No decisions from SDC meeting

A top-level meeting of legislators and state officials in Sacramento on Tuesday was not intended to produce decisions about the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC), and no actions were taken.

That according to 1st District Supervisor Susan Gorin, who attended the meeting, along with state Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, Assemblymember Mariko Yamada, D-Davis, Assemblymember Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, Diana Dooley, secretary of the California Health and Human Services Agency and Santi Rogers, newly appointed director of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), which has direct control over SDC.

“There was, essentially, nothing discussed at the meeting,” Gorin said. “Senator Evans asked for the meeting to get the status of the action plan at SDC, but no timelines were discussed, no future conversations were planned about how this would play out. There’s no big story.”

Gorin added that both Yamada and Evans are planning to introduce spot legislation shortly that can be amended with specific action steps when plans for the facility become clearer.

“I’m looking at the final report of the Task Force recommendations, and I want to initiate conversations with the regional centers. I think they will have a great deal of influence” on future SDC decisions, she said.

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