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Please vote yes on Proposition 3

Posted: October 29, 2008 8:34 p.m.
Updated: December 31, 2008 5:00 a.m.

It was disheartening to read The Signal's position (Oct. 19, "Our Response to Nov. 4's Propositions") on Prop. 3: The Childrens Hospital Bond Act.

I wonder if the editorial staff really studied this proposition themselves or just adopted someone else's summary opinion.

The editorial stated, "A few select hospitals in California are guaranteed a share of $1 billion in new bond money.

While that is true, it failed to point out that those five hospitals were given pre-approved eligibility and will only receive 20 percent of the total funding.

"Furthermore, it failed to mention that the remaining 80 percent of Prop. 3 funds will be available to eight other not-for-profit hospitals - all likely to be eligible.

"All of them are highly respected and worthy of support, but must undergo an eligibility process."
The Signal implied disapproval because only a few select hospitals were guaranteed and that Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is not.

Why would the Prop. 3 authors designate 80 percent (the vast majority) of funding to the hospitals that are required to apply for eligibility if they really meant to exclude them? They wouldn't!

All are considered likely to be eligible, especially Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, which last year alone cared for more than 93,000 children - a number of them from the Santa Clarita Valley - including children with cancer.

Prop. 3 will benefit our important Childrens Hospitals.

They treat the sickest and most seriously injured children.

Statewide, all children's hospitals are either under construction, or in the planning stages, to meet the increasing demand for services.

It is one of the best investments we as citizens can make for our children and grandchildren!

Estimated cost for Californians? Less than two bucks per year!

I urge everyone to vote YES on Prop. 3.


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