ICYMI: Sacramento Bee Joins Growing List of Editorial Boards Opposing AB 1250

September 8, 2017


The Sacramento Bee editorialized on September 8, 2017 in opposition to Assembly Bill 1250 (Jones-Sawyer). The legislation would impose significant new restrictions and layers of bureaucracy designed to stop counties from contracting with nonprofits, licensed professionals and other providers for critical local services. Restricting counties’ abilities to contract for the expertise and the most efficient delivery of services would result in decreased access to services or even the elimination of some services for our most vulnerable.

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Opinion: Here’s who gets hurt by costly union bill

September 8, 2017

The San Jose Mercury News 

By: Daniel Borenstein

Daniel Yapo, 47, is bipolar, a recovering methamphetamine addict and an ex-con who served three years in state prison for a drug offense.

A decade ago he was living out of the back of a moving truck. Today he has an apartment in Oakland, sees his psychiatrist weekly and a social worker more frequently, and has been clean for four years.

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Opinion: AB 1250 – A Bad Bill That Can’t Be Fixed

September 6, 2017

Fox & Hounds

By: Matt Cate

There’s an old adage in politics that you don’t amend a bad bill. If ever that was the case, it’s true with AB1250. The bill would institute a de facto ban on counties’ abilities to contract with nonprofits, community businesses and others to provide essential services to the public locally, including many services provided on behalf of the state. Despite numerous rounds of amendments to AB 1250, including recent amendments last week, the bill continues to be unworkable and opposed by hundreds of respected organizations throughout the state.

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AB 1250: Still a Bad Bill

September 5, 2017

Still Attacks Services for the Vulnerable

Despite recent amendments, AB 1250 will still fundamentally disrupt the ability of counties to contract with nonprofits and local businesses to deliver vital public health, public safety, mental health and social services for children, elderly, the disabled and the most vulnerable among us.

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Opinion: Children’s Hospital L.A. would be hampered by AB1250

August 31, 2017

The Los Angeles Daily News 

By: Paul S. Viviano

Two years ago, Monique Saldaña became a mother at age 16. Lost and unsure, she dropped out of high school. She credits the support system she built with her case manager and other teen mothers at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) for helping her navigate this confusing time.

Today, Monique is back in school and successfully juggling her studies, caring for her daughter and holding down a job. She’s on track to graduate in June, wants to be a registered nurse and often shares her story with other teen parents.

Though Monique calls herself an independent single mom, she also says having partners in her journey who understood her struggle made a huge difference. We at CHLA value partnerships for the same reasons.

California nonprofits have long partnered with county governments to deliver vital services to vulnerable populations, including Medi-Cal and uninsured patients. CHLA’s Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine was founded in 1963 to create hope and build healthier futures for one of the most vulnerable populations of all — young people inadequately served by local hospitals and health care services.

For five decades, we have been at the forefront of providing patient care for youth; substance abuse prevention and treatment; support for young and expectant parents; and HIV prevention and care for adolescents and young adults throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

We accomplish this by collaborating and contracting with governmental agencies in L.A. County, entities that value our tangible results, medical expertise, and focus on reaching and helping youth. CHLA doctors, nurses, therapists and health educators specialize in addressing the unique needs of young people with the flexibility to bring these services to the schools, community centers, playgrounds and other areas where young people hang out. Our Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine team averages 35,000 visits a year by approximately 7,500 teens and young adults. More than one out of every three of our patients benefits from CHLA services supported by county contracts.

California Assembly Bill 1250 jeopardizes all of this.

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Opinion: AB 1250 is a vivid lesson in unintended consequences

August 30, 2017

East Bay Times 

By: Dan Geiger and Jane Fischberg

In government, good intentions frequently have unintended consequences. Unfortunately, many of these unintended consequences can have irreversible impacts, costing lives, chilling innovation and disintegrating community institutions that have reliably served our neighbors for decades.

That’s the case with AB 1250. This legislation has a purportedly noble goal: to protect employment security for public employees.  But in actuality, it constructs an elaborate system that locks out the nonprofits and medical specialists that ensure that some of our community’s most vulnerable residents receive care.

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Nearly 500 Organizations Oppose AB 1250, the Attack on Services for the Vulnerable

August 30, 2017


Advocates for public health, public safety, affordable housing, seniors, children, counties & the vulnerable are all working to defeat the bill that would impose a de facto ban on county contracts for services.

Sacramento, CA – The coalition opposed to AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) has grown to nearly 500 organizations, including hundreds of nonprofit local service providers, community-based organizations, small businesses and advocates for local governments, affordable housing, public safety, public health, mental health, children, seniors and the disabled.

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Opinion: AB 1250 bad news for Mendocino County

August 29, 2017

Ukiah Daily Journal 

By: Carmel Angelo and Camille Schraeder

Lawmakers in Sacramento are considering a bill that will negatively impact countless Mendocino County services, particularly for our most vulnerable residents.

AB 1250 (Jones-Sawyer) isn’t just politics as usual. This political power play would implement a de facto ban on our county’s ability to contract with community-based organizations, nonprofits and private local businesses that now provide important services, including many that protect public health and safety.

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