Topic

urban farming

9 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer, Tony Hershman

DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN

Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.

The Ron Finley Project
73,614 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Planning Commission

Reject Micah Posner's Duplex

Dear City of Santa Cruz Planning and Zoning Departments; Juliana Rebagliati, Eric Marlatt, and Mike Ferry; I do not approve of Micah Posner building a duplex at his 732 Riverside Ave. property for the following reasons: Removing a bathroom from his house to put it in a 264 foot studio addition does not make good use of this property. This lot is zoned for multiple units, and IF he is allowed by his co-owners to build, I think Micah should build something with either more units, or higher density in the same space. This unit also takes up the 3 tandem parking spaces in the driveway, potentially preventing the co-owners from maximizing future development of all 6 units. This property is a tenancy-in-common (TIC) co-owned by Debora and Karsten Wade. They do not approve of this unit.  Micah has not consulted with the lawyer who wrote the contract to clarify that he is NOT allowed to build this unit under the TIC clause called "discretionary work", which is minor work but still requires approval from all owners. I think since his co-owners are in dispute over this, and are soon scheduling arbitration to decide this very issue, the fact that Micah submitted this for planning and zoning approval without their knowledge is premature.  He should first consult the lawyer who wrote his contract for clarity rather than ignoring the rights and wishes of his co-owners. He should then wait until arbitration rules whether he is allowed to build this unit, before submitting it to Planning without his co-owners knowledge or consent. Micah Posner hid from the City his illegal ADU. He made over $60,000 on the 7 years he rented this before being caught. He lied on his Statement of Economic Interest Forms, which is perjury.  He even lied to the Planning inspectors AFTER BEING CAUGHT when they came to red-tag his ADU, since he knowingly had an unpermitted patio cover and hid it from the City so he would not have to pay the fees to permit it. He hid this from City Council while he was publicly apologizing. He defrauded the Wades to get them to invest in this property with their goal to keep it a single family house, knowing he wanted to build multiple units the whole time.  Micah has had very little consequence in his actions, and has gotten away with making a huge profit off of an illegal rental, all the while voting on rules that required property owners to pay their permit fees and fines. Is there no consequence for an elected official when they so flagrantly violate City laws, and even when caught and censured, do it again? And submitting this without the co-owners knowledge or permission when they are set to arbitrate on this issue shows a continued lack of ethics. Fairytale Farm is a rich contribution to the Santa Cruz community. The Wades share their 1/3 of this lot with the public by hosting free garden events, teaching urban homesteading to UCSC interns and the public, and have had numerous free events sharing seeds and inviting children and families to run around and learn from the garden. Debora has helped plant the Riverside Gardens Public Orchard as well as the expansion to Mike Fox Skate Park, and helped put a mosaic on the Barson Street Stairs and get Public Works to build an ADU ramp there with new landscaping. She is a huge community asset to Lower Ocean and has lived here for over 15 years. She has now taught urban farming and community involvement to 18 UCSC student interns, who are spreading these lessons far and wide. This unit will disturb the peace of the garden in moving living space into the 1/3rd buffer between the existing house and the urban farm, and by having windows and doors looking directly out into the Wades’ garden. This addition gives no money or other value to the Wades, but merely ruins their quality of life forever. They told Micah Posner when they bought the property together that they never intended to sell, so they get no value from this added unit, just their heirs.  Instead, this unit will harm their quality of life. Debora is disabled from severe Crohn's disease and depends on this farm for safe food, and is expected to become permanently disabled, unable to drive or walk in the future. This Farm was expressly bought and built to maintain a safe quality of life for her, which Micah Posner was aware of the entire time. Fairytale Farm is an important asset to the community and should be cherished, not impacted by this unit built by a corrupt City official who has had very little consequences for his actions. In summary, I don't think you should approve of this unit. I actually don't think Micah Posner should be allowed to build a duplex at all after repeatedly violating the laws regarding this very issue.

Debora Wade
139 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Young Cho

Bring Back South Central Farm

Once the largest urban farm in the United States, spanning 14 acres and feeding 350 families in the midst of an industrial and commercial landscape, the South Central Farm was an oasis flourishing from 1992 - 2006.Our Mission:Farmers and supporters have formed the South Central Farm Restoration Committee with the intention to #BuyBackTheFarm. Our goal is to secure the farm and protect one of the last and largest remaining undeveloped parcels of land in LA County. With a land trust in place the farm would be a permanent jewel for the city of LA’s sustainability and green endeavors.Current Landowner:Today the land is owned by the PIMA Alameda Partners, LLC, a clothing conglomerate (Poetry, Impact Mfg., Miss Me, Active Basic USA) – with plans to develop the parcel into a retail manufacturing and warehouse facility. With literally hundreds of comparable sites in the LA metro area to choose from, selling the parcel back to the South Central Community will allow for PIMA to be part of the solution for a greener Los Angeles. The South Central Farm is securing pledges with partners who are ready to step up with funding if PIMA becomes a willing seller.How to Help: In addition to signing the petition, join the conversation online through following @BringBackSCFarm on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. You may also send a Letter of Support to the to the City Council. In the coming weeks we will share community events and powerful opportunities to lend your valuable support. You can email the campaign directly: BringBackSCFarm@gmail.comThe South Central Farmers have continued their mission and currently sell organic produce at 10 Farmers Markets throughout Los Angeles, as well as drop-off CSA boxes in over 15 locations (which we encourage you to visit). Widespread Support:Response to the initial phase of the campaign has been strong with widespread support from respected leaders and celebrity advocates like: Daryl Hannah, Scottie Thompson, Shailene Woodley, Nicole Richie, Ian Somerhalder, Van Jones, Moby, and others. Closing: Restoring the farm to it's original location will help grow community involvement and cultural celebration through its programs and park facilities. It will provide more oxygen and less pollution as well as lower greenhouse gasses in one of the dirtiest air corridors in all of Los Angeles, and it will grow the idea in people’s hearts and minds that if you work hard enough for something it will bloom.

South Central Farm Restoration Committee
1,101 supporters