Petition Tag - local

1. No more "pay to play"

Musicians...tired of selling tickets to your own shows?
Being the ones Promoting and advertising for venues? Join Big Momma in turning shit around on greedy venue owners. Musicians should be the ones PAID, they are the talent! They are the ones who put their ALL into these shows. If we stop going to greedy venues...they will either close or change the way they do things. Help me help local bands to start making money for the art they share!!!

2. Downtown Palatka's Designation on the Local and National Historic Registers of Historic Places

Palatka's Downtown Business District (bounded by St Johns River to the east, 11th Street to the west, Main Street to the north and Oak Street to the south) is the heart and soul of the City. Although the adjacent residential neighborhoods to the north and south of the district are both listed on the National and Local Register of Historic Places, the Downtown Business District is not.
Designation on the National and Local Historic Register would create:
An opportunity to apply for Historic Tax Credits.
A level of protection for contributing historic structures.
An improvement in Downtown Palatka's overall appearance creating local pride and a welcoming appearance for visitors.
An ability to promote Palatka as a historic destination.

3. Sam Bridge Nursery Needs Your Help

Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses is a third generation family business that has been operating in the town of Greenwich, CT for 87 years. Due to excessive pressure from a neighbor, we were issued a cease and desist order from the town of Greenwich Zoning Enforcement Officer. The cease and desist order states that we have a "Landscaping Business Being Run Out of a Permitted Nursery."

According to the town's municipal code book (Division 2, Section 6-5 (11)), a commercial nursery shall mean a place where trees and other plants are grown for sale. Currently, the town does not have a definition for a landscaping business in the municipal code book. Although we find the Zoning Enforcement Officer to be a reasonable person, we believe that his interpretation of the town municipal code for nurseries is incorrect. We also believe that the current land use definition for nurseries, written in the 1940s, is vague and outdated. We will be asking the Zoning Board of Appeals to overturn Mr. Couture's decision and/or to amend our special exception to include landscaping.

When our father started this business in 1930, his business model was to grow and sell plants, plant related products, and services. In 1956 he moved his business from Doubling Road to its present location at 437 North Street. This property has been in our mother's family (Reynolds) for over 300 years and has always been a farm. The nursery and greenhouse business is considered farming; we operate under the Right to Farm Law and our property is assessed as farmland (PA490). Our family would like to keep this property as farmland rather than subdividing into house lots.

As part of running a nursery, we offer landscape design, installation, and garden maintenance services. These services are and have been an important aspect of selling the plants that we grow. These services also include many community outreach and special projects, several that we do free of charge for the town of Greenwich. Some of which are: planting and maintaining traffic islands, planting trees along public roads, growing and hanging the town baskets on Greenwich Avenue and the Post Road. We also work extensively with local community gardens, school groups, and non-profits. We do not cut grass, blow leaves, snow plow, perform masonry, and install lighting and irrigation or other services you would expect from a typical landscape company. We would like to ask for your support to help us overturn the zoning enforcement officer's decision and/or to amend the special exception for Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses to include landscaping.

4. Support the Laurel Rooftop

The Laurel Rooftop has become a huge part of the Ascot Vale community over the past 5 years since it opened, hosting talented local musicians and providing a safe and friendly environment for the neighborhood to enjoy. The hotel has been around for over 150 years.

Unfortunately, effective immediately, the Mooney Valley City Council have enforced harsh restrictions on the Laurel Rooftop. The new curfew means closing the rooftop at 10pm daily including weekends and bans any amplified music. This includes even background music on our own sound system. So you can imagine the lack of atmosphere as a result of this and not even being able to finish watching the Friday night footy match.

Please help us get back our late night hours and be able to have live acoustic music and DJ’s on preferred nights. Please sign your name as support. We have a VCAT Hearing on 10th July in which we hope to be able to alter these hours and the amplified music restrictions.

5. Improving Our Street

Wolverhampton Street is a much-used road into and away from Dudley town centre. It's generally looked 'tired' and scruffy for several years.

Two large plots at the junction of Wolverhampton Street and School Street are in a particularly distressing state. Despite repeated discussion with the Council, these large areas have deteriorated further; one has huge amounts of rubbish strewn across it. The other plot includes an increasingly-dilapidated building whose roof is crumbling.

Vegetation encroaches on public footpaths from both plots. A very rough public path past one plot has had holes down into the plot - a danger particularly to toddlers.

People effected by the ugliness of these plots incłude:

* local parents and children on the way to Jessons School
* pedestrians making their way into/out of Dudley town centre
* thousands of vehicle drivers and passengers each day

6. Save Good game

As we all know ABC has cancelled Good Game , this is because Hex and Nichboy are leaving, Us Australian gamers will still watch the show regardless of the presenters ( we all love Bajo and Hex ) , but its not all them that makes the show

Help protect Australian local content and diversity on our TVs

Please sign the petition and Save Good game

7. Who decides the Environment's Value? #saveswanpark

*Designated Passive Recreation Zone
*Protect from current and future development proposals or changes to material use of land ~ BEST master plan proposal
*Local access for nature observation and Albert River
*Habitat for Endangered flora and fauna ~ Open eucalypt forest and woodlands including Melaleuca quinquenervia. Contains endangered regional ecosystems.
*Riparian area along Albert river is 849.32m ~ Erosion and land slide issues caused by disruption directly affect Albert river catchments which leads to Logan river and further to Morteon Bay. Wangerriburra (Albert River people) indigenous to the Scenic Rim catchment area with significant 'Bora Rings'. High value ecological wetlands.

8. Yes! Anchorage Wants The Writer's Block Bookstore & Cafe.

This petition is intended to show widespread community support for bringing the Writer's Block Bookstore & Café to Anchorage, Alaska. They have acquired the property formerly known as Adults Only in Spenard.

The Writer's Block will be a community-oriented Alaska-focused bookstore, café, and restaurant, featuring events related to literature, local music, and the arts.

They are currently in the final stages of financing and need our signatures in support of this important addition to our community.

9. Stop Variance of Coquitlam Bylaws

To all our loyal customers, THANK YOU for your support over the last 5 years. We have truly enjoyed being a part of your community.

Sadly, I have to inform you that we are facing closure due to our property landlord, Bentall Kennedy, planning to lease a retail unit to a private liquor store, Westwood Liquor Store Inc. Bentall Kennedy has informed us our lease will not be renewed unless we support this new tenant. We do not support this.

To save our store, the jobs of 6 people, and more importantly the negative impact a private liquor store will have on the Westwood Plateau community, we need the City of Coquitlam to disagree to Westwood Liquor Store Inc.’s request to amend existing bylaws that are currently preventing them from moving into the Westwood Plateau shopping centre today.

The first bylaw that needs to remain the same is the minimum 300metres of distance from schools. As you know, our shopping centre is visited daily by hundreds, if not thousands, of school age children from multiple schools in the area. The second bylaw that needs to remain the same is the minimum distance of 300m from another store that is licensed to sell alcohol. This bylaw is in place to protect communities by reducing the impact of alcohol-related events (think: drinking and driving) that ultimately jeopardize the safety our children and loved ones.

We need your support to keep the existing bylaws and tell the City of Coquitlam and Bentall Kennedy on June 1 that the Westwood Plateau community wants to keep its small VQA wine store and does not want, nor need a larger private liquor store.

A public hearing is scheduled for June 1st at 7PM, 2015 at Coquitlam City Hall. To support our efforts in trying to keep our store from being closed, we ask you to dedicate your voice and speak at this public hearing on our behalf:

1. Contact the City Clerk’s Office at 604.927.3010 and register as a speaker at the hearing, or

2. Express your concerns in writing by May 30, 2015 toclerks@coquitlam.ca

10. Demand for local food at Hartwick College

We’ve all recently heard people preaching about the many benefits of local food and how we must shift our habits as a society towards more local and less imports. One of these preachers, Michael Shuman, talks about our spending patterns through terms of LOIS and TINA in his article “Going Local: New opportunities for Community Economies”. LOIS stands for Local Ownership and Import Substitution, and the other less favorable alternative (in the eyes of Shuman) is TINA, meaning There Is No Alternative (to a global economy). He describes the circular flow model and multiplier effects, intrinsic parts of LOIS, but nonsensical terms to the average consumer at first.

The circular flow model in economics shows the flow of money in an economy. The economy in question can either be the local economy such as the Otsego economy, the New York economy or even the US economy. When talking about local, we talk in terms of (at most) the state economy. When spending and purchasing is done primarily within the local economy it generates more wealth. Spending money at your local farmers market will generate disposable income for these farmers which they will spend locally creating more income for another producer, and so on. This is called the economic multiplier (Shuman).

Research done by the USDA (Martinez, et al.) suggests that local food is healthier and contains more nutrients than non-local food because of the primarily organic production processes and the less quest-like amount of food miles. Food miles are the distance the food travels from the point it is produced to the point it is consumed. Local food travels less time, and therefore both doesn't need preservative chemicals and wilts less as it travels. It is also harvested at the right, seasonal time, whereas non-local food has to be harvested earlier due to the large distances the food has to cover before reaching the nearby supermarkets. It is better for you, both nutritionally and taste-wise. (Ackerman-Leist).

As part of my project for my First Year Seminar, my colleague Nicholas Ryan and I interviewed a local business owner. Purdy Foods is a processor of local food and supplies to local colleges, fine dining establishments and institutions. They are fulfilling the vision on the “Farm to Fork” initiative and sustainable interests of our community. Purdy himself believes strongly in the local food vision, and states that local foods are healthier and taste better. He thinks that, in ten or so years, we should be calling local food just food (Purdy).

We as students knowing all the numerous benefits of local food must make a difference. We are calling on the student body to take a stand.

11. Support Arizona Local Business Day

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of May 2014, Arizona has a higher unemployment rate (7.3 percent) than the national average (6.7 percent).

While the nation continues to reel from the economic recession, Arizonans suffer from joblessness, and in turn, poverty. Many Arizonans, such as my own step-mother, live with very low budgets because they struggle to find a consistent job. But Arizona is not hopeless.

Thousands of jobs stem from local business. My own step-father, owner of local store East Valley Sports, for example, has had to cut back from hiring for summer swim season, because of the consistent economic state.

While the economy is improving, it is taking too long. We, as the affected people, should not stand by and wait for times to change for the better.

12. Review health benefits of underutilized medicinal plants growing invasively across Ontario

Invasive plants have been deemed to negatively impact our environment and food system. They can thrive in unprecedented numbers, threatening crop yields, food security, native plant populations and biodiversity. As a response, biological and chemical controls are often employed, which compromise the health of our soil, our food, and our bodies.

Many of the same invasive plants have important medicinal and nutritional applications. With enough interest, we can help mobilize their usage instead, offering a more eco-friendly strategy for controlling and managing invasive species across Ontario.

13. Save Metro Cottage

The local council has indicated they don't want a commercial enterprise on park land. They have decided to demolish a building - No 1, Cornish Street, Payneham, Adelaide.

This property butts onto a dog friendly park. We want to open a CAFE in this location, that targets dog owners.

Two kindergartens (commercial entities) and a communal veggie patch also butt onto the parklands as well as a community hall /function centre which is rented out.

14. Vote NO at referendum on local councils

The referendum to have local councils recognised as local government in the Commonwealth Constitution is a sham aimed at being able to have the Commonwealth fund local councils directly from Canberra in order to bypass and undermine the States.

It must no be allowed to happen.

15. Support an Eagle Rock, CA Off-Leash Dog Area

The Eagle Rock off-leash dog area would be a designated area where well-behaved canine citizens, and their people, can exercise and have fun in a clean, safe environment.

We want to create a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who will be willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions. This park will be designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. We aim for this park to be a community project, supported in large part by volunteer dog advocates and maintained in partnership with Eagle Rock Neighborhood Council and the 14th Council District.

- Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets, and create a greater sense of community as residents will more likely interact with one another. Let’s get to know our neighbors!

- This park would encourage residents to spend additional time in our community and frequent our businesses (a number of which are already pet-focused or pet-friendly).

-Having such a park located in the currently unused portion of Yosemite Recreation Center behind the swimming pool (for example) would promote better use of this land area, deterring tagging, loitering and crime due to a higher volume of foot-traffic and better lighting.

- Such a park would reduce angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks.

- There is not a current public dog park in our immediate area to accommodate safe, off-leash dog activities.

- Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people.

- Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved.

Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our residents to exercise their canine family members and themselves as well as benefit the community as a whole!

If you would like to be involved in our efforts, you can email eaglerockoffleash@hotmail.com. We can update you on our next steps and see how you may be able to help out.

16. Help keep the ONLY pawn shop in Abingdon going!

We need your support! As most of you know, Kevin owns THE ONLY pawn shop in Abingdon, VA & now the TOWN is trying to take that away.

The town of Abingdon is holding a public hearing at 7:30pm on Monday, February 4th in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 133 West Main St., Abingdon, VA about pawnbrokers of ordinances of the town of Abingdon. What we need is our customers, supporters, anybody, to just come to the meeting and speak up for this small business.

If you can't make the meeting, try to stop by the shop, K & R Pawn and Gun at 1024 West Main St. Abingdon, VA to sign our petition to keep us here - or sign this one online.

We have a lot of customers that depend on the pawn shop, we can't let it go. Thanks for all your help!

17. 50% LOCAL CONTENT IN RADIO & TV IN T&T

At present the Creative & Cultural Sector of Trinidad & Tobago earns about $1.9 billion for the local economy. The Artists' Coalition of Trinidad & Tobago (ACTT) believes that this sector can earn over $6 billion annually within 4 years if certain programmes are implemented. One of the most important of these interventions is the passing of 50% local content quotas on all Broadcast media in this our 50th year of Independence. 50/50- or 50 for 50!

In March 2001 the Recording Industry Association of Trinidad and Tobago (RIATT)- an organisation representing the interests of individuals and entities involved in the recording of all genres of local music, organised a march in downtown Port of Spain, to protest the lack of airplay for locally produced music. In 2003 and 2004 marches followed led by the Entertainment Industry Coalition- the original name for ACTT. Since the 1970s strong articulate lobbies existed for local content in television led by advocates such as Christopher Laird of Banyan and Fred Thornhill of Advance Dynamics. To date, various cultural activists and Interest groups have consistently pleaded for 50% local content- to no avail.

These protests articulated the need to pass local content quotas- just as countries such as Canada, Brazil, France and Northern Ireland have done to protect their cultural identity and products. Most countries in the world now are passing local content legislation and making it the foundation of the building of their Creative Industries- the 2nd largest industries in the world, worth trillions. We are certain when local content legislation is passed in Trinidad and Tobago, it will foster an economic and creative Renaissance- as well as strengthen our cultural sovereignty and national pride.

One of the principal misconceptions faced by the cultural fraternity is what constitutes 'local content'. Many believe we are asking to have legislation passed for radio stations to play ‘wine and jam’ music all day long. On the contrary, local content is not limited to only indigenous musical forms such as soca, chutney, parang, rapso, calypso and so on; but includes other genres of locally produced music such as hip hop, rock ,r n b, pop, jazz and gospel to name a few. There is more than enough quality music recorded in all these genres to fulfill any radio playlist...

Local content legislation will also provide the opportunity for increased revenue collected by Local Copyright Management Organisations (CMO’s). The greater part of this revenue collected from broadcasters will remain within the local economic system rather than be exported to owners and creators of foreign content. This will subsequently lead to an Increase in royalty distribution to local artistes.

Increased paid content in local TV and film will also result in downstream expansions in local theatre, fashion, visual arts, and other forms and be the arrowhead of exporting our Creative Industries to the world. The local Oil and Gas sector has local content quotas and the architectural and consulting sectors are also battling for local content in their sectors as well.

18. Stop Interrupting Regular Programs to Broadcast Cricket

ABC Local Radio has a community of listeners spanning the whole of Australia. The transmission of the 'Overnights' program, hosted by Trevor Chappell and Rod Quinn and also the 'Nightlife' program, hosted by Tony Delroy, are often interrupted by sporting events, such as cricket, with regular listeners being forced to listen to regular shows online or on digital radio. This is not possible for many people and is inconvenient.

Please make a separate channel for sport, or have the minority who want to listen to sport, listen online or via digital radio, and leave the majority of regular listeners to their normal programming.

19. Bring The old Myspace back!

Remember the old Myspace? Searching local bands? No horrible lag? Friends lists that worked? Working IM's? Actually making your own layouts with no silly modules and lagging, forceful layout options?

We do, too! Myspace was the forefront for social and musical expansion. Corporate interference has taken that all away. It was the ONLY place musicians had and could have again to branch out.

Myspace, get rid of the new, silly design and bring back the good ol' days. Simple layout, basic HTML editable design. We miss it.

Facebook is a HORRIBLE alternative to what Myspace used to be. Give our social site back!

20. York University Students in Support of CUPE 3903

Do you want to prevent a strike? Do you think that tutorial sizes are too large? Are more TAs needed in our labs? Do you support fair wages, working conditions, and benefits for your TA's, instructors, and invigilators?

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3903 -- representing teaching assistants, contract professors, graduate assistants, lab assistants, exam invigilators, and writing ...instructors -- are currently in collective bargaining with the University administration. Their demands include:

• smaller tutorial and lab sizes to improve the quality of undergraduate education
• maintaining financial support for underfunded graduate students
• job security for academic workers
• affordable education

As undergraduate students, we understand that the quality of education we receive in our classrooms depends on the working conditions of those instructing us. Our tutorials are too large, our labs are understaffed, and poverty-line wages keep our instructors from being able to fully commit to our education. We also understand that these conditions are the same ones that will be experienced by many current undergraduate students who, in the near future, will be applying to graduate school. As fellow students, we need to support members of CUPE 3903 in their efforts to make the York University a better place for all of us to study and work at.

Our TAs, instructors, lab assistants, exam invigilators, and writing instructors continue to ask for a reasonable and equitable contract. They continue to bargain in good faith, with every effort being made to prevent a strike. Unfortunately, the University administration has been unwilling to agree to a fair contract, and its disregard has led members of the union to vote 66% in favour of a strike mandate.

The employer is forcing a strike to occur by refusing to bargain with academic workers, and offer semi-decent wages and job security. This move has placed the entire University community in a precarious position.

Clearly, the University administration can no longer claim to have the best interests of students in mind.

Join this group and help towards preventing a strike by forcing the York University administration to give a fair contract for our teaching assistants, instructors, contract professors and other academic workers. The admin is forcing the current strike.

This Facebook group, built by the "Students in Support of CUPE 3903" campaign, will serve two purposes in the coming weeks:

- We will be giving immediate bargaining and strike updates on the state of negotiations. These updates will additionally serve to update members of the University community about class cancellations, about how to deal with specific issues pertaining to a potential strike (such as procedures for assignments), and about potential avenues for acquiring tuition rebates from the University in the case that a strike should occur.

- We will be organizing student support campaigns for members of CUPE 3903 who continue to strive to reach a fair deal with the York University administration, despite the latter's decision to walk away from negotiations and refuse to give workers a fair deal.

E-mail: students.solidarity.cupe3903@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/YorkUniversityStrikeInformationGroup

Support the undergraduate campaign to stop the York admin from causing another strike!

Organizations/Student Groups that have signed on:
New Democrats of York University
Fightback
Afghan-Iranian Youth Network
Health as a Bridge to Peace at YorkU
Sociology Undergraduate Students Association
York University Free Press (YUFP)
Sexuality Studies Association at YorkU

21. Save Purple Mountain Cafe & Bike Centre at Dalby

Purple Mountain have run an outdoor friendly cafe and bike centre at Dalby Forest for the last 6 years, serving bikers and other forest visitors.

We provide great locally sourced produce, bake on the premises, know the farmers who supply us, use fairtrade, organic and free range products, and make the best Biker Bar in the country.

In the Bike Centre we offer high quality bike hire and bike events for all levels of rider.

We are a local business, using local products, employing local people.

We believe the Forestry Commission have decided to award the new tenders as follows

- Cafe to Eurest, part of the Compass Group, the largest global food service provider in the world

- Bike Centre to CTC & Pace Cycles

So its 'Goodbye to Biker Bar and Hello Big Business'.

22. BARCO Dog Park

This petition, supported by the undersigned, is directed to the Mayor, Borough Council and Park Officials of Boyertown, Pennsylvania. Its goal is to support the construction of an enclosed, off-leash dog park in a centralized, convenient location within the Boyertown Area School District. A full proposal is currently being developed that will be presented to the Borough along with this petition.

This park would be a designated area where residents and their well-behaved canine citizens can exercise and have fun in a clean, safe environment. We want to create a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who will be willing to uphold the park’s rules and restrictions. This park will be designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. We aim for this park to be a community project, supported in large part by volunteer dog advocates and maintained in partnership with the Borough of Boyertown.

In many cities, dog parks are very common. You can view the list of dog parks in each city and state by visiting this website: www.doggoes.com . However, there are no public dog parks anywhere within a 20 minute drive of Boyertown! The large number and success of dog parks all over the country demonstrate that when a group of concerned and responsible dog owners work together for a leash-free dog park, not only can this concept work but it can thrive and enrich the community.

Research shows that property values near dog parks increases, sometimes significantly. For example, in one San Francisco neighborhood, property values rose approximately 900% within five years of the construction of a dog park (and that’s not a type-o!) Consider this: parks increase the livability of a city and provide for a better sense of community. The more parks a city has, and the more variety of parks a city has, the higher its property values tend to be. Moreover, research shows a great reduction in crime in neighborhoods with dog parks. Who would want to commit a crime with fifteen dogs and their owners watching? (source: www.clevelanddogparks.com )

Therefore, we are asking the Borough of Boyertown to allow the construction of a dog park for the following reasons:

- There is not a current public dog park in our area to accommodate safe, off-leash dog activities.

- Such a park would allow families with dogs to spend more quality time with their pets.

-Having such a park located in the rear wooded currently unused portion of the Boyertown Community Park would promote better use of this land area and deter crime through higher foot-traffic and video surveillance.

- Such a park would reduce angst between dog owners, non-owners, police and park authorities regarding dog access to other city parks.

- This park would increase opportunities for residents to interact with their neighbors and help create a sense of community.

- Many dogs need exercise above and beyond human limitations; furthermore, many dog owners do not have a yard where their dogs can spend time outside, and leashes greatly limit the dog’s space and pace.

- Socializing dogs is very beneficial to the community, since it makes them less skittish and can mitigate aggressive behavior when meeting other dogs and people.

- Regular exercise is great for any dog's longevity and weight control, and the overall effect of regular exercise makes most dogs calmer and better behaved.

Please help us create a dedicated space that allows our residents to exercise their canine family members and themselves as well as benefit the community as a whole!

If you would like to be involved in our efforts, you can email info@barco-pa.com or visit www.barco-pa.com . We can update you on our next steps and see how you may be able to help out.

23. Ban Industrial Extraction of Natural Gas in Vestal

Neither the federal Environmental Protection Agency, nor the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has stepped forward to protect the people from the plundering of our resources, poisoning our water, crowding and damaging our roads, ruining our beautiful landscapes, threatening our agriculture and tourism caused by industrialized gas extraction.

Can our local government step in and fill the gap? Yes! It is quite clear, (Black Letter Law), that a Town Board has the ability to prohibit land use it does not feel is compatible with the wishes, safety, and economic well-being of its constituents.

Many communities across the state have now banned gas drilling.We propose that the Town Board of Vestal, New York enact a total ban on industrialized natural gas extraction (hydrofracking).

Please sign if you are a Town of Vestal Resident and over 18 years old!

24. Campaign for Better Safer Roads in the Vale of Glamorgan

Roads in the Vale area are a disgrace, uneven road surfaces, multitude of potholes, poor road surfacing and poor road markings. Shoddy repairs make our roads look like patchwork quilts.

The cost to local residents in extra repairs of their cars that are affected by poor roads is ever increaseing. Recently councillors wasted a huge amount of £'s on Thompson Street in Barry, a road that was already in fairly good condition. The money could have been better spent on roads such as Princess Street which has been in a dreadful state for a long time.

We pay enough local and national taxes to use the roads but get little in return, money needs to be spent to bring our roads up to a acceptable standard. It‘s time our elected officials took action to resolve this issue to the satisfaction of those who elected them, afterall they are there to serve us aren’t they?

25. Change the way in which Penalty Charge Notices are issued across the UK

Perhaps it is about time we changed how "parking enforcement" works. A completely new, friendly approach, not incentivised by money.

Each Council Ward can appoint its own group of "wardens", they may even be local volunteers, with the necessary powers to issue PCN's. Everyone in the ward will know who they are, and have their number to call if they have a problem. The point is however, that they will be welcoming, friendly sort of person, rather than the authoritarian set up we have now.

They will only issue tickets in the most extreme cases and will only issue a ticket as a last resort. The vast majority of PCN's issued currently are completely unnecessary and are purely issued to generate revenue - these would never get issued under this new arrangement.

I realise it may take some time to make these changes but they will be worth it if it encourages a more friendly local community.

In the UK at the moment you can steal and be fined less (or not at all), than the motorist who parks on the wrong line, displays the wrong permit, or just overstays his parking ticket. It is plainly very wrong and unfair.

Please sign the petition if you would like this to change.

26. Support Second Saturday Hanalei


If you have ever attended a Second Saturday Hanalei (SSH) event and enjoyed yourself, please sign our petition to ensure its survival. It has been running successfully for over two years, having grown, evolved and adjusted accordingly to take into account any concerns by retail tenants of Hanalei.

Second Saturday Hanalei is a volunteer-run, art-focused community event. It’s purpose is to build a healthy community, in part by strengthening the connection to traditional Hawaiian values and implementing them wherever possible in contemporary life.

SSH provides a dedicated space and time for the community to gather together, watch movies, listen to local musicians and view local artists and their work. The event has become a dependable gathering for the north shore’s residents and visitors; our fun night to meet and socialize and for the art community to showcase, share and promote their work in a family-oriented environment.

Apparently now Second Saturday Hanalei cannot be held in the Hanalei Center, the grassy are where SSH erects the movie screen and we gather to view and mix amongst ourselves. This location is the best infrastructure for the event. It is a safe and centralized spot that is safe for pedestrians and children and can be seen from all around Hanalei. The coordinators are committed to handling and addressing any problems or issues the Center has faced as a result of SSH.

27. Campaign for additional reception class for St. Werburghs by Sept 2011

Hello, my name is Rob Tinkler and I have set up Facebook page ‘Local schools for local kids’ as a support group for parents unhappy with the places and schools that they have been offered in the local school admissions allocations.

On Friday 6th May 2011 we held a public meeting to discuss the matter and push for a solution by September’s entrance date.

In attendance were local councillors Jon Rogers, Gus Hoyt, Clare Campion- Smith and the council officer responsible for school admissions Mick Brannigan ( Service Manager; Capital, Assets and Access) as well as approximately 25 parents.

A lot of issues and possible solutions were discussed (I enclose a copy of the minutes from the meeting) the general consensus was that St. Werburghs and the local area needed another school in order to provide local schooling for local children.

28. Save Finn Stones Studio

In Aug 2009 I was approached by the council to discuss the possibility of me moving from the studio I have worked in for 10 years, at this point they suggested they would offer help with the move.

In March 2010 with no further discussion the council served me an eviction notice as if i was an illegal squatter. When I contested it they set a court date and are now trying to charge me over £1000 for their legal fees.

I have lived and worked in Haringey for over 30 years, building up a reputation as an international artist. I welcome youngsters to gain experience and have completed several community projects in the local area, leading to large scale public sculptures.

I believe I have been treated unfairly and undervalued as a creative force within the community. Surely the school would benefit from having a local artist nearby?

I believe I have been treated unfairly and undervalued as a creative force within the community and ask for support.

29. In support of a Regional Air Service

As most of you are no doubt aware the previous Airline operator ceased its services to the region due to low feasibility and demand with high operating costs.

30. Sign Online Petition to Restore SCAN TV Funding in City of Seattle Budget and as the Public Access Manager

SCAN TV (Seattle Community Access Network Television) offer Seattle and King County residents and organizations affordable production resources and access to various kinds of distribution technologies to become the Producers and the Content Providers of SCAN TV, allowing SCAN TV to showcase diverse expressions of thought, art and entertainment. SCAN airs on Comcast channel 77 and Broadstripe 23 in Seattle.

FUNDING: Public access channels come from Section 611 of the Communications Act. They are dedicated channel space on cable systems specifically for “use by the general public.” The cable channels pay for public access through franchise fees paid by subscribers; since 2006, those franchise fees are paid by Comcast to the City of Seattle, Department of Information Technology, and are held in the Cable Television Franchise Subfund. The Department of Information Technology contracts with SCAN as the “designated public access manager for the City of Seattle.” In 2010, SCAN received $650,000 from the City for this purpose.

Anyone can sign! Our first preference is for Seattle residents, then King County residents.