I would suggest putting together a political action committee. And I would start working on a platform of what you as a blind community would like to see in Tallahassee for your residents. I would also include not just the blind, but persons with all disabilities. Together, you can make a dent, but by yourself, you will have no chance. This is an opportunity, not a defeat, because now it will give you the opportunity. To organize yourselves, to meet the threat, head on. Take this issue, and issues like it, and put together a program, and come together with other like minded persons. And move forward. I can envision the politicians having to come to you guys begging you for your votes. I think, you all really need to take time, and figure out who is willing, and ready to take this on, and you should make it happen. Things are getting no better, and we have to look after ourselves, and incurage each other. Good luck. I'm glad to be your humble and obedient servant, Zechen Elder Daniel Ben Moshe, Benai Yahshuah Synagogue of Broward County, www.theblindcansee.org Choose ye this day whom you will serve. If Yahweh be Elohim. Then serve him, with all of your hart. If bail be your master, then serve him. As for me and my house, we will serve Yahweh. Maybe bail is asleep, or has taken a journey. I think you might want to try and wake him. Because my Yahweh is already on the mountin top. He will be there when I arrive. Because the earth is his, and the fullness there of. The earth is his foot stole. -----Original Message----- From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of djrogers0628 Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 2:31 PM To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [tabi] Re: City approves nova 2010 What we need to do now is to encourage our friends to vote with us; by ourselves we can't effect a change in city government, but if we can get friends and supporters? Darla Darla J. Rogers, B.A. Social Science; M.S. Rehabilitation Counselor Education djrogers0628@xxxxxxxxxxx Home phone #: 850-329-7437 Cell #: 850-443-3571 Skype ID: wildflower0628 I suited up for the long walk back to myself... ....Ani DiFranco ----- Original Message ----- From: "Joe Plummer" <joeplummer@xxxxxxx> To: <tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 8:49 AM Subject: [tabi] Re: City approves nova 2010 > Well, you all gave a excellent battle and should be proud of your selves > for > that. I knew this was going to be the outcome I said it a long time ago. > Two > things you have to have in politics today one is power to offset the > politician and the other the money to get done what you want done. If you > have either of these or both is better you get what you want most of the > time. I salute you all for such great efforts. Just my thoughts. > > > Sign, > JP ( Joe Plummer) > joeplummer@xxxxxxx > > > -----Original Message----- > From: tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:tabi-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On > Behalf > Of Easy Talk > Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2010 5:57 AM > To: tabi@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > Subject: [tabi] City aproves nova 2010 > > Here is the article that was in the paper to-day. This is upsetting to me > since approximately 75 percent of the people who attended were against the > change as presented in Star Metro's final plan. All I can say is the > commissioners voted last night and I will vote at the next election I > guess > politicians don't listen. I hope one day all of them have to use what > they > just passed. > I have never heard of such a rediceouless process of passing a plan that > was > in no way complete. I guess I was right from the beginning when I said it > was a done deal before the first public hearing. > > Robert > > Tallahassee Democrat > Published: March 25, 2010 > Star Metro redesign gains city of Tallahassee approval > By > TaMaryn Waters > DEMOCRAT STAFF WRITER > A massive revamp of Tallahassee's bus system was approved unanimously > Wednesday by > the City Commission. > The often controversial "Nova 2010" plan drew nearly two dozen speakers > who > offered > a mix of support for an upgraded system and deep-rooted concerns about > safety and > the impact on those riders with physical disabilities. > The plan, orchestrated by StarMetro, was slated for launch by the end of > this year. > The date has been pushed back to possibly the end of 2011, said Ron > Garrison, StarMetro > executive director. > StarMetro and the city's Public Works Department are hoping to get federal > money > to install more audible devices at intersections, which aid those who are > visually > impaired. And after much criticism, the city intends to build more > sidewalks > where > needed, particularly in areas near the system's bus transfer points. > "If it takes a little longer to do it right, then we'll take that time," > Garrison > said. > StarMetro's overall budget for 2010 is roughly $16 million. Garrison said > the Nova > 2010 plan will cost $36,000 less than the current cost to operate the bus > system. > Efforts to restructure the bus system started about 16 months ago, and > StarMetro > staffers have since held nearly 100 public meetings. The original plan > evolved into > nine different versions due to feedback received, according to planners. > The plan will reduce the 26 current routes to 12 "crosstown" routes, which > will include > nearly 43 transfer points. The decentralized concept is designed to > eliminate the > need to transfer at the C.K. Steele Plaza downtown. Planners say buses > will > come > to bus stops more frequently, and the plan may attract more riders. > One major change is the elimination of some routes, and buses will no > longer > go through > residential neighborhoods. Residents may have to walk up to half a mile to > a > bus > stop, compared to a quarter mile typical now. > Linda Pulliam, a Tallahassee bus rider since 1991, said the plan is going > to > leave > some residents without transportation they depend on. > "I'm opposed to it because it's not ready yet," she said. "It's not a good > plan. > It's like trying to put a square peg into something round." > Some residents, including those representing state workers and the Greater > Tallahassee > Chamber of Commerce, said they are looking forward to an upgrade. Others > say > change > was inevitable. > "As times goes on, the changing demand will change even further," said > Greg > Thompson, > chair of the city's Transit Advisory Committee. "We think, though, that > time > to make > a change is now." > Owen McCaul, a rider concerned about Nova 2010, said Tallahassee continues > to be > a dangerous place for pedestrians, and he mentioned the "Dangerous by > Design" report, > done by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation > for > America. > It gave Tallahassee a "pedestrian-danger index" of 109.4 - more than twice > the national > number of 52.1. > The commissioners agreed there were still safety issues and other looming > questions, > such as fares, that have to be addressed. But they agreed to move forward. > "Change in general for our citizens is kind of hard to do," Commissioner > Mark Mustian > said. 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