LOS ANGELES, June 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Make Good Group, organizers and producers of AngelFest, the three-day music, arts, culture and food festival at Woodley Park in the San Fernando Valley's Sepulveda Basin, today announced that more than 8,000 people to date have signed an online petition calling for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to grant a waiver allowing the festival to take place in the park. Organized through Change.org, the petition gives voice to people from all walks of life in the Los Angeles area and beyond who embrace the environmental mission and cultural celebration of AngelFest.
"Thousands agree that L.A.'s parks really do need our help, and we are grateful to the people lending their names and voices to help move this smart public-private partnership effort forward," said Tim Sexton, co-found of the Make Good Group. "The ongoing enthusiasm for the festival from Angelenos of all stripes and all neighborhoods, from the Valley to the sea – music fans and, most importantly, environmental and community group supporters – reconfirms our shared dedication to preserving our parks, protecting our water, and creating a healthier environment for Los Angeles."
The petition reads in part:
I want to see AngelFest happen in Woodley Park in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley...
I understand that:
- AngelFest's production and daily operations will fully embrace and promote best practices in environmental sustainability;
- The Environmental Assessment (EA) performed by ESA Associates found no significant negative impacts on the environment or community in the Sepulveda Basin;
- AngelFest is expected to provide employment to hundreds of local residents and at-risk youth, and millions of dollars in economic benefit to the city of Los Angeles;
- The festival organizers have been working closely with the Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Los Angeles Department of Sanitation, and the city to ensure that the festival is successful, well organized and safe; and
- The festival permit fee, remediation fees for the site, and a portion of all ticket sales are being paid to the Los Angeles Parks Department and the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, to protect and improve the recreational and wildlife amenities in the Sepulveda Basin.
I stand with the many other residents, environmental and community organizations, civic and political leaders, and local businesses urging you to approve the waiver to the Special Events Policy in the Master Plan for the Sepulveda Basin that will allow AngelFest to be produced in Woodley Park, as planned.
"L.A.'s culture, talented local artists, and surrounding environment truly are what make our city unique," said Matt Walden, co-founder of Make Good. "The festival's mission is and has always been to celebrate the culture and people of Los Angeles and support the environment, and it is exciting to see that resonate with people in a powerful way."
A copy of the petition text, along with the names of those who had signed on as of May 27, was sent to the Army Corps before the close of the public comment period.
AngelFest is a three-day music, arts, and culture festival in the Sepulveda Basin's Woodley Park dedicated to celebrating Los Angeles. The annual world-class festival, created and produced by the LA-based Make Good Group, is designed to entertain a cross-generational audience with the best and the most cutting edge acts in contemporary music. The festival is underpinned by its twin missions:  to raise much needed money for LA's cash-strapped parks and,  to create support for organizations protecting LA's environment and our water. The festival will be infused with the many diverse cultures that make up southern California and will also highlight the extraordinary and unique contributions that the City of Angels makes in today's world.
About Make Good Group
The Make Good Group is a social impact company that repositions brands into a better version of themselves. Through innovative programs and global messaging platforms, the firm helps its clients make good on their promises, make good in world, and make good stuff. The Los Angeles based collaborative group offers a unique team with wide and deep experience in sustainability, music and entertainment, sports, public policy, healthcare, energy, non-profits, design, marketing, and technology. The Emmy Award-winning group has been instrumental in groundbreaking work including successfully "greening" pro sports teams, major public utilities, large healthcare systems, managing the implementation of recycling in New York City, and producing historic environmental and poverty pop culture events such as Live 8, the single largest simultaneous entertainment event in history.
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