As budget “deal” rumors continue to fly, members of the Stop the Cuts! Coalition and California Partnership took to the streets and asked community members to “Grade the Governor” on his proposals to slash vital and much needed services and programs, including health care, education, and social services for the elderly, disabled and the poor.
Members of the group — including people from Health Access, the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, 9 to 5 Working Women, Hunger Action LA, Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, Children’s Defense Fund, ACLU of Southern California and other concerned community organizations — gathered at lunchtime at the intersection of Vermont and Wilshire on Thursday. Participants crossed the streets carrying oversized report cards showing the governor’s failing marks, and asked passersby to fill out the cards and grade the governor.
Many passersby agreed that especially at this most uncertain time in the country’s financial state, it’s unacceptable to make deep cuts that target the state’s most vulnerable residents.
Here are a few of the comments that community members made on the report cards. Overall, they indicate the governor’s grades on the budget need to improve:
“I would like to see him work harder to help the workers of Calif., as well as the corporations. With special attention to Californians with special needs – disabled, seniors – and create good paying jobs.”
“[The Governor] needs to listen to our people.”
“He needs to prioritize what is important to the people of California before he starts laying people off. That won’t fix the situation; it’ll only make it worse.”
“The Governor is not in touch with the people, only with his pockets.”
“I think that he should not cut school programs and help the community to get more education.”
“Governor: You really need to help your people.”
“This Governor is a very uncompassionate person and seems to be very out of touch with the people of California.”
“I voted for him and have regretted it ever since. He should take some of his millions from movies and give back to the state.”
“I’m without work and need those services. He needs to stop cutting jobs and education!”
“He’s making life hard for all America’s folks.”
Join the dialogue. Negotiations are moving fast in Sacramento. Call the Governor and California legislators now! Tell them they cannot fail California’s most vulnerable by balancing the budget with program cuts alone.
Call the Governor now at 916-445-2841 (Sacramento office) or 213-897-0322 (Los Angeles office).