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8/22/16

As a PTA member you speak up for your children every day. Now, with the Click My Cause app, you have the power to speak up for all children with the click of a button. Here's how it works:  when a PTA supported bill needs public support in Sacramento, we'll send you a mobile alert. As soon as you receive the alert:
 

Step-by-Step Guide 

1.  From your iPhone, download the Click My Cause app from the App Store

a.  Select your organization (PTA)

b.  Select "ok" to allow notifications. You must allow notifications to receive our alerts

c.  Take the quick tour and get started


2.  Click the red "Act Now" button to send postcard

a.  On your organization home screen, you will see the list of bills we are tracking. 

b.  When there is a red "Act Now" button below a bill, it's time for you to take action and use the app to email Sacramento:

Click 1:  "Act Now" button

Click 2: "Send Postcard"

 

3.  We'll send you more alerts. When you see the alerts, there are 2 ways to act:

a.  From the Alert on your iPhone screen:

Click 1: open the alert

Click 2: "send postcard" (Email)

b.  From the Icon on your iPhone screen:

When you have an alert pending, the Click My Cause app will display a red badge with the number "1" in it. When you see this number, open your app. 

 

By clicking "Send Postcard," an email will be delivered from you to your CA State Assembly Member, your CA State Senator, the committee or floor where the bill is pending, and the Governor.

 

4.  Your First "Postcard"

When you send your first "postcard," you will need to enter your street address to allow the CMC app to identify your Sacramento representatives.  We do not share your personal information; the app company (Click My Cause) does not share your personal information. The CMC privacy policy can be accessed from the app.

 

5.  Repeated Alerts

Look for alerts in June, August and September of this year.  You may receive repeated alerts on the same bill as it progresses through the legislature. When you have a pending alert, the app icon will display a red badge with the number "1" on it.

 

Thank you for downloading the app and making a difference for our children.  If you have more questions, there is an FAQ on the Click My Cause website - www.clickmycause.com or email info@ClickMyCause.com.

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California state PTA’s position on Props on the Nov 2016 Ballot

Proposition 51 - Support

School bond initiative titled: School Bonds. Funding for K-12 School and Community College Facilities. Initiative Statutory Amendment. CAPTA President Justine Fischer has signed the ballot argument in favor.  

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_51,_Public_School_Facility_Bonds_(2016)

http://www.mercurynews.com/opinion/ci_30224522/torlakson-vote-yes-proposition-51

 

Proposition 55 - Support

Tax extension titled: Tax Extension to Fund Education and Healthcare. Initiative Constitutional Amendment. CAPTA President Justine Fischer has signed the ballot argument in favor

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_55,_Extension_of_the_Proposition_30_Income_Tax_Increase_(2016)

 

Proposition 58 - Support

Placed on the ballot by the Legislature through SB 1174(Lara) titled: LEARN which stands for Language Education Acquisition Readiness Now. CAPTA President Justine Fischer will sign the ballot argument in rebuttal of the argument against. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_58,_Non-English_Languages_Allowed_in_Public_Education_(2016)

 

Proposition 56 - Support

A $2 a pack cigarette tax  for various healthcare and law enforcement programs. California State PTA is committed to advocating for the needs of our most vulnerable children and youth, and to supporting children’s health by promoting healthy lifestyles. We know that education and smoking cessation programs work to save lives by preventing teens, who have been shown to be sensitive to the price of tobacco products, from choosing to smoke in the first place. California’s cigarette taxes are currently 35th highest in the country. Proposition 56 would put California in the top 10 among the fifty states. https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_56,_Tobacco_Tax_Increase_(2016)

 

Proposition 63 - Support

Firearms initiative. Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban. While two of the provisions in this initiative (background checks to purchase ammunition and making it illegal to possess high capacity magazines) are now covered by bills that the Governor signed into law, the remaining provisions are important enough for CAPTA to take a support position on this initiative that protects our communities from gun violence.

https://ballotpedia.org/California_Proposition_63,_Background_Checks_for_Ammunition_Purchases_and_Large-Capacity_Ammunition_Magazine_Ban_(2016)

 

About the Legislative Advocacy Committee

Recipient of the 2008 National PTA Outstanding Advocacy Award


Mission Statement

Our goal is to influence, within PTA guidelines, federal, state and local policy makers to pass laws and grant funding which will provide for the improvement and betterment of our public schools in both curriculum and facilities.  In order to accomplish this goal, we will clarify legislative issues affecting our schools to the parent population and community at large, and encourage them to move to action.

 

Who We Are

We are the legislative advocacy committee of the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs.  The committee consists of representatives from elementary, middle and high school PTAs in the San Ramon Valley Council area, Council board members, the SRVUSD Superintendent, a teacher representative and a school board representative.  A core committee consists of approximately 10 members of the whole legislative committee. The core committee receives, analyzes, and disseminates information from our federal and state legislature, and advises the legislative representative from each school on PTA positions taken.  The legislative representative then informs their PTA and parent population.

 

Process                                                           

  • Lead letter-writing campaigns to federal, state and local policy makers
  • Meet with legislative decision-makers in business and in government offices
  • Coordinate with other PTA councils on legislative action
  • Include media and business community in legislative issues that affect our schools
  • Sponsor informational seminars with persons such as State  PTA lobbyists to help us become more effective advocates

 Strategy

  • Inform parent population and community as to how school financing operates and how current legislative proposals affect the schools within the San Ramon Valley Council
  • Monitor and distribute information regarding legislation which affects our schools
  • Provide parent population and community with accurate information and action strategy as it pertains to key issues
  • Write letters to legislature regarding our position on key issues
  • Meet with our legislators to discuss legislative issues affecting children, including annual legislative trips to Sacramento

Legislative Advocacy Chair

How You Can Help

  • Recognize the importance of legislative issues
  • Stay informed on legislative updates
  • Work to inform your friends and neighbors
  • Volunteer to become legislative committee members through your school PTA board
  • Participate and assist in letter writing campaigns to legislators on key issues
  • Write to local media on issues affecting our schools

Legislative Advocacy

Advocacy Day Committee Meetings