Petition Party


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Citizen Lawmakers

Join our volunteers each Saturday and go out with us to collect signatures – be a citizen lawmaker and help us gain access to the ballot. Each Saturday we will have training sessions for newbies and we will pair up people as it is much more fun to petition with a partner. Each Saturday we have a goal of having 500 signatures turned in during the week. We need 10-20 people each week to join us in collecting signatures to reach our goal for the week. We will have places to go and stories to share each week as we get closer and closer to our goal of 9,000 signatures.

For those who would like updates about the campaign, arrive 30 minutes early as the leadership arrives early to discuss the happenings from the past week.

Saturday not a good day for you? No problem, just give the campaign a call and we will set up a time to meet people in the evenings for training sessions. Call Donna, one of our volunteer coordinators at (253) 209-7988.

Collect signatures any time during the week and get into the habit of turning in whatever you have collected each week so we know if we are meeting our weekly signature goal.

Petition sheets are available for pick-up at one of our locations around the city (all Purified Water To Go stores). Please do not make copies of the petition as it is really expensive to make color copies – we like our blue! Contact the campaign and we will be happy to provide the petitions. If you want a petition mailed to you, just call Donna and it will go out in the mail the same day you call as long as it is before 5:00 PM otherwise your request for petition sheets will be taken care of the next day.

Onward to the ballot!

Below is our current list of locations to pick-up petitions. Want to be added to the list? Please call Donna at (253) 209-7988.

All open on Saturdays – call for hours

Lincoln Hardware
3726 S G St • Tacoma (253) 472-1425
Purified Water To Go
5401 Sixth Ave K807 • Tacoma • Kathy (253) 752-1700
Tacoma Lamp Repair & Sales
1524 Tacoma Ave S • Tacoma • Sherry (253-640-1799)

Puyallup Tribe of Indians endorses Charter Amendment intended to stop the Methanol Refinery

Today, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians endorsed Save Tacoma Water Charter Amendment 5. This fantastic news includes financial support. Together, we’ll be educating the community about the negative impact both the proposed Methanol Refinery and the Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant on the Tacoma Tideflats would have on our precious natural resources.

Yard signs will be available soon – if you want one, please let us know and you can pick it up or have it delivered.

Our Water. Our Resources. Our Voices. Our Vote.

Petitions are being printed

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Tacoma City Attorney Elizabeth Pauli has sent Save Tacoma Water a letter allowing for the petitions to be printed. The letter in part states, “The materials submitted meet the requirements for a sufficient petition pursuant to state law, and therefore are approved to form.”

Petition sheets will be available at our petition drive kick off party on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

We are co-hosting an event with 15Now at First United Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S.

We need everyone’s help as we have just 10 weeks to collect 9,000 signatures – we need 5,559 valid signatures from Tacoma voters to place this on the Nov. 8, 2016 ballot.

Save the date! See you then!

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Charter Change requires more signatures to Stop the Methanol Refinery

Save Tacoma Water is preparing to collect 5,559 signatures from registered Tacoma voters in the next 10 weeks on Charter Amendment 5. The goal is to collect 9,000 signatures from Tacoma voters to be sure there are enough valid signatures after duplicates and those not registered are dropped off.

We have support from people outside Tacoma and they want to sign the petition to help stop the methanol refinery as well, so we expect to see some signatures outside of Tacoma. At our last meeting a youth from Federal Way told us of his plans to collect signatures from his high school friends even though they aren’t old enough to sign – he wants to activate young people and encourage the vision of saving our natural resources for generations of people in the future who will be reliant on Tacoma Public Utility for their fresh water.

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Charter Amendment 5 was filed today

Charter Amendment 5

Save Tacoma Water files Charter Amendment 5 with the city clerk today.

On Friday, the city attorney approved the petition form so today when the filing arrives on her desk, it should fly right through.

As soon as we get the approval from the city attorney that our petition has been officially accepted and ready for signature collection, we will let our supporters know.


Charter Amendment filing on Monday March 7, 2016

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM Save Tacoma Water will be at 747 Market Street to file an historic citizens initiative that will serve to protect one of the public’s most precious natural resources, our water. This initiative will amend the City Charter and enable Tacoma voters to express their opposition to water-guzzling foreign-owned industries that will primarily benefit overseas interests and Wall Street bankers. Tacoma residents are rising up to say: “Our Water. Our Resources. Our Voices. Our Vote!”

It will be Charter Amendment 5 entitled: The People’s Right to Water Protection Initiative.

Refiling as a charter change does a very important thing. It cannot be overturned by five votes by the city council after just two years as an ordinance can be.

The petition form has already been approved by the city attorney, so once we file it, we await the final go ahead from the city attorney.

Petition sheets will be available on Saturday, March 12 at 6:00 PM at our event co-hosted with the $15Now folks. Join us at the First Methodist Church, 621 Tacoma Ave S, to be the first to sign.

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Numbering Initiatives

Save Our Water was issued the number 4 for the water permit initiative filed recently. This is great news for the voters in Tacoma. No longer will every issue we vote on be given the number 1 – from now on, each issue will have their own distinct number. Initiative 4 will always be known as the Large Fresh Water User Ordinance.

Tacoma City Clerk Doris Sorum confirmed that this policy of consecutively numbering initiatives began last year as there were three issues on the Tacoma ballot presented by citizens.

Looking at  initiatives on the ballot for voters in the City of Tacoma since 1990 – every issue was labeled number 1. To show how confusing this has been for 25 years, consider this: in 1990 Proposition 1 was a yes vote if you were in favor of gay rights. In 1991 Proposition 1 was a no vote if you were in favor of gay rights. Without a consecutive numbering system it has been difficult to distinguish the different interest groups supporting various issues on the ballot.

As confusing as it has been for initiatives for the past quarter century by using the number 1 over and over again, the same confusion applies to charter changes. Since the City of Tacoma Charter was enacted there have been  more than 50 proposed charter changes, but voters have no way of knowing that. In 2014 there were 12 proposed charter changes on the ballot consecutively numbered 1-12. Then the following year, in 2015 there was a charter change proposal on the ballot and it was numbered, wait for it, Number 1.

Save Tacoma Water will be submitting a charter change proposal in the next few days and we are ever hopeful that the consecutive numbering system of initiatives will extend to proposed charter changes as well. Hoping that is the case, we presented our petition form to the city attorney yesterday for her review which included numbering our proposed charter change as Amendment 2, based on the consecutive numbering which began last year with initiatives.yes-on-prop1-1990