[chrysalis.activism] Fwd: We need your VOICE! Literally!

Anna McFall annasmcfall at gmail.com
Thu Sep 24 12:29:32 CDT 2020


Another nicely pre-addressed email template here at the "letter" link.

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From: South Berkeley Now! <southberkeleynow at gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 23, 2020, 10:56 PM
Subject: We need your VOICE! Literally!
To: <annasmcfall at gmail.com>


Urgent Action- raise your hand on the ZOOM Public hearing Sept 30 ACTION:
Support the BART MOU and maximum number of affordable homes! SEND A LETTER
TODAY! Read your statement at the Sept 30 meeting for maximum effect. Dear
neighbors- A big thank you to all who sent

*ACTION: *Support the BART MOU and maximum number of affordable homes! SEND
A LETTER
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Read your statement at the Sept 30 meeting for maximum effect.

Dear neighbors-

A big thank you to all who sent letters to the Sept 16 Planning Commission
hearing on the Adeline Plan! Voicing your support for higher density and
affordable housing near transit and at the BART parking lots is critically
important. The Public Hearing is still open and we need more people to
speak on Sept 30. We must show the Planning Commission, the City Council
and BART how much support there is for making a real impact on our housing
emergency and climate crisis in South Berkeley. And that we want to be part
of the solution and build housing and transit improvements NOW.

Unfortunately, the current draft Plan has some major problems. First and
foremost, the Subcommittee added language that contradicts the BART
Memorandum of Understanding that the City Council adopted unanimously, and
this threatens getting homes built on the BART parking lots. The
controversial provisions added create confusion about the planning process,
they usurp the role of the recently formed Community Advisory Group (CAG),
and they include requirements that would actually reduce the total number
of low-income homes we could build by severely restricting the feasibility
of the Ashby BART development overall. See the BART letter here page 183.
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Second, we must keep making the point that the proposed new zoning does not
increase housing density in the Adeline Plan transit area, and in fact
reduces it which constitutes an illegal downzoning.

Our demands: 1) Remove provisions in the Adeline Plan that contradict the
BART MOU and that BART identified in their Sept 14 letter to PC. 2)
Maximize the *number* of low income homes that will be built on Ashby BART
rather than requiring a total percentage. 3) Reject the go-slow, phased
approach to our housing crisis advocated by one commissioner; 4) Increase
the base zoning and increase the incentives of the Adeline Plan area so
more housing and more affordable homes are likely to get built in our
neighborhood.

Please speak during the Public hearing as it will bring more attention to
these points. Raise your hand to speak to make your voice heard *on ZOOM: *:
Please use this URL https://zoom.us/j/97055841131.

We must say NO to downzoning and YES to more housing NOW!

*Planning Commission Agenda- **WEDNESDAY SEPT 30 7PM*
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Reference ADELINE CORRIDOR PLAN: AGENDA ITEM #10
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from Sept 16 meeting.

Send letters by 12 noon Monday Sept 25 to get into the Supplemental
Communications packet.

*THANK YOU FOR YOUR ACTION TODAY!*

Ariella, Betsy, Jon, Matt, Peter, Teresa

*South Berkeley Now*

South Berkeley Now, Berkeley, CA94703, United States

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