Thursday, July 25, 2019

ReImagine! Turtle Creek Watershed Communities. Yay!

Monroeville CommUNITY Day, ReImagine! Turtle Creek Watershed Communities, and more:

Please join us at our booth on Monroeville CommUnity Day on Saturday, July 27, 2019 in Monroeville Park from 11:00 AM to 6:30 PM! 

Our next meeting of Sustainable Monroeville is on Monday evening, August 5, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library. Come learn about our newest collaborative initiative. This amazing vision, ReImagine! Turtle Creek Watershed Communities is inspired by ReImagine! Beaver, ReImagine! Butler, and the League of Women Voters. We'll also review the work of Sustainable Monroeville since its inception ten years ago.

Save the Dates:
  • Turtle Creek Watershed Association Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 5:30 PM-Murrysville, PA
  • Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening, August 5, 2019 at the Monroeville Public Library in the downstairs program room
  • Monroeville Citizens' Night on Thursday evening, August 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM-Monroeville Municipal building
  • Monroeville Council meeting on Tuesday evening, August 13, 2019 at the Monroeville Municipal building
We have been asking at each Monroeville Citizens' Night and Monroeville Council meeting who owns the mineral rights under the municipal pool property. We continue to wait for an answer from our municipal attorney, Mr. Wratcher. 

Sustainable Monroeville has also been asking why Monroeville Council is not concerned about putting a protective of the citizens of Monroeville detailed oil and gas ordinance in place just like has been done in Churchill, Forest Hills, South Fayette, Oakmont, and the City of Pittsburgh. 

In collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania (LWV), we'll begin the process to ReImagine! the Communities in the Turtle Creek Watershed. We have reached out to a few other organizations and are waiting to hear back from them to let us know if they'd love to collaborate with us. If you have ideas about which individuals and organizations throughout the Turtle Creek Watershed would love to join in this amazing process, please let us know by messaging the Sustainable Monroeville Facebook page or to Sustainable Monroeville will be a participant in this process. There will be many leaders. How about you?! :)

To see which communities we're referring to, go the the Turtle Creek Watershed Association website and look at the map of the many communities that are part of the Turtle Creek Watershed. 

It will be wonderful when we can all feel comfortable to swim again in Turtle Creek and know that we are doing all we can to promote the health and wellness of ourselves and of our wonderful region by promoting healthy businesses, healthy economic development and so much more! This day will happen when acid mine drainage from sixty years ago or more is addressed with mindfullness and full responsibility is taken by all of us to clean up this mess instead of building on top of it and pretending it's not there! The Turtle Creek Watershed Association (TCWA) is doing well addressing the issue of Acid Mine Drainage in Irwin, PA. They just had a wonderful event a few weeks ago to raise awareness and raise funds for both their organization and for the city of Irwin. Support the Turtle Creek Watershed Association! There's also a newly formed Chalfont Watershed Association that is in the process of raising 

It is important for us to be proactive and not allow further pollution to our airshed and watershed with upcoming proposals for further extractive industries such as the Marcellus Shale/Natural gas industry. The natural gas industry is not required to comply with the environmental standards of even the coal industry. And look what mess we are in sixty years later with acid mine drainage!!! We must be sure we have protective of the citizens oil and gas ordinances in place in our populated regions. Minimally, we must insist that industry complies with existing environmental standards and not simply pay fines when they do not follow the rules. If you're not familiar with the oil and gas issues in Southwest PA, here's a few wonderful resources to begin with:

  • The book Amity and Prosperity by Eliza Griswald
  • The League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Shale Gas Extraction and Public Health, A Resource Guide
  • The Environmental Health Project:
  • The Climate Reality Project:

Thank you all for your belief in truth and your work in moving us into the more beautiful world we all know in our hearts is possible.

Blessings to us all,

Elisa Beck, on behalf of over 125 individuals who have been engaged with Sustainable Monroeville for a decade.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Join us on July 27 at Monroeville Park for Monroeville CommUNITY Day!

Sustainable Monroeville looks forward to showcasing our work from the past 10 years in the Municipality of Monroeville and beyond at the upcoming Monroeville CommUNITY Day on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 11:00 am to 4:00 PM. If you'd love to volunteer on the 27th of July or at any time, feel free to reach out to us through the Sustainable Monroeville Facebook page or through

Stop by our booth to learn about our most recent projects and to see how you can get involved!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

You are INvited and more! Monday June 24: Protecting Allegheny County from Fracking! and Save the Dates: Tuesday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 9!

Dear everyone we all know who live in Allegheny County, (yes, please share FAR and WIDE)!

If you are able to attend the Food and Water Action event detailed below, a week from tomorrow, that's Monday, June 24, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Squirrel Hill at the home of Maren Cooke, please do! 

We will carpool from Monroeville to Maren Cook's home. Let us know if you'd like to join a carpool by messaging or send us a private message through the Sustainble Monroeville Facebook page. At least one carpool will be leaving from Trotwood Drive in Monroeville. It's worth attending just to spend a bit of time in Maren's home which is amazing. Her home, everything about how she lives demonstrates Permaculture in Action. The roof is full of half vegetables and half solar panels. You can go up there to see it! Maren has been hosting monthly Sustainability Salons at her home for as long as Sustainable Monroeville has been around, and that's been 10 years.  

Whether or not you are able to attend a week from Tuesday, please consider donating to Food and Water Action. They are an incredible not- for- profit organization! Right now their work with Monroeville is centered around educating all of us and to support Monroeville in putting a protective of the citizens oil and gas ordinance in place Immediately. They are working in communities throughout Allegheny County.

Many of us Monroeville citizens have gone to Monroeville council meetings to request council put a protective ordinance in place as has been done in South Fayette, Oakmont, Forest Hills, Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh has banned fracking), and other boroughs. Mr. Wratcher, the Municipal Attorney for Monroeville, PA continues to say that council needs to ask him to draw up the ordinance. Our council members are refusing to make this request. Please contact your council person to ask that council ask Mr. Wratcher draw up this request. When council sees the level of concern among the people, the council will act! Sustainable Monroeville presented model ordinances to council over six months ago.

At the last council meeting this past week, both Ms. Gaydos and Mr. Poach said they are happy with the existing ordinance that states fracking is only allowed in industrial zones in Monroeville. This poses many issues. There are NO specifications as to allowable noise levels, light levels, setbacks and much, much more that needs to be specified to protect human health. Many in Sustainable Monroeville are completely opposed to continuing with the extractive industries. That said, we understand that we are not allowed to ban fracking in Monroeville. However, we are allowed to specify WHERE fracking (and infrastructure? who knows the answer to this?) can occur, and we are certainly allowed to put in place within our Monroeville borders rules for noise levels, light levels, setbacks, and more. 

Watch this past week's Monroeville council meeting (6-11-19) from the link on the Municipal web site. It's an important one!!!

Please share this invitation with everyone you know who lives in Monroeville and really anybody you know who will be interested! The time to ACT is NOW!

We're going to start to fill the council chamber in Monroeville to make sure we get a protective of the citizens ordinance in place that specifies light and noise levels for fracking well pads, and most importantly 2500 foot setbacks from homes, schools and businesses. Right now, one of the well pads that has been approved for just over the border of Allegheny County into Westmoreland County right by the amazing bike trail off of Saunders Station near the municipal pool is 0.4 of a mile from the municipal pool. That means it is WAY too close to the homes over there, Ramsey Elementary, several elementary schools in Level Green to say the least.  It is way too close to the Saunders Station and Haymaker residential sections of Monroeville as well, including Gateway High School, the Middle School and the Cleveland Steward Elementary School. Those of us who live in these areas are living in areas where there is a large threat to our human health. Let's correct this issue and do the right thing. We have that opportunity now!

Protect PT is also an outstanding organization that is doing a lot of the hard work around this issue. I highly recommend you join Protect PT. Go to their web site to learn more about what is going on right next door to Monroeville and how we can protect ourselves. Protect PT has brought many law suits against the gas companies to fight for our human health....They need our support. 

Please mark Tuesday July 2 (July 4 is that Thursday so meeting is on Tuesday rather than Thursday) on your calendar for the next Monroeville Citizens Night to express your views, and the following Tuesday, July 9 for the next council meeting. We MUST demand the current council acts Now!

It is time to come together as ONE! If you have any questions, let us know. 

Many blessings, 

Kelly, Dave, Lois, Elisa, and all of us here in Monroeville, PA!
Sustainable Monroeville on Facebook!

Protecting Allegheny County From Fracking
Envisioning a Pennsylvania without fracking,
even if it means going town by town

Monday, June 24, 2019 (New Date)
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

The home of Maren Cooke
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

New fracking wells and pipelines are being proposed in our communities. 

The 2019 election is our time to elect champions who can put people over the profits of corporate polluters. 

Learn about opportunities to stop fracking in places like Franklin Park Borough, Indiana Township, Elizabeth Township and throughout all of Allegheny County. 

Light bites, wine and beer will be served.

Host committee: Chris and Diane Abell, Nancy Bernstein, 
Maren Cooke, Nancy Reese

Space is limited. RSVP by Thursday, June 20. 

For more information, 
visit the event ticketing page.

To join the host committee and get involved, please contact 
Tamara Tripp at

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Oil and Gas Ordinance Update: Monday, June 3 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Public Library!

FREE and Open to the Public:

Please join us on Monday evening, June 3, 2018 in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library from 7:00 to 8:30 PM for an update about the existing and planned oil and gas ordinance for Monroeville, PA. No matter where you live, this will be an incredibly informative and important evening. 

Thank you Monroeville resident Kelly Yagatich, Gateway High School and University of Pittsburgh graduate, for planning this educational evening for the residents, council, Mayor, Municipal Manager, and beyond! 

Kelly, your generation is our future. May the next 7 generations carry on in your footsteps.

Blessings to us all as we move greacefully into our Regenerative Future NOW! 

Elisa B., Lois D. and Dave M. for Sustainable Monroeville :)

From the amazing Patricia DeMarco, our Western PA local Rachel Carsonesque incredible woman:

As my May blog post in Pathways and Transitions, I am sharing the keynote address I gave in Wheeling West Virginia at a Green New Deal Town Hall.  This is the time to recognize that the transition away from fossil fuels is no longer optional, but critical for our survival.  The path forward offers better choices, robust opportunities and a brighter future for our children and grandchildren.  We must decide to leave a living planet as our legacy.  We must organize and campaign for justice and fairness in the transformation.

Green Jobs and a Living Planet - Make it Happen!

For more discussion on this topic, join the Battle of Homestead Foundation for a roundtable discussion "Labor and Environmental Coalitions: A Must for survival of Both" on June 8, 2019 at 1:30 to 3:00 PM at the Pump House 880 East Waterfront Drive, Munhall PA 15120  Free and open to the public.

In Solidarity,
Live in harmony with nature

Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D.
Author: "Pathways to Our Sustainable Future-  Global Perspective from Pittsburgh"
Forest Hills Borough Council, 2016-2020
Visiting Researcher & Writer, Carnegie Mellon University
Senior Scholar and Adjunct Faculty, Chatham University
2017 William Freudenburg Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Visionary of the Year- PA Interfaith Power and Light
(412) 708-9277

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mothers of the Earth Day!

Happy Mother Earth Day!

Feeling compelled as a Mother today to post about Mother Earth, as our voice is her voice. Let's tell the new story of our regenerative future. Stand up and speak your truth in the midst of all of this madness. Let's tell the new story, and let's begin this new era today!

If you live in Monroeville, call and e-mail your councilperson to show your support to put a protective of the citizens detailed and updated gas and oil ordinance in place right away following the lead of Oakmont. Ask your council member why he or she has not yet acted on the recommendations of Sustainable Monroeville. Then please let us know if their answer to you is satisfactory. Ask your councilperson what regenerative future ideas are being implemented into the consent decree stormwater management plans for the Municipality of Monroeville. Will residents be educated and required to attach rain barrels on each of their downspouts at the expense of the municipality through the fee we are paying yearly? Will the community be educated about installing rain gardens and bio-swales in their landscapes? Will we work together as citizens to create Food, not Lawns laden with chemicals? Will we put ordinances in place to grow pesticide-free food everywhere?

If you are not already planning to vote, put May 21, 2019 on your calendar. If you live in Allegheny County, be sure to vote for Jenkins for District Attorney and if you live in East Pittsburgh, be sure to vote for Jonathan Reyes for East Pittsburgh Council at Large. Vote for Patricia DeMarco in Forest Hills!

Get involved in your local community to the best of your ability. Learn all you can and then ACT!

Join Protect PT! PT stands for Penn Township and Trafford, our neighboring communities who are dealing with many potential fracking wells and infrastructure in their community several of which are less than a mile from our community of Monroeville. Attend Sustainable Monroeville events with your family, friends and neighbors to keep up to date.

If you know anyone in the state of Colorado, or if you have $5.00 or much more to spare, please support Diana Bray is my childhood friend and is the ONLY environmental candidate who states her opposition to fracking running for U.S. Senate from the state of Colorado. The competition is fierce, so if you feel called, PLEASE support her campaign!

Here's a few interesting excerpts from David Korten's 2015 book titled Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth.

From Chapter 5 titled Children of a Living Earth, pp. 74-75:

"Acting as a community in concert with Earth's physical structures and forces, Earth's diverse species filtered excess carbon and a vast variety of toxins from earth's air, waters, and soils and sequestered them deep underground. In so doing- whether by luck or deep cosmic intention-they created environmental conditions necessary for the birth of a species with a capacity for conscious, creative, self-reflective choice far beyond any other."

"In a collective trance induced by the idolatrous Sacred Money and Markets story, we of that species now devote our best minds and technologies to extracting and releasing those sequestered carbons and toxins back into Earth's atmosphere, waters and soils as money-seeking corporate robots exploit and suppress Earth's natural processes to make a quick buck, Our acceptance of this insanity is the ultimate demonstration of the potentially fatal consequence of living by a fabricated Sacred Money and Markets story."

from page 76:

"Hope lies in the evidence that we are reawakening in what I believe to be a fundamental truth of our existence. We humans, like all other beings, are both product and instrument of creation, not its purpose. We belong to Earth, and our health and well-being are inseparable from her health and well-being."

David Korten goes on to elaborate about Living Communities and moving from Abuser to Healer. There is hope. So let's get busy changing ourselves and therefore lovely, amazing, nurturing Mother Earth!

Many blessings for a wonderful day and lots of brand new beginnings! Hey, if you're not already eating a plant-based diet, try it out for one or two meals a week and gradually reduce your consumption of dairy, red meat, chicken and fish. Both your body and Mother Earth will thank you!

Join the Plant Based Eating Hub on June 30 at Temple David for a Pop-Up Plant-based eating event. It will be educational and delicious. Go to for details!

And if you're feeling especially excited about our Regenerative Future NOW, attend Phipps' Conservatory's Big Green Block Party on Thursday May 16, 2019!


Elisa Beck on behalf of Panchamama, Mother Earth :)

Monday, April 8, 2019

Go Solar!

Join Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening, May 6, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the downstairs program room of the Monroeville Public Library to learn about solar co-ops and how to:


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Erica Jackson of FracTracker to speak at the Monroeville Public Library. Monday, March 11, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM

Hello and Happy March, 2019!
In collaboration with the Monroeville Public Library and Sustainable Monroeville, Erica Jackson of FracTracker will talk about local and regional oil and gas issues, with time for Q&A and time to listen to the community's needs around the topic. She'll also talk about the FracTracker Alliance app, a citizen science tool you can use to support data transparency and fracking resistance.

Monday evening, March 11, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM with Erica Jackson of FracTracker. Free and open to the public!

Contact person: Erica Jackson, Community Outreach and Communications Specialist, FracTracker Alliance. Phone: 412-229-7514 Email:

See you on Monday, March 11, 2019 in the Yolanda Room at the Monroeville Public Library!

Monday, December 31, 2018

Sustainable Monroeville on January 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the MPL and more!

Hello and Happy New Year!

Mark your calendar for the next meeting of Sustainable Monroeville on Monday evening, January 7, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the Monroeville Public Library. We'll hear Sudha Krishnasamy speak about her company that makes plates from plants! From Sudha Krishnasamy:

Title: Leafware products eco friendly alternative 
   Sudha Krishnasamy, Chief Executive Officer, Leaf2Go LLC  will discuss the growing need for organizations and customers to go an extra mile in being sustainable using disposable leafware products. 
About Leaf2go:
Leaf2Go products are elegant and designed by nature, made of fallen palm leaves, sturdy, hold hot and cold liquids well, and can be easily composted in a garden or standard compost bin, unlike typical compostable products.
Leaf2go is a locally-owned, socially and environmentally responsible small business. Leaf2Go gives part of its proceeds to charities and is a proud partner of Life's Work of Western PA!
Leaf2go is a proud winner of 2017 Zerowaste award by Pennsylvania Resources Council (
) and 2018 Silver award by Sustainable Pittsburgh(.
Together we can save our planet!

About Sudha Krishnasamy:
Sudha Krishnasamy:
Sudha is a Program management and Software professional with about 25 years of experience. Sudha is the founder and chief Executive Officer of Leaf2go LLC.
Sudha recently graduated from MBA, Duquesne University and has Master of  Engineering from Anna University.
She is  passionate about social and Environmental sustainability to save the planet using sustainable products eliminating plastic and foam to give back to underprivileged children and adults of Pittsburgh and India. She has partnered with Schools in India and organizations in Pittsburgh to donate part of sales from Leaf2go LLC.

As usual during the meeting on Monday January 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM at the MPL, we'll introduce ourselves at the start of the meeting and talk briefly about what we've done since the last meeting that has to do with our regenerative future. We'll save a few minutes at the end of the meeting to commit to any action at all, large or small. Sign a petition perhaps? Commit to making some phone calls for Clean Air? See some details below. Keep reading!

We've become aware that part of one of the newly proposed developments in Monroeville will be built on top of an abandoned coal mine. Is this ok with you? We've become aware that hydraulic fracturing waste has been dumped in the Monroeville land fill and other Waste Management land fills, including the Valley land fill in Penn Township since 2009. We learn about a lot of news that has not been shared widely in the mainstream media or not shared at all. 
How will you get involved to speak out about issues that concern you this year? Will you call the office of Mr. Fitzpatrick and express your concern? Will you contact your councilperson? Will you facilitate other actions around this Western PA region? Everyone is needed to do their part! Here's an idea for you:

Dave Smith of the Clean Air Council is facilitating a Health Survey in Clairton, PA. Dave wrote to Sustainable Monroeville to ask members of the group to make calls "as there are close to 6,000." Dave "...will set up some conference calls to brief folks and then we can send out list for folks to make calls. Those assisting can make calls from home over a given period of a week so you can make calls when you have time to do so."
He is "looking at setting up conference calls to train volunteers the week of January 6th and calls will be made the week of January 13th. Contact Mr. Dave Smith directly if you are able to assist by making calls: Dave Smith, B. David Smith (he/him)"
Outreach Coordinator SWPA
Clean Air Council | 200 First Avenue, Suite 200 | Pittsburgh, PA 15222 412.954.8494 | @CleanAirCouncil  
What more can we do?
Check out the #noplasticsplease campaign. Begin by NOT using singe use plastics. As we the people take responsibility for our own actions, there will be no need for plastics and hence no need for the petrochemical plant Royal Dutch Shell is in the process of constructing 30 miles north of Pittsburgh and in the same airshed as most of SWPA. Then stop using all plastics. The recently passed farm bill legalizes the growing of industrial hemp. Yippee! Industrial hemp will replace plastic. This CAN be done immediately. 
Sign the petition regarding Article 1 Section 27 of  the PA constitution that guarantees citizens of the state of PA clean air and fresh water: Go to the Better Path Coalition on-line to sign or sign the paper petition we'll have at the meeting at the MPL on January 7. Travel to Harrisburg at the end of January, 2019 to take this message to the Governor of PA!

May we all be blessed by standing up for our amazingly beautiful and Regenerative, beyond Sustainable future NOW!
Thank you,
Elisa Beck :)

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Holiday Party and You are INvited! Organic, vegan raw pot luck 6:30 PM & Speaker on Veganism and our Regenerative Future NOW at 7:30 PM!

Holiday Party and You are INvited! 

Organic, vegan raw pot luck 6:30 PM on Monday evening, December 3, 2018 &

Dr. Elisa Beck speaking on:

Veganism and our Regenerative Future NOW at 7:30 PM!

Please join us for the mostly RAW Vegan Party of the Year! Sustainable Monroeville meets at the Monroeville Public Library in the downstairs program room the first Monday of every month, so this fabulous event will be on Monday evening, December 3, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. We'll light Hanukah candles for the second night of Hanukah (no worries if you do not celebrate Hanukah), eat amazing food & hear some great information about the importance of all of us on this spaceship Earth eating as low on the food chain as possible to save our inner ecosystems and our selves on this precious plant.

This event is free and open to the public, so please feel free to share widely!

At the event, there will be a VERY exciting announcement about the upcoming inaugural meeting of a new group in the Pittsburgh region! What kind of group you might be wondering? Come on out on Monday, December 3, 2018 and you'll find out! 

There is a FACEBOOK event for this party and talk at the Sustainable Monroeville Facebook page!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Hydraulic Fracturing Waste, and Fracking in and around Monroeville, PA. You Tube Link to Citizen's Night Presentation 11/8/18

Here's the You Tube link to new news regarding hydraulic fracturing, aka fracking- related issues in Monroeville's Thomas Street Waste Management land fill and around Monroeville, PA:

If you'd like a copy of the map pictured in the presentation linked here, contact Mr. Tim Little, Municipal Manager of Monroeville. Mr. Little created the map based on neighboring communities and/or companies contacting Monroeville regarding upcoming and current unconventional deep gas well, aka fracking, development.

Google League of Women Voters and Shale and Public Health Conference to register for this FREE conference on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 9:00 am to 5:00 PM at the University Club on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Lunch is provided at the cost of $14.00, but the conference is FREE!

Check out Sustainable Monroeville on Facebook.

Blessings and Peace y'all!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Preserve Monroeville's Home Rule Charter. Vote NO on all five ballot questions and One More thing!

Hello, and Happy November,
Preserve Monroeville's Home Rule Charter. 
Vote NO on all five ballot questions on Tuesday, November 6. 2018! Why?

Our understanding is that there has been a committee in Monroeville working on the Home Rule Charter. For now, Sustainable Monroeville endorses leaving the Home Rule Charter intact so the citizens of Monroeville are able to stand up for protecting its citizens.

Join us tomorrow evening, Monday, November 5, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Monroeville Public Library in the downstairs program room to discuss what's written below and to get an update on what's going on with fracking IN and AROUND Monroeville, PA right NOW! 

Feel free to share widely to those who will ACT on Tuesday! If you know anyone who lives in the state of PA, encourage them to spend a few hours at the polls Tuesday to get folks to sign petitions from the Better Path Coalition to preserve Article 1 Section 27 of the state of PA's Constitution which assures us citizens of PA clean air and fresh water. Note: Details for this initiative are at the BOTTOM of this e-mail including a link to the petition!

Even if you've never done work with petitions, please step out of your comfort zone, take a clip board and a stack of petitions with you Tuesday to the polls and for the rest of your day Tuesday. You will be happy you did!

This has been a wild week in Pittsburgh, PA. From the darkness emerges the light. Yet, it's important to get involved in order to watch the positive unfolding. Here's a few simple ways to get involved this Tuesday and it goes just a bit beyond voting if you have the courage to step just a tad outside of your comfort zone. If you need courage to do this and a bit of healing of your spirit, let us know *, and we'll be happy to send encouragement in a variety of ways!! :)

The bottom line from our perspective is vote NO on all five ballot questions at the polls on Tuesday. We MUST keep Monroeville's Home Rule Charter intact at this time! Another bottom line is to read what's way down at the bottom of this e-mail, print out and take some petitions and a clip board for people to sign the petition to preserve Article 1 Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution which ensures clean air and fresh water for the citizens of the Commonwealth of PA. We've GOT this!

Blessings, Peace, and NamastΓ© to all of my friends and relations! Elisa Beck :)

From Lois Drumheller: "The bottom line is this... If we don't pay attention to the subtle changes in local government, it won't be easy to locally get the government we want - especially when it comes to public input, fair elections... you know what I mean. So.... anyone to comment at this point? Thanks for listening. I intend to show the ballot questions, and compare/contrast them with the current HRC.

Question 1, according to Monroeville's municipal website is recommended to be "yes" vote, which contradicts the "no" recommendation we heard at the last council meeting from at least 2 members of council. When you examine what an elected tax collector's duties are, it's clear that they shall NOT include collection of what's known as "511 taxes" (business privilege, mercantile, local service taxes). The way it's already set by HRC, the tax office employees are continue their work on 511 taxes. Those employees report directly to the municipal manager, who should be responsible for how those are collected. It makes sense to leave the HRC alone and allow the manager to administrate, which is in line with what that position does with the financial manager in budget planning and implementation.

Question 2, is also recommended on Mrv's website to be "yes", but if you read the HRC, all contracts or purchases > $4,000 may be increased by Council to the extend of the maximum permitted from time to time. Why change something that has method to be adjusted under current rules? Every provision currently allows the bidding process to be fair.
Question 3 is also recommended to be Y, which is another reason to ask, "why?" Council has power to investigate hearings and subpoena power. Why is it necessary to change for the sake of being able to do it out of state, as each state has it own provisions. Give us a reason. I see none, and I don't take it for granted to fix something that is not broken.
Question 4 is also recommend to be Y, but uses no reasoning to remove a section that aligns with the state constitution as defined by the Local Government Commission, which DOES allow under the PA Constitution the exclusive grounds for removal of an official. So, why strike down the paragraph that aligns with this and just refer to section 2109 of the HRC, which is nebulous in what is intended for removal from or forfeiture of office of elected officials. The municipality's explanation of this in my view is disingenuous. "Infamous crimes" are those that include forgery, perjury, embezzlement of public monies. That makes me more than suspicious.

Question 5 on Recall is another one recommended for Y, but I ask again, "Why?" When officials commit malfeasance, misfeasance or violation of the oath of office, they should be called out on it. True, it's almost impossible to recall an elected official, but it is legal. It takes 2/3 of the state legislature under the Senate to follow through, and true, people have to be pretty pissed off to even coordinate a petition to start this process off. But, IT'S OUR PROCESS.  I say this, as surely many other people say this. We need to take note of Home Rule seriously!  Why take a process away that may account for these violations? Why shouldn't we remind locally officials to act in accordance to the law? They should operate in accordance to law. It's time we all took our own little civics course, got a copy of the Home Rule Charter (it used to cost $3.00) and bring it to every meeting we attend. Yes, the public has a right to refer to this document, which means, READ IT. Remember... An elected group of citizens studied the conditions we should be governed by locally. They were elected by referendum, not by the closed door process we saw a few years ago. In 1974, this was a decision by everyone in Monroeville to study the conditions to open up government, not restrict it! Before then, things were a little too restricted under borough code. They went through an OPEN process that resulted in the HRC being developed. It's time we remembered that, and WHY this group of people, some who are still alive (thank you, Mary Lou Span) and they did us all a favor of having the vision to determine what was right LOCALLY, BY LAW. It's our constitution!  Realize this.... Since last year, we are looking at referendums that haven't even seen a ray of sunshine in the process of their development. Never let something become MORE restrictive. ALWAYS keep the public aware of how the people we elect are using the rules. NEVER make the implementation of those rules restrictive by introducing legislation to limit our ability to hold them responsible."

Please vote NO on all five ballot questions! Thanks Lois Drumheller for letting us know why!

On another note, The Better Path Coalition is planning to kick off 2019 with a HUGE event celebrating Article 1, Section 27 of the PA Constitution. As a founding member of the coalition, we're working with our partners to plan an amazing day of action on Sunday, 1/27 and a delivery of this petition to every office in the capitol on Monday, 1/28 (with some very special help). We want whoever wins the election in November and whoever returns to Harrisburg to uphold the amendment, which happens to be the strongest of its kind in the country. We want elected officials who will lead on climate, take aggressive action against pollution, and prevent new sources of pollution from entering PA.

We'll be at the polls on November 6th with paper copies of this petition we'll be asking voters to sign as they leave. We're looking for volunteers across the state to spend an hour or two (or more) gathering signatures. If you'd like to take part, please register here! http://bit. ly/petitionatthepolls 

That's why I signed a petition to Gubernatorial and Legislative Winners of 2018 PA Midterm Election, which says:

"You will serve during the period climate scientists agree is the last chance we have to act if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. You will also be charged with taking on threats to our water, air, and environment that have harmed our communities and natural resources, in some cases, for years.

Pennsylvania’s constitution contains the strongest environmental rights amendment in the country. Article 1, Section 27 says “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

We call on every newly-elected official and every elected official who returns to Harrisburg in 2019 to fulfill their Constitutional obligation to uphold Article 1, Section 27 by taking aggressive action to address the urgent environmental and climate challenges that confront us and establishing policies that prevent new sources of pollution from entering the Commonwealth.

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Subject: Uphold PA's Environmental Rights Amendment & Act on Climate


I signed a petition to Gubernatorial and Legislative Winners of 2018 PA Midterm Election.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Monroeville Public Library

Join us to discuss candidates views for the upcoming election, ballot questions, and more at our monthly meeting on Monday, November 5, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Also on the agenda is an important update about unconventional gas development surrounding Monroeville, PA.
Sustainable Monroeville meetings are free and open to the public and are held monthly the first Monday evening of each month at the Monroeville Public Library.

Blessings for peace, love and mutual understanding,

Shalom and NamastΓ©.