Here’s what people are saying about Local Impact:

“We were able to mobilize significant community support in a short period of time with the help of Local Impact. I highly recommend it as an on-line organizing tool.”

–Jackie Jenks, Director, Central City Hospitality House*


“I just wanted to compliment you on the great Local Impact site. Very userfriendly – and giving big-business and conservative groups a run for their money! I hope more folks use Local Impact in the future.”

–Eric Mar, SF Board of Education*


“Local Impact had a great impact in one of our key campaigns for housing justice in San Francisco. We needed to get the word out quickly, and turn up the heat on a policy maker who thought no one was watching. It worked! Dozens of working-class tenants now sleep with the knowledge they will not be driven from their homes. Thanks Local Impact, you are an important resource for progressive activists.”

–James Tracy, Organizer, San Francisco Community Land Trust*


“Local Impact is a great way to spread the word to tenants about important rent control legislation and it lets tenants easily contact their elected officials–it’s very effective.”

–Ted Gullickson, Director, San Francisco Tenants Union*


“You guys are offering a really good service and it has contributed to our victory in getting the Oakland City Attorney to concede that environmental review must occur before pesticides are used as part of Oakland’s wildfire protection plan.”

–Maxina Ventura, East Bay Pesticide Alert*

“I love your website!”

–Christine Morrissey, East Bay Animal Advocates*


*Individuals quoted on this page have utilized Local Impact’s site in connection with at least one action campaign. Their testimonials should not be construed as an endorsement of any other action campaign featured on Local Impact’s site. Organizations are listed for identification purposes only.

Past Actions

Racial Justice, SF: Urge D.A. to Drop Charges Against Prof. Akom
January, 2006

SFSU professor Antwi Akom was racially profiled when he went to his campus office on Oct. 25, 2005. He then faced criminal charges arising from his confrontation with police. Student activists demanded that San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris drop the charges. Local Impact featured the issue, and 250 messages were sent through Local Impact to the District Attorney, demanding dismissal of the charges. In March 2006, the DA dropped all charges against Prof. Akom. For more information, see the website set up by student activists: www.justice4akom.org.

Tenant Rights, SF: Support anti-eviction condominium law
April, 2006

SF Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin introduced ground-breaking legislation to make buildings with specified evictions ineligible for condominium conversion. The legislation would provide a disincentive for speculator evictions. Local Impact’s action campaign targeted supervisors Dufty and Ma, who had opposed similar legislation in the past. Supervisor Dufty ended up voting in favor of the legislation, and it passed. This was a major victory for tenant rights advocates in San Francisco.

Death Penalty, CA: Support the death penalty moratorium
January, 2006

Assemblyman Paul Koretz (D-West Hollywood) introduced legislation that would place a 2-year moratorium on executions in California. The bill would have temporarily suspended executions while the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, a bi-partisan commission formed in 2004 to study the problem of executions of innocent persons, did its work. Local Impact launched an action campaign in support of the measure. The bill did not gather the requisite support to move forward in the state assembly. However, a recent court decision has resulted in a de facto moratorium on the death penalty in California for now.

Education, SF: Stop Public School Closures

The San Francisco Board of Eduction was about to vote to close many public schools in the Western Addition, Bay View and Mission districts. Local Impact featured an action campaign urging members of the Board of Education demanding to keep schools open in SF’s poorest neighborhoods.

Tenant Rights, SF: Stop Landlord’s From Severing Housing Services from Tenancies
July 2006

On June 27, 2006, San Francisco Supervisors passed a law to protect tenants’ rights to keep their parking spaces, yards, and storage areas. Fearing a Mayoral veto, tenant advocates called for the mayor to support the legislation, or at least not to veto it. Over 150 messages were sent to Mayor Gavin Newsom through Local Impact. The Mayor did not veto the legislation, which became law, providing important protections to tenants under rent control.

Tenant Rights, Oakland: Protect Rental Housing in Oakland

The Oakland City Council was considering special interest legislation from the real estate industry that would allow 800 units per year to be converted from affordable rental housing to high priced condominiums. East bay residents took action, appearing at hearings and sending messages through Local Impact to City Councilmembers urging them to vote against this attack on rental housing. Despite early indications that the measure would pass, it was tabled and sent to a committee for further review. This was a significant victory for tenant advocates in Oakland.

Worker Rights, CA: Support Household Workers

Local Impact launched an action campaign in support of AB 2536, a new law that would provide improved labor protections for household workers. The measure passed the California assembly.

Animal Cruelty, Bay Area: Tell Andronico’s to Stop Selling Eggs from Chickens Confined to Battery Cages

Andronico’s Market, a grocery chain in the San Francisco Bay Area, claimed to be “committed to the highest standards of animal husbandry” but was selling eggs from chickens confined in battery cages. East Bay Animal Advocates launched a campaign to pressure Andronico’s to join with its competitors like Whole Foods and Wild Oats markets to adopt a cage-free egg policy. Over 130 messages were sent through Local Impact to Andronico’s president. The campaign was a success. Andronico’s president agreed to feature only cage free eggs, effective October 1, 2006. Now EBAA has turned its focus to other local chain stores. For more info about EBAA’s ongoing efforts on this issue, www.cal-eggs.com.

Open Government, SF: Restore TV Coverage of Commission Hearings
February 2005

Until January 15, 2005, SFGTV (Channel 26) broadcasted Planning Commission and Police Commission meetings. This allowed San Franciscans to become more educated about local issues and engaged in local politics. Mayor Newsom’s office eliminated television coverage of these Commission hearings as part of midyear budget cuts.

Local Impact featured this issue on its site, urging concerned community members to send faxes to the Mayor. Within days, 30 letters were faxed to the mayor through Local Impact. SF Supervisors called for the Mayor to reinstate the coverage. Community pressure had its effect. The Mayor reversed his position within weeks, and the Police and Planning Commission hearings are back on the air.

Public Transit, SF : Stop MUNI Fare Increases and Service Cuts
February 2005

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Authority (MTA) threatened to balance its budget on the backs of transit riders by increasing MUNI fares and decreasing service. A broad coalition of transit riders, environmentalists and social justice advocates demanded that the MTA tap other revenue sources and refrain from taxing poor and working people who rely on public transit.

Approximately 100 people sent faxes to the MTA through Local Impact, and many turned out to testify at public hearings. Despite widespread opposition, the MTA board of directors approved by a vote of 4-2 a budget with the proposed fare increases and service cuts. The budget will be before the SF Board of Supervisors in June 2005.

Worker Rights, Berkeley, CA: Stop Union Busting at Berkeley Honda
July 2005

The new owners of Berkeley Honda (formerly Doten Honda) dismissed 15 union workers after taking over the dealership, and were replacing them with non-union labor. Local Impact featured an action campaign, and supporters sent messages to the owners urging them to rehire these workers. A deal was finally reached in April 2006 under which workers were to be rehired and phased in as business improved. (Business had plummeted during the ten months of rallies and public protests.)

Tenant Rights, SF: Tell Bank of Marin to Stop Financing Evictions
November, 2005

Upon learning that Bank of Marin was financing mass eviction projects in San Francisco, Local Impact launched an action campaign demanding that Bank of Marin make “no Ellis act evictions” a condition on any of their apartment building loans. Activists from the San Francisco tenants Union are continuing to pressure Bank of Marin and other local banks to stop making these loans.

Death Penalty, North Bay (San Quentin): Demand Clemency for Stan Tookie Williams
November 2005

More than 300 messages were sent through Local Impact to the Governor urging him to stop the execution of Stan Tookie Williams. Williams’ impressive anti-violence work in prison led to his being nominated twice for a Nobel Peace Prize, and his execution was strongly opposed by a broad and diverse coalition of civil rights advocates. The Governor refused to intervene. Williams was executed at San Quentin on December 13, 2005.

Tenants’ Rights, SF: Support the No Fast Pass to Eviction Ordinance

November 2004

Responding to a wave of evictions for condominium conversions, Supervisor Chris Daly introduced legislation at the request of AIDS Housing Alliance/SF that would give preference to condo conversions in buildings where owners had not evicted senior or disabled tenants. Local Impact’s fax campaign targeted Supervisor Bevan Dufty, the Castro supervisor who was thought to be a key vote on this pro-tenant legislation. Before casting his vote in favor of the controversial ordinance, Supervisor Dufty publicly noted the large number of correspondence his office had received urging him to support the law. The ordinance passed on first reading on November 23, 2004. To get involved in this issue, contact the AIDS Housing Alliance/SF at AIDSHousing@aol.com.

Environmental Justice, SF: Shut Down the Hunters Point Power Plant, August
October 2004.

Greenaction and Communities for a Better Environment continue to work for the shut down of the unnecessary, highly polluting and dangerous Hunters Point Power plant. In the run up to the October California ISO Board meeting, 47 faxes were sent through Local Impact to ISO Chairman Michael Kahn demanding that the plant’s contract not be renewed. Local Impact urged site visitors to send faxes and attend an upcoming ISO hearing. Mounting public pressure appears to be having an effect. To get involved in this issue, contact Greenaction or Communities for a Better Environment.

Homeless Services, SF: Save the Tenderloin Self-Help Center
December 2004

Central City Hospitality House serves about 6,000 members of the city’s “chronic” homeless population each year through the Self-Help Center. Facing a budget shortfall, Mayor Gavin Newsom and city officials opted to eliminate the model used by the Tenderloin Self-Help Center. Nearly 100 people sent faxes through Local Impact urging city officials to save this important program. Thanks to overwhelming support from the community and from many San Francisco supervisors, the Self-Help Center was saved by a January 25, 2005 vote of the Board of Supervisors.

Contact Us


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You can also contact us by regular mail at the following address:

Local Impact
530 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Thank you for your interest in Local Impact.

Dean Preston
Stephen Knight



Local Impact seeks to build a progressive network of informed people willing to take specific action on local issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. We hope you will join us.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments. You can reach Local Impact online.

You can also contact us by regular mail at the following address:

Local Impact
530 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Thank you for your interest in Local Impact.

Dean Preston
Stephen Knight



Local Impact is a nonprofit organization that promotes action on social justice issues in the San Francisco Bay Area. By taking local action campaigns online, Local Impact provides easily accessible ways for individuals to have a direct impact in their community.

Local Impact works with grassroots organizations to identify causes and campaigns that would most benefit from targeted online action. Local Impact features select causes on its website, with opportunities for visitors to the site to take immediate action, including sending faxes to key decision makers. The website makes it easy to learn about important local issues and how to get involved.

Two activist attorneys in the Bay Area — Stephen Knight and Dean Preston — founded Local Impact to help bring internet organizing and online action to the local level. The internet can play an important role in grassroots organizing, but local groups are generally not equipped to take advantage of this resource.

With a growing base of concerned community members participating in each online action, Local Impact seeks to build a progressive network of informed people willing to take specific action on local issues.



Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Victory on Andronico’s Anti-Animal Cruelty Action, Organizers Turn Attention to Lunardi’s Market!

Bill Andronico, president of Andronico’s Market, a grocery chain in the San Francisco Bay Area, has announced that effective Oct. 1, 2006, Andronico’s will stop selling eggs from chickens confined in battery cages. Thanks to those of you who sent messages (over 170 messages) to Andronico’s through Local Impact, and congratulations to East Bay Animal Advocates for their successful organizing on this issue. On the heels of this victory, EBAA is trying to get the same commitment from Lunardi’s Market, another local grocery chain. More info at EBAA’s website, www.cal-eggs.com

Local Impact launches action to reform Ellis Act!

Senate Bill 464 would amend the Ellis Act to curb evictions by real estate speculators. Local Impact has launched an action campaign to urge Sen. Leland Yee (SF and San Mateo) to support SB 464.

Learn More: Get the Trash out of the Bay!

Learn More: Get the Trash out of the Bay!

The SF Bay Water Board (“Regional Water Quality Control Board”) is preparing to reissue the permit that regulates how much storm water runoff pollution cities and counties are allowed to discharge into the Bay over the next five years (MRP). The Oakland-based nonprofit organization Save The Bay is working to ensure that the permit takes strong action to limit trash. The permit covers 75 percent of the Bay Area’s population and thousands of storm drain outfalls in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties as well as Vallejo and Fairfield-Suisun.

The Water Board’s proposed restrictions on trash would for the first time enact measurable, enforceable reductions in trash flowing into San Francisco Bay. These new permit requirements will be a huge benefit to the Bay, especially if coupled with more accountability and oversight and a more specific timeline.

For decades, unlike other urban runoff pollutants, trash has escaped regulation. And yet trash and plastic debris pollution is a serious water quality problem in the Bay and its creeks. A Water Board study found an average of three pieces of trash along every foot of stream and creek leading to the Bay. Plastic never biodegrades. Animals get entangled by trash, suffer and die. Wildlife frequently cannot tell trash apart from their regular diets and eat this “junk” food.

Cities and counties must do their part to protect the Bay from trash and marine debris, and the storm-water permit is an essential tool to control this problem. Southern California is already pursuing an ambitious plan to eliminate all trash from flowing into the Los Angeles River, and the City of San Francisco already captures most of the trash that ends up in the storm drains before it reaches the Bay.

There is an array of storm-water management actions which can reduce trash impacts: trash separators, screens, and booms in storm drains and waterways. The Water Board’s draft permit must ensure measurable reductions in trash discharge, specify enforceable measures and timelines for implementation, and require cities and counties to make their trash data accessible to the public.

Please Take Action today and tell the Water Board to support measurable reductions in trash in our creeks and the Bay!

For more information, go to http://www.savesfbay.org/baytrash where you can explore Save The Bay’s 10 Trash Hot Spots around the Bay and read this recent article from the SF Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/11/MNL1S2QBO.DTL&hw=water&sn=011&sc=328

Also see: Trash Dumped in Creeks Creates Huge Ocean Mess.http://www.kron.com/Global/story.asp?s=7128620

To get involved, contact Athena Honore with Save The Bay at 510-452-9261 x118 .


Learn More: Stop the Redwood Landfill Expansion in Marin!

Learn More: Stop the Redwood Landfill Expansion in Marin!
Marin County is moving toward a massive expansion of the Redwood Landfill. Take action now to stop Waste Management from building a 16-story mountain of trash in San Francisco Bay!

The landfill’s owner, Waste Management, Inc. (WMI), wants to create about the tallest man-made edifice between Novato and Oregon, a 16 story mountain of trash. Over 50 percent of the trash dumped at Redwood is trucked in from outside Marin. Marin County’s own garbage disposal needs can be met with capacity to spare.

The dump could hardly be in a worse environmental location. It is below sea-level, next to the largest tidal marsh in California, and in a floodplain between major earthquake faults. It rests on Bay mud, is barely above groundwater in places, has no liner, and is just ten feet from San Antonio Creek, draining into the Petaluma River and San Francisco Bay. Given projections for rising sea levels, the landfill will soon be a garbage island surrounded by San Francisco Bay.

The dump is also the largest man-made emitter of greenhouse gas in Marin. Of the 1,290 tons of garbage dumped at Redwood everyday, over 50 percent is green and organic waste that could be composted and returned to the soil elsewhere.

All dumps ultimately will fail to contain their pollutants; the only question is when, and whether Marin’s taxpayers will get stuck with the multi-million dollar clean-up bill.

Take Action now and contact Marin Supervisor Judy Arnold and urge her to ban green and organic waste from the dump and promote countywide composting alternatives; insist on the strongest of earthquake, clean air, groundwater, and flood protections; adopt a mitigation fee to discourage waste and fund zero waste initiatives; and insist that WMI put up a real financial guarantee to pay for the eventual environmental disaster.

Insist on the strongest of earthquake, clean air, groundwater, and flood protections. Adopt a mitigation fee to discourage out-of-county waste and fund zero waste initiatives. Insist that WMI put up a real financial guarantee to pay for the eventual environmental disaster.

For more information about the dump, its risks and alternatives, upcoming hearings, and the Green Coalition for Responsible Waste / Resource Management, go to www.noexpansion.org.


Current Actions

Current Actions
Get Trash out of Bay

North Bay
No Lanfdill Expansion

No Wetlands Landfill Expansion!
Marin County is moving toward a massive expansion of the Redwood Landfill. Take action now to stop Waste Management from building a 16-story mountain of trash in San Francisco Bay!

Get the Trash out of the Bay!
The SF Bay Water Board regulates how much pollution cities and counties are allowed to discharge into the Bay. Please Take Action to urge the Water Board to support significant reductions in trash in our creeks and the Bay!



Featured Action
Cargill: Don’t Fill San Francisco Bay!
Agribusiness giant Cargill Inc. is threatening to build a massive development on more than 1,400 acres of Bayfront salt ponds in Redwood City. Take action now to help save these precious former wetlands!