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wildlife conservation

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Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Menlo Park City Council, Karen Grove, Rachel Horst, Lauren Bigelow, Heather Leitch, Nevada Merriman, Chelsea Nguyen, John Pimentel

Save Menlo Park Green Spaces

A real life case of déjà vu. Sharon Park is back on the chopping block for development after we fought and won in 2012. While we all are in agreement that our beloved town is in a housing crisis and the need for affordable housing is crucial, who speaks for the trees? At what point do we gobble up all of our natural resources until there is nowhere for our children to experience nature without paying admission? Please sign the petition and add your personal comment of why our parks should be permanently preserved from development. Every signature counts. Please share this petition widely on your social media. The City of Menlo Park has a mandate to zone for almost 3,000 additional housing units.  This represents an increase of almost 24% on the current housing stock of 12,347 units (according to the 2010 U. S. Census).  In order to help accomplish this goal, the Chair of the Housing Commission (Karen Grove: karenfgrove@gmail.com ) has proposed converting the two acres of wooded open space on the west end of Sharon Park to high‐density housing units. She has also proposed considering Burgess Park for housing development.  Please sign the 2021 petition.  Please have every person in your household sign the petition.  If you have children or grandparents, etc. that do not have their own email addresses please sign the petition on their behalf and note that you did so. Please note that this is not the first time that we have had to petition the city about this green space.  A similar proposal to develop this parcel was proposed in 2012.  That proposal was defeated as we hope this one will be as well. Please join us in opposing the use of this green space for housing: -Most of the 3,000 additional units that will be added into Menlo Park will not have recreational or green spaces immediately around them.  These new residents need access to green spaces such as the west end of Sharon Park.  Using this green space for development will adversely impact public health and degrade the quality of life for current and future residents. -Using this park for housing is anti-green.  Developing this space will remove this park as a carbon dioxide reducing asset in the city of Menlo Park. -Using this park for housing is anti mental health.  Many people use this open space to decompress from the stress of daily life or to meditate or reconnect with nature. -This location is far from services and transportation which is a strong requirement for this development. -This location is a vital resource for those who live in the many multi-family housing units and apartments located in the Sharon Heights neighborhood. -Sharon Park is not solely a Sharon Heights nor a Menlo Park resource.  It is used by hundreds of people from nearby towns.  It is routinely used for picnics, birthday parties, dog walks, playful exploration, wedding photos, senior photos, and quinceañera photos by non-Menlo Park residents. -Sharon Heights is a very thoughtfully planned development.  The density profile runs from highest density to lowest density proceeding along Sharon Park Drive starting at Sand Hill Road and proceeding westward.  Putting medium or high density development at the west end of Sharon Park dishonors this extremely thoughtful plan which we have all benefitted from. -In 2012, The City Attorney ruled that Sharon Park was “dedicated” as a park.  The following is an extract from that ruling: “Although the land in question was not explicitly dedicated to the City for solely park use, the City Attorney has determined that by designating the land as parkland in a City’s General Plan and on various city maps and by operating the land as a park for an extended number of years, the land would be considered “dedicated” by the City as parkland.”  Reversing this ruling contradicts the prior ruling and dishonors the thoughtful analysis and discussion of the previous process. -Sharon Park's open space is home to Cooper's hawks, Red-tailed hawks and many other species that nest among the heritage trees.  It is also a transit area for white and blue herons and Canada geese.  Removing this wildlife space is an irreversible step that we should not take. Our Beliefs: Menlo Park needs well planned growth that accommodates for the needs of current and future residents.Menlo Park needs to add more affordable housing units across the city. Our Solution: -Consider up-zoning the Sharon Heights Shopping Plaza to allow for substantial renovation and expansion.  This plaza is tired and underutilized.  In addition, it is close to transportation and services.  Development here is consistent with the current density profile of Sharon Heights. -Consider up-zoning one of the many existing multi-family developments already in Sharon Heights such as Sharon Green Apartments, Sand Hill Place, Seven Oaks, Sharon Grove or Country Sharon (to name a few).  Most of these developments are also tired and underutilized.  They are also close to transportation and services.  Development here is consistent with the current density profile of Sharon Heights. -Consider using one of the many parking lots in downtown Menlo Park for multi-use development.  The wide open asphalt spaces are functional but unattractive.  Development here is consistent with the density profile of Menlo Park. -To protect Sharon Park, Burgess Park and other parks located throughout the City, the City Council should adopt Councilmember Mueller’s proposed Park Preservation Ordinance, and place a Measure on the ballot that would require a vote of Menlo Park residents to rezone park land.  Read more about the proposal here: https://www.almanacnews.com/news/2021/08/31/menlo-park-voter-ban-on-building-housing-at-city-parks-proposed -Watch this video: https://youtu.be/Cz-mpHU2jNc at around the 2:07 mark: August 2021 Housing Commission Meeting  The commission appears to be highly focused on developing raw land in the city of Menlo Park.  This single-minded development agenda is far from thoughtful, in our opinion.At 2:07:59 in the video, The Chair of the Housing Commission (Karen Grove) makes the following statement: ‘And we have public land in Sharon Heights.  Also, it's a beautiful park at 10 acres but there's a corner of it that is either barren or has eucalyptus trees on it. Eucalyptus trees are weeds so there's no problem in my mind getting rid of them.’This statement mischaracterizes the park as ‘barren’.  In fact, it has been systematically neglected and de-treed by the city over the past several years.This parcel has many oak trees on it as well and to characterize it as only having eucalyptus trees is simply untrue.  A brief census of the trees on the property shows 4 eucalyptus trees and over 50 oak trees.At 2:08:18 in the video, The Chair of the Housing Commission (Karen Grove) continues to describe the land: ‘The two adjoining streets to that corner, one of them is a golf course and the other has two homes, so I know that neighbors probably wouldn't be happy about that.’This is a second substantial misrepresentation of the adjacent properties to this parcel.  Google maps indicates that there are up to 11 more homes located on Siskiyou that back up onto this parcel.It could be construed that the Chair of the Housing Commission is attempting to bias the rest of the commission by diminishing this parcel as ‘barren’ and populated by ‘weeds’.  She is also substantially underrepresenting the number of existing residents (2 versus 13) that are adjacent to this parcel.  She has also grossly misrepresented the oak flora on the parcel.In addition to the 13 homes immediately adjacent there are scores of multifamily units and apartments located within one mile of the park.  The residents of these units need access to this park as well as access to all parks across the city.

Marie Klein Summers
1,692 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to City of Largo, Mayor & Commissioners

SAVE LAKE LARGO

TELL THE CITY OF LARGO TO VOTE NO ON CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE OF 800 8th AVE SE On April 6, 2021 the City of Largo voted to enter into a Development Agreement with Belleair Development Group to develop a parcel of land located at 800 8th Ave SE. Currently, a radio station owned by Genesis Communications, but before the radio station this land was part of the historic Donegan Dairy farm, and various stages of use for farming and grazing for livestock. The parcel has a history of agricultural use after a 500-acre lake (originally known as Lake Tolulu) was drained for the rich muck available to farmers. After the Dairy Farm was no more, there were still uses by livestock, migratory birds and other animals through the area known as Lake Largo. Eventually the smaller lake that was on the property was drained, and filled with material from East Bay Dr. when that was reconstructed and widened. From the Developer Agreement: “On April 6, 2021, the City Commission authorized, by a vote of 6-1, the Development Controls Officer (DCO) to negotiate the terms and conditions for a Development Agreement (DA) with BDG 800, LLC, agent for the property owner of two parcels of land with (PINs: 03-30-15-47970-100-1000 and 03-30-15-47970-100-0100) located south of 8th Avenue SE and west of Donegan Road. The DA would restrict the use to a 231-unit multifamily development with a thirty (30) percent affordable housing component and provide a conceptual site plan addressing buffering, site improvements and other potential mitigation. The property is approximately 15.46 acres with frontage on 8th Avenue SE and Donegan Road. The site is designated as an Industrial Limited (IL) future land use and is currently an improved agricultural use. The applicant is proposing to amend the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) to Residential Low Medium (RLM) to redevelop the site into a mixed income multifamily development utilizing incentives of Comprehensive Development Code (CDC) Chapter 14.” Nearby residents are concerned with many issues about developing this property: - Traffic  & Safety – the parcel is on a 2 lane road, with no shoulder. 800 8th Ave SE is adjacent to a Middle School, and Railroad Tracks. All outlets are 2 lane roads as well, with 8th Ave SE to the west out to Seminole Blvd, Central Park Drive, which is another 3 lane road leading to East Bay Drive. Going to the east, 8th Ave SE meets with Donegan Road at a dangerous curve, also no shoulder, with an eventual outlet to Lake Ave., yet another 2 lane road, which feeds out to Ulmerton Road, a 6 lane thoroughfare. Adding 231 units and 428 parking spaces will add to an already dangerous road where it has been documented for speeding issues, and heavy congestion any time school hours allow for parents dropping off and picking up their children. Congestion also is an issue with any special event at Largo Central Park just north of the proposed development site. If there is an accident at any of the major roads (Seminole Blvd, East Bay Dr., Ulmerton Rd) traffic cuts through these neighborhoods where drivers are not familiar with the roads or the constraints, and speed through residential areas to get to another outlet. The proposal for a 231+ unit development is also setting precedent with this size of development on a 2 lane road. All other apartments in the general area comparable to this size are on 4 or six lane roads, some with multiple ingress/egress points for the property. -  Storm water/drainage/sewage concerns – the Lake Largo area is probably the lowest point in the city, at approximately 9 feet above sea level. Ridge Rd/Clearwater-Largo Road, to the west, is approximately 70 feet above sea level. When we are in our rainy season, there are well-documented issues with flooding from Seminole Blvd down to the junction of 8th Ave SE and Donegan Rd, running across to Lake Ave to the east. This flooding occurs on both sides of the road and well past the property in question. -  Environmental concerns – people familiar with the area and the land have expressed concern for wetland grasses throughout the property that would need to be mitigated. The area is also a migratory path for many birds, and is a path for many animals, some of which include robins, eagles, coyote, coy wolf, giant (migratory) wood peckers, pileated wood peckers, owls, migratory geese, native butterflies, gopher turtles, rabbits, egrets, doves, horn bills, armadillos, osprey and countless other native species. - Historical Preservation concerns – The 15 acres at 800 8th Ave SE is historical as a part of the site of the first dairy farm in Pinellas County. The farm was founded in 1924 by C E Donegan and was known as Donegan's certified dairy farm. The farmhouse built by C.E Donegan still stands, is in good condition and is adjacent to the 15 acres proposed for development.  At one time there were 250 cows, with milk deliveries to stores and homes in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo and the beaches. During World War II, the farm delivered milk on the beaches. The owner has used the 15 acres unopposed for the last 20 years and is now forced to sell due to the loss of use of the land.  This land and the farm house should be considered for the “Florida Forever Plan” and should not be developed in any fashion until that consideration is complete.   Major improvements to the road, on both sides, need to be undertaken by the city and county to mitigate safety issues. This is a major work that would be years in the making. The same holds true for any improvements that are needed for storm water, drainage, and sewer, which will be under more strain with approximately 400 additional toilets and showers in the complex. Sidewalks need to be constructed the length of the road, not just around the property being developed.  There needs to be environmental impact studies ahead of this agreement. Residents contend this is not an appropriate use of the property in a single family home neighborhood on a two-lane road. We believe this is a short-sighted approach and the City needs to step back and gather more important information about the land in question, before making a decision. Please write to the commissioners and urge them to VOTE NO on this change. Attend the PUBLIC HEARING on October 5th at 6PM, either in person or via ZOOM, and make your voice heard! HELP US SAVE LAKE LARGO - Sign this petition to tell the commissioners to VOTE NO on changing the future land use of the property at 800 8th Ave SE. Also, please attend the commissioners meeting on Tuesday October 5th at 6pm in a show of support against this change. For more information visit our Facebook page - Save Lake Largo - or email savelakelargofl@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!!  

Debbie Sarcone
139 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, Donald J. Trump, Donald Trump

Stop the Trophy Hunt of Alaska’s Wolves and Bears

The Trump administration has opened the floodgates on trophy killings in Alaska. A new plan will allow mother black bears with cubs to be gunned down, and wolves with pups to be killed where they sleep. We can’t let Trump turn public lands like Denali National Park and Preserve into killing fields. Trump wants to make it legal in Alaska’s national preserves to kill wolves and coyotes from May 1 through August 9, which is the season when cubs are born. He also wants to allow the killing of mom bears still caring for young cubs and even the cubs. It also allows trophy hunters to slaughter wolves in their dens. It’s sickening. It isn’t the first time Trump’s dealt a death blow to Alaska’s bears and wolves. One of his first acts as president was stripping protections for these creatures on Alaska’s wildlife refuges. The Center for Biological Diversity filed suit within days, and our legal battle to make Alaska’s wildlife refuges safe again for bears and wolves is far from over. Now he wants to do the same thing on national preserves, expanding the reach of trophy hunters in Alaska. We have 60 days to stop this rule from being put on the books. This is the time to act. Alaska’s wolves and bears are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the slaughter of Alaska wildlife being hunted for their heads and skins.

Center for Biological Diversity
280,226 supporters
Update posted 4 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

Fight for the Endangered Species Act

Trump has just gutted the Endangered Species Act. New rules put in place by Trump and David Bernhardt will scale back critical protections for species listed as threatened and will make protecting new species under the Act even more challenging. Profits are now prioritized over wildlife protection—a give-away to greedy corporations that view our public lands and waters as profit centers. Think about what's at stake. Without the Endangered Species Act, wolves wouldn't be roaming the Rocky Mountains, grizzly bears wouldn't be in Yellowstone, bald eagles wouldn't be flying from coast to coast. The Act today is a lifeline for more than 1,700 animals and plants, from polar bears and ice seals to the dusky gopher frog and Hawaiian petrels. We know what happens when imperiled species lose protections: they get shot, trapped, poisoned out of existence. The Endangered Species Act has saved 99 percent of the species it protects from extinction. When animals lose protections too soon, or never get protected at all, they’re pushed faster toward extinction, and some even end up as wall mounts or pelts for living room floors. Demand Congress uphold the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that saved our country's wolves, grizzlies and bald eagles. Too many species — birds, fish, frogs, wolves, bears and whales — are counting on us. Join our resistance — sign our petition to stop the attacks on the Endangered Species Act and to save this law.

Center for Biological Diversity
184,636 supporters