November 21st, 2014 | News

John Burton: Democrats stand united in supporting President Obama’s leadership

From our friends at the California Democratic Party:

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November 20th, 2014 | News

Community to rally Nov. 21 in support of President Obama’s Immigration Action

From Magdalena Gomez, Second Vice President of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee:

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.
CONTACT: Jarard Kings, (323) 246-5565 or jkings@seiu-uhw.org
(on site) Magdalena Gomez, 559-353-1253

 

Fresno Community to Rally, Respond to President Obama’s Immigration Action to Unite Families, Strengthen Economy
Administrative Action Creates Path for Millions to Move from the Shadows

FRESNO, Calif. – Community members who have fought for comprehensive immigration reform will join affected families, local elected officials, and legal experts by rallying and responding to the expected administrative action on immigration by President Obama.

Workers who are members of the Service Employees International Union will unveil a new resource, iAmerica, that helps families learn about the President’s administrative action, find out whether they qualify, and safely make their way through the application process. Organizations partnering with iAmerica include SEIU, Mi Familia Vota, NALEO, Immigration Advocates Network, the Center for Popular Democracy, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the National Immigration Law Center, Univision, Entrevision and TV Azteca.

English: Text “AMERICA” to 64336 to get the latest updates and news on administrative action from iAmerica.org.

Spanish: Envíe el texto “INFORMATE” a 64336 para ser el primero en recibir información acerca del alivio migratorio de iAmerica.org.

Details are as follows:

Who:               Local affected families, elected officials, immigration reform activists, faith and community leaders and labor activists

Where:            Federal Building, 2500 Tulare Street, Fresno (corner of Tulare and O St.)                  

What:              Local residents gather and respond to President Obama’s historic immigration reform order.

When:                         Friday, Nov. 21, 2014 at 12:15 p.m.

November 18th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Good news from Esmeralda Soria

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1 campaign:

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November 13th, 2014 | Opinion

From Dave Herb: Final Water Forum an unhappy affair

From Dave Herb, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s volunteer liaison to the Fresno City Council:

Fresno’s fourth and final water forum was not a very happy affair. The overarching concern of the people in attendance is that the City of Fresno has a credibility problem. However, that is what these forums were crafted to fix. Allow me to share a sampling of the facts and opinions that emerged from the most recent discussion of Fresno’s most existential issue.

The Problem

The city has over-drafted its aquifer and this must stop because

  1. water is a finite resource and
  2. California state law requires us to stop over-drafting or it will take over the water system.

The Solution

  • In contrast to many smaller cities in the valley, Fresno has access to a supply of surface water adequate to resolve the problem.
  • The citizens of Fresno don’t want to pay for the infrastructure needed to make surface water usable for domestic consumption. Many residents advocate for stopping new growth, believing that the problem will then go away.

The Timing

  • City staff have been recommending improvements to the water system for 25 years, and the cost of the infrastructure back then would have been a fraction of the cost today.
  • Citizens complain, however, that they can’t afford the rate increases and they want the city to continue to delay taking any action.

The Cost

  • The proposed rates will increase the average resident’s monthly water bill from $24 to $48 and this will maintain the city’s position as one of the less expensive fee structures in the state.
  • Many citizens voice concerns that water improvements are unnecessary, they don’t want to pay more, the problem should be solved through conservation, the city should stop new development, new recharge basins should be added, and the city should let them alone.

Reality

Nobody likes to see water bills go up, but it is time to wake up and face reality. Water is a non-negotiable requirement for the life of our community and all its residents. Coastal communities that have to consider high-tech solutions like desalination will face far higher costs and small valley towns without access to surface water may not be habitable. Consider that when you complain about another $24 on your monthly bill.

The City is committed to future studies to consider a tiered water rate system to encourage conservation and an increase in the connection charges for new development.

In the interim, it is time for the citizens of Fresno to support the staff’s proposed solution to our water supply issue. Delay on this topic has already cost us millions of dollars in increased construction costs. Please help me restore our collective faith in the democratic process and support a wise solution to a critical problem for our community. We want and deserve responsibility from our leaders, and these forums have shown us the truth of the issue. What I have observed from an unfortunate number of citizens is a litany of foot dragging and nit-picking which explains why we didn’t solve this problem years ago when it could have been done for a fraction of the cost.

Dave Herb

November 12th, 2014 | News

John Krebs, former Fresno congressman, dies at 87

From the Fresno Bee:

Former Fresno congressman John H. Krebs, who served two terms in the House of Representatives in the wake of the Watergate political scandal in the mid-1970s, died Monday afternoon in Fresno. He was 87.

Before he served in Congress from 1975 to 1979, Mr. Krebs made a name for himself as a young Democratic party activist in Fresno, and stirred the ire of prominent local developers with his votes as a member of the Fresno County Planning Commission in the late 1960s. In a recall election for the Fresno County Board of Supervisors in 1970, Mr. Krebs was the top vote-getter in a field of nine candidates, and handily won re-election in 1972.

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November 11th, 2014 | Opinion

Dave Herb’s Fresno City Government Report – November 2014

From Dave Herb, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s volunteer liaison to the Fresno City Council:

It is a pleasure to report that in the six weeks since we alerted the Fresno City Council of our concern about the history of failing to adhere to the posted times for notices for public hearings, we have noted a dramatic improvement in the practice. Noticed hearings are an important part of the democratic process that insures neighbors and concerned citizens get to participate in the formation and application of public policy. Hearings that are scheduled for 2 p.m. and don’t start until 7 p.m. are disrespectful and discourage public participation. This example has actually happened and the good news is that it seems to have stopped. We will continue to monitor this item.

The city is moving forward with its forums on upgrading its water infrastructure in response to the drought. The two points of good news are that the drought has focused people’s attention and that we, as a city, have access to an ample supply of surface water which will meet our domestic and commercial needs and will allow us to restore our aquifer for emergency backup. However, the infrastructure to make this work is not inexpensive and the key to success is a funding plan which is so obviously fair that it will be “ballot proof.” The last public forum on this issue is scheduled for Monday, November 10, at 6 p.m., in City Hall. At that forum we will learn if the city has been listening and how it will respond. Stay tuned.

Dave Herb

November 10th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

An update from Esmeralda Soria

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1 campaign:

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November 7th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

An Election 2014 recap from Gavin Newsom

An election recap from California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom:

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Our race was far from the only event that happened on Tuesday, and in case you missed it I wanted to fill you in on some of what went down.

First, Prop 1 passed overwhelmingly, allowing a $7.6 billion bond measure to move forward for California water infrastructure. In our state, water is a big deal. We’ve been dealt one dry year after another, and it’s time for serious action so we’re better prepared for future droughts. A lot is riding on this, and I’m pleased to see we’re doing something about it.

Prop 2 also passed with strong support, clearing the path for a “rainy-day” fund and requiring the state to set aside a pool of money every year for future, unforeseen needs. It’s smart and forward-thinking, and I was pleased to see it succeed.

I also want to take a minute to celebrate the passage of Prop 47, a measure that changes the way we prosecute non-violent, low-level crimes like drug possession and petty theft. The best part? Savings from this initiative will go to important efforts like mental health and anti-truancy programs to help reduce future crimes.

On this one, we really made ourselves heard. We said it’s time to get serious about truly violent and dangerous criminals. We said it’s time to stop warehousing the mentally ill in prison. And we said it’s time to change a criminal justice system that destroys futures and disrupts families over minor drug possession.

Together, we did it. We’re strengthening California, one day at a time, and I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished. On to what’s next!

Gavin

November 6th, 2014 | News

From Nanci Pelosi: Time to be heard. Sign this petition opposing the Republican agenda

From California Rep. Nanci Pelosi:

Though Tuesday night was a difficult election, we had Democrats win hard-fought campaigns because you stood with them every step of the way. And I want you to know how much I appreciate your support.

But we don’t have time to dwell on Tuesday’s results. Speaker Boehner and soon-to-be Majority Leader Mitch McConnell just laid out their Republican agenda in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. And it’s exactly what we feared:

  • Repealing the Affordable Care Act
  • Repealing rules that rein in corporate polluters and Wall Street excess
  • Rewriting the tax code to give more tax breaks to billionaires

I want you to know that I will not stop fighting for the millions of Americans who are receiving affordable, quality health care — some for the first times in their lives. And I want you to know that I will never stop fighting to put the interests of middle-class families before the corporate special interests.

In other words, I’m not going anywhere. But I can’t do it alone. I need you standing with me and the President.

Sign our note to President Obama letting him know we will fight to protect the progress we’ve made — and back up his middle-class first agenda.

As striking as what the Republicans included in their agenda is what they left out.

  • No mention of equal pay for women
  • No mention of raising the minimum wage
  • No mention of voting rights

It’s more important than ever that we speak boldly and clearly for the progressive values we share. Only by changing our political environment and broadening the universe of the electorate can we build a strong sense of community and an economy that works for everyone.

If you’re standing with us, I hope you’ll take the time to sign our note today:

http://action.dccc.org/Stand-With-Obama

Thanks again for all you do.

Nancy

November 6th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Campaign thanks from Dave Jones

From our friends at the Dave Jones for California Insurance Commissioner campaign:

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I feel very grateful to those who supported my re-election as Insurance Commissioner. Thank you for your support.

I am excited about the opportunity to continue our consumer protection work and our implementation of health care reform in California.

I am disappointed with the defeat of Proposition 45. Now California will not have the same authority that 35 other states have to protect consumers from excessive health insurance rate hikes.

Thanks to all who supported us in the effort to pass Prop 45. Our consumer coalition simply could not overcome the health insurers’ $57 Million barrage of false television commercials, radio ads, and slick mailers.

In my second term I will continue to work hard on your behalf. And I will take on the issues important to Californians, even when it’s not popular to do so and even when we face overwhelming opposition from entrenched interests.

Thank you again for your support. I look forward to continuing to work with you!

Sincerely,

DAVE JONES

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