Felicia Chew Community Projects
Started 8 petitions
Keep Felicia Chew on the Ballot for Amphitheater School Board
Thank you for signing this petition to Keep Felicia Chew on the ballot for Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board. "If we keep doing what we've done, we're gonna keep gettin' what we've got." Arizona is one of the lowest ranked states when it comes to Education. Felicia Chew is working to change this. However, establishment politicians are trying to knock Felicia Chew off of the ballot. Use your signature, your voice, to show that it is time to make a change: It is time to address the root causes of problems in our Education System through policies and budget; it is time to elect non-politicians to seats. It is time to address policies that keep the Establishment in Power. It is time to end the "political games" and bureaucracy. It is time to allow individuals who are doing the real work in the community, and for the community to hold elected seats. ***** Felicia Chew is seeking a seat on the Amphitheater School Governing Board. In order to be elected, candidates must first collect a minimum number of required signatures to be on the ballot. Felicia collected more than the required number of signatures; however, one of her opponents filed a complaint against Felicia's signatures, in an attempt to remove her name from the ballot. Felicia is a single mother, with a busy schedule -- working as a substitute teacher in order to support teachers and give them peace of mind when they have to be away from their classroom; working as an environmental education presenter in order to share with our youth about the importance of developing and practicing sustainable habits; working with her small business to Help End Systemic Domestic Violence. Felicia believes in helping others learn to help themselves. She provides crisis intervention services, connections to resources, and works to empower victims and survivors of crime. Felicia believes in empowering the community. Felicia is currently working on Saving Golden Pin Lanes, a community bowling center on West Miracle Mile Road in Tucson, Arizona (more info at www.feliciachew.com/savegoldenpinlanes in order to have healthy opportunities for building positive relationships, therefore reducing crime. Felicia believes that alternative methods for reaching the intended goal are necessary for equal opportunities and equity for all community members. Education is the key to making change. As a public and private school teacher and employee for over 25 years, with a focus in alternative education, and strategies for helping all students succeed, Felicia is the right choice for being a member of the Amphitheater Public Schools Governing Board. However, Felicia cannot do that if her name is knocked off of the ballot... If you also believe that it is time for a change, please sign and share this petition. ***** From Felicia's Blog at www.feliciachew.com/blog August 22 Update – A Message From Felicia Chew in response to the complaint filed regarding Ms. Chew’s nomination petition signatures for a seat on the Amphitheater Public School Board Hello Friends, I received a phone call yesterday from the Pima County Superintendent’s Office that in accordance with ARS 16-351, action against my nomination petition signatures has been filed, and I will be receiving a summons. The complaint was filed by one of my opponents. While I am disappointed to have this action filed against me, I am not surprised. These are the tactics that “politicians” use to “win” elections. Many “politicians” see “winning” elected seats as a game. In fact, a friend of mine asked me if I was going to file a countersuit. My response: No. I am not going to file a countersuit, because I am not playing a “game.” These attempts at games are precisely why I am seeking a seat on the School Board – I am seeking a seat on the Board to update outdated policies that allow practices that distract and waste money. I am including some information below regarding the situation, and I will write another update when I have more information. As always, do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns, or other feedback, via the contact page on this site, email, phone/text, or Facebook. Continuing to press on for our students and community, ❤ Felicia To see the complete blog and learn more about Felicia, click here.
Save Golden Pin Lanes
Petition To: Mr. Huckleberry and the Pima County Supervisors, and Mayor and Council of the City of Tucson: As a current and/or future taxpayer in Pima County, I request that the plans cease for transforming the Golden Pin Lanes into office buildings. We are in need of having positive, relationship building, community spaces, like Golden Pin Lanes on Miracle Mile Road. Our community benefits from having spaces that are affordable and bring happiness to our community -- to families, older people, professional bowlers, people on dates, all members of our community. Our community benefits from having spaces that encourage visitors and provide economic benefit to our community.To that end, we the undersigned agree with the following statements and requests: 1. We are NOT in agreement with the County Supervisors' vote to transform Golden Pin Lanes into office buildings. 2. We request that the County consider other spaces for relocating the office buildings. 3. We request that the County consider options for assisting with the continued operations of Golden Pin Lanes, as part of the County Parks and Recreation Program. 4. We request that the County consider a resale of, or lease of, Golden Pin Lanes to parties interested in continuing to operate Golden Pin Lanes as a bowling center. Signatures below indicate support of these statements.
Save Golden Pin Lanes!
Golden Pin Lanes is located on W. Miracle Mile Road. It is a gathering place for the community to come together, and enjoy time together. It is at risk of being bought and converted into office buildings, taking a family-friendly establishment and turning it into office buildings. We can have both faclities in the area -- the property across the street is also for sale. The Oracle Area Revitalization Project was tasked with finding ways to improve the economy of Ward 3, one of the poorest areas in Tucson. The acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes -- a vibrant, recently remodeled community entertainment venue -- into office buildings destroys the community that gathers in Ward 3 to enjoy life. Yes, there are plans of building a new bowling facility in the District, but that requires Tucsonans to have transportation to get to the District. The costs of time for travel, the costs out of pocket, and the costs to the environment for transportation are unnecessary and unfair, widening the already wide gap between socio-economic classes in Tucson. We need to do the right thing, not take the easy way out. Please join me in sending a clear message to the Board of Supervisors, and Mayor and Council that we have had enough of the socio-economic disparities caused by bureaucracy. I have already contacted Pima County Supervisor Bronson, Pima County Supervisor Elias, and Tucson City Mayor and Council regarding our concerns with the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes. What can you do to help? 1. Please copy and paste the letter below, and send to our Board of Supervisors and City Council members to encourage them to seek alternative options! You can copy and paste the letter below, and sign it with YOUR NAME; 2. Like and follow the Facebook Group #SaveOurTucson for updates and calls to action; 3. Sign the petition to #SaveGoldenPinLanes; 4. Share with friends, family, and colleagues. Thank you! Email Addresses: Mayor mayor1.CHPO3.CHDOM2@tucsonaz.gov Ward1 firstname.lastname@example.org Ward2 email@example.com Ward 3 firstname.lastname@example.org Ward4 email@example.com Ward5 firstname.lastname@example.org Ward6 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Mayor and Council, and Board of Supervisors, How are you? I hope you are well. I am contacting you regarding the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes. I am concerned about the pending acquisition. The Golden Pin Lanes is a community outlet in an area struggling for having community outlets. The planning group for the 2nd Miracle Mile Car Show, recently met to plan for October 2018. We are asking that you help the Board of Supervisors reconsider purchasing Golden Pin Lanes, and select the site across the street instead. We understand that the owner of Golden Pin Lanes is aging, and had hoped to sell to someone who would continue to operate it as a bowling alley. The owner across the street is also aging, and is interested in selling. Perhaps the Board could consider purchasing both (or leasing Golden Pin Lanes, and allowing current management to run the operations? My understanding is that the facility is operating at a profit. Maybe outside the box thinking and do a co-lease with the City's Parks and Rec?). Oracle Area Revitalization Project Community Member Hanson Fotherby's comments are below: "I would like to let you know that a few days after the Golden Pin Lanes Bowling Center meeting... and I pointed out the telephone number... on the sign across the street on the southwest corner of Fairview and West Miracle Mile Road, I called around the Pima County offices and was put in contact with a man who is in the office that is in charge of finding land for the County. I told him about the owner across the street, gave him the man's name, address and telephone number and told him that the owner of the land is very old and when I talked to him over a year ago he was quite interested in selling it. The man in the office then looked up the property, took down the information and told me he would present it to the people in charge at a meeting he was attending that afternoon. He said that the County had heard a lot of dissonant voices concerning the sale of the bowling center and he told me that they wanted to do due diligence to all other possibilities before they went through with it. I also told him that he should build on the southwest corner of Fairview and West Miracle Mile because 1.) They will be tearing down a place close by for their employees to go to eat and relax for lunch and after work. 2.) The southwest corner is mostly bare land so they can build their offices to suit their needs there and not have to tear everything apart and try to suit the bowling center to their needs. 3.) The bowling center just spent millions on renovation and employs a number of people who would be put out of work and county employees using their services could keep them in employment. 4.) The present southwest corner looks decayed and poor and county employees would have to look at it every day as they get in and out of their vehicles in the parking lot." Please stop the acquisition of Golden Pin Lanes as an office building, and keep Golden Pin Lanes in our community! Thank you for your time,YOUR NAME
Hold Verizon Accountable for Selling Unwanted Services and Misleading Ads
Verizon has been misleading consumers. Verizon has been described as "tricking" customers into plans and devices they do not want, or need. Verizon has been selling unwanted plans to consumers. Verizon has been using "good cop/bad cop" strategies which are confusing to consumers (See Case Stories below). For example, consumers are left thinking that $5/fees (which were not disclosed) to turn on "Safety Mode", are better than $90 of $75 of overage fees. While it is reasonable to charge for extra features, it is unacceptable to make the "fine print" so "fine", that it is invisible. Salespeople, and Verizon, should be held accountable for these practices. Verizon should issue full refunds and stop these practices of tricking and confusing consumers. These practices must be stopped now, before they affect even more consumers, like you, your friends, and your family. "When people steal from one person, that person might need to steal from another, who might steal from another. Break the cycle." Please sign this petition to stop Verizon from stealing from consumers. You may also share your experiences directly with the FCC at: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us Thank you for signing and sharing this petition. ***** Here are some recent case stories: Case 1: Consumer clearly states they can afford approximately $100/month in payments. The salesperson offers several options, the consumer continues to reiterate that they can only afford $100, and slower speeds are not a problem. Salesperson writes the ticket for a high end plan, tells the consumer they can pay for the activation fee in a month with the bill. This results in the consumer not looking at the plan until the bill is sent. Consumer is unable to establish the online account as directed, and goes into a store for assistance, where the consumer is shocked to see a bill of $646.64. After spending two hours on the phone with Customer Care and the Financial Department, consumer is re-directed to the store. The Store Manager blames the consumer for the contract. The consumer states they will be contacting the Better Business Bureau. The Store Manager responds: "Go ahead." Case 2: Consumer states that Verizon tricked their mother and sold her a phone she did not want or need. Case 3: Consumer is interested in using Verizon's services because they advertise that they no longer charge for overages. Consumer receives a bill for $90 of overage fees. Consumer is then informed that there is a fee of $5 per device to turn on the Safety Mode feature. Case 4: Consumer transfers to a lower GB plan, after stating that they cannot afford the higher payment plan, emphasizing that they do not want to pay overages, and that they have come to Verizon because Verizon has advertised "No more overage fees". Salesperson switches the plan for the consumer, does not activate the Safety Mode, and consumer is notified of $75 of overage fees. Consumer calls Customer Care, requesting a fee reversal, stating that the Safety Mode was not turned on. Customer Care states they can refund half of the fees. Customer calls the Salesperson who set up the account. Salesperson argues that it is the Consumer's responsibility to turn on the feature, and should "take the offer" for half of the fees to be paid by Verizon. ***** Thank you for signing and sharing this petition today. Thank you for sharing your story and filing an informal complaint with the FCC at: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us
Allow Non-Voting Advisory Board Members
Currently, we have five Board members who approve policy and the budget, and give direction to the School District. Five. There are more than five schools in the District, more than five grade levels in the District, more than five types of employees in the District, more than five hundred students in the District.... you get the picture. Another model exists in the Board world... one that includes non-voting Advisory Board members. Non-voting Advisory Board Members do not vote during the sessions; however, they are able to verbalize concerns and feedback from constituents in the community, during the Board meetings. Sign this petition to allow non-voting advisory Board members to participate in meetings. *Note: Non- voting Advisory Board members can be selected, as policy dictates, so good policy must be written to allow voices to be heard.
Include gun sense and gun safety in our curriculum
The recent deaths of students in public schools involving use of guns has spread fear in communities and in students, and has created division in our community in regards to our civic responsibilities. In order to combat the fear and reduce the division, the issue of guns in our community should be addressed directly. Educators know that the more we see it, the more we hear it, the more we say it, the more we know it. We should be including instruction on gun sense and gun safety in our schools. Our communities must recognize that tools have a purpose. When used properly, tools, like guns, benefit our communities. When tools, like guns, are used improperly, they can damage our communities. When our students are taught improper use of guns, or not taught at all, there can be (and unfortunately there *are*) serious repercussions to our students and our community. However, if our students are instructed in gun sense and gun safety from a young age, and throughout their formative years, the understanding of guns as a tool can be instilled in our next generation. This curriculum should also include instruction in perspectives on gun culture and recognizing signs of gun violence. Please sign this petition if you believe gun sense and gun safety should be a part of our school curriculum. Thank you.
Allow more sustainable practices in Tucson
Tucson is a desert. Water is scarce, and Tucsonans' water use practices must be improved. Current Tucson policies do not allow for Tucsonans to establish sustainable urban wildlife habitats and urban food production systems. The “Hugelkultur” garden allows for significant conservation of water. Unfortunately, it resembles a compost pile while it is getting established. Compost piles in certain locations are in direct violation of current Code. We understand that compost piles that are not properly cared for can become hazards to community welfare and health. We also understand that properly cared for compost piles, coupled with other sustainable practices, provide immediate relief and long lasting benefits to our limited resources. We, the undersigned, request that sustainability practices be encouraged in Tucson, and that the City Code be updated to reflect this. We request that the City Council take advantage of every opportunity for encouraging the use of sustainability practices, rather than fining Tucsonans for saving our most precious resource. We ask that the charges against Tres English in regards to his Hugelkultur garden and other sustainable practices be dropped, and the code enforcement be updated to reflect that sustainable practices in Tucson shall be encouraged, not discouraged.
Remove Restrictions for Having Safety in Poor Neighborhoods in Tucson
Poor neighborhoods in Tucson are less likely to have safer streets because of the current process for creating safer streets. Neighborhoods have to collect donations to do the studies and create the plans!! The current process for community members to create safer streets includes the following process for neighborhoods: "Neighborhood pays for the mitigation plan or traffic study through neighborhood donations; Neighborhood hires contractor - mitigation plan is constructed" https://www.tucsonaz.gov/tdot/neighborhood-traffic-management-program Mayor and Council has the ability and responsibility to make things safer for #EachOfUs and #AllOfUs, not just our rich neighbors!