Charge For Harm Rally to Pass California AB 1019

Jan 04, 2010, 02:00 ET from Marin Institute

Legislation Creates The Alcohol-Related Services Program Funded by a New Statewide Alcohol Mitigation Fee on Big Alcohol

SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

What: News Conference and Rally

When: January 5, 2010 11:00 a.m.

Where: West Steps, California State Capitol Building, Sacramento (If bad weather-Rm. 317)

Who: Partial list of participants...

  • Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose)
  • Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director, Marin Institute
  • Willie Pelote, AFSCME California
  • John Hanley, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798
  • Tom Renfree, CADPAAC (County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators' Association of California)
  • Demi Climax and Paul Vancea, San Diego County Youth Council
  • SEIU 1021
  • California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Problems
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Mental Health Association in California
  • CARA (California Alliance for Retired Americans)
  • LA-CAP (Los Angeles Coalition on Alcohol Policy)
  • AADAP (Asian American Drug Abuse Programs)
  • Friday Night Live
  • The Latino Commission (Bay Area)
  • AWARE Coalition/Tarzana Treatment Centers

Why: To advocate for the passage of AB 1019, the Alcohol-Related Services Act - Authored by Assembly Member Jim Beall (D-San Jose), the bill creates the Alcohol-Related Services Program within the California Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Drugs. The program will be funded by a $1.44 billion annual mitigation fee on Big Alcohol to help cover California's annual alcohol-related trauma care, hospitalization, treatment, prevention, and criminal justice costs. The bill will be voted on in the Assembly Health Committee at 1:30 P.M.

To understand the astronomical annual $38.4 billion dollar cost of alcohol-related harm in California, and the effects on a chronically under-funded health care system and the residents of the state.

To acknowledge the Charge for Harm Alliance - a diverse statewide network of concerned individuals, treatment and prevention service providers, cities, counties, public health departments, enforcement, labor, youth and faith-based groups determined to pass a fair and meaningful alcohol-harm mitigation fee in California.

Contact: Michael Scippa 415/548-0492

Jorge Castillo 213/840-3336

SOURCE Marin Institute