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Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to City Of Cleveland, John Kasich, Board of Greater Media Development Corporation, Mayor Frank Jackson

Elect Emmy Winning Alex Michaels the New Cleveland Film Commissioner

No doubt many of us have “Stars in our eyes” from seeing Bruce Willis and Matthew McConaughey in town. As Cleveland Cinema Czar, I definitely welcome them and any other stars and Hollywood productions here. Yet, let’s look at a more lasting relationship. While it is nice to have a pair of movies shooting in Cleveland, make no mistake, this is not creating an industry here. Some of us who depend on their over a $100K a year salary from the city in terms of grants and taxpayer money will no doubt point to this as their crowning achievement. Of course, Cleveland being a location for Hollywood movies, does bring attention here, but the jury is still out on the number of jobs it creates. Yet, if the Man in the Ivory tower at WKYC had ever produced a movie, he would know that you need to have more than tax incentives to “create an industry.” Our tax incentive pales in comparison to these places which also support studio and independent producers.  Looking down on low budget producers is not going to win one any awards either. All producers at one point and time, even the Russo Brothers, were low budget producers. There is a lot to be learned from making a movie and that is where I feel I have more skill at knowing how to create an industry here. Even if my budgets have been no or low, there is still knowledge acquired from actually producing a movie instead of just providing locations for one. I won’t ask the city for over a hundred thousand dollars a year, but I will ask for support in building a real industry here that benefits all the local filmmakers and also welcomes incoming Hollywood and indie productions from all over who can see the benefits of shooting here. I am definitely dedicated to my hometown and I have done what I can to make things happen here. Of course, the city of Cleveland is more than welcome to continue paying six figures a year for Hollywood to come here, close down some streets and if we are lucky as a crew, get a few days of work or as an actor get to be an extra (which I have done a few times). Although everyone who acts knows, another name for extras is “BACKGROUND” and that is what Cleveland has been to the Movie Industry. We are just a Background location. We want more. We can offer more. We will not get it the way we are going with some people in charge. It is time, we step out into the light. I am here. The question is, Cleveland, are you willing to support one of your own? Sincerely Alex P. Michaels

Alex Michaels
33 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Stephen Fater, Jacob Bixby, james malarkey, Daniel Chambers

Please Bring QuikTrip to Paola, KS

We need your support. Please share this with anyone who you think would visit a QuikTrip in Paola, KS.  Here is a short link. You probably figured out by now that we have started a campaign to bring QuikTrip to Paola, KS.  Paola is 5600+ and Miami County is 32700+ strong. Paola is the County Seat for Miami County. Paola houses other national chains, such as Wal-Mart, McDonald's, Arby's, Subway, Applebee's, Burger King, Caseys & Sonic. And even though some of those stores are not owned by Miami County residents, they bring benefits to our county. QuikTrip will bring some of those benefits and a couple more. !!--We need your help--!! This petition is so we can encourage people to help out. Right now we need "signatures" even if you don't live in Paola city limits. If you know you would visit one if there was one here, please sign. We NEED this shared with people. Would you be willing to share it on facebook, twitter, by email, or word of mouth and encourage others to?  We have submitted site locations, messages through facebook messenger, posts to the QuikTrips Facebook page and Twitter feeds, and emails to QuikTrip. If you would like to help and have time, please feel free to do the same. Here is the official link to the facebook Public group: Also, please use this link to submit an idea to QuikTrip for a site location. Feel free to submit one even if you think it has already been done: !!IMPORTANT!! -- We need the numbers. Simply sign here. Thank you for the support.  

Welcome To Paola
44 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to State of Oklahoma Legislators and CIB

Change the Electrical Apprentice to Journeyman Ratio in Oklahoma

As an electrical contractor, I am requesting a change in the law regarding apprentice to journeyman ratios. Currently the State of Oklahoma ratio is 2:1. I am seeking an increase to 4:1. One electrical journeyman for every four electrical apprentices. The ratios of our surrounding states are as follows:  Arkansas 3:1 Colorado 3:1 New Mexico 3:1 Louisiana 5:1 Texas no restrictions As contractors we are experiencing a shortage of electrical journeymen. As the number of available electrical journeymen has declined in our state due to attrition or simply leaving the work force the need for these workers has not declined. As the need for electricians continues to grow in the state of Oklahoma, the training requirements do not change. As you are aware, electrical apprentices must train for a minimum of four years to get the 8,000 hours of training needed to become a journeyman. Currently, in our industry we are seeing approximately a 15+ year age gap between journeyman and apprentices. This gap is widening which means we will see an even greater shortage of journeyman soon. As these numbers continue to decline so will our ability to do business. According to a study I found by EMSI (Economic Modeling) in 2012, 53 percent of skilled-trade workers in the U.S. were 45 years and older, according to EMSI, and 18.6 percent were between the ages of 55 and 64. Further, according to their study 65% of electricians nationally are over 45 years old. Our industry is the oldest among the skilled trades. The change I am seeking will allow us to begin training the next generation of electricians and work to close the immense gap we are facing. Amending the current law will enable Oklahoma to not only be a leader but more importantly an amendment to the law will double the number of jobs, immediately making available over 14,000 jobs to those who desire to become electricians. This is good for the industry, this is good for the state, and it is good for the economy. I have been working on this with Rep. Glen Mulready, although all indicators in the beginning pointed to action from our legislators, it now appears to have stalled. We need as many signatures from concerned business owners to our state legislators before the 25th of May. This is the end of the current legislative session. If we cannot make this change happen this session, it will not be addressed until next year (2018).  Also, please contact your local representative to share your concerns regarding this issue. If you do not know who your local legislator is, use this link: Together we can make change happen.

Larry Buxton
167 supporters