Petition to Dan Patrick, Greg Abbott, Lois Kolkhorst, Joe Pickett, James Morris
END EGREGIOUS FINES, FEES AND PENALTIES BY TOLL ROADS THROUGH LEGISLATION or LITIGATION.
LEARN MORE HERE: http://www.texastolllawsuit.com & https://www.facebook.com/texastollwayslawsuit/ The State of Texas, the Governors office and indeed the entire state legislature has perpetrated a crime against the citizens of the Great State of Texas! This petition is the result of the backlash building against Toll Roads in Texas. It's happened to you...FINES from the Toll roads that leave you feeling helpless! You are horrified to learn that a few dollars in Toll Road use fees have turned into hundreds or even THOUSANDS of dollars in fines and the toll authority won't work with you. You may have even been sued, lost your ability to register your car or even been arrested? A Convoluted system of Toll Roads in Texas exists with more than 5 different agencies each billing you for use of "their" roads. You can drive around Houston (for example) and be billed by at least 3 different toll agencies. Worst of all many toll roads in Texas are operated independently of government in Austin by private-public partnerships created through political wrangling by state legislation more than a decade ago. This has left Texans with public-private roads masquerading as State Highways. That's right folks, roads that are privately owned while the State of Texas has stopped building anything with our Tax money! These quasi-government agencies are managed by elected officials and private business owners and together they are lining the pockets of fat-cat businessmen with your money. Roads are supposed to be built with tax dollars paid in as Gas Tax but Austin is diverting Gas Tax money True harm is coming to Texas citizens in the form of egregious fines , harassment, loss of driving privileges, an inability to register vehicles. These and other grievances are being brought by citizens against the current legislated Toll Road system through legislative change or direct litigation. The ultimate tool to let the state know that we, the citizens of Texas no longer support Toll Roads is to petition for a referendum to hear our grievances. State lawmakers MUST agree to listen to our grievances and correct the problems through substantial legislative change to the operation and revenue collection of all Toll Roads in Texas. If the State will not listen and act, we are prepared to file what may become the largest Class Action Lawsuit in Texas History and seek legal remuneration including injunctive, compensatory, special and incidental damages from the state. Texas Toll Roads are bringing harm to Taxpayers in the form of actual financial harm, frustration, anger, and other harms at an unprecedented level. WE THE PEOPLE DEMAND: 1. There should be one tolling agency statewide. 2. Legal Loopholes must be closed to prevent abuse by the "private" for-profit part of Toll road operations. Their nature is in conflict with your right to drive. A set of laws that CLEARLY define, limit and control Toll Roads must be established. 3. The power to fine, sue and charge excessive fees must be severely limited and prevent economic harm against Texans created by the Legal Loopholes that are used against us. 4. The creation of protections (A Bill of RIghts) for Citizens against Toll road atrocities. 5. A Clear and concise operating charter for Toll Roads with a moral duty clause that makes it illegal to work and establish any Toll Project or operating guidelines that would bring economic harm against a Texas Citizen created by the system itself. 6. The exposure of profits, peoples names and other information by Regional Mobility Authorities. 7. The the abolition of any and all future toll roads. 8. Stop diverting Gas Tax money to other programs. 9. The classification of a "toll" as a "Tax" by admission of the State. 10. The immediate development of a Gas Tax plan to pay for roads and "Sunset" (eliminate" toll roads within 5 years. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Citizens are sued in an administrative court where the plaintiff (Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson law firm is paying for the Judge to hear the case on behalf of themselves, a private for profit law firm with a very disturbing history of fraud, deceit and other crimes. http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/debt-collector/texas-politics/ . These are the people who your state sends you to to sue you! They are in business to make a profit. Administrative judges they use are often paid 2 to 3 times the normal pay for a judge at this level and the preponderance of the evidence agrees that citizens are found guilty in more than 95% of all cases. Most cases are won on technicality and the penalty does not match the crime making toll road fines a clear violation of the; The 8th amendment of the constitution of the United States and the section 13 of the Texas State Constitution which bar the collection of excessive fines. The state of Texas has created legislation that allows it to outsource toll violations and assess unbelievably egregious fines against its' own citizens in a manner that is harmful to citizens. That harm is not chartered within the state constitution. All laws are to be chartered for the benefit of the people not against them. This situation was created when; Put simply, the system harms citizens financially and therefore violates the Texas Constitution and the United States Constitution. The State lawmakers, our employees, have created a system that prosecutes citizens for even accidental infractions on our toll roads that are prosecuted by private law firms, not the State of Texas additionally; The toll violation system clearly violates the Due Process Guarantee contained within the Texas Constitution, The state may have failed to meet its' evidentiary burden by any citizen from a civil penalty and administrative reprocessing fees applied against a vehicle owner under the under the process authorized by law. More specifically this means that private citizens are being sued by someone other than the State of Texas for toll road violations. Many complain of never receiving notice which violates their right to due process. Once the charges are sent to the third party collection firm, they assess egregious fines and fees that harms citizens egregiously because the fines are more than 50 times the actual toll charges. This is far beyond anything allowed by consumer credit lawsuit. By its very nature, a private law firm has a conflict of interest in filing lawsuits on behalf of the State against private citizens in administrative courts. Furthermore, the private lawfirm Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP as well as other firms use "administrative Courts" to sue private Citizens which are essentially courts for hire by the lawfirm. And Linebarger in particular is a nasty one! http://money.cnn.com/interactive/pf/debt-collector/texas-politics/ . All Tolling authorities are required to operate under TXDOT but TXDOT does not have total control over the independent agencies that toll all of us and this lack of defined, well written legal rules allows too much leeway within each toll road agency to operate independently. Reciprocal agreements between agencies are completely inadequate to protect citizens, causing thousands of tax paying citizens to be sued, spend too much personal time dealing with toll issues and no clear means of resolving issues in a timely or easy manner. When someone using a different tolling agency has a tag malfunction, fines are assessed immediately and the burden of proof of innocence is pushed back onto the taxpayer citizen who must fight to have the fees removed, taking substantial time or concede and pay fines that are automatically assessed. This is insanity in the 21st century. Each agency has no way to look up the license plates of other agencies. They also do not attempt to re-bill 3 times as they do with their own customers. They will instead often waive some fees if you agree to get an account with that agency essentially bribing you to leave your old agency to reduce the fees easily. This is unacceptable. It may even violate the FTC Deceptive Trade and Practiced Act. It can cause harm to any company or agency or individual who travels as you cannot have two tags on your windshield or they will potentially both read. What is a citizen to do? They are to demand the State fix this issue. The issue is that the private parties operating the toll roads each want their money! Toll road revenue is being used to build new toll roads to collect even more fees from citizens of the State of Texas. Tolling should not be allowed to perpetuate itself by making loans to other tolling agencies to build more Toll Roads. As an example, HCTRA loaned $20 million dollars to another http://www.chron.com/news/transportation/article/Harris-County-OKs-20M-loan-for-MoCo-toll-road-5997311.php that it earned from fees on the Beltway 8 Toll Road in Houston! If the Beltway 8 project is paid for, per the advertisement on the bond sold to the residents of Harris County, the Beltway 8 Toll Road was to become Free once paid for!. Yes, it was supposed to be free once paid for. Harris County has NOT kept its word with the citizens of the City of Houston. This is treasonous and malicious intent to defraud. Beltway 8 is a cash cow for the City who continues to increase taxes. Harris County is making money hand over fist off of tolls yet they continue to raise property taxes...why? Because it is never enough and nobody is stopping them! Gas Taxes could lower toll road fees, pay off other debts or improve schools but instead it is being funneled to Toll us even more. Toll Roads are a form of Double Taxation. The State of Texas continues to abuse Gas Tax revenue by channeling it to non-road projects. This is a serious breech of the definition of the what the Gas Tax is for. We must stop the legislation in the State of Texas from earmarking Gas Tax money for special projects that have nothing to do with roads! Using a Gas Tax uniformly taxes all citizens for roads instead of an undue burden for those that live in a city. Texas gas tax has not changed in decades and remained steady at 20 cents per gallon - yet we have the 2nd largest state in the union and an enormous road system to maintain. Most other states are at 27 to 30 cents per gallon. So we are diverting Gas Taxes away from Roads. Representative Doug Miller introduced SB 1110 (in 2013), that heists property taxes (through appraisal increases) for transportation projects and expands the use of Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZ) from strictly FREEways to toll roads, rail, transit, and dedicated bike lanes. WE"RE DIVERTING GAS TAX AWAY FROM TOLL ROADS AND THIS GUY WANTS TO TAKE YOUR PROPERTY TAXES TO MAKE UP FOR THE TAX SHORTAGE ON ROADS - THAT ARE BEING TAKEN FROM GAS TAXES. ROBBING PETER TO PAY PAUL. Harris County has commandeered our Freeway lanes for additional revenue which should be a crime. Toll Road fees are egregious. They are charging as much as $400 per month for a driver to travel to and from work downtown and back to Katy 5 days a week. That is more than the cost of a new Honda Accord per month! It is egregious. Toll road fines are an abomination. Current Legislation does not go far enough TXDOT, NTTRA, HCTRA, TXTAG the State of Texas ETC MUST give everyone a chance to voice their complaints and seek relief in the form of compensatory, injunction and punitive damages against all of the agencies, their law firms and private tolling companies. It is vital that you speak up and express your concerns to drive corrective action against one of the most corrupt and abusive institutions within the state by signing this petition. Another complaint observed is the "License Plate" issue where citizens buy new cars and have a hard time getting the actual metal plates after purchase. For example: Buying cars out of state. If your plate is not associated with your account within 30 days, you will be fined and sued under the current law. Fines are higher than allowed under Federal Credit laws that consumers are protected by. These federal laws include the Fair Debt Collections Act, Deceptive Trade and Practices Act and the FCRA or Fair Credit Reporting Act, as well as others. Texas also has strict debt collection practice laws but none of them adequately provide extension for protections for toll road operations. Unless we collectively stand firm and sue, they will continue to harm citizens and cause thousands of hours of lost productivity to corporations across the state dealing with the extreme incompetence, negligent and even hostile activities conducted against private citizens. Additionally most Texans do not recognize that Toll Roads are become more mainstream than tax-money paid construction projects. There is a serious issue with the growth of Toll Road construction even with the increased revenue from taxpayers and toll revenues. Toll Roads are getting first priority for construction in potential or needed growth areas instead of Tax funded projects because the state is not spending tax money on roads as they should! This means that the State is earning greater revenue by tolling your ability to drive instead of using the money they collect in your taxes to pay for construction and maintenance of roads. All together, these and other issues MUST be dealt with swiftly by WE THE PEOPLE before they get out of hand. What kind of world allows a free highway to install toll booths only for the overpasses and the rest stays free? Why is it that inter-agency cooperation does not protect your ability to drive without fear of penalty on other agency roads? Please take a moment to tell us what you have experienced AND to let us know how we can stop this together. Together we can greatly change the oversight and toll road authority ability to tax, charge and build toll roads and help keep driving free or reduce the cost of driving by strong legislation to keep the tolling authorities and legislators in check.
Petition to Hennepin County
Create Protected Bike Lanes on Washington Ave South of 5th Ave
The city and the county are in the planning process for finishing Washington Ave (between 5th Ave and 35W). Even though there is room for protected bike lanes on either side of the street, the County's current design plans will leave the bike lanes unprotected. The County needs to know that local residents feel strongly about this issue, so that they incorporate protected lanes into the final designs. Protected bike lanes are much more comfortable for people on bikes. If you have seen the new Washington Ave protected lanes between Hennepin and 3rd, or traveled on any of the city's other protected lanes (like 11th Ave in downtown) you know what a difference they make! Unprotected lanes make many cyclists feel vulnerable, and a result, are used most often by more confident cyclists. Washington Ave is full of local businesses that could benefit from having a protected bikeway that is accessible to riders of all skill levels, including children, and those who are newer to cycling. Not only that, but Washington Ave is a crucial corridor for connecting downtown with Seven Corners and the University of Minnesota's West Bank, all three of which have residents and commuters who would benefit from a more direct protected bicycle connection.
Petition to Delta Air Lines, Mike Hhogan
Retire the Boeing 747 with a Pan Am livery
Let's retire the 747 in the US sporting a Pan Am livery The year was 1965 and Joe Sutter was being transferred from Boeing 737's development team to manage the design studies for a new airliner, ordered by Pan Am's Juan Trippe and supported by Boeing's Bill Allen. An airliner that would revolutionize air travel and the industry itself, reinventing the way planes were manufactured until then. A jet that the world would come to know as Boeing 747. Pan Am was more than the launch customer of the 747, it was an airline so instrumental in the creation of this airplane that their input would borderline mark them as co-designer of the type. A feat unmatched by any single airline before or since. This year marks the end of the scheduled passenger service with any US airline of the Boeing 747. Our idea is simple: we would like to see "The Queen of the Skies" retire as it begun its service in 1970, emblazoned by the colors of the airline that saw it being born. Please sign this petition and help us ask Delta Airlines and United Airlines pay tribute to the Boeing 747 and to its creating airline by following the current industry practice of creating "retro jet liveries" to honor their past and their heritage and painting their last retiring 747-400 in the original Pan Am markings that the airplane sported in 1970 when it was delivered, and so bring the operational life of this wondrous airplane to a full circle. Our petition is mostly aimed towards Delta Airlines, mostly because they will be the last US airline in retiring the type, but we would also be very grateful if United Airlines would listen to our plea as well since both airlines own a part of Pan Am (United owns Pan Am's Pacific and Latin America routes and Delta Pan Am's Atlantic routes) and they are the last U.S. airlines operating the type. Please sign the petition and share it with others and let's make this happen! A little bit about me: My name is Alfonso Vazquez and I'm a 35 year old executive pilot, currently residing in Mexico. Ever since I was a child I've been fascinated by everything Pan Am and have many fond memories of the airline. Being a part of this project is a huge honor for me, and I hope as many other fellow Pan Am enthusiasts will join in so we can make this happen and pay tribute to both the 747 and this iconic and unforgettable airline.
Petition to MTA/LIRR
Save Kew Gardens Lefferts Blvd. Bridge - the Heart of Our Community
Don't let MTA/LIRR destroy the heart of Kew Gardens! Since the late 1920's the Kew Gardens’ Lefferts Blvd bridge over the Long Island Railroad - home to the mom and pop stores that give the town its character and serve the shopping needs of its residents - has been the heart of this "Urban Village in the Big City". MTA and LIRR own the bridge and surrounding real estate. Over 26 years ago the MTA set aside plans to develop a high-rise building over the MTA/LIRR tracks at the Kew Gardens Station. The MTA abandoned its proposal in the face of unified opposition by the community’s residents, civic associations, and elected officials. Hundreds of people came together to fight the proposed destruction of the Lefferts Blvd. bridge of stores - the heart of Kew Gardens. The heart of Kew Gardens is once again threatened. The MTA/LIRR is using the results of their intentional neglect as the excuse for a revived attempt to destroy the heart of our community. This site – a one-of-a-kind structure in New York City and the United States - is now once more the target of destructive development. Too many American “somewheres” have become “nowheres.” We won’t let Kew Gardens become a “nowhere"! We demand a full repair and preservation of the Lefferts Blvd bridge and its properties, with community oversight.
Petition to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) - Administration & Office of Program Development, Village of Bartlett
Help save lives at Route 59 and Army Trail Road
[SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW THE LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES and to view comments from our supporters] We have long been concerned about the safety of this intersection, specifically the critical danger posed by the lack of visibility of drivers who are coming northbound on Route 59 and waiting to turn west (left) onto Army Trail Road (ATR) in Bartlett, IL. Due to the curvature of the road, for a driver in this position, it is nearly impossible to see if any drivers are approaching from the north side (heading south) of the intersection if there is another driver in the oncoming left turn lane. This creates a very dangerous situation as drivers routinely run the red light. Yesterday, in this scenario, I was nearly killed by an SUV heading southbound on Rt 59, as he/she suddenly flew through the red light at at least 50 mph. I was trying to clear the intersection; the car in the oncoming left turn lane hadn't yet cleared, and I could not see any other cars coming. Had I not floored the gas pedal and swerved out of the way of the SUV running the red light, I might not be here today. A less experienced driver would surely have been killed, along with any passenger(s). While doing some research on this subject, it has come to my attention that five years ago there was an appeal to IDOT to have a red light camera installed at this location, a move that would surely help increase the safety of this intersection, as drivers would have to think twice before running the red light. But that petition was REJECTED. Since that time AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED, and others injured in this intersection. Could those lives have been spared? Many people drive/ride this route on a daily basis - Adults and children. Can we not reduce the obvious risk that exists in this intersection and prevent more lives from being lost? Can we afford to do NOTHING? Whether it is a red light camera, a modification to the traffic signals (left turn on arrow only?) or another solution, we must make an effort to make this intersection more safe. [UPDATE: We are pursuing a Left Turn on Arrow Only solution for this intersection] TAKE ACTION - PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD. Ask IDOT and the Village of Bartlett to TAKE STEPS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO INCREASE THE SAFETY AT THIS INTERSECTION. DON'T STAND BY AND LET ANOTHER LIFE BE LOST. Please encourage others to sign this petition today. Thank you!
Petition to Justin Trudeau, Christy Clark, Honourable Todd Stone, Mayor Jack Froese, Honourable Rich Coleman, MP Honourable Mark Warawa, Premier Christy Clark, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, MP Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Honourable Claire Trevena, Honourable John Aldag, Patrina Arnason, David Davis, Charlie Fox, Bob Long, Angie Quaale, Kim Richter, Michelle Sparrow, Blair Whitmarsh
Stop the 216th interchange project until a Walnut Grove transportation plan is approved.
Keep Walnut Grove a peaceful place to live, please sign this petition to have the MOT and TOL engage our community with a transportation plan that manages the traffic on 216th St. from Hwy 1 to 96 Ave. within Walnut Grove. The BC Ministry of Transportation (MOT) and the Township of Langley (TOL) are planning a 4 lane interchange at HWY1 and 216th St with full on and off ramp capabilities. The new interchange is to support growth on the south side of Highway 1 in a new subdivision called Williams, currently in the planning stage with TOL. This highway interchange will drive unwanted semi truck and excessive car traffic into the pristine North Langley residential community of Walnut Grove. In Walnut Grove, 216th Street is lined with single family residential homes, two elementary schools, bike paths, and crosswalks. Our young children should be kept safe from the planned 4 lanes of traffic. The excessive traffic will increase the hazards of walking and biking in the quiet residential Walnut Grove neighbourhood, as well as on 216th St, and will restrict popular cycling paths in Forest Hills. We expect a significant increase in noise pollution, air pollution, and a negative impact on our property values. The need to improve infrastructure in Langley is important, but it needs to be done with the best interests of each community affected. The TOL is doing a great job of engaging the public in the Williams planning exercise. However, the TOL has not developed a transportation plan from Hwy 1 to 96th Ave. An unapproved plan for 4 lanes, without noise abatement, from Hwy 1 to Telegraph Trail and a 4 way light at Telegraph Trail will be presented to TOL for budget approval, but no planning or consultation has occurred beyond this, particularly with the 2 elementary schools and residents in North Langley who are directly impacted by the overpass from HWY 1 to 96 Ave. The Walnut Grove Community has alternative recommendations to decrease the negative impact on our neighbourhood: Clearly show why Glover Road is not a feasible, or superior option for an Interchange instead of 216th Street. An existing plan to extend Labonte Ave to 216th St. will service Williams and this interchange will better service TWU, Fort Langley and Langley City. Decrease the planned 216th Street overpass to two lanes and guarantee this route north of HWY1 will not be a commercial truck route. Limit access to 216th St., North of Hwy 1. (Hwy 1 on and off ramps to service south of Hwy 1 only.). The TOL shall initiate a public consultation process to define the transportation plan from HWY1 to 96 Ave and ensure plans are COMPLETED AND FUNDED BEFORE the 216th interchange is approved. This transportation plan shall include such analysis and discussions as traffic studies, traffic abatement plans, school safety planning, environmental impact analysis including noise and air pollution, eliminating semi truck traffic with the use of roundabouts, and limiting the width of the roads to reduce traffic as much as possible. Here is a video showing the traffic in 2045 on 216th North of Hwy 1, The traffic from 96th to Telegraph trail is not shown, but will have to pass through 2 elementary schools. https://youtu.be/hHL124JjVEI Additional information from the Mar 30 meeting at Alex Hope Elementary is here. https://youtu.be/odLCEo2ZldM Thanks for signing the petition and ensuring our community is engaged with a complete transportation plan before the interchange design is completed. For more information on the 216th St. Interchange and to share your feedback directly with the MOT: http://engage.gov.bc.ca/highway1and216/
Petition to Humboldt county works
Petition to Humboldt County Works to implement speed limits on Salmon Creek/Thomas Road
The rural unmarked paved roads in our community have experienced a significant uptick in traffic both in volume and size of vehicles. Our road is narrow and winding and the lack of speed controls has led to increasingly dangerous conditions. We the undersigned are requesting public works to initiate the road surveys, car counts and any other necessary steps to clear the way for a proposal to be set before the board of supervisors to create an ordinance that establishes speed limits well below what the law currently provides. It is our view that in light of the growth in both population and agricultural activities our community would benefit greatly from the awareness raising, and subsequent improved safety -specifically for commuting families- of those posted lower speed limits .
Petition to Eric Garcetti
Save Angels Flight
Dear Mayor Garcetti, Angels Flight is trapped in a bureaucratic stalemate and we need your help. Los Angeles' beloved funicular railway, Historic-Cultural Monument #4, was out of commission for six hours on September 5, 2013, because of an incident that took place that day. The cause of the incident was investigated and addressed, and new safety equipment was tested in the presence of State and Federal officials in February of 2014. But now, nearly two years following the 2013 incident, the public still is being prohibited from riding Angels Flight. The operator of Angels Flight and numerous licensed professional engineers and the LAFD have concluded that safety issues have been addressed. The Railway is in safe working order, and has been since early 2014. However, because of the views of a now-retired NTSB investigator, the California Public Utilities Commission will not permit the vintage passenger cars to carry patrons until a track-adjacent evacuation walkway, which experts have written is unnecessary and even a foreseeable hazard, is installed alongside the track, the cables, and the electric third rail. Angels Flight is one of the great historic attractions of our city, a palpable link between the lost Victorian neighborhood of Bunker Hill and the vibrant new Downtown below. It is heartbreaking to see the cars and track structure as they are today, dusty and tagged with graffiti. Please, will you step in personally to help cut the red tape in Sacramento and San Francisco so that a pathway to a solution can be identified? It is our sincere hope that Angels Flight might again be carrying residents and visitors by December 31, 2015, the commencement of Angels Flight’s 115th year in Los Angeles. Our City does not have much that is that old or wonderful. Your taking this leadership role in finding a solution would be a great service to the City, and one which you are uniquely suited to perform. Yours Hopefully,