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August 4th, 2017 | News

CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman Announces Standing Committee Appointments

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California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman Announces Standing Committee Appointments 

Sacramento—California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman today announced appointments to the Standing Committees of the California Democratic Party. In a departure from previous years, the process of selecting committee membership was opened up by Chair Bauman to include the statewide officers of the CDP.

“This has been the most inclusive process in decades, and we have selected the most diverse set of of appointments in CDP history,” said Eric C. Bauman, Chair of the California Democratic Party.  “I am particularly proud that we appointed a majority of women and people of color because everyone should have a seat at the table in the California Democratic Party.”

Of the appointments made, more than half were people of color, and more than half were women. 13 percent of the appointees identify as disabled, and 16 percent identify as LGBTQ. Additionally, nearly half of the appointees are brand new appointees who have never served on a CDP committee before.

“These committees are one of the most important ways an activist can help build up and strengthen our party and fight for our values. I believe we will see tremendous work come out of each of these committees, particularly with so many new and enthusiastic grassroots Democrats participating for the first time,” added Chair Bauman.

For a full list of appointments by committee, please visit the California Democratic Party Standing Committee page, which can be found here.

 

 

August 4th, 2017 | News

re: tax breaks for the rich (add your name)

Join us.

The GOP’s tax plan benefits the rich at the expense of working people — add your name to tell congressional Republicans to create a tax plan that works for every American:

I’M IN

Trump, Pence, and congressional Republicans just released the outline for their tax plan. I can summarize it for you in five words: tax breaks for the rich.

They propose cutting taxes for billionaires, millionaires, and big corporations — with nearly half of the tax cuts going to the top one percent, while corporations with offshore profits get a massive $550 billion tax cut.

And hardworking Americans will bear the cost.

This tax scheme is the latest Republican attack on working families, just like their plans to cut health care, Social Security, and education. It’s the same kind of top-down economics Republicans have tried for decades, where the rich get richer at the expense of working families.

We’ve been down that road before, and it got us into the worst recession since the Great Depression — we can’t afford to go back.

We need real reform that will work for every American, not just those at the top. Add your name: tell Republicans it’s time to scrap their tax-cuts-for-the-rich plan and start from scratch:

I’M IN

Thanks,

Tom

Tom Perez
Chair
Democratic National Committee

August 4th, 2017 | News

Health care chaos

Kamala Harris

I wasn’t planning to email you today, but President Trump is once again about to do the unthinkable and it’s going to require all of us to mobilize and stop him. This is important.

Apparently, the Trump White House is demanding Senate Republicans schedule another vote on Trumpcare, and they are holding the health coverage of millions of Americans hostage to do it.

Under the Affordable Care Act, President Trump has the authority to cancel the monthly funding payments that ACA recipients rely on to reduce the cost of their health care — and he’s using this funding as a heartless bargaining chip with the Republicans.

Either they fall in line (again), or Trump will send ACA markets into chaos, threatening care even for those who don’t require financial assistance.

Tell Trump: Don’t you dare cancel funding for ACA recipients who rely on these funds to cover the cost of their health care. Instead, quit attacking the Affordable Care Act and work with us to ensure every American has access to quality and affordable health care.

SIGN THE PETITION

Our response to this threat must be swift and powerful. It’s time to come together once again to send an unmistakable message to Trump and his advisors about where the American people stand, just as we did days ago when we defeated the Senate GOP’s health care bill.

Democracy is designed to yield to the voices of the people — so let’s shout, let’s march, and yes, let’s tweet. Let’s do what it takes to defeat this (and any) threats against our care coming out of this immoral White House. Tell Trump that canceling funding for ACA recipients is dangerous, callous, and just plain cruel. Add your name today.

Thank you for continuing to stay vigilant in defending our health care. Keep up the fight and stay engaged.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

SIGN THE PETITION

 

 

July 31st, 2017 | News

‘Hurry up and die’: Threats, racism intensify against California officials

The letter begins with “Dear Corrupt Mexican” and ends with “hurry up and die.” It’s signed “White Power.” The words were typed on a note card and sent to Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Capitol office earlier this year.

July 31st, 2017 | News

OVER 85,000 CALIFORNIANS JOIN MOVEMENT TO CLOSE CORPORATE AND BILLIONAIRE LOOPHOLES IN PROP 13

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For Immediate Release

July 31, 2017

Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
OVER 85,000 CALIFORNIANS JOIN MOVEMENT TO CLOSE CORPORATE AND BILLIONAIRE LOOPHOLES IN PROP 13

Make it Fair, a plan to close corporate and billionaire loopholes in Proposition 13 while protecting homeowners, generates widespread support

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Demonstrating the grassroots momentum behind the campaign to reform Proposition 13, today, the Make it Fair Coalition announced that 85,575 people have signed up through online petitions and at the doors as supporters of the movement to close Proposition 13’s commercial property tax loophole.

Each year, MediCal, K-12 schools and vital local services are deprived of over $11 billion in necessary funding due to the commercial property tax loophole in Proposition 13, over 90% of which remains in the pockets of the millionaires, billionaires, and big corporations that hold commercial properties worth over $1 million. The Make it Fair amendment would work to fix this rigged system and bring fairness to our tax policy while strengthening protections for homeowners and residential renters.

The petition, directed toward the state legislature, says the following:

“I am asking you to support the Make It Fair proposal to reform Proposition 13. It would make California’s biggest corporations pay taxes on the actual value of their property, raising $9 billion for the state and local governments.

“The time has come to close the loopholes and take back the tax giveaways to help our local communities respond to the federal cuts and level the playing field so all commercial properties are assessed based on their actual value. The big corporations, millionaires and billionaires being asked to pay their share can afford it, and even after this measure takes effect California’s commercial property taxes will still be among the lowest in the nation.

“As a Californian who cares about my community and the prosperity of our state, I believe we must fix the commercial property tax system to ensure a level playing field and make big corporations and wealthy real estate investors pay their fair share. I ask that you please do everything in your power to support the Make It Fair Campaign.”

Announcing the results of the petition, Veronica Carrizales, Policy and Campaign Development Director of the California Calls Coalition, noted:

“Since the election of Donald Trump, and the very real threat that he could cut trillions of dollars in corporate taxes and cut trillions of dollars in vital services, we have found there is a renewed interest amongst all voter segments for closing the unintended corporate loopholes created by Prop 13. California’s ability to avoid cuts to MediCal, Obamacare (Affordable Healthcare Act), K-12 schools and other vital local services is dependent on our ability to close these loopholes. This is only the beginning, of what we believe will be an uprising against a rigged system.”

The petition urges lawmakers to:

  • Assess commercial and industrial property at fair market value and close commercial property tax loopholes,
  • Invest the resulting funds ($9 billion a year) in education and neighborhood services we all need and deserve including health access, housing, equity and quality of life;
  • Protect homeowners and renters from any changes,
  • Provide tax relief for small businesses, and
  • Include accountability provisions so new funds are spent appropriately.

To view the petition, visit www.MakeItFairca.com/join.

For more information, visit www.MakeItFairCa.com

 

July 31st, 2017 | News

Getting things Done in Washington

 

Dear Friends,

This past week was especially busy in Washington, as members of the House finished their business in D.C. before heading home to work in their districts for the month of August. With that in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what I have been doing to improve the lives of those I have the privilege of representing.

Modernizing Our Nation’s Infrastructure

We have a long history in America of investing in our infrastructure, and these investments helped us grow and develop as a country. Yet, over the last 25 years we have been living off the infrastructure investments our parents and grandparents have made, and our infrastructure is now crumbling. This week I spoke on the House floor to urge my colleagues to come together and to work with the President to create a bipartisan plan that distributes infrastructure investment as fairly as possible, is cost effective, and does the most good in critical areas. This means that, in addition to other factors, we must make sure to increase opportunities in our nation’s rural communities, which too often get overlooked in infrastructure discussions. Without a smart, comprehensive approach to this issue, all Americans will be worse off, and we will continue to live off investments made in the past rather than investing in our future. While the decisions on where to invest can be challenging, it is vital that we approach this issue together. After all, no transportation system, energy project, or water infrastructure is Democratic or Republican.

To view my speech on the House floor, please click on the link below.

Congressman Costa speaks on making smart investments in infrastructure

Forever GI Bill Passes in the House

Last Monday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the largest update to the G.I. Bill since the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008. The bill is referred to as the “Forever GI Bill” due to its elimination of the 15 year deadline by which veterans must use their education benefits. In addition, the legislation increases the amount that dependents of veterans can receive in education benefits. The Forever GI Bill also extends benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to all Purple Heart recipients and to reservists and National Guard members who served next to active duty troops, but who themselves were not technically active duty troops. This bill’s passage showed us how Congress can and should work: together in a bipartisan fashion. I hope to see the Forever GI Bill pass in the U.S. Senate and be signed into law so our veterans and their families can get the benefits they deserve.

House Agriculture Committee Hearing on Renegotiating NAFTA

This week the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss how to protect and promote agriculture during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is clear that NAFTA needs to be upgraded and modernized to better reflect the needs of the American people in the 21st century. With that in mind, we should not forget that the agriculture industry has been one of the bright spots benefiting from the economic agreement. California agriculture exports have increased three fold over the last decade, in large part due to NAFTA. California has more at stake than any other state in any renegotiation of NAFTA, given our integration into the international market. Let’s not forget that currently around 22% of agriculture exports from our state go to Canada and Mexico. This is why, as a member of the Agriculture Committee, I made sure to bring California agriculture to the forefront of the committee’s hearing on NAFTA. Any renegotiation of this trade deal needs to keep in mind a “do no harm” mantra, especially when it comes to agriculture.

Rep. Costa speaks on the need to protect agriculture in NAFTA renegotiations

Protecting DACA

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to pursue the American dream by granting them a period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. This week I spoke on the House floor about the importance of maintaining this program. We should not penalize those who were brought to our country in pursuit of a better life – as immigrants have done throughout our history – and we should always try to keep families together whenever possible. For these reasons, I urge the Administration to stand with me in protecting DACA.

Returning to Responsible Governing

This past week the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which contains four of the twelve appropriations bills the House is required to pass each fiscal year to fund the government. I voted against this legislation because this bill represents a broken process and a departure from how Congress is supposed to work. With just 13 legislative days left until the end of the fiscal year, the House still must pass several critical bills, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization, and legislation raising the debt ceiling and funding the remainder of the government. Government should not operate this way, on deadline driven legislation. This course of action leads to bad laws and bad results for the American people. As always, I stand ready to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to get Congress working properly again and to deliver the results the American people deserve.

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues 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. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook pageand twitter account.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

   

 

 

July 31st, 2017 | News

District 1’s 2nd Annual National Night Out at Inspiration Park!

 

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Hace uno meses el Distrito Escolar de Fresno paso una resolución pro-inmigrante y designó las escuelas como “lugares seguros”.

Los esfuerzos del distrito se están llevando a travez de Foros informativos – Conozca Sus Derechos. Estos se están llevando acabo los martes y jueves durante el mes de julio. Habrá participación de agencias que proveen recursos ala comunidad y también abogados de inmigración. El volante abajo tiene fechas y detalles.

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Fresno Unified School District passed an important pro-immigrant resolution earlier this year and as part of that resolution, schools in the district were designated “Safe Places”.

The effort being carried out by the district includes the organization of Know Your Rights Informational Workshops.

Workshops are being held Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of July. These events include the participation of partner agencies and immigration attorneys to inform and serve immigrant families and provide legal services.

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July 31st, 2017 | News

A democracy yields to the voices of the people

Kamala Harris

Fresno County,

A democracy yields to the voices of the people. And last night, the people spoke — your calls, your letters, and your courage made the difference in defeating the GOP health care plan.

I couldn’t be more proud of the work this community put in to defend health care for tens of millions of Americans. There was never a day where you weren’t elevating the voices of those with the most to lose.

So today, I hope you walk with your chin up and your shoulders back — be proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

There’s still more work to be done. Trump is threatening to blow up Obamacare and the only thing that will truly save our health care is to take back the House and Senate in 2018. I’ll be in touch soon with the next steps in our fight to save our health care and support Democratic candidates who are standing with us.

Remember this: as long as we stay strong and use our voices as a coalition of Americans, we can win.

Thanks for everything you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

 

July 31st, 2017 | News

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