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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

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    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

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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.

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    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 workers assist people with disabilities with daily medications, dressing, preparing and eating meals, getting to work, gaining life skills and handling daily affairs. Unfortunately, these positions have as high as a 75 percent turnover rate each year because of poor wages and

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    high job demands, putting the quality of life for people with disabilities at risk. Further, demand for these workers is growing - hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities are waiting for services and the demand will grow 62 percent by 2010 as these Americans get older.

To address these problems, Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Lee Terry (R-NE)

    introduced the Direct Support Professionals Fairness and Security Act (H.R. 1279). As this

    Congress draws to a close, we need one final push to add co-sponsors to this critical bill. If we can significantly increase the number of co-sponsors we will be better positioned for action in the 111th Congress.

Status

    The bill was introduced on March 1, 2007 and has 124 cosponsors as of today. To see a list of the cosponsors, click here.

Take Action

    If your Representative is not yet a co-sponsor, send him/her an email to make sure people with disabilities get the quality supports and services they need and deserve. Please add information about your personal interest in the issue to the sample message provided.

Partners in Policymaking

    By Jordan Lindsey (funded by SCDD) ththOur next session will be September 19 through 20 2008 in Bakersfield and will feature local

    city and county government officials and Erica Hagensen from the Disability Policy

    Collaboration of The Arc and UCP will be presenting and national public policy process, advocacy strategies, and overview the issues being considered on Capitol Hill that effect people with disabilities and their families.

California College of Direct Support

    We have agreed to present an update on the College of Direct support with Pam Hayes,

    Executive Director Valley Light Industries to the California Disability Services Association in San Diego. Pam serves as the liaison between The Arc of CA and CDSA and was very helpful in The Arc’s initiative with CDS.

September 9 - San Diego - 8:30-2:00 (San Diego Marriott & Marina - 333 West Harbor Drive,

    San Diego, CA)

    September 11- San Bernardino - 8:30-2:00 (Ontario Convention Center- 2000 East

    Convention Center Way, Ontario, CA).

    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

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stories! Please RSVP with Rona Harper at rharper@cessi.net for one of the events listed

    below.

     ththSeptember 24 25, 2008

    2008 Health and Wellness Forum: Developmental Disabilities, Innovation in Diagnosis, Treatment, and Service Delivery. REGISTER NOW AND BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM BY AUGUST 22, 2008. Click here to register online today (http://email.e-

    mailnetworks.com/ct/3506827:1506369631:m:1:101322629:7F445EAD43A999E01C3C5F350F845DDA). This year’s developmental disabilities conference will include five sets of workshops focusing on autism, genetics, early intervention, risk management, and special populations, as well as keynote presentations and a poster session/reception. Twenty-five different workshops will be offered, concentrating on topics such as assistive technology, effective and ineffective treatments, expanded screening in genetics, co-occurring medical conditions common to certain syndromes, and nutrition. The interactive reception and poster session provides attendees with the opportunity to speak directly with project partners. Featuring In-Depth Sessions Focusing On:

    1. Autism Spectrum Disorders: Differential Diagnoses; Intervention; Recent Research; Co-

    occuring medical conditions

    2. Early Intervention: Screening and early identification; Cultural differences in parenting;

    Feeding challenges; Assistive technology

    3. Genetics: Pioneering tests for autism/MR & the ―new autism gene;‖ The expanded

    genetic screening program

    4. Risk Management/Assessment in Community Settings: Using data to manage risk;

    Using multidisciplinary teams to reduce hospitalization rates; Best practices in mortality

    reviews

    5. Challenges with Special Populations: Cerebral Palsy what works & what doesn’t;

    Differential diagnoses with environmental toxins; Fragile X Syndrome update; FASD;

    Managing epilepsy; Assisting persons with DD in the grieving process

    On or Before On or After Registration Fees 8/22 8/23

    Physicians $275 $325

    Allied Health $225 $275

    This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit?.

    Visit the Health and Wellness Forum website for further information

    For More Information: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Continuing

    Medical Education, 9500 Gilman Drive #0617, La Jolla, CA 92093-0617, Telephone: (858) 534-3940 • Toll-free: (888) 229-OCME (6263) • Fax: (858) 534-7672, E-mail: ocme@ucsd.edu,

    Visit us at our website: http://cme.ucsd.edu.

Wednesday Thursday September 27-28, 2008: The Self-Advocacy Board of Los Angeles

    County presents our 10th Self-Advocacy Conference MY THOUGHTS, MY VOICE, MY LIFE... Celebrating 20 Years of Self-Advocacy in Los Angeles. Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles Airport Hotel 6101 W. Century Blvd. Los Angeles. Featuring keynote speaker Joe Meadours,

    Executive Director, People First of California; 9 workshops led by self-advocates; Exhibit Fair; Saturday night dinner banquet; dance with disc jockey; Dating Game; raffle prizes; and much more !!! Costs, including Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast buffet, overnight sleeping room, and all conference workshops, exhibits, dance, and other activities will be: Own room - $255

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    per person. Two people per room - $181 per person, Three people per room - S160 per person, Four people per room - $ 155 per person Saturday only - $ 80 per person. Ask your service coordinator NOW to request funds for you to attend the conference. Put it in your IPP as a self-advocacy goal. Our vendor number is P24915. Start saving money now!! Registration forms will be available in June. Questions?? Call Daniel Redmond 310-439-

    1425 or Colette Madore 310-370-8753 or Melody Goodman 818-543-4631.

October 8th, 2008

    Save the Date: Our 15th Annual INCLUSION CELEBRATION! From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel Sacramento. Join us on the eve of the Supported Life 2008 Conference to celebrate the spirit and joy of inclusive communities. At this Inclusion Celebration dessert social and awards ceremony, help us acknowledge individuals from around the state who strive to make inclusion a daily reality in their communities. Mark your calendars now for an inspirational evening on Wednesday, October 8th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sacramento as we bring you the Fifteenth Annual Inclusion Celebration.

     ththOctober 8 10, 2008

    Save the dates: SUPPORTED LIFE 2008: Dignity and Justice for All, at the DoubleTree Hotel, Sacramento. Choose from over 50 con current sessions in 9 major topic areas and hear nationally-renowned speakers: Norman Kunc, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada, Disability

    Rights leader; Educator; Axis Consultation and Training Ltd.: Jayne Chase, Florence,

    Alabama, Parent Advocate, Partners in Policymaking State Coordinator; Michael Callahan,

    Gautier, Mississippi, Founding Member, Employment for All; President, Marc Gold & Associates; and Tom Pomeranz, Indianapolis, Indiana: President, Universal Lifestiles; creator of ―Universal Enhancement‖ promoting community participation.

November 6-8, 2008

    Save the Date: The Arc's 57th Annual Convention at the Albuquerque Convention Center

    Albuquerque, New Mexico. Click here for information from your 2008 Local Host Committee.

    The Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Friday, November 7th and 8th 2008

    Parents Helping Parents, Inc. 2008 Acclaimed Speaker Series Presents… ―Working With

    People With Challenging Behaviors‖ presented by Nathan Ory, M.A., Registered Psychologist.

    Friday, November 7, 2008 9:00 am 4:30 pm and Saturday, November 8, 2008 9:00 am

    3:00 pm. Nathan Ory describes challenging behavior as that which involves disruptive actions by someone who does not respond as expected, regardless of another person’s attempts to redirect or calm him. We may employ the usual procedures of extra prompting, guidance, motivation, training, or explicit direction or correctionall to no avail. This person simply

    becomes more passive, more resistive, more emotionally agitated, or more violent in response. Nathan leaves the jargon behind and opens our minds to the possibilities for people with challenging behavior by filling us with recommendations that can be used in every area of life to orchestrate a new symphony for those we love and serve. For additional information check our website www.php.com or call 408-727-5775 or

    http://www.php.com/challengingbehaviorconference.

     ththNovember 17 & 18 2008

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    The Association of Regional Center Agencies in conjunction with the San Diego Regional Center and the California Coalition for Compassionate Care Developmental Disabilities Task Force, presents Final Journeys II: Quality End-of-Life Decisions. You are invited to join us for

    a one-day training seminar on a number of issues around accessing end-of-life services and supports for people with developmental disabilities. Training will be held on Monday, November 17, 2008 12:00pm 6:00pm through Tuesday, November 18, 2008 8:00am

    12:00pm at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley, 901 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, CA, (619) 543-9000. To get on the mailing list for registration information, contact ARCA at (916) 446-7961 or arca@arcanet.org.

Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 301 (CPG-301): Emergency Management Planning

    Guide for Special Needs Populations by the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS)

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “CPG-301 follows the approach taken by the National

    Response Framework in defining special needs populations. The guide outlines how involving special needs populations in planning, enables emergency managers to address the function-based needs of individuals. CPG-301 outlines special needs considerations for: Developing Informed Plans; Assessments and Registries; Emergency Public Information/ Communication; Sheltering and Mass Care; Evacuation; Transportation; Human Services/Medical Management; Congregate Settings; Recovery; and Training and Exercises. The release of this guidance commemorates the Americans with Disabilities Act and promotes the inclusion of individuals with special needs in emergency management. CPG-301 is the second of a series of guides being released by DHS/FEMA to provide comprehensive guidance on developing emergency plans. CPG-301 will remain an interim document while feedback on field experience with this guide is sought from emergency managers during 2008. Over the next several months, this will include a series of forums that will be held and an open comment period conducted prior to finalizing the document. For further information on CPG and other FEMA initiatives, visit www.fema.gov.

    FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

    http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=45436

The 'R-word' is no joke

    For the intellectually disabled and their families, it's just as bad as the "N"-word. Los Angeles Times August 22, 2008

    By Maria Shriver Opinion

    This has been a year filled with teachable political moments. Racism, sexism, ageism and "change" have been debated at kitchen tables and water coolers across America. But this last week, those gathered around my kitchen table have been consumed with another discussion, one that is not Democratic or Republican -- it's the "R-word" debate. The "R-word" stands for "retard." For the 6 million to 8 million Americans with intellectual disabilities and their families, this word and its hurtful use is equal to the impact of the "N-word" on an African American. The reason it's kitchen-table fodder is because of the Dreamworks film "Tropic Thunder," which topped the box-office charts when it opened last weekend and which will attract many more moviegoers this weekend. In the R-rated film, which I've seen, a character named Simple Jack is a caricature of a person with a developmental disability. In one of the scenes, the character played by Robert Downey Jr. chastises Ben Stiller's character for "going full retard," and the "R-word" is repeated many times.

    As a journalist, I respect the right to freedom of speech, and my kids will tell you I laugh the loudest when we see a comedy. But as the niece of someone who had a developmental disability, and as a member of the board of directors of Special Olympics International, I know how hurtful the "R-word" is

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    to someone with a disability. I know why "Tropic Thunder's" opening was met by protests on behalf of the intellectually disabled. Listen to actor Eddie Barbanell, who serves on the Special Olympics board with me, and he will tell you in very emotional terms how the use of that word has made him feel rejected, stupid, demeaned. Or you can talk to Special Olympics athlete Loretta Claiborne, who speaks on behalf of millions when she describes how the "R-word" has been used to mock and degrade her. She asks all of us to stop using this word without regard to its effect on the hearts and minds of people with disabilities.

    There is an old saying: "Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me." Even when I chanted it as a child, I never believed it. Words do hurt -- they break people's spirits, they break people's dreams, they break people's hearts. Kids will see "Tropic Thunder," no matter the rating, and when they leave the theater and go out to their schools, their homes and their communities, they'll call each other the "R-word" because they think it's funny. They'll do it without any idea or regard to how it makes a person with a disability feel. Too many in the intellectually disabled movement cannot speak out for themselves. It is up to their families and those of us who advocate on their behalf to explain that calling someone by the "R-word" is no longer acceptable and is anything but funny. It's not acceptable in a movie theater; it's not acceptable on a playground. It's not acceptable that college coaches use it to chastise athletes. It's not OK to use it in a classroom or a boardroom.

    "Tropic Thunder" is giving Claiborne, Barbanell and many other individuals and organizations that serve those with special needs -- the Special Olympics, the National Down Syndrome Society, the Arc, the American Assn. of People with Disabilities, Parent to Parent-USA -- a teachable moment. They are ready to join with the entertainment industry to change minds. Dreamworks' decision to include a public service announcement with DVDs of "Tropic Thunder" is an important first step, but far more needs to be done. Just as important, parents must talk to kids at our kitchen tables about how we have felt when someone called us stupid, idiotic or lame. Because once we put ourselves in someone else's shoes, certain names just aren't that funny any more. I often quote the Hopi prayer that tells us not to look outside ourselves for a leader. It tells us that we are the ones we have been waiting for. We can exchange one "R-word" for another: respect. We can teach our children that name-calling hurts. Let's makes the "R-word" as unacceptable as the "N-word." Think of all we can accomplish if we work together. It's one thing in this political season that shouldn't require a water-cooler debate. Maria Shriver is the first lady of California. http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/sunday/commentary/la-oe-shriver22-

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Confronted by realities, Schwarzenegger turns to tax hike

    With the state budget 56 days overdue, the governor explains his shift on taxes.

    Los Angeles Times August 25, 2008

    By George Skelton, Capitol Journal

    SACRAMENTO -- It can't be done, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was insisting, staring at me over a table in his office. You can't have a responsible, honest state budget without a tax increase. Not this year. The governor wasn't trying to convince me. I've been singing that tune every budget since he took office. This was a new song for him. I'd asked the governor how he could explain his new advocacy of a sales tax increase to Republican voters who had supported his reelection two years ago after he promised not to raise taxes. Many still believe the state can make ends meet merely by cutting spending. "You can't cut the whole $15 billion," Schwarzenegger said, referring to the gaping hole in a $102-billion general fund. "You'd have to severely cut into education, which I don't think is the right thing. You would severely cut into healthcare, which is not the right thing to do. You would severely have to cut into prisons, and we can't do that."

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    A good Republican trade-off for a one-cent-on-the-dollar sales tax increase for three years, he asserted, would be a long-term budget fix: A constitutional amendment requiring the state to transfer 3% of its annual revenue to a rainy-day fund until it grew to 12.5% of the general fund. The kitty could be tapped only in a fiscal emergency. Also, if the state were heading into a hole in midyear, the governor could unilaterally pare spending up to 7% on state operations and deny cost-of-living adjustments. "Fix the budget system once and for all so this will never, ever happen again," he asserted. "Do a compromise where you make the Democrats do something they never would have done and make we Republicans do something we normally would never do." He added: "I just think the wisest thing to do is to go to the people and say, 'Look, I know I've said no taxes. But now we are in a situation where we have to do that temporarily . . . I need your help.' " But he's getting few takers in the Legislature. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-cap25-2008aug25,0,5002371.column

Perennial candidate seeks S.L. school board seat

    Inside Bay Area The Daily Review August 19, 2008

    By Karen Holzmeister

    SAN LEANDRO The Constitution Party didn't nominate Don Grundmann for president or vice president on its national ticket, but he isn't sitting on the sidelines this election season. After nearly 20 years of running for state and federal offices, perennial candidate Grundmann is seeking a San Leandro school board seat Nov. 4. Frankly, claims the deeply conservative and bluntly plain-spoken chiropractor, the school district is a mess. "Public schools are retard factories, not dedicated to the child's intellectual development," Grundmann said during an interview. "You won't hear the other candidates mention what I'm confronting. All most candidates ask for is more money for more programs. It's money down a rat hole."

    In a soft-spoken rant against the status quo, Grundmann insisted that students are force-fed an anti-Christian, anti-independent-thinking curriculum. Schools essentially are "day-care centers," with students "becoming retards by the time they get out," he said. Evidence shows many students who go to college need remedial classes, he added. "Someone has to step out and address things and change them,'' Grundmann said. "It's a war for our children."

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/dailyreview/localnews/ci_10247877?source=rss

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health

    Mechanisms of Adverse Drug Effects in Children (R01) Grant

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18290

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health

    Mechanisms of Adverse Drug Reactions in Children (R03) Grant

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18291

HHS - Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health

    Innovative Computational and Statistical Methodologies for the Design and Analysis

    of Multilevel Studies on Childhood Obesity (R01) Grant

    http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?&mode=VIEW&flag2006=true&oppId=18292

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