17 Jan



For Immediate Release

January 17, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
ILWU Locals 13, 63 and 94 Back Ricardo Lara’s Bid for Insurance Commissioner

LONG BEACH, CA- Serving as another example of his wide-ranging appeal to working families, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by International Longshore and Warehouse Union Locals 13, 63 and 94 in his campaign for California Insurance Commissioner.

In a released statement following the endorsement, ILWU 13 President Mark Mendoza reflected:

“ILWU Local 13 is proud to stand with Senator Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner, because throughout his career, he’s always stood in solidarity with working families.  From fighting for single payer healthcare to investments in job-training programs, more good paying and family sustaining jobs, and many more, he’s fought vigorously for an economy that works for all people, not just those at the top. We need an Insurance Commissioner with a proven record of standing up for working men and women, and we’re excited to endorse Ricardo.”

To view Senator Ricardo Lara’s digital video ad, “Embolden,” click on the screen shot below:

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:

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. 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 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
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • El Cerrito Mayor Gabriel Quinto
  • California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • 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

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Teachers Association
  • 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 Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • 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 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


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • California Legislative LGBT Caucus
  • California Young Democrats
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Contra Costa County Young Democrats
  • Fresno County Young Democrats

For more information please visit

Paid for by Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner 2018

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17 Jan

CDP Weekly Update

CDP UPDATE – JAN 12th, 2018


It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.


Convention Update

Every Convention is special but none of them are as special as your very first one. We want to make sure new Delegates make the most of their weekend, so we’ve added a ‘what to expect and what to bring‘ section to the Convention webpage. It’s got tips and suggestions on everything from how to dress comfortably to planning out the various events that will be taking place.


Returning Delegates, we’d appreciate your thoughts and feedback on anything we’re missing. Please send comments to and we’ll make sure they get to the right staff members.

We’re also excited to launch the next feature of our new Member Portal –   Caucus sign-ups. Caucuses play a vital role in our CDP family, and we encourage every Delegate to get involved in one or more of the Caucuses. To join a Caucus, or pay your member dues, simply log in to the new Member Portal using this link.


January 20th Women’s March

Last year, the day after Trump took office, millions of people took to the streets in the largest protests in American history. Tens of thousands of Grassroots Democrats marched and rallied that day and helped kick off the Resistance to Trump. This year, with a great reckoning unfolding over the barriers, harassment and discrimination women face every single day, it’s vitally important that Democrats stand and march in solidarity.

There are dozens of events coming up next weekend. You can find the event closest to you by clicking here.

If your Democratic Club or County Central Committee is an official sponsor of your area’s march, please let us know so we can help highlight your efforts. E-mail Jann Dorothy in the CDP Communications Department with info on your Club or DCC’s participation. Her e-mail is

One last thing… don’t forget to send us pictures! We want our social media feed to be full of energized and dedicated Grassroots Democrats taking part in these historic marches. You can tweet photos to us directly @CA_Dem (and follow us while you’re at it!).



Thank you to everyone who made phone calls this week demanding Congress reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which is called Healthy Families here in California. It’s been over 100 days since Congress let CHIP expire, and 9,000,000 children and pregnant women (including 2,000,000 in California) are currently stuck in limbo because Congress hasn’t acted. As Chair Eric C. Bauman said, “congress just gave trillions of dollars to the ultrarich in tax cuts. There is simply no excuse for cutting off this life-saving and life-changing healthcare for children and pregnant women.”


Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Democrats in Congress are leading the charge to fully restore CHIP, but they need our help to keep getting the word out. If you haven’t had a chance to call your Representative yet (particularly if you have a Republican Member of Congress) please make sure you call ASAP. You can reach the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121.


Bye Felicia

Darrell Issa and Ed Royce called it quits this week. The CDP has had organizers in both districts for months, and Grassroots Democrats have organized and engaged so forcefully that Issa and Royce decided to give up rather than face a grueling slog to an ignominious defeat. We have great candidates running in these districts. And the fight for these seats is going to be tough no matter who the Republicans run, so we are not taking anything for granted.

But one thing is absolutely clear: if a Big Blue Wave does wipe out Republicans in November, it will start in California.


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17 Jan

Dr. King


Today would have been the 89th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He grew up in circumstances that are unimaginably different, and yet hauntingly familiar. And that makes today’s MLK Day celebrations across the state especially poignant and timely.

Dr. King once wrote that “human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… No social advance rolls in on the wheels inevitably. Every step towards the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Those words are a powerful reminder that all of us must do our part to continue working towards the day when America is truly a place where all of us love and respect one another… Not just as equals, and not just as citizens, but as brothers and sisters.

This is a difficult time for our country. Names like Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray get seared into our memories because of the shockingly unjust ways each of them lost their lives. Places like Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia become infamous for shocking images of confederate flags and swastikas, and the bloody violence the white supremacists holding those flags unleash.

But through these difficulties, we take strength and courage from another wise observation by Dr. King – “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” That’s been true in powerful, transcendent moments, like when Barack Obama took the oath of office as President. And it’s been true in those moments that have steeled us to resist this unprecedented assault on progress – when Maxine Waters said “reclaiming my time,” she perfectly described the challenge we face and the work we must do.

Fifty years after Dr. King was taken from us, we have undeniably made progress as a country – and we undeniably have more progress to make. So today, as we reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. King at marches and remembrances across the state, let us use the anniversary of his birth as a moment where we renew and redouble our commitment to carrying on the work he gave his life for – building a just and peaceful country where everyone is truly equal.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

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17 Jan

Bus Rapid Transit Community Meeting

The Next Bus Rapid Transit Community Meeting is Right Around the Corner…

Fresno City College

January 23, 2018 | 5:30 pm–7:00 pm

Fresno City College
Staff Dining Room
Near Cafeteria
Southeast corner of Weldon & College
Fresno, CA 93704

  • Welcome by President Carole Goldsmith
  • Opening remarks by
    Councilmember Esmeralda Soria
  • Bus pass give-away
  • Interactive ticket kiosk
  • Refreshments
  • Activities for kids
  • Fresno BRT service begins February 2018
For meeting information: Melinda Gonsalves at 559.320.1120 | 

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22 Dec

CDP Weekly Update

CDP Weekly Update

It’s been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of this week’s activities.

Convention Registration is Open
Registration for the 2018 California Democrats State Convention is now open! Check out for hotel information, information on endorsements and platform, and registration links to our new Member Portal…

New Member Portal

As Democrats, we must be continually striving to improve how we do the work of advancing our progressive values. That’s why we spend so much time training ourselves as activists. That’s why we spend so much time organizing the communities we live in. And that’s why we are always looking to improve the technology that helps us do our jobs as Democratic Activists. This week, we launched a new Member Portal for Delegates as part of that ongoing effort to make sure we’re using every possible tool at our disposal in the fight for our progressive values.

Right now, the Member Portal is set up to make the registration process for Convention faster and more efficient for Delegates. We know that Convention Weekend is already a significant financial expense, so we are doing what we can to ensure Delegates get the most out of the weekend – like reducing the time spent waiting in line to get their credential.

And as time goes on, we will be adding new features to the Member Portal. Registration is a floor, not a ceiling, when it comes to the capabilities of this platform. CDP Staff and Chair Bauman have been working with the folks at Political Data, Inc. to custom-build a system that works better for Delegates, our Accounting & Finance Department, and our Communications and Political Departments.

There are a number of reasons we’re excited about the launch of the new Member Portal (aside from – fingers crossed! – reducing those lines at registration). But the most important reason is this: we wanted to build a platform that empowers our Delegates as leaders of the California Democratic Party. And as the Member Portal grows and expands, we hope you’ll agree that is exactly what this exciting new platform does.

The Republican Tax Theft for the Rich Act

Let’s be clear: this is a disgusting, greedy law that gives away trillions of dollars to people like Donald Trump, Betsey Devos, Darrell Issa and Jeff Denham. California Democrats, from Nancy Pelosi in the House to Grassroots Democrats up and down California mobilized to stop this monstrosity. Thank you to everyone who called their Representatives and got the word out on social media. This tax bill might be law, but it’s an incredibly unpopular law, thanks in huge part to the Grassroots Democrats who successfully debunked all the GOP lies about the Tax Theft  for the Rich Act.

Darrell Issa’s pals voted to sell us out to oil executives, liquor manufacturers, Wall Street bankers, outsourcing CEOs and corruptible members of the Senate with vast real estate holdings and undisclosed investments (looking at you, Bob Corker).  And we must spend every day of the next 11 months reminding California voters of that simple fact. 

See you in 2018!

CDP Update will be back in January. Until then, we hope this Holiday Season is one of joy and warmth for you and your loved ones. From all of us at the CDP… Peace on Earth, and Happy Blue Year! 

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