We are writing to let you know about our efforts to increase the state funding allocation to the California Arts Council to $75 million per year.
The CAC’s current state funding allocation is just over $1 million (or 3 cents per California resident)—the second lowest in the nation (by comparison New York state is $5.80 per person and Minnesota is over $10 per person). Increasing the CAC’s funding to $75 million (just under $2 per person) will improve our rating to a more respectable 12th.
THE GOOD NEWS IS:
Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D – Van Nuys) has introduced AB580 that, if approved by a majority of his colleagues in the California State Legislature, will increase the CAC budget starting in 2014.
THE FIRST THING YOU CAN DO TO HELP IS:
Thank Assemblyman Nazarian by writing him a letter of support for AB 580. You can see a template for what to say in your letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1gTVVVy-3B7KuKv2EihQ-oZo1zcXwKLKMRcxBOxTyogc/edit
Letters should be sent on your organization’s letterhead and signed by your artistic leader, executive director or president of your board of directors (as appropriate to your organization). Letters can be sent via e-mail as a PDF File attachment to Nazarian’s aide at Cynthia.Alvarez@asm.ca.gov or faxed to (916) 319-2146 attention Cynthia Alvarez or mailed to:
The Honorable Adrin Nazarian Member California State Assembly P.O. Box 942849, Room 4015 Sacramento, CA 94249-0046
Attention: Cynthia Alvarez
DO NOT just send an e-mail message of support in the body of the text. It must be fax, PDF or US mail.
ALSO COPY THE COMMITTEE (see letter for c.c. instructions).
There are going to be another half a dozen steps or so where we will need your support to get AB580 passed. From here we need to get other Assembly people to co-author the bill, then it has to pass through three committees to reach the floor of the Assembly for a vote, then the Senate has to approve and then Jerry Brown has to sign it into law.
All this will be happening in the next three weeks to four months. So we will be sending additional e-mails asking for your help.
Thanks very much