Petition to City of Rocklin, CA
Stop High Density Housing At Sierra College/Rocklin Rd Intersection(400 Oak Trees Destroyed!! 400 Extra Cars on Your Travel Route!!)
An LA developer with zero investment in the natural beauty of Rocklin plans to build 9 three-story apartment buildings, 195 apartments, approx 400 new residents near the intersection of Sierra College/Rocklin Road. Being planned for the first quarter of 2015 - act now!! An extra 400 cars are expected to exit onto the already busy Sierra College/Rocklin Rd intersection each day from this new construction. Apartment direct entry/exit located both on Rocklin Rd, and Water Lily Ln. It will be hell on your commute! 400 oak trees will be destroyed along with the natural habitats of many birds and other wildlife. 10 acres of land flattened, natural hills and landscape demolished. This high density housing project will also bring increased crime and decreased safety for our homes, families and children, in addition to increasing noise and other forms of pollution.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DO ANY OF THESE ISSUES AFFECT AND CONCERN YOU!? ACT NOW!!!! PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO PETITION AGAINST THIS DEVELOPMENT (AND GIVE A REASON FOR YOUR PETITION IF POSSIBLE). Read more below!---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE IMPACT TO ROCKLIN’S OAK TREES - THE CITY’S FAILED PROMISES In the past, Rocklin City has recognized the value of oak trees as a valuable natural resource for the area with their oak preservation guidelines stating; "Oak woodlands constitute a valuable natural resource for the city. They also provide habitat for many wildlife species. They contribute to the City's beauty and varied scenery. They also provide shade in parks as well as developed areas. Oaks enrich the soil and protect watersheds and streams from erosion". They have a clear and strong message, demonstrating how they will honor their commitment to "....address the decline of oak woodlands due to urbanization.....". However, with this proposal they do not appear to be honoring that commitment. The project will completely destroy 400 oak trees, and will flatten 10 acres of land. The natural beauty and wildlife will be replaced by 9 very large three story buildings, housing approx 400 residents. This will contribute to noise, light and other pollution, possible crime, decreased safety for our homes, family and children. Is the City paying lip service to us all as residents? In reality, the city allows developers the options simply pay into a fund to mitigate the loss of these trees. This mitigation fund collects money and stagnates….. With over $1.3 million accumulated in this fund already, it would appear that very little is being done to truly preserve these precious trees. INCREASED TRAFFIC Those who use Sierra College and Rocklin Road on a regular basis strongly believe that the proposed entry and exit routes into the development will cause significant delays to travel time and increased congestion. After all there will be approx. 400 extra cars entering and exiting the Sierra College Blvd intersection from the apartment complex. They will be entering just around 100 feet from two of the entrances of the intersection (north from Sierra College, West from Rocklin Rd), on this already very busy intersection. It’s clear to see how this will disrupt commuter traffic and the major trucking/transport companies, for whom Sierra College Blvd is essential route. A traffic impact study is being conducted for this development. These studies assess the impact of developments upon the traffic systems, such as intersections. However, the experiences of residents/commuters and their opinions about the current state of traffic, and how they feel the changes will impact upon delays and safety, are not taken into consideration as part of such studies. Furthermore, this traffic analysis study is conducted by a third party company hired by the developer, which though entirely compliant with the State guidelines, gives a general feeling of uneasiness, lack of confidence, and a feeling that there may be partiality within whole process.
Petition to Dannel Malloy, James Redeker, David Martin
Create the 1st Mile of the Merritt Parkway Trail - a 38-Mile Multi-use Trail and Greenway
We support the creation of a 38-mile multi-use public trail and greenway stretching from Greenwich to Stratford, CT. The trail would run through the woods within the 150-foot wide right-of-way owned by the Connecticut Department of Transportation on the south side (northbound) of the beautiful and iconic Merritt Parkway. It would be a safe and wheelchair accessible paved trail for recreation and transportation to be enjoyed by families, runners, walkers, cyclists, cross country skiers, dog walkers, and nature lovers. KEY BENEFITS OF THE TRAIL: creates a safe east-west route for recreation and transportation through congested southwestern CT abates pollution and noise by replacing automobile trips creates a wheelchair accessible trail for exercise for runners, walkers, cyclists, dog walkers, rollerbladers, and cross country skiers enables users to enjoy the beauty of CT and the Merritt Parkway’s historic bridges and landscape creates tourist destinations and sources of economic development closes the gap in an essential piece of the 3,000-mile, Maine to Florida, East Coast Greenway creates a popular recreational amenity and builds community encourages bicycling and walking (alternative modes of transportation) between residential, commercial and recreational areas, employment centers, shopping, a university and schools, all located along the length of the Merritt Parkway ECONOMIC BENEFITS: Studies of other trails (see link below) have shown that the tourist revenue over time exceeds the cost of construction the trail. The studies also show that the property values of homes increase if they are located closer to the trail which is viewed as a special amenity. Furthermore, homes for sale located closer to trails have been shown to sell more rapidly than those further away. Surveyed realtor organizations in many locations around the country profess that they actively use nearby trails to promote property sales. An example in Connecticut is that owners of homes along the Farmington Valley Trail have in fact asked that barriers that were initially installed, be taken down so that they can more easily enjoy the trail. We understand that the payback is long term, but the intangible benefits are substantial and immediate. HEALTH BENEFITS: It is well known that the rates of obesity and diabetes are growing dramatically in this country. Our increasingly sedentary lifestyle contributes to this epidemic. What is most disturbing is that these issues are showing up increasingly in our children. Having a safe off-road place for families to ride so children can learn to enjoy experiences that can keep them active for their whole lives can help reverse this trend. In fact, a 2005 study concludes that every $1 investment in trails for physical activity led to $3 in direct medical benefits. TRANSPORTATION BENEFITS: It is also well documented that one of the significant inhibitors to the future growth of the State of Connecticut is our clogged roadways. There are a significant number of corporate employers along the Merritt Parkway in towns such as Stamford, Norwalk and Fairfield. Over time, as our car dependent culture changes, more people will find it advantageous to travel via bicycle to work. This will be further enhanced by connections to MetroNorth train stations at Talmadge Hill in New Canaan and Merritt/7 in Norwalk and connects to bike lanes such as the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Pequonnock River Trail in Bridgeport and proposed bike lanes on High Ridge Road in Stamford. Existing commuter parking lots also provide parking spaces for those driving to the trail. Total usage should be substantial in this dense area of the state as evidenced by the fact that the Farmington Valley Trail in northern Connecticut has more than 300 thousand users per year. QUALITY OF LIFE: In 1987, President Reagan’s Commission on American Outdoors recommended the establishment of a national "network of greenways to provide people with access to open spaces close to where they live, and to link together the rural and urban open space in the American landscape." The Merritt Parkway Trail, which is part of the more extensive East Coast Greenway, will bring this vision alive for us all to enjoy. The establishment of the trail calls for bringing back plants and trees native to Connecticut replacing the invasive species in the right of way. It will be built in a way that compliments the historic nature of the Merritt Parkway. When Trail systems have been formally studied using user surveys, crime data, and reports from nearby property owners, trails have been universally shown to add to the quality of life for local citizens. We see this trail as the spine which will connect a network of trails throughout the towns of Fairfield County for the benefit of all who want to live, work and play here. Link to Referenced Studies: http://bit.ly/TrailStudies We ask that you support the construction of the Merritt Parkway Trail with Stamford as the 1st mile. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Petition to John Grant, Steve Morash
Save The Milton Art Center, Preserve our Neighborhood!
We are Milton residents who strongly oppose any plan to locate a Fire Station at the site of the Milton Art Center in East Milton. While we have great respect and appreciation for our Fire Fighters and public safety, we are joined in strenuous opposition to the proposed location plans for a new station in East Milton. The Milton Art Center has been welcomed and supported by the immediate neighborhood and plays a critical role bringing the arts to community life. The impact upon the neighborhood quality of life, residential appearance and resident property values would be substantial and destructive. While we understand the desire for the Town to improve the station in East Milton, this proposed location is entirely unacceptable and will have a devastating impact upon a large number of residents – through the destruction of a beloved and beautiful neighborhood, and the dismantling of the Milton Art Center, which is perfectly suited for the site and is an important civic institution. We urge the Town to immediately abandon this proposal and commit the site to the Milton Art Center.
Petition to Clear Creek Highschool, Greg Smith
Petition for Clear Creek HS to erect a Vegeta statue in honor of Christopher Sabat.
As some of you may be aware of, The voice actor, Christopher Sabat, graduated from Clear Creek High school in 1992. Christopher Sabat went on to voice act many different characters in multiple tv series, and video games. He has also been a voice director in various projects, and he even started his own audio production company OkraTron 5000. He is most well known for his work in Dragon Ball Z. He provides the voice work for such notable characters as Vegeta, Piccolo, Yamcha, Zarbon, Recoome, Jeice, Burter, Salza, as well as many others. Christopher Sabat is an incredibly talented gentleman and he deserves more recognition for it. That is where this petition comes into play. Clear Creek Highschool should Erect a life size Vegeta statue above a plaque that reads, "I wasn’t sure how long I could sustain the effort without breaking in two. It was as though the only thing holding my body together was myone burning desire to be better then Kakarott. Sometimes I thought I was losing my mind. Why wasn’t I able to obtain what Kakarott had obtained?! It didn’t make any sense. It was infuriating… and it was my fury that kept me alive. - In Honor Of Christopher Sabat the original Prince of Saiyans." I believe 100% that making this apperant to current and future students will help motivate and drive them to reach their goals.
Petition to Bishop Dennis Sullivan
Request Diocesan Bishop Sullivan to delay closing St. Michaels Church in Atlantic City, NJ. All public Sunday Masses will now end on September 27, 2015.
St. Michaels Church and Parish is 112 years old and a Historic Landmark and Cultural Center for Italian-Americans and Atlantic City. St. Michaels Church contains beautiful Italian Renaissance sculptures, frescos, paintings and sacred objects that are irreplaceable. $8 Million was spent in 2000-2001 to completely restore St. Michaels Church and the adjacent Dante Hall. Closing St. Michaels Parish which occupies almost a whole city block will eliminate the heart, soul, and character of the Ducktown District of Atlantic City and allow corporate developers of outlet type stores to commercialize the community and “take over” the historic area. Closing St. Mikes will further deteriorate a community in a City that needs the Churches’ spiritual and moral leadership more than ever. St. Michaels is an icon and model of the Mission of the Catholic Church to preserve community, traditional values, and the saving message of Jesus. St. Michaels Parish has hundreds of admirers who are not aware of the Churches closing many of whom are graduates. They deserve the right and the opportunity to Save St. Mikes for the future.
Petition to Tom Tidwell
Stop the destruction of Wolf Creek Pass, an irreplaceable Colorado treasure
Wolf Creek Pass in southwestern Colorado forms the pristine headwaters of the Rio Grande and San Juan Rivers. Bridging the South San Juan and Weminuche Wilderness Areas, the pass is beloved for stunning vistas and ample opportunities for backcountry recreation along the Continental Divide. It is also one of the most biologically-important areas in the Southern Rockies, providing habitat and migration pathways for elk, deer, black bear and the threatened Canada lynx. In fact, Wolf Creek Pass hosts some of the best remaining, critical and high-functioning lynx habitat in the state. Recently, the U.S. Forest Service approved a land exchange with a private developer, which will set the stage for a large scale development – 8,000 year round residents in over 1,700 units -- in some of the most important wildlife habitat in the heart of West. Impacts of the proposed development threaten local businesses in nearby Archuleta and Rio Grande Counties, unspoiled backcountry recreation opportunities along the Continental Divide, water supply and water quality for downstream communities, rare and ecologically valuable fen wetlands, one of the most critical wildlife corridors in the Southern Rocky Mountains, and the scenic beauty of our Colorado wild spaces. Please tell USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to stop the destruction of Wolf Creek Pass, an irreplaceable Colorado treasure.
Petition to Stephanie Pollack, Gina Fiandaca
Safer, better Sumner Tunnel Toll Plaza NOW!
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has been tearing up the Central Square area as part of THEIR future vision for toll collection. But residents’ calls for discussion of COMMUNITY VISION to improve pedestrian safety, access and open space in the project area have been ignored, or dismissed as “outside of the scope of the project”. We are requesting a community meeting to discuss EQUITABLE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE TOLL PLAZA AREA which will benefit public safety, traffic congestion, and quality of life for communities which have been adversely affected by this transportation infrastructure for decades.
Petition to Imperial Potentate Jerry G. Gantt
Shriners: Don't dishonor Confederate Veterans by banning their flag!!
On 10th day of August, 2015 Jerry G. Gantt, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International issued Special Order #4 prohibiting any Shriner (in an official capacity) to display a Confederate flag in public or in private, AND prohibits any Shriner (in official capacity) to participate in ANY event where a Confederate flag is displayed. This Special Order is a slap in the face to the 70,000,000 descendants of Confederate Veterans (also now considered by Federal law to be US Veterans) whose forbearers loved, served and were protected by the Southern Cross. Tell the Imperial Potentate to rescind his order! Although the good works of the Shirners are appreciated, Potentate Gantt's action is disrespecting your family and that you are offended.