January 13th, 2015 | News

Democrats To Do the Heavy Lifting in 2015

The November 2014 election was a real eye-opener for the work still to be done in educating and motivating voters in the Central Valley. We must spend 2015 finding good candidates to seek open offices in 2016, as well as developing and implementing strategies to better engage voters. The problem is voter participation and turnout, and we have to fix that. That’s our mission in 2015. We are adding a staff person specifically to coordinate such activities, and we would welcome your input, your volunteer time and, of course, your contributions toward making these efforts successful.

To help us create a real democracy in the Central Valley, call your Democratic Party HQ at 559-495-0606, e-mail us at fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com or visit us Monday–Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno.

February 15th, 2015 | Events, News

Immigration press conference Feb. 17

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February 12th, 2015 | News

Philadelphia chosen as site of 2016 Democratic National Convention

A press release from the national Democratic Party:

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2015

Contact: DNC Press – 202-863-8148

DNC Chair Announces Philadelphia to Host the 2016 Democratic National Convention

Washington, DC— Today, DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Philadelphia will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC signed the final contract with Philadelphia this morning.

“I am thrilled to announce that Philadelphia will host the convention where we will nominate the 45th President of the United States,” Wasserman Schultz said. “In addition to their commitment to a seamless and safe convention, Philadelphia’s deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering. I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee.”

The DNC’s Technical Advisory Group evaluated cities across the country, looking at factors such as hotel capacity, transportation, security, financing and logistics.

“The City of Philadelphia is excited and honored to be selected as the host city for the 2016 Democratic National Convention,” Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said. “We believe that it was our proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City’s tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance, which made Philadelphia the ideal choice for the 2016 DNC.  I want to thank our great team at PHL DNC 2016, Governor Rendell and Governor Wolf, Senator Casey, Congressman Brady, Congressman Fattah, and former Congresswoman Schwartz.  I especially want to acknowledge our great partners in the Labor unions, business and political communities, clergy and our citizens, who are eager to see Philadelphia on the national stage as the host city.  We’re all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.”

Additional details on the convention structure, host committee, and staff, will be made available in the coming weeks.

February 10th, 2015 | Events

Esmeralda Soria to speak at Cal Alumni Luncheon Feb. 18

From our friends at the Cal Alumni Club:

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February 9th, 2015 | Opinion

Dave Herb: Public hearing on water plan Feb. 26

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

With a little bit of luck and a dose of common sense, by the time you read this the Fresno City Council will be on its way towards making an important decision to ensure the long-term reliability of a basic municipal resource. When I came to Fresno 45 years ago, we were the largest city in the world that survived solely off of underground water. Our water was pure, plentiful, and cheap.

Until it wasn’t. Many of our wells are now contaminated, our water table has dropped over 100 feet, and the cost of treating and pumping our water has increased significantly. In summary, our historic practice of mining the aquifer is not sustainable. That is the bad news. Now for the good news.

Unlike many small towns in the valley, Fresno has a legal right to more than enough surface water from Pine Flat and Millerton lakes to supply all of our domestic water forever. All we have to do is invest in the treatment facilities to turn surface water into drinking water. The cost of this investment will raise our monthly water rate to a level equal to or less than the cost of other valley communities (approximately $24 per month for the average rate payer).

The only valid criticism of this plan I have heard is: “If we had made this decision 10 years ago when the engineers first proposed it, it would have cost only half as much.” Those critics are right; we should have done this years ago.

But does anyone really think waiting another 10 years will make the problem go away, or make the solution less expensive?

Please join me in urging our Council to do its job and ensure the long-term reliability of our water resources. The public hearing on this item is scheduled for February 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers. (Editor’s note: The hearing time has been updated to 5:30 p.m.)

Dave Herb
FCDCC Liaison to the Fresno City Council

February 4th, 2015 | Events

End-of-meeting announcements – Feb. 4, 2015

What follows are the end-of-meeting announcements from the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s general meeting, held Feb. 4, 2015, at Fresno County Democratic Headquarters:

From Daren Miller:

  • This is African People’s History Month; go out and attend one of Fresno’s numerous events celebrating the many contributions people from the African diaspora have given to this country and the world.
  • Coming soon:  Monthly Club highlights; March- Hmong Club, April- Stonewalls, May- Dem Women

From Carole Laval and the Fresno County Democratic Women’s Club:

  • Feb. 12 is the Women’s Club’s Feb. 12 dinner.? Tickets are $75 and it’s our big annual fundraiser. Pardini’s starting at 5:30. Thanks-Carole. Carole Laval, SRA / Laval and Associates / Phone: 559-435-4043 / E-mail: claval@comcast.net

From Chuck Krugman:

  • Fresno Stonewall Democrats will meet on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Carrow’s Restaurant, 4280 N. Blackstone at Ashlan in Fresno. Dinner and Social 6:00 P.M. meeting 7:00 P.M. please take note of the new meeting time.  Chuck Krugman, President

From Magdalena Gomez:

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From Gary Lasky:

  • Fresnans Against Fracking is chartering a bus from Fresno Saturday, February 7 to attend the Climate March and Rally in Oakland. We depart at 7:30 AM from the Fresno Costco parking lot (4500 W. Shaw Ave.). We return to Fresno at 8:30 PM. Tickets are $25 ($26.87 total). Sign up online at climatemarch.brownpapertickets.org. For more info, contact Ron Martin at martinrj93638@yahoo.com or 559-222-5524.

From Dottie Smith:

  • The Women Alike Luncheon.  There will be a panel of women from different ethnic groups who will give a brief description of their culture and how they have been able to stay true to, and celebrate their heritage, while also being successful educated, business and career women. The Women Alike Luncheon is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Ramada Inn. Tickets are $30.00 each. Please call or email me Dottie Smith tdottie@comcast.net

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