Community Leaders to Hold Press Conference to Oppose Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E

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Community leaders and elected officials unite in campaign to defeat Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E at Press Conference at Santa Barbara Courthouse on April 23, 2009 from 11:30 - 1:00.

local governments would incur added costs for homeless shelters, social services, medical care, law enforcement and county jails.

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The Consumer Advocacy Coalition (CAC) and community friends of First 5 unite with community leaders and elected officials to hold a press conference to explain Proposition 1D & Proposition 1E and why they oppose them.

The line-up of speakers opposing Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E at the press conference are: 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal; City Councilmember Helene Schneider; Executive Director Roger Thompson of CAC; President Linda Phillips of League of Women Voters; Executive Director David Selberg of Pacific Pride Foundation; Executive Director Suzanne Riordan of Families Act and Executive Director Barry Schoer of Sanctuary Psychiatric Centers.

Honored guests include: 2nd District Supervisor Janet Wolf; City Councilmembers Iye Falcone, Das Williams, Grant House and Roger Horton; Mayor Marty Blum; representative from Assembly member Pedro Nava's office; Executive Director Geoff Green of the Fund for Santa Barbara; Executive Directors from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Mental Health Association, PathPoint, Phoenix House, the Independent Living Resource Center, New Beginnings and Child Abuse Listening and Mediation, NAMI California.

Proposition 1E cuts mental health care programs demanded by the voters through Prop. 63 by almost a half billion dollars. The Legislative Analyst warns that "local governments would incur added costs for homeless shelters, social services, medical care, law enforcement and county jails." In Santa Barbara County, 10 programs are sustained with $11.49 million in Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funds. Significant reductions to mental health services are not a question of conjecture, but a question of untenable compromises.

Proposition 1D cuts $268 million per year from children's services like child abuse prevention, immunization and early childhood development, all created by Prop. 10.

Rusty Selix states in The San Francisco Chronicle, "Props. 1D and 1E are deceptive propositions designed by the governor and the Legislature to take-away voter-approved funding for our most vulnerable citizens."

Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E take money out of specific programs required by the voters and put it in the state general fund, where the Legislature and the Governor can spend it with no fiscal accountability. Together they would provide just one-half of one percent of state spending. But Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E would slash services for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. For more information, visit the official No Proposition 1D and Proposition 1E website. Advocacy and public awareness are more essential than they have ever been - we must defeat Propositions 1D and Proposition 1E.

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