20 Feb



For Immediate Release

February 19, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association Say, “Senator Hernandez has proven himself an ally of law enforcement and public safety”

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA — Kicking off the week with a fresh boost of momentum, today State Senator Ed Hernandez won a forceful endorsement from the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of California. This announcement follows news that last week the Los Angeles Police Protective League endorsed the Senator’s statewide run. Previously he was backed PORAC, the Peace Officers Research Association of California, the largest state law enforcement association in the nation.

In making public their endorsement, Bob Guthrie, President of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association, released the following statement:

“The Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association is proud to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor.  Senator Hernandez has proven himself an ally of law enforcement and public safety over the years, and as well as a reliable and accessible Senator to his District police chiefs during that time.  Los Angeles County Municipal Police Chiefs are confident Senator Hernandez will carry those positive traits with him at the state level as California’s next Lieutenant Governor.  We also firmly believe that Ed Hernandez will continue to work every day as Lieutenant Governor to enhance public safety for all Californians, and grow professional relationships with all Police Chiefs throughout this great state for years to come.  We look forward to Ed Hernandez becoming California’s next Lieutenant Governor!”

Senator Hernandez has quickly consolidated public safety support in the California Lieutenant Governor’s race, earning the backing of the following organizations:

  • Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC)
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League
  • Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association
  • California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  • California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA)
  • Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • El Monte Police Officers Association
  • San Jose Police Officers Association
  • Santa Ana Police Officers Association
  • Association of Special Agents-Department of Justice
  • California Association of Law Enforcement Employees
  • Association of Deputy Commissioners
  • Fire Marshal and Emergency Services Association
  • Association of Criminalists for the California Department of Justice
  • California Association of Fraud Investigators
  • Association of Conservationist Employees
  • California Association of Regulatory Investigators and
  • Inspectors Association of Motor Carrier Operation Specialists
  • California Highway Patrol Public Safety Dispatchers Association
  • Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators of California
  • California Organization of Licensing Registration Examiners
  • California Alcoholic Beverage Control Agents
  • Hospital Police Association of California
  • California Association of Criminal Investigators
  • Resource Protection Peace Officers Association
  • California Association of Food and Drug Investigators

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.

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20 Feb

Pledge to #VoteCourage & Stand Up to the Gun Lobby

Jeff Bleich for Lieutenant Governor 2018 FPPC # 1396288

The only way we’ll be able to stop tragic mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida earlier this week, is by electing leaders who aren’t afraid to take on the NRA and fight for comprehensive gun reform.

For the past two decades I’ve worked to combat gun violence. Following the Columbine shootings, President Bill Clinton asked me to lead his White House Youth Violence Commission.

And after the Pulse nightclub shooting, I joined a coalition of attorneys who provide free legal services to fight the gun lobby.

We have the highest youth violence rate in the developed world for one sad reason only — the lack of courage by our leaders to adopt sensible policies that work everywhere else.

Join with me in signing Gabby Giffords’s pledge to #VoteCourage in November by supporting candidates who will stand up to the gun lobby and take action to make our communities safer.

Jeff Bleich

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20 Feb

Why NOW stands with Dave Jones

When I think about the 2018 elections and the people Californians will be electing to statewide office for the next four years (many of whom will ultimately serve in these positions for eight years), it’s clear to me that we need leaders who will stand up and fight, and not be afraid to upset powerful special interest groups or even other leaders in their own political party.

Dave Jones is just that kind of leader and he has proven it to us time and time again.

As Insurance Commissioner, Dave Jones has required all health insurers to cover abortion services as an Essential Health Benefit – he may be the only state Insurance Commissioner in the country to have done so.  And his leadership on this issue helped put pressure on the Governor’s Administration to ultimately do the same.

As Insurance Commissioner, Dave has strictly enforced California’s law relating to contraceptive coverage.  He’s required insurers to change their drug formularies and improve their coverage for consumers.

Dave wrote the law that made it illegal for health insurers to charge women more than men for health insurance coverage.

And when the bill to require health insurers to cover maternity care was stuck in the respective Appropriations Committees in each house, he helped craft the amendments that made it possible for those bills to move forward and become law – before the ACA required maternity coverage.

Dave Jones has become an expert in reproductive rights.  Dave presented compelling evidence in the lawsuit against Trump’s anti-contraceptive coverage regulations that interfere with women’s constitutionally protected right to make our own health decisions.

He is also the only candidate for Attorney General to support the passage of AB 779 to prevent fake clinics from providing false medical information to women and misleading us about our health care options, including abortion before it became state law.

He is always willing to get involved early on, stick his neck out and help make change actually happen.

Dave was the only statewide elected official to actively campaign for California to do the Medi-Cal expansion that has resulted in millions of additional Californians gaining health coverage.  And he was the first statewide elected official to formally support SB 562 – the single payer bill.

California NOW has supported single payer health care for decades and has been participating in the Healthy California Coalition effort to pass SB 562.  Not every organization that has taken a position in this race shares our commitment to making single payer a reality in California.  Dave Jones is the only candidate for Attorney General who was on record supporting SB 562, as it was going through the legislative process last year.

These are some of the many reasons we strongly support Dave Jones in his race to become California’s next Attorney General.  We hope you will join us by doing the same.


Kolieka Seigle

President of California NOW

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20 Feb

Ask Andrew! Town Hall March 3rd

Devin Nunes won’t have a Town Hall but Andrew Janz will!

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20 Feb

…with a little help from my friends…

I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to the incredible Party leaders and activists who have come out in support of our campaign.

Together, we will continue to fight to protect California’s values – and win!

I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.

Until then, Thank You.


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20 Feb

Xavier Fights for our Health Care

Along with our friends like Equality California and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, SEIU California represents people who rely heavily on prescription drugs. We worked hard last year to ensure that pricing is transparent – and we are all grateful that we have an attorney general who continues to stand up to Big Pharma.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra has relentlessly fought threats to our public health in California.

He has taken on Big Pharma to fight price gouging that puts critical drugs out of reach for sick patients.

He has successfully forced Donald Trump to back down on numerous policies that would let pollution enter our air and water.

He’s leading the fight in court to keep healthcare affordable and accessible.

And he’s tackling opioid abuse, pursuing pharmaceutical manufacturers and opioid distributors who’ve engaged in unlawful practices in the marketing, sale, and distribution of opioids.

Xavier’s always about getting it right to protect public health. 

As a Congressman, he showed us that routinely.

He helped draft the Affordable Care Act, ensuring our seniors received the correct Medicare reimbursements.

And he voted to make opioid treatment and services more accessible.

The way I see it, public health is key to public safety, especially California’s working families.

Will you stand with me and support Xavier for Attorney General in 2018?

Thank You,

Alma Hernandez

Executive Director

SEIU California

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18 Feb

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Elizabeth Grubb (left) and Meher Mann, President and Vice President of the Clovis North High School Democratic Club, meeting with Lt. Gov. Newsom in Fresno on Saturday (2/17/2018)



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