My Support - May 9, 2009
Vote No on Props. 1D & 1E!
Please help us to defeat two deceptive and harmful propositions on the May 19 ballot - Propositions 1D & 1E.
Prop. 1D cuts $268 million per year from children's services like child abuse prevention, immunization and early childhood development, all created by Proposition 10 (November 1998).
Prop. 1E cuts mental health care programs demanded by the voters through Proposition 63 (November 2004) by almost a half billion dollars.
Both Props. 1D & 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 accountability.
That's bad, but what's worse is that both measures are like wolves in sheep's clothing. The Legislature wrote Props. 1D & 1E to make them sound like they protect and expand services, even though they really cut programs. (To see videos of ordinary voters reacting to this misleading ballot language, click here.)
Even in this difficult time, neither Prop. 1D nor 1E is necessary to balance the state budget. Together they would provide just one-half of one percent of state spending. But both Props. 1D & 1E would slash services for some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Now is no time to try to balance the budget in ways that harm children and the mentally ill. That's why people and groups from many different backgrounds have banded together to form one campaign united to defeat Props. 1D & 1E.
Please get the facts about Props. 1D & 1E, and help us get the word out so we can defeat these measures. And vote NO on Props. 1D & 1E!
Thanks for your help. Together we can prevent these unnecessary, short-sighted cuts in early childhood programs and mental health treatment for Californians.
Camp for those with BPD
Summertime is just around the corner, and parents throughout San Diego are gearing up their families for the fun ahead. While the area offers an abundance of day camps that provide a variety of summertime experiences, there are many kids and teens find they don't fit into that picture that due to social or behavioral challenges.
Kids and teens facing challenges that include processing and executive functioning issues, anxiety or bipolar disorder have a hard time with the typical camp structure that includes large groups and a high proportion of students to counselors. These and other students benefit more from an individualized approach.
Summertime opportunities with ClubXcite our third annual CampXcite for kids and teens with bipolar disorder. Feel free to peruse our website (www.exciteway.com) for more information on programming. I am happy to answer any questions you might have regarding our camps and the populations served, so feel free to contact me at (858) 922-0617 or email@example.com
Involved Exceptional Parents Day (IEP Day)
Saturday, May 30, 2009
What is IEP Day?
Involved Exceptional Parents Day (IEP Day) is a unique one day conference for parents of children with special needs and the professionals who work with them. For the best interest of these special children, 400 parents and professionals annually come together to learn in a collaberative effort. This year's conference, our 26th, will be on May 30th, 2009 at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. We will have workshops, a resource fair, lunch and a keynote address. The theme this year is "Dream for Tomorrow, Plan for Today: Practical Solutions for Tough Challenges." Click here for more info on the conference. http://www.iepday.org/downloads/savethedate.pdf