The Press Democrat of Friday/November 6, 2009 included numerous stories about how the California budget situation is affecting life in Sonoma County and throughout the state. Knowing what a great job Becoming Independent, North Bay Industries and Old Adobe Developmental Service do helping the developmentally challenged within our community, it was particularly disappointing to learn the effect of furloughs upon their clients.
As we all know, others have also had their lives disrupted and dreams delayed due to many failed attempts to manage our state budget. These stories include a friend of my daughter who has selected nursing as her career and studied hard to complete her program, qualifying to take the state licensing exam.
Her exam (and that of many others as well) was scheduled to take place this fall in Sacramento. While working various jobs, she found time to do her many hours of pre-test preparations throughout the summer. When I saw her recently and asked how her exam went she informed me that it had not taken place. Apparently she drove over to Sacramento the day of the scheduled exam to be “greeted” by information that proctors would not be available. No notice, not even a sorry about that. Furthermore, not being permitted as yet to reschedule the exam.
Is this the kind of life lesson we want the future of California to remember us by? Intending to ask that question to the California Board of Registered Nurses, today I called 916-322-3350 to inquire. The recorded message informed me that the office is not open on November 6, 2009 due to Friday furloughs!