Petition to Mr. Nicholas Matz, Planning Commission, City Council
NO to Bellevue Technology Center Development
In 1970 Joni Mitchell wrote the song “Big Yellow Taxi” warning us all to preserve nature and the precious trees needed to keep our air clean. In 1972 Bellevue heeded her warning and implemented an agreement to preserve open spaces, protect trees surrounding specific properties as well as provide a buffer for the surrounding residential neighborhoods from further development. Recently, KBS Capital Markets Group (KBS), a real estate investment trust headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, filed an amendment to modify Bellevue's 20-year Comprehensive Plan by adding language which would open the door to unspecified, significant development of the Bellevue Technology Center (BTC) property. It would override an agreement that has protected the site for over 45 years. The BTC site was initially developed in 1972 based on a Planned Unit Development (PUD) designed to limit the square footage in office space built on the site. Based on the PUD this site is fully developed and cannot be built out further. KBS is seeking to void the agreements with the citizens and the City of Bellevue so they can maximize development on the site. While no specifics have been filed with the current application, prior applications included conceptual plans that would triple the amount of square footage built on the site. More buildings will result in cutting down trees, reducing open space, and will increase traffic congestion. Most importantly, if the PUD is eliminated and the property is rezoned, the developer or any future owner can submit even more aggressive plans. KBS knew these restrictions were in place when they purchased the site in 2012 but believe they have the power to override the will of the people of this community and to entice the City of Bellevue to revise these restrictions so they can develop as they please. Let’s protect our natural spaces and avoid having to create “tree museums” for our children. Sign this petition demanding the City uphold and respect the past decisions and agreements that protect the BTC site and express your opposition to KBS’ current application (City Project #17-104627-AC).
Petition to Mark Amodei, Nevada State Senate
Keep Hungry Valley NV Open to OHV Trail Riding
The residents of Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs, and other areas of NV and California would like to keep the trails of Hungry Valley OPEN to off highway vehicle (OHV) recreational riding. We understand the complaints of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony involving illegal dumping, recreational shooting, alcohol abuse, and other issues. We feel that if the land is respected to the standards of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, there should be NO reason we should NOT be allowed to use the 100s of miles of trails Hungry Valley had for recreational use. The Hungry Valley trails are some of the best in Northern NV, are right in most of our back yards, and are easily accessible. They are a major reason Northern Nevada residents have moved to the area. We feel that if this land is not available, not only does this affect our recreation in the area, it may also affect our property values. If all we leave behind are tire tracks in the dirt, we're not hurting anything. We would like our state representatives to fight for our right to share the land responsibly and respectfully. The residents of the Reno, Sparks, Spanish Springs and other areas would be grateful of the Indian colony to let us continue to enjoy the beauty and recreation Hungry Valley NV has to offer. Thank you very much!
Petition to Arlington VA County Board, Arlington Public Schools Board, Arlington VA JFAC
Study the "No-Build" Option for the Buck and Carlin Springs Properties in Arlington VA
JFAC and Arlington County staff have worked very hard study possible uses of the Buck and VHC Carlin Springs properties, as they were tasked by the Arlington County and School Board. But all of their plans involve "short term" uses that require demolition and construction of buildings, which would require significant investment. There is no long term plan for meeting the County's and APS's space needs. JFAC and County staff have not published a study that shows the implications for using the Buck and Carlin Springs properties for County and APS uses that don't require such investment, and renting out the buildings that the County and APS cannot use. We think they should. This study should take into account the maintenance and insurance costs the County would incur, as well as the costs to rent space for the County/APS uses that could not fit on these sites. By using a "No Build" option, Arlington County may be able to use the parts of these properties that it can easily, rent out the rest, and rent space for other uses. This could buy Arlington time to make a long term plan that deals with all of our space needs in a smart, fiscally responsible way.
Petition to Clinton Citizens to Save our Heritage
Right to Our Land in Clinton
A neighbor's personal vendetta has turned into a town wide debacle. Residents' "rights to farm and garden (chicken keeping)" are now at risk in this old agricultural town. Many of the town's residents have been farming and raising chickens for well over 100 years. The town has received a petition from a handful of people that want to change 150 years of town history. Raising these beautiful and majestic birds is part of our heritage. Not only are barns and structures (many of which were hand built by the town's citizens and their grandparents in the 19th-early 20th century) at risk for destruction, but citizens of the town will be "run out" by this radical and terrifying new ordinance. Children will have their beloved pets torn from them and our elderly residents (long time chicken keepers) will be banned from enjoying the chickens they have been raising on their homesteads for decades. This law is random, will severely impact our residents (forcing many to leave the town their ancestors helped build), and it is simply based on a few individuals malevolent grievances with certain neighbors. This is a very hurtful and spiteful action that needs to be stopped before a few peoples' anger destroys the joy and heritage of an entire New England town. We strongly believe in the right to maintain and live on our properties (as we had for decades) without harassment from a handful of disgruntled people. Many citizens of Clinton have been farming and keeping chickens for over a century. Chickens are NOT new to Clinton - they have been a constant presence in the town for over 100 years. Help us preserve our rights and our heritage!