Petition to Culver Marina Little League, Julie Valdez
CULVER MARINA LITTLE LEAGUE NEEDS TO REGAIN USE OF SENIOR FIELD IT HAS ONSITE
www.culvermarinalittleleague.com I am on the Board of Directors for Culver Marina Little League which is in Del Rey. Our League was established in 1956, and is on the La Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve. We respect the land we are on by maintaining our fields clean and following current protocols established by an Agreement signed in 2013 by the former Little League President and CDFW representative. We need to revise our Agreement. Culver Marina Little League has four baseball/softball Fields – see picture. Three are in use by our League which are: Tee-ball, Minors and Majors Field. We also have a Senior Field that is not in use due to restrictions by the CDFW 2013 Agreement. To quote our website “Since 1956, Culver Marina Little League has been an anchor of the community as a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a safe, instructional and fun baseball & softball environment for the children of Marina Del Rey (and surrounding areas), ages 4-16.” Unfortunately, we are unable to serve children 13-16 years old due to the Junior/Senior Field restrictions. Many of our kids are at-risk. Our League is a Safe Haven for the youth of our area. We are losing our kids, especially at-risk kids, at such a vulnerable age. The Del Rey area has a wide range of residents, including the Mar Vista Gardens Housing Projects and surrounding low income area. Culver Marina Little League provides up to 100% registration waiver to our low-income residents, thus providing access to the activity that the kids love in their own community - close to their home. Families do not have the means to go to another League outside the Community. We need to regain access to the Senior Field that is within the CDFW Access Limits and a field we once used. The field is already there. We need to revise our agreement by CDFW that allows us access to the four fields within the Access Limits. We need approval to have games and practices on this Senior Field. Mr. Bonham, as previously stated, we have been at our location since 1956. Generations of Del Rey residents have enjoyed the baseball and softball recreational activity on the ecological reserve. The Access Limits have already been established in 2013 Agreement and we do not have plans to go outside those parameters. We just need the four fields. Please help our kids!
Petition to fontana police department, Fontana city council, Acquanetta Warren
Increase police surveillance at Fontana parks
On Tuesday September 24 2019 there was a shooting at Jack Bulik Park a few feet away from the baseball fields occupied by children as young as 2 years old. This is just the most recent example of violence and crime that happens at city parks every day. Our goal is to Increase police surveillance at Fontana parks manifested by an increase of trends related to crime. By providing extra funding to the Fontana police department in order to have more consistent surveillance. Parents are starting to pull their kids from sports involving Fontana parks and fewer kids are signing up every year. We are hoping to create a safe environment where we aren’t constantly looking over our shoulder waiting for the next incident to transpire.
Petition to City of Norwalk
Lights for little lake little league baseball
Our baseball fields had a chance to have lights installed but the city of Norwalk shut it down. This would be very beneficial to have as we could have practices and games later in the evening, especially in the winter when the sun goes down earlier. Most of our coaches, including myself, work late into the afternoon. This would also avoid us having to travel to another park on the other side of Norwalk that has lights installed on the field. Also on another note, what kid wouldn’t like to play under the lights like the professionals do. Please consider signing and supporting this petition to have lights installed for little lake little league baseball. In the end it is all in the best interest for all the players and their safety.
Petition to Irvine City Council
Stop the Irvine Sports Tax!
The City of Irvine is planning to impose a 1,100% fee increase on youth sports organizations to use city athletic fields, including baseball fields, starting July 1st. Fees paid to the City by Northwood Little League would increase from approximately $5,000/year to $60,000/year. To cover these additional costs, registrations fees would increase $125 on average per player above and beyond current fees. If you have multiple kids in our league, and many do, you could be looking at $250-$375 increases. By the way, this affects soccer, flag football, and other sports as well and parents have already told us that they will be forced to quit one sport because costs are just too high. NWLL serves nearly 1,000 players each year over fall and spring season including one of the largest special needs Challenger programs in the OC. Registration fees average about $200 per player, ranging from $99 - $250. We charge Challenger players $50. Each year, we give thousands of dollars in financial assistance. We never turn a player away. Something we are very proud of as an NWLL family. Raising our costs will have a dramatic impact on driving registration numbers down. Many costs like insurance and chartering fees are fixed and will be spread across fewer players. We will have to reduce practices, reduce games, lower quality of uniforms, equipment, trophies, and other cost reduction measures. Bottom Line: Where we spend our money shows our values. Raising revenue on the back of non-profits serving kids in our community demonstrates the wrong values. Look at other ways like business permits or other city fees. Don’t devastate the community programs that make the City of Irvine great. The City Council will vote on this matter at their 4 pm meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at City Hall. We’d like as many of you as possible to attend wearing your baseball jerseys and hats to voice your disapproval of this massive fee increase. Please sign and share this petition with family and friends. Encourage the Council to Vote no on the Irvine Sports Tax. It's a yes vote for our kids.
Petition to Martin Medrano, Janice Hahn, Anthony Duarte, Dr. Joseph Chang, Gino Kwok Esq., Jeffrey De La Torre
Secure the Future for Youth Baseball
Highlander has been the home of Youth Baseball in Hacienda Heights for almost 40 years. Through community funds from our Founders, Highlander was built with the intention it would always stay in the community for generations to come. It houses 4 fields (3 little league grade, 1 senior field), a snack shack, and parking for 100+ cars making it a One-Stop Shop for baseball. Highlander shares the parcel of land with Wedgeworth Elementary, who are in the process of finalizing their school expansion project. It will become a K-8 grade school and the new plans would be taking out 2 fields (1 LL field and the senior field - both with lights). There are no contingency plans set for the Little League program by the School district (which owns the land). Currently there are 400+ kids in the program, running 30+ games on average a week at the Highlander Complex. We want to make sure the community is informed in regards to the Highlander Baseball Fields and the plans for the new school. We want everyone to take part of the decision making since it will impact 400+ in-district kids. We know the significance these fields have to not just present and past players & families, but to the the community as well, for it was a community effort that made Highlander possible almost 40 years ago. We have TWO main objectives: 1) Save the Highlander Complex and have the Wedgeworth Plans be modified to accommodate the land the fields currently take up. 2) Have a fully funded contingency plan in conjunction with the Wedgeworth Project. This plan shall offer what is currently available to the Hacienda Heights Little League and shall be newly built in order to accommodate the Hacienda Heights Little League displacement. This shall include 4 fields (2 with lights), snack shack with functional kitchen, meeting room and parking for 100+ vehicles. We are willing to work with the School District and our local representatives to ensure we find a common ground and find a solution BOTH SIDES can be happy with.