Friday
Oct292010

October, 2010 E-Newsletter

Friday
Oct082010

Proposition 49 Trailer Bill Not Included in Budget Act

October 8, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

This morning, on the 100th day of the 2010/11 Fiscal Year, the Legislature has passed the tardiest Budget Act in California's history. After-school advocates were pleased to learn that the proposal to place Proposition 49 back on a future ballot, which was approved by the Budget Conference Committee on August 4, was not included in any of the trailer bills that were introduced during the lengthy floor session.

We all recognized that Governor Schwarzenegger, as the primary architect of Proposition 49, would likely veto the bill if passed, but that was also the case two years ago when a similar bill, AB 1526, passed the Legislature by a collective vote of 92-18. We do not yet know exactly why the Legislature chose not to act upon the Committee's decision, but the collective advocacy efforts of our after-school community was certainly a contributing factor. Thank you to all who contacted your local representatives to urge opposition to this proposal.

Despite today's good news, however, we can expect that the Legislative Analyst's Office will continue to recommend that Proposition 49 be repealed, and that recommendation will almost certainly find a receptive audience in the next legislative session. It is more important than ever to strengthen our advocacy efforts in Sacramento, and for every entity with a vested interest in the ASES Program to contribute to that effort.

Yours in Partnership,

Steven Amick

Executive Director

Tuesday
Oct052010

Urgent Action Needed: Proposition 49 Trailer Bill Vote Expected Thursday

October 5, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Reports from Sacramento indicate that a deal has been reached and the FY 2010/11 Budget Bill will likely be put to a vote on Thursday of this week. The trailer bill which proposes to place Proposition 49 back on a future ballot will also be considered at this time, so it is imperative that all after-school advocates call their local legislators today or tomorrow and urge them to oppose this measure. To verify your local elected officials by zip code, click here.

Please tell them:

  • Supporting this budget trailer bill could essentially repeal Proposition 49 and reverse California's nation-leading commitment to after-school programs. 
  • After-school programs help students succeed in school, keep children and youth safe and supervised during peak hours for juvenile crime, and help working families to be more productive.
  • Placing Proposition 49 back on the ballot will not generate any savings in FY 2010/11, and therefore will not help to close the current budget deficit.

It is important for legislators to know how their district may be impacted by this bill, so please cite the amount of funding invested, the number of programs, and the total number of students served in their district. Data for assembly districts is available here and data for senate districts is available here

 

Even if you have called before, please do so again. Every no vote we earn will help our advocacy efforts in the future.

Yours in Partnership,

Steven Amick
Executive Director

Friday
Oct012010

September, 2010 E-Newsletter

Monday
Sep272010

Governor Signs AB 434 (Block)

September 27, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

On September 24, Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 434 (Block) into law, effective January 1, 2011. This law confirms the direct service status of after-school program site coordinators who spend at least 85% of their work hours at the program site, thus eliminating the need to conduct administrative time studies for employees who meet that criteria.

Yours in Partnership,

Steven Amick
Executive Director