RE: getting kicked out!
Alice & Dave:
Who are the board of directors the directors of ? ( i.e. Park & Rec., or the
municipality of Livermore, CA?) If they are just the directors of Park and
Rec., they are undoubtedly political appointees who are creatures of your
elected officials. Find out which officials are their sponsors and fill the
snailmail, voicemails, fax machines and email boxes of these and all of your
local elected officials about the impending issue. Emphatically state that
this is a litmus test issue and that you will hold them accountable at the
ballot box. Also, use the media. Seniors and children are best on your local
news. Bother your local newspapers, radio station and those nice radioactive
folks at your Livermore Laboratories who would like to appear "greener."
Have those 1,000 signatures appended to all of your mailings. Try to get
those thousands to be part of the effort. A community garden is an amenity
desired by the community and considered worthy enough to make trouble about.
Great luck, please tell me how this turns out.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: dave quinn [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Monday, March 20, 2000 1:19 PM
> To: 'email@example.com'
> Subject: [cg] getting kicked out!
> We are in Livermore California. Our small community garden has been in a
> location for 20 years, that is to become the new community center complex.
> While this has been understood and known all along, the gardeners were
> assured that construction would be to the west of their site and would not
> impact them. This is true. The construction of the new building which are
> now going to be built will be to the west of the gardens with existing
> tennis courts inbetween. Now the staff of the Park and Rec. District has
> desided that the gardens don't belong at the center--that they are ugly
> only serve the 30 gardeners who rent the plots. They want to replace it
> with a sand vollyball court, a picnic table and a half basketball court.
> This has gone to the board of directors and , even though about 1,000
> signatures form towns folk were collected to keep the garden in that spot,
> they voted to move the garden to a park on the edge of existing town, 4 to
> 1. I am the 1. I would like to know if you could provide us with any
> information that may help us overturn this vote. Do you have knowlege of
> any other community centers with gardens attached? Any statistics that
> people benifited form gardens, how it helps the community etc? If so could
> you get that information to me ASAP? Thanks! Alice Quinn, 2300 N.
> Ave., Livermore, CA 94550. firstname.lastname@example.org
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