(SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA) – Dozens of local seniors, parents, students and community allies converged on Assemblymember Katcho Achadjian’s office today to demand he show real leadership and stand up to extremists in his party who continue to block a balanced approach to the state budget.
The group urged Asm. Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo) to protect local seniors, schools and public safety services from more devastating cuts by voting for a balanced budget that maintains existing revenues. This balanced approach recognizes that $10 billion more cut from critical services — on top of $13 billion slashed from schools, colleges, and other essential services earlier this year — will devastate local families.
“We’re calling on Assemblymember Achadjian to stop hiding behind generalities and abstractions and tell us where he would make the cuts locally. Which courses would he shut down at Cal Poly? How many teachers in our local schools should be laid off? How many deputies should the sheriff’s office lay off, and which cases should the D.A. stop prosecuting?” said Dr. Jim Conway, a professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. “If you’re going to vote for deeper cuts, have the courage and character to look us in the eye and be specific about the local consequences.”
By refusing even to maintain already existing revenues, Achadjian’s approach to the budget would force $10 billion more in cuts – pulling the rug out from under vulnerable seniors, slashing law enforcement even as crime is rising, and chopping up to a month off our kids’ school year.
“Assemblymember Kachadjian, if you don’t step up to be the leader our kids need, schools right here in your district will lose out this coming year,” said local mom Michelle Naficy. “At the rate our school funding has been cut, what will we lose next? Art? PE? Our gifted or dual immersion programs? How many children in one classroom is too much? Can you tell me what WILL be left by the time my younger kids enter school? Too many children have already lost these opportunities in California!”
At today’s news conference, the group urged Asm. Achadjian to consider the far-ranging and deep impact of cuts already made and the devastating consequences that will result if existing revenues are not extended:
Locally, if revenue is not extended, an all cuts budget would mean nearly $25 million in education cuts to San Luis Obispo County.