Petition to Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Manila City Council, Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau
Reclaim Harrison Park: Save Manila
Following the success of the Save Rizal Memorial Sports Complex campaign three years ago, the RMSC is currently being rehabilitated and renovated for the 2019 SEA Games. However, the fight continues for more green spaces in the city as the Harrison Park area faces an unsure future. The Martells' contract with the city government is set to end in 2021. SM Prime is set to buy them out of the contract to redevelop the area into a mixed-use commercial area with residential components. Manileños might lose another opportunity to add greenery to its concrete jungle. Harrison Park is originally one of the four major public parks envisioned by Daniel Burnham who created the masterplan for the City of Manila in 1905. With the area framed by Estero de Maviubig, Dewey Boulevard (now Roxas Boulevard), and Vito Cruz street, landscape plans were prepared alongside revision. “Historically, the Harrison District itself was intended as a park to manage flooding in Malate while creating a civic space to anchor a pleasant and integrated community. Forgetting the historical function of an area leads precisely to the problems we see in that area today,” the Heritage Conversation Society emphasizes. Unfortunately, only RMSC was completed before the war. The de facto Harrison park continued to act as an extension of the RMSC with few amenities to serve children and adults. In the last 1960's, portions of the park were carved out to host Bangko Sentral Pilipinas and the Ospital ng Maynila, leaving the rest left out until the suspicious rezoning of the area into commercial use. Harrison Plaza mall and Century Park hotel will be built later on. With the rise of Isko Moreno to mayoral seat of the City of Manila, a new hope for a greener Manila blooms. The residents of the City of Manila, as well other Filipinos, call on Mayor Moreno to reclaim Harrison Park as a parkland. Converting Harrison District back to green space will help drain floodwater in Malate-Ermita area; revitalize Fort San Antonio Abad, Metropolitan Museum, RMSC, and other attractions in Manila; increase tourism potential for the city of Manila; serve as much needed breathing space for surrounding institutions (BSP, DLSU, PSC) and the Ospital ng Maynila; increase land value in surrounding areas and unlock higher commercial activity, and most importantly, improve the quality of life in the city of Manila. This petition calls for the Manila City Government to redevelop the current Harrison Plaza area into full open and green space. Public parks should be the first priority. Residential and commercial components like Paulo Alcazaren's proposal that only leaves maximum 10% percent of the current Harrison Plaza to commercial development is encouraged. For example, the area of Century Park and the lot beside it can provide an ample commercial space lucrative enough for business. The residential area across the Ninoy Aquino Stadium can also be turned a into high-rise public housing district area. The harmony between commercial, residential, and most importantly public spaces will ensure a revitalized Malate with the Harrison Park in the forefront. Mayor Isko Moreno, reclaim the Harrison Park. As the lease contract ends in 2021, take back the park of the Manileños. A healthy environment and high quality of city living goes before economic interests. Both the cultural and economic development can be achieved in Harrison district. Make Manila greener, Save Manila. The fight for a greener city never stops. Public spaces should be for the people. Suggested readings Reimagining Harrison Plaza as a Park by Rachelle Medina Statement on Rizal Memorial Sports Complex by Heritage Conservation Society
Petition to Mike Signer (Mayor), Wes Bellamy
Keep the Robert E. Lee statue in Lee Park
A 15 year old student says she feels uncomfortable going to Lee Park because of the statue of General Robert Edward Lee and is requesting city council to take it down and rename the park essentially stating that Lee represents slavery, segregation, and white supremacy. The statue is a memorial to a great American who fought in the Mexican-American War, and was a great military engineer before the Civil War as a member of the U.S. Army and tried to unify the country after the Civil War. Lee was a forward thinker, he tried to heal our country, to bring it back together. A man who inspired men 150+ years ago and still inspires men and women today when they learn the true and honest facts about the Virginia Gentleman. The statue does not represent slavery or white supremacy. Lee himself did not stand for those institutions and for the Charlottesville City Council to condemn this man and the statue in the same breath because of erroneous views is wrong. Lee freed slaves he inherited and did not wish to fight but out of loyalty to his state as was the norm in 1860, he resigned his commission in the U.S. Army and accepted commission in the C.S.A. Army to defend his state, not slave owners. By tearing this statue down the City council is dividing our nation once again and erasing all the work Lee did 150 years ago to reunite our country after the Civil War. Keeping the statue is not romanticizing the war, it's paying respect, honoring and remembering the sacrifice the sons of Virginia gave to her. Save the statue, let Lee stand in Lee Park!!
Petition to Hawaii Governor
Stop TMT Construction and Arrests of Mauna Kea Protectors
Aloha Governor Ige, We, the undersigned, are in support of the letter submitted to you by the Mauna Kea Hui dated April 1, 2015. We accordingly urge you to do the following: • Immediately halt all TMT-related construction on Mauna Kea.• Immediately stop all arrests and other interference with those standing in protection of Mauna Kea. • Upon thorough review of the facts presented to you, revoke the CDUA that was wrongfully issued to the TMT project, and protect Mauna Kea from further destructive development from here on. We urge you to act in the spirit of ALOHA, in accordance with the laws of the State of Hawaiʻi and international standards protecting indigenous peoples, the environment, and Mother Earth, to take expedient action in this matter. Truly respecting the host culture of this land means respecting the sacred places that that culture has held in reverence for millennia. Doing so lays a good foundation for genuine healing of the longstanding historic wrongs that continue to affect the well-being of everyone in Hawaiʻi. You have an opportunity to begin a great healing process right now, and to turn the future of Hawai'i toward one that is truly pono. We urge you to take this opportunity, for all of Hawaiʻi and the world. Please protect Mauna Kea.Additional Links:Online Photo March, showing worldwide and local support for Mauna Kea.Kahea Resources and Documents relating to Mauna KeaCease and Desist Request filed on March 31, 2015 by E. Kalani FloresLetter to Governor Ige from Mauna Kea Hui delivered on April 1, 2015List of Online Information Links for Mauna Kea (continually updated)
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 Casey Tighe, Lizzy Szabo, Lesley Dahlkemper
Preservation of Dinosaur Ridge and Surrounding Open Spaces and Park Land.
PETITION OBJECTING TO REZONING & COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT We, the undersigned, object to the forthcoming application to rezone the parcels of land located along C-470 in the Rooney Valley, particularly at the Northwest and Southeast corners of W. Alameda Parkway and C-470 for the reason that this land should be preserved in its natural state for the benefit, education and enjoyment of current and future generations. This land of historic and geologic significance is home to the Dinosaur Ridge Museum and Visitors Center, and lies in the Rooney Valley surrounded by the natural beauty of the Foothills, Dinosaur Ridge, the Dakota Hogback, Green Mountain, Bear Creek Lake, parks and open spaces. The proposed rezoning and commercial development is not compatible with and will forever negatively change the fundamental nature of the area surrounding one of the world's most famous dinosaur fossil localities found in the Morrison Fossil Area National Natural Landmark. Consequently, the rezoning application must also be denied because the proposed development will not promote the health and welfare of the current and future residents and landowners of the surrounding area.
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 Jack Evans, Muriel Bowser, Phil Mendelson, David Grosso, Anita Bonds, Elissa Silverman, Robert White, Brianne Nadeau, Mary Cheh, Brandon Todd, Kenyan McDuffie, Charles Allen, Vincent Gray, Trayon White, W. G. Sizemore II, Adam Peters
Petition against Masonic Temple Development and Tax Abatement
We, the undersigned, reject the development planned by the Masonic Temple for the lot at 15th and S Streets. NW and petition the Masons, Mayor Bowser, Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (Ward 5), who introduced the abatement bill, our Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans and all the DC Councilmembers to reject this over-sized development in favor of a park. Neighbors around the Masonic Temple at 16th and S Streets. NW, heard a presentation on Oct. 18, 2018, by the developer Perseus for 150-unit luxury apartments including 2 levels of subterranean cellar apartments. Opposition was loud, insistent and articulate: 1. $22 million tax benefit: We oppose the bill then pending in the City Council to grant a $22 million tax abatement for the Masonic Temple’s development. The District Chief Financial Officer found the abatement not needed in a report in 2017. 2. The Design: We reject the design of the proposed building. It is not ‘in any way historically compatible with the neighborhood.’ The building is too large compared to the historic row homes that surround and originally occupied the site. The footprint of the 65’ high building would block the views of the Temple. “It looks like commercial developments on 14th St.,” were among the comments. 3. The proposed luxury residences will cause more displacement: We object to the inevitable hike in property values and taxes which the proposed luxury building will bring to the whole neighborhood and the subsequent displacement of residents - residents who are black, the last vestige of a once thriving black community. Residents recall the history of the Masons buying all the rowhouses on S and 15th behind the Temple decades ago, displacing the black residents and demolishing their historic homes just before the Greater 14th Street historic district was declared in 1994. The land has since remained undeveloped and unoccupied, depriving the city of tax revenue. 4. Major environmental threat: We note the project plans for two subterranean levels of apartments and two underground parking levels going down 40’, raising concerns that the underground aquifer and myriad streams will be disrupted. An impact study is needed. 5.Threat to pedestrians and cyclists: We are alarmed for the safety of pedestrians / cyclists in front of the proposed building which will open on 15th to a two-lane cycle track. "You may as well put out the ghost bikes now because people will die," said an attendee.
Petition to Glendale City Council
Study the feasibility of a path along the Verdugo Wash
We, the undersigned support and encourage Glendale City Council to authorize a feasibility study of the possibility of developing a pedestrian/bicycle trail along the Verdugo Wash from Crescenta Valley Park to the Los Angeles River. The study will help determine possible alignments for the trail, cost estimates, transportation connectivity and include comprehensive community input to ensure the trail offers the greatest number of benefits to the region while minimizing its impact on those adjacent to the Wash.