Contact: Dan Sullivan, Sierra Club 415/626-8153 Michael Paparian, Sierra Club
916-557-1100 Richard Toshiyuki Drury, CBE 415-243-8373
San Francisco ... Four state environmental organizations today announced their
opposition to Proposition 187. The Sierra Club, the Planning and Conservation League, the
California League of Conservation Voters, and Citizens for a Better Environment joined in
denouncing Proposition 187 because of the devastating impact it will have on public
health, and because of the damage it will cause to public education and the general
quality of life in the state.
"Proposition 187 claims to save our state by prohibiting virtually all health
care for 1.6 million California residents, and by forcing over 300,000 children out of the
school system. This won't save our state -- it's more likely to plague our state,"
said Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope. "Proposition
187 is nothing less than a direct frontal assault on both public health and public
"Don't be fooled by promises of magic solutions and big savings," said
Santa Cruz County Supervisor Gary Patton, speaking for the Planning and Conservation
League. "Proposition 187 is so poorly drafted, and it violates so many federal
laws, that it threatens $15 billion in federal aid to our schools and hospitals.
Proposition 187 will do nothing to solve California's problems -- it will only make them
"I was stunned when I read the text of this proposition," said
Richard Drury, a staff attorney for Citizens for a Better Environment. "It will
exclude a vast number of California residents from virtually every form of licensed health
care. It doesn't matter whether they are suffering from a contagious disease or poisoning
from pollution -- they will stay away from all medical clinics. This is incredibly cruel
and short-sighted. It will just lead to epidemics of contagious diseases that will affect
everyone, and it may create a black market in health services."
"We call on all California voters to reject this extreme and costly
initiative," said Sam Schuchat, the Executive Director of the California League
of Conservation Voters. "It would do nothing but damage our health, our
educational opportunities, and our sense of community."
The Sierra Club is a national organization with 150,000 members in
California. Sierra Club California, its state division, leads environmental advocacy
campaigns on California state issues.
The Planning and Conservation League is a Sacramento-based
environmental organization. It is the principal sponsor of Proposition 185 on the November
ballot, which will provide funding to promote public transportation and reduce air
Citizens for a Better Environment is a statewide environmental
organization with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles. It works to reduce threats to
public health and the environment posed by toxic pollution.
The California League of Conservation Voters campaigns for candidates
who support environmental protection. It also campaigns for ballot measures that are
environmentally sound, and against measures that will be harmful.
Statement by Carl Pope, Sierra Club Executive Director, on
the Club's opposition to CA Prop 187
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