Petition to Ryan Russo, Dan Kalb, Mayor Libby Schaff, Matt Nichols
Install Rainbow Crosswalks @ White Horse Bar, America's Oldest Gay Bar @ 66th / Telegraph.
The White Horse Bar is America's oldest gay bar in America. It's located in the City of Oakland at 66th and Telegraph in the Upper Telegraph area, near the Oakland / Berkeley border. Friends of Upper Telegraph, with help and general support from the Oakland Mayor's Office, District 1 Office, Temescal - Telegraph BID, White Horse Inn, and various community members, respectfully request your general support for the idea of designing, fundraising, and installing Rainbow Crosswalks at the intersections of 66th and Telegraph to honor the signifigance of the White Horse Bar, the oldest gay bar in America. It will also be recognized as a friendly and colorful gateway to Oakland and a destination spot for Upper Telegraph, Oakland. As a lot of people know, Rainbow crosswalks have been installed in cities from coast to coast to acknowledge and support their LGBT citizens and Cultural Diversity. It is only fitting that the intersection of 66th and Telegraph bear a similar commemoration as the White Horse Inn is a signifigant historical mark for the LGBT community and is a gateway to the City of Oakland, the most diverse city in America. Rainbow crosswalks have generated buzz in communities across the country — and plenty of Instagram pictures. And now is the time to bring that awareness to Oakland, The White Horse inn, and 66th and Telegraph. Please sign this petition in order to build at large community support for this location and support the elected officials and community members who are on board with this. Thank You for your time and consideration. Want to volunteer, coordinate, connect the dots, fundraise? Please email: RainbowOakland66@gmail.com Thank You!
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 Franciscojohn.firstname.lastname@example.org: : : : : :To learn much more about this project, visit http://www.EmperorNortonBridge.org: : : : : :This petition is the impetus for a nonprofit launched in September 2013: THE EMPEROR'S BRIDGE CAMPAIGN Web site — http://www.EmperorsBridge.orgFacebook — https://www.facebook.com/EmperorsBridgeTwitter — https://twitter.com/EmperorsBridge: : : : : :Resources Media coverage of this petitionWALL STREET JOURNAL — http://ow.ly/ReSZGHOODLINE — http://ow.ly/ReSEVSFist — http://bit.ly/12YCvfc & http://bit.ly/153c5Z9 & http://bit.ly/13Ok8YJ SAN FRANCISCO BAY GUARDIAN — http://bit.ly/13kBiz3 & http://bit.ly/17DcBeESAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE — http://bit.ly/17nSr9K & http://bit.ly/16lnhCIKQED — http://bit.ly/1dbjOWVLOS ANGELES TIMES — http://lat.ms/1aqM2vyLAUGHING SQUID — http://bit.ly/145wjfySAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS (and others) — http://bit.ly/1c19SPb & http://bit.ly/1fX70mjGOOD DAY SACRAMENTO (local CBS morning show) — http://cbsloc.al/17xdZ2BJAMIE ZAWINSKI (Mozilla and Netscape co-founder) — http://bit.ly/1464u6P & http://bit.ly/14n6gVW THE RAW STORY — http://bit.ly/14vGqudMISSION LOCAL — http://bit.ly/1eHMCrA Emperor Norton's 1872 "Bridge" Proclamations (as originally published)6 January 1872 — http://bit.ly/1dJC3Gs23 March 1872 — http://bit.ly/1fssp6D21 September 1872 — http://bit.ly/15wuWXR Articles on Emperor Nortonhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Norton http://www.emperorsbridge.org/emperor/lifehttp://sfhistoryencyclopedia.com/articles/n/nortonJoshua.html http://foundsf.org/index.php?title=Emperor_Nortonhttp://notfrisco.com/colmatales/norton Short Documentary Film on Emperor Nortonhttp://youtu.be/cRxk-_vcoIE Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (2016)http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tsip/hseb/products/Named_Freeways_Final.pdf California State Bridges With Multiple Nameshttp://ow.ly/IvDY30gJvVv State Transportation Committee Policies onMeasures Naming Highways or StructuresSenate — http://ow.ly/FN0a30gJvgI (direct download)Assembly — http://ow.ly/1gIA30gJrar Text of Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 65("Willie L. Brown, Jr., Bridge")http://bit.ly/1aCueQE Analysis of ACR 65 by the State of California's nonpartisan Office of Legislative Counselhttp://bit.ly/19rBf3O
Petition to Nick Driver, Brian Rogers, Adam Smith, Eva Camp, Dirk Tillotson, Paul Byrd Jr., Mike Barr, Roy Benford, Sudhir Aggarwal, Camika Robinson, Lauren Weston
Support OUSD High Schools: Tell Ed4Change to Drop Their Charter Appeal!
Oakland charter school chain Education for Change is trying to open a new charter high school in Oakland. The school was overwhelmingly rejected by the OUSD Board and the Alameda County Board of Ed. The charter proposal does not meet the legal requirements of the Charter Schools Act & Oakland can not afford any more charter schools. Yet, Education for Change has appealed to the State Board of Education, which could overturn the near-unanimous decisions of our locally-elected bodies. Join us in calling on the Education for Change Board of Directors to listen to our community, & withdrawal their appeal. Dear Members of the Education for Change Board: At the February 13th Alameda County Board of Education (ACOE) meeting, Hae-Sin Thomas, CEO of Education for Change (EFC), told the board that EFC wants to be a good partner to the Oakland Unified School District. However, a good partnership implies benefit to both parties. We know that opening Latitude High School would benefit Education for Change, but it would harm Oakland’s public schools. The EFC leadership and the ACOE Trustees heard from OUSD students, educators, administrators and parents that if Latitude were to open, it would be in direct competition with neighborhood schools, and especially Fremont High School, which is already offering comparable programs with established project-based learning and work-based learning partnerships that are serving some of our highest-needs student populations. This is a violation of the intent of the California Charter School Law, which requires charter applications to “[e]ncourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods” and “[p]rovide parents and pupils with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system.” Fremont High school, and other OUSD high schools, are serving a diverse mix of Oakland’s most underserved students, including African Americans, Latinos, recent immigrant arrivals, English Learners, unaccompanied minors, homeless students, and special education students, including those diagnosed with severe disabilities. These student groups have already borne the painful brunt of recent budget cuts in the District. A recent report from In the Public Interest called Breaking Point: The Cost of Charter Schools for Public School Districts found that the unchecked growth of charter schools in Oakland is costing Oakland Unified students $57 million a year, which impacts high-needs schools like Fremont the hardest. If the Education for Change Board chooses to continue to pursue this charter school, you will be contributing to the further financial destabilization of the District, which will continue to negatively impact OUSD’s highest-needs student groups the hardest. Nearly 2000 people signed a petition calling for the rejection of this charter at the County level. Two elected bodies - the OUSD Board of Education and the ACOE Board of Education - heard the people’s mandate and voted overwhelmingly against this charter. We, the undersigned Oakland students, families, educators, and leaders, urge you, the Board members of Education for Change, not to appeal, and re-commit to joining us in building OUSD into the District that ALL our students deserve! Jasmene Miranda, Fremont High School, Media Academy Director & Graduate Nidya Baez, Fremont High School Assistant Principal & Graduate Patricia Arabia, Fremont High School, Mandela Law & Public Service Academy Director Aimee Eng, OUSD Board President, District 2 Jody London, OUSD Board Director, District 1 Rosie Torres, OUSD Board Director, District 5 Shanthi Gonzales, OUSD Board Director, District 6 Gema Quetzal, OUSD Student Board Director, Life Academy High School Student Josie Camacho, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO Jo Bates, AFSCME Council 57 Maria Ceja, Former Parent at EPIC Middle School (EFC) & OUSD Special Education Teacher Maya Brodkey, Fremont High School Teacher Joey Notaro, Fremont High School Teacher John Christie, Fremont High School Teacher Agnes Zapata, Fremont High School Teacher Diana Rosendo, Fremont High School Teacher Nick Parker, Fremont High School Teacher Timeka Francis, Fremont High School Teacher Michelle Gonzalez, Fremont High School Teacher & Graduate Evan Hudson, Fremont High School Teacher Mario Miranda, Fremont High School Teacher Lida Kem-Lam, Fremont High School Paraprofessional Jose Manzo-Leon, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Juan Matias Pablo, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Cameron Fontenette, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Calvin Dang, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Norma Pablo Calmo, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Olga Matias Martin, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Siatu Otuafi, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Hagar Kaid, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Lavinia Saafi, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Tayler Shaw, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Kevin Nguyen, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Angel Salazar, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Jonathan Latu, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Jose Avila, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Tolinisi Finau, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Folau Finau, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Anabeth De La Cruz, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Sione V. Toli, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Bertha Saavedra, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Armando Burciaga, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Sela Kata, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Julia Aleman, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Taliyah Mills, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Taniyah Stamps, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 11 Maria Cassandra Barraza, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Malia Johnson, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Brandon Beverly, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Thomas James, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Anai Melendrez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Brenda Rico, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Lakaylyn Thomas, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Sania McDonald, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Sergio Juarez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Cesar Romero, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 12 Ahmed Alzamzami, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Christian Elias, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Aletha Madriaga, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Jerrica Rodriguez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Jeremiah Hunter, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Valeria Vasquez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Edwin Ortiz Mejia, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Bryan Morales, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Manase Mesui, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 11 Nalleli Hernandez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Sheydi Calmo Martin, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Roselia Perez Sales, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 James Miller, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Kalisi Mesui, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Jean Perice Martinez, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Aline San Juan, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10 Jovanny Rios, Fremont H.S. Student, Grade 10
Petition to AGuillen@oaklandnet.com
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