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military families

21 petitions

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Petition to Donald Trump, Defense secretary Mattis

Stop the RECP Program on Military Bases

The RECP program sounded like a good idea at the time. RECP = Resident Energy Conservation Program. The gist of it is to make military families living aboard bases more responsible for their electric consumption by installing meters in their homes and charging families for electric use above what is considered 'normal'.  *This was a President Clinton intiative that was enforced by President Obama* Military Homes on Base/Post were not built for independent billing The great majority of homes built on our military bases were not wired for independent electric billing. Many homes have been found to be connected to street lights, common utilities, their neighbor's homes. Furthermore, when families are in excess, they can receive bills of several hundred dollars and are faced with eviction if they can't pay their bills. They ask for help, yet the housing managers cannot prove why their use is so high. If those bills aren't paid, the housing management goes to the service member's command -- many times resulting in a bad counseling report and the service member can lose their job.  Military families are not LIVING normally in their homes Our military families are living in fear. Fear of the high bills they can't afford. They shut off their breakers when they leave their home to ensure they don't get a bill. They do their laundry at laundromats out in town. They take cold showers and anything else to reduce electric consumption in their homes. This affects the net consumption for the neighborhood and essentially punishes families bathing their children, using their dishwasher, etc. THIS ISN'T LIVING! The conditions at Camp Pendleton, California show hot homes where children are sleeping in 85+ degree rooms with no AC, yet still may see a several hundred dollar bill for running fans trying to keep their home cool. See here: https://welcomehomeblog.com/2017/09/28/military-children-exposed-to-mold-termites-and-extreme-heat-in-on-base-housing/ Not all homes share the same energy efficient appliances. If a neighbor has a newer, more energy efficient fridge or dishwasher, and your home has old clunky appliances that housing refuses to replace, you're stuck paying higher electric bills. Not all homes have the same family size. Some homes may have two people. Some may have six. Some may have a service member deployed.  There is NO WAY that you can evenly monitor and assess electric bills between homes that were never wired independently, with all of the circumstances above, to make it fair for our families with a 10% buffer.  Furthermore, the civilian housing managers have the ability to change and manipulate the data collected. In one instance, we found a bill that DID NOT match SDGE's electric meter use. They were off by several hundred kWh for 10 months.   We have spent the last year begging leadership to audit the program. It's fallen on deaf ears.  Please stop the program NOW  It's not working and it is hurting the readiness of our military. In fact, there was a recent congressional report that stated the base conservation program wasn't working, now they need to recognize it's not working in the homes as well:  http://www.gao.gov/assets/680/674888.pdf Our service members, military spouses, and their children deserve better than this. Our military families are ripped apart for months and sometimes years on end, serving faithfully through 16 years of war. Deployment after deployment. Don't our veterans deserve a hot shower when they come home from the field? Don't our military spouses deserve to bathe their children without worrying how much electricity they're consuming?  #EndRECP

Kristine Schellhaas
47,594 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to Karen Currington, Maxine L. Moreau

Extend Centurylink Fiber Optic Service Throughout House Creek North

Fiber Optic internet is the backbone of the internet. Every major ISP makes heavy use of this technology to connect their customers to the World Wide Web. Charter Communications uses it to connect to a local node that we then connect to via our cable modems. The problem here is the cable modems are a bottleneck for our connection. The current fastest speeds available from Charter on our node are 300Mbps download and 20Mbps upload. They don’t even advertise these speeds so most of us have 100Mbps download and 10Mbps upload. These speeds will be the fastest we will see for many years because the Charter has no intentions of upgrading their network any time soon. Centurylink is our local telecom company that already has buried fiber to parts of our neighborhood. These fiber lines could be extended to the rest of the neighborhood giving us all access to fiber optic internet. Initially our speeds would be comparable to Charter but once these lines are running we could eventually see speeds up to 1Gbps (1000Mbps) download 1Gbps (1000Mbps) upload. Additionally, we would have more than one ISP that we could buy service from. As of now most of us have only one option giving Charter free reign to do whatever they please because we have no choice but to buy service from them. This is not going to be easy or quick. Even after we convince Centurylink to begin installing fiber they will have to dig up a lot of yards and run new lines which could take months maybe years. Once the process was completed our neighborhood would be more desirable and our homes would be worth more money. If you were selling or renting you would have one more thing that could bring in a buyer or tenet. Please join me in this. Only our combined voices will be loud enough to be heard by the executives at Centurylink and they are the ones that we must convince that we are worth the investment.

Charles Johnston
5 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Jack Zimmermann (713) 552-0300

Help Defend Our Veterans Cemetery!

DEFEND CHURCH PROPERTY! Please sign this petition and demand that Waterwood Improvement Association - and Jack Zimmermann of the law firm, Zimmermann Lavine Zimmermann (713) 552-0300 - not only cease and desist from forcing us to remove our veterans cemetery sign but that they reimburse all legal fees that we have had to spend in attempts to defend church property and our preacher from the HOA's ABUSIVE and UNETHICAL practices. So far, our church has paid our attorneys more than $100,000 to defend our church and our veterans cemetery from constant law suits, threats, and harassment coming from an out-of-control Homeowner's Association - one that, for some unknown reason, hates our veterans cemetery and its beautiful sign that is not even on property within the HOA.  They have also threatened our preacher with jail for painting purple "posted" spots on trees in accordance with Texas State Law. Our preacher has been stalked, shot at multiple times, assaulted multiple times, held hostage and our church property vandalized multiple times, and falsely arrested twice for "trespassing" on deeded properties co-managed by our church. We need help with our legal defense expenses and need for veterans organizations to come to the defense of our veterans cemetery where veterans, their families, and their service animals can be buried at no cost to the veterans' families. We also need for Waterwood Improvement Association to cease and desist from further lawsuits and threats of imprisonment for exercising our legal and Constitutional rights. The obvious object of the HOA is to bankrupt our church and chase our preacher and our congregation out of Waterwood. They also clearly mean to force our church to sell our wilderness cathedral which consists of 1,000 acres on 7 miles of the most valuable undeveloped waterfront property in Texas. The HOA is livid with rage that our church refused to sell out to billionaires out of Dubai who had plans to build a "Disneyland" in Texas. The HOA and its members have been committing what we consider to be hate crimes against our church and our pastor for nearly 10 years now. The HOA has already damaged or destroyed more than 130 species of native Texas plants that were growing on our church-owned parkway property in front of the cemetery. They also intimidated our church into selling the parkway property at a loss of $250,000 after 360 rare Texas orchids had been dug up in the middle night along 2.2 miles of church parkway frontage. Please visit www.waterwoodnews.com for documented evidence.  

Patriot Network
8 supporters