For Immediate Release
August 15, 2004

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Field Poll Shows Prop 71 Begins Campaign in Strong Position

(Los Angeles) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today commented on the most recent Field Poll which shows the measure begins this campaign season with strong support from Californians.

“We believe the Field Poll numbers show that we're in a good starting position to win this campaign," said Fiona Hutton, spokesperson for the YES on 71 coalition. “It shows that we're already ahead and within striking distance of a majority vote, even though we haven't even started our paid media campaign. Other polls show that the vast majority of Americans support expanding stem cell research and understand that it could lead to breakthrough cures for many diseases and injuries.”

“As voters hear the facts about how Prop 71 will also benefit our state economy and budget, by generating thousands of new jobs and millions in new revenues and by leading to cures that can cut our health care costs by billions of dollars, we are confident support will continue to grow,” added Hutton.

Proposition 71, which will appear on the November 2004 ballot, would provide funds needed for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults. For these reasons, Proposition 71 is supported by a broad and growing coalition of grassroots supporters including Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, families involved in patient advocacy and efforts to cure diseases, and organizations like the Alzheimer’s Association California Council, California Medical Association, American Nurses Association of California, American Diabetes Association, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, ALS Therapy Development Foundation, Parkinson’s Action Network, California Congress of Seniors, Gray Panthers and the National Coalition for Cancer Research.

“Diseases and injuries that could be treated or cured with stem cell therapies affect a child or adult in nearly half of all California families,” said Robert Klein, chair of the YES on 71 coalition. “As Proposition 71 is explained to voters, our support will continue to grow because voters are already aware of the potential of stem cell research to cure diseases like cancer, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or heart disease, among 70 other debilitating injuries or illnesses.”

Proposition 71 was designed to protect and benefit the state budget. Under the initiative, the State will have the opportunity to share in royalties that result from the research which could generate state revenues for decades to come. It postpones interest and principal payments on the bonds for the first five years, and could lead to disease cures that significantly reduce state health care costs in the future.

Proposition 71 also requires strict fiscal and public accountability. The initiative assures that the bond funds will be used properly and effectively by requiring independent audits, open meetings, public hearings and annual reports to the public. It also creates an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee and advisory groups that will include the state’s top medical experts, representatives of disease advocacy groups and financial experts.

These strict fiscal safeguards combined with the fiscally responsible design of the measure have earned Proposition 71 the endorsement of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, San Jose/Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, Valley Industry and Commerce Association, Los Angeles Business Council, United Chambers of Commerce, Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Latin Business Association.

Proposition 71 was developed by a coalition of California families and medical experts determined to close the stem cell research funding gap. Currently, our state has no effective mechanism to fund stem cell research and political roadblocks have severely limited federal funding for some of the most promising types of stem cell research.

More information on Proposition 71 can be obtained at www.Yeson71.com

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