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Name not shown outside wards January 10, 2017, 9:10 AM

Do you manage or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.)? If “No,” you do not need to proceed with this survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Yes


As a manager or owner of an Ann Arbor establishment, have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Don't know


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the cc ordinance that you would like to share?
As a parent of an individual with hearing loss, I think this would be excellent. I love closed captioning. I think it's a valuable tool even for those without hearing loss. It's easy to miss something in a noisy location and the ability to read what is being said would be great.

Name not shown outside wards January 8, 2017, 3:20 PM

Do you manage or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.)? If “No,” you do not need to proceed with this survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Yes


As a manager or owner of an Ann Arbor establishment, have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Yes


Do you have any objections or concerns about the Closed-Captioning Ordinance? If so, please describe.
I have no problem with turning on closed captioning when it is requested, however I feel that having it be mandatory takes it a bit far. Mandatory upon request makes a lot of sense and is very reasonable, but closed captioning in sports bar environment is often distracting.


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the cc ordinance that you would like to share?
Mandatory upon request would not only be more reasonable but very beneficial for all parties involved.

Name not shown inside ward 4 January 7, 2017, 3:46 PM

Do you manage or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.)? If “No,” you do not need to proceed with this survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Yes


As a manager or owner of an Ann Arbor establishment, have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
No


Do you have any objections or concerns about the Closed-Captioning Ordinance? If so, please describe.
no objections


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the cc ordinance that you would like to share?
Close captioning is useful for cis-hearing people, cutting down on noise while allowing content tobe displayed.

Name not shown inside ward 5 January 7, 2017, 1:54 PM

Do you manage or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.)? If “No,” you do not need to proceed with this survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Yes


As a manager or owner of an Ann Arbor establishment, have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Yes


Do you have any objections or concerns about the Closed-Captioning Ordinance? If so, please describe.
We constantly receive complaints about closed-captioning. We only use our televisions for sporting events or sports highlights and patrons regularly ask us to disable CC whenever we do enable it. I've only had someone request CC for the presidential debates, and we immediately turned it on for the customers. I respect the sentiment behind the ordinance, however, I also feel that a mandatory ordinance like this would be the city overstepping it's bounds. I couldn't disagree more that it should be required that all TVs have CC enable.


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the cc ordinance that you would like to share?
I believe that making a bar enable closed-captioning upon request makes sense if a person with a disability requests that we do so. Making the change to "mandatory upon request" seems like a happy compromise. A mandatory ordinance like this (in my opinion) would upset a lot of people. I'm a "big government" type of person, but this is way out of bounds. This legislation may come across as an overreach and turn people off to Ann Arbor city government. Respect for the disabled is of paramount importance, but a mandatory ordinance doesn't seem reasonable. Available upon request is the key distinction.

Chandra Montgomery Nicol inside ward 3 January 7, 2017, 10:36 AM

Do you manage or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.)? If “No,” you do not need to proceed with this survey. Thank you for your feedback.

Yes


As a manager or owner of an Ann Arbor establishment, have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
No


Do you have any objections or concerns about the Closed-Captioning Ordinance? If so, please describe.
It would be good in places where there are multiple devices that only one or a few of them have the CCD turned on. It is visually distracting for others who don't need it.

Name not shown inside ward 5 December 13, 2016, 5:11 PM

As a customer, when you are at an establishment and televisions are on without Closed Captions, have you wished Closed Captions were turned on?
Yes


If you preferred the closed captioning to be turned on, please briefly describe your situation. How often have you wished the Closed Captions were on?
When there is news or a show is on with the volume muted.


If you work for or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.), have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Don't know


Do you have any objections or concerns about the closed caption ordinance in general? If so, please describe.
People will become jerks about those that need closed captions because they can't see outside their own experiences.


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the closed caption ordinance that you’d like to share?
Please ask the deaf community for their input - they'll be the most affected. Posting this as the libraries or bus stops would reach more people.


What is your age (select one):
25-40

Name not shown inside ward 1 December 13, 2016, 11:15 AM

As a customer, when you are at an establishment and televisions are on without Closed Captions, have you wished Closed Captions were turned on?
No


If you work for or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.), have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
No


Do you have any objections or concerns about the closed caption ordinance in general? If so, please describe.
This is just well beyond what government needs to be working on. I for one have been annoyed when the closed captioning is on and blocking the ESPN ticker tape running at the bottom of the screen. I think there should be a fine for deaf people interrupting my right to view the ESPN or CNN ticker tape - Jesus, where does this crap ever end with you guys!!


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the closed caption ordinance that you’d like to share?
Find something useful to do! I consider myself a progressive liberal but when I see the crap you people spend time on and try to heap on us I sorta find my inner voice saying "Go Trump - stop this crap for all our sakes!". Do you folks ever consider the idea that you're the totalitarians?


What is your age (select one):
41-64

Name not shown inside ward 1 December 10, 2016, 11:42 AM

As a customer, when you are at an establishment and televisions are on without Closed Captions, have you wished Closed Captions were turned on?
No preference


Do you have any objections or concerns about the closed caption ordinance in general? If so, please describe.
I appreciate the intention behind this ordinance, to make establishments more welcoming to those who have difficulty with hearing, without putting the burden on them to always make special demands. I don't know that introducing a fine for businesses is a great way to start, and I do think most business owners would happily offer CC if they realized it was something that would make their customers more satisfied. Perhaps this could be built into the city's licensing process for commercial zoning, and there could be education to business owners to sell why this is good for business and their customers.


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the closed caption ordinance that you’d like to share?
I appreciate the intention behind this ordinance, to make establishments more welcoming to those who have difficulty with hearing, without putting the burden on them to always make special demands. I don't know that introducing a fine for businesses is a great way to start, and I do think most business owners would happily offer CC if they realized it was something that would make their customers more satisfied. Perhaps this could be built into the city's licensing process for commercial zoning, and there could be education to business owners to sell why this is good for business and their customers.


What is your age (select one):
25-40

Name not shown inside ward 5 December 8, 2016, 11:41 AM

As a customer, when you are at an establishment and televisions are on without Closed Captions, have you wished Closed Captions were turned on?
Yes


If you preferred the closed captioning to be turned on, please briefly describe your situation. How often have you wished the Closed Captions were on?
Always. Ambient noise in public settings makes it nearly impossible for me to hear.


If you work for or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.), have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Don't know


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the closed caption ordinance that you’d like to share?
GREAT IDEA!!


What is your age (select one):
65-older

Name not shown inside ward 5 December 8, 2016, 11:26 AM

As a customer, when you are at an establishment and televisions are on without Closed Captions, have you wished Closed Captions were turned on?
Yes


If you preferred the closed captioning to be turned on, please briefly describe your situation. How often have you wished the Closed Captions were on?
Only When I was interested in following what was on the TV - usually at a bar.


If you work for or own an establishment in Ann Arbor (e.g. restaurant, gym, shop, etc.), have you received requests to turn on or turn off the Closed Captions on your television or other media streaming devices?
Don't know


Do you have any objections or concerns about the closed caption ordinance in general? If so, please describe.
This is a ridiculous ordinance with no clear benefit or need. I object to the city putting ordinances in place, such as this one, to legislate items that should really be left to the discretion of the parties involved. If there are TVs in a public place, then the consumers can request closed captioning to be turned on. if closed captioning isn't accommodated, then the consumer can choose to go elsewhere. I.E. let's let the people make a choice and not legislate the minutia details bout how people are supposed to watch a TV in public.


Do you have any comments or suggestions about the closed caption ordinance that you’d like to share?
This should not be an ordinance and is an example of waste in the Ann Arbor government. If individuals want to view the closed captioning on a TV that is on in a public place, then they can request it, but it should be up to the discretion of the parties involved, and not legislated by the City of Ann Arbor. Please do not pass this and focus on more important aspects of running the city. thanks for listening.


What is your age (select one):
41-64