21 Feb

Update from the Chair

The CDP Convention was a wonderfully energizing experience. It was an excellent kickoff for the election year ahead of us. For those who were unable to attend, or perhaps missed a workshop or caucus that you wanted to attend, we are preparing a summary of convention activities that will be available by the March DCC meeting (if not sooner).

With filing for 2012 elective offices under way, we have seen a few interesting developments. In CD21 (which runs from rural western Fresno County to Kern County, and includes all of Kings County), Hispanic Chamber President John Hernandez and City Council Member Blong Xiong are the Democrats looking at this race. For CD22 (to challenge Rep. Devin Nunes), Otto Lee, a former mayor and City Council member in Sunnyvale, has stepped forward. We will be providing updates on these candidates and the other Democrats on the ballot on the FCDCC Web site.

All Democrats are invited to Rep. Jim Costa’s announcement that he will seek reelection (now in CD16), which will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno St.). The announcement will start promptly at 2 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to show up at 1:30 p.m.

The Chair’s Open Session has been rescheduled for next Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denny’s Restaurant at Abby and Divisadero. Come and share your thoughts.

Your input is always appreciated.

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27 Jan

Of Interest in the Days Ahead

Fresno County Strike Rally
January 24, noon, Fresno County Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St. SEIU 521 and CNA lead a rally in support of 4,100 striking county employees. Show up, chant, hold a sign!

State of the Union Watch Party
January 24, 5:45 p.m., Starline Grill, 833 Fern Ave., Fresno. No host appetizers and bar. Sponsored by the Fresno County Young Democrats and the Fresno State College Democrats. For more info, call Matt Rogers at 559-289-7477 or Gilbert Felix at 559-269-6383 or visit the events page.

City Charter Review Committee
January 24 & 31, 6 p.m.‒9 p.m., Fresno City Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 1A. The committee is in the final stages of determining recommendations for updating the City Charter. Learn more at The committee refers to its working document as “the matrix,” and you may request a copy of the current matrix from the city clerk at 559-621-7650. Comments may be forwarded online via an e-mail form here.

Peace Fresno
January 24, 7 p.m., Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno. Join Peace Fresno in writing to the Fresno Bee and legislators regarding the defense budget. We spend $2.1 million every minute of every day on the military—an unethical and unsustainable policy.

Progressive Democrats of America
January 25, 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. meeting, Denny’s Restaurant, 1110 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. For more info, contact 559-434-8721 or

Connect2Elect Legislative Reception
January 25, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Club, 1220 Kern St., Fresno. Featuring Fresno City Council Member Oliver Baines. Guests include elected officials, candidates, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Co-hosted by the FresnoMetro Black Chamber of Commerce and the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. For RSVP and sponsorship information, visit

Defend Public Education!RSVP today
January 26, 5:30 p.m. StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee will be in Fresno to talk about her priorities in education. RSVP now to stand up for our commitment to public education at this town hall meeting. The meeting is hosted by StudentsFirst and the California Mayors Education Roundtable with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Rhee. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. For more info, contact Shane McLoud at

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