[fosc] Oak to Ninth Petition Deadline 8/17/06

nancy sidebotham nannystu at pacbell.net
Tue Aug 1 11:06:43 PDT 2006


Hi all,

I am picking up some petitions today and will have them for
anyone who would like to help get signatures.....Other's wishing
to pick up copies see the email that follows from Valerie

Oakland is literally being sold down the river and we need to
stop this.  Hard work went in to many years of community
participation to come up with a vision for our waterfront and
Perata, Jerry and the Council have thrown our input back in our
faces.

We have seen too many ill conceived projects being shoved down
our throats...Let's stop this one in it's tracks.

Call or email me if you can get signatures as time is of the
essence.  Deadline is August 17th, 2006.

Nancy
635-2678
nannystu at pacbell.net




( Dear friends, Your response to this appeal is urgently
requested.  To those I will see this week, please indicate what
level and or type of support you are able to offer.  Feel free
to broaden the circle of support by forwarding this appeal to
friends and email lists ... Thanks in advance.)
______________________

DON'T LET THEM WALL OFF OUR WATERFRONT !

On July 18, the City Council approved one of the largest
transfers of public land to private hands in the history of
Oakland. A complicated deal allows Signature Properties to build
3100 condominiums on 64 acres of public waterfront land between
Oak St and Ninth Avenue. The League of Women Voters of Oakland,
the Sierra Club-Northern Alameda County Chapter, the Green
Party, Coalition of Advocates for Lake Merritt (CALM), and a
growing list of neighborhood groups are part of a coalition
supporting a referendum to suspend approvals on the Oak to 9th
development, and seek to obtain "A Better Deal" for Oakland and
its people. Only 30 days are allowed to referend the City
Council's approval by a petition of Oakland voters.

As time is extremely short, your help is urgently needed to:
a)  Contribute money.
b)  Phone bank to help recruit more volunteers.
c)  Help gather signatures.
To assist this huge effort, call the Oak to 9th Referendum
Coalition at 836-0828;  Website:  www.ABetterOakToNinth.org

SO WHY IS THE REFERENDUM COALITION OPPOSED TO THIS DEVELOPMENT
DEAL?

1.  It abandons the Estuary Policy Plan, developed with broad
public input, in favor of a developer's wish list for profit.

2.  It deprives the public of open space envisioned in the
Estuary Policy 
Plan. We lose:
       * A large percentage of what was to be a regional-sized
open space
       * Clear views of the waterfront
       * An large open area that can be used for public
festivals.

3.  When 78% of Oakland voters approved Measure DD, the three
parks identified in the Estuary Policy Plan were to be funded in
part by the bonds. This money could serve to leverage other
funds for park development. 
Instead, some of the planned park land will be condos.

4.  Affordable housing
       * Is segregated on the least desirable land next to the
noisy and polluted freeway and railroad tracks

       * Is completely subsidized by the City, tying up all City
affordable housing money (all tax increments from all
redevelopment areas) for the next 10 years. The developer should
pay a fair share.

       * Sets a bad precedent: Unlike other cities, developers
in future oakland projects will expect similar full subsidies
from the city.

5.  No school is provided to serve the 1,000 - 2,000 children
expected to live there.

       * Public schools serving the area are already overcrowded

       * Children would have to cross a major access street,
railroad tracks with up to 75 trains daily, beneath the 880
freeway to reach a school 

       * The school district's State Administrator is presently
negotiating to sell nearby district property which houses 5
schools.

6.  Inadequate planning for pedestrians, cars, and mass transit
will cause traffic congestion and public safety problems. Access
is across very active railroad tracks.

7.  The Ninth Avenue Terminal would be substantially demolished.
 We would lose
       * A chance to create a destination landmark like Pike
Market in Seattle, or similar port projects in New York City,
Savannah, and even Richmond California, which has announced
plans to reuse a large old Ford warehouse on that city's
waterfront.
       * A sense of place, the last reminder of Oakland's
historic waterfront. At least 1/2 of the terminal should be
re-used.
       * A public resource built with public bond money will be 
replaced by open space on a concrete platform.

ACTIONS IN PROCESS TO CHANGE THE OAK TO 9TH DEVELOPMENT:

1.  Lawsuits:  In the last week, two lawsuits were filed against
the  City based on the poorly prepared Environmental Impact
Report. The first is by Oakland Heritage Alliance, and focuses
on the portion of the EIR dealing with the Ninth Avenue
Terminal. The second suit by the Coalition of Advocates for Lake
Merritt (CALM) and open space activist Joyce Roy emphasizes
environmental issue and other deficiencies many see with the
EIR.

2.  Referendum:  The Oak to Ninth Referendum Committee formed to
collect signatures for a referendum on the Development
Agreement.

In a referendum, if enough valid signatures are gathered, the
City would be required to put the development on hold until they
either rescind their vote on the agreement, or to put the
agreement to a vote of the people.

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1.  Contribute money.
      Send a check (as generous as possible) to Oak to Ninth
Referendum Committee, P.O. Box 20355, Oakland CA 94620

2.  Phone bank to help recruit more volunteers

3. Help gather petition signatures.

TO HELP WITH THIS HUGE EFFORT, CALL THE OAK TO 9TH REFERENDUM
COALITION AT 836-0828. WE ONLY HAVE UNTIL AUGUST 17 TO COLLECT
18,700 VALID SIGNATURES!

DON'T SELL OFF OUR PUBLIC PARKLAND!!






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