The following information is from Marty Omoto of CDCAN:

CDCAN ACTION ALERT

California Disability Community Action Network

Advocacy Without Borders: One Community

APRIL 30, 2009 – THURSDAY

To reply to this email alert or more information contact Marty Omoto at: martyomoto@rcip.com or go to the CDCAN website at www.cdcan.us  

 

“WHEN YOU PRAY – MOVE YOUR FEET!”

MAJOR CUTS COMING TO REGIONAL CENTERS, MENTAL HEALTH, MEDI-CAL OPTIONAL BENEFITS, IN-HOME SUPPORTIVE SERVICES, SSI/SSP, CalWORKS, & OTHER PROGRAMS.  ADDITIONAL MAJOR CUTS SEEM CERTAIN TO BE PROPOSED AFTER MAY 19TH SPECIAL ELECTION

 

MAY 7 – THURSDAY MORNING 09:30 AM

STATE CAPITOL – ROOM 4203

MAJOR REGIONAL CENTER BUDGET CUTS Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services Hearing

CDCAN Note: The start of the hearing can be as early as 09:30 AM, but cannot start until  the Senate Floor Session (which begins at 09:00 AM) adjourns.  Usually the floor sessions at this time of the year on Thursday do not last long – and the hearing should start around 09:30 AM or not too long after that. 

 

NO rallies or protests are planned for this day due to the early morning start of this hearing..  We will be planning more sidewalk demonstrations in late May and June however to continue the protests against cuts impacting not only regional centers, but cuts to In-Home Supportive Services, SSI/SSP, CalWORKS, mental health, low income children.  Watch for details on the CDCAN website at www.cdcan.us or contact Marty Omoto at martyomoto@rcip.com

 

 

WHO SHOULD COME ON MAY 7th

·         The May 7th hearing focuses on major and permanent budget cuts to regional centers that impact over 240,000 infants, children and adults with developmental disabilities (and other disabilities or special needs in early start).  Developmental center related budget issues are also on the agenda.

·         The budget cuts in the 2009-2010 State Budget and more cuts likely to be proposed in late May impact children and adults with developmental disabilities – including those with autism spectrum disorders, down syndrome; children and adults with other disabilities, children and adults with mental health needs, seniors including those with Alzheimer’s, persons with MS and other disorders, children and adults with traumatic brain and other injuries, children and parents from low income families, community organizations and facilities and low income workers who provide critical supports and services, regional centers, independent living centers, and more.  We are one community.

 

WHY SHOULD YOU COME:

·         This is about the rights of children and adults with disabilities, the blind, mental health needs, seniors, people with traumatic brain and other injuries, persons with MS and Alzheimer’s and other disorders and the impact to our community resulting from ongoing and continued cuts to critical services and supports. 

·         This is about raising awareness and opposition to huge permanent cuts impacting cuts to In-Home Supportive Services, SSI/SSP, CalWORKS, senior services, low income children. 

·         This specific hearing on May 7, Thursday morning by the Senate Budget Subcommittee #3 on Health and Human Services, in the State Capitol in Room 4203, is focused on cuts to regional centers and other budget related issues. Public testimony will be taken on major cuts to regional centers.  These permanent cuts include the details from the Governor (through the Department of Developmental Services) on changes in state law that need to happen in order to implement cuts of over $100 million in state general fund money to regional center funded services between July 1, 2009 and June 30, 2010 and beyond.   The Assembly held a similar hearing on April 22. 

·         While no final actions will happen at this hearing – it is probably the last opportunity in a public hearing to voice your comments about these specific (and other) proposals to cut funding and services.  So it is important to be visible and to make brief comments so your voice is heard. 

·         However more and even larger massive permanent cuts seem almost certain to come in late May when the Governor submits his budget revisions – including more cuts to regional centers.  So your presence is important to show policymakers of the impact to our communities before more cuts are proposed. 

 

WHO CAN TESTIFY

·         Anyone can provide BRIEF public comments.  The Senate Budget Subcommittee chair will, usually after each agenda item, ask for public comments.  No prior sign up or sign in to make comments is needed.

·         You will need to give your full name and what city you are from.

·         Comments should stay on the subject that the chair is asking for public comments.

·         Comments should be very, very brief, usually under a minute or so.  This is in consideration not only for what is likely to be a long agenda, but also in consideration for so many other people who will likely want to also make public comments.  Talking longer does not make a better point – it simply takes up more time and deprives another person the time and opportunity to speak too. 

·         Additional points you may want to raise can be done by submitting (to the chair) additional written comments.

·         We’ve requested, which the Senate has often provided at previous hearings, a wireless microphone for this hearing to make it easier for persons to make public comments. 

 

WHAT TO BRING TO MAY 7th HEARING

·         Pictures of loved ones impacted by all these cuts, including those of workers (you can hold the pictures but you cannot hang it around your neck like a sign). You can and should show these pictures during the hearing, and especially if you plan to testify. 

·         Posters and signs are not allowed inside the State Capitol

·         Videos cams, cameras and other recording devices are allowed into the State Capitol.  However taking pictures or video in the hearing rooms – while the hearing is going, requires approval from the committee chair.  Ask the sergeant at arms (security) in the hearing room. 

·         Additional written comments about the budget cuts (time for public testimony is very, very, very limited) which you can give to the subcommittee chair or the subcommittee staff. 

 

SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER AVOIDING

·         Avoid personal attacks as it takes focus away from the issue of the rights of a child, of an adult (including seniors), with disabilities, who are blind , mental health needs, or a disorder or injury.

·         Dress as an individual (casual is okay)  – as you would normally – because THAT is the best way to show California – to show the Governor and Legislature and others that this is about how these terrible cuts are harming a child with disabilities and mental health needs, an adult with disabilities and mental health needs, a senior, a low income worker. 

·         We want to make California see us in that way – and to hear the voices of individuals who are being harmed. 

 

ENTRANCES INTO STATE CAPITOL:

·         For all entrances into the State Capitol: there are security stations at each entrance where they will run bags, folders, etc through xray machine and also do other security checks as needed.  No id or sign-in is needed to enter the building.

·         Accessible Entrances for persons in wheelchairs or who have difficulty using stairs:  North Entrance (facing L Street between 10th and 11th Streets) and the South Entrance (facing N Street between 10th and 11th Streets). 

·         Other entrances (stairs):  East Entrance (facing Capitol park) and the West Steps entrance (facing 10th Street).

 

HEARING ROOM LOCATION FOR MAY 7TH

·         Senate hearing room 4203 is the Capitol’s largest hearing room which can seat a couple of hundred people (including balcony seating).

·         Hearing Room 4203 entrance: use any one of the four elevators that are across from the Governor’s Office on the first floor of the State Capitol (the newer part of the Capitol with the marble floors) and go to the 4th floor.  From those elevators make a right and go up the hallway. 

·         Hearing Room 4203 Balcony Seating: use the same elevators and go to the 5th floor, turn right and walk up the hallway. Just near the end of the hallway to your right is the entrance into the balcony seating.   

·         TV Monitors:  The Senate hearings in that room are televised (barring technical problems) with TV monitors outside hearing room 4203, in several places in the Capitol basement cafeteria and also in the 6th Floor Capitol cafeteria. 

·         Overflow Hearing Rooms:  We are working with Senate sergeant at arms staff for additional overflow hearing room space to accommodate the larger crowds.  Announcements just before the hearing to people outside in the hallways about overflow hearing room locations in the building will be made then. 

 

ACCESSIBLE VAN DROP-OFF

·         For persons arriving in accessible vans or other vehicles, you can be dropped off  in certain locations in front of the State Capitol on L Street (between 10th and 11th)  and on N Street (between 10th and 11th) – both which are located near the two accessible entrances for persons using wheelchairs or for persons who cannot use stairs. 

·         Other drop off location is on 10th Street, in front of the West Steps. 

 

PARKING NEAR CAPITOL FOR THE HEARING

·         Closest Parking Lot (across the street): Public parking garage on 10th and L Streets (enter from 10th Street)  [lot is open 24 hours] 

·         Public parking garage on 11th Street (between J and I Streets [lot is open 24 hours]

·         Public parking garage on 13th and J Streets (enter from 13th Street)  [lot is open 24 hours]

·         Private (but public can use) parking garage on 13th Street between J and K Street Mall

·         Private (but public can use) parking in the Hyatt Regency Hotel (enter from 12th Street, or if using valet parking, enter from L Street) and the Sheraton Hotel (enter from J Street just after passing 12th Street but before crossing 13th Street stoplight). 

·         On street metered and accessible parking is available on L Street and several other nearby streets – but metered parking is strictly enforced. 

 

OTHER CAPITOL INFORMATION

·         Cafeterias – there are two within the State Capitol, both are accessible.  There is one on the 6th floor of the newer part of the State Capitol (access using one of the four elevators that are directly across from the Governor’s Office on the first floor).  Persons in wheelchairs, when reaching the 6th floor, will also have to use a lift to get to the elevated hallway of the 6th floor.  )    

·         There is another cafeteria at the basement level of the older part of the State Capitol (where the dome is). 

·         Other restaurants – several restaurants and fast food places within a block or so from the Capitol from the North and South entrances. 

·         ATM machines – located near the Capitol basement cafeteria

·         Restrooms – located on each floor of both the newer part of the Capitol and the older part (where dome is located). 

·         Security – located within each hearing room, and also at each of the entrances of the State Capitol. 

·         Legislator Offices – located in the newer part of the State Capitol building (though the leadership offices are located in the older part of the Capitol).  A directory of offices is located on each floor of the new part of the Capitol – and also on the first floor directly across the four elevators. 

 

  

CDCAN IS PLANNING A SERIES OF ADDITIONAL PROTESTS AND PUBLIC OUTREACH CAMPAIGNS IN LATE MAY AND JUNE  -  WATCH FOR DETAILS!