Berlin, Nancy

Nancy Berlin is Director of California Partnership. California Partnership is a statewide coalition of community-based groups, organizing and advocating for the programs and policies that reduce and end poverty. We are spear-heading campaigns to develop electoral power in low-income communities, give a voice to local communities in creating a more just state budget and building a movement for healthcare for everyone. For more information, please visit

How California Has Turned Its Back on Its Most Vulnerable Residents

By Nancy Berlin

"...the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; those who are in the shadows of life; the sick, the needy and the handicapped." ~ Last Speech of Hubert H. Humphrey

California was once home to one of the most comprehensive health care and human services safety nets in the country. As a statewide community, we prided ourselves in making sure that our seniors were well taken care of in their golden years, and that they would have the opportunity to live their lives at home surrounded by loved ones, and not forced into state-run institutions or nursing homes. We made it a shared priority that state policy would ensure that Californians with disabilities would be treated with the dignity and respect they deserved as equal contributors to California’s collective prosperity. These were the values that once defined a great state.

Can't Face The Criticism? Stop The Cuts

By Nancy Berlin (California Partnership) and Anthony Wright (Health Access Caliornia)

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, Assembly Minority Leader Connie Conway indicated that she and fellow members of the Republican Caucus were unwilling to develop and release their own plans for resolving California’s remaining $15.4 billion deficit because any forthcoming proposal would be subject to “criticism.”

In the same article, Assembylwoman Conway said she was opposed to cuts to California’s K-12 education, while at the same time rejecting the Governor’s modest revenue proposals that call for extending existing revenue streams scheduled to end this summer. Such a proposal, without revenues, would require unimaginable cuts to the rest of the budget (mostly health and human services), bump up against federal law and court-ordered minimum requirements for these services, and even then the math won’t add up.

A Question For Assemblyman Garrick: Why Can’t We Talk about the Budget?

By Nancy Berlin
California Partnership

Last week, I joined over 500 Californians from all over the state to rally at the Capitol and meet with the 42 legislators who had voted no on the latest budget proposal.  This proposal included revenue solutions as a way to balance the budget and protect critical programs for seniors, disabled people, families and children.  We especially sought to meet with Senators Hollingsworth and Dutton and Assemblyman Garrick, as these leaders have been particularly vocal and extremist in their opposition to budget solutions throughout the summer.

10,000 Voices Say Gov’s Budget Fails Californians

By Nancy Berlin

With less than a week until Governor Schwarzenegger unveils his revised May budget, there’s little hope that California’s struggling economy will see any reprieve from the threat of draconian cuts to vital services and unnecessary and wasteful corporate giveaways. This much has already been forecasted in the Governor and fellow Republicans’ incessant claims that California’s multi-billion dollar budget deficit can only be reigned in through sacrifice (read cuts!). But who are the ones really making the sacrifice? And what’s really at stake?

We at the Health and Human Services Network of California have a pretty good idea what the Governor and Republican leaders mean when they say that we’ll have to make “certain sacrifices” in order to close the $20 billion plus state budget gap. The HHS Network is approaching its milestone to generate more than 10,000 letters to state leaders before the Governor announces his revised budget.

California Needs a Family Recovery Budget

By Nancy Berlin

On April 27th, California Partnership will kicked-off the first of a series of advocacy days in the Capitol. The delegation will include community members throughout the state demanding state legislators pass a Family Recovery Budget for California; one that creates and maintains jobs, provides a vital safety net for where there are no jobs, pursues targeted revenues to help our economy and families, and brings home Federal funds for the relief of California’s struggling families.