Sunday, October 10, 2010

VOTE, info guides on CA propositions for Nov 2010

Here are some links that we read to help us learn about different propositions in CA. You can also adjust the font since the mailed hard copy guides aren't so reader friendly. Don't forget to vote!

Also, it just has to be said - while everyone was worked up over "Whoregate" no one wanted to talk about this story:

Governor Kills Domestic Violence Shelter Bill
Friday, October 01, 2010

Yee: Schwarzenegger has a "disturbing" record on domestic violence issues

SACRAMENTO – After eliminating funding for domestic violence shelters in the state budget and forcing a number of domestic violence programs to close, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) vetoed legislation that would have returned up to $5 million to shelter programs.

SB 662, authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco), would have allowed counties to increase marriage license fees by up to $10 to provide for critical domestic violence shelter services.

“Governor Schwarzenegger has a very disturbing record on issues surrounding domestic violence,” said Yee. “His actions are unconscionable. Until we end domestic violence, funding for shelters should never be on the chopping block.”

“The Governor has forced battered women and their children into a choice between homelessness and returning to their abuser,” said Yee. “Closing domestic violence shelters will only result in increased health care, law enforcement and other costs to the state, but more critically, it will put victims of domestic violence and their children in grave danger.”

As he did in the 2009-10 state budget, Schwarzenegger again has proposed eliminating $16.3 million for California’s 94 domestic violence shelters in the 2010-11 budget. Last year, Yee introduced and passed emergency legislation to restore the funding. With this year’s budget still not approved, it is uncertain if such funding will be restored again.

“Domestic violence victims literally cannot survive another year with this Governor,” said Yee.

SB 662 was meant to offset previous years cuts and not to backfill the Governor’s proposed elimination of funding. The bill would have allowed counties to raise a portion of marriage license fees that already funds domestic violence shelters from $23 to $33. This fee has been in place for decades but has not been increased since 1993.

“We are deeply troubled by the Governor's decision to veto SB 662,” said Tara Shabazz, Executive Director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. “This bill would have given counties the option to support badly needed domestic violence programs in their communities. In addition to eliminating State shelter funding, this veto sends the message that these life-saving services are expendable, when in fact communities depend on them to preserve public safety and keep families safe.”

Domestic violence shelters are often the only thing standing between victims and physical harm or death. For a list of shelters and programs, visit:

According to a national census of domestic violence services, in just one day, over 7,700 requests for services went unmet due to a lack of resources. When the resources do not exist for victims to receive domestic violence services, they are often left with no choice but to risk their own lives by returning to their abusers.

If you are a victim of domestic violence or if you want to report an incident of domestic violence, call the 24-hour-a-day toll-free National Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), 1-800-787-3224 (TDD) or the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence at 1-800-524-4765.


We wonder which story - the close of domestic violence shelters vs. Whoregate - will be most discussed at First Lady of California Maria Shriver's Women's Conference in Long Beach when Meg, Jerry and Arnold take the stage for a panel discussion.

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