Ward Connerly, a University of California Regent, author of the proposition, once said, "The UC hospitals do not exist to provide patient care. Their purpose is the training of medical students."
This was said to questions regarding unsafe staffing and the replacement of RNs by unlicensed 'Care Partners'.
Prohibits state and local governments from classifying any person by race, ethnicity, color, or national origin. Various exemptions apply. Fiscal Impact: The measure would not result in a significant fiscal impact on state and local governments.
Diane Schachterle American Civil Rights Coalition P.O. Box 189113, Sacramento, California, 95818 (916) 444-2278 email@example.com
Ed Lee Coalition For An Informed California 1611 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, California, 94612 (510) 452-2728 firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Signed the Ballot Arguments:
Ward Connerly, University of California Regent
Martha Montelongo Myers, Columnist
Joe Hicks, Human Relations Consultant
Sam Aanestad, California State Senator
Dr. MaryRose Consiglio, Prop. 54 Statewide Vice Chair
Rodger Hedgecock, Talk Show Host KOGO San Diego
Jacqueline Jacobberger, President; League of Women Voters
John C. Lewin, M.D., Chief Executive Officer; California Medical Association
Molly Coye, M.D., Former Director; Department of Health Services, Wilson Administration
Robert M. Pearl, M.D., Kaiser Permanente
The California Medical Association Says Information Saves Lives
VOTE NO! ON PROPOSITION 54
L.A. mayor, NAACP oppose Proposition 54, which will appear on Oct. 7 ballot
Wed Aug 20, 9:06 AM (Daily Bruin)
On October 7, Californians will be voting on the gubernatorial recall initiative. They will also vote on Proposition 54, the "Classification by Race, Ethnicity, Color or National Origins" (CRECNO) Initiative. This is also called the Racial Privacy Initiative or the RPI.
This California constitutional initiative is an effort to move toward a "race-blind" society by prohibiting state and other public entities from classifying and tracking individuals by race. Although Proposition 54 allows for classification by race for medical research, this may not be possible when the information is to be collected by state agencies, such as the California Cancer Registry (NCCC's cancer registry operates under the authority of the California Cancer Registry). Proposition 54 will make it difficult, if not impossible, to classify cancer patients by race and to develop population estimates so that race-specific cancer rates can be calculated.
Though a race-blind society may be a desirable social goal, the fact is that diseases such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, AIDS, birth defects, sickle cell anemia, and diabetes are NOT race-blind. These and other diseases are more severe in some racial groups than in others. Even some treatments for these diseases are more effective in some groups than in others.
Researchers, such as those at the NCCC, and public health professionals need race and other information to determine disease rates, develop patient education and screening programs, and to deliver effective care to patients. Many of us working in medical research and public health are concerned that Proposition 54 will limit our ability to identify high-risk people in our efforts to more fully understand disease so we can prevent it and provide better care to those who become ill. Without access to this information, we fear that future research will be substantially compromised and public health programs will be less effective.
I urge you to read Proposition 54 very carefully before you vote and evaluate its possible impact on medical research in general and specifically on cancer research carried out at the Northern California Cancer Center.
Dee W. West, Ph.D.
Chief Scientific Officer