Change the name of the Waldo tunnel to The Robin Williams Tunnel
Like many worldwide, I am mourning the death of the immensely talented entertainer and incredibly good person, Robin Williams. I live in Marin County, California, about three miles from Robin’s home in Tiburon. He was my neighbor -- I often saw him running errands, walking the dog, performing at the local theater, working at the coffee shop. Robin wasn’t just an international icon -- he was an integral part of our community here in the Bay Area. We claim him as our own. I want to remember and honor this very important citizen here in our community for the joy he brought to the world and to bring awareness to the silent illness that eventually took his life. I’m asking for your support to encourage the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) to change the name of Waldo Tunnel to the Robin Williams Tunnel. Named after a politician from the 1850s, the Waldo Tunnel is the fastest way to get between San Francisco and Marin on Highway 101. Tens of thousands of people travel through this landmark each week. Above each of the tunnel entrances are rainbows, which I believe personify Robin in that he was so playful, fun, accessible, alive and colorful. Plus, many people first learned of Robin from his role in the 1970s TV show “Mork and Mindy,” where he often wore rainbow-colored suspenders. For these reasons, I believe changing the tunnel name would be a fitting tribute to a man who was beloved in our community and admired worldwide. Robin was a one-of-a-kind type of person, and I want him to be honored in an unconventional, everlasting and beautiful way. This is just one way that we can do that. Robin will be dearly missed, but I hope this change will provide us with a happy memory of him and will bring more awareness to the disease that sadly took his life. Please sign my petition if you agree! Thank you.
Save Youth Football in California
California Assembly members Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) are sponsoring the “Safe Youth Football Act” which will establish a minimum age to play in organized tackle football programs in California. Youth athletes (ages 5-14) will NOT be able to participate in any form of organized tackle football until the 9th grade. The impetus behind this bill is to prevent young athletes from sustaining long-term brain damage caused by repetitive tackling, hitting and blocking; however, no research has definitively linked long-term brain damage or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) to participation in youth tackle football. Young athletes who are prevented from participating in youth tackle football programs are placed at a much greater risk for future injuries of all types, especially concussions, brain damage and CTE, as they would be prevented from years of training and instruction in proper tackling and blocking techniques that are provided at the youth level. Youth athletes are slower and smaller in weight & stature then their high school counterparts, which results in collisions and impact forces substantially less in youth tackle football then those associated with high school football. Youth athletes are therefore less likely to experience long-term brain injuries when participating in youth tackle football while learning and executing basic tackling and blocking techniques; however, as athletes progress into high school, the increased body mass and speed of high school athletes can result in collisions and impact forces which have the potential of injury on any given play, especially when the athlete does not have the benefit of years of prior training in the safe execution of these techniques. Additionally, under AB 2127 signed into law in 2014, high school football programs are now limited to no more then 90 minutes of full-contact practice per day, and limits the number of full-contact practices during the season to only (2) per week. With a maximum of (3) hours per week of full-contact drills, the ability of high school coaches to teach the basic fundamentals of full-contact blocking and tackling is severely limited, especially when coaches have also been limited by the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) to a maximum of (18) hours per week of total practice, to include "any school or team or individual activity organized by the coach intended to maintain or improve a student-athlete’s skill proficiency in a sport. This includes skill drills, game situation drills, intrasquad scrimmages or games, weight training, chalk talks, film review, meetings outside of school time that are implicitly or explicitly required by the coach." Three hours for game time is also factored into this rule, reducing the total weekly practice time to only (15) hours per week, simply not enough time for high school football programs to adequately teach basic blocking and tackling skills that youth athletes are traditionally taught from ages 5-14. Finally, the importance of organized youth football participation in the lives of hundreds of thousands of youth throughout California each year cannot be overlooked. Many youth athletes use football as a means to escape communities overwhelmed with poverty, crime, drug abuse and minimal family structure. The bonds built within youth football programs between players can last a lifetime and the mentoring relationship between players and coaches can ultimately assist players to rise beyond their surrounds to excel in society and life. By denying youth athletes access to such positive influences during their most formative years of emotional and social development is more traumatic they any possible injury that may suffered on the field of play. Please join myself and youth athletes, coaches and parents throughout California in preventing the passage of this proposal and keeping youth contact football an option for all youth athletes in our great State!
Stop light on Lakeville Hwy at Stage Gulch rd.
The intersection of Lakeville Hwy and Stage Gulch Rd. (CA-116 and Lakeville Hwy) is extremely busy and dangerous. Thousands of cars pass through the intersection on a daily basis yet there is no traffic light to direct the flow or cars. Cars will wait five to ten minutes just for the chance of an opening to make a turn. This causes tempers to flare and people start to take chances as they feel pressured by the cars behind them and then wrecks happen. My business, Ernie's Tin Bar, sits on the corner of the intersection. We see all the wrecks that happen here and the building has been hit by several of them, Luckily no one here has been hurt but we fear for our customers and ourselves. Drivers on the road have not been this lucky, just this week there have been three wrecks and over the years there have been dozens including major injuries and fatalities. Lakeville Hwy is one of the most dangerous roads in the state; it has many traffic accidents and several fatalities a year, and has become known by locals as Blood Alley. For years we have been trying to get a light here to no avail. We are petitioning Caltrans to finally put a traffic light at this intersection. Not only would this make the intersection safer but would make all of Lakeville Hwy safer by slowing traffic down. It is only a matter of time before there is another fatality here.
Police Brutality Accountability in California
We the public have had to sign petition after petition to open investigations surrounding police brutality. California legislatures have proposed 1506 bill to create a new “independent” division that will investigate instances of police force resulting in death or serious bodily injury. Under the bill's current language, the division would require a request from a local law enforcement agency or the district attorney before they are able to investigate. Essentially? The police would police themselves. There is no room for this stipulation if the division is meant to be truly independent. There is no longer trust that law enforcement agencies or the DA will push for investigations. If there was, we wouldn't have had to sign petitions in the first place. This petition asks that these legislatures prove their intentions with this bill were genuine, that they remove the language requiring a request, and that they allow this division to launch investigations on their own volition. If there is no such change, this bill is nothing more than a token gesture. This link will also allow you to email the bill sponsors directly - the email template is already there, but please make it your own to avoid filters. Please make your voice heard!! Want to see the proposed legislature in your state?
End overcrowded classrooms in California now!
Despite the fact that California is the 5th largest economy in the world, we have some of the largest class sizes and lowest funded public schools in the nation. Many children must share desks or even sit on the floor during class. Elementary school children have 35 or more children in a classroom with just one teacher and no aide. The class sizes for middle school and high school are staggering. There is a severe shortage of school nurses and counselors to keep kids safe, and our staff to student ratio is the lowest in the nation. Schools can't afford text books and materials or the upkeep to our aging campuses. K-12 public education in California has been severely under funded for decades and it needs to be fixed now! Here are just a few actions we're asking California lawmakers to take action on: 1. Stop cheating out kids by taking funds from schools for each day a child is sick! Right now California takes needed funds from our school for each excused absence. It does not cost the school one dime less to have a child not in school. This is nothing more than a money grab by the State and it needs to stop now! 2. Repeal prop 39 and protect our public schools from the unchecked growth of charter schools. Don't allow charters to grab needed space from overcrowded public schools! 3. Vote yes on AB 39 but amend it to ADD A TIMELINE to bring our state funding up to the level where it needs to be. According to Stanford research we need a 39% increase in funding for California students to meet learning standards. Make that happen now!
CA CAN'T WAIT: Get California to go Net Zero Emissions by 2030
Recently a group of my classmates and I were inspired to take major environmental action when we saw new and alarming climate data, including the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. California has set a goal to go 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 as stated by the recently passed SB100, but this would still allow for significant warming, which still entails mass destruction. More ambitious action must be taken. We are the youth, and the future will be our everyday reality in the coming years, which is why we started the CA Can't Wait Movement based on recent statewide climate legislation passed in the state of Minnesota. Our Climate Inheritance Resolution, as we call it, would require the state of California to declare a state of climate emergency, cap our emissions by 2030, and implement carbon sequestration through restoration and preservation of natural carbon sinks such as forests and wetlands. This resolution would slow down, stop, and reverse the effects of Climate Change before it is too late. We will inherit the future, no matter the condition, so we need to take action now. Thank you for your support, Liz Tervet, Emma Kraus, Nicholas Testa, Finlay Norton-Lindsay, Catherine Stengel, Lucas Fernandez, and the youth of California
Make NYC Great Again!!!
NYC is being destroyed by "progressive" values and policies. NYC must allow all small businesses to reopen again. NYC must allow all parks to reopen again. NYC must dethrone their "progressive" dictator and appoint an individual who's primary concern is serving the best interests of the people of NYC. New Yorkers are tired of being bullied, threatened, and manipulated by individuals who abuse their power. It is time for the leadership od NYC to ask not what the people can do for their agenda, but rather to ask what they can do as public servants to serve the people. We are tired of getting ticketed any time we drive 36 MPH on Ocean Parkway or Kings Highway. When these roads are empty, one can safely drive 40 mph without endangering anyone. New Yorkers are hit with all types of taxes, many of them hidden. There is no need to tax us again by excessively issuing fines and penalties upon hard working, law abiding citizens. It is absolutely abhorrent that rioters are allowed and even encouraged to loot stores while police officers are commanded to practice restraint. Rather than making it a priority to keep young children out of parks, NYC should be focusing on keeping dangerous thugs off the streets. We are the taxpayers. Lets make our hard earned money go towards the real needs of New Yorkers. Nit towards the evil, destructive, and progressive agenda of the current powers that be...
Don't Cut IHSS Hours
During these extraordinary times everyone is making sacrifices. We’re donning face coverings (if we’re able to) and maintaining physical distance when venturing out. These two seemingly simple acts are very challenging for some of us with disabilities. Some of us need assistance putting on a face covering. Others can’t leave the house, get out of bed, or eat without another person’s help. In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) assists people with disabilities and the elderly, who are low income, with daily living activities. The tasks include housekeeping, preparing and feeding meals, and assistance with personal hygiene. All of these are essential to maintain a healthy quantity of life. The time allotted by IHSS to consumers is never wasted. Decreasing the hours for IHSS by 7% would be detrimental to the consumers and providers. The consumers won’t have enough time to have all their needs met. Some will have to decide between showering and eating. The people performing these services are essential. They already make less than the California minimum wage. A decrease in the number of work hours equals a decline in wages. Meaning hard working people will experience more financial hardship, through no fault of their own. Home and Community-Based Services is meant to keep people with disabilities in their homes and communities. IHSS plays a key role. With a decrease in support services people with disabilities will be forced back into institutionalized settings. Do not make the mistake of taking a giant step backwards, especially now with coronavirus. The virus is proven to transmit rapidly when people are in close proximity, such as nursing homes. By decreasing the support services to people who are otherwise healthy they could be forced into dangerous settings. Plus nursing homes/care facilities charge 3-4 times more than IHSS. Keeping people in their homes is more cost effective. Please sign this petition to tell our representatives to leave IHSS alone.
Further Subsidizing the Cost of Adoption in California
As of now, the North American Council on Adoptable Children in 2018 reported that, “Parents may be reimbursed for up to $400 per child for eligible adoption expenses such as reasonable and necessary adoption fees, court costs, attorney fees, and other expenses… ”. However, if families are adopting from an agency which charges for home studies, Considering Adoption reveals that the average home study can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $5,000 which leaves parents paying at best $600, and at worst, $4,600. While the average cost of adoption in California can vary greatly, depending on whether potential parents are looking to adopt straight from the birth mother, or from a foster agency, the financial burden is getting in the way of children having supportive loving families from all walks of life.We the undersigned agree that the state of California should reimburse the home study cost of potential adopters so that they pay only 10% of the total costs. Adoption greatly benefits society, increasing the quality of life of the 293,000 children who go unadopted each year in the US, and should be further incentivized by our government.