September 12th, 2014 | News, Opinion

CADEM Chair John Burton comments on Ashley Swearengin’s ‘atrocious’ fiscal record

From California Democratic Party Chair John Burton:

CADEM-headerStatement of California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton on GOP Controller Candidate Ashley Swearengin’s Atrocious Fiscal Record

It comes as no surprise that Republican candidate for Controller Ashley Swearengin is running from her title and record as Mayor of Fresno.

During her tenure as Mayor of Fresno, Swearengin’s solution to her city’s water troubles was to ask city residents to bear the brunt, by doubling water rates. The city then sued to keep residents from bringing a referendum on the rate increase to the ballot.

Among the nation’s 250 largest cities, Fresno currently ranks nearly last for cash-on-hand, yet she has spent over $400,000 in taxpayer funds on ongoing lawsuits to keep a referendum on the water rate hike off the ballot.

Swearengin’s limited experience only highlights how under-qualified she is to be handed the keys to our economy.

If Ashley Swearengin didn’t make the right choices for Fresno’s city budget of $1 billion, how can we trust her to make the right choices as administer for the eighth largest economy in the world? If she can’t be trusted to do what’s right for the people of her city, how can we trust her to do what’s right for all of us?

The Controller’s office is not a training ground, or a good title on a political resume.  Swearengin’s bad judgment would damage our economy and hurt California families.

September 12th, 2014 | News, Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers needed to register new voters at monthly Naturalization Ceremony

A message from Fresno County Democratic Party First Vice Chair Linda Trainor:

The Naturalization Ceremony is the best venue to register new Democrats in the Central Valley and keep growing the California Democratic Party.

Volunteer for only three hours one Tuesday a month, from 9 a.m. to noon, with the Fresno County Democrats. Help us register new citizens to vote after they take the oath at the Naturalization Ceremony.

Sign up for any or all of the following dates remaining in 2014:

  • September 23
  • October 28
  • November 18
  • December 16

Training provided on location at 9 a.m. on each of the above dates.

Contact Linda Traynor at to receive detailed information or to sign up for the most exciting and meaningful voter registration event in the Central Valley.

September 11th, 2014 | News

A letter from Jim Costa

From the office of Representative Jim Costa:


Dear Friends,

It has been a productive August District Work Period. I had the pleasure of visiting with business owners, students, veterans, and many Valley residents. As September begins, I would like to take a moment to share some of the highlights from the month of August.

For the third year, the Boys & Girls Club and the PG&E Summer Jobs Program celebrated a class of smart and ambitious graduates who are eager to go out into the workplace. The program prepares young people for their careers by teaching them job skills while also giving them the confidence they need to be successful professionals. As a result of this outstanding program, more than 300 internship opportunities have been provided to young people throughout the San Joaquin Valley. It was a pleasure to speak at their graduation, and I wish all of the graduates the best in their future endeavors.

The students, faculty, and staff at the University of California, Merced are recipients of a brand new Science and Engineering Building, and I was honored to have participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes will help the Valley build a new innovation economy. It is imperative for the success of our nation that we have students who are proficient in these vital fields. I am thrilled that UC Merced is leading the country in STEM education, and I am incredibly proud of all the strides UC Merced has made and continues to make since its inception.

Additionally, I had the pleasure of visiting small businesses throughout the district which are providing jobs and spurring our local economy. Their efforts have made a difference for the community and also for our nation.

On Labor Day, we celebrated all of the amazing efforts that working Americans have accomplished throughout the Valley and our entire nation at the Annual Labor Day Picnic in Merced and the 29th Annual Central Labor Council Labor Day Breakfast in Fresno.

The Fresno Grizzlies hosted a Farm Grown Water Forum, and Congressman David Valadao and I had the opportunity to speak on possible long-term and short-term solutions to resolve the water crisis that our state is facing. Every day, I am working to continue my bipartisan efforts to negotiate compromise water legislation with my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, that would bring more water to our Valley.

As you may know, Congress is back in session for the month of September, and Congress must act on several high profile issues. First and foremost, Congress must pass a bill to fund the government or risk another government shutdown at the end of September. In addition, without Congressional action, the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank will expire at the end of the month. The Ex-Im Bank provides loans and guarantees to help small businesses export their products abroad, creating good-paying jobs in the Valley. It’s critical that Congress renew the Ex-Im Bank to continue our economic recovery. I am hopeful that Congress will resolve these issues without added drama so our businesses can do what they do best: innovate and create jobs.

Please know that I will keep fighting to improve the place we all proudly call home. It is a pleasure and honor to represent you in Congress. Please contact my office if there is any way we can assist you.

Further, to get up-to-date information on the work I am doing on behalf of our Valley, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter.






Jim Costa
Member of Congress

September 11th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Alex Padilla Meet and Greet happening Sept. 15 in Merced

From our friends at the Alex Padilla for California Secretary of State campaign:


Ne‌xt M‌o‌nd‌ay, Alex will be in Merced hosting a lunch for friends and supporters like you. He’ll share details of his plans to get more citizens involved in California’s democracy and make it easier to start a business in our state. We’d love for you to join us.

Here are the details:

Meet N’ Greet with Senator Alex Padilla
Mo‌n‌day, Se‌ptemb‌er 1‌5
12‌:3‌0 p‌.m.
Br‌andi‌ng Iron
64‌0 W. 16‌th S‌t.
Mer‌ced, CA 95‌340

Click here to RSVP for the Meet N’ Greet in Merced »

We hope you’ll attend (and bring friends!). If you wish to RSVP offline or have questions about the event, please contact us at (‌81‌8) 2‌53-9‌140 or

Hope to see you there,

Gemma Jimenez
Padilla Campaign

September 9th, 2014 | News

From Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones: How to support ‘Yes on Prop 45′

From California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones:


Thank you for your support of Proposition 45, Justify Rates! Proposition 45 will make health insurers justify their rates and is California’s opportunity to put the brakes on runaway health insurance rates.

Campaign Update

As you know, we are up against the tens of millions of the health insurers, who have now backed the No on Prop 45 Campaign to the tune of $37 Million.

We have been combating the insurers’ tens of millions with a strong coalition and grassroots organizing. This is how we earned the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, as well as of 51 Democratic County Central Committees, statewide leaders, labor unions, and consumer and advocacy organizations. And now, with the Fall Campaign Season in full force (including a barrage of television and radio ads currently airing by our opponents), it’s time to get out there and prove once again that grassroots organizing and the will of the people (click here to see a recent Field Poll that found that nearly 70% of likely voters support Prop 45) can overcome big corporate money.

Pledge to Use the Toolkit!

This is why we are reaching out to you and your organization. We need real boots-on-the-ground, voter to voter, grassroots advocacy – every contact counts. To reach every California voter, will you and your organization help by pledging to use the “Yes on Prop 45 Toolkit”?

To start using the Toolkit today, simply do 2 things:

# 1 – Reply and let us know that your organization will be supporting our efforts and using the Yes on Prop 45 Toolkit!

We ask that you reply just so we know where within California our fellow advocates are working and to provide any information or assistance needed.

# 2 – Download the Toolkit Guide and Campaign Materials Below

The Toolkit consists of our Guide (outlining our ideas on all the ways you can help!), template phone/walk script, and Yes on Prop 45 campaign materials. We ask that you try to include a message about Prop 45 in all your communications to voters, such as your phone and walk scripts, campaign mailers, and slate mail.

Why the Toolkit?

Our campaign has very limited financial resources, and so we are asking you – through this Toolkit – to partner with us and become part of the Yes on Prop 45 Campaign Team. We hope we can count on you to get our message out to Californians, as YOU are our television spots and radio ads!

Another great reason to join the Yes on Prop 45 Campaign Team is to get the Democratic vote out for all of our candidates. Polling confirms that Prop 45 enjoys strong support among both high and low propensity Democratic voters, and so Prop 45 can be used as a great GOTV tool for all Democrats. In what is expected to be a very low Democratic voter turnout in November, it is more important than ever to use Prop 45 to support our candidates throughout the state. Join us!

Thank you!

Thank you for your support and grassroots advocacy! Your hard work and commitment to Prop 45 is what will defeat the health insurers’ tens of millions over the next two months, and what will give Californians – finally – the opportunity to stop excessive health insurance rates.


Insurance Commissioner

For more information, please contact:
Californians for Affordable Health Insurance
1017 L Street # 543, Sacramento CA
Phone: 916-292-8793 Fax: 916-552-1850

September 9th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Walk With Esmeralda scheduled Sept. 13

From the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council campaign:

20140909-soria-eventHey Friends,

With only 58 days left until the election, the time has come to kick my campaign into high gear.  I have been hitting the pavement day in and day out to make my presence known amongst voters in the Tower District, but now it’s time for more!

Please join me on Saturday, September 13 at 9:30am to walk precincts or phone bank – Headquarters: 1936 N. Echo Ave, Fresno 93704.

I came in just 30 votes behind the top vote getter so your presence is essential.  No canvassing experience is required and there will be training on the spot. All you need to bring are your walking shoes and a winning attitude. Feel free to invite a friend :)

Lunch will be provided by the Fresno Firefighters.

If you are coming from out of town, I am happy to host you. Feel free to call me at 559-920-0579 or Alicia at 559-387-4121.

I look forward to seeing you.  Together we will get it done for District 1!

If you are unable to make it, you are still able to help by making a contribution at Let’s win on Nov. 4th!!!


September 8th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Fundraiser for Henry Hendrix for Washington Unified School Board scheduled Sept. 11

From our friends at the Re-Elect Henry A. Hendrix campaign:

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September 8th, 2014 | News

Wish list for the Democratic Party HQ

We would greatly appreciate the donation of any of the following items. Such donations allow us to put more of our funding directly toward getting Democrats elected.

  • Reams of paper (white & colors)
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper hand towels (for the restroom dispenser)
  • Trash bags
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Snacks
  • Prepare food for volunteers
  • Vacuum cleaner (e.g., Bissell Lift-Off 2-in-1 Cyclonic Cordless Stick Vac)

For more information, drop by the headquarters at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno, or call us at (559) 495-0606.

September 4th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Esmeralda Soria securing community endorsements

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

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September 4th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Blong Xiong Campaign kick-off walk happening Sept. 6

From our friends at the Blong Xiong for Supervisor campaign:

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

Twitter: @FresnoCountyDms

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 5795
Fresno, CA 93755

Events Calendar:

Thanks to Our 2014 Fund-Raiser Sponsors

Fresno Teachers Association
IUOE Local 39 (VOICE)

Professional Engineers in California Government
The Rios Company
UA Local 246 Plumbers & Pipefitters

Northern California Carpenters Regional Council


Operating Engineers Local No. 3


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