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Petition to Mayor Cameron Smyth

Support for a Ferret Friendly Santa Clarita, CA

We need support for Ferret Legalization We, the ferret owners all around California, and all over the world humbly and respectfully ask the city of Santa Clarita to declare itself a Ferret Friendly City and publicly support the decriminalization of ferret ownership in California.  We take this unusual step because no one in our state government (and this is a state issue) will give us assistance or explain the reason for banning domestic ferrets in the first place. A Misdemeanor to own a ferret and a 30 year battle.  Ferrets have been illegal in California since 1933. It is currently a misdemeanor carrying $1,000 fine, up to 6 months in jail and confiscation of the pet, to own a ferret throughout the state. For almost 30 years ferret owners in California have been working hard to legalize the domestic ferret. This house pet is currently legal in 48 states and none of these states report ferrets having an impact on the local wildlife.  We have taken our issue to politicians on all levels and the Fish and Game Commission. We had hope that the new commission would support this obvious and logical issue. This year we pushed two petitions for regulation change which the Commission heard and rejected.  The first was to remove ferrets from the prohibited species list. When that was denied we requested that the Fish and Game Commission resume issuing permits for ferrets as they had done for neutered male ferrets prior to 1985. Fish & Game rejected both.  For the past 13 years we have not been able to find a legislative sponsor. We have met many who are sympathetic to the cause but will not take on the issue. People are still suffering from this law. People can’t move to California if they have ferrets. This especially affects people in the military who get stationed at one of our many bases.  Many don't feel safe getting legal medical care for their pets when they need it.  There is a lot of stress owning this house pet in California. Ferret owners have to hide their pets from the Police, Fish & Game, and their neighbors.  Certain security clearances, licenses & even foster parent status cannot be obtained if someone owns a ferrets. All politics are local. The city of Santa Clarita can stand with La Mesa and make a very symbolic statement and perhaps get this in front of a legislator by declaring Santa Clarita a Ferret Friendly City. 

Angel City Ferret Club
547 supporters
This petition won 2 months ago

Petition to Rick Cole, Keith Warren, Santa Monica City Manager, Tony Vazquez, Santa Monica City Council, Kenneth Marks

Protect Santa Monica Affordable Housing Tenants from NMS Properties.

We resolved this issue and are so grateful to every single one of you!!!!  NMS Properties is the largest property management firm in Santa Monica. As of August 10, 2017 all applicants to the NMS Property Affordable Housing Units must apply through the city of Santa Monica at My unit has been infested with termites, silverfish and ants.  There is no exaggeration in the following description of the infestation we have had in our unit - We have had termites dropping from our ceilings, into the bathtub, on the bathroom floor, beside the toilette seat, into our living room, into the kitchen.  We wake up to silverfish in OUR BED just crawling under the blanket.  There are ants all over the kitchen counter. As a result we have been taking our showers at the local YMCA.   We have about 3 to 4 dozen termites roaming free in our unit daily.   NMS Properties agreed to send a maintenance worker to seal our ceilings and caulk all floors - 4 weeks later and we are still waiting. That has NOT happened.   Pest control involved sprinkling boric acid, which the manager, Kimberly Jeffries, herself said is NOT an effective way to treat termites. Yet they continue to use the same pest control company until we forced another opinion.     Here we are, politely asking to be released from our lease and they are holding US accountable for the rest of the term. Why are they NOT accountable for an uninhabitable unit I have lived in for ONLY 2 months. I haven't even been here long and these issues have been here from the start? We talk to the Santa Monica city office and we are being told, that we are liable for the lease, and if they even terminate it we should consider ourselves lucky??? LUCKY??? Is that a joke? - because they do not get involved unless it is a danger to public health. So I'd like to ask the city - why is it that affordable housing tenants HAVE TO apply through as of August 10th - if they are refusing to get involved in these types of issues? Are we willingly sending innocent tenants to properties such as NMS where we know these units are not safe, clean, or habitable for SM residents? But we just don't care, because, they are low income tenants? Do low income tenants mean we don't matter? That we aren't awarded the same basic human rights that someone who resides in a luxury complex are awarded? Why is it I called Code Enforcement, Public Health, Legal Aide, Rent Control, SM Rights, every single division and department in Santa Monica and I was turned away? I was told no one could help me? We need to put an end to this type of treatment for low income families. Low income deserves attention.  Let us out of our lease WITHOUT ANY STIPULATIONS and teach NMS Properties a lesson  Please share this petition to everyone you know, we need to get attention to it.  We need to protect tenant rights.  Please.  

Azra Valani
514 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Cathy Ann Hardaway, Louise Brzuchalski, Gregory Madensky, Michele Tierney, Michael Mahon

Change the AHSD Dress Code

Dress code is necessary. Students of the Abington Heights School District certainly realize this; however, while it was adopted to help students, it is hurting them, and not many students are happy or comfortable with this dress code in particular, and want change. To give background knowledge, here are the basic policies: No wording. No advertisements (aside from a Nike swoosh, but "Under Armour" isn't permitted.) Must wear a collared shirt and have it buttoned up. Skirts and dresses must go to the knee, even if there are leggings or any other form of pants underneath. The only permitted outerwear worn during class time are hoodies and sweatshirts. Must cover collarbone. No hats. Anything deemed distracting. There have been many complaints made by both students and parents over the years, but nothing has been changed. I am a student about to go into high school next year, the fastest and most important time of my life, and I would like to worry less about my social life and comfort and more on my education. During my middle school years, all I worried about was my classmates' perspective on me, and I want to be less stressed, and I also want my peers to be less stressed. Education is much more important than consequence for breaking dress code. Kids are being  pulled out of class to change their clothing and are embarrassed. I want to change this dress code for the better because: The AHSD dress code has strongly affected both myself and my peers. While the school strongly supports individuality, their dress code says otherwise. The students are barely given a chance to express themselves with their own style, and most people dress the same while in school. No one sticks out. Shy kids, such as I, who cannot express themselves by speaking that often, have no opportunity to show their interests. It is very hard for them to make friends as well, because there isn't a way to start a conversation. If the dress code was removed, students would be able to interact with each other. If a certain t-shirt showed, for example, Doctor Who, two students would be able to interact for a similar liking for a show. If the shy person was approached by a new person, they would immediately feel happier, and they would be able to make friends, and vise versa. Removing the dress code would allow students make friends and greatly benefit a large group of students in the Abington Heights School District. Furthermore, the AHSD dress code policy ignores students who cannot afford to buy new shirts. While they do offer help and programs in order to help students financially, students should not have to undergo this process when they could be wearing clothing that they bought themselves and rightfully own. It is expensive to buy an entirely new wardrobe, as most people don't own a variety of button up shirts and flannels, as that isn't exactly the current style. Students have a life outside of school. It is causing many people to struggle. The policy about the advertisements is supposed to help students not be bullied, but kids are bullied anyways, mostly due to the dress code. If a student cannot afford ten new shirts, they will wear what they can, and may be picked on for being "poor", something I have witnessed before. Students have called me "goth" and have made fun of me and many other of their classmates because they tend to wear similar things around the same color and style. They may also be picked on for not having a fashion taste, when in reality, they do, but the dress code doesn't allow them to express it. Finally, the dress code is sexualizing the bodies of students. Since students must cover the collarbone and wear shorts, skirts, and dresses to their knees, this may leave an influence that they must always do this. Why should students be deemed distracting for showing skin? Why can't they be comfortable in their own skin, which is what we should be teaching students instead. We should not be sexualizing the bodies of children. Students might be wearing their outfit because it looks good to them, not because they want to impress their peers and behave inappropriately. Regardless, it should be none of AHSD's concern whether a student wants to wear skirts that go to their thigh or if they want to wear jeans. That should be solely the student's decision. To conclude, the dress code of the Abington Heights School District has been affecting kids for years, and it's time to put a stop to it's unjustified and unnecessary rules. I speak for a majority of students, and I want them all to enjoy the rest of their educational career instead of being publicly embarrassed, shy, and be the target of bullies. Please support me in my effort to change things for students and the students by signing this petition, thank you.

Allie Katz
114 supporters