An Open Letter to California’s Legislator’s.

As the Chapter President of PYLUSD Chapter 293, I am submitting this letter for the use of any of our membership to strenuously protest both the further erosion of our jobs and the repeal of AB 1419 which affords school district employees with equal protections that are afforded other government agencies and their workers.
Please find the attached letter, and use it to voice your support and concern for our Children, schools and Classified jobs.
You may send this letter edited, or not or use it to form your own letter. Please personalize and sign this or similar letter with your name and address so they will see where we live.
Distribute it among other Classified employee’s and to Parent’s.
Following this letter are the names and phone numbers of local Legislator’s. Please look up your own if you live outside of Orange County.
You should be able to find the addresses, e-mail and even Sacramento addresses of these individuals online.
I will update you as more information becomes available.

Dear Sir or Madame,

I am writing to you today to stand in opposition to the proposed cuts to Education, put forward in the Governor’s latest budget Proposal
The Proposed cuts to Student Transportation will further erode our ability to provide adequate education to our neediest populations.
The poorest children will be forced to walk longer distances, or to stop attending at all, because they have no other means of transportation. This will affect the overall health of our school districts budgets through falling ADA numbers making it impossible to educate any of our children adequately. Furthermore, taking this action will be putting more of our children at risk as they walk to and from school. Lack of supervision, having to cross on foot more and more busy intersections and potential dangerous encounters with traffic and possibly put them at a greater exposure to child predators, gangs and even drugs.

Additionally this will result in greater numbers of qualified professionals being laid off, and burdening our already over taxed unemployment system.

This also brings me to the concept of repealing AB1419 which is simply granting Classified School Employee’s the same protections that are already afforded to other Government agencies. Contracting out jobs which are being performed by competent, trained, professional employee’s is not a step forward. It is a shameful way to deprive working families of Health benefits, which due to the Governors cuts will not be available to them elsewhere.
Many Classified worker’s are already the “working poor” and to support the repeal of AB1419 is to put more families on to public assistance.
Not to mention that the is a problem of oversight with contracted, work and to deny this fact is foolish and ignorant.
Look at the tragedy of the Metrolink crash earlier this year. The employer , Metrolink, had no control of what the contractor Veolia provided and people died.
To say that this won’t happen again is foolhardy.
When an employer, especially in a safety sensitive business such as Transporting our children, has direct control and knowledge of it’s workforce we all benefit, quality does cost a bit more as does safety.
Their are many examples to be had in the world of unscrupulous contractors who have ignored or rewritten the rules to suit their needs only to have it cost us more, whether that cost be monetary, injury or death.
Not everyone is honest. Not everyone is dishonest. Why should we as tax payers and Parents have to play the lotto with some thing as precious as our children.
The state of California has enough challenges to face without throwing the baby out with the bath water. Once we allow the gutting of our educational system how much money will it take to rebuild what we have spent so much time and effort to put into place originally? We must stand firm and say no to the destruction of the educational system in California and the rest of the country as well.
We need to preserve our educational system, to preserve the ability to compete in the world, as we train the leaders of tomorrow.

We all need to look at realistic ways to solve the problem and not put that solution on the backs of our children and our neediest populations.
We need to look at the fact that in education the biggest expense is not the support staff, and we need to acknowledge that a school cannot run with out the support staff.
I believe that we as citizens of the great state of California agree that there needs to be change and even some sacrifice’s.
But that sacrifice cannot be our children and their ultimate safety and well being.
Find your compromises somewhere else.
Allyson Page Holt

* Senator Denise Ducheny (D-San Diego) – (619)-409-7690
* Senator Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga) – (909) 466-4180
* Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) – (415) 557-1300 (Please thank him for his fight on contracting out)
* Senator Alan Lowenthal (D-Long Beach) – (562) 529-6659
* Senator Mimi Walters (R-Laguna Hills) – (949)-457-7333
* Assemblymember Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), who chairs the Conference Committee – (707) 649-2307
* Assemblymember Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) – (323) 225-4545
* Assemblymember Bob Blumenfield (D-Woodland Hills) – (818) 904-3840 (Please thank him also for his fight on contracting out)
* Assemblymember Jim Nielson (R-Gerber) (530) 223-6300
* Assemblymember Rodger Niello (R-Fair Oaks)-(916) 349-1995