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Petition Drive Kick off

Posted by Linda Lovell on November 4, 2013 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Hi All!

Just wanted to let everyone know our Petition Drive Kick-Off for a Newark Ballot Initiative 2014 will be held at the Glass, Pottery, Plastics, &Allied Workers Local 244, 350 Hudson Avenue, Newark, November 17, 2013, Sunday, from 1-7 p.m.  Please join us and learn how you can help get the Money Out Of Politics!  Anyone in Ohio can help. We'll send reminders closer to time but just wanted everyone to mark their calendars. 


Those who are registered voters within the city limits of Newark can sign at this event.  We will also be doing some training on circulating petitions and some circulating itself.  The actual petition is attached as well as the flyer for this event.  As you will see the citizens of Newark will be voting in support of a U.S. Constitutional Amendment which states Corporations are not People and Money is not Speech.  If the ordinance passes, a Democracy Day will be held annually in March in which the citizens can speak about how these issues are affecting them personally as well as in their community.  Citizens will also be able to provide written testimony.   This will cease when the Amendment is obtained.  We initially wanted to do this for all of Licking County but found that only 2 counties in Ohio have vehicles to do initiative.  Therefore since Newark is the county seat we are starting there.

Hope to see you there!  Questions? Email back or call one of the numbers on the flyer.


The 99% of Newark and East Central OhioPartner Affiliate of Move to Amend

Reach us at [email protected]

Posted by Linda Lovell on July 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Getting and recieving emails from this site doesn't seem to work. I wish Daniel was still working on it. Sally gets any email sent to [email protected]  . She keeps us all organized LOL


Want free and equal elections?

Posted by Linda Lovell on October 10, 2012 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

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They are holding a Presidential debate online Oct. 23 with all the optional canddtes on our ballot this year.

Newark needs rental registration

Posted by Linda Lovell on August 24, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Written by

David Greene




Guest Columnist

According to the 2010 Census data, Newark had 8,647 renter-occupied units. Most landlords take good care of their property, but there are slum landlords in Newark. They do not maintain their properties, and these houses are a blight on our communities. Their negligence decreases the property value of every residence and makes this town less than what it could be. We can do something about these conditions to make rentals safer and decent. Rental registration and regular inspections of rental property are part of the answer to this crisis. Involvement of the residents -- whether they are renters, homeowners, business owners or responsible landlords -- is essential.


Some landlords have been fined and property maintenance provisions have been enforced, but too many are getting away with what could be murder. You might remember the Columbus landlord Sam Vasirani, who recently was jailed for 30 days. His building had 20 code violations, and on Christmas Eve, a fire at his property caused the deaths of three people, including a 4-year-old boy. (Columbus Dispatch, June 22) Many wanted a much stiffer jail sentence for the slumlord. A Citizens' Committee on Housing Rights is organizing in Newark and many of us have visited families with low incomes who are living in unsafe conditions. Neighbors and friends have lost jobs or are working for lower wages, and have fewer choices. Why should people in poverty have to live in unsafe housing just to have a roof over their heads?


The property maintenance department in Newark has been working to improve conditions and to get negligent landlords to correct their code and safety violations. There is a housing code here, but the staffing is too inadequate to inspect and enforce regulations. Rental registration would improve this condition and push our communities to protect the safety of renters and all residents.


The Property Maintenance Department reported that from August 2011 to March 2012, they received 426 new complaints and completed over 1,000 inspections. They issued 354 notices of violation, of which 118 were later closed for compliance (a 33 percent success rate). This is good work, but it means that 67percent were not in compliance after notification. An additional, 236 citations/fines were levied for non-compliance issues, but too many are not complying.


A recent Advocate article listed 61 landlords and homeowners with $56,629 in unpaid fines for code violations in Newark. Leading the list were landlords, including Darrell and Lucinda Ellis, who owe $9,570 for nine properties; Heath City Councilmen Jeff Crabil and wife Maxine, who owe $1,467; Manuel and Judy Vela, who owe $1011; and Mark Miller, who owes $3,816 (Newark Advocate, May 27).


Some landlords of Newark are a serious problem. And while our firefighters do a wonderful job of protecting life and property, they have been forced to deal with cutbacks and decreasing benefits. Do we need to wake up to the deaths of another family in a fire because of deteriorating housing conditions and uninspected or unenforced safety violations? I agree with Dick Westbrook, in his recent letter to the editor, that the negligent landlords should be put in jail and have their property taken away.


Some of us, who are homeowners and renters on the city's Rental Registration Committee, took a trip to Sandusky, at our own expense, to look at that community's rental registration and see how it was working. We came away impressed with its success, and the involvement of renters and landlords in improving housing conditions. So far, we have heard only opposition from Newark's landlords, but we could learn from Sandusky's successful experience. Soon, the Rental Registration Committee will propose legislation to the Newark City Council.


This is not a Republican or a Democrat proposal, but a proposal for all the people. Many people in our city council and local government are landlords, real-estate agents or insurance agents who directly and financially benefit from an unregulated rental market. For this reason, I believe they should not be involved in voting for or against a rental registration proposal. They have a conflict of interest and should recuse themselves from this decision making process. For the rest of us and our government officials who are not involved in the multimillion dollar rental business, it is important to support rental registration.


David Greene reside in Newark.

We ARE all Working Class

Posted by Linda Lovell on August 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Forget lower class and middle class -- we're all working class

Aug. 2, 2012 | Comments






Gov. Jerry Brown, of California, once said Americans are the most divided they ever have been since the American Civil War. I agree. We live in an interesting and depraved time in which our social, economic and political divides are immense and growing even farther apart.


But why?


Our major national news sources give us not much other than hate-filled, slanted opinion pieces. Our lawmakers are largely lawless and ignore the people they represent almost entirely. We're constantly exposed to political campaign ads that blatantly and intentionally misconstrue. We're living in -- if you believe our prison system -- the most dangerous country in the world. We're told that our fellow working-class citizens are our enemies.


Wait, what?


We're constantly being told that the "lower class" is bad for us. They're raising the prices of our hospital visits. They're running bankrupt our social systems. They're committing incredible levels of violence. They're cooking methamphetamine right in our own backyards. Truly, it's scary, but who are they?


They're me. They're you.


The terms "lower class" and "middle class" are preposterous. These terms successfully have set us working-class citizens apart and against each other. We need to come together as the working class that we are and make positive changes -- changes we're not going to make if we're told that half of us are the bogeyman.


Our neighbors are still our neighbors and must be treated equally, so please don't use the term "lower class"; rather, consider those people are the same as you in every way except a number in their bank account.


Brian Stout




Full Disclosure of Money Trail Needed

Posted by Linda Lovell on July 31, 2012 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Full disclosure should be required about political money trail

Jul. 31, 2012 ( Newark Advocate)




Since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision two years ago, removing restrictions on political spending by businesses and unions, cries about the effect of money in politics have escalated. Many have asserted that businesses, with free rein to spend on politics, would funnel millions to the Republicans, leaving their opponents hopelessly outgunned.


It's become such a popular theme that some people accept this on faith, and some politicians wear claims, true or not, of being outspent like a badge of honor. But an analysis by The Wall Street Journal this month showed that corporate money almost is evenly split between the two major parties -- with slightly more going to Democrats -- while political spending by labor unions, which goes almost exclusively to Democrats, has been greatly underestimated....


Where governors have tried to intervene in this cozy relationship, the unions have spent huge sums to defend the status quo. Assisted by extra dues assessments in Ohio and million-dollar-plus outside infusions from national unions, unions contributed a large portion of the $42.2 million spent in Ohio to repeal Senate Bill 5, which would have curbed collective-bargaining for public employees.


There always will be money in politics; what should be required is full disclosure of who's giving what, so voters can make up their own minds about who is trying to influence them. But for unions and the beneficiaries of their spending to pretend as if they're not part of the big-money game is simply false.


-- The Columbus Dispatch