Sunday, November 30, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
For my term as Hood Council President, I propose the follow:
Coordinate the Hood Council's work
With the opening of Apple Valley Metro, the hood council must also oversee that small urban island as well as the small island where PAG is located. This means our territory is larger and the work is harder this term.
Coordinate hood council meetings
The same as always: simTuesday and simThursday evenings. Except now we will have more casual closed meetings for the main council only.
Official spokesim for the hood
- Apple Valley Pride
Create an Apple Valley flag
Manage foreign alliances
- Urban Access
Continue to invest in a more urban landscape for Apple Valley Metro. This would allow businesses to relocate to this urban center and apartments and multi-family housing to be built. This would allow Apple Valley proper to be the suburban haven for families filled with green space and parks. The island is approximately a 30 minute ferry ride from Apple Valley.
- SUN Affliates
Visit SUN hood affiliates and discuss ways our hoods can become better connected.
- SUN Exchange
Host a SUN Exchange family
Enforce laws and immigration/emigration
- Seperate Immigration Laws
Establish seperate immigration laws concerning teens for educational purposes and single adults for relationship purposes.
- Stricter Enforcement of Fines
Make sure that Security Director enforces fines
- Increase Fees and Establish New Fees
Doing hood business is expensive and residents will be asked to take on more of thier fair share.
Newspaper Delivery: All households receiving the Apple Valley News must pay $20 subscription charge per week to the current editor-in-chief.
Serve as SUN Core member
Oversees administrative business lots
My plans for the term as Community Director:
Secure family values, uphold rights for children and elders
- Mandatory Family Day
On simSaturday: Families must get out of the house and visit community lots, go on vacations, etc.
- Retirement Community
Assist with the planning of the retirement community.
- Spirit of Community Awards
Given to residents that protray the spirit of Apple Valley. Must be nominated. There will be a ceremony for the winner and a prize.
- Beautiful Apple Awards
Given to homes/businesses that are astechically pleasing in thier landscaping
- Green Apple Awards
Designation given to businesses that promote a greener world with thier environmental practices.
- Create a Pet Policy
Animals need to be governed by some policy, either registered, etc.
Pet Registration: All pets must be registered and wearing a collar.
- Set Up a Better System for Interest Groups
Currently there's the Homemaker's Society, Garden Club, Historical Society and Grey Sims (no active members). There has been talk of a Book Club and a Financial/Investment Club, not to mention extracurriculars with the children.
- Increase Housing Options
Increase housing options for single adults, retirees and small families to relieve spacing issues in family homes. Apartment complexes and multi-family housing in AV Metro, a retirement community on AV Proper, and gated communities in AV Proper.
- Farming Options
Create a subsidy so that the farm may purchase full composting bins from residents
- Fitness Park/Gym
Construct a fitness park and gym for the hood or contact sources in AV Metro to have a fitness park established there as well.
Ensure adequate culture, local food produce, restaurants and bars, & social meeting places.
- Community Art Competition
Encourage more culture and arts in the hood by hosting an art competition. Residents will be able to submit a painting or photograph for the competition. The entries will be displayed at The Centre. The winning entry will be purchased and hung in The Centre and the winner will receive a small simolean prize. This competition should be done once each season to build up the community art collection.
- Ms. Apple Pagent
Host a Ms. Apple Pagent for area child/teen females.
- Increase Culture and Social Options
Add a sports park for residents to enjoy soccer, basketball, rollarskating/ice skating
Create a children's park with updated playground equiptment to free up space at Alisa Crawston Park for concert events, fishing and picnics.
Build a small concert arena at Alisa Crawston Park for special events.
- Monitor the Educational Director & PAG Headmaster.
- Sign up local businesses to support the PAG by offering apprenticeships and scholarships.
- Finish construction of PAG on nearby island, allowing students the freedom of being away from home, but the security that they are still nearby.
Here are my plans for the term.
Local businesses and associated laws
- Establish a program for New Small Business Owners:
Give new business owners $1000-$3000 credit towards purchase of a community lot.
Help business owners network with other small business owners in other hoods, perhaps the resurgance of the Small Business Conference.
- Establish a shareholder system for small businesses
- Establish a plan for business certificates.
Business owners must purchase business certificates for a cost. The certificate must be displayed at all times due to random checks. A file will be kept in the administrative offices.
- Economic Research
Research the wages of local workers and note the averages. Set a minimum wage based on averages from expenses and poverty lines.
- Increase of job options due to Apple Valley Metro opening up.
Implement taxes and welfare support
- Continue current tax structure.
- Gated Communities
With the new deal signed, look into creating gated communities within the hood so that families can interact on a more intimate basis. Will include a luxury gated community, attached townhomes. This will free up land space for parks, community lots and better school. All residents will move into these gated communities except for the Grey family as they must manage thier farm and provide the hood with fresh produce.
- Single Sim Housing
With the new apartment complexes being built on Apple Valley Metro, single sims and recent graduates will be able to find cheaper housing. This will also allow the hood to allow more immigration.
- Retirement Community
Many elder sims do not wish to be a part of the day-to-day activities in thier home now that thier children are adults. A retirement community is planned so that they may enjoy thier golden years doing what they enjoy.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Speaking of apartments, with the new deal signed, Apple Valley Metro is now open to residents. Now the council wants me to oversee the creation of a gated community for the "upper crust" and a series of attached townhomes.
Oh, my book, "Inner Walls" is almost finished!
The paperwork for the adoption is finally complete and we are expecting our new family member soon. We have prepared the boys by explaining that we're adopting another child and they seem ok with it, especially since it's a girl. I think they're too old to really care. Verde's in junior high and a teenager already while Rojo is a 3rd grader and engrossed with his synthesizer. Ah, well...we'll see how they respond to thier new sibling.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
The house is almost complete, so we are packing up and making sure we have everything. We move-in on Christmas day, so our gift will be the new house. Other news is that the cat will deliver any day now, can't wait to see what the litter looks like.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The academy is in need of some remodeling (study room & office for me) and new equiptment (musical equiptment, ballet barre). To raise money, the school will have a bake sale/crafts fair. All students will contribute something to sell, either a crafted item (painting, flower arrangement, pottery) or a baked item (dessert or meal). We will then open the school afterhours (well, the patio of the school) and sell the items.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
EDIT: We're pregnant, yikes! It's our freshman year, what about college? The rest of our lives!!!!
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Jesse and I traveled to Simmington Hills to help with the rebuilding efforts after thier hurricane. I managed to see my cousin and drop off some gifts courtesy of my aunt (his mother) and his inheritance check as well. To say we had a good time would be a lie. We were treated well and the residents were/are wonderful people, however...just the devastation of the area. Wow...I remember when Apple Valley suffered through a similar event. That's why we had to rush in and help our sister hood out.