The Governor’s office celebrated the restoratation of funding for California’s domestic violence shelters. Here is the Governor’s Weekly Address:
"Hi, this is Senator Elaine Alquist, filling in for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with another California Report.
This week, we celebrated the restoration of funding for California’s domestic-violence shelters.
This is great news for every Californian whose life is devastated by violence in the home.
We know that domestic violence is a serious problem in California. And every year, hundreds of thousands of Californians call the police for help because of it.
It crosses all socioeconomic boundaries, all ethnicities and all income levels.
Those who need help are our neighbors, co-workers, friends and loved ones.
And that is why this week, I was so happy to celebrate the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill X3 13.
I am proud to author this legislation that will fund our state’s shelters by providing $16.3 million from a special gas-tax fund that will be repaid.
I want to congratulate and thank the many groups that worked together, to find this creative solution to keep our shelters open.
Everyone came together in a collaborative effort, and that’s how real action happens.
Now, we realize this is a one-time solution. That means we must continue to work together to find a permanent answer.
Along with the Governor, I have faith that we can do this and that there will be better days ahead for all Californians — especially for families that are working hard to heal and to move forward after domestic violence.
The Governor has declared this month "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" in California.
So along with him, I urge all Californians to stand up against domestic violence and to reach out to those who are abused, and to the wonderful organizations that work hard to support them.
On behalf of the Governor, this is Senator Elaine Kontominas Alquist.
Thank you for listening."
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