15 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mary Jane Burke, , Lisa M. Santora, Dr. Willis, David Haglund, Stephanie Anello, Matthew Duffy, Sean McPhetridge, Dr. Kim Wallace, Jim Hogeboom, Polly Bove, Cheryl Jordan, Diann Kitamura

Keep Us Safe: Unhealthy Air Quality Should Cancel School For Bay Area This Week

UPDATE: Link to press release from Mary Jane Burke: Comment your school district, superintendent, their name and email if you want them added as a petition decision maker (they'd receive petition updates)! Please email and call your school superintendents, principals, and officials! Help keep us safe. Among multiple fires this year, the current wildfire has become a public health concern this week. People in the Bay Area have been affected by the smoke and ashes, wearing masks and staying indoors. Families have been brought together by the devastating fires in order to help family members evacuate and pack up homes and pets. Countless friends and families, throughout California have been personally affected by the fires, whether in health, loss of material possessions like homes and land, loss of pets, and even loss of life. In order to continue to strive to keep our children, our friends, and our family safe, this petition has been created to ask that schools in the Bay Area follow Sonoma County’s lead and close due to unhealthy air quality. This will allow families time to evacuate their belongings and family members and will help keep our students and children safe from the toxic and unsafe levels of smoke and ashes. Thank you on behalf of concerned parents, students, families, and community members.

Bay Area Residents
129,778 supporters
Update posted 6 months ago

Petition to Diane Jacob, Bill Horn, Kristin Gaspar, Ron Roberts, Greg Cox, David Hall

Don't approve housing development that increases wildfire risk

California’s wildfires are only getting worse, yet San Diego County is considering approval of a housing development that fails to provide adequate roads for evacuation during a fire and doesn't meet the fire code, in one of the county’s riskiest wildfire-prone areas. Join me in telling the San Diego County Board of Supervisors that housing developments that unnecessarily risk the lives of residents and firefighters during wildfires should not be allowed in San Diego County. West of the city of Escondido and south of San Marcos is the small, rural community of Harmony Grove. My family lives there and 11 of our neighbors lost their homes there during the Cocos Fire. Bordered by the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and Del Dios Highlands Preserve, it is rated a very high fire hazard severity zone by CAL FIRE. Now a Colorado-based housing developer wants to build 453 homes in Harmony Grove, on a plot of land zoned for 25, with only one dead-end road to evacuate on during a fire. State and county fire code requires high-density housing on extended dead-end roads to provide secondary access. The proposed Harmony Grove Village South (HGVS) development has a dead-end road over 5x the maximum allowed length and no plans for a secondary exit.  The developer has asked for an exception to the fire code claiming the area’s steep topography, wildland fuels, environmental issues, distance to connecting roads, and easement rights made a secondary road infeasible. The fire code isn’t something you throw out because logistical or financial constraints made it inconvenient to the developer. The developer wants the profit from forcing 453 homes into that space, without footing the bill for the corresponding additional infrastructure required to make the housing project safe. There are 60 existing homes that rely on the current road to evacuate. With the added 1,500 to 1,800 vehicles expected from the HGVS development and only one road, a best-case evacuation time would take at least 1.5 hours.  Modeling predicts that wildfires in the area can spread at 17 mph, so the development and its evacuation route can become encircled by a wildfire in less than five minutes. On July 25, 2018, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will decide on whether to allow this development and its unprecedented exception to the fire code. Join me on this petition and tell the supervisors we do not need housing developments that endanger residents, firefighters, and emergency responders. For more information see:

Erin Dummer
668 supporters