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Nationwide | Support the Historic Preservation Fund
This Advocacy Alert is reposted from Preservation Action.
Urge Your Representative to Support Amendments to Restore and Provide Modest Increases for the HPF During Consideration of the Interior Appropriations Bill
The House of Representatives is expected to begin debate this evening on H.R 6147, the Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019, which funds the Historic Preservation Fund.
Urge your Representative to support the following three amendments up for consideration on the House floor that will provide modest increases for programs funded through the HPF:
- A bipartisan amendment offered by Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR), Turner (R-OH), Heck (D-WA), Courtney (D-CT), Adam Smith (D-WA), Katko (D-NY), and Keating (D-MA) that will increase HPF funding by $5 million, restoring appropriations for the HPF to the FY18 enacted level.
- An amendment offered by Representatives Clyburn (D-SC), Sewell (D-AL) and Adams (D-NC) that will increase funds for historic preservation grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities by $2 million.
- An amendment offered by Representative Sewell (D-AL) that will increase funding for competitive grants to preserve the sites and stories of the Civil Rights Movement by $2.5 million.
Contact your Representative and request that they support these 3 amendments to preserve and protect some of nation’s most historic resources by providing modest increases for the Historic Preservation Fund.
If you already have a personal contact in your Representative’s office reach out to that person directly. If you don’t have a personal contact, call your Representative’s DC office and ask to speak with the Interior Appropriations staffer. You can also contact the capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Representative’s office. Explain that these three amendments would restore funding and provide modest increases to the Historic Preservation Fund, which is funded through oil and gas lease revenue, not tax payer dollars. The HPF funds the work of State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers and critically important programs that help support preservation projects across the country and in their district/state.
Reach out today! The House is expected to consider H.R 6147 this evening.
San Francisco | Support the Mothers Building
The Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo contains four New Deal Era Murals by two women artists, Helen K. Forbes and Dorothy W. Pucinelli, the largest egg tempera murals in the West. The building, closed to the public for over 15 years, is an important example of San Francisco’s 1930s artwork. Supervisor Norman Yee’s district includes this historically important structure, and his support is critical in the efforts of the Friends of the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo to re-open the building in the near future.
For additional updates, join the Friends of the Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo group on Facebook, or go to www.richardrothman.net.
Writing a letter of support to Supervisor Norman Yee (Norman.Yee@sfgov.org) requesting help securing funding and increased attention for the project.
Huntington Beach | Help save Historic Wintersburg
Historic Wintersburg in Huntington Beach has announced a new collaboration with Orange Coast Gakuen, the non-profit Japanese Language School that has operated in Huntington Beach for over 42 years. The translation for the Japanese word “gakuen” is “study garden”, which is an apt description of an educational program partner for a historic goldfish and flower farm property. Historic Wintersburg–designated a National Treasure in 2015–will be working with Orange Coast Gakuen to explore the vision of a restored historical site with green open park space and an educational and cultural center.
Orange Coast Gakuen already provides educational programming in Japanese language, as well as cultural programming, such as ikebana (flower arranging), Japanese calligraphy, and tea ceremony. The role of a Japanese Language School with Historic Wintersburg is directly connected to its history. The Wintersburg Japanese Mission helped start and supported the four original Japanese Language Schools in Orange County in the early 1900s, at Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Costa Mesa and Laguna Beach. Elders and congregants of the Wintersburg Japanese Mission were among the first administrators and teachers, and also among the first arrested and imprisoned after the attack by Japan in 1941. During World War II, the Japanese Language Schools were shuttered and the majority of the buildings no longer exist. Orange Coast Gakuen has been without a permanent home for over 42 years.
It is hoped this vision will be realized with the purchase of the Historic Wintersburg property from Republic Services, Inc., the trash company that currently owns the property. The proposal to sell the property and demolish the historic structures for self storage development is on hold, per Republic Services. Historic Wintersburg remains endangered until the property is purchased for preservation.
Negotiations to purchase the property from Republic Services, Inc., are led by Historic Wintersburg’s national partners, the Trust for Public Land and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, with assistance brokering meetings by the Ocean View School District (Historic Wintersburg is adjacent to the Oak View preschool and elementary school in the Ocean View School District). The passage in June 2018 of Prop. 68 provides significant funding for the purchase of the property as a future heritage park site.
Please send letters calling for the sale of the property to the Trust for Public Land and for the preservation of National Treasure Historic Wintersburg as an act of corporate responsibility for American heritage.
Write Republic Services corporate management, Donald W. Slager, President and Chief Executive Officer, and board of directors, Manuel Kadre, Chairman of the Board, and Tomago Collins, Chair, Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility Committee, at:
Republic Services, Inc.
18500 N. Allied Way
Phoenix, AZ 85054
Click the links below for additional information
Chico | Save Historic Water Towers
Do you know of any efforts to preserve historic water towers or other historically significant infrastructure owned by water service public utilities? The Chico Heritage Association is currently working to preserve the town’s four historic water towers and needs help preparing options to preserve these iconic structures in their ongoing discussions with the current owners (Cal Water) and the Chico City Council.
To get involved, email Michael Magliari at email@example.com or join the group “Save the Chico Water Towers” on Facebook.
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Past Advocacy Alerts
LA | Support the Landmark Nomination of the Woman's Building
In January, the City of L.A.’s Cultural Heritage Commission (CHC) agreed to take Los Angeles Conservancy’s landmark nomination for The Woman’s Building under consideration. This Thursday, March 15, they will decide whether to recommend designation to the City Council.
Attend the meeting on March 15th, or email your comments in support of landmark designation to:
Senior Planning Deputy
Councilmember Gil Cedillo
Office of Historic Resources
Please copy firstname.lastname@example.org so that the Los Angeles Conservancy can track progress.
LA | Save Roosevelt High School
The Los Angeles Unified School District has proposed a plan to modernize Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, which includes demolishing almost all of the school’s historic buildings.The Los Angeles Conservancy and the Committee to Defend Roosevelt High School/Defendamos la escuela Roosevelt High School are supporting community members who want to preserve the most important historic elements of the school.
Fresno | Heartbomb Hotel Fresno
Show your love for the Hotel Fresno by dropping by on Sunday, February 18th at 12:30 to create a “heart bomb.” Heart bombs are love letters to historic places that appear at historic sites nationwide, on local landmarks, and around places both safe and threatened.
Martinez | Vote for Martinez to win $500,000
The City of Martinez is a finalist in a contest to win $500,000 to revitalize its downtown!
A vote for Martinez is a vote for the small business owners who have revamped Main Street, bringing new energy while ensuring historic preservation. You don’t have to live in Martinez to vote, but you can cast a new vote everyday, with as many email addresses as you have.
Please go and vote for Martinez as this is a once in a lifetime shot! https://www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution/main-street/season-three
Napa | Save the Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society
The Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society is an important educational, cultural, recreational, and historical resource for the community. It interprets the agricultural and industrial heritage of the Napa Valley and is enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year in a multi-generational setting. Its eviction would be a devastating loss of a piece of Napa’s heritage that engages families and promotes community identity. Help save this site by signing the petition!
Nationwide | Save the Historic Tax Credit
Urge Your U.S House Member to Sign Historic Tax Credit Dear Colleague Letter
The Historic Tax Credit is under threat of elimination in the current tax reform legislation. The House tax reform bill eliminates the program, while the Senate version of the bill retains the 20% Historic Tax Credit. The House and Senate will now reconcile the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill in conference committee.
Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR) is leading a dear colleague letter to be sent to members of the Tax Reform conference committee urging them to retain the Historic Tax Credit in tax reform legislation.
Call or email your U.S House Member and urge them to add their name to the Historic Tax Credit dear colleague letter by contacting Emily Mace in Rep. Westerman’s office at (202) 226-0587 or email@example.com.