May 2012

Find Your Polling Location

You can find your polling place by scrolling down to the county you live in, then clicking on the link for your county or calling your county elections office.

Not sure what county you live in? Simply call the Voter Assistance Hotline at:
(800) 345-VOTE.

Alameda (01)

1225 Fallon Street, Room G-1
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 272-6933
www.smartvoter.org/ca/alm/

Los Angeles (19)

12400 Imperial Hwy.
Norwalk, CA 90650-8350
(562) 466-1310
(800) 815-2666 (Local Callers Only)
http://www.lavote.net/LOCATOR/

Mendocino (23)

501 Low Gap Rd., Rm. 1020
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4371
www.smartvoter.org/ca/mnd/

Monterey (27)

1370 South Main Street #B
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 796-1499
Polling Place Look-up
www.smartvoter.org/ca/mnt/

Napa (28)

900 Coombs Street, Suite 256
Napa, CA 94559-2946
(707) 253-4321
https://secure.countyofnapa.org/VoterInfo/

San Benito (35)

Courthouse, Room 206
440 Fifth Street
Hollister, CA 95023-3843
(831) 636-4016
No Polling Place Look-up Available

San Bernardino (36)

777 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92415
(909) 387-8300
www.smartvoter.org/ca/sbo/

Santa Cruz (44)

701 Ocean Street, Room 210
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4076
(831) 454-2060
(866) 282-5900
http://www.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ele/jun12/root0605/pollplac.htm

Solano (48)

675 Texas Street, Suite 2600
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 784-6675
http://www.solanocounty.com/depts/rov/november_2_2010_election/pollinglookup.asp

Ventura (56)

800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1200
Ventura, CA 93009-1200
(805) 654-2781
www.smartvoter.org/ca/vn/

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SEIU Delegates Unanimously Reelect Mary Kay Henry International President

Member-delegates at the 2.1 million-member Service Employees International Union’s 25th Convention today unanimously re-elected Mary Kay Henry International President. Our own President, Laphonza Butler, gave an rousing speech in nominating her. Butler stated, “[Mary Kay] is a dynamic, tenacious, unifying, sleepless fighter for the 99%…She is my sister, my friend, my leader and an inspiration.”

Henry’s election to the top post at SEIU comes as working people in Canada, Puerto Rico and the United States continue to feel the devastating impact of the growing gap between the rich and everyone else.

“We must take broad, sweeping action to address this crisis,” Henry said to 4,000 guests and delegates. “Today, on behalf of working people everywhere, we are committing to training and mobilizing hundreds of thousands of leaders in our union to re-elect President Barack Obama, to demand that the 1% pay their fair share, to insist on good jobs now and an investment in vital services like education and healthcare, and to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants.”

Henry called on the SEIU member delegates to unite and organize voters in their communities. “The economy and broken democracy will only get fixed if we unite at the polls this November. That’s why we’ve made winning the re-election of our President with a mandate for working people our number #1 priority.”

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SEIU Delegates Unanimously Commit to Unprecedented Investment and Coordination with Progressive Allies, Member Mobilization

New Strategic Direction Adopted to Close Gap between the Rich and Everyone Else, Re-elect Pres. Barack Obama, Spark Organizing Surge

DENVER, CO – Earlier today, member delegates at the 25th Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Convention voted to adopt a new strategic vision to confront the growing gap between the rich and everyone else in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, to re-elect President Barack Obama and champions of the 99% everywhere, and to create the conditions to spark a historic organizing surge.

Member delegates representing the union’s 2.1 million members, who also elected its International Executive Board members, endorsed a comprehensive program to engage in unprecedented levels of coordination with strategic partners and to recruit, train and mobilize more than 100,000 member-leaders across the union who will reach out to friends, neighbors and co-workers to demand justice for the 99%.

“Now, more than ever, we are called to organize,” said SEIU President Mary Kay Henry, who was re-elected a day earlier. “From laws that strip workers’ right to a voice on the job to efforts to systematically eliminate voting rights, the campaign to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the continued scapegoating of immigrants and a maliciously rigged tax system, the 1% has launched attack on everything that working people hold dear.”

Conference attendees also committed to re-electing Pres. Obama and pro-worker candidates at all levels of government and to hold elected leaders accountable to an agenda of good jobs now, insisting that everyone pay their fair share, investment in vital public services like education and healthcare and comprehensive immigration reform.

“The last organizing surge of working people was in the 1930s,” said Henry as she challenged attendees to take to the streets in a broad 99% movement. “Today, I am calling on the leaders of SEIU to commit ourselves to revitalizing a workers’ movement by creating the conditions for millions of workers to organize, lift wages and create jobs we can support our families on.”

Leaders from fifty partners, who did not vote on the SEIU program, also attended the convention. Partners — including the NAACP, Human Rights Campaign and the Sierra Club — participated in a separate program, “A New Beginning,” to commit to working together to confront the myriad attacks on the 99%.

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Ukiah Daily Journal: Supervisors Back In-Home Workers

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support local In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) workers by writing letters to support legislation aimed at funding the program and opposing a cut to the hours for which clients would qualify.

Several IHSS workers spoke to the board, telling their personal stories about how they became IHSS workers when family members needed care, some branching out and caring for other clients, as well. They relayed stories of providing round-the-clock care without much pay or formal training.

“We need better wages,” said Ukiah resident Tammy Stiles, a member of the Service Employees International Union, United Long-Term Care Workers. “Gas prices are going up, groceries are going up.”

There are approximately 1,200 IHSS workers in Mendocino County, according to the union.

The governor’s May Revise of the proposed state budget includes a $355.9 million cut to IHSS, including the elimination of domestic and related services in shared living situations, including housework, meal preparation, errands and laundry, among other things.

Read the article at: http://m.ukiahdailyjournal.com/ukiah/db_34658/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=4IOVF7BP

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Mendocino County Home Care Workers Testify in front of BOS & Garner Support for SB 1503

A half dozen IHSS care providers and recipients of care attended the public comment period of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, today.

They shared stories about the services that they provide to seniors and the disabled, and testified how state budget cuts would affect the Mendocino community.

The ULTCW members urged the Board of Supervisors to support Senate Bill 1503 and to send a clear message to Sacramento to support the Let’s Get Healthy At Home campaign.

The Board members were moved by the testimony and directed county staff to draft a letter of support and bring the matter back to the BOS meeting today at the 1:30 pm session of the Mendocino Board of Supervisors.

Stay tuned for a vote this afternoon! And press coverage in tomorrow’s Ukiah Daily Journal.

UPDATE: Mendocino County BOS voted unanimously, 5-0, in support of Senate Bill 1503.

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Let’s Get Healthy at Home

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Over 400 Gather in Support of LA Caregivers

Today, over 400 caregivers and community supporters from Los Angeles County gathered outside the County Hall of Administration and joined a prayer circle held by local clergy prior to the first Los Angeles County Budget Hearing at the Board of Supervisors.

At the Budget Hearing, home care providers from SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) asked the Supervisors to protect home care services by ensuring that the federal funding that would bring home care workers up to the County’s living wage is included in the budget.

“Over the past several months we have worked with County officials to be a partner, bringing resources to help fund the home care program and the living wage we desperately need. However, in looking over the budget, that funding and that raise don’t seem to be there.” said ULTCW member Jorge Garcia. “We are asking that the Supervisors take the necessary steps to put those resources in the budget for a living wage so that we keep homecare money at home where it belongs.”

Home care providers worked with state officials to encourage them to apply for the federal government’s First Community Choice Option (CFCO) program which would result in massive savings. By applying for the CFCO funding, the state would save an estimated $312 million and LA County would save more than $63 million over an 18-month period alone. The program was developed with the intention of having those savings reinvested into long term care programs like In-Home Supportive Services.

Today’s gathering comes on the heals of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting at which home care providers delivered over 30,000 signatures of support from local residents in favor of providing County home care providers with a living wage of $9.65 an hour.

Members of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) have been working with County officials since last year to achieve a new contract that includes bringing worker wages up to the County’s living wage. The 128,000 caregivers who provide essential in-home care services to low-income seniors and people with disabilities through the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program currently receive just $9.00 an hour and have been working on an expired contract since 2008.

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Hundreds of LA County Home Care Providers Gathered Before LA County Budget Hearing: Local Clergy to Hold Prayer Circle

LOS ANGELES – Hundreds of Los Angeles County home care providers gathered outside the County Hall of Administration and joined a prayer circle held by local clergy prior to the first Los Angeles County Budget Hearing at the Board of Supervisors.

At the Budget Hearing, home care providers from SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) asked the Supervisors to protect home care services by ensuring that the federal funding that would bring home care workers up to the County’s living wage is included in the budget.

“Over the past several months we have worked with County officials to be a partner, bringing resources to help fund the home care program and the living wage we desperately need. However, in looking over the budget, that funding and that raise don’t seem to be there.” said ULTCW member Jorge Garcia. “We are asking that the Supervisors take the necessary steps to put those resources in the budget for a living wage so that we keep homecare money at home where it belongs.”

Home care providers worked with state officials to encourage them to apply for the federal government’s First Community Choice Option (CFCO) program which would result in massive savings. By applying for the CFCO funding, the state would save an estimated $312 million and LA County would save more than $63 million over an 18-month period alone. The program was developed with the intention of having those savings reinvested into long term care programs like In-Home Supportive Services.

Wednesday’s gathering comes on the heals of Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting at which home care providers delivered over 30,000 signatures of support from local residents in favor of providing County home care providers with a living wage of $9.65 an hour.

Members of SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) have been working with County officials since last year to achieve a new contract that includes bringing worker wages up to the County’s living wage. The 128,000 caregivers who provide essential in-home care services to low-income seniors and people with disabilities through the In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) program currently receive just $9.00 an hour and have been working on an expired contract since 2008.

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SEIU United Long Term Care Workers (ULTCW) is California’s leading long term care organization dedicated to providing and protecting quality care for our most vulnerable residents, and fighting for economic and social justice for all. SEIU ULTCW represents 180,000 in-home care providers and nursing home workers throughout California, making it the largest union of long term caregivers in California and the second largest SEIU Local in the nation. For more information visit ULTCW.org.

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Caregivers to Sacramento: Take Home Care Cuts Off The Table!

Today, which is the day after Governor Brown released his May budget revision, home care providers and care recipients rallied at the State Capitol to declare that home care cuts are off the table in the coming budget year. The effort was part of the “Let’s Get Healthy at Home” campaign to advance a smarter, more compassionate alternative to the $225 million in budget cuts proposed for In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS), SB 1503.

“Home care providers and care recipients have been fighting to stabilize and strengthen the home care that keeps seniors and people with disabilities healthy and independent,” said Loretta Jackson, a home care provider from Sacramento. “But we can’t build a stronger system on top of a crumbling foundation, and that’s why we demand that lawmakers reject every penny in additional cuts to IHSS.”

IHSS enables more than 400,000 low-income seniors and disabled Californians to live safely and independently at home at a fraction of the cost of nursing home placement. Yet the cost effective program faces deep cuts year after year.

Unfortunately, this year is no exception. The governor’s budget proposal would instate a 7% reduction in hours of assistance each home care recipient receives. Those who live with a relative or their consumer, face total elimination of pay for domestic service hours. These hours help deal with essential chores like laundry, cooking, and grocery shopping.

These proposed cuts would put vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities in danger. What’s more, they represent a “pound-foolish” approach to balancing the budget because the cuts would be compounded with the additional loss of more than $200 million in federal matching funds and more than $100 million in county dollars.

That’s why home care workers have joined with Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez and Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg to advance a smarter alternative, reform bill SB 1503.

Instead of cutting the home care services vulnerable Californians need now, SB 1503 creates savings in this year’s budget and achieves even better long-term savings by transforming the IHSS program in California.

SB 1503 would move to a system of coordinated care in which the health care system and the home care system work together, with incentives to improve the health of seniors and people with disabilities while maintaining consumer choice to live at home whenever possible.

Under this model, home care providers would be a part of the care team responsible for improving the consumers’ health. This plan will achieve real savings in the coming years when home care providers receive the training needed to observe and report symptoms of chronic conditions, greatly reducing the incidence of more expensive nursing home placements and hospitalizations.

What’s more, reinvesting savings generated by the reforms will enable California to strengthen home care to accommodate the estimated 800,000 Californians who will need IHSS as California’s population ages over the next decade. But this transformation won’t be successful if IHSS is cut any further.

“We are here with a clear message for our leaders: more home care cuts are absolutely not an option,” said Bruce G. Johnson, a home care recipient from Stanislaus County. “It is unconscionable to even consider cutting the lifeline our seniors and people with disabilities are relying on when SB 1503 can save more money and improve our health!”

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