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Monday Morning Memo The Arc of California August 25, 2008, page 1 of 17 Tony Anderson, Executive Director Monday Morning Memo August 25, 2008 www.arccalifornia.org (916) 552-6619 Please help support the Monday Morning Memo and all the other publications and projects of The Arc movement. Your $25 annual membership contribution entitles you to full membership ..

    Monday Morning Memo

    August 25, 2008

    www.arccalifornia.org

    (916) 552-6619

    Please help support the Monday Morning Memo and all the other publications and projects of The Arc movement. Your $25 annual membership contribution entitles you to full membership in the local chapter, The Arc of California and The Arc of ththe United States. Send your check to 1225 8 Street, Suite 210, Sacramento, CA 95814 Attn: “Membership”.

    August 18, 2008 Through Aug. 31-Floor session only. No legislative committee may meet for any purpose (J.R. 61 (b)(15)).

Monday August 18, 2008

    Peter V. Berns, Executive Director, sent out a survey to all leaders throughout the Arc movement asking them to fill out a feedback survey and to pass it along to self-advocates, members, volunteers, donors and colleagues in the field. The Arc of US will use this data to assess the current status of the organization and map out plans for the future. This planning process will only be successful if we have active participation of stakeholders at all levels of the organization and community. Please take the survey online we really appreciate your help: http://surveys.gt.com/arc-of-the-us-stakeholder-survey.

Wednesday August 20, 2008

    Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger released a compromise budget which he says

    ―responsibly addresses California's remaining $15.2 billion budget shortfall … protects education funding, maintains important safety net programs…‖ The Governor’s structure

    change focuses on the ―Rainy Day Fund‖ which would require an annual transfer to a Budget Stabilization Account (BSA) of 3 percent of General Fund and eliminates the ability to suspend those annual transfers. In years when the BSA is full (at 12.5%), the annual transfer is reduced to 1.5 percent. Another structural change is to give Director of Finance mid year authority to reduce state operations budgets by up to 7 percent without modifying or suspending the law. For this budget the Governor proposes an additional $2 billion in cuts on top of the reductions adopted by the Conference Committee Report representing $9.9 billion of the 15.2 billion deficits. The difference will be made up by securing the lottery and a temporary 1-cent sales tax increase for three years.

Thursday August 21, 2008

    The Partners in Policymaking CA Collaborative represented by Tony Anderson, The Arc of

    CA, Jim Lockwood, the CA Assoc. Family Empowerment Centers, Linda Landry and Debbie

    Sarmento, Family Resource Center Network of CA, Linda Swan, Family Voices, and Joe

    Meadours, People First of CA met all day for a planning session for completing this year’s class of 2008 and filling the vacancy of the coordinator position. By the end of the day each entity had its responsibilities assigned for carrying out the coordinator function and we made

    Monday Morning Memo

     The Arc of California

    August 25, 2008, page 1 of 17

    Tony Anderson, Executive Director

    an employment offer to Jim Lockwood to become the new coordinator for the class of 2009 (decision pending).

Friday August 22, 2008

    Last day to amend bills on Assembly and Senate floor (J.R. 61 (b)(16)), A.R.69 (e)) recess

    begins on August 31, 2008 and all bills must be passed before recess).

We met with Peter Bowers, The Arc of CA Treasurer, and Brad Parsons our finance

    consultant to review fiscal reports for the upcoming board of directors meeting scheduled for thSeptember 5-6, 2008 in Los Angeles.

Saturday August 23, 2008

    We participated in the Northern California Special Olympics Softball Tournament in North Highlands, California. This is an incredible and very fun experience helping the athletes have a successful tournament. There were athletes of all abilities who all achieved what one athlete described as the most important goal, ―try…and give it your best effort.‖ This was a very

    rewarding experience for my family and I and we recommend volunteering to assist the athletes whenever you get a chance.

Monday August 25, 2008

    We will be participating in the Board of Directors meeting for The ArcLink. The board continues to perform logistical function such as hiring and maintain the administration. We are currently working to hire a new Executive Director and negotiating an employment agreement.

    The Lanterman Coalition, a coalition of 11 statewide associations committed to the preservation of the Lanterman Act, will be meeting in Sacramento. The state budget will be the focus of meeting.

Tuesday August 26, 2008

    We will be meeting in Stockton CA with the executive director of a previous chapter, The Arc of San Joaquin to discuss possible re-affiliation with our state and national association.

     thGolden State New Ticket Express Spotlight (see description listed above on August 26) will

    be held from in Sacramento from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Holiday Inn- Capital Plaza- 300 J. St. As the NEW Ticket to Work Program Manager for Recruitment and Outreach, CESSI invites your organization to attend one of the four Employment Network (EN) Recruitment Events in California during our New Ticket Express Spotlight on the Golden State in August and September. Hear from Ticket to Work Specialists about the new program, discuss how to become an EN, and listen to remarks from the keynote speaker, Susan Daniels, former Deputy Commissioner for Disability and Income Security Programs of SSA and current Principal of Daniels and Associates LLC. Each event will also include EN and Ticket Holder success stories! Please RSVP with Rona Harper at rharper@cessi.net for one of the events listed

    below.

Wednesday August 27, 2008

    Monday Morning Memo

     The Arc of California

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    Tony Anderson, Executive Director

The PIP CA Collaborative will be meeting by conference call to prepare for the upcoming thth session in Bakersfield in September 18 19which will focus on local and national

    government and advocacy.

Thursday August 28, 2008 thGolden State New Ticket Express Spotlight (see description listed above on August 26) will

    be held from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at the Elihu M. Harris Oakland State Building Auditorium, 1515 Clay St. in Oakland, CA.

Friday August 29, 2008

    Today is the deadline for the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) request for applications, with a final funding priority, under the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Projects and Centers ProgramRehabilitation Engineering Research

    Centers (RERCs). The estimated available funds is $950,000. NIDRR is looking to improve the effectiveness of services that are authorized in the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by funding The RERC for Technologies for Successful Aging within Disability priority. RERCs conduct advanced engineering research and development. See the documents at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-16116.htm and

    http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/E8-16125.htm.

Sunday August 31, 2008

    Last day for any bill to be passed (Art. IV, Sec. 10(c)), (J.R. 61 (b)(17)). Final Recess begins

    upon adjournment (J.R. 51 (b)(3)) - August 31, 2008

08-25-2008

    Floor Session

    ASSEMBLY - THIRD READING FILE

    #43 SB 1515 (Kuehl) Pupil discipline: restraint and seclusion.

    #126 SB 1713 (Migden) Children's products: bisphenol A.

08-25-2008

    SENATE - THIRD READING FILE

    #159 AB 2599 (De Leon) Birth Defects Monitoring Program.

08-25-2008

    SENATE - UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    #64 SB 1563 (Perata) Pervasive developmental disorders.

Both Action Alerts are current and carried over from last week…

The Arc of California

     1 To access the Action Alert system from The Arc of California website (www.arccalifornia.org) enter your zip code in the

    “Contact Congress” federal box.

    Monday Morning Memo

     The Arc of California

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    Tony Anderson, Executive Director

    Take Action Now

    Confront Harmful and Offensive Language & Portrayal of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

    Movie Contributes to Harmful Treatment of People with Disabilities. Tropic Thunder, the latest support for offending and degrading people with disabilities. Visit our website at: http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1800&srcid=183 for more details.

    Ever wonder why children with developmental disabilities are bullied in school more than other children, or why Individuals with an intellectual disabilities are at the highest risk of victimization, or why about 80% of women with developmental disabilities have been sexually assaulted, or even why when given the news that their child will be born with Down Syndrome the parents choose not to have the child 90% of the time?

    Part of the answer lies in the degrading stereotypes of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and how these beliefs are strengthened in movies, television, talk radio, etc. and the acceptance of this treatment as evidence by silence in response. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, ―In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.‖ Show the world we will no longer sit by passively while the powerful and influential strengthen beliefs harmful to people with disabilities.

Join Us in Action

    The Arc has created an advocacy kit to help local advocate conduct ―Respect Rallies‖ in their communities. This tool kit includes a sample Press Kit, an R-Word Flyer, the R word isn't just hurtful, it is hate speech. Q&A - Abuse of Children with Cognitive, Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, and sample posters for rallies. This resources can be found on our national website at: http://www.thearc.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1806&srcid=1800.

    Also if you would like to reach DreamWorks, Paramount/Vantage and/or Ben Stiller with your concerns, here’s the contact information is listed below:

    1. DreamWorks: 100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 5121, Universal City, CA 91608, 818-

    733-7000.

    2. Paramount/Vantage: 5555 Melrose Ave., Ball/Lasky Bldgs., Los Angeles, CA 90038,

    323-956-2000.

    3. Ben Stiller, Writer/Director/Producer: Read Hour Films, 629 N. La Brea, Los Angeles,

    CA 90036, 323-602-5000.

The Arc of the United States

    Take Action Now

    Help Us Make a Final Push for Representatives to Co-Sponsor the Direct Support Workforce Bill. http://capwiz.com/thearc/utr/1/GWXLJCBHXS/KBCNJCBNQK/2292315936

Background

    Today, millions of people with disabilities count on direct support workers to assist them in managing their daily lives so they can live, work and otherwise participate in their communities. These