Press Releases

BayBio Endorses Proposition 71

October 29, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) BayBio, the Northern California bioscience industry association, announced today that it is endorsing Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. “BayBio supports the Proposition and the long term benefits we think California will receive,” said Matt Gardner, President of BayBio. “We see Proposition 71 as a strong, positive signal to the world that California intends to remain in the lead on biomedical research.” Read More >


Yes on Proposition 71 Launches Statewide Ad Featuring
Christopher Reeve

October 22, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of a new television ad featuring Christopher Reeve that calls on voters to support the initiative. Read More >


California Healthcare Institute Applauds Gov. Schwarzenegger's Support of Prop. 71

October 19, 2004
LA JOLLA, CALIFORNIA, October 19, 2004 -- “CHI congratulates Gov. Schwarzenegger on his bold decision to endorse Prop. 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative,” said CHI president & CEO David Gollaher. “The governor clearly understands the promise of stem cell science for treating our most dread diseases as well as its importance for sustaining California’s global leadership in biomedical research and development.” Read More >


Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Endorses Prop 71

October 18, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined a broad, diverse and growing coalition of business groups, elected officials, medical organizations and patient groups in endorsing a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, on the November 2 statewide ballot. Read More >


Governor Schwarzenegger Announces Support for Proposition 71

October 18, 2004
SACRAMENTO -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced his support for Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research Initiative.

“I am, of course, a supporter of stem cell research. Research that we do now holds the promise of cures for tomorrow. California has always been a pioneer.” Read More >


California Arthritis Foundation Council Endorses Proposition 71

October 15, 2004
(SACRAMENTO) — The California Arthritis Foundation Council (CAFC) today announced its endorsement of Proposition 71 the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative.  Proposition 71, which will appear on the November 2004 ballot, provides funds needed for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults while reducing health care costs. Read More >


Yes On Proposition 71 Launches Statewide Ads Featuring Michael J. Fox

October 14, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) —Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of a new television ad featuring Michael J. Fox that calls on voters to support the initiative.Read More >


$1 Million Challenge Gift Helps Generates $5 Million
For Campaign in Support of Stem Cell Research

October 12, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — —Organizers of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the realization of a $1 million campaign challenge gift by benefactors Jim and Virginia Stowers. Campaign organizers raised the required $4 million in challenge funds by the mutually established October 15 deadline. Read More >


175 Elected Officials Statewide Endorse Prop. 71

October 10, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the endorsements of 175 federal, state, and local elected officials from throughout California, adding to a growing, broad and diverse coalition mobilizing to urge encourage a YES vote on the November 2 statewide ballot. Read More >


Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) Endorses Proposition 71

October 7, 2004
(Oakland, CA) —Black Women Organized for Political Action (BWOPA) has endorsed a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative on the November 2 statewide ballot.  BWOPA joins a broad coalition that includes patient advocacy, medical, business and political advocacy organizations, such as the California NAACP who endorsed the measure earlier this week.
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California NAACP Endorses Proposition 71

October 4, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) —The California State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has endorsed a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures initiative on this November’s ballot, becoming one of the most prominent African-American groups among a broad coalition that includes patient advocacy medical, and business organizations.
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$1 Million Challenge Gift Seeks to Generate $5 Million for Campaign in Stem Cell Research Support

October 4, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Organizers of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced a $1 million campaign challenge gift by benefactors Jim and Virginia Stowers. The gift will be realized if the campaign raises an additional $4 million by Friday, October 15, 2004.  The initiative, which will appear on the November 2 statewide ballot, would authorize the issuance of $3 billion in tax-free, state general obligation bonds to provide funding for stem cell research.     Read More >


YES on Proposition 71 Launches Statewide Advertising Campaign

September 23, 2004
Los Angeles, CA – Proponents of Yes on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the launch of their fall ad campaign to inform voters about the initiative. The Yes on 71 coalition will begin airing television spots statewide on Friday, September 24. The spots can also be viewed on the campaign web site at www.YESon71.com.

The coalition's first four TV spots feature medical experts and patients and are titled: “Dr. Berg - Logjam”, “Dr. Weissman - Oath”, “Dr. Bluestone - Diabetes,” and “June and Leilani - MS & Paralysis.” Read More >


Alameda County Board of Supervisors Endorses Proposition 71, joining a broad coalition of supporters in Alameda County and Statewide

September 21, 2004
(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.    Read More >


United Spinal Association Endorses California Proposition 71 -
Joins Broad Coalition Determined To Bring Cures To California

September 14, 2004
JACKSON HEIGHTS, NY – United Spinal Association announces today it joined a broad coalition supporting Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The Coalition is comprised of diverse organizations, Nobel Prize-winning scientists and medical experts, individuals and families. 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 and reduce health care costs. Read More >


California Chamber of Commerce Endorses Proposition 711

September 13, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) —The California Chamber of Commerce has joined with a broad and growing coalition of business groups, patient advocates and medical organizations in endorsing a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, on the November 2004 statewide ballot. Read More >


U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein Endorses Proposition 71

September 9, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced that United States Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has endorsed the measure, adding to a growing, broad and diverse coalition mobilizing to ensure passage of Prop. 71 on the November 2004 statewide ballot. Read More >


Catholics for a Free Choice Supports Proposition 71:
The California Stem Cell Research & Cures Initiative

September 7, 2004
WASHINGTON DC—Catholics for a Free Choice announced today its endorsement of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research & Cures Initiative. Proposition 71, which will appear on the November 2004 ballot, would provide funds needed for the development of potentially lifesaving therapies and cures for diseases that could save the lives of millions of children and adults and reduce health care costs.  Read More >


Former Secretary Of State George Shultz Endorses Proposition 71

Health Care, Community, Business, Legal Advocates Join Push to Fund Life-Saving Research
September 7, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — · George Shultz, Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, has joined with a broad and growing coalition of business groups, medical organizations and patient groups in endorsing a YES vote on Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, on the November 2004 statewide ballot.  Read More >


Leading Latino Organizations & Leaders Endorse Proposition 71

Health Care, Community, Business, Legal Advocates Join Push to Fund Life-Saving Research
September 2, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the endorsements of California’s leading Latino organizations in the health care advocacy, community affairs and business and legal fields, adding to an already broad and diverse coalition.  Read More >

Top Women’s and Women’s Health Groups Endorse Proposition 71

Key National and California Women’s Leaders Join Push to Fund Life-Saving Research
August 27, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the endorsements of many of the nation’s and state’s foremost women’s and women’s health organizations. Prop 71 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, reduce state health care costs and provide a boost to regional economies and the state at large.  Read More >

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Endorses Proposition 71

August 23, 2004
(San Francisco, CA) — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society today announced its endorsement of Proposition 71 the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative.  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 and reduce health care costs.  Read More >

California Mayors & Local Elected Officials Endorse Proposition 71

August 18, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced that mayors and local elected officials across California have endorsed the measure, adding to a growing, broad and diverse coalition mobilizing to ensure passage of Prop. 71 on the November 2004 statewide ballot. Today's announcement was led by the unanimous endorsement of Prop. 71 by the Los Angeles City Council.  Read More >

Field Poll Shows Prop 71 Begins Campaign in Strong Position

August 15, 2004
(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.  Read More >


California NOW Endorses Proposition 71

August 13, 2004
Sacramento, CA -- California National Organization for Women (CA NOW) today announced its endorsement of Proposition 71 - the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. Proposition 71, which would 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 and reduce health care costs.  Read More >


Alzheimer's Association California Council Endorses Proposition 71

July 22, 2004
(Los Angeles) -- Supporters of Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, today announced the measure has been endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association California Council. The initiative, 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 and reduce health care costs.  Read More >


Valley Industry and Commerce Endorses Proposition 71

July 21, 2004
(Los Angeles) -- Supporters of Proposition 71 today announced the measure has been endorsed by the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA), the leading business advocacy organization in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles.   Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, 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 and reduce health care costs.  Read More >


California Church IMPACT Endorses Proposition 71

July 8, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA)— Supporters of Proposition 71 today announced the measure has been endorsed by California Church IMPACT, the legislative advocacy sister organization of the California Council of Churches. Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, 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 and reduce health care costs.  Read More >


Catholics For A Free Choice Support Stem Cell Research

June 30, 2004
WASHINGTON, DC—With the recent death of former president Ronald Reagan from Alzheimer’s and the upcoming California ballot initiative on stem cell research, it is likely that this controversial subject will continue to be an issue during this election year.

A large majority of Catholic voters (72%) support “allowing scientists to use stem cells obtained from very early human embryos to find cures for serious diseases such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes and Parkinson’s.” Strong support for this research (34%) outnumbers strong opposition (12%) by nearly three to one.  Read More >


San Jose Chamber Supports California Stem Cell Research

June 25, 2004
The Board of Directors of the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously to support the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative on the November 2004 ballot.

“Voters throughout the state have the unique opportunity to make California a world leader in biomedical research and biotechnology while strengthening the fight to cure and treat several life-threatening illnesses,” said Chamber President and CEO Jim Cunneen.  Read More >


LA Area Chamber Supports Stem Cell Inititiave

June 18, 2004
The Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, representing over 1,300 businesses in Southern California, today announced its support for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The LA Area Chamber is the first major business organization in California to support the initiative.  Read More >


California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative Qualifies for the November Statewide Ballot

June 3, 2004
(Los Angeles, CA) — The California Secretary of State’s office announced today that the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has qualified for placement on the November 2, 2004 General Election statewide ballot. Supporters submitted more than one million signatures in April, nearly double the amount required for certification. The initiative would provide desperately needed funds for the development of lifesaving therapies and cures that could save the lives of millions of California children and adults and significantly
reduce health care costs.   Read More >


Westly Backs Stem-Cell Initiative

June 3, 2004
(Sacramento, CA) --California State Controller Steve Westly announced today his support for the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative as a way to close the critical gap in research funding, reduce healthcare costs, and save lives. Read More >


Statement of Senator Deborah Ortiz on the Announced

June 3, 2004
(Sacramento, CA) --Senator Deborah Ortiz (D-Sacramento), the author of three groundbreaking laws to promote stem cell research in California, today released the following statement on the announced qualification of the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative: “I am pleased that the proposed California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative has qualified for the November ballot.” Read More >


Angelides Voices Strong Support for the California
Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative

June 3, 2004
(Sacramento, CA)  California State Treasurer Phil Angelides today endorsed the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, lauding the measure as a forward- thinking investment in California’s future that will improve and save millions of lives; build Californian’s economy; and reduce rapidly rising healthcare
costs.  Read More >
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