July 8th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Gary Lasky talks about how Democrats can help to protect the environment: Democratic Coffee, Episode 7

In the seventh episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, active Democrat and community activist Gary Lasky shares his thoughts about Democratic involvement in issues pertaining to the environment. Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below.

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Democratic Coffee, our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of Democratic Coffee will become available approximately every other week. Please continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

July 7th, 2015 | News

Costa Supports Administration’s Proposed Rule to Extend Overtime Pay to 420,000 Additional Hardworking Californians

From the office of Rep. Jim Costa:

Costa Supports Administration’s Proposed Rule to Extend Overtime Pay to 420,000 Additional Hardworking Californians

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, President Obama announced that the Department of Labor will propose extending overtime pay protections to nearly 5 million salaried American workers, including 420,000 in California. This proposal would increase the current overtime protection threshold, guaranteeing overtime pay to most salaried workers earning less than an estimated $50,440 per year.

“For far too long, Americans have worked harder, but their wages have remained the same. A hard day’s work should lead to a fair day’s pay, and the President’s proposed rule will affirm that fundamental American principle,” said Rep. Jim Costa. “Millions of Americans work increasing long hours, spending time away from their families, without receiving the overtime pay they have earned. By increasing the wages of salaried employees in the San Joaquin Valley and throughout our nation, the health of our economy will improve and hard-working families will have the means to provide for their loved ones. Congress must now focus on passing a long-term transportation bill that will create more good-paying jobs, grow Americans’ paychecks, and strengthen hard-working families.”

The salary threshold for overtime pay for American workers has been changed only twice in the last 40 years and now covers far fewer workers due to inflation. Currently, only workers making less than $23,660 per year, which is below the poverty threshold for a family of four, are guaranteed overtime pay. This proposal updates the overtime rules to ensure that millions more Americans who work over 40 hours per week will receive overtime pay.

Dianna Zamora-Marroquin
Communications Director
Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16)
855 M Street, Suite 940 | Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: 559.495.1620 | Fax: 559.495.1027

July 7th, 2015 | News, Volunteer Opportunities

Precinct Captain training scheduled July 16

Training for Democratic precinct captains is scheduled 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 16, at Fresno County Democratic Headquarters, 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno. To attend, RSVP to Estella Kessler at 559-472-6292, Doug Kessler at 559-313-4072, or the Fresno County Democratic Headquarters at 559-495-0606. If you’re a captain and unable to attend, please contact Estella Kessler at 559-472-6292 to reschedule.

July 6th, 2015 | Candidate News, Events

Daniel Parra for Congress hosting reception July 23 in Fowler

From the Daniel Parra for Congress 2016 campaign:

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RSVP by downloading and returning the event’s registration form, available here.

July 5th, 2015 | Events, News

Region 8 Summer Meeting scheduled July 18

From CADEM Region 8 Director Doug Kessler:

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1035 U Street
Fresno, CA 93721
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Hours: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

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P.O. Box 5795
Fresno, CA 93755

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