Petition to Ohio Governor
No Mandatory COVID-19 Testing For Ohio Athletics ( OHSAA) & Let Spectators In all Games.
The stipulations to play contact sports in Ohio currently is that players and coaches will need to be tested 72 hours before EVERY game/scrimmage this season. Any player who has tested positive is not allowed to play, and the team's contest is canceled. The coaches and players must have their COVID test in hand before the start of the game. I believe this is intrusive, excessive, expensive, and unnecessary if you have no symptoms. We should not have to be required to test in order to play. I also think it sets the entire season up for failure causing a ripple effect when one person tests positive. A temperature reading should suffice and a check for any symptoms Related to COVID. The order is set to expire on July 31st, 2020, and I am hoping they remove this stipulation for the 2020 season. We should also be allowed in our children games without stipulations.
Petition to RRISD Board of Trustees
Stay the course RRISD - begin school on Aug 20
Our Round Rock ISD students last had new learning content on Match 13, 2020. August 20, 2020 was the planned start date for 2020 prior to COVID and has been reaffirmed since May as the intended start date with the commitment to begin three weeks at 100% virtual learning. With AISD announcing on August 8 that they will delay their virtual start date to Sept. 8, RRISD has shared a Superintendent communication that discusses remaining flexible, but does not stay committed to the August 20, 2020. Our students deserve a timely start to school on August 20 and the opportunity to begin active learning again. Please sign the petition with your support in asking the RRISD Board of Trustees and Dr. Flores to stay the course and begin virtual learning as scheduled on August 20.
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Monopolies are bad. Don't let the Hartford, VT Select Board create one for trash service.
The Hartford Select Board would like to enable a monopoly by designating only one private company to take over your residential trash services for the Town of Hartford. This will take away your freedom to choose your own trash service vendor, and you'll pay for losing that right with higher taxes, and no control if customer service is poor. When asked at the last Select Board meeting the key question: WHY? The response was that there are too many trucks on the roads. So what’s next, we shut down retail stores because too many cars are parking in the town? We stop delivery services because there are too many packages? This is going to put small independent trash haulers—some of which live and pay taxes in our town—out of business. Please sign our petition to let the Select Board hear your voice—that you do not stand for the municipalization of business services that belong in the private sector; that you do not support the Select Board establishing business monopolies that will put small business owners in our town out of business!
Petition to Mayor Bill de Blasio
School building reopening plans must meet safety standards
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s current plan for reopening school buildings does not meet the safety standards our children and school staff need. The UFT worked with the city to develop many of the safety standards included in the reopening proposal, but the mayor’s current plan falls short. For school buildings to reopen, school communities need: Voluntary COVID-19 testing for all students and school-based staff returning for in-person instruction. A rolling testing regimen in every school community for adults and student volunteers to identify those infected with the virus but asymptomatic. The results of these tests should be available within 24 hours. A dedicated group of contact tracers to investigate who else has been exposed when an adult or a student in a school contracts the virus. A school nurse in every school building. Evidence that the protections and procedures outlined in the plan have been implemented, including the testing and upgrading of ventilation systems, and the necessary staff and supplies to deep clean the buildings every night. We cannot contemplate the reopening of New York City’s school buildings unless Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan includes these critical health and safety measures. To do otherwise would be to put our students, their families and school staff in danger and would risk a citywide resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic. P.S. Please DO NOT “chip in” with a donation to Change.org after you sign this petition. The way you can be most helpful is by sharing the petition with others.
Petition to Kings Local School Board
Virtual Classes led by our Teachers for Kings Local Schools (Ohio)
We are asking parents that are considering Option 2 (or 3) for online learning at Kings to sign this petition to advocate that the school board provide Kings Teacher Lead virtual learning as opposed to out-sourced virtual learning. We are not asking that teachers teaching in a physical classroom teach online kids too. We are asking that the same % of teachers are allocated to the same % of kids choosing online. Its that simple. If you are signing, consider adding the number of kids you represent and their grades and school as a comment. My wife and I have a 3rd grader at KME and a 5th grader entering CIS. Dozens if not hundreds of districts are allocating the % of teachers to the % of students who opted for online learning. This is simple math. An easy example. 100 kids in a grade, 5 teachers. 20 kids per class. 20 kids choose option two. 1 teacher teaches them, the other 4 do in class. Sure, it gets slightly more complicated with less simple numbers, but that is a solveable problem. Schlepping those of us who cannot do option 1 for any myriad of reasons, including preexisting conditions for anyone in the family, elder care, work scheduling issues or any other legitimate reason is un-accept-able. We, as parents, believe that our children's educational needs will be better met by interacting with their classmates and teachers, even in a virtual setting. We, as parents believe that there are better options available, especially if there is transparency around the modelling that was done to predict class sizes, etc. We, as parents, believe that we are willing to pitch in and make this happen. Sign this petition to tell the school board that we need another option for our children, as the existing, proposed options are not the full answer to the challenges we are facing as a community. Thanks for reading and voting. - Matt Fredericks (Parent of a 3rd and 5th grader) #kingsstrong!
Petition to Richard Valdez - Fairgrounds Board President
Stop Ill-Conceived Fairgrounds Proposal to Build 1,200 Units for Homeless Mega Development
There is a proposal to build up to 1,200 modular units for the homeless at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. This proposal has been advanced by a little-known LA real estate developer, Fixx Solutions, with no track record in such projects to a mismanaged and financially desperate Fairgrounds. The public has been intentionally kept in the dark on the proposal and the details. This is not right. For homeless programs to be successful, they need to include dignified housing, a wide array of support services, convenient transit and transportation, credible management, and most critically, the strong support and input of the local community. This proposal lacks all these criteria. Finally, the proposal falls well outside the commonly understood mandate of California state fairgrounds and further pressures the ecologically sensitive flood plain of the San Dieguito River Valley. This proposal is deeply ill-conceived on multiple levels. Homelessness is a serious humanitarian and social problem, and many of us are passionately committed to ending it, but this proposal is not the right way to go about it. This proposal does a disservice to the cause because it has had zero local input, has virtually no local support, and is a significant over-reach with an absurd 1,200 proposed units. We need to let the Fairgrounds board and executive leadership know that this proposal is unacceptable for the surrounding communities. We also need to send similar messages to the City Councils and leadership of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Carmel Valley, and Encinitas. If you agree, please sign this petition and forward on to others. Together, we can make our voices heard and terminate this terrible idea before it goes any further. For additional information: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/del-mar/story/2020-06-21/fairgrounds-officials-advance-plan-for-homeless-veterans-housing
Petition to Steve Ly, Elk Grove City Counil
Steve Ly Must Resign!
Please sign this petition demanding that Steve Ly resign his position as the Mayor of the City of Elk Grove, Ca. As the Mayor of the City of Elk Grove, Mr. Ly has continually attempted to stifle dissent by the use of personal attacks belittling those who would dissent, and by using allies to harass and threaten those who would dissent. He has also run smear campaigns against political opponents. In the last month, five prominent citizens, including three elected officials, a Doctor, and a former Ly Campaign Manager have come forward to detail the lengths that Ly and his followers have gone to harass, intimidate, bully, and to silence them. These five individuals are all prominent women, and have been the subject of vicious personal attacks on their characters. Mr Ly and his cohorts are attempting to frame this as a cultural attack on his Hmong background. Nothing could be further from the truth. It is simply a matter of his poor behavior and those that follow him in their attempts at bullying, intimidation, and harassment. There is no room for this behavior in Elk Grove. Mr. Steve Ly MUST RESIGN immediately as the Mayor of Elk Grove!
Petition to James Gerstner, Matthew Teglash, Michael Sweeton
Do not Renew Optimum Contract in Orange County
The undersigned residents of the Town of Warwick, Orange County, New York, request the ISP contract with Cablevision/Optimum/Altice not be renewed as their service is deplorable. Residents experience unreliable high-speed internet service with a consistent, significant, degradation in speed and reliability. With the advent of COVID-19 the increase in demand for reliable broadband service is an imperative. In September, when children will be compelled to learn remotely, and parents will be obligated to telework more frequently, the demands on the network will not be sufficient to meet the needs of our residents. In addition to a network insufficient to meet local needs, their Customer Service Center is inadequately staffed. Hold times to reach a representative often substantially exceed 1-hour. Managerial staff do not typically return calls as promised and there is no way to contact them directly. As an ISP it is incredulous that supervisors and managers are not provided an email address for customer communication. The only way to get status of an open ticket is to waste hours on the phone calling the call center and demanding assistance. As the only local high-speed broadband ISP, residents have no alternative provider. Cablevision/Optimum/Altice have exhibited a long-standing indifference to their customers. They have no incentive to provide a better experience as they are aware residents have no other viable options. During the term of their current contract Cablevision/Optimum/Altice actions have strongly demonstrated they have no intention or motivation to increase capacity, service levels, or reliability while increasing our rates. Their actions should not be rewarded with another contract.