Establish a Bipartisan Committee to Investigate SCA 5 in a Transparent Way
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We write to urge you to establish a bipartisan committee to investigate SCA 5 in a transparent way.
As you know, SCA 5 is a constitutional amendment that would encourage racial discrimination in California’s public education systems. Such State-sponsored discrimination will stir up racial hostilities in California.
SCA 5 was passed in the Senate strictly along the partisan line. No responsible citizen would like to see such a result—it is bad for California and America.
We appreciate the effort of our legislators that resulted in a joint statement regarding SCA 5 on March 17, 2014, which temporarily put SCA 5 on hold. We trust that this action embodied true political wisdom rather than short-term interest in votes.
The joint statement aimed “to have an honest and thoughtful conversation.” Yet, it also stated that “a bicameral commission” would be formed and “the charge and membership of the commission [would] be determined by the Speaker and Senate President pro tem.”
With all due respect, this proposed commission will unlikely be bipartisan, given the political reality within our state legislature. In fact, Senator Bob Huff publicly commented that none of the Republican Senators had been invited to this commission, and any “meeting [would] likely be convened as a lopsided testimony in an attempt to lead the public to the conclusion that the concepts found in SCA 5 are good for California.” (http://district29.cssrc.us/content/huff-weekly-capitol-comment-163).
We are deeply concerned about this dire situation. We urge you to act as a responsible legislator for all Californians and establish a truly bipartisan committee—rather than a “bicameral commission”—to thoroughly investigate SCA 5 in a transparent way. Thank you.
Silicon Valley Chinese Association
Note: If your organization is also interested in signing, please use our Open Letter to Some California State Legislators at http://www.no2sca5.org/open_letter.html.
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