Celebrates Program Success on
"Prop. 36 Graduates Day"
of graduates and supporters of
program gathered at the State
Capitol Building on April 18,
2007, for the second annual “Prop.
36 Works!” rally and to
celebrate the program’s
70,000 graduates. In support of
the grads, the day was declared
“Prop. 36 Graduates Day”
in the state as well as in the
counties of Los Angeles and San
event celebrated the overwhelming
successes of Prop. 36 and the
day’s theme “Building
the Chain of Recovery” drew
attention to the positive and
contagious nature of recovery
from alcohol and drug addiction.
Secretary of State, Deborah Bowen,
spoke to the crowd about the importance
of recovery and of continuing
Prop. 36. Senator Carole Migden
and Assembly Member Jim Beall,
Jr. also came to show their support
and to congratulate the grads
on their success.
Budget Committee Chairman John
Laird, D-Santa Cruz, also spoke
to the crowd, saying that funding
is especially crucial in a year
when Schwarzenegger is proposing
$10.9 billion in spending to expand
the state's prisons and jails
by 78,000 beds.
further support, Senator Scott
and Assembly Member Leno jointly
declared April 18, 2007, "Prop.
36 Graduates Day" and their
staff presented awards to several
strong organizers. We in turn
presented Assembly Member Leno
with an award for all of his support
for the program. Community support
came from the Beacon House Association
of San Pedro, the Alpha Project
of San Diego, A New PATH (Parents
for Addiction and Healing), the
Coalition for Effective Public
Safety, Progressive Christians
Uniting, California Coalition
of Churches, All of Us or None,
and the recovery community statewide.