Local in-home care providers to join Sacramento rally

In-Home Supportive Services care providers and those who benefit from the state- and federally funded program are set to depart this morning from Grover Beach and Paso Robles to join a march in Sacramento that organizers claim will include 5,000 people.

Scores of people from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties are expected to meet at the United Domestic Workers office in Grover Beach at 200 S. 13th St. at 7 a.m. More will board buses at 8 a.m. at the Paso Robles City Library at 1000 Spring St.

They will descend on the Capitol for a rally that is to include a candlelight vigil tonight and a march and rally Wednesday.

Workers and supporters will be trying to pressure legislators to vote against proposed cuts to the IHSS program.

They will ask legislators to support an alternative that they say would provide better care and save taxpayers money by coordinating home care and health care.

The events will mark the escalation of a 10-day campaign in Sacramento to persuade lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown that home care saves money and lives.

Last week, demonstrators delivered to the governor more than 75,000 petitions opposing IHSS cuts and supporting program reform.