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California Connection - Current Eddition
March 24, 2017

Welcome to the California connection for March 24.
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Conference Announcement

The Convention announcement is now online at: http://www.ccbnet.org/con17_announce.htm

You will thoroughly enjoy the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention speakers.
For those interested in advocacy, Anthony Stevens, ACB Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs, will present both at Friday evening's general session and at Friday morning's Committee on Access and Transportation and California Citizens with Low Vision joint program.
Our international luncheon and banquet speaker will be former CEO of the American Foundation of the Blind, Carl Augusto. As a real treat, Carl will be leading a sing-along after the banquet and for all you lovers of 60's and 70's music, you don't want to miss it. Carl has asked whether anyone in the area would have a guitar that they can bring to convention in order that he can avoid the hassle of bringing his from the East Coast. If you can accommodate this request, please let the CCB office know at 800-221-6359. We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

For those considering coming to the convention on Wednesday, CCB will be holding a fundraiser at a nearby BJ's Restaurant and Brew house from 4 to 10 PM.

Please share this information with chapters, statewide affiliates, and other interested parties.
We look forward to seeing you and making the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention the best ever!

Convention Transportation Options

The following presents information on transportation options for the 2017 Conference and Convention.

The Burbank Bob Hope Airport is the nearest (18 miles) airfield to the Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Hotel, the site of the April 6th - 9th Convention.

There are several transportation service options for traveling between the airport and hotel, which are: Shuttle services, taxicabs, Uber, Lyft, and Access Services.

Shuttle service and taxi cabs are located on the pedestrian islands immediately in front of the Burbank Airport terminal, and operate to and from the Airport.

Shuttle service operators are:

The current round-trip Supershuttle price is $52. For those flying into LAX, the current Supershuttle price is $64, although you can save $3 from both airports by making Supershuttle reservations online at supershuttle.com.

Taxicab operators are:

Those who are Uber or Lyft users will need to contact directly both companies to learn about scheduling and fares, but quotes we received from Burbank were Uber $23 and Lyft $25-31.

For those folks traveling to either Los Angeles or Burbank airports, Amtrak or Greyhound for the 2017 CCB Conference and Convention, the following information may be helpful if you are a current ADA qualified Para transit rider in your local area and wish to use Para transit while at the Woodland Hills Hilton Hotel.
The Para transit group in the Los Angeles Area is called Access Services.
You can call (1800) 827-0829 and press option 1, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM.
You will then let them know that you have Para transit in your local city, and that you are requesting visitor status. They will give you all of the information along with a fax number to have your local Para transit provider send your current eligibility status.
Make sure that you check a day or so later (business days only) at the same number in order to be certain that your information was received and put into the system.
You will then be given instructions on how to use the service as a visitor.
The current fares are $2.75 per trip up to 19.9 miles, and $3.50 per trip from 20 miles and beyond.
At LAX, there is a blue Access sign outside each terminal. At the Burbank Airport, you must go out by the Taxi Stand.

Candidate Statements For The 2017 Officer And Board Of Directors Election

The California Council of the Blind 2017 Board candidate statements are now on the CCB website. http://www.ccbnet.org/candidates_2017.htm

Get to know who is running and what their future plans are for CCB!

If you require an alternate format of this candidate information, please contact the CCB Office at 800-221-6359 with your request.

Remember that there will be additional opportunities to learn about the candidates at the Candidates Forum during the first general session on Friday afternoon, April 7, at the 2017 Conference and Convention.

2017 Convention Commemorative T-shirt Fundraiser

Just follow the link below to purchase your T-shirt to show your solidarity and commitment to the convention.
Regular size T-shirts are $20. Plus sized T-shirts run a little more. We need to sell at least 7 shirts to have them printed. We are hoping to sell 150 shirts.
Shirts will be shipped after the convention.

The T-Shirt is Royal Blue with White Lettering. It includes the CCB logo and a convention 2017 banner held up by people across the chest. Underneath these images is our tag line in bold, white capital letters "Empowerment Through Advocacy"


If there are any accessibility issues with the web site please call the CCB office at 800-221-6359.

Amazon Smile

CCB is now on Amazon smile. Just follow the below link and sign in as you normally would and now when you shop CCB will get a portion of every dollar spent.

Please share this link widely.

Conference Calls

The fourth Tuesday is fast approaching, and that means it's time for our monthly presidents call.
Call-in number: (712)770-8014
Access code: 127353

We will continue our ongoing discussion of reporting forms. In addition to presidents, whoever will be filling out these forms for chapters are also invited to participate.

Let us know about any April fundraising projects.
Also credentials issues will be addressed.
The call will be recorded for later retrieval.

The March CEO Call will take place on Thursday, March30th at 7 PM.
Call in number: (712)432-3066
Access code: 4997700

Glendale Burbank Area Chapter Meeting Location

The Glendale Burbank Area Chapter of CCB will be meeting in a new location beginning April 1.
The meeting begins at eleven a.m. members and guest are welcome to arrive earlier to fellowship and order food.

The address is: Media center, Holiday Inn, 150 E. Angelino Avenue, Burbank CA 91502. The cross street is San Fernando.
phone number at the hotel is: 818-841-4770.

For any further questions call Anthony Signoriello at: 818-982-3411.

From Bonnie Rennie

CCB, in partnership with Senior Center Without Walls, is presenting, "Using your Voice to Good Effect: Basics in Self Advocacy".

For three weeks, via free conference call,
Wednesdays, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
March 22nd, March 29th, and April 5.

Joining, and registering at Senior Center Without Walls is easy, call 877 779-7299.

If you or someone you know could benefit from self advocacy skills with family, caregivers, or community services, please help them sign up.

Chapter Fundraiser:

The Solano County Council of the Blind is having a fundraiser at The Chipotle Mexican Grill on Tuesday, March 28th from 5pm to 9pm.
Located at 1620 E. Monte Vista Ave. Suite 101 in Vacaville.
Bring in a flyer, show it on your smart phone or just tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Solano County Council of the Blind. Flyers available throughout Solano County.
Please join us!

Student Education Access Grant

Applications are now available for THE 2017 STUDENT EDUCATION ACCESS GRANT, which is awarded annually to A legally blind student ages 8-18 who lives in the following counties:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

The San Francisco Chapter of CCB will give a grant in the form of technology products worth up to $2,500 to an applicant who meets the criteria listed above and can best demonstrate the need for accessible equipment to enhance their educational opportunities.

A Completed application and essay must be submitted to Charlie Dorris tyreedorris@comcast.net by March 31, 2017.

To request an application and instruction form or for further details contact:
Charlie Dorris: 415-775-0487 tyreedorris@comcast.net (or)
Linda Porelle: 415-586-2622, lmporelle@gmail.com

Electricity Cost Increases

Most Californians will soon see a change in the way they are billed for electricity. The center for accessible technology wants to hear from you about what this will mean.

Over the next few years, the major utilities in California, PG & E, SCE and SDG&E, will be switching most customers from the tiered structure to a "time of use" or TOU rate structure, where rates for electricity are higher during the time of day where there is the most demand on the electric grid (likely to be late afternoon and through the evening) and lower during other times of day.

Do you want to find out more about these changes? And what can you do?
The Center for Accessible Technology is conducting short (20 minute) telephone interviews about household electricity use. We can also provide information on how to "opt out" of the TOU change if you prefer.
By providing your story about your electricity usage and how any change in rate structure may affect your quality of life, you will help us submit important information to the California Public Utilities Commission, which is considering whether to exempt groups of customers from the change.

If you are interested in being interviewed, please email Kate Woodford at kwoodford@cforat.org, or call 510-841-3224 x 2017 to schedule a telephone interview. Evening and weekend interviews are available.
If you prefer to take an online survey, the link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RKHN793

Thank you for reading,
Have a nice day

Gabe Griffith

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