January 13th, 2014 | Events, News

Save the Date! Fresno Democrats Fund-Raiser Scheduled April 18

The Fresno County Democratic Party will hold its fourth annual fund-raiser and dance on Friday, April 18, at the Golden Palace (2625 W. Vassar Ave.). This year’s theme is “Building on Our Past, Embracing Our Future.” Information on this year’s honorees and the keynote speaker will be forthcoming soon.

Please mark this date on your calendar. To reserve your tickets, to learn about sponsorship levels or for more information, call 559-495-0606 or e-mail fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com.

For tickets, or to sponsor the fund-raiser, visit https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/fresnodems

April 10th, 2014 | News

Costa seeks immediate vote on unemployment insurance deal

From the office of Rep. Jim Costa:

Reps. Costa, Schneider Press Speaker Boehner
for Immediate Vote on Unemployment Insurance Deal

WASHINGTON— U.S. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) and U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider (IL-10) sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner asking for an immediate vote on the Senate-passed unemployment insurance extension.

Rep. Costa and Rep. Schneider led the letter, which 131 of their colleagues signed, to underscore the urgent need to extend this critical lifeline for millions of Americans.

“On average, every eight seconds the House delays a vote on this bill, another jobseeker is cut off the program. People in our communities are hurting, and the unemployment rate is still unacceptably high. For Americans looking for work in a difficult economy, this critical assistance will keep a roof over their heads and food in their children’s mouths. Passing this compromise legislation will not only help our fellow citizens, but it will also strengthen the economy,” the letter said.

You can read the full text of the letter here.

Rep. Costa represents the San Joaquin Valley that has struggled through the economic recovery only to be hit hard again by California’s devastating drought. Some farming communities throughout the Valley could face more than 40% unemployment as fields lay fallow, and Costa has called for extending unemployment insurance to offer these hardworking people a lifeline.

Rep. Schneider has been active in calling for an immediate vote on unemployment insurance and introduced a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on extending unemployment insurance. He also hosted a roundtable discussion to hear directly from constituents who recently lost their unemployment insurance.

On Dec. 28th, critical unemployment insurance lapsed for 1.3 million Americans. The number of people who have lost unemployment insurance has now risen to 2.3 million people, with an average of 72,000 people losing their insurance each week. The Senate passed a bipartisan unemployment insurance extension on Monday.

April 10th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Diverse coalition supports Blong Xiong for Supervisor

From the Blong Xiong for Supervisor campaign:

Diverse Coalition Endorses Blong Xiong for Supervisor

20140410-blong-groupFirefighters, education leaders, the Fresno Central Labor Council, the Fresno Democratic Party, and small business owners have united behind Blong Xiong for Supervisor because of his long record of supporting working families, delivering safer neighborhoods, and working to bring people together to get things done.

Fresno is at a crossroads. While the economy is starting to turn around, many homeowners are underwater, businesses are closed, and job creation is sluggish. Blong is the kind of leader the county needs to turn talk into action and problems into solutions.

We Support Blong Xiong for Supervisor
Fresno County Democratic Party
Fresno Central Labor Council
Central Valley Progressive PAC
Fresno City Fire Fighters Local 753
Fresno Professional Employees Association
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson
Former Fresno County Supervisor Susan Anderson
Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
Shafter Councilwoman Fran Florez
Fresno Unified School District Trustees
Luis Chavez, Chris De La Cerda, Cal Johnson, & Janet Ryan
Central Unified School District Trustees
Terry Cox & Cyndi Berube
Mendota School Board Trustees
Ismael D. Herrera & Jose Zavala
Fresno Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Members
Ricky Altero & Tobias Teran
Dr. Oscar Sablan
Sarah Wolk
David Mas Masumoto
Dr. Surdarshan Kapoor
Jasdeep Jazz Sidu
Gurdeep Shergill
And many more
Titles for Identification Purposes Only
Join us for our Weekly Saturday Walk for Blong

We will be meeting at Campaign Headquarters, 4491 West Shaw, at 9 AM on Saturday to walk in support of Blong. To RSVP please call us at 559-577-6957 or email Terry, terry@blongforsupervisor.com.

April 10th, 2014 | Candidate News, News

Renteria Campaign needs your voice in support of the Paycheck Fairness Act

From the Amanda Renteria for Congress campaign:

renterialogo-250As a candidate running to bring a fresh voice to Washington, people often ask what issues I care about most.

Well, equal pay for equal work is one issue that really sticks out to me — and one that I’ll fight for if I’m elected to Congress.

It’s so simple: men and women who do the same jobs and have the same qualifications should be compensated equally. But for some reason, Congress continues to allow employers to discriminate against women in the workforce.

That’s why I’m standing up to say enough is enough. Will you join me in calling on Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act immediately?

It’s been over 50 years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act. I can’t believe we’re still fighting this battle.

So here’s the bottom line: American women deserve their long overdue raise. Join me in making sure that happens.


Thanks for taking action,


March 28th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Precinct walk for Baines and Xiong scheduled April 5

From the Oliver Baines for City Council and Blong Xiong for Supervisor campaigns:

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March 27th, 2014 | Candidate News, Events, News

Esmerelda Soria gains endorsements of Fresno police and firefighters

From the Esmerelda Soria for City Council campaign:


Contact: Daniel Cisneros, 559-978-8338

March 24, 2014

Esmeralda Soria Announces Key Endorsements at Press 

Fresno – On Friday, Esmeralda Soria, Fresno City Council District 1 candidate, in partnership with the Fresno Police Officers Association and Fresno Firefighters, will announce key endorsements and discuss her plan for stronger and safer neighborhoods at a press conference.

“As your next council member, my top priority will be the safety of our neighborhoods,” said  Soria. “I will put more police officers on patrol and invest in after school programs for our youth.”

“On behalf of the more than 700 Fresno Police Officers I am proud to endorse Esmeralda Soria for City Council. She understands our local government’s top priority needs to be keeping our community safe. We believe she is the right woman for the job and trust her to do what is right for our city,” Jacky Parks, President Fresno Police Officers Association.

“When it comes to public safety, we are confident that Esmeralda’s work ethic and commitment to the community will provide our firefighters with a trusted leader,” said James Scoggings, Fresno Firefighters. “Esmeralda’s understanding of the importance of adequate staffing and funding for the fire department will ensure our families, homes and property remain safe. She will fight to keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Esmeralda is employed as a District Representative for Assemblymember Henry T. Perea. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Chicana/o Studies from UC Berkeley andwas a White House Intern. She attended UC Davis School of Law and graduated with a Public Interest & Pro Bono certificate. Esmeralda has a wealth of knowledge on issues that impact the Central Valley through her personal experience and by working for CA Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. She has worked on policy issues at the federal, state and local levels.

WHAT: Esmeralda Soria Campaign Endorsement Press Conference
WHERE: Fresno City Hall
WHEN: Friday, March 28, 2014, 10 AM

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/FresnoCountyDemocrats
Twitter: @FresnoCountyDms

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

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Thanks to Our 2013 Fund-Raiser Sponsors

Southern California District Council of Laborers

Jim Costa for Congress Campaign
Laborers International Union of North America Local 294
Laborers International Union Local 220
Northern California Carpenters Regional Council
SEIU 1000

Baradat & Paboojian, Inc.
Fresno Coalition of Organized Labor (COOL)
Howard K. Watkins
Iron Workers Local Union 155
Julia Ann Brungess
Otto Lee
Teamsters Joint Council 7
The Rios Group/IBEW Local 100