NOTE: Thank you to an AofA reader for preparing this document to explain California's newest attempt to usurp parental rights. SB18 was introduced by Pedia-tician [sic] Senator Richard Pan, whose SB277 removed vaccine choice rights and has kept thousands of California children from attending school.
Recently Del Bigtree reported in a Facebook video that he and others concerned about California SB18 met with "Common Sense Kids Action" after the Sacramento protest rally, at the organization's invitation, to discuss the bill. Del explained that members of Common Sense Kids Action are the authors of SB18 and that "Pan is the registered author as the politician behind it". Other groups in attendance expressing concern about the bill included "A Voice For Choice" "The National Association of Parents" and Parental Rights.org. California Senator and pediatrician Richard Pan was not in attendance.
The bill reads as follows:
(a) The Legislature finds and declares that all children and youth, regardless of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin, culture, religion, immigration status, sexual orientation, or ability, have inherent rights that entitle them to protection, special care, and assistance, including, but not limited to, the following:
(1) The right to parents, guardians, or caregivers who act in their best interest.
(2) The right to form healthy attachments with adults responsible for their care and well-being.
(3) The right to live in a safe and healthy environment.
(4) The right to social and emotional well-being.
(5) The right to opportunities to attain optimal cognitive, physical, and social development.
(6) The right to appropriate, quality education and life skills leading to self-sufficiency in adulthood.
(7) The right to appropriate, quality health care.
(b) It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this act to expand and codify the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California created by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 80 (Res. Ch. 101, Stats. 2009), to establish a comprehensive framework that governs the rights of all children and youth in California, outlines the research-based essential needs of California’s children, and establishes standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed.
It is the intent of the Legislature, by January 1, 2022, to enact appropriate legislation to accomplish all of the following:
(a) Develop and put forth research-based policy solutions that will ensure the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.
(b) Determine the amount of revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state.
(c) Identify and obtain the revenue and resources necessary to ensure that the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth of California, in its totality, is applied evenly, equitably, and appropriately to all children and youth across the state
Who is "Common Sense Kids Action"? The website states:
Common Sense Kids Action fights on behalf of families everywhere -- in our home state of California, in our nation's capital, and in states across the country, where we franchise winning ideas and legislative efforts that help all kids thrive.
Clearly, this is not just about California. These people have their sights set on the entire country. Looking at the list of advisors, I found that all of them, except one, are high level political and media operatives. The advisory board lists:
Angela Glover Blackwell
Nadine Burke Harris
"Joel Benenson is an American pollster and consultant known for his role as a strategist for Barack Obama's 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns. He was the chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's losing 2016 presidential campaign."
"Angela Glover Blackwell is the founder and president of PolicyLink, which is "[A] national research and action institute that works collaboratively to develop and implement local, state, and federal policies to achieve economic and social equity".
"James David "Jim" Margolis (born April 30, 1955) is an American political consultant and communications executive based in Washington, DC. He served as an advisor to Barack Obama in both his 2008 and 2012 campaigns for the White House. Margolis is a partner at GMMB, Inc., a strategic communications firm and advertising agency. Previously he served as chief of staff to US Senator Kent Conrad, chief of staff to US Congressman Howard Wolpe, and Deputy Director of Communications for Vice President Walter Mondale's presidential campaign....
Margolis is the fifth child of Frederick Margolis, a pediatrician,  film producer, and inventor, and Elizabeth Rieger, a social worker. He was born in Albuquerque, NM when his father served in the US Public Health Service directing health care on a Navajo Indian reservation.[14...
"Michael Demaree "Mike" McCurry (born October 27, 1954) is best known as the former press secretary for Bill Clinton's administration. He is a Washington-based communications consultant and is associated with the firm Public Strategies Washington, Inc. He is also active within the administration ... McCurry is a partner at the influential Washington, D.C.-based government ..."
"Mark McKinnon (born May 5, 1955) is an American political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist and television producer. He was the chief media advisor to five successful presidential primary and general election campaigns, and is a co-founder of No Labels, an organization dedicated to bipartisanship and political problem solving. He served as vice chairman of Public Strategies, Inc., which was acquired by the international communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton Strategies, and was president of Maverick Media."
"Stephen Edward "Steve" Schmidt (born 1970) is an American campaign strategist and public relations worker for the U.S. Republican Party. He specializes in political "message development and strategy. ... He is currently a political analyst for MSNBC and has appeared frequently on Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO."
According to Wikipedia, Schmidt's wife is a Labor and Delivery nurse.
From The University of California Berkeley, Institute of Governmental Studies: Ace Smith
Ace is a 30-year veteran of state and national politics and has directed winning campaigns from district attorney to president. With deep experience on the West Coast, he specializes in high-stakes political, governmental and public affairs campaigns.
Over the years, Ace has worked with a roster of clients including Virginia Governor Doug Wilder (1989), Chicago Mayor Richard Daley (1989), U.S. Senator Paul Simon (1990), Texas Governor Ann Richards (1990), U.S. Senator Patti Murray (1992), U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (1992), U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (1994), Congressman Richard Gephardt (1994-2002), California Governor Gray Davis (1998, 2002), U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (1992-2010) and Howard Dean for President (2004).
In 2005, Ace directed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's underdog campaign for Mayor of Los Angeles, marking the first time since the 1930's that an LA Mayor had been defeated after a single term. In 2006, he ran Jerry Brown's campaign for California Attorney General and during the 2008 Democratic Presidential Primary, served as State Director for Senator Hillary Clinton's campaigns in California, Texas and North Carolina. In 2010, Ace and his partners were instrumental in this historic election of San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris as California Attorney General and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom as California Lieutenant Governor. In 2011 Ace ran San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's victorious campaign and in 2012 he led the historic Proposition 30 effort for Governor Brown.
Ace also has extensive experience advising corporate clients and winning complex initiative campaigns. The subject of several newspaper profiles, Ace was called "legendary" by the New York Times and political campaign manager "heavyweight champion of the year" in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Darrell Steven Steinberg (born October 15, 1959) is an American politician who serves as the mayor of Sacramento, California. He was elected to be mayor on June 7, 2016 (avoiding a runoff). Before that, he was California Senate President pro Tempore and the leader of the majority party in the California State Senate from 2008 to 2014.
Steinberg was a member of the California State Senate representing the 6th District. He had also previously served as a member of the California State Assembly (1998–2004) and as a member of the Sacramento City Council (1992–1998). He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Mr. Steinberg's Wikipedia page lists many career accomplishments including many bills that he has had passed into law. One odd sentence stands out:
"On November 13, 2013, State Sen. Ron Calderon, lashed out at Federal authorities claiming that they wanted him to record conversations between Sen. Steinberg and fellow Sen. Kevin De Leon in a sting operation targeting Steinberg and De Leon."
I did not seen an explanation as to why Federal authorities were conducting a sting operation against Steinberg and De Leon. Just something to note...
These 7 operatives are all heavy weights - the heaviest - including the Mayor of Sacramento and close associates of Governor Brown. These are well connected people who sell ideas for a living.
So - who is paying them and how much, to sell SB18?
The Excuse - Preventing and Treating ACE's
We already know that Senator Pan, the AAP, CDC, and a handful of other Pharma funded conflicted entities are pushing for mandatory universal vaccination administered strictly according to CDC recommendations. But SB18 is much broader, seeking to control all aspects of every Californian and ultimately American, child's life ("standards relating to the health, safety, well-being, early childhood and educational opportunities, and familial supports necessary for all children to succeed"). What else could be behind SB18?
The last Common Sense Kids Action advisory board member is Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, CEO and Director of the Center For Youth Wellness. I believe she reveals what SB18 is about (red, my emphasis):
Dr. Nadine Burke Harris is founder and CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (CYW). She has earned international attention for her innovative approach to addressing adverse childhood experiences as a risk factor for adult diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Her work has demonstrated that it’s time to reassess the relationship between poverty, child development and health, and how the practical applications of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study can improve health outcomes.
Dr. Burke Harris currently serves as an expert advisor on the Too Small to Fail initiative championed by Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation in association with Next Generation. This initiative aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. Dr. Burke Harris also serves as an advisor on Governor Jerry Brown’s “Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force” and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a committee member for the AAP’s Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence Committee. Her work has been profiled in Paul Tough’s best-selling book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character hailed by NY Times columnist David Brooks as “essential.” Dr. Burke Harris’ work has also earned her the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The goal of the Center for Youth Wellness is ambitious: to create a clinical model that recognizes and effectively treats toxic stress in children and to change the standard of pediatric practice in our nation. CYW works in close partnership with the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center, where Dr. Burke Harris was the founding physician and where she maintains her clinical practice. Her areas of interest are in health disparities, child trauma, nutrition and asthma. Particularly, her focus is serving communities where issues of poverty and race present challenges to conventional health care and education."
"The problem comes when our system is overtaxed by repeated, intense or chronic stress. That cascade of chemicals and reactions goes from saving one’s life to damaging one’s health. Children are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of chronic stress and trauma. For many kids who are repeatedly exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences, such as violence at home or in the community, or having a parent with mental illness or substance dependence, their “fight or flight” system is activated so often that it stays on. These high levels of emergency hormones can lead to changes in the structure and function of children’s developing brains and bodies. The result is toxic stress.
Without support and protection from adults, children who experience toxic stress are at higher risk for health and social problems, like asthma, diabetes and obesity, as well as learning difficulties. Toxic stress also may make it difficult to sit still in school or to control emotions in challenging situations. If left untreated, toxic stress can lead to increased risk of adult diseases including heart disease and cancer."
The CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect and later-life health and well-being.
The original ACE Study was conducted at Kaiser Permanente from 1995 to 1997 with two waves of data collection. Over 17,000 Health Maintenance Organization members from Southern California receiving physical exams completed confidential surveys regarding their childhood experiences and current health status and behaviors.
The CDC continues ongoing surveillance of ACEs by assessing the medical status of the study participants via periodic updates of morbidity and mortality data.
[It sure would be nice if the CDC took such a keen interest in studying in detail the long term effects of the Adverse Childhood Experience that they invent, prescribe, push, and profit from - VACCINATION.]
More detailed information about the study can be found in the links below or in “Relationship of Childhood Abuse and Household Dysfunction to Many of the Leading Causes of Death in Adults,” published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine in 1998, Volume 14, pages 245–258.
The CDC link has more information about ACE's, including Pdfs of the screening tools used and prevalence statistics. The list of ACE's include: emotional, physical and sexual abuse, mother treated violently, household substance abuse, household mental illness, parental separation or divorce, incarcerated household member, emotional and physical neglect.
In Donna Jackson Nakazawa's book, The Last Best Cure, My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy and My Life (p. 37), she writes:
"Researchers at Harvard have done similar groundbreaking work, showing how early childhood stresses rewire the circuitry of our brain, changing our epigenetics, and altering gene expression. They also found something else I find quite staggering. ACEs cause profound physical changes to the area of the brain that processes our emotions and our memories, known as the hippocampus. According to Harvard researchers, experiencing physical or sexual abuse, physical or emotional neglect, significant separations or losses, verbal abuse, or parental discord during childhood results in having a smaller hippocampus - about 6 percent smaller than that found in adults who didn't experience these forms of childhood adversity. It seems that a group of cells in the immature hippocampus releases a hormone when faced with excessive stress. Exposing the developing hippocampus to large amounts of this hormone reduces the actual size as well as the function of the emotional processing center of the brain. This damage to the hippocampus and our ability to process emotion, which in turn impacts how we react to and manage stress for life, may also help explain why early adversity often leads to a multitude of later health problems."
(It is important to note that researchers also believe that people can heal, and that the effects of toxic stress can be ameliorated by having loving and supportive parents.)
The Case Against SB18 series will take a critical look at the US government and health care system's historical role in children's health, with the goal of determining whether these entities should be further empowered to overrule parental authority in setting new comprehensive legislative standards as proposed in California's SB18. We'll consider some of the history of ACE legislative and other related activity, and we will compare the declared ACE epidemic response to the response to the undeclared autism epidemic.
Next: The Curious Response to the 1998 CDC/Kaiser Permanente ACE Study
Californians: Please consider signing Senator Joel Anderson has a petition opposing SB18: