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How to Describe and Report Events, Vehicles and Persons  February 17th, 2009
Describing and Reporting of Events, Vehicles and Personsp { margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; }Practicing to develop skills in providing quick, accurate descriptions is an excellent NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH meeting activity.  In attempting to describe events, vehicles, or persons, write down the... [Read More]
Neighborhood Legal Fund  February 17th, 2009
Your response and support of the newly formed Legal Fund by the LaVista Park Civic Association is most appreciated. This fund will assist in covering the cost for legal consultation and representation in the current zoning matters on LaVista Road and others in the future that will impact the... [Read More]
How to Vounteer in LaVista Park  February 17th, 2009
Areas to volunteer your services How you can help ... AREAS TO VOLUNTEER YOUR SERVICES The LaVista Park Civic Association is a volunteer organization, and as such we depend heavily upon the special skills and talents of our members. We have room for you in all areas of our organization:... [Read More]
How to Report Suspicious Vehicles  February 17th, 2009
Reporting Activity - Suspicious VehiclesVehicles in the following situations MAY be involved in crimes and should be reported to authorities: Slow moving, without lights, following aimless course in any location, including residential streets, schools, and playgrounds (burglar, drug pusher, or sex... [Read More]
How to Describe Suspicious Vehicles  February 17th, 2009
Reporting Activity - Describing Vehiclesp { margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; }When describing vehicles, write down: Vehicle license number and state, make and type of vehicle, color, and approximate age; Special designs or unusual features, such as vinyl top, mag wheels, body damage, pinstripes,... [Read More]
How to Describe Suspicious Persons  February 17th, 2009
Reporting Activitiy - Describing Personsp { margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; }In preparing descriptions of persons, it is important to write down the following: Sex; Race; Age; Height (estimated from eye contact level measured against your height); Weight; Hair (color and length); Hat; Facial Hair... [Read More]
How to Describe Suspicious Events  February 17th, 2009
Reporting Activity - Describing Eventsp { margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0; }When describing events, write down: What happened;  When it happened;  Where it occurred (note the nearest cross street, home address, or landmark in relationship to the event);  Whether injuries are involved... [Read More]
How to Report Suspicious Persons  February 17th, 2009
Reporting Activity - Suspicious PersonsObviously, not every stranger who comes into a neighborhood is a criminal. Legitimate door-to-door sales and repair people appear in residential areas frequently. Occasionally, however, criminals disguise themselves as these workers; therefore, it is important... [Read More]
How to organize a phone tree  February 17th, 2009
Often during an issue, you have to mobilize people very quickly. You may need individuals to fax letters, make phone calls or show up for a public meeting. One of the fastest ways to mobilize people is by setting up a phone tree. How a Phone Tree Works A phone tree is a pyramid where a designated... [Read More]
How to operate a phone bank  February 17th, 2009
Phone banks can be a very effective advocacy tools if they are set up properly. They can be used to generate support for a campaign, to find volunteers for projects, or to get out the vote for a campaign. For example, when you need to influence one or two key legislative members, a phone bank can... [Read More]
How to lobby your lawmaker  February 17th, 2009
Thirteen Easy Steps To An Effective Visit With Your Legislator Dress nicely. Don't let your appearance detract from your message or impair your credibility. Introduce yourself and tell your member or staff person what organization you represent, where the group is located and the size of its... [Read More]
How to hold a news conference  February 17th, 2009
A news conference is not unlike a child' s birthday party. You want to put together the right elements to get people to come, to give them what they want, and to make your family happy. This requires planning and a sensible location, it requires bringing the right entertainment -- this is an... [Read More]
How to formulate a letter to your lawmaker  February 17th, 2009
Name Address Date Dear Senator _______ PARA 1. Purpose of letter: What you want your lawmaker to do I urge you to oppose S. 851, the Wetlands Reform Act of 1995 PARA 2. Why this bill is important to you: personalize your letters I live next to a beautiful marsh. Thanks to federal and state wetlands... [Read More]
How to do a radio talk show  February 17th, 2009
The radio talk show format that has been sweeping the country the last few years is an excellent vehicle for getting your message out to a large audience at virtually no cost. COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS How do I get on the air? Why should the host or producer CARE about my issue? What can I do to... [Read More]
How to contact editorial boards  February 17th, 2009
Only larger newspapers actually have an "editorial board," which consists of five to ten opinion writers, editors and (sometimes) selected reporters. Below a certain size threshold, say, 35,000 circulation, newspapers usually have no more than an editor of the editorial page and a columnist. What... [Read More]
How to arrange a town meeting  February 17th, 2009
Lawmakers hold town meetings to provide a public forum for discussing timely issues or to hear what his or her constituents are concerned about. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to get your concerns to your lawmaker. Sometimes these events are well publicized, but just as often they... [Read More]
How to arrange a meeting with your lawmaker  February 17th, 2009
Most legislators are eager to meet with their constituents. Your opinions are valuable to your lawmakers, and your meeting is likely to be very influential. Keep in mind that you don't have to be and expert to get you point across. The message you will bring to this meeting is that of an... [Read More]



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