Petition to HCPS Board, Sandy Murman, Bill Galvano
We Want Busing Services Restored.
Hillsborough County School Board took away busing for children who live within two miles of their school. The issue is that these children are being forced to walk down dark narrow roads with NO SIDEWALKS OR LIGHTING. Many of these routes have already been deamed hazardous by the Hillsborough County Transportation Safety office in June of 2017. According to Florida Statue 1006.23, ·There must be a space of at least 4 feet wide adjacent to the road. ·The posted speed limit must be below 50mph. ·The road can not have more than 5 lanes. Most of the walking routes to the schools in the Ruskin area do NOT meets these requirements. Please HELP US by signing this petition. Thank you!
Petition to Warren Kampf, Sarah Hermans
Close the PA Dangerous Dog Loophole and Protect Children
In the summer of 2016, our eight-year-old son was viciously attacked and bitten multiple times in the face by a neighbor’s dog without provocation. This picture was taken a week before the attack that left a portion of his upper lip hanging, split open and torn from his face. His lower lip was split straight through and shredded by the dog’s teeth. His nose and cheek were punctured. The dog’s teeth just missed the labial artery and left it exposed. Had it been severed, this attack could have been far more serious. General anesthesia and hours of cosmetic surgery were required. He was left with facial scars and deformed lips. The dog was not determined to be a dangerous dog under PA law because of a loophole. As a result, the neighborhood is left unprotected and our son is forced to see his attacker unmuzzled on a regular basis. The Pennsylvania Dog Law is defective. The judge hearing the case found beyond a reasonable doubt that this dog attack was unprovoked and caused severe injury. However, the case resulted in a not guilty verdict. In PA, getting a dog declared as dangerous requires proving beyond a reasonable doubt that the dog has a ‘vicious propensity’ in addition to proving the attack was unprovoked and caused severe injury. While the law states that the incident itself “may” prove vicious propensity (to attack), the lack of clarity in the law leaves a loophole. The dog owners can exploit it because a single attack causing severe injury without provocation does not legally guarantee such vicious propensity.Some people have commented that it's just a bad ruling by the judge. If one judge can get it so wrong, this can and will happen again. Imagine if a rape verdict required proving not only the actual rape, but also a propensity to rape. After hearing witnesses on behalf of the rapist testify that they were not raped and that the rapist was always nice to them and their family, the judge finds the rapist not guilty. It is absurd. One rape is enough. Just like one unprovoked attack causing severe injury should be enough too. The law needs the "may" removed from it so that a fair verdict is certain. To be clear, this is not about punishing or putting the dog down. A guilty verdict is required to make the owners, whose dogs commit these acts, take reasonable precautions. By supporting this cause, you agree that a single unprovoked attack causing severe injury is enough. The courts shouldn’t wonder about how to interpret ‘vicious propensity’. A dog that does this once has already proven that it has the vicious propensity to do it again. Protections are required by the Dangerous Dog Law when there is a guilt verdict. Owners of a dangerous dog are required to post a warning sign, muzzle the dog when out in public, maintain bonding for the medical expenses should there be a next victim, construct a proper enclosure to protect people from the dog, and register the dog with the state so that no unsuspecting family adopts the dog in the future without being warned about its history. Please let your state representatives and state senators know you care about the safety of children and neighborhoods. No one should have to feel unsafe in their own neighborhood!
Petition to Stauffers of Kissel Hill
Keep the Oregon Pike Stauffers of Kissel Hill Open!
Stauffers of Kissel Hill announced July 26th 2017 that they plan to close their Oregon Pike store at the end of June 2018. There is a number of customers who are very unhappy with this decision. I want to show Stauffers how many people that are displeased by their decision and would like them to reconsider. Please sign if you would like the Oregon Pike Stauffers to stay open. The Stauffers on Oregon Pike is a smaller sized grocery store that has a very loyal customer base and the feel of a community store. There are many customers, like myself, who only shop at this grocery store. This isn't because due to lack of options either. Less than a mile away is a much larger grocery store with a much larger selection, but we still shop at our Stauffers because they carry the selection that we care about. Stauffers stated that their reason was because this particular Stauffers didn't have room to expand. Not everyone wants constant expansion or the massive selection that you have to sift through to find the one product you want in the sea of ones that you don't. There are a number of large SUPER markets in the county, and more are coming, and a dwindling number of the family owned personable community driven stores. This is trend a lot of people do not want and has a large impact on the immediate area and community as well as the county as a whole. There are a large number of employees that have been there for many years, if not decades in some cases. You can go into this Stauffers and say hello to a dozen employees by name who you have seen every week, and they recognize you and go out of their way to great you. Not because it's their job, but because they recognize you!! No super market that I have ever been to has ever had the same. Stauffers is recommending that customers can frequent their other two stores in the county. Each one of these stores is at least 15 to 20 minutes away, and that's not factoring in rush hour traffic. These other stores are also very large and do not have the same type of staff either. Due to their massive size, you do not see the same staff all the time, if at all. Lancaster has also gone through two other grocery store closings very recently, and due to the same reasoning, and not to good effect. We should not have to suffer another one. Where does it end?
Petition to Strategic Acquistions Inc, Peter Baer (Founder & President Strategic Acquisitions Inc), Tony Hershman (Chief Operating Officer Strategic Acquisitions Inc)
DO NOT ALLOW STRATEGIC ACQUISITIONS INC TO DESTROY THE RON FINLEY PROJECT’S GANGSTA GARDEN
Help #savethegangstagarden and The Ron Finley Project's HQ that ignited a worldwide food justice revolution by signing the petition and generously giving what you can.All Ron Finley wanted was healthy food for himself, his family and neighbors. After picking up a tomato that was labeled “coated with shellac” in his local South Central Los Angeles grocery store, it hit Finley: there was a complete lack of healthy food in his community. This is true for not only Finley’s community, but most underserved populations nationwide. More than 29 million Americans live in food deserts or what Finley has termed “food prisons”.“the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys”In 2010, Finley decided to take his health and the health of his community into his own hands and “Plant Some Shit”, turning a strip of city-owned land in front of his property into a food oasis. After a citation, fine and eventual warrant for Finley’s arrest over the grass that he transformed into an edible landscape for his community, word spread quickly about the “Gangsta Gardener”, sparking a global food justice movement. Luminaries such as René Redzepi, Russell Brand, Alice Waters, Rainn Wilson, Penny Marshall, Aloe Blacc, Carson Daley, Rachel Hunter and Robert Horry reached out to Finley in solidarity of his work, followed by statewide dignitaries, namely Mayors Aja Brown, Kevin Johnson and Councilman Herb Wesson. Soon after, the Gangsta Garden began to be visited and studied by local K-12 classrooms and universities all over the world including renown institutions such as Harvard, the University of Southern California and MIT.“Kids who grow kale, eat kale. If they grow tomatoes, they eat tomatoes. But when none of this is presented to them, they blindly eat whatever you put in front of them.”Over the last few years, the owner of the RFP property has been battling with the bank and has made several attempts to receive a loan modification to no avail. The bank recently foreclosed on the property and sold it to Strategic Acquisitions Inc. RFP has requested that Strategic Acquisitions allow them to continue operating from the location as to sustain with the important work they are doing in the community. The only solution they have been offered is to purchase the property, otherwise, face eviction. HQ has grown into more than just a garden since 2010, including RFP offices, an educational center and a propagation station for more edible urban landscapes. The loss of this property is a continuation of the injustices perpetrated against the members of the South Central Los Angeles community and persons struggling with food insecurity around the world. Finley took on city lawmakers in 2010 sparking a worldwide food justice revolution. Now the world needs to rally behind him!RFP needs to raise $500,000 to #savethegangstagarden that has become a symbol of healthy change for Los Angeles and cities all over. If you have been touched by RFP or support access to healthy food for ALL communities, please sign the petition, donate on our crowdfunding site, share and comment on how the The Ron Finley Project has inspired you.
Petition to Senator Teresa Ruiz, Commissioner Kimberly Harrington, Christopher Cerf
End Colocation Now!
Parents and community members are working together to Say No to the expansion of Seek Academy Charter School inside George Washington Carver! It wasn’t until June 2017 after the final day of school that space inside George Washington Carver was compromised without parents, community members, and the public being notified. In fact, the Newark Public School Advisory Board had no knowledge of this illegal move. Please understand that there is a process in which individuals must follow in order to use space in any public facility.The conversion of public space for private use is ILLEGAL! Parents and Community Members of George Washington Carver and Bruce Street School for the Deaf need your help! Bruce Street School has been a program for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for 100 years and now students and families are being directly affected as a result of the current illegal expansion of Seek Academy. We urge the Newark Public School District, Senator Theresa Ruiz, and Commissioner Kimberley Harrington, to halt any and all colocations in Newark Traditional Public Schools: Halt any and all negotiations that excludes the parents, educators, and the community of Traditional Public SchoolsAvailable space must be used for students of Traditional Public Schools with overcrowded classroomsConduct ROBO calls regarding school information in a timely manner to parents and the publicParents, community members, and educators must be present during any and all decisions being made regarding Newark Traditional Public Schools You can help us by reading, signing, and sharing the petition provided... End Colocation Now!
Petition to Tacoma City Council
Save Cushman Substation from developers!
Whereas the historic Cushman and Adams Substations were built by the residents of Tacoma for the benefit of Tacoma residents; and Whereas these buildings of nationally historic significance have been listed on national, state and local registers of historic places and their value recognized as integral to our shared collective history as a community; and Whereas the Tacoma Comprehensive Plan Policy UF-13.28 for this area of Tacoma states that the City should "Encourage the conversion of electrical substations for recreational purposes if the sites are no longer needed for their intended purpose (pg. 2-61)”, Therefore, we the people of Tacoma, request that the Tacoma City Council 1. protect the Cushman and Adams Substations from private for-profit development and work to ensure that the buildings and property be retained for public use in perpetuity; 2. direct City of Tacoma staff to conduct a thorough and robust public process to engage residents in planning for the future community use of these publicly-owned assets and the development of a master plan for the entire site; 3. instruct the City Manager to conduct a study of examples of other cities that have repurposed similar surplus electrical facilities for productive community uses, the means through which such facilities were funded, and to provide the results of such a study to the Council and the residents of Tacoma; 4. instruct the City Manager to work with community nonprofit organizations toward the goal of repurposing and managing these buildings as public facilities for the benefit of the community.
Petition to Kathleen Sullivan, Scott Lee, Lisa J. Clement, Sarah Nebeker, Lianne Thompson, Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, Heather Hansen, Cameron Moore
KEEP CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT IN ARCH CAPE-FALCON COVE BEACH
We respectfully ask the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to reverse its decision to dissolve the Southwest Coastal Community Advisory Committee (SCCAC, aka SWCCAC). Please meet with and work with the concerned and engaged citizens of Arch Cape, Falcon Cove Beach, and the entire Southwest Coastal Community to keep the important aspects of the SCCAC and allow for continued citizen involvement in our region of the County. For more than 40 years, the SCCAC has worked actively and persistently to maintain the Southwest Coastal Community’s livability, natural resources and beauty. In the 1970’s the SCCAC help draft the Southwest Coastal Community’s Comprehensive Plan. This Plan guides development in the Southwest Coastal Community by protecting our beaches, headlands, streams, wetlands, forestlands, and Highway 101 from improper development. The Plan was progressive for its time and remains a guiding document for the community and our land use ordinances. The SCCAC provides the opportunity for local people to advise the County on proposed developments, provides critical local knowledge, and helps to ensure that developments are done properly and in the best interest of the community. Without the SCCAC and the Plan, we believe that the Southwest Coastal Community could look much different today. The entire Highway 101 corridor could become a commercial strip like Rockaway Beach. Ocean front homes could be three stories high like in other communities, blocking the view of everyone living behind them and changing the natural feel of our glorious beach. All vacant lots could be cleared of trees and natural vegetation leaving our neighborhoods void of the remarkably lush coastal rainforest in which we live. The SCCAC and its Plan are the core of our community. We do not understand why, after all these years of the SCCAC working selflessly to protect the resident and communities of the Southwest Coastal region of Clatsop County, that the BOC was so determined to dissolve the SCCAC against the wishes of the residents of the community, and with little opportunity to hear public comment and deliberate. And why dissolve a citizen advisory committee, if a primary principle of Oregon’s planning goals is citizen involvement? As an unincorporated region of the county, citizen input is all the more important to provide appropriate representation. We are pledged to complying with the law and respecting our neighbors, and we strongly believe that the SCCAC can and should continue to play a role in advising the County regarding decisions affecting our area. Please work with us.
Petition to Councilmember David Grosso (At-Large Councilmember and Ward 5 Resident), Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (Councilmember, Ward 5), Councilmember Mary Cheh (Chair, Committee on Transportation and the Environment), Mayor Muriel Bowser, Greer Johnson Gillis
Fix Ward 5 Tennis Courts in Washington, D.C.
This petition simply asks for the Washington, D.C. government to fix the lights and courts in Ward 5. Since 2011, Ward 5's tennis players asked D.C. Government to repair the neighborhood tennis courts in Brookland, North Michigan Park, Langdon, and Fort Lincoln. Repeated direct diplomatic appeals to the Mayor, the Department of General Services, and the City Council are ignored. Unfortunately, if the repairs happen, the work is sloppy and rarely fully completed. Regular maintenance is non-existent, and contractors collect taxpayer dollars for incomplete, sub-par work. How can we stand by and watch our tax dollars literally be flushed down the drain, and our citizen requests be ignored over and over again? We are the home of the Washington Kastles, the Citi Open, and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation (WTEF). Why should we have to fight to be healthy and happy? No one wants to travel to other neighborhoods or states, risk playing on hazardous and dark courts, or argue over the few decent courts in our communities just to play tennis. Ward 5 players of all ages and backgrounds simply want to be fit, have fun, be safe, release stress, and socialize. Please join us in standing for safe, quality resources for all of Ward 5. Demand that the Mayor and D.C. Government end the bureaucratic nightmare and just fix our neighborhood tennis courts before yet another tennis season ends.