I have just been alerted that the California Budget Conference Committee will be meeting tonight or tomorrow morning to discuss funding for developmental disability services. This committee, made up of a small group of Senators and Assemblymembers, will be discussing whether to restore the 2009 cuts made to respite, social/recreational programs, and camp (this includes horseback riding, swimming, gymnastics, music, dance, theater, summer camp, etc).
WE NEED CALLS MADE THIS AFTERNOON TO MEMBERS OF THE BUDGET CONFERENCE COMMITTEE!
HERE IS YOUR MESSAGE:
My name is ______________________ and I am a self-advocate/parent of a person with a developmental disability.
(If you live in their district:) I am a constituent. (they may ask you for your zip code or address)
I am calling to urge Senator/Assemblymember _____________ to restore the cuts for social/recreational programs and respite in the Developmental Disabilities budget. These programs are very important to our family.
You can call all or some of these members. Senator Mitchell and Assemblymember Ting are very important because they are the chairs of the committee. But if you are a constituent, you should call your representative.
Here is the list of members and what areas they represent:
Senator Holly Mitchell - (916) 651-4030
Culver City, Ladera Heights, and Westmont and the Crenshaw, Downtown, and Florence neighborhoods of Los Angeles
Assemblymember Philip Ting - 916-319-2019
Senator Ricardo Lara - (916) 651-4033
Cudahy, Bell, Bell Gardens, Lynwood, Maywood, Signal Hill, Paramount, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park, Huntington Park, and most of Long Beach
Senator Richard Roth - (916) 651-4031
Riverside intact with the communities of Corona, Moreno Valley, Norco, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Riverside, and Perris
Senator John Moorlach - (916) 651-4037
Much of Orange County, including all or portions of Anaheim, Corona Del Mar, Costa Mesa, El Toro, Foothill Ranch, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Newport Beach, Orange, Tustin and Villa Park
Ass. Phillip Chen - 916-319-2055
Yorba Linda, Diamond Bar, Brea
Ass. Kevin McCarty - (916) 319-2007
Ass. Shirley Weber - (916) 319-2007
Bonita, Chula Vista, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City and San Diego.
Thank you everyone for your help. Please email me if you have any questions.
Government and Community Relations, Autism Society of Los Angeles
Board of Directors, Disability Rights California
Lecturer, UCLA Disability Studies Department
Adjunct Lecturer, Cal State Long Beach Graduate Program in Applied Disability Studies