February 13th, 2018 | Events

C.O.O.L. Meeting Notice – Friday, February 23, 2018

Labor Friends,

You are invited to attend this month’s meeting of the Fresno Area Coalition of Organized Labor on Friday, February 23, 2018 . The meeting starts at noon at Pardini’s located at 2257 West Shaw Avenue.  The meeting notice is attached.

The February guest speaker will be Fresno County Supervisor Sal Quintero, Representative for District 3 and Board Chair.

Please RSVP to Cori at chigley@ufcw8.org or by phone (559) 307-6826 no later than Wednesday, February 21, 2018.

Hope to see you soon.

Dee Barnes

COOL Recording Secretary

(559) 779-1981 cell

February 13th, 2018 | Events

Event Reminder: Join Us

Join Us

  • Host:
    Trustee Miguel Arias
  • (559) 906-1443
February 11th, 2018 | Candidate News, Events

Come Meet Gavin Newsom in Fresno on February 17th


Gavin is coming to your area and would like to meet you! 

Join Gavin at a local meet and greet in Fresno on Saturday, February 17th. You’ll have a chance to meet him, get an update on his campaign for Governor, and find out how you can get involved!

Event details below, but be sure to RSVP by replying to this message or filling out the form here:  https://goo.gl/forms/M31TQpKzXyv2dYGh1

What: Meet and Greet with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom

When: Wednesday, February 17th, 2018

Doors Open 3:30pm, Event Begins 4:00pm

Where:   General Teamsters Union Local 431
1140 W Olive Ave.
Fresno, CA 93728

Gavin is meeting with Californians across the state to talk with them about the issues they care about most. You don’t want to miss his visit to Central Valley.

We hope to see you on Feb 17th.

Team Gavin

February 5th, 2018 | Events

ICE Action Against Immigrant Workers

We just received notice of the first large scale ICE action to take place in Fresno County.

I received a call on Saturday, from an immigrant who works at the Bee Sweet Citrus packing house in Fowler. The employees were informed that ICE or other immigration officials would do an I-9 Employment Verification on Tuesday, 2/6/18.

Bee Sweet Citrus is a huge operation with orchards and a processing operation which includes a 400,000 sq ft facility and warehouse. The 2018 season began in November and reaches full swing through the holidays, with a workforce of up to 700 employees.The Company told employees that they had nothing to worry about and they should report to work as always. However, a large number of employees have already resigned or were terminated.

Since the original notification, another notice went to employees saying the date was change to 2/20/18. That could be do to the dramatic reductions of their workforce and to avoid panic. The employees are aware that it may only be a tactic. The owner, Jim Marderosian was supposedly a big Trump supporter.

Affected employees and members of the community inquire as to the audit practice, whether it violates SB 54, AB 540 or other statutes and what Attorney General Becerra can do. In the end it may be that only political and community pressure can bring a pause to this unjust action.

We are asking concerned community members to contact their political leaders, including on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, Fresno, Sanger, Parlier, Selma and Fowler city councils.

We also believe that Congressional Representatives, including but not limited to Jim Costa, Valadao and Nunes should feel pressure from their constituents.

We are tentatively scheduling a mobilization of support for Tuesday, 2/6/18. Details will be follow. Pleas voice your opposition to this action. For more info contact me at 559 908-6701, you can also let me know if you prefer to be dropped from updates, I understand.



February 4th, 2018 | Events

CYD South Valley Regional Fundraiser

February 2nd, 2018 | Events

Capital Fellows Programs Applications Due by Feb. 12, 2018

The Capital Fellows Programs are nationally recognized public policy fellowships offering unique experiences in policy-making and development in each branch of California state government. Fellows work for 10-11 months as full-time, paid staff members in the State Assembly, State Senate, Executive Branch or the Judiciary. The fellowships are administered by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for future careers.

  • Fellows receive a monthly stipend of $2,627;
  • Medical, dental and vision benefits;
  • Student loan deferments;
  • 6 graduate units in Political Science or Public Policy and Administration from Sacramento State; and
  • A graduate certificate in Applied Policy and Government upon completion of the fellowship.

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor’s degree (in any major) by September 1, 2018 and a demonstrated interest in public service, public policy, and California state government. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications. Recent graduates, graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome to apply.

For the 2018-19 fellowship year, individuals must complete the online application by the deadline of February 12, 2018 at www.csus.edu/calst/programs.

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs or need brochures, please contact Sacramento State’s Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906, calstudies@csus.edu or visit www.csus.edu/calst/programs.

Applications Now Available Video: https://youtu.be/mxaJ9s7ieFY

  • Assembly Fellowship Program
  • California Senate Fellows
  • Executive Fellowship Program
  • Judicial Fellowship Program

January 30th, 2018 | Events

PCHRE Forum Save the Dates Announcement

January 30th, 2018 | Events

Trans-E-Motion Febuary Social

Come out for Trans-E-Motion’s February Social! We eat delicious food, catch up with old friends and make new ones!
This event is open to Transgender, Gender Non- conforming individuals, their friends and family, and all allies and advocates of the community.

Friday at 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Ming Restaurant

1414 N Van Ness Ave, Fresno, California 93728
January 28th, 2018 | Events

Emerge CA Central Valley Kickoff in Fresno on Feb. 3rd!


Join us in launching the Inaugral Central Valley Program

Event Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Event Location: Hotel Piccadilly 2305 W. Shaw Avenue, Fresno, CA 93711

The Central Valley class will join the organization’s renowned Northern and Southern California classes in the 2018 program year, bringing the 2018 class to its largest ever–a total of 76 women. This is the first event for the Central Valley

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Purchase tickets today


Lead the Way – $5,000

Includes 20 tickets

Acknowledgement from Podium

Logo and acknowledgment in all event materials

Acknowledgement in all social media promotion

Rising star goodie bag

Go Getter – $2,500

Includes 15 tickets

Acknowledgement from Podium

Logo and acknowledgment in all event materials

Acknowledgement in all social media promotion

Rising star goodie bag

Ready to Run – $1000

Includes 10 tickets

Acknowledgement from Podium

Logo and acknowledgment in all event materials

Acknowledgement in all social media promotion

Rising Star – $500

Includes 5 tickets

Logo and acknowledgment in all event materials

Acknowledgement in all social media promotion

Mentor – $250

Includes 3 event tickets

Logo and acknowledgment in all event materials

Acknowledgement in all social media promotion

General Ticket – $45

Early Bird Ticket – $25

(Early Bird Ticket Sales end 1/24 @11:59pm)


Interested in joining the Host Committee? Contact vecky@emergeca.org by January, 21st.


January 25th, 2018 | Events

Support Residents at City Hall

If you are available, please consider coming out to City Hall tomorrow to support South Fresno residents at a hearing scheduled for 4:30 PM on a proposed massive industrial warehouse project that the city is proposing to approve across the street from homes and within 1/2 mile of Orange Center Elementary School, the Flamingo Mobile Home Park, and Daleville, a disadvantaged unincorporated community.

The City has conducted virtually no analysis of the environmental impacts of this project. It has not completed a water assessment required by law, has no specific mitigation to reduce PM 2.5 emissions from the estimated 6,200 truck and car trips the project is estimated to generate and which will pass in front of homes, has not looked at resulting pedestrian safety hazards for kids at Orange Center or residents, among many other serious impacts.

In the 2014 General Plan, the City committed to conduct a comprehensive assessment of conflicting industrial zoning and land use next to neighborhoods and develop appropriate mitigation- like rezoning, buffers, greening and emission reduction strategies. The City has not moved forward with the assessment, which, if done properly, would help avoid tail-end issues like this.

Leadership Counsel is representing a group of residents in the area called South Central Neighbors United. The group does not want the project next to their homes but asks that if it does go forward, the city at least comply with state environmental laws and perform required analyses and adopt mitigation.  The residents are clear that this is not about jobs v. health but about smart planning and equal representation to achieve good quality jobs and health.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Please feel free to share this invitation with others who may be interested in coming.





Ashley Werner

Senior Attorney

Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability

764 P Street, Suite 012, Fresno, CA 93721

Direct: (559) 369-2786

Cell: (415) 686-1368


Twitter: @LCJandA