Dear Ms. Whitman,
What is your position on CAREGIVERS in California?
Reports are that since February when you began campaigning for California’s highest office that you have outspent the other candidates with $59 million of your own funds.
What good is spending all that money if several hundred thousand caregivers have yet to learn your position on caregiving in California?
As a fellow professional, I like to see more women in the top tiers of leadership. I was rooting for you, Ms. Whitman. In fact, I invited you to an event celebrating the Continuum of Care with TheCaregiversVoice.com launch. Over 100 professional and family caregivers in the Los Angeles area would have liked to hear your views on California’s caregivers.
What is your position on the hundreds of thousands of family caregivers who provide care for their loved ones at home? As a former business leader aspiring for political office, you’ll appreciate that these family caregivers’ unpaid services are worth several billion dollars each year.
What is your position on the 100,000 or more of professional caregivers and the agencies they work for who provide care for our loved ones while family caregivers try to earn a living?
Working family caregivers save California tens of millions of dollars by not seeking unemployment or worse, welfare. Meanwhile professional caregivers try to scrape by on meager wages bordering on the poverty line.
Education and business may be two of your key areas of focus, Candidate Whitman, but please don’t overlook the significant slice of your constituency–the CAREGIVER.
As a billionaire businesswoman, former CEO of eBay, and Harvard Business School graduate, who is married to a neurosurgeon, can you appreciate the value of California’s caregivers?
Consider that you and I, at the tail end of the boomer generation will see an increase in the need for caregivers. Remember, California’s caregivers’ collective efforts are worth several billion dollars each year.
As the most prominent of campaigners among California’s three gubernatorial candidates (including Democrat Jerry Brown and Republican Steve Poizner), you have spent nearly 6% of your estimated worth at over a billion dollars. Ms. Whitman, I think it’s time you take a serious look at us–a sizeable portion of your voting constituency.
After all, there will come a day when you will be called upon to care for a loved one or depend on one of us to provide your care.
I look forward to your reply.
Brenda Avadian, MA
Founder and Editor of TheCaregiversVoice.com
Caregivers, for more information on Candidate Whitman, see Bloomberg Businessweek’s feature (with photos) at:
Can Meg Whitman’s CEO Savvy Save California?
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