The chill seaside gale almost blew the Conservancy kiosk away Sunday afternoon, so we decided to shut it down after two hours. But that was enough time to gather 50 more signatures on paper. Meanwhile the online signature tally topped the 1000 mark, and we ended the day with more than 1800 signatures total.
The first signatures to the online petition date from July 15, so it took just one month to get to 1000, for an average of just over 32 signatures a day. We started gathering signatures from the Chavez Park Conservancy kiosk in the park on July 23. Volunteers staffed the table again on July 24 and then on August 6-7 and this past weekend Aug. 13-14. In those six table outings, we collected 806 additional signatures. This number includes approximately 50 signatures that volunteers collected in Berkeley outside the park. Counting only the signatures taken at the kiosk table, we collected an average of 125 signatures each four-hour afternoon outing, or a shade over 30 signatures per hour, or one every two minutes, on average.
The new goal of 2,000 signatures appears within reach. The Conservancy will have a booth at the Solano Stroll on September 11, and will probably collect a good number of additional signatures there. Quite possibly we can reach 2,500 signatures before the turn-in date of September 12. If volunteers step forward to gather signatures at places like REI and Berkeley Bowl, a higher number looks achievable. If you can volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.