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It's relevant to note that the American people see a constant stream of irresponsible and corrupt political leadership in Congress.
Congress are so incompetent that they cannot even pass a budget.
Washington State ratepayers are feeling the pinch of initiative 937's (Energy Independence Act) unintended consequences.
While the initiative was intended to increase energy conservation and renewable energy resources, many of our utility companies are now required to purchase eligible renewable power (or equivalent credits) even if they don’t need it. This has forced utility companies to pass those unneeded costs onto their customers.
With your help, we can make important changes to the EIA. Legislators need to hear from individuals and businesses that sensible, cost-effective changes can be made to the EIA to protect ratepayers from rising rates without changing the overall intent of the law.
By working together we can send a strong message to Olympia – Legislation is needed to amend the EIA to remove the requirement that utilities must buy power they don’t need to serve their customers, thus protecting our rates. Visit our website today, www.wapower.net, to sign on in support and/or to make a donation in the effort to make changes to the EIA.
On August 10th, 2012, Councilmember Alexander released the following Press release:
Councilmember Alexander Requests PSC to Investigate
Pepco’s Smart Meters, Opt-out Policy
After receiving numerous complaints from Pepco customers, Councilmember Yvette M. Alexander and the members of the Public Services and Consumer Affairs Committee are requesting that the Public Service Commission (PSC) investigate any health, safety and privacy issues related to the installation of the smart meter.
Since the smart meters were deployed in September 2010, Pepco customers have expressed their unease with the new device and have inquired about an opt-out policy that will prevent the installation or the transmission of data from already installed meters. Throughout the United States, opt-out provisions have been approved by state commissions and legislatures and several were adopted after the deployment of the smart meter. Councilmember Alexander as well as the members of the Public Services and Consumer Affairs Committee believe that this investigation will provide much needed answers to the inquiring public.
“It is essential for the PSC to take a long, hard look at the concerns raised by the residents and to determine if there is anything that Pepco can do differently to better serve its customers,” said Councilmember Alexander. “As legislatures, it is our duty to not only listen to our residents, but to show them that we have done everything in our power to help alleviate their concerns.
On August 16, 2012, PECO (The Philadelphia Electric Company) suspended installation of their "smart" meters due to fires and over-heating.
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/09/self-combusting-smart-meters/ (Illinois , GE Meter - Note: PEPCO is using GE and Landis & Gyr brand meters)
http://www.forbes.com/sites/williampentland/2011/05/03/not-so-smart-meters-overbilling-californians/ - Note: The meters mentioned in this article are Landis & Gyr meters. One of the brands of meters PEPCO is using. Note: They were found to malfunction when they get too hot.
On February 8, 2013 West Monroe Partners was hired by the Commission to start the study. The cost of the study is $108,000 and is for one year. Details can be found here: http://www.dcpsc.org/edocket/cases.asp and concerns here: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20120127005467/en/Naperville-Smart-Meter-Awareness-Calls-City-Naperville
Note: The Santa Cruz County, California, Health Agency issued a report, in January of 2012, on the "Health Risks Associated with Smart" Meters" at the request of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. The DC Public Service Commission does not have to reinvent the wheel and can take notice of this report:
and, The Commission twice rejected requests of the Office of Peoples Counsel to have an "opt-out" provision studied arguing that the Council required "all" to have a participate in the "smart" grid. The Council law authorizing the "smart" grid stressed two way communicating devices and did not order that they be "wireless." PEPCO decided to use "wireless" meters as opposed to fiber optic or cable/ethernet (Note: ANC 4B supported the second request of the OPC)
With the growing reports of "smart" meters being connected to fires, health problems (such as headaches, heart palpitations and interference with pace makers and other implanted medical devices) the Commission should to grant an immediate right to "opt-out" for all PEPCO customers while the issue is studied.
We the people of the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, are here together as one voice.
We stand together as Republicans, Democrats, Conservatives, Liberals, Libertarians, and Freedom Fighters. We come together from all different beliefs, races, and sexes but we all believe in America. We stand together as friends, we stand together as family, and we stand together as a country.
We ask that you not let the voice of the American people die, and that you restore the belief in our people, so that our great nation may inspire the world all over again. We work as firemen, nurses, cab drivers, teachers, cops, cooks, and customer services representatives. We work at schools, restaurants, and hospitals. We work for the city, for the state, and for the country.
It is our understanding that Republican Presidential candidate Congressman Ron Paul has achieved a plurality of delegates in a minimum of five states. We are asking as one voice that you make our republican convention fair by giving Dr. Ron Paul a speaking slot at the convention. The world has taken notice of this election.
Let us not become a joke to them, but rather an example of the integrity of our great nation. Let the convention showcase the two great leaders from our republican side, that one may emerge to contest Barack Obama. Let us showcase to the world, on the greatest of stages, what a republic looks like.
Ariana-Leilani is only 9 years old and very sick. She is a dual German - American citizen currently lives in the USA. She urgently needs proper medicine, treatment and full independent medical investigation for her Severe Chronic Neutropenia. Without it, she could die. Learn more at Save Ariana-Leilani.
Sign this petition to urge President Obama and Chancellor Merkel to turn their words into action to protect Ariana-Leilani and other children like her. An international coalition is actively advocating to save Ariana-Leilani's life.
Please sign to add your voice and show the growing worldwide support for Ariana-Leilani and for other children who could have avoided death, but no longer have a voice because they did not get the proper medicine or medical treatment.
Beacon Hill neighbors have started a project called the Alcohol Impact Area Initiative (AIAI) in an effort to get an Alcohol Impact Area for the hill.
Several years ago the Washington State Liquor Control Board allowed certain areas such as Pioneer Square, the Downtown Core, and the University District to restrict or ban the sale of specific types of low cost, high sugar, high alcohol content beer and wine. These drinks are the beverages of choice for many chronic public inebriates.
Many neighbors have stories of people passing out on their lawn, drinking and loitering at bus stops and being harassed for money outside local stores or on sidewalks. Stories like these were the impetus to create the AIAI.
The process to get an AIA on Beacon Hill will likely be long and involved and the AIAI needs your help in supporting this effort. You can help by signing this petition and also by collecting cans and bottles of the targeted beverages for evidence to officials. A list of the targeted beverages as well as more details on the project can be found on the Facebook page (Beacon AIAI) as well.
Since the BP Oil Disaster, America's Gulf seafood has been in question. As Americans watched the millions gallons of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico in horror, those businesses and families that depend on the Gulf for their livelihoods held their breath.
While the people of the Gulf had seen oil spills before, the BP Oil Spill would change the environment and their lives for generations to come. It seems that Washington DC thinks Americans are simply naive and that be issuing a few press releases and some commercials that everything will be fine. Well Mr. President, I for one can say that is not good enough.
More needs to be done and it needs to be done right now before these hard working people, who want only to work for their money, become another statistic in what history is sure call America's worst nightmare. Do you feel safe Mr. President feeding this seafood to your children and what it may do to them on a cellular level? Do you fear what it may do to your grand children because that is what "we the people" fear the most!
There seems to be only one organization that has made a commitment to any kind of stand on this issue. The NationalSafe SeafoodCouncil.com has been created by some of the same people effected by this disaster and they are committed to see this through until funding is provided for proper long term testing.
Detective Orchard was shot and killed while conducting an undercover stakeout of two thieves wanted for the theft of a valuable gun collection. The suspects had attempted to ransom the collection for $20,000. When the men pulled up to the surveillance area Detective Orchard approached the car and identified himself. One of the occupants fired a shot from inside the car, striking Detective Orchard in the head.
The men were later arrested and convicted of the murder.
Detective Orchard had served with the agency for 15 years. He was survived by his wife three children.
Throughout our history, the ability to be armed for self defense has been essential to our liberty. Today, the Florida state legislators have stripped the people of the ability to openly carry arms. This policy is inconsistent with that of a free society. The elimination of an open carry arms policy leads to corruption, the loss of liberty, and to a state of perpetual tyranny.
Here are a few thoughts that our forefathers left us with in regards to a well armed people.
“The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
“Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.”
“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
A free people ought to be armed."
- George Washington
“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them” .
Two marijuana reformation bills before the Washington state legislature were voted down by a House committee Wednesday, January 22. HB 2401 would have legalized marijuana possession for people 21 or older, and HB 1177 would have decriminalized the possession of up to 40 grams.
Both bills got a public hearing before the Assembly of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee last week. But despite impressive testimony, a public opinion poll showing majority support for legalization, and the announcement by reform activists that they would put a legalization initiative on the ballot this fall (2010), the same committee voted 6-2 against legalization and 5-3 against decriminalization.
The four committee Republicans voted unanimously against both measures. Two committee Democrats joined with the GOP to vote against legalization, while one Democrat voted against decriminalization.
Washington State Reformation Bills:
HB 2401 (Legalization) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=2401&year=2009
HB 1177 (Decriminalization) - http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1177&year=2009
D.C.'s AIDS groups care for more patients with less money, even as funds go missing. (Washington Post)
D.C. government allowed widespread waste and mismanagement to overwhelm the city's AIDS services.
Go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/metro/aids-funding/ for the unbelievable video.
Over the years, students have informally voiced their desire to add an Immigration Clinic to Wash U's top-rated clinical program. Considering the large number of potential clients in the St. Louis area and the enthusiastic student response, it is unclear why the law school has not moved on this.
In order to quantify student interest, we would like to poll students here. If you would like to support the addition of an Immigration Clinic, please note that in the space provided.
The purpose of this petition is to gather enough signatures of currently enrolled law students at Washington University in St. Louis to formally create an Immigration Law Society at Wash U.
The Law School has never had an Immigration Law Society, yet St. Louis is the home of a surprisingly large population of new immigrants and refugees. Immigration is a topic commonly intertwined with employment and labor law, criminal law, health care, international law and foreign policy, among many other areas. The Immigration Law Society at Wash U would allow students to explore immigration law through direct community outreach, local and national speakers, fair-minded debates, contacts with employers and professional organizations, and advocacy and awareness events. Furthermore, the community outreach and volunteer aspect of the organization would provide students another avenue to obtain real-world legal experiences while in school, giving Wash U law students a competitive edge in the job market, even in areas other than immigration.
If you support the creation of this new organization, please help us by signing this petition. Under the Bylaws of the Student Bar Association, a new organization needs at least 10 registered members and twenty student signatures supporting the group’s formation, among other things. Please note in the space provided whether you would like to sign as a "Member" or "Supporter."
Camelot park which is located in castlerock, Washington closes at 10:00 P.M. every night, Steelhead fishing is best sunset to sunrise and is one of the only sections of the river with a sandy beach that is a prime location to catch steelhead so we would like it to stay open 24 hours a day.
Generations of children have moved through the Mercer Island public schools, seeking a modern education. That education today is mired in funding formulas patched together over the last 3 decades.
We urge legislators to consider that the last study - the very thoughtful and comprehensive Basic Education Funding Taskforce recommendations - should indeed be the last study. Now is the time to enact a new definition of basic education, the paramount duty of Washington's government according to its own Constitution.
We ask our legislators to include these priority components in the new definition of basic education which shall be fully funded by the state:
- CORE 24 - a framework of high school graduation requirements already approved by the State Board of Education. CORE 24 is more specific than a "meaningful high school diploma." CORE 24 specifically raises the credits required for graduation to 24, enabled by a day of at least 6 periods, better preparing our children to effectively enter the workforce, or attend trade schools, community colleges, and universities.
- Technology - the equipment, the software, and the training that bridge our students to the challenges of a modern digital world
- Reduce class sizes - A true commitment to lowering actual class sizes, particularly for grades K-2, rather than the slippery fiction of average teacher:student ratios
- Special education – Enable programs based on verifiable Individual Education Programs
- Model school – establish specific guidelines with specific funding for basic services like librarians, counselors, and support for struggling students to replace complicated staffing formulas currently in use
These are key elements to be incorporated into the new definition of basic education. In terms of implementation, we understand that new funding dollars should not be funneled to the same old (broken) system; an overhaul of both accountability systems and the teacher compensation structure are required. Until full implementation is funded by the state, it is critical to also rely on current local funding sources such as levies to bridge the gap to reform and stimulate education advances in the future.
Our children need action now. Preparing for the global economy has never been more critical. Don't wait for yet another generation to slip through the K-12 system.
It’s been nearly 30 years since we've redefined what 'basic education' means in the State of Washington, and over 20 years since our graduation course requirements have been updated.
Before the economic crisis, Washington school district budgets were hemorrhaging; programs were being cut, teaching staffs were being reduced, and basic resources were being drained. Now, $1 billion in new cuts to K-12 education is being called for.
In the past decade alone there have been 19 studies looking at how to improve Washington’s education system. OUR CHILDREN NEED ACTION NOW.
We call upon our elected lawmakers to act this legislative session to pass a framework for a transparent and modernized K-12 finance system that at least:
***Ensures our students graduate qualified and competitive for continuing education, work and life.
***Increases teacher pay and creates a plan to entice, retain and support the next generation of great teachers.
***Replaces complicated staffing formulas with a transparent school funding model that funds basics like decreased class size, librarians, counselors, and support for struggling students.
***Makes early learning ‘basic’ for our at risk children.
We respectfully ask our elected officials to honor their constitutional obligation to prioritize and fund public education so our 1 million school children and their educators can succeed in the 21st century.
PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO ADD A COMMENT WHEN YOU SIGN about why you think this is important, your voice matters.
Want to do more? We need you. Visit our developing website at wakidscantwait.com to learn how you can help.
This petition was authored by two mothers from Spokane and The League of Education Voters, Stand For Children and The PTA of Washington State. To learn more about the authorship please visit this link: wakidscantwait.org
We the People of the State of Washington, in order to regain justice for all citizens of Washington state, born and unborn, and to ensure adequate and honest education pertaining to fetal development (according to biology) and abortion, in schools, clinics, and hospitals; as well as provide support for those in need, do establish this plea for justice.
This petition is being utilized as a real-time voting tool online. This effort is sponsored by the social network "Candidate Forum 2008: The American Presidential Election". See the web-link above.
This petition is to make aware to the State of Washington's government the importance of a more drastic movement towards solar power as a viable alternative for energy.
An increase in funding for households and businesses that choose to use solar power is necessary to ignite this trend.
The current legislation of Washington contains various incentives, but are not enough to make a significant difference financially.
In 2008 the Washington Renaissance Faire acquired a 206 acre site in Belfair, Washington. It is our hope to have it ready for use by August 2009.
We are currently working on conversion and rezoning the property and would like signatures on this petition to show the Mason County Commissioners that the Faire is wanted and supported in Mason County and throughout the Northwest.
Our goal is to bring the highest quality family entertainment, through a combination of theater, living history, entertainment as well as education. Eight stages include jousting, dancing, music, magic, juggling, royals, comedy, pirates, history, games, fun and more. We have 100 merchants selling their handcrafted wares and many varieties of food and fare.
I love Jordan and she's not coming here. Please help.
Long story short.. Me and a lot of other people love the jonas brothers and would love the have them come to our hometown... WASHINGTON! so please sign.=]
Many accidents on this road have been very closely avoided.
With people parking on both sides of this street, and with it being a busy through street it is very un-safe and difficult to drive on it, because it is like a one way road with two way traffic.
Please sign and help us avoid accidents.
The Jonas Brothers - what teenage girl or parent doesn't know they exist? The Jonas Brothers, made up of Nicholas, Joseph, and Paul (Kevin), are the wonders of the world. Girls scream while they play their hits including, S.O.S. and When You Look Me In The Eyes.
There are thousands of fans around the world. There's not single reason why they SHOULDN'T play in every United State's state? So why don't the brothers make a stop in Seattle? The fan's aren't reacting!
Sign this petition to get them to your city!
The 2007 Legislative session marked the creation of the state's first new four year university in nearly 40 years.
The Legislature stipulated that a new University of Washington branch campus will be located in the Snohomish-Island-Skagit County region, with site determination beginning immediately.
Site determination is conducted by NBBJ of Seattle, an unbiased independent agency working with state and university officials.
Sites are evaluated on a variety of criteria, including community support, compliance with GMA, evaluation of a master business plan and available land/infrastructure.
Initially, over 80 sites were submitted for consideration, including one site submitted by the Snohomish County Coalition for Higher Education (SCCHE).
The SCCHE site proposal was jointly submitted by the mayors of Lake Stevens and Snohomish with the support of Monroe and Granite Falls. The SCCHE site consists of over 100 contiguous undeveloped acres located inside the City of Lake Stevens' Urban Growth Area along 20th Street SE. The site offers flat, clean land unimpeded by major geographical or environmental features. The site is located between the Cities of Lake Stevens and Snohomish and is about two miles from downtown Everett.
This petition is to tell Washington voters to vote No on referendum 1.
I am asking you to sign this petition because the state of Washington has gone too far this time.
They want to shut down strip clubs so women can't support there families and to take the only job they can get with decent pay with today's economy.
The reason for my petition is this: I, like many people in Washington State, am tired of seeing commercial after commercial depicting delicious food from Sonic Drive-In, when the closest location is over 300 miles away.
I would have no problem with the commercials if there was a sonic nearby that I could go to. I would have no problem with there being no Sonic near the Seattle area if they wouldn't play commercials on TV in the area teasing me with food I cannot have.
Please Sonic, either build a drive in near me, or stop teasing me with your commercials.
We, the student body of The George Washington University, petition against the closure of the Human Sciences department.
The Human Sciences department is of essential worth to the university and closing this department would result in an overall detriment to the educational value of the university.
This is a petition to rename W Washington Dr. in Cairo, Georgia (The Heights), to Willie C. Harris Dr. in honor of his outstanding accomplishments as a professional baseball player (2005 World Series Champions Chicago White Sox) and as a role model to the community.
CamWest has decided against erecting a monument sign at the entrance to the the Ironwood neighborhood. Their original submition to the city did not follow standards set by the city of Snoqualmie (20 ft. maximum) so it was rejected.
They did not re-submit a plan and have since decided not to proceed. The intention of this petition is to ask CamWest to re-submit a plan to the city and cover the expenses to erect a monument sign at the entrance into Ironwood.