October 18th, 2017 | Candidate News

Why the fires got so bad

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Alex Padilla

It has been painful to see the destruction that the fires in both Northern California and Southern California have caused. More than forty people have died and thousands of lives have been terribly disrupted.


And while these fires have been tragic, it is now time for us to demonstrate the courage to acknowledge the reason why these natural disasters have been so deadly.


Here’s the truth: Climate change and global warming, while not solely responsible for any one fire, are clearly affecting the overall frequency and intensity of these fires.


Please sign onto my petition to tell lawmakers that we must continue to improve California’s fire preparedness strategy and to address climate change as a contributor to their increasing frequency and intensity. 


As with hurricanes in other parts of the country, climate change has exacerbated the severity and the effect of wildfires. We can’t afford to look the other way —  8.5 million acres of U.S. land has been devastated by fires in this year alone.


We must address the fundamental reason that is making these fires and their devastation much worse. We must also work to protect people who are vulnerable to one of these disasters.


Raise your voice by signing onto my petition and tell lawmakers that we must do more to protect Californians from fires and that we must address how climate change is making them worse. 


Thank you.


And please be safe,


Alex Padilla

California Secretary of State










October 18th, 2017 | Candidate News


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


For Immediate Release

October 17, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


United States Representatives Julia Brownley and Lou Correa Endorse Senator Lara’s Statewide Bid
LONG BEACH, CA — Expanding on his already far-reaching coalition of support from esteemed California leaders, today State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for State Insurance Commissioner was endorsed by U.S. Congress Members Julia Brownley and Lou Correa.

U.S. Congress Member Julia Brownley released the following statement:

“I’m pleased to endorse Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a fierce progressive, leading the charge on a range of policies, from healthcare for all to immigrant rights to women’s rights to environmental justice causes and more. I know he’ll be an exceptional leader for all Californians as our state’s next Insurance Commissioner.”

U.S. Congress Member Lou Correa released the following statement:

“I’m proud to endorse my friend, Senator Ricardo Lara, for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s an effective leader who is compassionate, driven and has a real record of putting people first. I know he’ll be a force on behalf of working families as 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. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Julia Brownley
  • U.S. Congresswoman (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn
  • U.S. Secretary of Labor (Ret.) and current L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • 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 18th, 2017 | Candidate News

Governor Signs Salas’ Bill to Provide Greater Access to Quality Eye Care

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October 18th, 2017 | Candidate News


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




In just over a week’s time, thousands of homes have been destroyed in the fires burning in California, tens of thousands of people were displaced –many now without homes to go back to –and tragically over 40 lives have been lost.

Thanks to the valiant fire fighters, law enforcement officers, national guard, and other first responders who are doing an amazing job at great risk to contain the fires and move people to safety.

Once people’s safety has been secured, our next task is to help fire victims with recovery. Friday I issued a notice to insurers asking them to expedite their claims handling for fire victims — to cut red tape and issue advance payments to policyholders to help them begin to recover.

And this weekend I went to Santa Rosa to help fire victims.


I visited the Local Assistance Center and thanked representatives of local, state and federal agencies and volunteers who were there assisting residents. Our Department of Insurance  consumer assistance staff were there helping fire victims with their insurance questions. I helped one man by getting his insurer to use a photo of his totaled car to begin processing his claim.

Another purpose of my Santa Rosa visit was to make sure insurers were there with sufficient staff to help policyholders. They are.

Most of us have heard or read harrowing stories of near death escapes this past week. I heard some of them first-hand when I visited the evacuation centers over the weekend. I met one man who saved his wheelchair bound elderly neighbor, who otherwise would have perished in her burning mobilehome. I visited whole neighborhoods laid to waste by fire.


The Department of Insurance consumer services staff will continue to be at Local Assistance Centers throughout the state to help consumers with insurance questions or disputes. We will also deploy our law enforcement officers to deter scam artists who typically flood into hard hit areas.


These are some of the most destructive fires in California history.   At the same time, people have rallied to each other’s assistance. Despite the tragedy, the way that people have pitched in to help one another is inspiring.

And we will continue to do our part to make sure consumers are protected, so if you know anyone in need of assistance with their insurance claim or a question, please have them contact us at the Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-4357. We are there to help. Thank you.





Insurance Commissioner





October 18th, 2017 | Candidate News

Win tickets to see Hamilton with John Chiang

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One Broadway show. Two great Treasurers. Add your name right now for the chance to see Hamilton with California Treasurer John Chiang.

Add your name right now
for the chance to see Hamilton
with John Chiang
Tickets are on us
I'm in




October 17th, 2017 | Candidate News


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



For Immediate Release
October 16, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
“A Progressive California,” SuperPAC Launches By Releasing Digital Video Ad Supporting Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León for United States Senate in 2018 Contest

LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, “A Progressive California,” a SuperPAC aimed at backing progressive candidates for office, announced its launch by releasing a digital video ad in support of California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León’s campaign for United States Senate.

To view the ad, titled, “We Need Kevin,”click on the screen shot below or here.

“We Need Kevin,” the digital video ad, begins with footage of Donald Trump’s America, from the Charlottesville torch-infused rally to the commander-in-chief apathetically tossing out paper towels to the people of Puerto Rico, to the President’s efforts of pulling out of the Paris Climate change. Thereafter, it notes that Washington’s status quo has failed to sufficiently fight back against Trump. It then transitions into footage featuring Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León, highlighting his efforts to champion California’s resistance against the White House’s backwards agenda, while advancing progressive causes.

The script of the ad reads as follows:

This isn’t normal
Neither is this
Or this
Or this
These aren’t California’s values — or America’s
It’s clear that Washington’s status quo has failed. We need bold leaders who will stand up and say enough is enough!
Kevin de León has led the resistance against Donald Trump in California, showing we can lead the nation on climate change, better jobs, universal healthcare and immigrant rights.
We need a fearless leader to stand up for our values in the U.S. Senate. We need Kevin de León.
A progressive California is responsible for the content of this advertising.

The mission of “A Progressive California,” is to help elect Democrats who support a pro-working families, pro-tough environmental protections, pro-healthcare for all, pro-women’s rights, pro-immigrant rights, pro-gun safety laws, pro-equal rights agenda and who will prioritize social and economic justice causes in Washington.

For more information, please visit www.AProgressiveCalifornia.com

October 17th, 2017 | Candidate News

I’m running for U.S. Senate

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


To my friends and fellow Californians:


I have been honored to lead the California State Senate for the last three years where we have infused progressive Californian values in important policy efforts like immigration, women’s rights, quality education, civil rights, job creation, and fighting climate change.


I was raised by a single mother with a 3rd grade education. She worked her hands to the bone cleaning homes to provide for me and I never forgotten those humble roots.


Her sacrifices, and California public schools, enabled me to get a college education and realize the California Dream.


I keep those memories at the top of my mind, because too many Californians and Americans today live in poverty, sometimes working two or three jobs and still struggling to make ends meet.


I’m running for the United States Senate to deliver for you. Please watch my announcement video, then let me know if I can count on your support.


We now stand at the frontlines of a historic struggle for the very soul of America, against a President without one.


Every day, his Administration wages war on our people and our progress.  He disregards our voices. Demonizes our diversity. Attacks our civil rights, our clean air, our health access and our public safety.


We can lead the fight against his administration, but only if we jump into the arena together.


I am running for Senate because you deserve a seat at the table.


You deserve jobs that afford your family a better quality of life.


You deserve an opportunity for our children to have a free and equal education.


You deserve clean air.


You deserve universal healthcare.


To achieve these goals, expand the California Dream, and take the fight to Trump from California to Washington DC, I commit to working tirelessly to earn your vote here at home, and once elected, to do my part to work even harder to reunite this nation with a progressive agenda.


Together, we’ll deliver prosperity with voices reflective of our state – join my campaign today.






October 17th, 2017 | Candidate News


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I have fantastic news — Governor Brown just signed my bill, SB 17, into law! This new law brings transparency to Big Pharma by requiring drug companies to give advance notice on drug price increases, as well as explain why drug costs are going up.

People shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and paying for their medication.

Although this state legislation was passed in California, it’s a monumental achievement for the entire nation. SB 17 will help change health care policy and benefit consumers, not only here in California, but other states as well.

I believe health care is a human right, and that’s why I have dedicated my life to making it more accessible and affordable for all. I’m running to be the next Lieutenant Governor of California to build on our progress and continue to stand up for all Californians.

Will you stand with us in the fight for affordable prescription drugs?

If you’ve saved your information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately.

Express Donate: $5

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Or donate another amount.

Thanks for joining me in this fight,
Dr. Ed


October 17th, 2017 | Candidate News

up to his old tricks

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DEVELOPING: Devin Nunes is going rogue – AGAIN!

Read on for details…

This time, Nunes issued subpoenas for the Congressional investigation into possible Trump campaign collusion with the Russians on a whim – and without telling Democrats.

It’s another shocking example of Nunes’ blatant disregard for working across the aisle to establish the truth.

Instead, Nunes is hell-bent on doing whatever he can to protect President Trump and Trump campaign associates, even if it means dissing his Congressional colleagues.

Will you rush a donation to show Devin Nunes we’re fed-up with his game-playing and grandstanding? >>>

Nunes’ erratic behavior shows he can’t be trusted. Time and again, he acts without thinking, obsessed instead with looking good for President Trump.

We deserve better than an out-of-control representative. We don’t need a loose cannon like Devin Nunes representing us in Washington, D.C.

What the hardworking families of the 22nd District need is a member of Congress who puts their interests first.

That’s why Andrew is running. Will you pitch in immediately to help Andrew compete – and win – against Devin Nunes?





Thanks for your support of our campaign.

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October 17th, 2017 | Candidate News

Big boost from Mayor Tom Butt

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Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

I’m grateful to earn the endorsement of Tom Butt, Richmond’s mayor and local business owner. As Lt. Governor, I’ll work with him on empowering cities to solve the housing crisis and attract good-paying jobs.

Endorsements from local elected officials are important to me because it’s leaders like Tom who are working with Californians everyday on solving the toughest challenges facing our neighborhoods.


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We’ve been earning significant support from a wide array of other leaders in our cities, counties, local schools, community college boards, as well as Congressional leaders like Adam Schiff and Ro Khanna.

You can help build our support right now by sharing this email with people in your social media circle and joining our team by clicking here

Thanks for your continued commitment.

– Jeff