While the rest of America looks forward, California steps backward.
Camille Giglio, YVRW Legislative Co-Chair.
1/30/17, Walnut Creek. Now that Donald Trump has been officially sworn into the office of the President, hope, a sense of security and an appreciation for the Constitution is coming alive.
In California, however, we are stepping backwards.
The 1/29/17 edition of the East Bay Times published a commentary by Delaine Easton, former Assemblywoman, (1987-94) former Superintendent of Public Instruction, (1994 -2001 – appointed by Gov. Pete Wilson) entitled: Education lags, time for California Dreaming again. In the article she calls for, among other deplorable ideas that: the education of our children as the most important work we as Californians can do. We must increase our investment in preschool.
She wants to run for Governor in 2018. Her platform would be:
A) making preschool mandatory.
B) Increasing the education budget.
C) Make further reductions in class sizes. (It was she who started this class- size reduction when she was Superintendent.
D) She supports a program referred to as K-12 Achievement (a tax gobbling group) which is sponsored by Ed Week.
E) Easton was one of the original supporters of Charter Schools during the 1990’s when she was Superintendent.
She claims: Schools are institutional incubators of human potential
It was she who mandated a (vegetable) garden in every school and She oversaw a series of curriculum guides on how to teach the academic content standards in the context of nutrition, gardening and cooking.
She also gave her full support to Tom Torlakson during his campaign for Superintendent.
REPUBLICAN VOTERS HAVE TO INSIST THAT THE GOP FIND A BETTER CANDIDATE FOR CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR THAN A BACKWARDS LOOKING, FORMER SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT.
2017 Report on new state and federal legislation.
There are 17 Congressional bills, all vital to the right-to-life cause of protecting life, about which we must be aware and prepared to support (or oppose). Most of them are tied in to HR7 Abortion Funding by Cong. Chris Smith. Alongside that are the two executive orders signed by President Trump to renew the 1976 Hyde Amendment, and the 1984 Mexico City Policy
HEALTH RELATED BILLS:
HR 7 Provides for the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2017. 69 co-sponsors. Passed to the Senate.
S.184, Roger Wicker, (R), Prohibits taxpayer funded abortions. Companion to HR7. In Sen. Finance.
HR 6, Paul Ryan, (R), Spot bill/space reserved. No legislative language yet.
HR 628, Rodney Davis, (R), Public Health Service Act. Prohibits preexisting conditions contingent on repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
HR644, Diane Black, (R), Discrimination Against Health Service Providers. Prohibits discrimination against health services providers who are not involved in abortion.
HR684, Steven Palazzo, (R), Wrongful Birth and Life Civil Actions Damages Recovery. Prohibits recovery of damages.
HR681, Alexander Mooney, (R), Preborn Human 14th Amendment Rights. Equal protection under the 14th Amendment.
CRLC has received an Urgent Notice from Andy Schlafly, the head of Legal Center for Defense of Life. firstname.lastname@example.org, the son of recently deceased Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum.
Mr. Schlafly, reflecting the concerns of many in the Pro life Movement, has distributed a paper on the various benefits or losses to the Pro Life Cause if President Trump appoints the wrong person to the U.S. Supreme Court. We are only a few short days away from President Trump making his announcement on his selection.
Included in this analysis is a link to a letter which is being sent to the President and signed by many people prominent in the Pro Life Movement.
Regarding California Senate bill 18 by Richard Pan, (D) a Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in California. The official summary of the bill has caused great concern among many groups. The official summary, so far, states:
Declares the intent of the legislature to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth and to establish a comprehensive framework that outlines the research-based essential needs of children and; establishes standards for the health, safety, well-being early childhood and education opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.
This reads very much like the United Nations Bill of Rights for Children and has people rifhtly upset. According to sources in Sacramento, Mr. Pan has received a great deal of comments from parents opposing this language. He is, therefore, most likely amending his bill to make it more appealing. It is sitting in the Senate Rules Committee. As it stands now, it is an incompete bill. It has no authority at this time to require anyone to do anything because it has not identified a segment of any code which it desires to amend, therefore, it can not be taken our of Rules and sent to a committee for hearing.
When we learn more we will notify you. In the meantime, have computer or paper and ink ready to send a strong oppose position letter to Sen. Pan.
Camille Giglio, Director