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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS
FROM: CITY MANAGER
DATE: OCTOBER 5, 2004
SUBJECT: POSITION ON PROPOSITION 71 -- "STEM CELL RESEARCH AND CURES INITIATIVE"
Consider taking a City position on Proposition 71.
A stem cell is an "unspecialized" cell found in both animals and humans that has the potential to develop into different types of specialized cells in the body. Some scientists believe that stem cell research may at some point result in new treatments for diseases, such as Parkinsonís, Alzheimerís, heart disease, or diabetes. Currently, the federal government provides funding for various types of stem cell research conducted nationwide, however the federal government places certain funding restrictions for research that uses embryonic stem cells. In California, the University of California and other medical research facilities engage in stem cell research and spend upwards of estimated tens of millions of dollars each year in private and federal funds.
In accordance with City Council policy, Mayor Pro Tem Larry Clark requests the Council consider taking a position in support of Proposition 71, which would authorize the state to sell $3 billion in general obligation bonds to fund stem cell research and research facilities.
Proposition 71 proposes to accomplish the following:
According to the League of Women Votersí website, arguments for and against Prop 71:
Supporters of Proposition 71 include, but not limited to, Los Angeles City Council, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Marin County Board of Supervisors, City of West Hollywood, Alzheimer's Association California Council, California Medical Association, American Nurses Association of California, American Diabetes Association, Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of California, Parkinson's Action Network, California Congress of Seniors, Gray Panthers and the National Coalition for Cancer Research.
Formal opponents of Proposition 71, besides the coalition named "Doctors, Patients and Taxpayers for Fiscal Responsibility", are not readily apparent.
The State Legislative Analystís estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact:
Assistant to the City Manager
Attachment: Proposition 71 Legislative Summary for the November 2004 Ballot