'Signal Hill Community First' held their Tax Payers Initiative meeting at FutSal Indoor Soccer Saturday, Jan. 19.
Several residents of the small city of Signal Hill turned out for the two hour event to celebrate the acquiring of more than 1000 signatures on the 'Tax Payers Right to Know and Vote Initiative'.
With the local election coming up in March, 'Signal Hill Community First' chose not to endorse candidates during the event, knowing that Community First's enthusiasm generated some interest from local government.
Although a number of candidates did attend Saturday's event, it was decided in the long haul they would be better off keeping an arms length from elected officials with the candidates promise not to campaign at the evenings celebration.
The special occasion was meant for the Signal Hill community to meet, mingle and get to know one-another as neighbors. A time for playing ice-breaker games while enjoying pizza, sandwiches, chips, sodas, cupcakes and muffins, as well as family play time on the two indoor soccer fields.
There were announcements made by members of 'Community First', then a raffle for prizes: a couple of gift certificates to Lucille's, Home Depot and the Grand prize—Free housecleaning. Followed by a raffling off of small prizes for the kids.
Four of the seven candidates that were present at Saturday's celebration included: Lori Woods, Bob Mendoza, Elizabeth Wise and Nancy Sciortino all running for City Council.
"We gathered over 1000 signatures, which represents more than 18% of the registered voters in Signal Hill. A huge accomplishment because it is hard to get more than 500 people to go to the polls to vote in the municipal election," says Carol Churchill local attorney and community member.
"So by getting 18% of the registered voters, over 1000 people to get them to sign this petition with a number of people walking door-to-door is a major accomplishment."
'Community First' was started by a group of eight Signal Hill members two years ago. An association of non-partisan of neighbors with their main interest on improving local government—working together to put the Community's interests first in city decisions with the Taxpayer's right to know what is going on and to prevent voter fraud as a way to keep city government accountable, open and honest.
Improving the quality of life in a small city community by bringing up property values while keeping the cost of living low and preserving funding for public safety by making sure that taxpayers know about and get the chance to vote on any new City of Signal Hill taxes, fees or assessments and any increases.
For more information about 'Signal Hill Community First' and the Taxpayer's Initiative, please visit their website: