stay or no means testing to identify need. Property owners are at risk of renting out their property should this pass! And this is guaranteed to be just a starting point of negotiation. How does this policy burden help the housing shortage we have in the Bay Area? More owners will take their homes off the market to avoid any problems and costs associated with renting. This short-sighted policy will make the market even tighter. This ordinance is just one of many policies this council has passed in the last 2 years making availability W O R S E and causing rents to rise. This item will be discussed on Monday, December 18th, Oakland City Hall, close to 7pm or later. Read more here: https://oakland.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=3187866&GUID=C8D6E61C-5A5A-4D03-AE69-F081858188BB&Options=ID|Text|&Search=kaplan ATTN ALL SIGNORS OF PETITION!Council scheduled Councilmember Kaplan's version of the uniform relocation ordinance for MONDAY, December 18th. This is a special evening meeting. This item will also be a FIRST reading due to lack of meeting public notice requirements(being published in a newspaper). It is also a non-consent item which means it will be heard after 7pm.BIG UPDATE: This version, if passed, will be retroactive to November 28th, 2017. Your opportunity to have your voice heard has not changed: call, email, sign on to this petition and attend the meeting. The agenda and amendments are now up on legistar. Sign up to speak 12/18 at City Hall on ITEM 16# here: https://solar.oaklandnet.com/Speaker/form Contact ALL council members: Dan Kalb 238-7001 email@example.com Abel Guillen 238-7002 firstname.lastname@example.org Lynette Gibson McElhaney 238-7003 email@example.com Annie Campbell Washington 238-7004 firstname.lastname@example.org Noel Gallo 238-7005 email@example.com Desley Brooks 238-7006 firstname.lastname@example.org Larry Reid 238-7007 email@example.com Rebecca Kaplan 238-7008 firstname.lastname@example.org Say NO to this crazy policy that has major unintended consequences for all residents of Oakland!
Petition to City of San Francisco, Kate Hartley
Stop the demolition of Midtown and return the property to the tenants
Black Homes Matter! Support the tenants of the Midtown Park Apartments, one of San Francisco's largest concentrations of African-American and working-class tenants, who are facing demolition of their homes and removal from their historic community. The Midtown tenants were promised ownership of their homes, and now MOHCD and Mercy Housing took that away. Midtown tenants demand: o London Breed: Stop planned demolition of Midtown by MOHCD & Mercy Housing and honor the tenants' demand for co-operative ownership over their homes. o Mercy Housing: Terminate your contract as property manager of Midtown Park Apartments. In the 1960s and 70s thousands of African American residents were displaced from San Francisco through a city program called "Civic Redevelopment"- the systematic demolition of more than 100 square blocks of Black neighborhoods, homes, churches, and businesses. Redevelopment, also called "Urban Renewal" was meant to clear slum areas, but when writer James Baldwin visited San Francisco in the mid-1960s, he referred to the project as "Negro Removal". The effects of Redevelopment are still felt today: In 1970, San Francisco's Black population was 13.4%. It has since declined to less than 6%. Black homeownership in San Francisco has steadily eroded ever since. Displacement of long-term Black residents is one of the biggest problems facing San Francisco today. The Midtown Park Apartments opened in 1968 as relocation housing for residents who lost their homes during the Redevelopment of the Fillmore-Western Addition. Midtown is the only property owned by the City of San Francisco that is not public housing. Today, Midtown is a close-knit working-class community of long-time Black residents as well as immigrants from all over the world, including fixed-income seniors, disabled veterans, and children. Some tenants have lived at Midtown for over 40 years. Midtown residents have been working for decades towards the co-operative ownership of their homes and even paid off the mortgage for the Midtown property. Despite repeated promises from the City of San Francisco that Midtown residents would be eventual owners of their homes, two days before Christmas Eve in 2013, the City terminated the lease with the tenant's association and without warning awarded it to Mercy Housing, a national Catholic affordable housing nonprofit. Since then, Mercy has raised the rent on many tenants (some up to 300%), implemented restrictive and discriminatory new rules, and has put forth plans to eventually demolish the entire Midtown property. Mercy Housing has also begun a program of harassing tenants - targeting seniors and tenants with low English literacy, cutting locks to enter apartments illegally and other tactics meant to intimidate tenants from fighting back. One senior tenant recovering from medical treatment at the VA Hospital has been unable to return to his home at Midtown for months because Mercy Housing refuses to move him to a ground-floor unit required by his doctors as a condition of discharge. Mercy has stated to him that they will only move him to a suitable unit if he pays market-rate rent despite the fact that he is on a fixed income. The current rent of a market-rate one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is approximately $3500 per month. Since June of 2015, residents at Midtown have been on partial rent strike, refusing to pay their increased rent. But we need your help. We need you to stand with Midtown's tenants and demand that London Breed terminates planned demolition of Midtown by MOHCD and Mercy Housing, and implements concrete steps towards tenant co-operative ownership. Mercy Housing must stop its program of harassment and terminate its contract as the property manager. Please hold District 5 Supervisor accountable to its constituents. Thank you for your support, The tenants at the Midtown Park Apartments
Petition to NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Premier Doug Ford, Minister Todd Smith, MPP Bob Bailey
End Tarion’s new home warranty monopoly NOW: Give Ontario's new home buyers a choice!
Doug Ford wants the market to dictate and so do we! It's time to end Tarion's monopoly! Justice Cunningham, in his Tarion Review, also recommended 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..." (Justice Douglas Cunningham, Tarion Review Final Report, Dec. 16, 2016). 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 – 42 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. It's time for Ontario to catch up to other provinces like Alberta, BC and Manitoba and offer a CHOICE of warranty providers! Sign this petition to ask Premier-Elect 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 Seattle City Council, Mayor Jenny Durkan
Demand Affordability for the Mercer Mega-block!
The City of Seattle has a terrific opportunity to build hundreds of affordable apartments on two full blocks of surplus public land in the heart of South Lake Union. This opportunity for much needed workforce housing has emerged unexpectedly, and we should seize it. (The text of this petition appeared in the Opinion section of Crosscut on July 17, 2018) Olympia recently passed House Bill 2382, allowing local governments to transfer surplus property for affordable housing. The high cost of land has been a barrier to affordable housing in our city. This new law removes that barrier, allowing the city to transfer surplus land for free, or below market price, specifically for the development of affordable housing. This month, however, Mayor Jenny Durkan intends to sell the city’s surplus Mercer Mega-block – nearly 3 acres of public land at the corner of Mercer Street and Dexter Avenue N. – to a private developer. Our housing crisis is worsening. There is simply not enough housing affordable to folks who work here and want to stay here, and city leaders are struggling to find actionable solutions. A two-block parcel of surplus public land, with a maximum zoned height of 280’ for residential projects, offers a stunning opportunity for permanently affordable workforce housing in one of our region’s key job centers. Where is the aspiration in a simple sale of the land? Where is the leadership? Why is the city looking to dump public land that could provide our community affordable housing? We could build new housing combined with open space, childcare, or perhaps a downtown school. Investors looking to develop commercial projects in South Lake Union still have a multitude of options. There is no need to rush this sale. While there are presently thousands of high-end apartments being built or under permit in South Lake Union, the city’s own modeling anticipates just 40 affordable units would be built there or in a similar development downtown. This is nowhere near enough. Yes, some additional affordable housing will be funded through HALA’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) fees. But the Mercer Mega-block offers a walkable and bikeable location, close to thousands of jobs, with numerous transit options. Great cities that have more stable, affordable housing markets take strategic advantage of situations like this. The city of Amsterdam owns over 80 percent of its land, and through ground leases, maintains an active role in promoting and preserving affordable housing. Over the last few years, height-averse Paris has been building skyscrapers on city-owned land for dense, affordable housing. The city of Vienna has huge success with leveraging city-owned land for affordable housing and shared open space, building densely where it makes sense. Seattle can and should be doing the same. This is a singular opportunity for Seattle to do something innovative, equitable and grand. Another smart new state law could also guide the development of the Mercer Mega-block: SB 5450 that expands the use of mass timber construction. The new green technology is remarkable for its beauty and environmental benefits. An 18-story mass timber tower was completed in Vancouver last year, and a 22-story mass timber building is underway in Vienna. Our neighbors in eastern Washington are working hard to grow our state’s mass timber industry. Let’s jump start this vision with a dense, mass timber, mixed-income, family-friendly, low-energy development – in the middle of the region’s major job center, near a great city park, and adjacent to transit. We should not be selling these blocks to the highest bidder. We should be using this publicly owned land for public benefits and affordable housing. Imagine the example we could set for cities around the world. Keep public lands in public hands! ACTIONS: Contact Mayor Durkan and the Seattle City Council today! Sign the petition & share widely. Educate your organizations so they make social housing a core priority for Seattle's future.
Petition to Seattle City Council
Say Yes! To Housing Near Transit #udistrict #yestothefuture
Now is the time to voice your support for the U District Urban Design changes! The proposal would allow our city to house more people in the blocks surrounding the new light rail station opening in 2021 at NE 43rd St. and Brooklyn Ave NE. The proposal would also implement new affordable housing and open space requirements, as well as incentives for childcare, historic preservation, and street improvements. Learn more about the U District Urban Design Changes here: The City of Seattle identified the following as the framework for these changes: Recognize light rail as a catalyst for change Balance the regional influences with the eclectic local character Provide a network of great streets and public spaces Grow and diversify jobs Welcome a diversity of residents Improve public safety Encourage quality and variety in the built environment Build an environmentally sustainable neighborhood Improve integration between UW and the U District Support walking, biking, and transit In addition to signing this petition it is important that you write to Seattle City Council today! Please email all the councilmembers and tell them you want walkable, amenity-rich, transit-rich neighborhoods that are welcoming to everyone. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com The U District is getting more and more expensive everyday. Opposing these design changes will not prevent rents from rising or help long term affordability in our growing city. Please support the U District Urban Design changes by signing this petition today!
Petition to Mosaic Student Communities
Demand Mosaic Student Communities to return security deposits & stop overcharging students
Mosaic, one of the student housing companies that has a monopoly on the USC’s off-campus housing, has not returned security deposits to its tenants. Mosaic has also massively overcharged its tenants HUNDREDS for utility bills and fabricated “damages,” “cleaning fees,” and/or “repairs.” Mosaic has failed to give its tenants itemized breakdowns for these unwarranted charges, which further underscores its nefarious activity. We, as tenants (and former tenants), have the evidence to support our claims. Mosaic has refused our multiple attempts to contact them. We ask for your support to finally get Mosaic to listen to us. All we ask for are our security deposits and returned fees from the overcharge. We do not want to be forced to escalate to court. The change we want is to have our security deposits back and the fees we were overcharged for back. The fees differ from many of the residents that have had different, but equally terrible experiences with Mosaic Student Communities. Sincerely, The Residents of 2646 Ellendale Place from January 2018-August 2018. Their website is livewithmosaic.com and phone number is (323) 733-2258.