August 19, 2015
On Monday August 17, 2015, an Associated Press (AP) article was published in numerous California media outlets that were critical of Proposition 39, arguing that the program lacks sufficient oversight and has not delivered on its promise to create jobs.
The article did not recognize or acknowledge the fact that it takes time to establish and implement a program of this scale before significant dollars hit the street and jobs are created. This is the reason that during the implementation of Proposition 39, C.A.S.H. urged the California Energy Commission (CEC) to create a simple and flexible program that could be implemented quickly in light of summer schedules for students.
To push back against these criticisms, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon, the champion for Proposition 39, is compiling data to respond to the specific point made in the article, and reaching out to schools that have successfully completed Proposition 39 projects. C.A.S.H. is working with the School Energy Coalition (SEC) to assist Senator de Leon in compiling this data. Specifically, SEC is collecting data from districts who have successfully completed Proposition 39 projects. SEC has created a template letter to assist districts with sharing this information with Senator de Leon’s office.
If you have successfully completed a Proposition 39 project and would like to share your success, C.A.S.H. urges you to write two separate letters on district letterhead to the Governor and to Senate President Pro Tempore de Leon. Please then forward the letters to Aileen Dalen at firstname.lastname@example.org who will provide them to Senator de Leon’s office.
The following is a letter template and articles from the Associated Press and Sacramento Bee:
- Click Here for Letter Template
- AP Article:
- Sac Bee Editorial: http://www.sacbee.com/opinion/editorials/article31345247.html
~ Ian Padilla