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Los Angeles County, CA September 13, 2005 Election
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We need Better SENIOR TRANSPORTATION Programs for our Senior Citizens

By Paul Whitehead

Candidate for Member of the State Assembly; District 53

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Reports have found that over half of non-drivers (65and older) stay at home on any given day because they have no transportation. How do Seniors get to the doctor, to houses of worship, to the grocery store, to see their friends? In many cases, they don't. They become isolated, often depressed.
As your Assemblyman, I will introduce a bill for public transportation programs, particularly those serving the elderly and persons with disabilities; strengthen coordination among California human services transportation programs, and preserve transportation enhancements programs that helps make communities more walkable and bicycle friendly.

AARP believes it is critical that transportation policymakers begin to address the needs of the over 65 population now by offering choices beyond driving, allowing people to travel independently in their communities. The reauthorization of TEA-21* (the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century), is an opportunity to expand and improve transportation services for older Americans.

As Assemblyman, I will sponsor legislation to:

·allow operating assistance as an eligible expense in the Section 5310 program for the elderly and persons with disabilities, and not just funding for the purchase of vehicles

·support funding for improvements that make roads safer for our Senior drivers and pedestrians.

  • AARP testified before both the House of Representatives and Senate transportation committees in July, 2002.

    Paul knows that children can't learn in unruly classrooms with 40 or more students. We must decrease class size, increase teacher's salaries, renovate decaying facilities, and offer more INDUSTRIAL ARTS/ TRADE-TECH classes for those students not going to college. As Assemblyman, Paul will initiate programs that give teachers the freedom to teach in well-equipped classrooms so that our students have the foundation for academic success.

In the California Assembly, Paul will fight for equitable funding of all area programs.

Paul knows how the state government has failed to meet its commitment to fairly fund key programs, like music, the arts, and hands-on INDUSTRIAL ARTS training for those not going to college. Paul understands that education must emphasize job training, problem solving, and not just test taking.

Paul Whitehead knows well-trained teachers lead to better schools.

As a classroom teacher, Paul Whitehead understands that motivated teachers hold the key to unlocking a child's potential. Paul will work to attract and retain a quality teacher in every classroom. He will promote effective mentoring programs for new teachers, reward master teachers, and improve retirement benefits.

Paul Whitehead understands that learning doesn't stop after school.

Paul will continue to promote quality after-school programs for area kids. Students need a safe place to go for extra help to master tough subjects so they can succeed in school and in life. In Assembly, Paul will urge parents to get involved at every level of their child's education. Parental participation is necessary for students to achieve and Paul will support programs to reward parents for their participation in their child's education.

If you would like to be listed as an Endorser, please contact the Paul Whitehead Campaign for Assembly at or the phone number below.

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Paul Whitehead Campaign for Assembly

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