Support at the Local Level Keeps Growing in Washington D.C.

Some quick background: This preceding item explained the two-year effort to have the nation's capital join the growing number of cities that are accelerating an inevitable shift, away from hyper-polluting, noisy, and dangerous gas-powered lawn equipment, and to modern clean and quieter models. This item described the legislation that Washington D.C. Council member Mary Cheh has introduced toward that end. And this item quoted the statements that a growing number of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) -- the branch of D.C. city government closest to the citizens, and reporting up to the City Council -- have made in endorsing the measure.

Since then, two more ANCs have voted to support action on Mary Cheh's bill. (For D.C. residents, these are ANCs 2F and 6C.)  So as of now, nine ANCs from five different wards of the city have voted--usually by lopsided positive margins--to support City Council hearings and action on Mary Cheh's bill, with several more ANC meetings to come soon. This is broad and significant support, which (to be honest) few people would have foreseen when this effort began back in the fall of 2015. Thanks to these visionary Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, and to the QCDC members who have taken the lead in making the case to them. 

Below you will find a Change.Org petition asking D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson to hold hearings on Mary Cheh's bill, in accord with the wishes of a growing number of ANCs. For an idea of similar efforts across the country, see this link -- and to read and sign the D.C. petition, which so far is nearing 1,000 supporters, see the link below.

Update: The Change.Org petition linked above, asking Council Chair Phil Mendelson to hold hearings on a bill that a majority of Council members support and that growing numbers of ANC organizations have endorsed, has now crossed the 1,000-signatures mark. Please read it and add yours.

As a look through Change.Org's search function shows, many other communities are acting toward the same end. For instance, the first two items on the search list are: