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Petition to Seattle City Council, Mayor Ed Murray, Flip Herndon, Sarah Pritchett, Jesus Aguirre, Michael Shiosaki, Steven Nielsen, Superintendent Nyland, Steve Walker

Add a School to Fort Lawton Re-development plans

The City of Seattle recently announced plans for the Fort Lawton re-development project in Magnolia.  The proposal includes the following four alternatives: Alternative 1: Mixed Income Affordable Housing and Public Park Uses  Alternative 2: Market Rate Housing Onsite & Affordable Housing Offsite  Alternative 3: Public Park Onsite: Affordable Housing Offsite  Alternative 4: No Action  These four alternatives do not recognize the current and exacerbating school capacity challenges that we are facing at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  This petition is asking for the City of Seattle/Seattle City Council to direct the Office of Housing to partner with the Seattle Public Schools to create a fifth alternative that assesses the impact of a school along and additional park space.  We promote the importance of including contiguous green space to sustain and promote wildlife in this critical habitat. The best aspect of this plan is that the property can be transferred to the district through the federal government at NO COST!  This alternative re-development plan must be added prior to the Environmental Impact Study or else it will not be considered.  If you support this proposal, please sign our petition and send an email to city council members and school board directors to emphasize the need to have forward-thinking capacity planning and to ensure that a school will be on the Environmental Impact Statement for this Fort Lawton property.   council@seattle.gov spsdirectors@seattleschools.org sally.bagshaw@seattle.gov tim.burgess@seattle.gov Rob.Johnson@seattle.gov bruce.harrell@seattle.gov rick.burke@seattleschools.org Jill.Geary@seattleschools.org leslie.harris@seattleschools.org sue.peters@seattleschools.org We have delivered this petition to the city council and school district with a specific request to add a high school to the alternatives for the redevelopment of Fort Lawton.  We have several school board members and city council members who have had a very positive response to our proposal.  We hope to demonstrate the unification of our community to support the needs of our students in the Seattle Public Schools; many have been quietly advocating for a school at this location for years, the time of action is now.     Consider helping fund this process at: https://www.gofundme.com/fort-lawton-coalition  To learn more  about the scope of the redevelopment plan and ideas, please follow these links: http://web6.seattle.gov/DPD/LUIB/Notice.aspx?BID=1247&NID=25366 http://www.seattle.gov/housing/ft-lawton http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/dont-shoehorn-downtown-school-into-seattle-center/ This petition has been delivered to the office of housing and all city council members to demonstrate our unified call to reconsider the current plans. If you would like to join our committee or receive information please email us at FLSTEAMcom@gmail.com. Sincerely,  The Fort Lawton School Coalition

Fort Lawton School Coalition
1,396 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Ana Mari Cauce, UW President, Housing Department

Cancel UW Housing Cancellation Fees

I'm an incoming student at the University of Washington, and am in a class with far more freshmen than the college can provide housing for. I applied for housing on the first day the application opened up, but due to the lottery system, I still haven't received a dorm assignment. Instead, I have received an email telling me there's a possibility I'll be placed in temporary housing until a permanent dorm room opens up. Furthermore, because I signed the housing contract, I am expected to pay the $500 cancellation fee. As a student who is trying to get through school with as minimal debt as possible, dropping $500 on something like this feels very unreasonable to me. There are also quite a few problems with the temporary housing accommodations. It's quite a fire hazard, with beds being placed in the attic of an old building. Additionally, students have a single locker to store their possessions in until they move into their permanent dorm. Here's a link to UW's description and images of temporary housing: https://www.hfs.washington.edu/housing/rh/temporary.aspx#gsc.tab=0 I could wait even longer to cancel my housing application in hopes I'll be assigned an actual room, but starting September 1st, the cancellation fee increases by $15 every day. I'd like to start the school year on a positive note, not surrounded by chaos and uncertainty. I've started looking at apartments near the college, because that's an option I'll actually be able to depend upon.  I completely understand the university's reasoning behind having cancellation fees. It protects their housing department from needing to deal with a flood of last minute dorm room cancellations. However, when the lack of acceptable housing stems from their end, I believe they should be more sympathetic towards a college student's reality.  Though I understand I am liable to pay the $500 cancellation fee, I think the university should seriously reconsider this rule. College in America is already so expensive, why tack on hefty fees like this?

Tate Crowley
210 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Sally Bagshaw, Kshama Sawant

Require Qualified Seattle Businesses To Donate Food Waste To Food Banks

Seattle companies waste 1000 tons of food a year. Wasted food emits 3.3 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide. With over 50% of people in Washington having had to rely on emergency food assistance, we need to make sure we can feed our people. Companies like Whole Foods and Starbucks are already donating their extra food to food banks. People need access to nutritional food, first and foremost. Cutting down on food waste also helps the environment. We want to mandate that companies in Seattle of a certain size and revenue bracket that serve food be fined if they do not donate to food banks.  Homeless people, single mothers, unemployed people, and people just down on their luck may need a nutritious meal because that one paycheck wasn't enough. We all deserve to be fed, and access to nutritious food is something we all need to be happy and healthy members of society. And we want our society to be fair to those who are in need. The more food we distribute, the less hungry people are, the more likely they are to succeed if they aren't worrying where they are getting their next meal. We have not yet decided the specifics on how much to fine, or how much revenue a company must make in order to be included in our mandate. However, we plan on submitting this petition to city council members Kshama Sawant, and Sally Bagshaw who are the chairs of Energy & Environment, and Human Services & Public Health respectively. We hope to work with them to hash the details before trying to pass legislation. We hope that they will see this petition and understand our plight and want to join us in making the community of Seattle a cleaner and more well-fed city. We are a group of students in Professor Gregory Hinckley's Sociology 101 class for Summer Quarter 2017 at Seattle Central College. We were tasked with coming up with an idea that would cause social change locally for a poster presentation. We are supposed to present our idea in a lecture hall, but we decided to take it a step further, because we value a healthy Seattle. We are: Alice Eidson*, Wen Li, Jon Miller, Cao Yuchen, and Yaoyuan Zhang. * [Editor's Note] This is an important issue to me. I had been homeless for two years and was having trouble getting nutritional food. I've been the type of person this mandate would help, and I want to ensure other people don't have to go hungry like I did. I want this to succeed, and I hope you will sign our petition and help make change happen. 

Alice Eidson
511 supporters