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This ordinance makes it unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County.
Legislative findings in support of the Healthy Food Zone Model Ordinance
This report contains hundreds of specific policy reforms spanning eight broad areas of local government policy and responsibility: economic development and job creation; infrastructure; municipal revenue; job standards; housing; education; health; and civil rights. In each area, the report first describes the importance of taking action on it and the general goals of progressive policy. Second, the report describes key proven strategies for reaching those goals and identifies several specific steps that cities can take toward their effective implementation within those strategies, citing specific examples in each case.
The ordinance prohibits unwanted physical contact to someone entering or exiting a reproductive health clinic or following or harassing someone within 15 feet of the clinic. It prohibits obstructing or blocking the premises to impede access, physically damaging or attempting to damage a facility to interfere with its operation, and knowingly interfering with the operation of the facility, such as interfering with the delivery of goods. The ordinance defines the premises of a reproductive health care facility as the driveway, entryway, and parking lot associated with the facility. This ordinance does not require police to see intent to make an arrest, and proof of such intent is not required for any prosecution under the ordinance. Unlike the state law, this ordinance does not require a complainant to initiate a violator's arrest or prosecution.
This ordinance restricts certain activities outside health care facilities to ensure patients have safe access to the entrance of facilities such as reproductive health clinics. The ordinance creates a fifteen-foot buffer zone around entrances to clinics in which individuals are prohibited from congregating, patrolling, picketing or demonstrating. The ordinance also prohibits, within 100 feet of the facility's entrance, an individual from barring another individual's access to a facility or from approaching within eight feet of that individual to leaflet, display a sign, or engage in oral protest, education or counseling unless that person consents.
This ordinance requires unlicensed pregnancy service centers or crisis pregnancy centers to prominently display a sign that states: if the center provides medical services; if the center provides medical services under the direction and supervision of a licensed health professional; and if the center is licensed by a state or federal regulatory body to provide medical services. The ordinance includes penalties including fines for violating the law. The ordinance was originally passed in 2010, but was amended in 2012 based on a lawsuit. The original ordinance required the centers to display a sign that stated whether or not they provide abortion and birth control services.
This ordinance: expands the size limit on community gardens to 25,000 square feet; relaxes fencing and parking requirements on larger commercial urban farms in order to hold down overhead costs for entrepreneurs and community organizations that launch and maintain these enterprises; allows for hydroponic and aquaponic systems and keeping honey bees under set conditions; and creates green jobs and provide fresh produce in communities.
This ordinance updates the City's Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer's markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
Michigan need to improve healthcare, education, public health, immigration regulation, families, childcare, worker skills, employment, and wages. The report explains the problems and gives recommendation to each of them.
This chart demonstrates the decline of job-based health care coverage between 2000 and 2010. It shows by-state coverage numbers, the trend in coverage, and the median wage in each state for a given year.