Jerry’s Messing with Moxie’s Money!

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Hey Moxie! Wake up!

what? what’s going on?

We’ve got news on the California budget, honey, and it’s not good

Uh-oh. How bad is it, Mommy?

It’s really, really bad, honey. Crushingly bad. Governor Jerry Brown has released his proposed budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1,2011. His budget would cut

DEVELOPMENTAL SERVICES/REGIONAL CENTERS ↓$750 Million
HEALTHY FAMILIES ↓$24.1 Billion
IN HOME SUPPORT SERVICES (IHSS): ↓$486.2 Million
MEDI-CAL ↓$1.817 Billion·
SSI/SSP GRANTS ↓$1.92 Billion

This means his budget would cut out at least 20% of all community services for people with developmental disabilities. It dismantles your rights under the Lanterman Act, honey. His plan has two main parts:

  1. Cut $750 million from the budget that funds community services for children and adults with developmental disabilities, and
  2. Place an arbitrary statewide individual limit on every type service available through
    regional centers. This means rationing of services which are already meager.

If enacted, the Governor’s plan would do 3 things:

  1. Limit the services any individual or family can receive, regardless of their need.
  2. Force program closures, reducing the availability of services now and in the future, by putting the local agencies that provide services out of business (yes, even more Californian unemployment)
  3. Reduce or eliminate your services – to save money for the State.
Mommy. Let’s be practical. Is there anything we can DO about this
YES, honey. We can write to our State Assembly and Senate representatives (AND CALL) and tell them that the $750 million cut to the Department of Developmental Services is too large.We can tell them that the method proposed to accomplish the savings will destroy irreplaceable community resources in our community. We can ask them to NOT SUPPORT Governor Brown’s proposed cuts to the Department of Developmental Services.
Then what are we waiting for?

What, indeed.

Below is a simple template – if needed – to assist you in voicing your concerns when contacting legislators:
Dear____________________,
I am writing regarding the proposed cuts to services for children and families.
The services help me (and my family) in the following ways:
 If services are cut this is what will happen to me (and my family):

Without services, what will I do?

Thank you. I would welcome a response.
Sincerely,
Street ___________________________________________________________________
City ___________________________________ State _________ Zip ________________
_______________________________________________
 
Following are the addresses that letters or postcards may be sent regarding the proposed budget cuts.
Service Standards
Department of Developmental Services
1600 – 9th Street (MS 3-24)
P.O. Box 944202
Sacramento, CA 94244-2020
Senator Bob Huff
Room 5097, State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
Senator Leland Yee, District 8
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14200
San Francisco, CA 94102
Assemblymember Fiona Ma, District 12
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14600
San Francisco, CA 94102
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, District 13
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 14300
San Francisco, CA 94102
Sen. Mark DeSaulnier, Chair
Senate Budget Subcommittee #3
Health and Human Services
State Capitol – Room 5019
Sacramento, CA 95814
Sen. Mark Leno, Chair
Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee
State Capitol – Room 5019
Sacramento, CA 95814
Assemblymember Holly Mitchell, Chair
Assembly Budget Subcommittee #1
Health and Human Services
State Capitol – Room 6026
Sacramento, CA 95814
Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield, Chair
Assembly Budget Committee
State Capitol – Room 6026
Sacramento, CA 95814
And ALWAYS send copies to:
The name of your own State Senator and Assemblymember
State Capitol (no room needed)
Sacramento, CA 95814

Here’s the complete list of Assembly Members/Districts, as well as Senators/Districts

Assembly Members and Districts
www.assembly.ca.gov for more information

Susan Bonilla -11th Assembly District

Assemblymember.bonilla@assembly.ca.gov

Antioch, Bay Point, Clayton, Clyde, Concord, Crocket, El Sobrante (part), Hercules, Martinez,
Pacheco, Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo.

State Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 2188, PO Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0011
Ph: 916-319-2011
Fax: 916-319-2111

District Office: 2151 Salvio Street, Suite 395, Concord, 94520
Ph: 925-521-1511
Fax: 925-602-1536

Joan Buchanan -15th Assembly District

Assemblymember.buchanan@assembly.ca.gov

Antioch (part), Alamo, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Danville, Diablo, Discovery Bay, Elk
Grove, Galt, Isleton, Livermore, Oakley, Pleasanton, Rio Vista, Sacramento (part), San Ramon,
Stockton, Walnut Creek, Walnut Grove.

State Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 2148, PO Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0015
Ph:
916-319-2015
Fax: 916-319-2115

District Office: 2694 Bishop Drive, Suite 275, San Ramon, 94583
Ph: 925-328-1515
Fax: 925-328-1514

Nancy Skinner -14th Assembly District

Assemblymember.skinner@assembly.ca.gov

Albany, Berkeley, Canyon, East Richmond Heights, El Cerrito, El Sobrante (part), Emeryville,
Kensington, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland (part), Orinda, Pleasant Hill, Richmond, Rollingwood,
San Pablo, Waldon (part).

State Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 4126, PO Box 942849, Sacramento, 94249-0014
Ph: 916-319-2014
Fax: 916-319-2114

District Office: Elihu Harris State Building, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2201, Oakland, 94612
Ph: 510-286-1400

Fax: 510-286-1406

Senators and Districts

www.sen.ca.gov for more information

Senator Loni Hancock -9th Senate District

Senator.hancock@sen.ca.gov

Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Byron, Castro Valley, Clyde, Crockett,
Discovery Bay, Dublin, El Sobrante, Emeryville, Knightsen, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, Port
Costa, Richmond, San Pablo.

State Capital Office: State Capitol, Room 2082, Sacramento, 95814
Ph: 916-651-4009
Fax: 916-327-1997

District Office: 1515 Clay Street, Suite 2202, Oakland, 94612
Ph: 510-286-1333
Fax: 510-286-3885

Staff: Melissa Male, District Representative

Senator Mark DeSaulnier -7th Senate District

senator.desaulnier@sen.ca.gov

Antioch, Brentwood, Clayton, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Hercules, Lafayette, Martinez,
Moraga, a portion of Richmond, Oakley, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon,
Walnut Creek.

State Capitol Office: State Capitol, Room 5035, Sacramento, 95814
Ph: 916-651-4007
Fax: 916-445-2527

District Office: 1350 Treat Blvd., Suite 240, Walnut Creek, 94597
Phone: 925-942-6082
Fax: 925-942-6087

Staff: Lia Bristol, District Representative

PS
More good information is here, at Keeping The Lantern Promise

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3 Comments

  1. Disability benefits and services seem to be the first things every one of these yahoos in office try to cut. We’ve got the same issue here in Virginia. 🙁

  2. Thank you for all that! I have been angry about this since Brown announced it back in January. I will be finding addresses this week to voice my opinion and asking those around me to do the same.

  3. I’m sorry but some things gotta give. The stupid State politicos have, for years, frittered away money by more than maxing out it’s “credit card” and it’s coming back to haunt them!

    The State can learn a lesson from good private businesses on how to run an operation.

    I’m sorry for/ about your situation but…….

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