Big changes start with small steps. For instance, Massachusetts legalized gay marriage 12 years before it was nationally recognized. But, if you want to affect change you need the right person leading the charge. Someone who can get things done. Someone like the mayor.
Consider this: a bill needs 218 votes to come before the Senate. Your mayor needs 9 vote from city council. So, why settle on waiting for change when you can set it in motion? Choose your next Local President and tell them exactly what should be improved, because your community is only as good as you demand it.