Friday, August 23, 2013

Appeal Letter to Holyoke First Members; Stance on Wal-Mart



22 August, 2013

Dear Holyoke First Members,

On behalf of the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi, I would like to request that you consider supporting my 2013 re-election bid for Holyoke City Council At-Large with a formal endorsement and by making individual financial contributions to my campaign.

During the 2008 Lowe’s controversy I consistently represented the neighborhood’s opposition to the changing the zoning of the sited Whiting Farms Rd. parcel.  In fact, I was one of only four councilors (Lisi, Lopez, Pluta, and Whelihan) to vote against the zone change at our January 6, 2009 city council meeting.  As I stated then, jobs and a robust tax base are the keys to successful economic development.  The development of a Wal-Mart does not contribute to our ability to develop either of these goals and the “by-right,” Business General zoning actually puts us at a disadvantage in negotiating contract benefits for the city compared to where we were years ago when the Lowe’s project was on the table.

Holyoke was founded on and drew its past success from sophisticated urban planning.  Like you, I believe that Holyoke’s future rests in its ability to attract an arts and industrial economic base that will support a downtown revitalization and renaissance.  I have advocated for this course of development since my 2005 city council campaign.  “Big box” development such as Wal-Mart in the Whiting Farms neighborhood directly undermines the progress we have made in welcoming creative projects such as the Victory Theater, the MA Green High Power Computing Center, and the Gateway City Arts to the downtown area.

I hope that you will support my candidacy for another term as the only remaining councilor that has a proven track record for defending the neighborhood’s interests.  The at-large race is very competitive this year and I will certainly need your help.  I look forward to continue working with you all on growing and sustaining Holyoke’s burgeoning arts and industrial presence in Western Massachusetts.

Best regards,


Rebecca Lisi
Holyoke City Councilor At-Large

To donate, please make checks payable to the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi and mail to
25 Reservation Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040, or contribute on-line at http://www.votelisi.com/fundraising_contribute.htm


References:
Lisi, Rebecca.  Monday, December 8, 2008.  “Holyoke Needs to Engage in Plan for Economic Success.”  http://blog.votelisi.com/2008_12_01_archive.html
Lisi, Rebecca.  Sunday, January 4, 2009.  “Zone-change presents unique opportunity for Holyoke.”  http://blog.votelisi.com/2009_01_01_archive.html

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Appeal Letter to Citizens for a Better Holyoke Members


Dear Citizens for a Better Holyoke Members,

On behalf of the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi, I would like to request that you consider supporting my 2013 re-election bid for Holyoke City Council At-Large with a formal endorsement and by making individual financial contributions to my campaign.

In my 2011 campaign platform I promised to oppose casino development in Holyoke and have held true to that commitment over the past two years.  I have proven to be a strong and vocal opponent of casino development in the council chambers and have voted against all the proposed orders that would have helped to advance casino development in the city.  I also played a key role in persuading Mayor Morse to reverse his course of action at the moment that he was considering opening up Holyoke to negotiations with casino developers in November 2012.

Like you, I believe that Holyoke’s future rests in its ability to attract an arts and industrial economic base that will support a downtown revitalization and renaissance.  In fact, I have advocated for this course of development since my 2005 city council campaign.  Casino development- anywhere in the city- would directly undermine the progress we have made in welcoming in creative projects such as the Victory Theater, the MA Green High Power Computing Center, and the Gateway City Arts.

I appreciate the trust that you have placed with me regarding this issue and look forward to upholding my clearly anti-casino position in even the next term.  Additionally, I hope to continue working with you all on growing and sustaining Holyoke’s burgeoning arts and industrial presence in Western Massachusetts.

Best regards,


Rebecca Lisi
Holyoke City Councilor At-Large

To donate, please make checks payable to the Committee to Elect Rebecca Lisi and mail to
25 Reservation Rd., Holyoke, MA 01040, or contribute on-line at http://www.votelisi.com/fundraising_contribute.htm


“Rebecca Lisi’s leadership on the casino question provides a great example of her thoughtful approach to complex issues. As a resident of Ward 4, I particularly appreciate her attention to the real and detrimental consequences a casino would have for downtown economic development as well as for quality of life throughout the city. Rebecca takes into account constituents’ concerns while always keeping an eye on the big picture, and I trust her to make good decisions on governance and policy, to step up on important issues, regardless of how controversial taking a clear position may be.”

                                                                                    -Susan Van Pelt
246 Walnut Street
                                                                                                                                     

“While City Councilor Rebecca Lisi is certainly not a “one-issue” representative, I am confident that she understands that bringing a casino into Holyoke would not have solved our economic, educational, safety, or social problems, and more likely would have increased them.  She consistently and accurately educated herself and her constituents on this serious issue and her voting record reflects this.  I believe that Rebecca Lisi understands that no form of a casino would ever be beneficial to Holyoke, and that we must concentrate on the industries and healthy development that would enhance the lives of all of Holyoke’s residents from Ward 7 to the Flats.”

-Lyn Horan
100 Southampton Road


“Rebecca Lisi has my support and my vote for Holyoke City Councilor, not in the least because of her extremely strong and well-articulated anti-casino stance. When the casino winds started blowing through town, Rebecca didn't lose her cool, but instead laid out the facts so that the greater good of the community would not be lost in the face of unsubstantiated propaganda.  Progressive Holyokers can rejoice that someone as smart and passionate as Rebecca is representing them, and that is why I will be casting my vote to re-elect Councilor Lisi.”

-Morriss Partee
127 Saint Kolbe Drive

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