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To help these and other crime victims, please join us in two ways. One, call upon your member of Congress to keep VOCA support at $1.9 billion annually, the 2023 funding level. Second, urge your state legislators to support Assembly Bill 1956, a current bill requiring California to fill gaps in federal VOCA funding, which recently passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

In Ventura County, federal legislation known as the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) is one of the largest sources of financial support for crime victim programs. Funded solely through monetary penalties paid by federal offenders, VOCA money is provided to states and then distributed to district attorney offices and nonprofit organizations across the nation. But without an immediate infusion of aid, Ventura County will soon lose more than $2.3 million annually in VOCA funds, a shortfall that will directly and negatively impact rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelter beds, human trafficking survivors, and child abuse victims. 

The DA’s office, Interface and Coalition for Family Harmony were already notified that a VOCA-funded grant to assist farmworker, LGBTQ+ and human trafficking victims will no longer be funded, causing a loss of more than $280,000 annually for victim advocates, mental health counseling and sexual assault survivor services. In January, the district attorney’s office learned that we will also lose our elder abuse grant funds totaling $217,000 annually, which means victims above the age of 65 and dependent adults will be without in-home assistance, counseling, victim advocates and much-needed transportation.

At Interface Children and Family Services, a 40% reduction in VOCA funding, or approximately $315,000 annually, will cause more than 100 child and adult victims to lose the support necessary to safely flee a violent situation and heal from their trauma.

At the Coalition for Family Harmony, a 40% reduction in VOCA funding, which amounts to $550,000 in budget and staffing cuts, would deny services to 116 victims and their families and undermine the county’s only rape crisis shelter. 

At Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Ventura County, the cuts will disproportionally fall on foster youth, reducing their funding by $250,000 and forcing CASA to cut services and contend with program closure for 80 youth per year. 

https://www.vcstar.com/story/opinion/2024/03/16/guest-column-cuts-to-victims-of-crime-act-will-have-severe-impact/72957088007/

Conejo Valley Unified School District

Regular meetings routinely scheduled for 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 6pm. 
CVUSD Board Webpage
CVUSD Meeting Info (Agenda & Supporting Docs)

City of Thousand Oaks 

Regular City Council meetings are routinely scheduled for 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6pm. 
City Council Webpage
TOaks Public Portal (Agenda & Supporting Docs)

Conejo Recreation and Parks District

Regular meetings routinely scheduled for 1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6pm. 
CRPD Board Webpage

County of Ventura 

Regular meetings routinely scheduled for 2nd and 4th Tuesdays starting at 8:30am
Board of Supervisors Webpage
Public Participation Link 

Initiative and Referendum Qualification Status

To look up initiative and referendum statuses, check the link below. If an initiative collects 25% of the necessary signatures, the SOS must be informed. 
California Secretary of State - https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/ballot-measures/initiative-and-referendum-status


Anti-Public Schools Ballot Initiative - 23-0026A1
Submitted by Mayor of Thousand Oaks, Kevin McNamee et al  is in the signature gathering phase.  
Signatures required = 874,641  Signature Circulation Deadline: 05/15/24 

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We are expecting to see signature gathering efforts

  • At entrances to shopping centers 

  • In public areas

  • At private and religious school meetings

  • At far-right gatherings

  • At civic group meetings

 

If you are a member of an organization that is approached about allowing a presentation or signature gathering effort, please let DCCV leadership know. We want the truth about this anti-public education effort to get out into the community​.

SUMMARY: Requires state to provide yearly voucher payments ($17,000 initially, adjusted annually) into Education Savings Accounts for California residents in grades TK-12 attending religious and nonreligious private schools anywhere in the United States. Payments will come from General Fund and property tax revenues currently allocated to public schools (including charter schools). Eliminates constitutional prohibition on state funding of religious and nonreligious private schools. Prohibits state from requiring certain curriculum, disciplinary, or teacher credentialing policies as condition of funding. Creates privately appointed board to distribute payments of public funds. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments

FISCAL IMPACT SUMMARY: Increased state costs, likely ranging from $6.3 billion to $10 billion per year, to provide funding for students currently enrolled in private schools. The state could pay for these costs with revenues currently reserved for pu
blic schools (or other programs in the state budget). To the extent public school students shift to private schools, the state would have additional costs—likely at least several billion dollars annually—that would be offset by lower spending on public schools. Over time, state costs for public school facilities probably would decrease by a couple hundred million dollars per year. Public schools would experience reductions in state funding and some federal and local funding—as well as reductions in various costs—based on decreases in their enrollment. All of these effects assume the state can legally implement the program to its full extent. (23-0026A1.)  

The State Attorney General issued title and summary (which includes a summary of the LAO's fiscal impact report).

Full Legislative Analyst Office Fiscal Impact Analysis

Signature collection begins November 2023.  Signatures required = 874,641. 
In California, the number of signatures required for an initiated constitutional amendment is equal to 8% of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election. A simple majority vote is required for voter approval. 

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