02 Feb

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02 Feb

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Trump’s Saturday Night Massacre Is Happening Right Before Our Eyes

The FBI issued an extraordinary statement on Wednesday, pushing back on the release of a partisan congressional memo alleging the bureau used improper evidence to obtain legal permission to surveil a Trump campaign adviser. We’ve never seen anything like it.

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02 Feb

Fires & Mudslides


Helping Californians recover from the worst fires on record has been my highest priority as Insurance Commissioner.

The fires in October and December took 45 lives, destroyed partially or totally 32,000 homes, and devastated communities in Northern and Southern California.

Then there were the mudslides, which took another 21 lives with 2 more still unaccounted for.

I met with mudslide survivors in Montecito to offer assistance.  It is hard to describe the devastation – mud several feet thick blasting through homes and businesses and covering everything, overturning cars, with trees uprooted and boulders carried along, smashing into homes and businesses.

I issued a formal notice to all insurers that California law provides that if a fire is the “efficient proximate cause” of the mudslide, the insurers should pay mudslide claims, even though insurance policies exclude mudslide coverage.

I put insurers on notice that the preliminary indications are that the fires burned the vegetation on hills that usually retains soil and absorbs water, so when the rains came, the hillsides came down as mudslides destroying everything in their path.

This Saturday, February 3rd, I am hosting two important workshops to help fire and mudslide survivors.  We are offering one-on-one sessions for survivors with our consumer services experts.  If you are in Ventura or Santa Barbara, call us at 1-800-927-4357 to make an appointment.

Insurance Claims Workshops:

Saturday, February 3, 2018
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Road

Ventura, CA 93003

Saturday, February 3, 2018

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Santa Barbara City College – West Campus
Fe Bland Forum – Business Communication Building

721 Cliff Drive

Santa Barbara, CA 93109

If you do not live in Ventura or Santa Barbara counties but have any insurance questions, please call us at 1-800-927-4357. And please forward and share this email, so we can reach as many fire and mudslide survivors as possible!

Thanks for the privilege of serving as your Insurance Commissioner.



Insurance Commissioner


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02 Feb

Nunes is a shill for Trump


Devin Nunes (CA-22) has proven himself over and over again to be a shameless shill for Donald Trump.

His bogus conspiracy theory of a “memo” is only the latest example of his reckless and anti-American agenda: Cover up Trump and his fellow Republicans’ alleged crimes by any means possible.

Nunes is an embarrassment to our state — and he’s in bad company. Every single Californian Republican member of Congress has shown through their inaction that they’d shred the Constitution themselves if it meant continuing to enable our dangerous president.

We must defeat Nunes and every single one of Trump’s California enablers at the ballot box. Will you make a contribution of $20.18 or more right now to support California’s blue wave this coming November?

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To take back the House for Democrats and stop the Republican Party’s dangerous cover-up of Trump’s ties to Russia, we only need to flip 24 congressional seats nationwide — and all 14 of California’s Republican members of Congress are up for re-election this fall.

Two of Trump’s enablers and two of our top targets — Ed Royce (CA-39) and Darrell Issa (CA-49) — have already seen the writing on the wall and dropped out of their respective races.

Let’s keep this momentum up and turn the heat up on Nunes and every other one of Trump’s California enablers.

Pitch in $20.18 or more right now to help us take back the House for Democrats.

Thank you for being a part of this fight.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party



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02 Feb

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

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, or visit

Applications Now Available Video:

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

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02 Feb

125 days

Asif Mahmood

This is crunch time for our campaign. With only 125 days until the primary, this is our chance to build the momentum and grassroots support we need to win.

Today marks our very first end-of-month fundraising goal for my campaign to become California’s next insurance commissioner. This is our moment to finish our first month strong, and show we’re ready for the fights ahead.

Chip in to my campaign before midnight tonight — with your support we can reach our critical fundraising goal and fight for every Californian.

Fighting for the health of Californians is something I’ve been passionate about for decades. I’ve seen the importance of preparing our state for mudslides, wildfires, and any other natural disasters.

And I’ve experienced the difference it can make in the lives of Californians to have quality health insurance, working with hundreds of patients that had difficulty affording the vital care they need.

This election is so important, and why it’s so vital for us to end the first month of 2018 strong. That’s why I’m asking: Chip in before midnight tonight to help us hit our goal.

Thank you for your support,

Dr. Asif Mahmood
Candidate for California Insurance Commissioner


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02 Feb

Help Us Recognize Exceptional Women!

Women of the Year 2018 Nominations!

Nomination Deadline: Thursday, March 1st, 2018

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Council President Soria is excited to host her 4th Annual Women of the Year Awards. The Women of the Year Awards recognize exceptional women in District One, who embody courage, hard work, and are passionate about strengthening our community. Please tell us about the remarkable women who live, work, or volunterr in District One and deserve a little more appreciation for all they are doing to make Fresno and District One a better place. 

District One encompasses areas in West Cental Fresno, Tower District, Fresno City College, Central High School, Fresno High School, Highway City, Inspiration Park, Quigley Park, Lions Park, and neighborhoods west of Highway 99. A woman must be nominated in one of the six categories.

The categories include: Business, Community Engagement/Advocacy, Education, Health & Wellness, Youth (Ages 14-22), Arts & Culture, and Public Safety/Military.

To nominate a Woman of the Year, please download the application here. Submissions are due Thursday, March 1st, 2018 and can be emailed to or mailed to:

Office of Council President Esmeralda Soria
2nd Floor, 2600 Fresno St. 
Fresno, CA 93721

Contact our office with any questions at (559) 621-7816 or at

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