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Started 6 days ago

Petition to

Prevent Toxic Air Pollution Next to Oakland Schools

Dear Abel, As residents of Oakland, we object to the proposed new toxic air pollutant "Oakland Panel Craft" (A/N #464377) which will be located in our Oakland neighborhood. We have a great deal of concern about the operation of a paint/solvent business in this neighborhood, which is both high density residential and  in close proximity to two schools. We think it is unconscionable that you are proposing to permit a source of 6 tons highly toxic paint and solvent to be added to our air each year (or 46lbs per day)! West Oakland / South Berkeley are already dis-proportionally impacted by industrial air pollution from i-80, the train line and various industrial businesses. We do not need more toxic air pollution in such a growing residential area. There are plenty of less residential areas which can more safely house such a toxic air pollutant. Short term health effects that this kind of painting can cause are irritation, contact dermatitis, burns to the skin and eyes, vomiting and diarrhoea, irritation to the nose, throat and lungs, headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue. Long term health effect that can result from this kind of painting are occupational asthma, allergic contact dermatitis, lung cancer, ‘painter’s syndrome’ which is prolonged inhalation of paints and solvents resulting in brain damage, damage to the reproductive system and kidney or liver damage. Short term health effects from inhalation of this kind of painting are respiratory tract irritation, shortness of breath, dizziness, influenza-like symptoms, tightness of the chest, nausea and headaches. Long term health effects from inhalation of paint are cancer, sensitization of respiratory systems, asthma, abnormal reduction in lung function, emphysema and central nervous system dysfunction. We urge you to reconsider granting your permit to operate this new source of toxic air pollution in our neighborhoods.   Regards,  The Oakland Citizenry

Jas Johl
29 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to California Governor, California State Senate, California State House

NAME IT THE EMPEROR NORTON BRIDGE (Preserve Existing Names — Just Add This One)

NOTEThis petition about the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge does not call for a wholesale re-naming of this bridge system for Emperor Norton. Rather, it highlights a naming solution that simply would add a name like "Emperor Norton Bridge" for the system, which Emperor Norton decreed in 1872. In this scenario, the existing names and signage for the system and its constituent parts ("spans," tunnel, pedestrian/bike path, etc.) would remain in place. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. This solution is consistent with the State of California's precedent and current practice of giving multiple names to certain state-owned bridges. : :    : :    : : August 2013Updated September 2013 to reflect actions by the California State Legislature "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." It's a name straight out of bureaucratic central casting. A clunky, hyphenated mouthful of a moniker that tries to please everyone — but winds up pleasing few. It's little wonder that, as soon as the bridge opened in 1936, local residents cropped the name down to the handier "Bay Bridge." Still a fundamentally technical, descriptive name that lacks poetry — but two syllables are better than eight. After 80-plus years, though, the original name has earned its place. "The Bay Bridge" is here to stay. And yet... For generations, the Bay Bridge has had a second name — a parallel name, if you like. This second name — which some consider to be the bridge's real name — never has graced any official highway sign. But it lives in the hearts of many.  It's time for the bridge's historical name to share the marquee with a name that has a history of its own. A name that speaks to a deeper history. A name that finally honors the bridge's original 19th-century visionary.   In short: It's time to make the alias official — time for the State of California to add an honorary name for the Bay Area's "workhorse" bridge and, in so doing, to recognize that, before the first survey for the structure was begun in the early 1920s, this bridge was, and shall remain... The Emperor Norton Bridge.  The San Francisco pioneer, Joshua Abraham Norton (c.1818–1880) — the self-styled "Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico" — was considered eccentric, and so he was. Some considered him certifiable. But Emperor Norton also was a visionary. He was: an adversary of corruption and fraud of all kinds — political, corporate and personal; a persistent voice for fair treatment and greater legal protections for marginalized and immigrant communities — including Chinese, African-Americans, Native Americans and women; a champion of religious unity who saw the dangers of religious puritanism and sectarianism — and advocated against it; an advocate for fair labor practices; a defender of the people's right to fair taxes and basic services, including well-maintained streets, streetcars, trains and ferries; an exponent of technological innovations that advanced the public welfare; and a general ambassador of his adopted city, who embodied and heralded the values of tolerance and the common good that came to be identified with San Francisco, Oakland and the Bay Area. In January 1872, Emperor Norton issued a proclamation that declared, in part: "Whereas, we observe that certain newspapers are agitating the project of bridging the Bay; and whereas, we are desirous of connecting the cities of San Francisco and Oakland by such means; now, therefore, we, Norton I, Dei gratia Emperor, do hereby...order that the bridge be built from Oakland Point to Telegraph Hill, via Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island]." In a second proclamation, in March 1872, the Emperor specified that the bridge should be a suspension bridge [emphasis added]: "The following is decreed and ordered to be carried into execution as soon as convenient: That a suspension bridge be built from Oakland Point to Goat Island [now Yerba Buena Island], and then to Telegraph Hill; provided such bridge can be built without injury to the navigable waters of the Bay of San Francisco." He repeated this decree with a third proclamation, in September 1872 "ordering the citizens of San Francisco and Oakland to appropriate funds for the survey of a suspension bridge from Oakland Point via Goat Island; also for a tunnel...." [See the Resources section below for a link to view all three proclamations, as they originally appeared in The Pacific Appeal newspaper. In adding, for consideration, the possibility of a cross-Bay tunnel — something he originally had called for in a separate proclamation in June 1872 — Emperor Norton anticipated by more than a century the 1974 opening of the Transbay Tube, which carries four of the five lines of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system under the Bay.] : :    : :    : : In essence, the Emperor's vision for a cross-Bay bridge came to pass in 1936, with the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. In fact, the "bridge" is a bridge system composed of two bridges "hinged" by a tunnel. The monumental Western crossing, or "span," connecting San Francisco to Yerba Buena Island, is a suspension bridge, as the Emperor specified. The original Eastern crossing, connecting the island to Oakland, was built as a more conventional (at the time of its construction) cantilever-and-truss bridge. The new Eastern crossing that opened in early September 2013 is a different kind of suspension bridge than the Western crossing. But, in its way, the new crossing brings to full flower Emperor Norton's original vision of 1872, and makes it an especially appropriate time to finally name the entire Bay Bridge for him.BUT, WAIT, DIDN'T HALF THE BAY BRIDGE RECENTLY GET NAMED FOR WILLIE BROWN?!!Well, yes and no. It's true that, on 12 September 2013 — following an earlier 68-0-10 vote by the California State Assembly — the California State Senate, on a 26-7-6 vote, passed a non-binding resolution (Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65,  or ACR 65) to designate the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge — the "San Francisco side" — as the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge," for the former California Assembly Speaker and former San Francisco mayor. But the state continues to recognize "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" as the name of the entire bridge system. Indeed, the 2016 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California — the most recent edition of the authoritative listing produced regularly by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) (see Resources, below) — has separate and independent listings for both the "Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge" (p.149) and the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" (p.171) The former is listed with a citation for ACR 65; the latter is listed as "Not Officially Named." In other words: For naming purposes, the State of California places these two things — (1) the constituent "spans" of the Bay Bridge and (2) the bridge as a whole — on two separate planes. Which means that the naming of the Western crossing of the Bay Bridge for Willie Brown and the naming of the entire Bay Bridge system for Emperor Norton is not an either-or proposition — it can be both-and. Put another way... In effect, the Willie Brown name now functions as one "subtitle" of the larger landmark. And a future naming of the Eastern crossing would be a second subtitle. But the main title of the landmark — "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge" — remains. Addressing this main title is the opportunity and the imperative highlighted in this petition to name the Bay Bridge for Emperor Norton. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT A WHOLESALE RE-NAMING OF THE BAY BRIDGE FOR EMPEROR NORTON? Not necessarily. Today, the state of California has at least 30 bridges that have two or more "main titles." Some two-thirds of these bridges have had their additional name(s) authorized by the state legislature 20 to 60 years after the bridge's original name had been in use (see Resources, below).  A number of these multi-named bridges are multi-bridge systems in which — as is being proposed here — the legislature has given component bridges their own names and has given the larger bridge system more than one name. Following these precedents and practices, it should be possible to simply add an official "Emperor Norton" name — say, "Emperor Norton Bridge" — to stand alongside the "Bay Bridge" name. The "Emperor Norton" name could be memorialized with a single prominent overhead highway sign on either end of the bridge and perhaps other such signs at a handful of key bridge approaches around the Bay Area. In this scenario, the existing names for the bridge and its constituent parts, together with all existing highway signs for these names, would be left in place.  A BAY AREA EMPEROR WITH A BAY AREA VISION It's been widely recognized, since the opening of the Bay Bridge system in 1936, that the entire system — both Western and Eastern crossings, connected in the middle by Yerba Buena Tunnel — is a remarkable feat of architecture and engineering. But it's not solely Emperor Norton's 1872 calls for the technological achievement of a Bay-spanning bridge connecting San Francisco with Oakland that warrants the Bay Bridge system's bearing his name. What must be kept firmly in mind is that, in calling for a cross-Bay bridge, Emperor Norton also was planting the seed of inspiration that would enable those after him to water and reap the deeper possibility of what such a bridge could do — namely, to nurture the two-way commerce of goods, ideas and influence between people on both sides of the Bay. From this perspective, the Emperor can be seen as an early, if unwitting, visionary of the whole idea of a local "regional economy." Indeed, whatever the Emperor's specific intentions in calling for a cross-Bay bridge 140-plus years ago, it seems undeniable that a major result of the Bay Bridge system has been to facilitate and nurture such an economy, to the benefit of people on both sides — and that, without a bridge system connecting San Francisco and Oakland, we would not mean the same thing by "Bay Area" as we do today. To be sure, Emperor Norton often is identified as a San Francisco figure. But, the truth is that the Emperor actually spent quite a bit of time and was well-known in the East Bay, making weekly ferry visits to Brooklyn, Calif. — present-day East Oakland, which he is said to have considered his "summer capital" — and to Berkeley, where, at the new University of California, he was warmly received by students; attended (and occasionally gave) public lectures; and routinely reviewed cadets. The Oakland Tribune published Proclamations from Emperor Norton and reported on his participation in meetings of the Oakland City Council and the Alameda Board of Supervisors. Indeed, in a February 1875 editorial, the Tribune wrote approvingly of the Emperor as a political buffer — a kind of mayoral "figurehead...who can reside on both sides of the bay at once, and who would have no insignia of office to procure in case he were elected." It was in May 1872, while staying in Brooklyn — soon to be annexed to Oakland — that the Emperor issued one of his most significant decrees, calling for "the cities of Oakland and San Francisco to make an appropriation for paying the expense of a survey to determine the practicability of a tunnel under water; and if found practicable, that said tunnel be forthwith built for a railroad communication." An early forecast of the Transbay Tube. ::   ::   :: Emperor Norton's prescient proclamations calling for both a bridge and a tunnel across the Bay have blossomed, in the hearts and minds of succeeding generations of Bay Area visionaries, into a profound recognition that Oakland needs San Francisco — and that San Francisco needs Oakland. In particular, the century-and-a-half-old vision for a bay-spanning suspension bridge that unites the people of San Francisco, Oakland and the East Bay via Yerba Buena Island — a vision that has shaped the lives of generations of the area's residents and visitors, and that has been advanced further than ever before with the opening of the new Eastern crossing as a suspension structure... It is Emperor Norton who set out and popularized this vision. In recognition of this — and whatever name(s) might be given to the components of the bridge, i.e., the West Bay Crossing, the East Bay Crossing and Yerba Buena Tunnel...  This petition calls on the State of California to authorize and recognize a second name for the bridge system as a whole — the larger entity known as the "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Name it the Emperor Norton Bridge. JOHN LUMEASan :    : :    : :To learn much more about this project, visit :   : :   : :This petition is the impetus for a nonprofit launched in September 2013: THE EMPEROR'S BRIDGE CAMPAIGN Web site — http://www.EmperorsBridge.orgFacebook — — :    : :    : :Resources Media coverage of this petitionWALL STREET JOURNAL — — — & & SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — & FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — & — ANGELES TIMES — SQUID — JOSE MERCURY NEWS (and others) — & DAY SACRAMENTO (local CBS morning show) — ZAWINSKI (Mozilla and Netscape co-founder) — & THE RAW STORY — LOCAL — Emperor Norton's 1872 "Bridge" Proclamations (as originally published)6 January 1872 — March 1872 — September 1872 — Articles on Emperor Norton Short Documentary Film on Emperor Norton Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (2016) California State Bridges With Multiple Names State Transportation Committee Policies onMeasures Naming Highways or StructuresSenate — (direct download)Assembly — Text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65("Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge") Analysis of ACR 65 by the State of California's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counsel

John Lumea
5,767 supporters
Started 10 months ago

Petition to Joe DeVries

Provide Shelter for Homeless Individuals in Oakland

As you may know, the population of homeless people is increasing rapidly throughout Oakland, specifically in West Oakland. They create health and safety hazards for people nearby, and often accidentally frighten Oakland residents. A primary reason why so many people end up in the street today is because of the ever increasing rent cost. In recent years, rent has gone up and people that can’t afford homes, have nowhere to go. Besides rent, since there are no support services provided for most homeless people today, they have troubles getting back into society because of either drug addictions, mental illnesses or criminal records. After being forced onto the street, homeless individuals end up creating lots of unintentional problems with sanitation, which is not only unpleasant to look at and to smell, but it can also be unsafe. Ever since the increase of the encampments in West Oakland there has been more and more health, safety, and fire code violations that the community has had to deal with even though the homeless didn’t intend for these violations to happen. Residents and business owners in Oakland are also immensely impacted, as homeless individuals tend to unintentionally frighten bystanders away from stores, pathways and parking lots. Alan Lucchesi owns a recording studio in West Oakland and claims that he has lost business because of the homeless encampments. As Lucchesi said in a 2017 original research interview, “They don’t want to come to Oakland with their brand new guitar and their brand new drum sets because they’re scared of the people in the camps. They have a reason to be scared”. Lucchesi is one of many Oakland business owners losing customers because of the unsanitary and unsafe conditions that are results from nearby homeless encampments thus proving we need to move them into better shelter. So we ask for about 50 “mini homes” to be created, each with basic essentials inside. Some basic essentials may include beds, showers, toilets, etc. We also want to prioritize providing these mini homes to the homeless individuals that are complained about more often. Creating mini homes will make shelter less crowded and allow people live in a great environment to try starting over with support. Considering the money that is currently spent on cleaning up homeless camps, this project will be affordable and worth the cost. Since all of these homes are going to be filled up, any residents have a choice to leave when they feel like they have enough stable income and support services to move in a bigger better place like an apartment so that another homeless individual who needs the shelter more can move in. This shall be an effective solution to the massive numbers of homeless encampments throughout West Oakland and the high rents because it would greatly reduce the number of encampments on the streets and make rent irrelevant for the time being for these people in Oakland. In a 2015 article titled, “Utah Reduced Chronic Homeless by 91 percent ; Here’s How”, Kelly McEvers writes that, “By implementing a model known as Housing First, Utah has reduced that number from nearly 2,000 people in 2005, to fewer than 200 now.” Housing First is a system where it provides permanent housing as quickly as possible for people experiencing homelessness. Since our request is similar to Utah’s solution to homelessness and their solution has been proven to be very effective, our solution to the encampments should be just about equally successful. Sincerely, Kevin Tran ( Antonio Lucchesi (  

Tino Dino
52 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Mayor Libby Schaaf, Libby Schaaf, Sabrina Landreth, Darin Ranelletti, Claudia Cappio, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Annie Campbell-Washington, Noel Gallo, Desley Brooks, Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Darlene Flynn

Demand Mayor Schaaf & City Council Choose Leaders for Equitable Development in Oakland

NO MORE DEVELOPERS & PROFITEERS on the OAKLAND PLANNING COMMISSION! Other community stakeholders deserve a voice, too! Residents of Oakland are fed up with seeing our loved ones pushed out of Oakland and facing homelessness due to rising rents. We demand progressive and visionary leadership now for the Planning Commission and the new Planning Director being hired soon! Mayor Schaaf is trying to push through yet another developer, Jonathan Fearn, onto the Planning Commission, with limited time for the public to vet, comment, learn about this candidate and have the Mayor consider other candidates, before City Council has to approve the Mayor's 2 nominations soon. We demand more time to review Fearn’s history and talk about the balance on the Planning Commission, which is already dominated by developers and people who financially benefit from development, with few voices for other residents of Oakland. We demand that Mayor Schaaf re-appoint Commissioner Jahmese Myres, who has shown exemplary leadership in making sure community is at the table in planning decisions. We demand that Mayor Schaaf also appoint the candidate put forth as a labor representative by building trade unions, Nischit Hegde,  since the workers who build new developments are not currently represented.   We ask that the Oakland City Council not allow more developers and those who profit from development to dominate the Planning Commission any longer.  We need balanced planning and leadership to stop the wave of displacement and gentrification pushing Oaklanders out of our hometown. We support diverse representation on the Planning Commission: Diversity of Industries, Experience & Geographic Representation on the Commission No more than 3 seats of people who profit from development 2 seats for community, 1 seat for labor, 1 seat for small/micro business owners Each commission seat to be filled by people who live or work directly in each of the 7 Council Districts We support progressive and diverse leadership for the Planning Department: We demand the City of Oakland formalize a process for community participation in the hiring of the city’s new Director of Planning & Building. Planning Department to commit to a process of equity in its hiring and retention practices and build a diverse leadership pipeline, as its staff is currently overwhelmingly majority white and not reflective of Oakland’s population. Background Information: The Planning Commission and Planning Department lead strategy for  development projects that shape our neighborhoods and access to affordable housing, good-paying jobs, public transportation, small business ownership, public open space, and the diversity of arts and culture that makes Oakland special. The Planning Commission has historically been weighted to prioritize developers, architects and others who have a financial interest in fast-tracking development, most of whom come from wealthier neighborhoods. These commissioners too often have to recuse themselves from votes because they are in close partnerships with the developers applying for projects, and financially benefit from the approval of developments. Already on the Oakland Planning Commission are 2 developers, 1 developer’s attorney, 1 real estate broker, 1 architect who works with developers, and the only seat for residents is up for re-appointment.  Having a biased Commission will only lead to more public fights and appeals over projects. More progressive planning commissions in other cities have designated seats for community representatives, and we believe that equal geographic representation is also critical. Commissioners who live in the Rockridge don’t necessarily understand community needs in Elmhurst or Havenscourt. In December, several community organizations sent letters to city leaders asking for community input in the hiring of the new Director of Planning & Building, and they still have not received a response.  We believe that a long history of disconnection between the Planning Department and Oakland residents requires community engagement in the process, and the hiring of a progressive leader who will innovate inclusive and equitable policies to build Oakland for all.    

Communities for Equitable Development in Oakland
568 supporters