October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

Join me in supporting fire disaster relief

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


As we continue to witness the devastation taking place in Northern California and Orange County, let us come together and provide relief as best we can. This email has information about ways you can get involved to help others impacted by the fires.


We’re joining forces with Teamsters Joint Council 7 to bring much needed clean water to the firestorm victims in Northern California. Please bring whatever you can donate, including individual bottled water, cases of water, and two liter water jugs to either my District Office in Oakland or Capitol Office in Sacramento. Your water donation will be transported by Teamster Joint Council 7 to the affected areas for distribution. For any questions please call 510-286-1400.




District Office

1515 Clay Street, Suite 2201

Oakland, CA

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 4005

Sacramento, CA



If you would like to donate money, please visit www.redcross.org/donate/donation, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. If you would like to volunteer your time, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/RedCrossVolOctober2017.


For the most up-to-date fire information, please visit the emergency services websites of the affected counties or the California Office of Emergency Services.


Thank you for joining me to support families affected by this terrible disaster.


In community,

Tony Thurmond


October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

fighting for womens rights

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


There has been so much going on that it is hard to decide what issues should get top priority. But I wanted to make sure that the actions of Donald Trump and the GOP in the House didn’t get overlooked from last week.

Last week, women’s rights were trampled on when the House voted to take away birth control from millions of women nationwide simply because their employer doesn’t agree with their personal decisions involving their health.

Let me be clear: This is a women’s health issue and it should be a decision that SHE makes with the help of family and doctors, not her boss or her government.

Do you agree? I need you to stand with me now in opposition. Add your name here >>

I trust women to make their own health decisions, that’s why I’m a strong supporter of Planned Parenthood and the work they do in our community and throughout our nation.

I’m ready to hit the ground running on day one after being elected to strongly oppose roll backs to this popular and crucial component of the Affordable Care Act. The only people who should be in the conversation on birth control and women’s health should be a woman, her doctor, and her family. Period.

I need your help to send a clear message right now that we will not stand idly by as Congress rolls back women’s rights. Add your name here >>

Thank you for standing with me,


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October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Alex Padilla

Once again, our heart is broken watching our fellow Americans suffer the impact of a natural disaster — this time the horrific wildfires devastating northern California and parts of Southern California.


We continue to pray for the families of the 21 who have died, the more than 200 who have been injured, and the many more who have been impacted by some of the worst wildfires in California history.


We can’t thank enough the many brave firefighters and other emergency personnel who have risked their lives to save lives and try to protect homes and businesses. We are always grateful for their courageous service.


At times like this, we need to offer more than just our thoughts and prayers. We need to help our fellow Californians. That is why I’m asking you to take action today and make a contribution to organizations that work to help victims and survivors of these wildfires.


Let’s do what we always do in times of crisis; let’s be there for each other. Your support, large or small, will make a big difference for someone who has suffered a loss due to these fires.


Thank you in advance,


Alex and Angela Padilla






October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.



For Immediate Release

October 11, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

Los Angeles County Supervisor and Former United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Endorses Ricardo Lara in Statewide Contest 


LONG BEACH, CA — Conveying his sweeping support in the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara earned a decisive endorsement from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis.

In announcing her support, Supervisor Hilda Solis stated:

“I’m pleased to endorse Ricardo Lara. His experience, effectiveness and passion for enacting positive change that protects consumers, patients, immigrants and working families is precisely what we need in our next California State Insurance Commissioner.”

To view Senator Ricardo Lara’s digital video ad, “Embolden,” click on the screen shot below:

Since the inception of his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has amassed wide-ranging support from leaders and organizations, including:

Elected & Community Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • U.S. Congresswoman and State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congressman Ted Lieu
  • U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
  • California Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Shirley Weber
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Monique Limon
  • State Assembly Member Jim Frazier
  • State Assembly Member Kansen Chu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member Joaquin Arambula
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Susan Talamantes Eggman
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • State Council of Building and Construction Trades Council of California
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers
  • Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building and Construction Trades Council
  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 16
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47
  • United Union of Roofers, Waterproofers and Allied Workers Local 36


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.

October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

Trump’s taxes

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Americans shouldn’t have to wonder if their president and other elected officials are using their influence to enrich their own bottom line.

But President Trump has refused to release his tax returns. Now he’s pushing tax “reform” measures that could potentially make him more than $1 billion.

I’ve always fought for transparency as California’s state treasurer and controller. I released my tax returns so that Californians know I’ll be accountable to them as governor.

There’s no reason that President Trump shouldn’t do the same.

Join me in telling President Trump: “It’s time to release your tax returns!” Add your name today.

Every day when I go to work, I put the people of California first, and Californians know that — in part because I made my tax returns public.

But without knowing how our president makes his income, what debts he owes to whom, and how much money he stands to gain from upending the tax code, it’s harder for Americans to know whether he can be trusted.

We shouldn’t have to wonder.

President Trump should do the right thing and release his tax returns now. If you agree, add your name now.

Thanks for taking action,



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October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

Tackling a tough issue together with Barack

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

People often have the wrong idea about what Ambassadors do. To me, it was a job, not a title. When President Obama came to Australia, it was to announce important actions we’d taken together to secure our future in one of the world’s most challenging regions. We’ve released a new video about it today. As with our other videos, I hope it sparks a conversation about hard challenges I’ve taken on, and the new challenges ahead. I’m grateful to you for watching and sharing this, because it will take all of us to meet the challenges of the new economy.

As you’ll see, not only did we take bold measures in Asia, but we also had some fun doing it.  Receiving the State Department’s highest honor was just icing on the cake.

Click to share video

Thank you again for sharing these videos broadly with your networks. Our campaign support has been growing quickly because of your stories, posts, and shares. Thanks for keeping our momentum going.




October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


Dear Friend,

Yesterday, Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency as wildfires rage on, mobilizing the National Guard to join California’s brave first responders. Over 1,500 homes have been destroyed. 20,000 Northern Californians have evacuated, and nearly 100,000 acres are burning so far. In Orange County, more than 5,000 people have evacuated their homes.

I’m proud to be a Californian — because in these times of struggle and tragedy we unite as a powerful community to help others. I hope you will join me and make a contribution to the Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

Here are ways you can help:

Visit shelters in Northern California and drop off supplies: clean drinking water, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sleeping bags, cuts, pillows, blankets or flashlights.

Volunteer with the Red Cross.

Make a quick, one-time donation of $10 by texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Post on the Tubbs Fire Facebook Page the services you can offer as help.

Donate to local animal shelters, which are helping people keep their pets safe.

Here is the list of evacuation centers and road closures in Sonoma/Napa.

California has been hit by record droughts, floods, and wildfires, and our state needs to devise the strategies and structures needed to weather any disaster. There is no more important job than protecting the safety and well-being of residents and families across the state.

Our hearts go out to everyone affected by these wildfires. Please share this email with friends to get the word out on how you can help.



October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.



For Immediate Release

October 10, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Engineers & Architects Association Join Over 50 Labor Unions in Picking Senator Ed Hernandez for California Lieutenant Governor


LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Marking another triumph for his campaign as he seeks the office of California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez received the backing of the Engineers & Architects Association, an organization that represents over 5,000 professional, technical, and administrative employees for the City of Los Angeles.

In announcing their endorsement of Senator Hernandez, Bill Violante, Executive Director of the Engineers & Architects Association released the following statement:

“As a longtime optometrist, Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez has made healthcare a priority. His pro-working families record speaks for itself. He’s fought for workers’ rights laws, investments in infrastructure that help create more good paying jobs, ensured better wages and benefits, and he’s worked to increase access to healthcare. Furthermore, Senator Hernandez’ efforts to take on Big Pharma to lower prescription drug prices shows that he’s got guts and is willing to go to bat for patients, working people and all Californians. These are a few of the reasons why the Engineers & Architects Association are proud to endorse his campaign for Lt. Governor.”

Significantly, just yesterday California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez’ groundbreaking drug transparency bill, SB-17, into law.  Senator Hernandez’ latest digital video ad, titled, “Life or Death,” features a moving testimonial from Kendall Renee, who is allergic to more than 95% of foods and carries at least four EpiPens with her at all times. Renee highlights Senator Hernandez’ efforts to combat skyrocketing drug costs in the ad.

To view Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot, click on the screen shot below:

Unshaken by big moneyed special interests, Hernandez not only has taken on Big Pharma but also fought Big Tobacco, as the architect of California’s landmark law to raise the state’s smoking age to 21.

In addition to today’s news, Senator Hernandez has raised over $2 million for the statewide effort and has locked in far-reaching support across California.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here or on the screen shot below.


Several months back, Senator Hernandez released his first digital video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:



Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released an expansive list of over 400 endorsements from grassroots activists, community leaders, federal, state and local elected officials, public safety groups and close to 50 labor unions.

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.

For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

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October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

Meet Rico at the Fresno Fair

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

Meet Rico at the Big Fresno Fair!

It’s that time of year again: The Big Fresno Fair!

This year, I’ll be at the fair on Sunday, October 15 at the Fresno County Democrats Booth between 5 and 8 p.m. I hope that you’ll stop by and learn more about my campaign to unseat Devin Nunes and fight for the Valley. The Fresno Fair is a great time to celebrate our local community, and I hope to speak with constituents like you about the changes you want to see in Congressional District 22. If you’re interested, please consider RSVPing online. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to take a look at my Twitter, Facebook, or website.

I hope to see you there!

– Rico



October 11th, 2017 | Candidate News

FWD: Enough is enough

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

Did you know that gun violence costs our country an estimated $229 billion each year? (By the way, that’s a conservative estimate.)

Mass shootings like last Sunday’s massacre in Las Vegas should never be accepted as normal, so we can’t afford to stand idly by.

That’s why Dr. Ed is calling on Congress to take immediate action to reduce the epidemic of gun violence that claims over 33,000 lives each year in this country by passing common sense gun safety regulations.
Please join us in taking action now.


Team Dr. Ed

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Team Dr. Ed

An average of 93 Americans die and over 200 are injured by gun violence every day. The US gun homicide rate is 25.2 times higher than other high-income countries.

These figures represent real people and their loved ones left behind to pick up the pieces.

It’s time to end this epidemic of violence. Dr. Ed wants to build on the progress we’ve made enacting strong gun safety laws in California.

Will you join him in standing up to the corporate gun lobby and those who profit from gun violence and urge Congress to take immediate action?



Team Dr. Ed

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Dr. Ed Hernandez

As the nation reels from the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, Californians and Americans are stepping up to honor the victims, survivors, and loved ones of the attack in Las Vegas with action on common sense gun laws.

Although no regulation can prevent all gun violence, states with stronger gun laws have lower rates of gun violence. That’s why, as a State Assemblymember and State Senator here in California, I’ve supported some of the strongest gun safety legislation in the nation, and we have one of the lowest rates of gun-related deaths in the country.

But gun safety laws are only as strong as the weakest link, and lax gun safety laws in other states put us all at risk.

Will you join me in calling on Congress to take immediate action on common sense gun safety reform like requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, providing adequate funding for gun violence prevention research, and repealing gun industry immunity from lawsuits?


Dr. Ed