| For Immediate Release
September 21, 2004
Alameda County Board of Supervisors Endorses Proposition 71, joining a broad coalition of supporters in Alameda County and Statewide
(Oakland, CA) —The Alameda County Board of Supervisors today announced its endorsement of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. Proposition 71 would provide $3 billion in tax-free state bonds to fund embryonic stem cell and other important research over the next ten years. Prop 71 aims to foster the development of therapies and cures for chronic diseases in order to potentially save millions of lives and dramatically reduce health care costs.
The resolution was sponsored by Supervisor Keith Carson and unanimously supported by the Board. “California is uniquely positioned to supply the physical and intellectual capital to support this research, which has huge potential to relieve human suffering,” explained Supervisor Carson.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ endorsement throws additional weight behind an already robust show of local support. Area elected officials in favor of Prop 71 include Senators Liz Figueroa and Don Perata, Members of Congress Barbara Lee, Peter Stark and Ellen Tauscher, Assemblywoman Ellen Corbett, and Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates. The Tri-Valley Business Council and the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association have also joined the Prop 71 coalition, whose broader membership includes Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, concerned families, and organizations such as the California Medical Association, the American Nurses Association of California, the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and the Parkinson’s Action Network.
An estimated 128 million Americans, including millions of Californians, suffer from diseases and injuries that could be treated or cured using stem cell therapies. Chronic disease-related illness affects a child or adult in nearly half of all U.S. families, and treatment accounts for hundreds of billions of dollars in health care costs annually.
Proposition 71 was developed by a coalition of California families and medical experts determined to close the stem cell research funding gap. Currently, no California state funding exists for stem cell research, and an executive decision has severely limited federal funding for some of the most promising types of stem cell research. Proposition 71 would provide funding for this lifesaving research, while maintaining fiscal and public accountability, protecting and benefiting the state budget, and setting strict ethical controls.
More information on Proposition 71 can be obtained at www.yeson71.com