Many people may already know that california is currently in drought and that water is the main issue. California is facing one of its driest years with a 16% rainfall deficit. Many may not know is that there are rules that follow when watering grass which causes people to get fined. Even if there are those who follow the rules some are struck in a situation where people get fined for not watering there grass from the homers association or they get fined from the water companies for using too much water. The problem is that the community needs to be informed of ways to avoid these issues. A start could be to hand out pamphlets thats states that there is still a drought and what to avoid when watering and why its important to save water. My partner and I want to inform the general public ways to avoid these fines and help prevent others from wasting water.
No Drop-off on Red Sidewalk
There are many parents that either pick-up or drop-off their kids inside the school’s student parking lot, rather than using the “loop,” which is designed for the sole purpose to pick-up and drop-off. It’s causing congestion inside the parking lot and poses a fire hazard because they are parking next to a red fire-lane sidewalk.
The congestion will result in traffic and some student who try to park have complained that they have been tardy to class because of this. Another problem is that in the case of a fire or some other type of emergency, the fire-trucks, ambulances, and police cars will have a hard time trying to park their vehicle because parents’ cars get in the way.
The vehicle code12.64.225 Parking Against Red Curb states: a person shall not stop, park , or leave their vehicle adjacent to a curb that is designated by a red paint. We want to enforce this policy more to let parents know that what they are doing is illegal and hazardous.
We want to work on this to prevent accidents and prevent complications to the emergency services. Surveys that we’ve created were given to students that use that parking lot, and all of them agreed that it indeed does cause a problem for them when they try to park and or leave. Also, students that are dropped-off by the red zone were asked if they knew their parents were parking next to a sidewalk painted in red. Most of them responded that they had no idea and that they didn’t notice the red paint. Our buy-in from this problem is that students that park in that parking lot, which includes me and other students with a permit with a a permit to drive, will not have to go through the congestion that is currently happening, and the emergency services will not have to struggle to find an area to park and quickly respond to an emergency.
We will contact our school’s sheriff and discuss the problem. We are going to have the sheriff park his vehicle by the area where the congestion is happening, for a few days to keep the parents from parking there. We are also thinking of making the district have create a sign to emphasize to the parents that what they are doing is illegal and possibly receive a fine for doing so.
Remodeling the Arroyo High School Band Room
Arroyo High School, located on 15701 Lorenzo Ave in San Lorenzo, California is known for its safe environment and arts courses, according to the Parent Reviews for Arroyo on greatschools.org. There is one room, however, that does not meet up to the expectations of these such reviews. A proposal is being made to rebuild one of the oldest buildings in Arroyo High School, the music room (M-2) That was built in 1954. The Arroyo music room does not have sufficient space and both teachers and students do not feel safe inside this classroom, and the room is in great need of a remodeling.
A survey asking 69 students and 4 teachers of their thoughts and concerns on the music room showed that 90% percent of students believed that the music room was too small. When asked how safe students felt on a scale of 1-4, four being very safe and one being not safe at all, a majority of students said two. This shows that most students do not feel safe in the bandroom. Many of the students’ comments expressed their concern for the conditions of the music room.
These included the overcrowding of students and instruments, and the size of the room. One student commented, “I’m afraid of tripping over something… if there was an earthquake I feel like someone is going to get really hurt.” Other comments from other students included, “it’s too stuffy, and it gets really hot,” and “it’s too small… there needs to be more space.”
When teachers were asked on their thoughts on the band room, all expressed their concern for the insufficient amount of space, saying that the room “looks way too small… it looks outdated.”
Pictures of the “practice rooms” that are now used as storage rooms as a result of the lack of space:
Above: Practice room now used to store some of the thousands of original music scores.
Left: A student puts away his instrument in the now crowded practice room.
Right: Another practice room used as drum and pit storage.
Acknowledging the effects of poor ventilation, the only form of ventilation that the band room has is a back door. Below is a picture that shows sealed windows. This prevents air from ventilating in the room. As a result, the students are constantly inhaling carbon dioxide while they play their instruments. Students also complain that they get too overheated because there is currently no working air conditioning in the room.
The California Code of Regulations state in article 4 that one of the general standards for music rooms is that they should provide sufficient, secure storage space should be provided for instruments, equipment, and instructional materials. The effects of overcrowding in classrooms has shown to disturb the learning of the students, and also becomes a safety issue. Arroyo teachers and students feel that this regulation is being violated by this classroom.
This room (M-2) needs to be remodeled in compliance to the California Code of Regulations and the comfort and safety of students and teachers.
Keep Oakland Safe
The problem we want to address is Oakland police brutality. Police brutality is when police use excessive force when dealing with citizens. Over the past twenty-two years there has been $74 million used to settle civil rights violation caused by police brutality related cases.
Police Brutality effects the victim, police, police departments, and community. True enough police have their protocols to go by, but they aren't treating citizens like human beings. Police officers are given a great deal of latitude in performing their duties. Because they are expected to protect the public and confront potentially threatening individuals, they can legally use physical, and even deadly force under certain circumstances. However, an officer who uses force when it is not called for, or who uses more force than is necessary to perform his or her job, may cross the line into police brutality. The effects of police brutality are physical and psychological. Citizens believe that police are unfaithful to their mission and distrust them, questioning their safety.
The Oakland Police Department’s mission is to provide an environment where residents can live, work , play, and thrive free from crime and the fear of crime. A police officer who commits an illegal assault is as culpable and liable for their actions as any civilian who commits assault. In fact, a law enforcement officer who willingly assaults another person in the line of duty can be held responsible for their actions, for in their role as a sworn peace officer they ought to know better.
We want to work on this problem because there are too many people getting hurt by police. We want to reduce the number of lawsuits being filed against the police department because this is costing taxpayers more money. This is important because we could be avoiding this problem altogether if police were not so cruel to some people. Our goal is to reduce the amount of police brutality cases in Oakland. We would like to achieve our goal by asking the police department to purchase go-pros in order to constantly monitor police activity while they are on duty. With these go-pros, police would be monitored the the nearly 24/7, which would provide evidence if there were to be a lawsuit filed. We would talk to police officers and see how they would feel about being constantly monitored and if they have a problem with that.
The first few things we would do are we would need to know how many lawsuits have been made during the past year, who is paying for the lawsuits, and how much money has been spent on lawsuits. In the document “National Criminal Justice Reference Service” it states the cause of police brutality are job-related stress, racism, aggressive prosecution, elitist police attitude towards civilians, and the need for self-defence. We will find the answers to our questions from John L. Burris ( a lawyer that has served in many police brutality cases) and Sean Whent ( Head of the Oakland Police Department).We would also like to call and email John L. Burris to schedule a meeting to find out what his beliefs are about police brutality and how we are able to reduce the amount of lawsuits caused by police brutality. In this meeting, we will bring up the idea of purchasing gopros. We want to take this action to not just have the internets knowledge about police brutality but actual evidence from someone who has dealt with cases like this and telling us information that we might not find on the internet. Also, we will be talking to Sean Whent to see the police side of the story by asking him why they do it and what are causes of police brutality.
The resources we have reviewed are:
Fix Timing of Lights on Washington and Via Enrico
CAP Project Proposal
Our proposal is to improve the timing of the traffic lights from 7-11 to the gas station along Washington Ave. and Via Enrico (see image).
This problem can cause students who walk to school to be late a good portion of the time and joggers who cross that same street to jog in place for a long time. People also get impatient and start jaywalking, because they don’t want to wait for the light. This problem also affects people who live in the immediate area who are trying to commute to work by biking or walking, they are bound to end up arriving late which could then cost them their job.
In Emeryville, CA, a better system was applied so that the maximum waiting time before being able to cross is one full cycle from green to green assuming that the person arrives right as the crossing period ends. In San Francisco, CA, most people do not wait for the pedestrian lights and end up jaywalking. Jaywalking is the act of crossing or walking in the street unlawfully or without much regard to approaching traffic. Because they put focusing in on other drivers as their highest priority, drivers in San Francisco have less time to worry about pedestrians walking unlawfully, therefore unable to always avert disasters. This makes jaywalking one of the reasons that so many accidents occur in San Francisco and why crossing lights should be modified.
Our problem is related to policies dealing with the timing of the traffic lights, which relates to government. This problem has to be solved because it has, to our experience, been a huge nuisance. It is important because if left alone or changed incorrectly it could possibly cause accidents involving people crossing the street and drivers.
The first few things we would do as a group is: follow and learn the traffic patterns, theorize methods of fixing the timing if possible such that both cars and pedestrians need not wait long, research more in-depth on how traffic lights are designed and the logic they use, consider whether applying our design will truly benefit our community.
We propose to improve the timing of the waiting period required to cross the street. Our policy tries to address the long waiting periods before the crossing light allows pedestrians to cross. The goal of our policy is to possibly fix the timing of the traffic light. Supporters include: students, joggers, some commuters; opponents to this policy include: rivers, nearby homeowners.
Advantages to this policy are better sensors in the ground to allow a more accurate prediction of traffic light signals for cars and pedestrians and less waiting time for pedestrians. The disadvantages to this same policy are drivers may be further angered due to longer wait times. If our policy is implemented correctly it will become a very valuable policy that can be applied to other locations although, if it is not it could cause more problems than solutions.
Longmont should prevent assaults- Neomi A., Malie S., and John S:
These past few weeks, we have been working on a Civic Action Project for our government class at Silver Creek High School. We proposed changing what we believed is an issue in our community. My name is Neomi A., and my partners, Malie S. and John S. and I have unraveled a serious safety problem in our city and the surrounding area.
We are concerned about the amount of assaults and harassment on college campuses and in the cities of Colorado. We have proposed to try to decrease theseacts of injustice by placing emergency landline phones called blue light phones in the city. However, after meeting with the director of safety, Stuart Pike, at the University of Colorado -Boulder, we realized that emergency phones are not the most efficient way to solve the safety problem. So, what is the solution?
Stuart Pike is in the process of working on an application or app that he believes would be more efficient. It's more efficient because the emergency phones are outdated, nobody knows how to use them, and everyone has cell phones. Pike stated that students were confused by the landline and tried to connect their cell phone to it, which shows that technology has surpassed the use of the blue light landlines.
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