August 25th, 2016 | News

100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

BobDerlet
Dear Supporter,

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Our National Parks, from Yosemite to the Grand Canyon, and from Yellowstone to Sequoia have been one of America’s great success stories.

Loved by Americans, from school aged children to retired workers, the freedom to roam among the many Parks is a value we hold dear to our hearts.  The experiences stay with us for a lifetime.   I congratulate the Park Rangers and staff who have preserved our Parks for future generations.

However, I question whether our current Congressman here in District 4, Tom McClintock, loves our National Parks like so many of us.  He blocked legislation to expand Yosemite, and has attempted to place restraints on the U.S. Antiquities Act, which has been used as a first step by Presidents in creating new Parks.

Open public spaces are critical to our personal, family, and national health. I strongly support our National Parks, and designation of new parks in the majestic Sierra Nevada.  Today and everyday let us celebrate the National Park Service and those who protect these beautiful natural spaces for us all.

Thank you,
Bob,

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August 22nd, 2016 | News

Every American Deserves Clean Air

BobDerlet

Every American deserves clean fresh air. Without current clean air standards, our lifespans would be much shorter, and many of us would spend time in local Emergency Rooms with respiratory problems.

Unhealthy, dirty air does even more than send us off the the Emergency Room.  The evidence is out!  Polluted air increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s in our older  population.  It impacts the ability of our children to do well in school.

My opponent, Tom McClintock,  has consistently voted against clean air measures. In fact, he has voted to make it legal for big corporations like oil and coal to pollute even more by decreasing the standards we currently have protecting our citizens,

As a doctor, I care about your health.   I pledge to fight for clean air and to give the Environmental Protection Agency  the teeth it needs to do its job and continue protecting you and your families.

I thank you for your support of my campaign. Please  donate what you can  to help make my campaign  for US Congress a success.

I ask for your Vote on November 8.

Thank You!
Bob

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August 20th, 2016 | News

Statement of California Democratic Party Executive Director Chris Masami Myers on Democrats’ Record-High Voter Registration

SACRAMENTO – Democratic voter registration is at an all-time high of 8.2 million, and Democrats now hold an 18-point voter lead over Republicans.

Republicans’ divisive and failed leadership in California has eroded their support 12 percent since 1992, when the gap between the parties was just 7 points. California Democrats have gained the voter lead in Stanislaus, Riverside, Nevada, Mono, and Trinity counties since 2014.

California Democratic Party Executive Director Chris Masami Myers released the following statement:

“Democrats’ effective management of the state budget crisis and unwavering support for job and wage growth has restored California’s credit rating to the best in 15 years and created more than 2 million jobs. That’s the leadership Californians want to see, not the 100-day late budgets and economic crisis when Republicans ran our state.

“Donald Trump has denied California’s drought, tried to profit off the housing crisis, and stiffed hundreds of small businesses. California Republicans in Congress and the Legislature are some of Donald Trump’s strongest supporters, and voters will remember that in November.”

August 19th, 2016 | News

Morally Wrong

KamalaHarris

Fresno Dem club –

 

Private prisons are morally wrong — and they’re a rotten deal for American taxpayers. We should not incentivize large corporations to profit off the incarceration of millions of people in this country.

 

That’s why I was encouraged to see the Department of Justice’s decision to phase out the use of private prisons over the next five years after concluding that they “…are both less safe and less effective at providing correctional services than those run by the government.”

 

This is an important step forward. But it’s also not enough.

 

We can’t rest until we have ended the use of private prisons that profit from mass incarceration and deportation nationwide, which is why I’m asking:

 

Can you sign your name to our petition in support of stopping private prisons run by corporations from profiting off of mass incarceration and deportation?

 

A study from 2015 found that inmates assigned to private prisons were more likely to remain in prison longer and that they were more likely to end up back in prison. These facts are in direct opposition to claims made by the prison industry.

So why waste taxpayer dollars on a system that is both morally wrong and clearly not working? The answer is simple: money.

 

The private prison industry spends obscene amounts of money on campaign contributions and lobbying to convince politicians that it’s in the best interest of our communities to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on private prison contracts. In reality, these prison contracts only benefit the corporations that run them.

 

The only way we’re going to implement meaningful, “smart on crime” criminal justice reform that actually addresses mass incarceration is by coming together to challenge these corporations directly, just as I’ve done by taking on other powerful special interests in California.

 

That’s why I’m hoping you’ll join me today in taking action:

 

Add your name to mine if you believe we must end the use of private prisons in the United States.

 

As a career prosecutor, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating effects of mass incarceration, and the last thing we should be doing is profiting from it. We have a responsibility to the taxpayers, and an even greater one to our sense of justice, to end the practice of using private prisons.

 

Join me today.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we work to advance meaningful criminal justice reform in this country.

 

– Kamala

August 19th, 2016 | News

Republicans Want to Kill Consumer Protection

BobDerlet

Dear Supporter,

President Obama and Senator Warren recently discussed Wall Street, the Great Recession and Consumer Protection.

Republicans made it clear, they plan to repeal the law passed in 2010, called the Dodd-Frank act, that safeguards against another great recession or even depression. It also created the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, championed by Elizabeth Warren.

Tom McClintock voted against creating this consumer agency, and no doubt will join his fellow Trump republicans who vowed to eliminate it.

If Dodd-Frank is repealed and the Consumer Finance Protection Agency eliminated, big banks, finance companies, and hedge funds could cheat you out of money, leaving you out in the cold.  Your only recourse then would be to spend thousands of dollars hiring a lawyer and spending years fighting in the legal system.

Thanks to Elizabeth Warren, if you are cheated now, all you need to do is to log onto the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, file your complaint, and chances are your problems will be addressed: http://www.consumerfinance.gov

I support consumer protection, and will fight to keep and strengthen the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau.

I ask for your vote on November 8.

Please Donate to my Campaign and help me win.

Thank you.  Bob

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August 4th, 2016 | Events

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August 4th, 2016 | News

Update on Central States Pension Fund

JimCosta

Dear Friends,

As you may know, the Central States Pension Fund, one of the nation’s largest multiemployer pension funds, is in danger of reaching insolvency within the next decade. Declining union membership, combined with deregulation of the trucking industry, has left fewer employers with unionized workers to fund the plan, with many more individuals in retirement receiving monthly benefits. To help address the growing crisis of future insolvency of several multiemployer pension funds, Congress passed the Multiemployer Pension Reform Act (MPRA) in 2014, allowing certain plans that are in critical and declining status to take dramatic action to remain solvent. Under MPRA, Central States entered negotiations with the U.S. Department of Treasury to stabilize the fund’s financial status and protect its solvency.

Under the initial negotiated plan, the individuals who contributed to the fund throughout their careers would have seen their benefits slashed up to 70 percent for circumstances that were out of their control. In February, I sent a letter to the Treasury Department urging them to reject Central States Pension Plan’s application and to return to negotiations to find a more evenhanded solution to address insolvency. The Treasury Department rejected Central States’ plan in May due to several concerns; most notably, that they believe the pension fund would still become insolvent under the plan and that any cuts under the plan would be of unequal distribution among all participants. Central States has since announced they will not submit an amended plan to avoid insolvency.

In an effort to ensure that the plan does not face solvency problems in the future, I signed on to a letter with my colleagues to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) requesting a study of the Fund’s investment and internal decisions, as well as a review of how those decisions impacted its long-term solvency. Since 1982, the fund has operated under a 1982 federal court ordered consent decree, in which all discretionary investment decisions have been made by financial firms, rather than the Fund’s Board of Trustees. I was pleased to learn that the GAO has accepted requests from me and other members of the House and Senate to review the Fund’s decision making process.

It is my sincere hope that both parties will continue the hard work necessary and come together to find a solution that is in the best interest of the fund and all of its stakeholders. The men and women who contributed to the fund over the years deserve a resolution to help them plan for their future. Please know that I will continue to closely monitor any future negotiations between Central States Pension Fund and the Treasury Department as they move forward.

Additionally, to continue to address this issue, I signed on as a cosponsor of the Pension and Budget Integrity Act. Current law allows pension insurance premiums that are paid by employers to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBCG) to be included in the federal budget as “on-budget,” creating the illusion that this revenue can be used for government spending despite being unable to allocate them to other government programs. The Pension and Budget Integrity Act moves premiums “off-budget,” ensuring that Congress can only raise premiums when it is appropriate and will benefit the PBGC and pension beneficiaries. I urge my colleagues to adopt this bipartisan legislation in order to give American workers certainty that their retirement earnings will continue to be safe.

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

July 30th, 2016 | News

United We Stand

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“That’s why ‘Stronger Together’ is not just a lesson from our history. It’s not just a slogan for our campaign. It’s a guiding principle for the country we’ve always been and the future we’re going to build.” -Hillary Clinton

We just ended an amazing week in Philadelphia, and we are ready to bring Democratic values back to California. Hillary Clinton is the fighter we need, and we have all the responsibility in the world to elect her to the White House.

But in California, we have work to do. Chairman John Burton said it in a letter to CA Democrats this week:

“There is no question of whether Trump could carry California. If we work hard and get out the vote, we can decimate the Republican Party in the state of California. We can grow our majorities in the state Legislature, and we have a chance to pick up four Congressional seats.”

Contribute $25 to the California Democrats 2016 election fund today, and help us get out the vote in November.

We need to knock on doors. We need to call voters, and we need to get out the vote! And we can’t wait one minute longer. Our Democratic unity is now more important than ever.

United, we can fight for immigration reform. United, we can pass policies that help working and middle-class families here in California and across the nation. United, we stand against Donald Trump. There’s no sitting on the sidelines this election. We need to come together to elect Hillary Clinton and deliver a Democratic Congress for Nancy Pelosi to lead. Are you in?

We have our work cut out for us. United, we can win in November. Will you contribute $25 to the California Democrats 2016 election fund today?

Thank you.

The CDP Team

July 30th, 2016 | News

Kennedy Club to Feature Convention Attendees

The Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley welcomes you for our Saturday, August 6 meeting.

Location: Denny’s at Abby and Divisadero Streets (downtown)

Times: 9am to 11 am

Program: Judy Lund-Bell, Marsha Conant, and Tony Capozzi, Clinton delegates for Congressional District 22

They are just returned from the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, and will share their convention stories and experiences with us!

Please join us for another great meeting!

Carole Laval, 2016 President

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July 25th, 2016 | News

DNC Statement on Released E-mails

For Immediate Release

July 25, 2016

Contact: DNC Press – 202-863-8148

“On behalf of everyone at the DNC, we want to offer a deep and sincere apology to Senator Sanders, his supporters, and the entire Democratic Party for the inexcusable remarks made over email. These comments do not reflect the values of the DNC or our steadfast commitment to neutrality during the nominating process. The DNC does not — and will not — tolerate disrespectful language exhibited toward our candidates. Individual staffers have also rightfully apologized for their comments, and the DNC is taking appropriate action to ensure it never happens again.

“We are embarking on a convention today that — thanks to the great efforts of Secretary Clinton, her team, Senator Sanders, his team, and the entire Democratic Party — will show a forward-thinking and optimistic vision for America, as compared to the dark and pessimistic vision that the GOP presented last week in Cleveland. Our focus is on electing Hillary Clinton, Tim Kaine and Democrats across the country, thanks to Democratic Party that is strong, unified, and poised for victory in November.”

Donna Brazile, Incoming Interim Chair
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Secretary
Andrew Tobias, Treasurer
Raymond Buckley, Vice Chair, ASDC President
Maria Elena Durazo, Vice Chair
Mayor R.T. Rybak, Vice Chair
Henry R. Muñoz III, National Finance Committee Chair

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