July 24th, 2016 | News

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Certifying June’s Historic Primary

Last week, I proudly certified my first election as Secretary of State – and it was a great one. Over 8.5 million Californians cast ballots, the highest vote total for a consolidated primary election in state history. And I’m particularly proud that we engaged new voters in this election with over hundreds of thousands of newly registered voters in the final months of the primary. Now, it’s on to November!

Modernizing Elections

Our election reform bill, the California Voter’s Choice Act, SB 450, was approved by the Assembly Elections Committee last month. SB 450 will increase voter turnout by expanding vote by mail and implementing in-person early voting. Bottom line, it empowers voters by creating more options of where, when, and how to vote.

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National Association of Latino Elected Officials Conference (NALEO)

As the son of immigrants and the past President of NALEO, it’s always inspiring to join fellow Latino leaders at the annual conference. Last month, I attended the 33rd annual NALEO conference in Washington, D.C., to report on the important progress we’ve made in California to adopt automatic voter registration and our efforts to modernize elections. Protecting voting rights was also a key topic. While the trend in some states is to limit access to the polls, in California, we’re setting the counterexample by making voting easier and more accessible.

Partnering with Google to Preserve California History

In June I announced an innovative new technology partnership with Google, to digitize items from the California State Archives and make unique exhibits on California’s history available to a global audience online. Our first exhibits showcase the history of California State Parks and some of our state’s most important historic documents. Click here to view the exhibits via the Google Cultural Institute.

July 24th, 2016 | Candidate News, Events, News

Hillary for America Events

CALENDAR OF UPCOMING

HILLARY FOR AMERICA EVENTS

at the UFCW Local 8 Golden State

United Food & Commercial Workers International Union Local 8 Golden State, AFL-CIO, CLC

3485 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 101 (W of Valentine)

Fresno, CA 93711

Hillary for America Fresnowww.hillaryclinton.com/events* to RSVP *all events listed here

 

JULY 2016

 

Hillary for America Phone Banks:

(bring your charged phone and laptop or iPad if you have one)

4 – 7pm Every Tuesday and Thursday in July and August

 

Hillary for America Fresno Watch Party:

Be with friends as Hillary’s accepts the nomination at the Democratic National Convention!!

5 – 8pm Thursday, July 28

 

Hillary for America Volunteer Training:

Learn all the tools you need to be an effective part of Hillary’s historic win!

11am – 3pm Saturday, July 30

 

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS FOR HILLARY

 

AUGUST 2016

 

Kennedy Club of San Joaquin Speakers:

9 am-11 am August 6: HRC delegates, J. Lund-Bell & M. Conant DNC delegates, Denny’s on Abby & Divisadero

 

Farmer’s Market Tabling for Hillary

11 am – 3 pm August 7 (Blackstone and Shaw, Fresno)

5 – 8 pm August 12, 19 & 26 – (Clovis Farmer’s Market, Pollasky & 4th)

 

Come be a part of history!

 

–More Info: 415-748-1897 or 559-387-7135

 

“There cannot be true democracy unless women’s voices are heard.” Hillary Clinton

July 14th, 2016 | News

West Fresno Democrats Meet Saturday

West Fresno Democratic Club

Monthly Meeting

Saturday, July 16

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

1035 ‘U’ Street, Headquarters Office

Speaker: Mike Rhodes

Community Activist and Author

Topic: Homelessness in Fresno

website: http://westfresnodemocrats.club

July 12th, 2016 | News

Statement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on Bernie Sanders’ Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

Senator Bernie Sanders’ endorsement of Secretary Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States closes a primary campaign that has energized Democrats. Senator Sanders’ impact is already being felt in the many supporters he has brought into the party and in the draft platform that will be ratified in Philadelphia.

California Democrats were well represented on the platform drafting committee by Rep. Barbara Lee and former Rep. Howard Berman, who helped lead the charge to the most progressive platform in our party’s history.

The platform committee endorsed positions that line up with what Americans believe about the need to reform Wall Street, expand Social Security, regulate carbon emissions, support the $15 minimum wage, expand the earned income tax credit to help working people, and end mass incarceration.

We invite supporters of both Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders to join us and put their energy into winning the White House and taking back Congress.

July 2nd, 2016 | News

Campos: Positioned to Make History

Hello Dem’s

The results are final and we will be in the general. Thanks to all of you and your hard work for all of your support. We earned over 40,000 votes in the primary and are now getting together a plan of action to secure over 100,000 votes for the general. That will be a record for a Democratic candidate in this district. You can help us do that.

In other news I joined some Fresno County activist in front of our Congressman’s office on Wednesday to demand the House vote on whether or not persons on the “no fly” list should be allowed to purchase guns. Today the Speaker announced that the House would vote on one of these bills when they return to work next week.

http://www.fresnobee.com/news/politics-government/politics-columns-blogs/article86660362.html

The USDA along with other organizations will be hosting a summit in July at the Visalia Convention Center as a part of the #RuralPride campaign. This summit will be an opportunity to “focus on the unique needs of the rural LGBT community.” There will be information about important federal policy to protect this community. This summit is open to all LGBT members and allies for the purpose of sharing information. Christine Chavez, granddaughter of Cesar Chavez, is one of the many organizers helping to put his event together. More information is available on the Facebook event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/152792708465813/

This is a link to additional information:

http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/usda/[Inbox]/webinars/060916/060916_0-PRIDECAPSFINAL.mp4

Finally, the campaign will be conducting another demonstration this week. We will be in front of our Congressman’s Visalia office to remind him that we need immigration reform now.

Thank you all for your continued support and let’s keep this thing going into November.

Louie Campos

Candidate for U.S. Congress, District 22

(559) 731-6600

louiejc@sbcglobal.net

 

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July 1st, 2016 | News

Help Wanted! Fresno County Poll Workers

*HELP WANTED* Fresno County Poll Workers

How to sign up to be an election day poll worker in Fresno County for the next election. http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/DepartmentPage.aspx?id=14627

Here is the application. http://www.co.fresno.ca.us/uploadedFiles/Departments/County_Clerk_Registrar_of_Voters/PDF/PrecinctOfficerApplication.pdf

Students are welcome to apply!

Precinct Officers

Serve at the polls on Election Day. Fresno County recruits approximately 1600 people to assist voters on Election Day. If you are a team player who wishes to serve your community while earning some extra money, we could use your help.

Student Precinct Officer Program Info

FAQ

Are you bilingual?
Fresno County Elections Office provides election materials in English and Spanish at every polling place on Election Day. Some precincts in Fresno County require that we provide translated election materials in the following languages: Hindi, Khmer, Chinese, and Japanese. To equally assist all voters on Election Day, individuals who speak one of the following languages are encouraged to apply:

  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Khmer
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 18 years old, and a registered voter in the State of California, or
  • 18 years old and a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card Holder) living in California, (AB817).
  • Speak, read, and write fluent English.
  • Attend a 2.5 hour MANDATORY training class per election.
  • Have transportation to and from the polling place on Election Day.
  • Have a telephone.
  • Able to work on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to approx. 9:30 p.m.

DUTIES:

  • Prepare, open and close the polling place location.
  • Locate voter names on the roster.
  • Issue and receive official ballots from voters.
  • Assist voters in all phases of the voting process.
  • Perform all required duties as assigned by the Precinct Inspector, or Registrar of Voters.

Additional Duties Performed by Inspectors:

  • Receive and inspect supplies at a distribution center prior to Election Day.
  • Contact Precinct Board and Polling Place facility prior to Election Day.
  • Oversee the polling place and precinct board on Election Day.
  • Assign duties and breaks to clerks on Election Day.
  • Deliver supplies to a drop off site on Election Night.

Precinct Officer Application
Inspector: $175.00
Clerk: $150.00

Student Precinct Officer Program
Learn While You Earn $150.00

The Fresno County Student Precinct Officer Program provides high school students with an exciting opportunity to serve as a precinct officer on Election Day. As a student precinct officer you can earn community service credit, receive $150.00, and participate in the democratic process. To serve in the June 7, 2016 Presidential Primary Election, students can submit their application beginning January 4, 2016. Selected students will receive an assignment notice in mid-April informing them of their assigned polling place along with the date and time of their scheduled 2 hour mandatory precinct officer training.

Qualifications:

  • 16 years of age at the time of election.
  • A United States citizen.
  • A student in good standing attending a public or private secondary educational institution.
  • Able to speak, read, and write fluent English
  • A JUNIOR or SENIOR with a GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Able to attend a 2.5 hour MANDATORY training class per election.
  • Have transportation to and from the polling place on Election Day.
  • Have a telephone.
  • Able to work on Election Day from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 9:30 p.m.
  • A signed application by the student, parent, and a teacher or counselor.

Duties:

  • Prepare, open and close the polling place location.
  • Locate voter names on the roster.
  • Issue and receive official ballots from voters.
  • Assist voters in all phases of the voting process.
  • Perform all required duties as assigned by the Precinct Inspector or Registrar of Voters.

Student Precinct Officer Application

For further information please contact our office.
Phone: (559) 600-1620
Fax: (559) 600-7614
Email: precinctofficers@co.fresno.ca.us

July 1st, 2016 | News

Happy Fourth of July

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Dear Friends,

On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s history, traditions, and democracy. We pause on Independence Day to reflect on the freedoms and ideals we as a nation share, and to honor those who fight to protect our way of life.

Today is a day to remember the brave men and women who have fought to protect our freedoms and honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There are a number of ways to get involved and help honor our nation’s heroes. Support these individuals by wearing a yellow ribbon, donating to military families, or personally thanking a veteran or soldier.

There are a number of events you and your family can enjoy this holiday around the Valley. Below, you will find a sampling of events being held throughout the California’s 16th Congressional District. Wherever you and your loved ones choose to celebrate this Fourth of July, I wish you a happy and wonderful holiday.

Fourth of July Events in CA-16

Atwater

  • Fourth of July Festival: 9-4 PM Ralston Park
  • Run for Independence: 7:30 AM in Ralston Park
  • Fourth of July Parade: 9 AM at 1401 Winton Way
  • Concert and Fireworks Show: 6 PM at Castle Air Base Museum

Fresno

  • Fireworks Extravaganza: At Dusk at Island Water Park
  • Baseball Game and Fireworks: 7 PM at Chukchansi Park

Gustine

  • Fireworks Display: 7 PM at Gustine High School Football Stadium
  • Parade and Picnic: 10:30 AM at Downtown Gustine

Livingston

  • Fourth of July Celebration: 3 PM- midnight, fireworks begin at 9:15 PM

Madera

  • Golf Tournament: 8 AM-1 PM at Madera Municipal Golf Course
  • Fireworks Show: 9 PM at Madera Municipal Golf Course

Again, I want to wish everyone a happy Fourth of July! To stay up to date on the work I am doing in Congress please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here.

Sincerely,
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Jim Costa
Member of Congress

June 30th, 2016 | News

Rep. Costa on Workers’ Rights

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Dear Friends,

As we head into summer, I wanted to provide you with an update on my recent activity in Congress to improve workers’ rights and safe working environments.

Extending rights to Transportation Security Administration employees

Although members of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are federal employees, they lack certain employee rights granted to federal employees of other agencies. For this reason, I signed on as a cosponsor of the Rights for Transportation Security Officers Act of 2016 (H.R. 4488), which would give TSA workers the same rights as other employees. Although TSA workers are unionized, the legislation would allow TSA officers to access collective bargaining and whistleblower protections, join the General Service wage scale, and appeal to a third party if necessary.

Supporting seasonal federal employees

Last month, I voted for legislation to ensure seasonal employees in our land management agencies can apply as federal employees to other federal positions. Firefighters, scientists, and other time-limited employees should have the right to compete for a permanent appointment at any federal agency under their rightful status as federal employees. H.R. 4906 unanimously passed the U.S. House of Representatives on June 7, 2016, and is now pending in the U.S. Senate.

Reducing occupational hazards

I recently cosponsored the Voluntary Protection Program Act (H.R. 2500), bipartisan legislation that would establish a line item for Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA)Voluntary Protection Program. This would encourage the Secretary of Labor to enter cooperative agreements with employers to foster overarching safety and health management systems and protect employees from occupational hazards. There are more than 1400 VPP sites in the United States, including several in our Valley.

Thank you for taking the time to read this update on labor-related news. Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this or any federal issue of your concern. To stay up to date on the work I am doing in Congress please visit my website at costa.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletter here.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa

Member of Congress

June 30th, 2016 | News

China Economy Speaker at Kennedy Club

Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley

Next meeting: Saturday, July 2, 9am – 11 am

Location: Downtown Denny’s, Abby & Divisadero

Speaker: Daniel Garst, PhD

The Stumbling Dragon:  Or, Why China’s Economy is Causing me to lose Sleep at Night

Dr. Garst was the Senior Research Fellow Center for China & Globalization (CCCG) and is a widely Published Author/Analyst.

He has returned to Fresno after living in China for the past decade.

Join us for a fascinating insider’s look at China.

June 30th, 2016 | News

A Message from State Controller Betty Yee

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Since assuming the office of Controller 18 months ago, I and my team mind the store for California with experienced financial management and independent fiscal oversight that is effective, efficient, and transparent.

By the numbers, some major accomplishments to date include:

— $2.5 billion in public funds uncovered by my audit team subject to unallowed and wasteful uses.

$300 million-plus in unpaid death benefits in California my legal team compelled life insurance companies to pay the loved ones of deceased family members.

— $180 million paid by the Franchise Tax Board in refunds to 360,000 lower-income working households in the initial year of the CA Earned Income Tax Credit a Program.

$59 million paid to the state and $23 million in forgone claims against the state under beneficial terms of a legal settlement with a payroll modernization project vendor.

— Significant savings from not having to borrow externally to pay the state’s bills due to the focused diligence of my cash management team.

— Timely releases of the State of California Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal years ended June 30, 2014 and June 30, 2015, by my accounting and financial reporting team, showing the State’s fiscal year each ending with a positive net position and containing no findings against the Controller’s office in ensuring the proper accounting and reporting of the State’s fiscal resources.

Yet more than the numbers:

— I am proud of the work of my team on the stakeholder-driven State Lands Commission Strategic Plan, the first ever adopted to guide the stewardship of our public trust lands.

— I am committed to leading the long overdue work on comprehensive tax reform to ensure sound fiscal management and encourage economic growth as outlined in the framework recently issued by my Council of Economic Advisors on Tax Reform.

— I am working to do all that is possible to sustain our pension funds for our public sector employees and educators and their beneficiaries, focusing on reducing costs, mitigating risks, and minimizing volatility through asset allocation, asset liability management, and corporate engagement.

Each day, I am inspired by the deep dedication and highest standards of professionalism exhibited by the staff team whom I have the privilege to lead.  There is much work yet to be done, and I hope I can count on your support.

Please make a contribution TODAY in the amount of $500, $250, $100, or $50 to sustain and build on the track record I have established thus far as California’s chief fiscal officer and independent fiscal watchdog.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Betty T. Yee

P.S. Please contribute TODAY. Thank you.

Paid for by Betty Yee for Controller 2018 – FPPC ID #1374814

 

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Sponsors:
Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
California Laborers for Equality & Progress
California Teachers Association
Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council
Iron Workers Local Union 155
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
Operating Engineers Local No. 3
Professional Engineers in California Government
United Food & Commercial Workers
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Fresno City Council Member Oliver Baines
Fresno Police Officers Association
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