The following comes from a Sept. 10 story submitted by Camille Giglio.
Although the media likes to remind us of Governor Jerry Brown’s days as a Jesuit seminarian he seems not to have understood one of Church teachings; subsidiarity.
Year one of the 2013-2014 legislative term focused on budgetary goals to fund the state’s business. Much of this term’s second year has focused on a broad=based, generalized mandated change in the relationship between the state, industry, community, schools and families and delivery of health care.
Sen. Lois Wolk, (D) has an aide in her office who has a small child apparently still in diapers. This aide was dissatisfied with what she saw as an insufficient number of diaper changing tables in restaurants and department stores.
She asked her boss (so she stated in a phone conversation) to write up a bill requiring the placement of diaper changing stations on every floor in every public building in the state in both the men’s and women’s restrooms. This delighted the LGBT lobby. The bill is now sitting on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature. SB1358, Diaper Changing Stations.
Nor did Lorena Gonzalez with her diapers within the children with special needs programs. This bill would, if moved forward, require facilities providing services such as First Five and possibly private day-care homes, to provide diapers, paid for with CalWorks dollars, for lower-income working moms. AB1516, CalWorks, Special Needs: Supportive Services.
Further, the LGBT community has approached the legislators to author bills creating new birth and death certificate forms accommodating their personal needs for proper identification as to their current gender status. These forms, especially the birth certificates will be more supportive of the (adoptive) parents than of authenticating the ID of the infant to be adopted. This will require several thousands of taxpayer dollars to change the forms.
Safety and health in government-ese refers not so much to being attacked while walking at 3:00 a.m. in college campuses (there is a bill to reduce penalties for rapists on campus) or being forced to get your child vaccinated with 20 or more latest fad vaccines, Asm R. Pan has ab357 Medi-Cal Children’s Health advisory Panel for every child in the state and AB 1559, for yet another newborn test to seek a very rare chromasomol anomaly).
Safety is avoidance techniques against potential bullying classmates which means using classroom time and teacher training time for anti-bullying training; and promoting involvement in community “space claiming” time in after-school and weekend programs such as community blight clearance. See listings for Defending Childhood Initiatives, or, Teaching Without Violence. Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to learn why its “necessary” to develop “systemic processes” to forge public sector partnerships to “change the community.” Were you aware that the CDC has now added prevention to its title?
These sites will show you exactly who and what Hillary Clinton meant when she uttered those prophetic words: “It takes a village to raise a child.” I might add: it also takes a village to bring about the proper dying process for the child now grown old. Another bill will authorize the under 21 age group of patients to complete DNR or POLST forms claiming only palliative Hospice Care.
To forge these changes requires creation of new tactics employing the environment-health and safety and behavior techniques delivered by classroom teachers trained by professional counselors and community interest groups through social and emotional learning experiences in school and in after-school programs.
And, where do we start this community life? In mandated preschool for 3 to 5 year olds. Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan’s bill AB1444, Elementary Education: Kindergarten. Her bill will require kindergarten as a prerequisite to entry into first grade.
There is Sen. Darrell Steinberg’s SB 837, Early Childhood Education: Professional Development. Provides in the 2014 budget act grants for development of stipends for teachers in transitional kindergarten programs and requires any school or charter school offering kindergarten to require also Pre-K. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte was one of the principal supporters. This bill is pending further hearings.
Oh, the child didn’t get the proper socialization in kindergarten? Then what we need is Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson’s Distinguished After School Health Program- DASH.
This is being sold as a health and safety program to keep the kids under someone’s well-trained watchful eye – certainly not the mother’s – after school. The YMCA is the sponsor of the bill.
How about Sen. Fran Pavley’s SB 923, Educational Apprenticeship Innovation Act: Ed Prize. This will turn high school students from well-knit communities into competitors for prize money for college career path apprenticeships within the community, dependent upon their ability to meet the requirements for further investment in STEM education. (Science, Technology, Economics and Math).
All of these bills, except for SB 837, are sitting on the governor’s desk. A decision to sign, veto or let stand must be reached by October 1 – 30 days after being sent to the Governor.
Please consider contacting the governor’s office to urge a VETO on these bills.
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