Valerie’s Week in Review – Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Dear Governor Brown,

It was disturbing to read your office’s press release about the state christmas tree and the “900 hand-crafted ornaments made by children and adults with developmental disabilities who receive services and support from the state’s development centers and 21 nonprofit regional centers.”

In reality, these are people you have turned your back on. These are services desperately struggling to survive decades of cuts that you refuse to to restore, even though California has ample funds. These are the regional centers whose woefully overloaded case managers haven’t received a raise in almost 20 years. This is a system you have shown no care or respect for.

In response to your unbelievable hypocrisy, some other parents and I decided to design and hand-craft our own ornaments for the state tree, ornaments that more accurately reflect the attitude you’ve displayed towards the the developmental disability community.

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:


I know we’re too late for this year’s tree, but I’ll drop them off at your mailroom next time I’m in Sacramento. Maybe a Christmas miracle will happen and you’ll change your mind.

Have a happy holiday.



Audrey deChadenedes



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