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safety

224 petitions

Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Jim Sullivan, Jeff Potter, Warren Slocum (Board of Supervisors, San Mateo County), Gretchen Kelly (Airport Manager), Michael Wentworth (Administrative Services & Airports, San Mateo County)

Surf Air, Inc.: Stop, or reroute, Surf Air flights that are using KSQL (San Carlos) Airport

There has been a substantial increase in noticeable noise from low flying aircraft that are now traversing over Redwood City, Atherton, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and other nearby neighborhoods.  The increased noise is mostly the result of new flights from a startup company called Surf Air that has initiated commercial operations into and out of San Carlos Airport (KSQL).   After receiving funding of $65 million, Surf Air has been expanding services and will have up to 21 scheduled arrivals into KSQL.  This is a substantial increase in service from the original 7 flights when Surf Air first began flying into KSQL.   That means the current approach corridor, as approved by the FAA, will see a significant increase in noisy flights over neighborhoods in Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Atherton and Redwood City.   This also means a substantial increase in departure noise for Redwood Shores, Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park. Many of the affected neighborhoods are located near the Middlefield Road corridor.  In addition, these aircraft fly over or near Encinal Elementary, Walter Hays Elementary and Menlo Atherton High School.   If you find the noise objectionable, OR if you are concerned about the negative impact on your property’s value, OR if you are concerned about potential accidents due to aircraft flying over our homes and schools, then please indicate your objection to Surf Air's flight path into San Carlos airport by signing this petition.   Thank you for your participation and please reach out to your neighbors to get them involved.

Stop The KSQL Aircraft Noise
1,094 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Stephen Lynch, Elizabeth Warren, Edward Markey, Massachusetts State House, Massachusetts State Senate, Charlie Baker

It's Time to Address the Smoking Epidemic

There is an epidemic affecting every community and, indirectly, every person in this country. That epidemic is known as tobacco. Some statistics about this epidemic directly from the website of the World Health Organization are below: Tobacco kills up to half of its users. Tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 890 000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Nearly 80% of the world's more than 1 billion smokers live in low- and middle-income countries. (http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs339/en/) If there was a disease that killed up to half of the infected, the government would be in a panic attempting to stop it. In fact, smallpox, which was declared exterminated in the United States in 1949, only had a death rate of about 3 out of 10 infected.  (https://www.cdc.gov/smallpox/about/index.html) Let's look at some other statistics from the CDC: "From 1999 to 2015, more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids." (https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/data/overdose.html) Why am I bringing up opioids? Because, it is one of the major issues in the United States political climate and almost everyone that it has to be swiftly and effectively dealt with.  What about tobacco? "Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day." (https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/fast_facts/). I don't think that those statistics need to be explained. In five years, smoking can kill more people who haven't smoked than opioids have killed between 1999 and 2015. I do not intend on trivializing the opioid epidemic, I am simply using it as a reference point. Something needs to be done about this, and it needs to be done now. However, I am not suggesting we simply make use of these products illegal. That will not fix the problem and may even cause greater problems. Rather, I suggest that the government immediately bans all forms of tobacco products that are not pure in tobacco content. From there, the government can distribute nicotine patches and other aid for tobacco users and then finally ban tobacco.  I would like to dedicate this petition to those who have suffered, directly or indirectly, from the tobacco epidemic, whether an addict, family member, or a friend.

Aidan Leahy
46 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Terry McAuliffe, Donald Trump, Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, Barbara Comstock, Judge Stephen C. Shannon

Prevent Hospitals from Seeking Guardianship As Means 2 Override Patient Rights

Anastasia on Facebook I used to think all the talk about "murder boards" in hospitals was a fallacy.  However based on recent family events sadly they are true.  Currently there is not a law that prevents hospitals from seeking guardianship as a means to override a patients rights to dispute discharge or treatment decisions. While there are specific instances where taking guardianship of a patient is not only advisable but is absolutely necessary when life is threatened, such as in the case of minors who need a life saving treatment but the parents refuse to allow it due to personal values or religious beliefs; however even those instances should be few and far between. Instances like those that have happened to our family the last few weeks, where a parent, family member who holds a legally executed power of attorney and stands 'in loco parentis' for an incapacitated family member can have their powers summarily and arbitrarily suspended or terminated because they disagree with a hospitals decision not to treat a condition because a doctor perceives the patient has no quality of life because they suffer from a brain injury and feels the person "would not want to live that way" should never happen! Quality of life is something that cannot possibly be known or measured with the limited and superficial contact that occurs in a hospital setting and is something best left to the patient and those closest to them. To have strangers come in and forcibly tear you from your loved ones, to abduct your person, because that is exactly what this is - an abduction - is terrifying for a person with a brain injury and other such patients. It is terrifying for an incapacitated person who has relied heavily on and whose life, happiness and well-being has depended on a family member that it is so inextricably intertwined it is impossible to separate one existence from the other without creating great psychological and emotional harm and trauma. I can say this because I have had to watch my sister whimper and cry out in fear since guardianship of her was awarded to Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians. I have had to watch the expression of fear on her face while being told lawyers would now be her guardians and that I no longer had control over where she lived, who would be caring for her, what medications she could or could not be given, or treatments she would or would receive. I did not and could not tell her these same two lawyers also had the authority to place her in clinical trials, and had the authority to dispose of her remains how they saw fit. When Inova Fairfax Hospital appointed guardians removed her from the hospital without notifying a single family member I had to watch the expression on sadness and bewilderment at seemingly having been abandoned when I walked in six hours later because it took our Virgnia State Delegate making calls to locate her because Inova had ordered their nursing staff to not give me any health information, just as they chosen to ignore my power of attorney before we went to court.  I have had to watch her being over medicated and suffering while her guardians were missing in action because they signed papers to have her sent to a substandard nursing facility and then went out of town for several days.  I have had to physically clamp off my sisters feeding tube to prevent her from being given three sedating medications directly after giving her morphine because a nurse said she could not give my sister her regular medications when she would normally get them because their “protocol” only allowed them to give her medication at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.  Which means she was receiving a massive dose of 600mg of Neurontin, 2mg of Klonopin, and 10mg of Ambien on top of morphine in an 8 hour period!  Now maybe it’s just me, but you do not administer those medications, at those doses to a 5’2” 108lb female unless you are trying to put her into a coma or kill her. Stand with our family if you believe this is egregious and sign our petition to not only stop Inova Fairfax Hospital from killing or intentionally putting our sister in danger and to STEP ASIDE and let Anastasia's family care for her as they always have done; but to have legislation put in place to prevent this from every happening to anyone else's child or loved one every again!!    Here is is a link to the meeting with Kelly Armstrong, PhD and the Inova Fairfax Casemanagement team. https://youtu.be/VxMFP-o-p6U  

Yolanda Bell
898 supporters