August 26th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Democratic Coffee, Episode 8: Democrats should consider serving on local boards and commissions

In the eighth episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, Chair Michael Evans shares his thoughts about the importance of having Democrats serve on local boards and commissions.

Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below. You can now subscribe to our Democratic Coffee podcast through iTunes. Click here to open your iTunes account, then click the ‘View in iTunes’ and ‘Subscribe’ buttons. New episodes will then be delivered to your iPhone, iPod or iPad with every sync.

Democratic Coffee, our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available approximately every other week. Please continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

July 8th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Gary Lasky talks about how Democrats can help to protect the environment: Democratic Coffee, Episode 7

In the seventh episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, active Democrat and community activist Gary Lasky shares his thoughts about Democratic involvement in issues pertaining to the environment. Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below.

You can now subscribe to our Democratic Coffee podcast through iTunes. Click here to open your iTunes account, then click the ‘View in iTunes’ and ‘Subscribe’ buttons. New episodes will then be delivered to your iPhone, iPod or iPad with every sync.

Democratic Coffee, our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of Democratic Coffee will become available approximately every other week. Please continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

June 9th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Yezdyar Kaoosji talks about why he’s supporting Bernie Sanders for President: Democratic Coffee, Episode 6

In the sixth episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, active Democrat and community activist Yezdyar Kaoosji shares his thoughts about Bernie Sanders’ candidacy for President, and shares his thoughts about why he’s a Bernie supporter. Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below.

You can now subscribe to our Democratic Coffee podcast through iTunes. Click here to open your iTunes account, then click the ‘View in iTunes’ and ‘Subscribe’ buttons. New episodes will then be delivered to your iPhone, iPod or iPad with every sync.

Democratic Coffee,’ our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available approximately every other week. Please continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

As previously announced, a community meeting for anyone interested in supporting the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign is scheduled 1-3 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at the Fresno County Democratic Headquarters, 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno. For more information, see the previous announcement.

May 27th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

FCDCC’s Dave Herb talks about Fresno’s plans for coping with the drought: Democratic Coffee, Episode 5

In the fifth episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, active Democrat and volunteer liaison to the Fresno City Council Dave Herb shares his thoughts about the solutions the city of Fresno is pursuing for coping with the drought. Download the episode here, or listen now by clicking the Play button below.

‘Democratic Coffee,’ our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available approximately every other week. Stay tuned for details about ways to have new episodes delivered automatically to your iPod, iPhone or Android phone, and continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

May 27th, 2015 | News, Opinion

CADEM Chair John Burton: TPP ‘a rotten deal for American workers’

From CADEM Chair John Burton:

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This thing stinks to high heaven.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a rotten deal for American workers.

Corporate interests wrote this trade agreement, and corporate interests are the ones who will make money from it. The rest of us? We can’t even read the deal.

Corporations don’t need another break. The California Democrats voted overwhelmingly at our Convention to pass a resolution opposing the TPP because we know that the TPP would ship more American jobs overseas. It would mean weakening environmental regulations. And it would mean lower wages for American workers.

That’s a rotten deal.

We need Democrats all across California to stand up and join us in stopping the TPP before it’s up for a vote in the House of Representatives.

Will you join me, and tell Congress and President Obama to say NO to the TPP?

We’ve been here before. We saw how the passage of NAFTA led to thousands of American jobs being shipped overseas. This deal is even bigger than that.

And we can’t even read it.

Why is this process so secretive? You can guess the answer: Because if the American people knew what was in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it would never pass.

Say NO to shipping more jobs overseas. Say NO to weakening environmental regulations. Join me in saying NO to the TPP, and send a message before the House votes.

Sign on today, and tell Congress and President Obama to say NO to the TPP.

Thanks for standing up.

John Burton
Chairman
California Democratic Party

May 10th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

CLC’s Dillon Savory calls for action to stop the Trans Pacific Partnership: Democratic Coffee, Episode 4

In the fourth episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, active Democrat and Political Director for the Central Labor Council Dillon Savory shares his thoughts on why the Trans Pacific Partnership and its Fast Track stipulation are both bad ideas. In his interview recorded May 8, 2015, Savory calls upon Democrats who oppose the TPP to take action now. Download the episode to your device, or listen to the episode right here:

‘Democratic Coffee,’ our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available approximately every other week. Stay tuned for details about ways to have new episodes delivered automatically to your iPod, iPhone or Android phone, and continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

May 6th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Nancy Griesser on Challenges and Opportunities in Voter Registration – ‘Democratic Coffee’ Episode 3

In the third episode of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s ‘Democratic Coffee’ podcast, member and activist Nancy Griesser talks about the challenges and opportunities that come along with registering Democratic voters. Download the episode to your device, or listen to the episode right here:

Democratic Coffee,’ our audio podcast, features news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee. New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available approximately every other week. Stay tuned for details about their permanent location and ways to have new episodes delivered automatically to your iPod, iPhone or Android phone, and continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

April 8th, 2015 | News, Opinion, Podcast

Join Fresno County Democratic Chair Michael Evans for a ‘Democratic Coffee’… right now.

logoPresenting the debut of the Fresno County Democratic Party’s official podcast. Titled ‘Democratic Coffee,’ the audio podcast will feature news and interviews with local Democrats, presented as friendly conversations over coffee.

Our debut episode is available right now, right here. Click on the link below to download and hear the episode, which features a conversation with Fresno County Democratic Chair Michael D. Evans. Please make sure your speakers are “on,” and that your volume is set to a comfortable level before clicking.

New episodes of ‘Democratic Coffee’ will become available every other week. Stay tuned for details about their permanent location and ways to have new episodes delivered automatically to your iPod, iPhone or Android phone, and continue to join us for a Democratic Coffee!

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

November 13th, 2014 | Opinion

From Dave Herb: Final Water Forum an unhappy affair

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

Fresno’s fourth and final water forum was not a very happy affair. The overarching concern of the people in attendance is that the City of Fresno has a credibility problem. However, that is what these forums were crafted to fix. Allow me to share a sampling of the facts and opinions that emerged from the most recent discussion of Fresno’s most existential issue.

The Problem

The city has over-drafted its aquifer and this must stop because

  1. water is a finite resource and
  2. California state law requires us to stop over-drafting or it will take over the water system.

The Solution

  • In contrast to many smaller cities in the valley, Fresno has access to a supply of surface water adequate to resolve the problem.
  • The citizens of Fresno don’t want to pay for the infrastructure needed to make surface water usable for domestic consumption. Many residents advocate for stopping new growth, believing that the problem will then go away.

The Timing

  • City staff have been recommending improvements to the water system for 25 years, and the cost of the infrastructure back then would have been a fraction of the cost today.
  • Citizens complain, however, that they can’t afford the rate increases and they want the city to continue to delay taking any action.

The Cost

  • The proposed rates will increase the average resident’s monthly water bill from $24 to $48 and this will maintain the city’s position as one of the less expensive fee structures in the state.
  • Many citizens voice concerns that water improvements are unnecessary, they don’t want to pay more, the problem should be solved through conservation, the city should stop new development, new recharge basins should be added, and the city should let them alone.

Reality

Nobody likes to see water bills go up, but it is time to wake up and face reality. Water is a non-negotiable requirement for the life of our community and all its residents. Coastal communities that have to consider high-tech solutions like desalination will face far higher costs and small valley towns without access to surface water may not be habitable. Consider that when you complain about another $24 on your monthly bill.

The City is committed to future studies to consider a tiered water rate system to encourage conservation and an increase in the connection charges for new development.

In the interim, it is time for the citizens of Fresno to support the staff’s proposed solution to our water supply issue. Delay on this topic has already cost us millions of dollars in increased construction costs. Please help me restore our collective faith in the democratic process and support a wise solution to a critical problem for our community. We want and deserve responsibility from our leaders, and these forums have shown us the truth of the issue. What I have observed from an unfortunate number of citizens is a litany of foot dragging and nit-picking which explains why we didn’t solve this problem years ago when it could have been done for a fraction of the cost.

Dave Herb