land rights

15 petitions

Update posted 3 weeks 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
593 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva, Hon. Lord Ma'afu, Prime Minister Hon. 'Akilisi Pohiva

Preserve Tonga's Cultural Heritage Site at Popua (Va'epopua Sia heu lupe)

The Popua mounds are an extremely significant cultural heritage site in Tonga that are under threat of housing development. We, the undersigned, respectfully call for the Parliament and Ministers of Tonga to adhere to the Tonga National Cultural Policy and World Heritage Convention of 1972 and preserve this heritage site from housing development.  (Read more here: "New Subdivision a Death Sentence for Heritage Site"). The Popua mounds and causeways were first documented in 1777 by Captain Cook but first mapped in 1920 by the archaeologist William McKern during the B.P. Bishop Museum’s Bayard Dominik Expedition. Sixty years later in the 1980s, Australian National University researcher Dr. Dirk Spennemann also mapped the mounds writing a brief report on this work.  The Tongan Research Association has acknowledged the precariousness of the mounds relative to the reclamation project at a number of its meetings and these concerns were passed to government.  Similarly in 2011 Dr. Wendy Pond wrote to the Minister of Lands about the Popua reclamation project and the almost certain destruction of the archaeological complex as a consequence.  Her recommendation to alter the reclamation plan to avoid these sites was not acted upon.  Legend tells us this heritage site was the birthplace of 'Aho'eitu, the first Tu'i Tonga (King of Tonga) [Source: see Note1].  The mound, or sia is a rare archaeological site that is significant not only to Tonga, but to the unwritten history of Polynesian empire, and to world heritage in general. Aside from this site being historically significant, the Popua mounds are further an inappropriate site for houses, as it is low lying and the people building houses there will be severely affected by extreme weather events. Building more houses in this area is a recipe for social, environmental and heritage disaster. The first modern King of Tonga, George Tupou I, foresaw that there would come a day when his people would be “destroyed for lack of knowledge”. We, the undersigned, ask the Honourable Members of Parliament, do NOT let this prophetic statement come true. Safeguard and preserve the Popua Sia for future generations and find another site for housing developments.   *************************************************** EMAIL YOUR DECISION-MAKERS IN TONGA: Send email/letters for Hon Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister of Tonga, to his p.a. and (Saia Misinale) This is the minister who made the land allocations. Letters can be sent to: Parliament House, Nuku'alofa, Tonga Send email/letter of support for Hon Lord Ma'afu, Minister of Environment, Climate Change, Lands, Survey and Natural Resources to his p.a. (Rosamond Bing). This is the minister who needs public support to reserve the sia.     Note1: Thank you to Professor David V. Burley for allowing us to cite his letter dated Aug. 3, 2015 sent to Hon. Lord Vaea, Nobles Representative in Parliament and former Secretary of the Tonga Traditions Committee.    

Lea Kauvaka
1,440 supporters
Started 6 months ago

Petition to Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors

Help us protect sacred Amah Mutsun land at Juristac!

Sacred ceremonies at Juristac, now known as Sargent Ranch, Gilroy, California, were held by the Amah Mutsun peoples for millennia. For our Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, Juristac possesses profound cultural, ecological and spiritual heritage and significance. Shockingly, the new owners of this property, Sargent Ranch Management Company, have proposed a 320 acre sand and gravel mining project that will destroy and desecrate our most sacred spiritual and religious site. Over the past 225 years, the intentional destruction and domination of the Amah Mutsun culture, environment and spirituality resulted in the near extermination and erasure of the Amah Mutsun from history. This mining proposal seeks to obtain Santa Clara County's approval to destroy the sacred site which served as the focus of Amah Mutsun religious practice for thousands of years. Today, the Amah Mutsun are working to restore what was lost and are in need of your help. By signing this petition you will directly support the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band's opposition to the proposed sand and gravel mining project at Juristac. Furthermore, you will bring awareness to the true histories of indigenous peoples and help their voice be heard. Your support for our Tribe's efforts to protect and restore Amah Mutsun culture, environments, spirituality and its peoples is essential and deeply appreciated.

Gabriela Giusta
45 supporters
Update posted 7 months ago

Petition to Simmy


Ocean Villas at Kahalu'u Bay,LLC is seeking a Special Management Permit to build 306 multi units, timeshare, 43 acre project area, on Historical Preservation Land. The property is owned by Kamehameha Investment Corp. The Hawaiian Chiefs should be respected to RIP! Building concrete condos without Full archeological survey, and not including past 7 reports because it was too large. Documentary research of 1929-1930, Ahupua'a of Kahalu'u probably had the Greatest number of archaeological sites to be found on the Island. Kahalu'u Ahupua'a has legendary associations with chiefly Kamehameha I and III., occupation estimated to date from the early AD 1600s. The dense concentration of heiau and large elite residences in and around coastal Kahalu'u are attributed to the presence of various ruling chiefs. A number of Ali'i are associated historically with and lived in the Kahalu'u area. Kalani'opu'u (ruler, 1760-1782) lived in the region of Kahalu'u and Keauhou. Kamehameha I and his retinue stayed for periods of them at Kahalu'u and repaired serveral area Heiau. Ke'eaumuku Papa'iahiahi was awarded Kahal'u and Keauhou after Kamehameha I united the Hawaiian Islands. His daughter Queen Ka'ahumanu, and his son, Governor John Adams Ki'iapalaoku Kuakini, were born in Kahalu'u. Kakuikeaouli Kamehameha III was born in Kahalu'u. King David Kalakaua had a residence along side Po'o Hawaii Pond. Kahalu'u Ahupua'a was granted to Victoria Kamamalu during the Mahele as Land Commission Award 7713:6, Royal Patent 6856. LCA 7713 was for 5,443 acres. The archaeology study was not fully studied because of dense vegetation covered on obscured potential lava tube entrance and "ubiquitous mounds and modified out crops"..were not identified these conditions indicate that the potential to encounter undocumented features in high within the parcel inland of the Kuakini Historic and some sites contain TRADITIONAL HAWAIIAN FEATURES that continued to be used into the HISTORIC PERIOD. EARLY HISTORIC ARTIFACTS CAN BE ANTICIPATED. Portable remains will be collected and place in PAPER BAGS recovered charcoal samples will be deposited in ALUMINUM FOIL for analysis. Traffic study presented to the County was done on September 7, 2012 knowing it would be the deadest time of the year, when kids were in school, and it was not a peak time for tourist. Kona population has only shown growing each year, yet, compared to a report of 2005 the count is significantly lower for 2012. Old history study should not be accepted. No requirement for stop sign, turning lane, or traffic signal is asking for traffic and congestion. The project had been in planning for years now, their original plan for the access was the Ali'i Highway, which now will never be built because of all the sacred  Heiau. With that being said, this entire project does not have adequate access in case of Emergency. Alii drive is in a Tsunami Zone. People will be obliged to leave the area during evacutions. The new plan is to use La'aloa for emergency, which took years to open after the Alii Heights subdivision opened.  La'aloa was Not intended for Ocean Villas added 306 time shares. So, for the safety of the general public and residence this should not be allowed. Tsunami is a matter of life or death. Sudden movement along faults close to Hawaii are unpredictable, and would allow for a few minutes to perhaps an hour of warning time, and evacuation would be Problematic! Wildfire is also a concern in this part of North Kona, where fires are started by Arson, motor vehicles, and firecrackers. Endangered Hawaiian Hoary Bat is mentioned is their documents, construction contract conditions should prohibit removal or trimming of woody plants taller than 15 feet from June 1 to Sept 15 each year. This period is the most vulnerable time in the Bat Birthing and Pup rearing season, and refraining from vegetation removal or trimming is recognized as appropriate by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in recent Endangered Species Act consultations ( e.g.see HDOT 2012). Yet the plans show Buildings will be where existing Huge trees are in place!!

Simmy McMichael
217 supporters