In 2015, about half of the population in California was living with at least one chronic condition, and the projected cost of care for these devastating diseases is $4.7 trillion by 2030. Whether it is a family member, friend or ourselves, most of us know someone with a chronic disease or condition. With Proposition 14, we have an opportunity to make a critical decision that could positively impact the lives of patients in need of treatment and improve the affordability and access to stem cell treatments, here in California and beyond.
With mail-in ballots already sent to every registered voter in the state and Nov. 3 being the last day to vote, now is the time for Californians, including many UC Berkeley students and faculty, to vote “yes” on Prop. 14, also known as the California Stem Cell Research, Treatments, and Cures Initiative of 2020. If passed Nov. 3, Prop. 14 will authorize $5.5 billion in state general obligation bonds. This will allow stem cell research to continue being funded and for treatments to be created and distributed throughout California. By passing this proposition, we have the ability as voters to advance medical research and therapy development, as well as reduce the pain, suffering and enormous financial burden of health care. As members of the UC Berkeley community, I ask that you join me and the UC Board of Regents in supporting Prop. 14.
Passing Prop. 14 would be an important step on the journey to save lives from incurable