public safety

145 petitions

Started 15 hours ago

Petition to Anna G. Henderson, Ken Putnam

Traffic Light at MLK and S. Charlotte Street Intersection

The East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association in Asheville, NC requests implementation of a new traffic signal at a neighborhood intersection. The location of the proposed traffic signal is at the intersection of South Charlotte Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in the City of Asheville. The intersection of South Charlotte Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive is a high traffic area with a residential street connecting to a high speed state road. City of Asheville traffic engineers have performed a detailed study of the area and determined that a traffic signal is warranted based on traffic flow, accident history, and vehicle delay from the neighborhood entrance on Martin Luther King, Jr Drive. A pedestrian crosswalk and signal is also necessary to provide a safe and walkable path across the high trafficked South Charlotte Street. The members of the East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association are interested in improving the safety of the area and look forward to determining the best possible traffic control methods. With ever-increasing traffic on South Charlotte Street and with new housing construction being planned in our neighborhood, these safety issues will only get worse with time. We respectfully urge your prompt attention to this matter and request that the NCDOT and City of Asheville refer to the City of Asheville traffic study and perform any additional studies for a traffic signal at this intersection.

East End/Valley Street Neighborhood Association
19 supporters
Started 1 day ago

Petition to Anastasia McDonnell

Save the Crown Park Pool and Keep Crown Park Green!

Hello Friends of Crown Park! Earlier this year, after an inspection and discovery of multiple failing facilities, the Camas City Council announced the immediate closure and imminent destruction of the 64 year-old Crown Park Community Pool. Prior to their decision, the Council created an online poll for the citizens of Camas regarding the future of the Crown Park Pool. However, instead of focusing solely on the singular problem of the pool, for which the cost of renovation alone was estimated at $2 - $3 million dollars, this was a poll regarding a full makeover of Crown Park. There were two options for citizens to choose from, one with a new pool at Crown Park, and one where the pool would be demolished and replaced with a splash pad. Both options were loaded with additional major renovations for the entire park, including projects like replacing the current playgrounds with $300k of new equipment, pouring 12’ concrete pathways to crisscross the green space of the park at a cost of $400k, and spending $700k on landscaping what is already a beautiful city park. Along with a host of other projects over the 7 acres, there was a $10m price tag on the option of keeping a community pool at Crown Park. Before their annual planning weekend, the Camas City Council invited the public to an open meeting about the future of Crown Park. Dozens of emails from citizens unable to attend were sent to the Parks and Recreation Department and City Council, and there were 25 adult citizens in attendance, many of whose children came along, too. Of the citizens in attendance, over a dozen mothers and fathers stood and made pleas not only to continue to have a place for their kids to swim each summer, but also the need for a place for the children of our community to learn how to swim. Every summer, there are deaths in our lakes and rivers, and every summer, our community pool provides a strong defense against even more fatalities in our waterways. For years, The Crown Park Community Pool has provided swim lessons for the public, including children of all ages, certified by the Red Cross. These classes consistently fill up every summer, with families waiting on lists for their children to learn to swim. As our community grows, so grows Camas’ need for this service, and our citizens continually reaffirm this by their repeated presence. Thousands of people have learned to swim at the Crown Park Pool, and thousands more have come to enjoy sunny days swimming at the park with moms and dads, brothers and sisters and friends. It is a great community asset, the citizens stood up to say, a valuable and unique fixture, and one of the crown jewels of Camas. No one stood to speak out in favor of a splash pad. The meeting was adjourned with the promise of considering the input from the community as the Council made their decision on the future of Crown Park. Less than two days following the meeting it was announced that the City Council had made their decision: to remove the landmark Crown Park Community Pool and replace it with a splash pad. At the initial meeting, there was a remark from someone on the council that it would be difficult to break this news to the public because of the nostalgia many townspeople held for the pool. The Crown Park Pool has been a summertime fixture and memory-maker for over three generations of children and families in Camas and Clark County, and this loss strikes close to many Camas citizens hearts. But there is more to the public’s loss aversion than this. We are not a town that should be losing public services. With our increasing population and escalating property taxes, our City Council should be working not only to add quality of life opportunities around Camas, but at the very least, continuing to maintain our current recreational opportunities and services for the children and families of our town. By shutting down the Crown Park Community Pool, a sixty+ year gathering place and warm weather tradition for the children and families of Camas, the City Council is choosing to ignore the needs of the Camas community for outdoor summer recreation, failing to continue to provide life-saving swim lessons, and eliminating the community-building jobs the pool creates annually. With the $10m whole-park makeover proposed at Crown Park, it is evident that the cost of simply repairing the pool is available. There is also a desire from the public to eliminate the excess unnecessary spending on projects and associated costs for drastically changing the natural beauty of Crown Park, and instead to simply focus on renovating the pool. We are petitioning for our Camas Mayor, Scott Higgins, and the Camas City Council, to stop the imminent destruction of the existing pool, cease the majority of extra projects for the park as a whole and focus the Crown Park project funds solely on the task of renovating and reopening the Crown Park Community Pool for the children and families of Camas. Let’s Save the Crown Park Pool, and Keep Crown Park Green!

Friends of Crown Park
58 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Rt Hon Winston Peters, Hon Grant Robertson, Rt Hon Jacinda Adern, The Coalition Government

Change NZ Accounting Law

We the undersigned respectfully ask that Accounting Law changes be made to ensure that  Accountants/Chartered Accountants and Book Keepers take their role more seriously - whether their clients are private, large companies, small business owners. Sole Traders in particular need protection from financial exploitation, etc as do Special Needs clients. We do not think Clients should pay exorbitant fees for  what mainly boils down to excessive use of  data entry skills - where ten fingers get your books done faster than two.  On a daily basis we see too many businesses going into liquidation, receivership, etc. (Please refer to the NZ Herald's Public Notices section).  Behind every unsuccessful and successful business is an Accountant /Chartered Accountant and/or Book Keeper. Behind the loss of a business are stories  of being powerless to do anything, emotional pain which leads to depression, anxiety, PTSD, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, increase in car accidents, selfharm/ suicide attempts (the psychological price of losing a business) and in desperate circumstances  -  ending ones life completely  (the psychological price of entrepreneurship). We are talking about Corporate Bullying of a different kind that has been missed by many or conveniently overlooked.  Reporting on a business's financial position often rather than once a year is important. There are huge variances in reporting, customer service, level of commitment to the job, etc.  Types of services vary as well.  An Accountant/Chartered Accountant/Book Keeper should explain their role properly and fully at the first point of contact - there should be no surprises further down the track. Charge out rates (like customer service,   services offered and reporting), etc are all over the place eg $45 per hour (reasonable) to $750 per hour (unreasonable)  just for having your bank reconciliation, profit and loss statements done. Accounting software or cloud based accounting platforms make completing the job more efficient and supposedly more cost effective for the client. There are in fact more variances in other areas including professional conduct, bias towards special needs clients, etc. There are professional accounting bodies like CAANZ (Chartered Accountants Australia New Zealand) but we have no concerns with them. It is Accounting Law  that needs to go further to address disparities and variances that have been apparent for a long time.  An Accountant/Chartered Accountant and Book Keeper has a responsible job. They are looking after other people's money, the Client's financial livelihood, a company's finances. Some Accountants/Chartered Accountants offer business support or mentoring in industries that they have no experience in and subsequently give the wrong advice resulting in disaster. The astute Accountants/Chartered Accountants/Book Keepers need to be separated from the ones who aren't.  More importantly the individual and business community deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity by their Accountant/Chartered Accountant and Book Keeper. Change NZ Accounting Law offers a solution. Thank you.  Please support Lisa Cowe's petition: Shut down insolvency watch.   If you or someone else you know can relate to any  points raised, please draw their attention to this petition and shared on your Facebook and/or Twitter page. We especially want to hear from business owners who have been through bankruptcy, liquidation processes, etc. If you need support, wish to discuss this petition with me, please contact  Fiona at 02108520271 or email: ADDENDUM We have received the following feedback:  "Accountants.  What could they do differently? A lot.  Helping Clients create 'Cashflow Positive' businesses would be a good start.  Educate Clients about their tax obligations.  Actually give business advice that suits the Client's business and goals.  Learn more about the real impact of insolvency so they can advise Clients - correctly.  Halve their fees and share knowledge with Clients .  Encourage Clients to grow their businesses to support their communities."  Ford WARNING: (1)  If an Accountant/Chartered Accountant/Book Keeper asks you to sign anything before they take you on as a Client we suggest (a) sign nothing. (2) Re:  End of Year Financials.  Do not sign a 'compilation report' until you have studied your 'End of Year Financials' carefully. Again, run this 'compilation report' by someone who understands at the least, the links between the balance sheet figures and those on the profit and loss account.  Be sure you understand what a balance sheet is and what it represents.  We suggest you attend bankruptcy cases at your local high court to gain further insights and to broaden your knowledge about our petition themes.      

fiona green
66 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Food and Drug Administration

URGENT! Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Food Safety Petition

THIS IS AN ACTIVE PETITION ~We are in the midst of an ongoing and seemingly incomprehensible radiation crisis at the Fukushima  Daiichi  nuclear power complex in Japan.  Some are saying "this is not Chernobyl" and for that matter it may turn out to be worse. Greenpeace released a report on March 25, 2011 which ranks the radiation leaking from Fukushima to date to be at Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale (INES) which is the the highest level and the same as Chernobyl after that catastrophe. We must remember that this crisis is far from over and will have serious health effects for many innocent people, with young children and the elderly being particularly vulnerable. The National Academies of Science issued a 2006 report on radiation exposure that concluded that even low levels of radiation can cause human health problems, including cancer and heart disease. And 25 years after Chernobyl,  the United Kingdom still maintains restrictions on sheep production in parts of Wales because radioactive cesium continues to contaminate grazing lands.  Now we are learning that the water pumped in from the ocean to cool the Fukushima reactors is flowing back to sea mixed with deadly plutonium, endangering sea life too.  Until workers can find a way to somehow stop, contain and store it, dangerous levels of radioactivity will continue to spread to the ocean and the biosphere.  Particulates in the form of radioactiive iodine and other radioisotopes from Fukushima have traveled across the United States as far as Massachusetts.  Increased radiation is now being detected in cows milk in Washington, Vermont, and other states.  While we continue to send our prayers and support to the people of Japan, it is clearly time to understand that this is a global crisis which will affect many nations, including the United States. Citizens in India, China, France and other countries are being told to carefully handle or not to eat large leafy green vegetables and some dairy products. Here in the US, closer downwind on the jetstream from Japan, we are STILL not receiving honest, accurate and consistent information from our government agencies. The FDA has announced that there is no need to test north Pacific fish for radioactivity, and the EPA announced scaling back monitoring of water and milk to quarterly testing only.    First, we need to monitor all food and water imports from Japan, including the estimated annual 5 million gallons of bottled water, soft drinks and other non-alcoholic beverages containing water. Seafood shipments and other food products also are still being imported by the US.and they must be monitored immediately. Next,  the Environmental Protection Agency must significantly expand the monitoring of air particulates, rain water, drinking water, and milk and to make the findings readily transparent and immediately available to the public. Last, the United States Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration should receive adequate funding for expanded food and water inspection both here and overseas and to communicate those findings immediately to the public. Congress must rethink our agricultural policies as well as international trade policies as they effect imports from other countries also trading with Japan. 

Kimberly Roberson
8,906 supporters