Californians Respond to Gov. Brown's 2016-2017 Budget, Demand "It's Time" to Invest in Vital Services in LA

Independent Living Advocates from Los Angeles County will address Governor Brown's budget proposal to ensure the voice and concerns of people with disabilities living in poverty are recognized in this years budget cycle.

For Immediate Release                                                         CONTACT:  Aurora Garcia

January 6, 2016                                                                       562-519-3106 (cell)






Californians Respond to Gov. Brown’s 2016-17 Budget, Demand "It's Time" to Invest in Vital Services in Los Angeles on

Friday, January 8

To respond to the Governor's Budget and make the case for needed investments, the Health and Human Services Network will a host press conference on Friday in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA - The Health and Human Services network, a statewide coalition of health and consumer advocates, will host a press conference in various regions in the state, including Los Angeles to respond to Governor Brown’s 2016-17 proposed budget.


WHAT:  One of four rallies being held statewide to support an equitable 2015-2016 California budget that proactively fights poverty through investments in health and human services by a coalition of anti-poverty advocates. At the rally, advocates will respond to Gov. Brown’s budget and urge investments in childcare programs, the health care safety net, restore IHHS cuts, repeal the MFG rule, improve services for the developmentally disabled, augment SSI funding, increase the minimum wage, fund alternatives to incarceration, remove the discriminatory EITC exclusion to tax-paying undocumented families and adequately fund programs for seniors.


Featured Speakers:

  • Maximum Family Grant Repeal – Yvonne Miller, Member, 9 to 5
  • In-Home Supportive Services – Dina Garcia, Californians Actively Living Independent and Free (CALIF) and Arturo Nevarez, Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living (SCRS-IL)
  • SSI/SSP – Kathleen Barajas, Californians for Disability Rights
  • Immigrant Integration and Health4All –Betsy Estudillo, California Immigrants Policy Center (CIPC) and Muneera Gardezi, Health Access
  • Reducing Prison Spending – Diana Zuniga, Californians United for Responsible Budgeting (CURB)
  • Prop 47 Funds / Climate Investment / Jobs – Manisha Vaze, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE)



Friday, January 8, 2016
12:45 PM (Program starts at 1:00)


Ronald Reagan State Building, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Parking: Public Parking Lots on Spring Street ($7.00 to $10.00 cash)

WHY: Since 2008, California has cut more than $15 billion from vital safety net programs. Now the state has the highest poverty rate in the nation – nearly a quarter of all Californians including more than 2 million children live in poverty. With a budget surplus, Californians call on Gov. Brown to invest in programs that lift people out of poverty and improve the lives of all Californians. 


CONTACT: Aurora Garcia /, 526.519.3106




The Health and Human Services Network of California is a broad coalition of organizations fighting on behalf of California’s families, seniors, people with disabilities – one that creates and maintains jobs, provides a strong safety net for where there are not jobs and brings in state and federal funds for the relief of our struggling families.


The Los Angeles press conference and rally is supported by 9 to 5, ACLU of Southern California, California Alliance of Retired Americans (CARA), California Immigrant Policy Center, California Partnership, Californians for Disability Rights, Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), Communities Actively Living Independent & Free, Echo Park Gathering of Elders & Caregivers, Equal Voice Southern CA Families Alliance, Health Access California, Hunger Action LA, Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, Korean Resource Center, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE), Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, SEIU Local 721, Southern California Resource Services for Independent Living, Strategic Concepts in Organizing and Policy Education (SCOPE).