California Working Families Policy Summit – 2007

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Hosted by the California Center for Research on Women and Families (CCRWF), the 2007 California Working Families Policy Summit was held on Thursday, January 18, at the Sacramento Convention Center, with more than 600 policy leaders attending. Our first Summit Luncheon was a rousing success with over 500 guests and speakers, including Incoming Chair of the Women’s Legislative Caucus Patty Berg, Keynote Speaker Joan Williams and welcoming remarks from our Platinum Sponsors: Diana Bonta, Kaiser Permanente, and Jeanine Meyer, representing SEIU-UHW.

The Summit panels helped launch the legislative session by unveiling policy proposals on issues affecting California’s working families, including child care, preschool, after-school care, cash assistance, child support, EITC, food stamps, and workplace policy. One panel presented recommendations from four statewide organizations, calling on the Governor and State legislature to continue last year’s productive focus on foster care and specifically explore additional measures to prevent entrance into foster care. In 2007, the Summit also added an additional focus on local implementation with a break-out panel on Combating Obesity through Nutrition Education and Physical Activity: Promising Practices for Local Leaders.

We were honored to have Speaker of the Assembly Fabian Núñez open our afternoon panel and present background on his health care proposal. Many thanks to the legislators who joined us to moderate panels or participate in the Summit Luncheon: Assemblyman Hector De La Torre, Senator Denise Ducheny, Assemblyman Mark Leno, Assemblyman Dave Jones, Assemblyman Pedro Nava, Assemblywoman Mary Salas, Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña, and Assemblyman Sandré Swanson.

Summit materials are available to download below.

Co-sponsors of the Summit included the California Legislative Women’s Caucus; the Black, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander and LGBT Legislative Caucuses; the California Commission on the Status of Women, and more than 60 nonprofit organizations.

Funders of the Summit included The California Endowment, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Stuart Foundation. The California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families (with funding support from the Food Stamp Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture) supported the panel on Promising Practices for Local Leaders. Kaiser Permanente and SEIU-UHW were Platinum Sponsors of the Summit Luncheon. Silver Luncheon Sponsors included the California Faculty Association, California Professional Firefighters, and Farmers Insurance.

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Summit Program

Summit Funders and Nonprofit Co-Sponsors

Summit Luncheon Sponsors

Speaker Biographies


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the Recommendations from the Summit Visionaries:

General Session
Taking Care of our Children:
Preschool, Childcare and After-School Programs

Child Care
Nancy Strohl, Executive Director
Child Care Law Center

Giannina Perez, Senior Policy Associate
Children Now

After-School Care
Darci Smith, Executive Director
California School-Age Consortium

Track 1:
Securing the Safety Net

Cash Assistance Programs
Mike Herald, Legislative Advocate
Western Center on Law and Poverty

Food Stamps
George Manalo-LeClair, Director of Legislation
California Food Policy Advocates

Child Support
Curt Child, Senior Attorney
National Center for Youth Law

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
Tatiana Siegenthaler, Legislative Coordinator
California ACORN

Track 2:
Combating Obesity through Nutrition Education & Physical Activity
Promising Practices for Local Leaders

Martin Gonzalez, Assistant Executive Director
Governance and Policy Services, California School Boards Association

County Public Health Departments
Diane Woloshin, Director of Nutrition Services
Alameda County Public Health

After-School Programs
Andria Fletcher, Chief After-School Consultant
Center for Collaborative Solutions

Worksite Practices
Curtis Granger, Worksite Manager
Worksite Health Promotion, Department of Health Services

Food Banks
Jessica Bartholow, Statewide Program Manager
Food Stamp Outreach and Nutrition Education,
California Association of Food Banks

Track 3:
Preventing Entrance into Foster Care

Recommendations collaboratively developed by representatives from the following organizations:

Amy Lemley, Policy Director
John Burton Foundation for Homeless Children

Frank Mecca, Executive Director
County Welfare Directors Association

Bill Grimm, Senior Attorney
National Center for Youth Law

Sheila Anderson, President & CEO
Prevent Child Abuse California

Track 4:
Workplace Innovations

Noreen Farrell, Staff Attorney
Equal Rights Advocates

Sharon Terman, Attorney
Legal Aid Society of San Francisco—Employment Law Center

Firestein, Executive Director
Labor Project for Working Families
Briefing Materials:
Why Do Workers Need Paid Sick Days?

Jenny Erwin, Regional Administrator
Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor
Briefing Materials:
PowerPoint: Workplace Flexibility: It’s About Time

Summit Luncheon: Gavel to Gavel
Honoring the Leadership of the Legislative Women’s Caucus
Champions of California’s Working Families

Diana Bonta, Vice President of Public Affairs, Kaiser Permanente,
Southern California Region
Jeanine Meyer Rodriquez, Director, Health Care Campaign,
SEIU California State Council

Remarks by
Assemblywoman Patty Berg, Chair-Elect,
Legislative Women’s Caucus

Keynote Address
Beyond Opting Out:
Policies to make the workplace work for families

Joan C. Williams, Distinguished Professor of Law
Director, Center for WorkLife Law
University of California, Hastings

General Session: Keeping California Healthy

Health Access
Anthony Wright, Executive Director
Health Access California

Dental Health
Joel Cohen, Policy & Community Education Director
Dental Health Foundation

Nutrition/Physical Activity-1
Ken Hecht, Executive Director
California Food Policy Advocates

Nutrition/Physical Activity-2
Amanda Purcell, Policy Director
California Center for Public Health Advocacy