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Enable Residents to Opt-out of Receiving Junk Mail

http://tinygreenbubble.com/eco/environmental/item/1655-cities-look-to-ban-junk-mail-to-reduce-landfill-waste "Redlands was interested because cutting down on junk mail will reduce the amount of trash that goes into the city’s landfill, giving it a longer lifespan. A staff report prepared by Danielle Garcia, senior project manager for Redlands, estimated that 30 to 60 percent of unwanted mail is improperly dumped and ...more »

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Remove the Below-Grade Section of the 210 Freeway

Across the country and around the world, parts of freeways that travel in urban areas and near places where people live are being converted to boulevards that have slower and quieter traffic and that support local businesses while improving the walkability and the more human scale of neighborhoods. The current thinking among many planners is that expressways are appropriate for more natural and rural areas but that these ...more »

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Create an Educational Program for Responsible Dog Ownership

At the October 2011 Community Builders meeting, noise pollution from excessive dog barking was raised as a concern. Training for dogs, and their owners, should be promoted in order to keep the animals under control and to prevent them from being so unmanageable that they are, in turn, abandoned or sent to the pound.

 

This training may even be made a condition of obtaining a dog license.

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Extend Prohibitions of Panhandling to Also Include Direct Giving

The City of San Bernardino prohibits panhandling but does not yet have in place any prohibition of direct giving to panhandlers. I propose that the City prohibit direct giving to panhandlers and that the City, instead, collect donations for poverty-related programs and services or for private charities that help the indigent. For example, simple signs at freeway exits and in other heavily-trafficked places might ask ...more »

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Acknowledge "Neighborhood Heroes"

From picking-up trash and removing weeds in the street to taking-down unauthorized signs and mowing the lawns of foreclosed houses, what do you do to take responsibility for the neighborhood and the city and not just for your own private property? Diffusion of responsibility is a big problem since many people assume that someone else will take care of these issues when what is needed are Neighborhood Heroes who take ...more »

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Persuade Amtrak to Use the Metrolink ROW for the Sunset Limited

The "Sunset Limited" currently uses a right-of-way (ROW) owned by Union Pacific to travel between Los Angeles and New Orleans by way of Palm Springs.

 

This route bypasses San Bernardino, whereas the tracks owned by S.C.R.R.A. (Metrolink) are more readily available and more direct, and they would potentially connect San Bernardino with Palm Springs, Phoenix and other points East.

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