Petition to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Robert Trevino, Rebecca Viagran, Rey Saldaña, Shirley Gonzales, Greg Brockhouse, Ana Sandoval, Manny Palaez, John Courage, Clayton Perry, Heber Lefgren, María Villagómez, Sheryl Sculley
San Antonio Backyard Chickens Under Attack!
We support updating the City of San Antonio's domestic fowl ordinances to allow more families the ability to legally keep small urban flocks. We feel arbitrary setbacks for small flocks are unnecessary (dogs don't have setbacks and cats wonder freely throughout neighborhoods). It is unfair that our current setbacks are making criminals out of people who raising chicken and fresh eggs in neighborhoods with smaller homes and yards. Currently, San Antonio allows only three (3) chickens without purchasing an excessive animal permit requiring an arbitrary setback. We would like to see San Antonio families be able to have up to eight (8) domestic fowls on city lots up to 7500 square feet (average lots size) with one (1) additional fowl allowed for ever additional 1000 square feet. We would like to see excessive animal permits required ONLY for people wishing to exceed these fair and reasonable limits. By establishing enforceable and measurable guidelines but not requiring an excessive animal permit, Animal Care Services can to redirect the resources current used to micro-manage small backyard flocks, towards more pressing issues like stray dogs or spay and neuter programs.. We also understand that it is important to protect the rights of our neighbors. We support continuing to hold chicken owners that violate the city's existing ordinances accountable to the same degree that cat and dog owners are held accountable. The current animal ordinances already prohibits unreasonably loud pets, loose pets (no “roaming-at-large”) and unsanitary conditions. There are state laws against cock fighting and a local ordinance, as proven in other cities, is not going to stop the criminals who engage in cock fighting. An ordinance that puts additional restrictions on backyard chickens, including roosters, is unfair and unnecessary and punishes families who are responsible chicken owners who keep a natural flock.Any ordinance that puts additional punitive restrictions on Backyard Poultry affects thousands of current chicken owners in San Antonio who responsibly keep small flocks of chickens. We are encouraged by the vision of our new Mayor and City Council and believe that any ordinance that San Antonio adopts should move the city forward, should not discriminate, and should be applied fairly and equally to all pet owners.
Petition to City Council
Reject Micah Posner's Duplex
Dear City Councilmembers, I do not approve of Micah Posner building a duplex at his 732 Riverside Ave. property for the following reasons: One of the "findings" is to provide 3 tandem parking spaces in the driveway. Posner/Minami have had 1-2 renters for the last 9 years, and they have not allowed their tenants to park in the driveway. We believe he will make the driveway *possible* for cars to park, but will still have his tenants park on the street. Once the unit is built, if he does not comply with this finding, there is no way to "unpermit" the unit. Even if he does comply, this now blocks the Wade'e easement which is their legal right in their contract, and will block ADA access to Fairytale Farm, which is a legal business which requires ADA access via their easement. The 3 cars will also cause significant noise and exhaust to blow into the Wade's living room and kitchen doors and windows, which face the driveway, causing respiratory harm to the Wades. 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 set to arbitrate 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. Posner/Minami built an attached patio cover 9 years ago without permits. It is still not permitted. He is trying to roll the permit in with this addition, but we feel it is not fair and is showing preferential treatment to not have the City force him to permit this first before getting approval for another addition. 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. The City has shown preferential treatment by not having a consequence for Posner lying while being censured. 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 and Akiko Minami 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.
Petition to Ward 1 Alderman - Kevin J. Cavanaugh, Ward 2 Alderman - Ron Ludwig, Ward 4 Alderman - Christopher Herbert, Ward 5 Alderman - Anthony Sapienza, Ward 6 Alderman - Nick Pappas, Ward 7 Alderman - William P. Shea, Ward 8 Alderman - Thomas Katsiantonis, Ward 9 Alderman - Barbara E. Shaw, Ward 10 Alderman - Bill Barry, Ward 11 Alderman - Normand Gamache, Ward 12 Alderman - Keith Hirschmann, At-Large Alderman - Daniel P. O'Neil, At-Large Alderman - Joseph Kelly Levasseur, Mayor Ted Gatsas
Reduce the Backyard Chicken restrictions in Manchester NH
To Whom it may Concern This Petition is being submitted to the Manchester NH Board of Alderman requesting that the overly restrictive ordinance limiting Backyard Chicken Ownership in this city be loosened, many lots in Manchester NH are 5000 square feet and this is a safe and acceptable size for the keeping of backyard chickens. The following changes are being proposed, reduce the required lot size from ½ acre to 1/10th acre, and reduce the minimum distance from property lines from 20’ to 5’. 8.30 The Keeping of Domesticated Chickens (09/14) 1. Purpose. It is the intent of this Section to allow for the keeping of domestic chicken hens in residential areas for the sole use and enjoyment of the residents of the lot on which such animals are kept. It is also the intent of this Section to protect and promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents by not allowing chickens of a number and type that would otherwise constitute a nuisance or menace to the public health and safety or cause disturbance of the peace in neighborhoods. Chickens kept as domesticated pets by the residents of a dwelling unit shall be maintained in accordance with all applicable City of Manchester ordinances and regulations, New Hampshire RSA 644:8 Cruelty to Animals, as well as the following provisions: Article 8. Supplementary Regulations for Specific Uses Page 8 - 21 a. Locations Allowed. Domestic chickens are allowed as an accessory use on any lot which is at least one tenth (1/10th) acre in size, is located in the “R-S”, “R-1A”, “R-1B”, “R-2”, “R-SM” and “R-3” zoning districts and which is utilized for residential purposes. b. Number and Type of Chickens Allowed. Up to six (6) chicken hens of any breed may be kept. Roosters are prohibited. c. Limitations. The keeping of chickens shall be for personal use only, and the owner of the property must be a resident of a dwelling unit on the lot where they are kept. No person shall sell eggs or engage in chicken breeding, slaughtering or any commercial activity related to the keeping of the hens. d. Henhouses and Fenced Areas Required. All hens shall be kept within structures and fenced areas and shall not be permitted to roam free nor to be kept or raised within a dwelling. Structures and fenced areas for hens must be located in side or rear yards and must be set back a minimum of five (5) feet from property lines. Henhouses and fenced areas must also meet the following standards: (1.) Henhouses and fenced areas must, at all times, adequately contain the hens, provide them with adequate ventilation, be kept in a neat and sanitary condition, and be maintained in a manner that will not disturb the use or enjoyment of neighboring lots due to noise, odor or other adverse impact. The henhouse must provide a minimum of three (3) square feet per hen; and (2.) Henhouses and fenced enclosures shall be no more than six (6) feet in height, be enclosed on all sides, and shall provide adequate protection for the hens from weather and wild or domestic animals; and (3.) The henhouse must be located upon a permeable surface that prevents waste runoff and the materials used in making the henhouse shall be uniform for each element of the structure. The use of scrap material shall be prohibited; and (4.) All chicken feed must be securely stored and protected from the elements; and (5.) All stored manure shall be composted in a fully enclosed structure or container and no more than three (3) cubic feet of composting manure shall be stored on the involved lot. All other manure not used for composting or fertilizing shall be removed from the property.
Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer (Founder & President Strategic Acquisitions Inc), Tony Hershman (Chief Operating Officer Strategic Acquisitions Inc)
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.