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Phone-In June 4-7: Join the Statewide Campaign to Protect Our RDA Housing Funds

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Make some noise on redevelopment and join the statewide phone-in campaign! Sacramento budget negotiations are entering a crucial phase: by June 15, the governor and legislative leadership will decide whether to sweep the redevelopment housing funds. Although we suffered a blow when Governor Brown proposed to sweep the money in early May, we still have strong champions fighting to keep the low-mod housing funds for their intended purpose.

Those champions need our support NOW.  While they and our Capitol lobbyists work to identify options, other members of the legislature MUST hear from their constituents and local advocates. Join our four-day campaign to make some noise!

The plan is simple. Starting Monday, spend 5 minutes each day calling the day’s targeted legislator.  Use our scripts below, which include information on each day’s target, phone numbers, and an easy option for find your legislators. Repeat each day through Thursday.

Daily Scripts for 4-day Phone-In Campaign

Day 1 (Monday, June 4) Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. His capitol office phone number is (916) 651-4006.

"Hi, my name is ______ and I live in _________. I’m calling to urge Senator Steinberg to keep his commitment to protect the redevelopment housing balances in the budget negotiations. My community needs the jobs and homes that will be built with these funds. We would appreciate it if Senator Steinberg would champion the protection of the funds in the budget negotiations. Thank you."

Day 2 (Tuesday, June 5) Assembly Speaker John Perez. His capitol office phone number is (916) 319-2046.

"Hi, my name is ______ and I live in _________. I’m calling to thank Speaker Perez for his ongoing commitment to protecting the redevelopment housing balances in the budget negotiations. My community needs the jobs and homes that will be built with this money. Please tell Speaker Perez I’m grateful for his leadership on this issue."

Day 3 (Wednesday, June 6)  Your Assemblymember. Find your assemblymember and his or her Capitol office phone number here, based on your home address:  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.

'Hi, my name is __________ and I live in Assemblymember _______’s district. I’m calling to urge him/her to fight to protect redevelopment housing balances in the budget. Locally, we need the jobs and homes that can be built with this money. Stable, affordable places to live are also important to kids in our community, who need a quiet place to study and sleep. Please tell Assemblymember _______ how important the local redevelopment housing balances are to the people here and to our local economy. Thank you."

Day 4 (Thursday, June 7) Your Senator. Find your senator and his or her Capitol office phone number here, based on your home address:  http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html.

"Hi, my name is __________ and I live in Senator _______’s district. I’m calling to urge him/her to fight to protect redevelopment housing balances in the budget. Locally, we need the jobs and homes that can be built with this money. Stable, affordable places to live are also important to children in our community, who need a quiet place to study and sleep. Please tell Senator ______ how important the local redevelopment housing balances are to the people here and to our local economy. Thank you."

Once your done, please report back on your results. Take Friday off, knowing you did your part to show legislators how important this is to our community.