For Immediate Release
March 1, 2018
CA PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION SAYS: CLOSE THE PROP 13 CORPORATE LOOPHOLE
The loophole closure would provide $11 billion every year to public services as part of the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the California State Parent Teacher Association announced its support for the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act of 2018. With more than 750,000 members, California State PTA is the state’s largest volunteer-led child-advocacy association working to improve the education, health and well-being of all children and families.
“California State PTA strongly supports the California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act,” said California State PTA President Dianna MacDonald. “Our schools have been desperately underfunded for years, and we need this measure to ensure our children have the resources they need in order to learn. PTA believes it is necessary to close corporate loopholes that are starving our schools of much needed funding, so that our schools have resources to give our young people a world-class education. We urge parents across the state to support this act to give classrooms – and our children – the funding they need.”
The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act, led by Advancement Project California, California Calls, Common Sense Kids Action, Evolve California, League of Women Voters of California, and PICO California, would provide $11 billion every year to K-12 education and local schools by assessing commercial/industry properties at fair market value. Under Proposition 13, corporations and billionaires are allowed to take advantage of this provision to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes. The proposed reform would eliminate this loophole, while ensuring protections for agriculture, small businesses, homeowners, and renters.
Since the passage of Prop. 13, spending per student in California has dramatically decreased. The state’s K-12 education quality has followed suit, dropping from 14th in the national rankings to 41st over the past 40 years.
Last week, the coalition was cleared by the Office of California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to start collecting the 584,407 signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot. The loophole closure picked up a key endorsement from technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett as well, who penned his support in the Mercury News.
Veronica Carrizales, Policy and Campaign Development Director of California Calls, issued this statement following the California State PTA endorsement:
“We are grateful for the support of parents and teachers across California. California State PTA is a dedicated leader advocating for the success of our children and the future of our state. The strength of our movement comes from the dedication of families and communities, and we are proud to welcome the PTA into the fold. I look forward to working with California State PTA and our other partners to build support for this measure.”
For more information on the measure, visit www.SchoolFundingNow.com.
As a campaign, we have tremendous respect for Senator Dianne Feinstein’s decades of service in the U.S. Senate.
But in this moment, and with Trump as our president, we must put forward our most progressive, passionate voices.
That’s why the news out of last weekend’s convention — that the party would not endorse their incumbent Senator — was so earth-shattering.
Just look at the headlines:
“Feinstein loses California Democratic Party’s endorsement”
—The Washington Post
“In Blow to Dianne Feinstein, California Democrats Won’t Endorse Senate Run”
—The New York Times
“California Democrats’ snub of party icon Dianne Feinstein could be a speed bump — or a signal”
—The Los Angeles Times
One of the reasons Senator Feinstein didn’t receive the endorsement, according to folks at the convention, was her lack of presence at California Democratic events throughout the year.
“But the senator from San Francisco is not a frequent presence at state party events, a point raised often over the weekend. ‘We have not seen her in 25 years,’ Latino caucus chairman Carlos Alcala said to hoots from the audience after Feinstein chose not to address their meeting.”
As Senate President and a product of San Diego, Kevin will never forget where he came from or who he is. And that means he’ll always have our backs.
Thanks for stepping up,
For Immediate Release
HERNANDEZ WINS LONG BEACH YOUNG DEMS ENDORSEMENT IN LT. GOV RACE
Keeps Up Winning Streak of Back-to-Back Endorsements
LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Securing more crucial support in the race for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Ed Hernandez earned the backing of the Long Beach Young Democrats.
Expressing his gratitude for the endorsement, Senator Hernandez released the following statement:
“I really appreciate this support from the Long Beach Young Democrats. These young activists are inspiring and their energy and enthusiasm are what we need to help elect strong Democrats up and down the ballot across California. Their endorsement means a great deal to me.”
This past weekend Senator Hernandez was the top vote getter among delegates at the California Democratic Party convention. With 1,157 votes cast in his favor at the California Democratic Party convention, Senator Hernandez received more delegate votes than any candidate running for Governor of California, where the top vote getter earned 1,087 votes, as well as more votes than California’s incumbent U.S. Senator, who received 1,023. Senator Hernandez triumphed at convention despite not surpassing the high 60% vote threshold required to win the endorsement.
Recently, State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez rolled out a new digital video ad, titled “Proven Progressive,” in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor. The ad highlights some of the Senator’s high-powered endorsements, including from the California Nurses Association and the California Teachers Association, along with his 100% legislative voting scorecard from organizations like the California Labor Federation* and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California Advocates*.
To view Senator Hernandez’ video ad, “Proven Progressive,” click here.
Significantly, recently 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.
View Hernandez’ “Life or Death” spot.
To view Senator Hernandez’ “Record of Progress,” digital video ad, click here.
View Senator Hernandez first digital video, titled “A California Story,“.
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.
For Immediate Release
RICARDO LARA LANDS ENDORSEMENT FROM CITYWIDE LEADER IN L.A.
Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin Announces Support of Senator Ricardo Lara for State Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA — Maintaining his edge in the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara garnered a formidable endorsement from Los Angeles’ City Controller, Ron Galperin.
In making public his endorsement of Senator Lara’s statewide bid, L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin released the following statement:
“Ricardo Lara has been an advocate for his district, and I know he’s prepared to fight for all Californians. That is why I am proud to support Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. In the Legislature, Ricardo Lara fought for working working families, healthcare, public safety and has been an important voice for LGBTQ rights. A first generation American, he exemplifies the American Dream and will stand up for our values. As Insurance Commissioner, Ricardo Lara will continue the progress he’s made on behalf of Californians and, as I have done in Los Angeles, work toward a government that is more transparent, trustworthy and transformative for those we serve. I am proud to endorse Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner.”
Just days ago Senator Lara released a new gripping digital video highlighting his vision of a California with healthcare for everyone.
To view the video ad, titled “Every Single Californian,” click here.
Recently, State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner released a new digital video ad, titled “United Dreamers.” To view Senator Lara’s ad, “United Dreamers” click here.
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 the following partial list:
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 Lucille Roybal-Allard
- U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
- U.S. Congressman Mark Takano
- 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 Secretary of State Alex Padilla
- California State Attorney General Bill Lockyer (Ret.)
- 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 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 Rudy Salas
- State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
- State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
- State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
- Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin
- Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
- Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
- El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
- San Jose Vice Mayor Magdalena Carrasco
- San Jose City Council Member Sylvia Arenas
- San Jose City Council Member Sergio Jimenez
- Newhall School Board Member Christy Smith
- California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
- California Democratic Party Chair John Burton (Ret.)
- California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
- California Democratic Party Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall
- California Democratic Party Controller Dan Weitzman
- California Democratic Party Secretary Jenny Bach
- California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
- Los Angeles County Democratic Party Chair Mark Gonzalez
- San Diego County Democratic Party Chair Jessica Hayes
- San Diego County Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee
- Democratic Party of Sacramento County Chair Terry Schanz
- California Democratic Party Region 4 Director Amy Champ
- California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Humberto Gomez Jr.
- California Democratic Party Region 10 Director David Atkins
- California Democratic Party Region 12 Director Larry Gross
- California Democratic Party Region 13 Director Carol Robb
- California Democratic Party Region 14 Director Miguel Martinez
- California Democratic Party Region 16 Director Sergio Carrillo
- California Democratic Party Region 18 Director Deborah Cunningham-Skurnik
- California Democratic Party Region 19 Director Norberto Gonzalez
- Labor Leader and United Farm Workers Co-Founder, Dolores Huerta
Organizations Representing Working People
- California Teachers Association
- Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California State Council
- 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 Federation of Teachers
- California School Employees Association (CSEA)
- UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
- California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
- California State Council of Laborers
- California Conference of Machinists
- California State Council of Pipe Trades
- California Association of Professional Scientists’ (CAPS)
- California Association of Psychiatric Technicians
- Southern California Pipe Trades District Council #16
- National Union of Healthcare Workers
- California Conference Board of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU)
- Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 9
- Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
- 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 Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 13
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 63
- International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 94
- 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 Faculty Association
- L.A. Community College Faculty Guild, American Federation of Teachers Local 1521
- Association of California State Supervisors
- California Democratic Party
- California Latino Legislative Caucus
- California Legislative LGBT Caucus
- California Young Democrats
- Equality California (EQCA)
- HONOR PAC
- Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
- Stonewall Democratic Club
- San Diego Democrats for Equality
- West Hollywood/Beverly Hills Democratic Club
- Democrats for Israel – Los Angeles (DFI-LA)
- San Francisco Young Democrats
- San Fernando Valley Young Democrats
- Contra Costa County Young Democrats
- Fresno County Young Democrats
- Sacramento County Young Democrats
- Santa Clarita Valley Young Democrats
- Southeast LA Democratic Club
- Humbert Humphrey Democratic Club
- YES WE CAN Democratic Club of Long Beach
- Burbank Democratic Club
- Tri-Counties Democratic Club
- Long Beach Young Democrats
- Miracle Mile Democratic Club
For more information please visit www.RicardoLara.com.
It’s been an eventful few days for my campaign for State Treasurer, and the momentum is definitely building! Last weekend, the California Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly to officially endorse me for State Treasurer. I was honored to receive one of the highest vote margins among statewide candidates with 92% of Democratic Party delegates supporting my campaign!
I also earned the support of our current State Treasurer, John Chiang. His support means a lot to me, and I’m looking forward to building upon the extraordinary work he has done as State Treasurer.
Will you join the California Democratic Party, John Chiang, and others, in supporting me for State Treasurer?
Finally, I hope you’ll join me this week or next in celebrating my birthday. The National Women’s Political Caucus LA Metro, NWPC LA Westside and NWPC Greater Pasadena Area will be hosting a birthday reception for me on Thursday, March 1st at Izakaya Fu-Ga located at 111 S. San Pedro Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
I’ve attached flyers for these events with more details. Hope to see you there!
Join me at my official Campaign Kick-off Reception! It will be a fun evening with Celebrity Chef Ryan Scott.
Your financial support will help me run a robust campaign and continue working hard to make sure Fresno is a great place for everyone. Looking forward to seeing you Thursday.
If you are unable to join us, but can support our efforts send a check to:
Soria For City Council 2018
1341 N. Lucerne Ln
Fresno, CA 93728
or make a contribution online at:
Checks payable to: Soria for City Council 2018, FPPC#1402344
Thank you for your support.