The final date for signing the online petition was extended to January 30. Now that date is rapidly approaching. This message is a final reminder. If you have not yet signed the petition yourself, we encourage you to take a minute to click this link and sign right now. If you have friends and family members who are registered to vote in Washington, please encourage them to sign as well. It’s important that the governor and legislators know that we care about what happens with WSF and are willing to work to find reasonable, sustainable solutions.
Thanks to everyone who has already signed.
This past Tuesday the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce delivered copies of the FCP petition with nearly 300 signatures from that area to a meeting of WA legislators who represent districts with ferry service. Canadians who live on Vancouver Island are concerned that the proposed cuts in the Sidney/Anacortes run will have a negative impact on their economy in addition to losses in WA.
This is a good opportunity to remind you that the deadline for signing the FCP online petition has been extended to January 30. Please encourage any resident of WA who has not yet signed the petition to do so. This is about more than the immediate fiscal crisis. This is about finding an ongoing, sustainable source of income for WSF. Click here to access the online petition.
To date, residents of the San Juan Islands have collected 1570 signatures for the FCP petition, both paper and online. Thank you very much! The online petition is available for signatures through 1/30/11 (extended deadline).
If you are interested in writing to members of the state’s House Transportation Committee, here is a list of names and contact information.
The following are links to bills that have been introduced related to the ferries. Please read Kari Ulatoski’s message regarding these bills and Saturday’s upcoming FCP meeting.
Now we have something to lobby for! The Ferry Advisory Committee Chairs and FCP reps met in Olympia with members of the Legislative Ferry Caucus. It was a very instructive and positive meeting. Lobbying in Olympia, writing letters regarding the economic impact on businesses of ferry service cuts (written to all but our own legislators who are completely behind us) is of utmost importance. We need to set up appointments with those that need some convincing that this is important to the economy of Washington State.
If you have been meaning to sign the online petition and haven’t gotten around to it, today is the last day. Please click this link and make your voice heard!
Residents of San Juan County have done a remarkable job collecting signatures. Although the final count is not yet in, as of the end of last week, we had submitted 889 paper signatures and nearly 100 online signatures. Thank you very much!
The deadline for submitting letters to the governor is January 15. Please write if you have not already.
Signatures can still be submitted through January 10 using the online version of the Ferry Community Partnership petition. Any resident of WA who is a registered voter can sign. If you have not signed or have friends and family members who support our efforts but have not yet signed, please share the following link:
FCP hopes to submit at least 20,000 signatures.
As mentioned earlier this week, the FCP has decided to make an online petition available. It can be accessed here: http://www.petitiononline.com/sosferry/petition.html
Any resident of WA who is registered to vote may sign the petition. The online version gives us an opportunity to encourage friends and family members who support our efforts, but who may not have easy access to the paper agenda, to have their voices heard as well. Please share the link widely. Signatures may be added online through January 10.
As you know from an earlier post, it’s okay for up to two people to collect signatures on a ferry without advance notice. If you decide to collect signatures while waiting in line for a ferry, there is a protocol for notifying WSF staff in advance. Here’s the information I just received from Kari Ulatoski:
If you plan to walk the ferry line, please make sure you contact Steve Rogers at email@example.com to let him know your schedule for doing this. Copy Kari Ulatoski at firstname.lastname@example.org. Petitions are available here. Steve will notify dock personnel that you are collecting signatures.
The FCP goal is 20,000 signatures, so that means that we have our work cut out for us.
Hard copies of petitions can be emailed via pdf to me SJBrooks@aol.com. Emailed petitions can be sent as late as January 10. If you plan to mail signed petitions via U.S. mail, please send to Susan Young, 78 Snowberry Lane, Lopez, WA 98261 by 12/30/10. It is possible that an online version will soon be available for last minute collection. I’ll keep you posted.