Petition to Ted Wheeler, Nick Fish, Chloe Eudaly, Amanda Fritz, Dan Saltzman, Danielle Outlaw, Bryan Parman, Deborah Kafoury, Sharon Meieran, Loretta Smith, Jessica Vega Pederson, Lori Stegmann, Kia Selley, Matthew Garrett, Travis Brouwer, Rian Windsheimer, Trang Lam, Rod Underhill, Mike Reese
Enough is Enough PDX: We need solutions for deteriorating public safety and livability
Enough is Enough PDX is a City-Wide campaign led by neighborhoods to demand our elected officials at the state, city, and county level respond and take seriously the property crime wave and deteriorating livability issues in neighborhoods across Portland.Our public spaces such as parks, nature areas, residential streets, business districts and recreational multi-use paths have become illegal camping spaces occupied by camping. In a majority of these camps, service resistant individuals live and use heroin and methamphetamine, and support those habits by stealing from the neighborhoods they are located in on a daily basis. While neighbors across the city make thousands of reports, response from the city and state is slow, inadequate and often non-existent. Neighbors across the city are reporting these camps thousands of times a year to the city and state and the response is slow and inadequate. Regular sweeps of camps occur but crime caused by these camps, which often sit weeks or sometimes months before a sweep is not addressed. Campers simply return to the same spot or relocate in the neighborhood the very next day. Portland Police are turning a blind eye to crimes that in years past would have resulted in swift enforcement. We’ve heard from officers that they are both receiving mixed communication from elected officials about the enforcement of laws on the books and are reluctant to enforce the law because of a lack of support from prosecutors who drop charges and let people right back out onto the streets. There isn’t a week that goes by where neighbors are not being stolen from or burglarized. Fires that burn down structures and natural areas in our neighborhoods are a regular occurrence. Hazardous waste and other pollutants are commonplace in public spaces. Property owners cannot receive protection from squatters. Violent crime is common among the camps. In recent months, there have been neighbors stabbed by drug addicted campers and even service resistant campers stabbing other campers.This situation is untenable and has reached a boiling point. We call on elected officials at the city, state, and county level to undertake the following actions: Mayor and Police Commissioner Ted Wheeler: Issue a memorandum to Portland Police in support of officers enforcing laws around livability and addressing issues that are deteriorating neighborhood livability. Meet with organizers of the Enough is Enough PDX Campaign to discuss these issues and tour some of the residential areas and talk to neighbors. Work with your team to identify changes to policing strategy that can be made to begin addressing these concerns. Form Triage Teams with law enforcement, mental health providers and citizens to identify needs of those living on the streets. Chief Danielle Outlaw: Issue a memorandum clarifying that officers are allowed and expected to enforce laws equally and not exercise discretion to consider individuals housing status to decide whether or not to enforce laws. Work with precinct command staff city-wide to ensure that there is not miscommunication about enforcement of laws as some officers are still operating under past administrations hands-off policy and tell neighbors they cannot do anything. Increase funding for ATV patrols of Multi-Use Paths and Parks in East Portland Commissioner Nick Fish: Work with Park Bureau Leadership to ensure that parks are getting equal attention from Park Rangers. Currently, Park Rangers spend more time downtown and at newer parks than they do East Portland Parks. Work with Park Bureau Leadership to have Rangers visiting parks at their closing times to remove people still in the park and to address any park code violations. Work with Park Bureau Leadership to have Rangers use data and recent calls and reports to prioritize resources. Work with Park Bureau Leadership to have Park Staff more adequately cleanup needles and trash left on a near daily basis at parks. Oregon Department of Transportation: Remove trees and bushes in areas along freeways where camps have hidden as these camps are starting fires and are using their seclusion to hide from police after committing thefts at residences surrounding them. Add fencing or other barriers to ODOT properties where camping has been a problem; this will address recurrence and reduce the cost of repeated cleanups. Work with cleanup crews to ensure they are cleaning up all waste and trash as neighbors often see trash and waste left after sweeps. Turn 205 Multi-Use Path Lighting back on. Lack of lighting has made it unsafe for residents and kids who walk the path near camps. Those using the path cannot see and avoid contact with hazardous materials including human waste and biohazards.. Multnomah County Board of Commissioners: Talk with Multnomah County Health Leadership about the Needle Exchange Program. One of the sites for East Portland is in Montavilla at St Peters and Paul Church. The program is not requiring needles be traded back in 1 for 1. As a result, thousands of needles are left in streets and parks in neighborhoods. This taxpayer funded program essentially requires neighbors to pay for needles to be discarded in their neighborhood. Talk Multnomah County Health Leadership about the Needle Exchange Program. Demand that they work to install a needle drop box in Montavilla Park and give out more receptacles to the public. Consider locating Needle Exchange Programs in properties that are equipped to handle emergencies associated with drug use i.e Police precincts, hospitals and medical facilities. Establish conduct standards for all needle exchange sites where clients who harass or threaten neighbors or leave needles or cause other public safety issues adjacent to a site are suspended from services for a period of time. This will help alleviate some of the chronic issues near exchange sites and demonstrate the program expects clients to be neighborly.
Petition to Lake Oswego City Council
Let's create Hallinan Nature Park - Lake Oswego, OR.
Hallinan Woods is an existing, 3.75-acre natural area owned by the city, just north of Hallinan Elementary School in Lake Oswego. Every day, dozens of children and residents walk this path, listening to the creek flow and the birds chirp. Residents young and old say they love this little natural corner of the neighborhood. It offers a daily dose of nature, which research shows increases happiness, improves health, and extends lifespans. But the experience at Hallinan Woods is at risk, due to a proposed housing development on 2 acres that border the woods. Building houses on this property, right next to Hallinan Woods, would degrade Hallinan Woods and the natural experiences people have in the woods. This property is perfectly situated to serve a higher purpose. Join us in asking the Lake Oswego City Council to slow down and consider adding the property to the existing Hallinan Woods. In doing so, we would create a nearly 6-acre natural area that provides more opportunities for children and adults to get into nature and learn about wildlife, native species, and ecology via classes, kiosks, and stewardship events. Instead of rubber stamping more houses in an area flush with houses but low on open space and natural learning opportunities, join us and ask Lake Oswego City Council to slow down and listen to neighbors. Sign our petition to create the Hallinan Woods Nature Park – for our children, for wildlife, for water, and for our Lake Oswego way of life. Learn more at www.hallinannaturepark.com
Petition to Human Rights Campaign, Kate Brown, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Peter Courtney, Oregon, Greg Smith, Oregon State Senate, Oregon State House, Attorney General, David Gomberg, Jeff Reardon
Custodial Equality! 50/50 Custody & Child Support by the end of 2020
Dear Distinguished Representatives, I humbly come before you today asking for your help. 83% of unwed custodial parents are mothers and that number hasn't changed more than 1%, or within the margin of error, since 1993. Meanwhile single fathers are committing suicide at record rates and have been for the past decade. The time for gender roles is in the past! We need custodial equality just like we need wage equality! We need child support equality! Men are charged an average of $700 a year more than women for child support and are much more likely to be charged child support to begin with. The time when the man had to be the "breadwinner" and the woman the "nurturer" are over. Women can work; men can nurture. It's time we shed these archaic notions and embrace shared custody and responsibility. The science is clear, children that grow up without their real father are more prone to develop mental disorders, go to jail or prison or worse, commit suicide. Step fathers are helpful but they can't replace a child's real father. This means that child alienation is not only cruel towards the alienated parent but is also child abuse. So without a court order or reason for the courts to keep a loving father from his child I ask that you draft a custody equality bill that would give fathers equal rights and responsibilities over their children. Who knows. It might just save a father or his child's life. Sincerely us fathers who miss our sons,
Petition to Kate Brown
Ban Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers in Oregon = Better health for everyone/everything
Ban Gas-powered Leaf-blowers in Oregon Oregonians should have the right to right to enjoy our own property, open our windows on a beautiful day, work quietly in our gardens and walk our dogs or exercise outside without landscapers' gas leaf blowers destroying the peace of our neighborhoods with their constant blasting of deafening noise, dangerous particulate matter, and carcinogenic exhaust.Why is this important?2-Stroke leaf blowers, which are omnipresent around Oregon, are 300X more polluting than a car in terms of ozone-causing pollution. The 2-stroke engine has been banned for every other use except lawn maintenance engines due to heavy lobbying by the landscaping industry. These have recently been banned in Washington, DC. We need to get on board. In truth, all gas leaf blowers destroy our air quality and our rights as property owners. Thousands of studies proclaim the importance of time spent in nature for reducing anxiety and stress. Our yards used to offer tranquil stress reduction, but are now the source of noise and chaos in urban life. Green spaces are rendered uninhabitable by the roar, growl, wail and whine of constant leaf blower noise. Many once-peaceful neighborhoods, now sound like industrial zones-- without being zoned industrial. Homebuyers want peaceful, quiet neighborhoods and the noise pollution is bringing down our property values. If our peace of mind and health aren't important, what is? Even a newer 2017 4-stroke gas leaf blower was recently tested emitting 50X more brain-damaging particulate pollutants than all the car engines in a busy intersection at rush hour. This particulate pollution ends up in children's lungs. Their developing lungs are permanently stunted and damaged. And consider the workers who carry these machines on their backs for 8 hours a day. What's in store for them? They're destroying their lungs and their eardrums when a rake or a broom would work just fine. Smart sustainability means less focus on the perfect golf-course-style lawn. Wasteful lawns that sit unused in front of our homes use fossil fuels, chemical inputs, water and add tons of pollution. Dealing with fall leaves doesn't have to mean a loud polluting battle of roaring leaf blowers. We can all use wire composting bins. It's so easy; you hire the teenager down the street to RAKE your leaves into your bin and leaves turn into healthy soil and mulch by next year. Or, just leave the leaves to compost in place! All this leaf blowing is meant to achieve a "perfectly manicured look" but the price we pay for a golf course type lawn is too high. Naturalistic landscaping is gorgeous and the best landscape designers understand the need for neat, tidy, native-plant yards that can be tranquil organic gardens without the need for polluting loud equipment. It's not necessary. Let's change the paradigm. Small changes for the better in landscaping can make a difference for all of us. AGZA.net researches all the newest electric landscaping equipment and can help institute changes. Let's switch to the newest, quiet, battery-pack electric leaf blowers or bring back the rake for healthy exercise and embrace beautiful, naturalistic landscaping and less lawn.Join a newsletter for this issue @ https://tinyurl.com/noGLBs-in-Oregon
Petition to Governor Kate Brown, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, Kate Brown, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Herman E. Baertschiger Jr., James I. Manning Jr.
Remove the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse victims in Oregon
When a child is sexually abused it is traumatic and sometimes can take a lifetime to come to terms and speak out about the assault. There is no statute of limitations on the damage done to a child and therefore, I am requesting the State of Oregon remove it's statute of limitations on reporting sexual abuse.
Petition to Microsoft, NIKE, Adidas, Sega, SONY, Samsung, Apple, Nintendo
Make DarkWarriorXD the first popular YouTuber in Oregon
We never had a popular YouTuber in Oregon, but this YouTuber named DarkWarriorXD has been blowing up since the beginning of 6th grade.We need you to sign this petition to have our first popular YouTuber in Oregon