06 Mar

UNITE HERE! endorses Dave Jones!

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.

UNITE HERE! endorses Dave Jones.

Contact: 916-349-4236

The UNITE HERE! California State Council and International union has endorsed Democrat Dave Jones for California Attorney General.

Representing over 75,000 workers in eight locals throughout California and 300,000 workers nationwide in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries

UNITE HERE! fights for dignity and better conditions for some of the most overlooked and underappreciated workers in the state.

“Dave Jones has a long and consistent record of fighting for working men and women,” said Enrique Fernandez, President, UNITE HERE! California State Council.  “He is the strongest candidate for Attorney General, the best qualified to resist Trump, will fight for immigrants’ rights, and will hold corporations accountable when they violate the rights of working men and women.”

“I am so proud to be supported by UNITE HERE!” said Jones. “UNITE HERE! gives a powerful and effective voice to workers who have been underpaid and exploited for far too long. As Attorney General I pledge to stand with them in enforcing California labor and health and safety laws to ensure that all working families are accorded respect and their collective bargaining rights are protected.”

Dave Jones has scored a number of major labor endorsements in his campaign, including the California Federation of Teachers, United Teachers Los Angeles, California School Employees Association (CSEA), Northern California District Council of Carpenters, Sailors Union of the Pacific and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU).

In late February, Jones stunned the state’s political establishment when he not only denied the appointed incumbent Attorney General the endorsement by the California Democratic Party, but won the vote with a strong 56% majority from the over 2,800 Party delegates.

With $4.1 million cash on hand, Jones, who has run statewide successfully four times, is waging a winning statewide campaign.

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05 Mar

Update on Regional Park and Soccer Complex Project Events Coming Up


From: “Jose LeonBarraza” <>
To: “Jose LeonBarraza” <>
Sent: Monday, March 5, 2018 12:49:28 PM
Subject: Update on Regional Park and Soccer Complex Project Events Coming Up

Dear Friends:
Many thanks to all of you who were ready to go last Saturday for the First Clean up Day at the 49-acre park site. Unfortunately due to rainy conditions we had to postpone activities for this coming Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 9:30 am. WE HAVE OFFICIALLY RECEIVED THE KEY TO THE SITE. 
You are invited to join us at our planning meeting on logistics coming up this Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Grace United Methodist Church.
You and your organization can sign up to help with volunteers (Over 14 years old) or make contributions to clean up and plant trees and create a beautiful site.UPCOMING CLEAN UP SATURDAYS: March 10, 17, 24, & 31. From 9:30 am to 2:00 pm.
Site Location: 2155 S Peach Avenue. South of Butler and Peach.
The support of the Board of SEFCEDA with the help of the SEFCEDA Team (Gabe Lozano, Floyd, and Pastor Juan Saavedra) are doing a wonderful job in putting grant proposals together from many sources. Thank you for promoting health and prosperity in our community.

Great support has been coming from Roosevelt Youth Soccer League, Centro La Familia,  Communities for a New California Education Fund, Every Neighborhood Partnership, Fresno Latino Rotary Club, Fresno Building Healthy Communities, California Endowment, California State University, Fresno, Hmong Farming Community, Latino Peace Officers Association, Association of Mexican American Educators, Venancio Gaona’s Education Leadership, El Concilio de Fresno, and many more. Our JPA partners, City of Sanger and Malaga County Water District are playing  an important role  in making this project possible. 

This is truly a community-supported effort, you are also  invited to join us and  get involved.
Jose Leon-Barraza, CEO
Southeast Fresno Regional Park and Soccer Complex Authority

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05 Mar

Update on Regional Park and Soccer Complex Project

First ever work day to clean site is March 10th from 9:30 am to 2 pm at Clovis Ave south of Butler Ave. Bring rakes, shovels, tools.
The City of Fresno has approved the program in two steps for the next year: 1) volunteers must prepare the site, and 2) raise $100K.
Note: The Southeast complex will have soccer, volleyball, basketball, an indoor soccer place for little kids to learn, a playground and community garden! Also, the FCDCC is honoring leader Jose Leon-Barraza at our dinner in April.
Pat Brown
FCDCC Elected Member District#3

From: “Jose LeonBarraza” <>
Sent: Thursday, March 1, 2018 10:16:57 AM
Subject: Update on Regional Park and Soccer Complex Project

Members of JPA:
This is to inform you that under the City of Fresno’s  Adopt the Park Program work of  volunteers is being scheduled for the 49-acre park site the following six Saturdays. The first day of work will be on Saturday, 10, 2018 starting at 9:30 a.m.  to 2:00 pm.  (We cancelled the work scheduled for this coming Saturday due to the rain forecast). The Roosevelt Youth Soccer League will provide volunteers for the first Saturday, along with other community groups that have  expressed an interest in participating.
Last week I met and toured the site with Mr. Parvin Neloms, Director of PARCS of the City of Fresno along with top managers of his department. He appeared to be supportive of our work and fundraising efforts.
I also would like to inform you that a grant applications in the amount of $34.000 was filed with the 2018 Social Equity Tree Planting Grant Program.  The Nonprofit status of SEFCEDA was used for this application and has been approved by the City of Fresno. Additionally, on behalf of the JPA we have prepared a proposal for a $1 million grant also for tree planting is being developed with the California Forestry and Fire Department.  A grant application will be presented for your approval consideration once we are given the green light by California Forestry and Fire Department to proceed with the grant application phase. We also filed a $5,000 grant application for tools with Home Depot. An our fundraising work will continue.
Tomorrow I will be travelling to Visalia to attend another grant funding opportunity for the development of parks.
I would like to have a press conference on the first day of clean up on March 10. I will send you confirming information later, hoping that you can join us if your schedules would allow it.
Our Fundraising efforts and seeking the donation of professional services will continue for the continued development of this site for a long-term lease and ownership of this site by the JPA.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Jose Leon-Barraza, CEO
Southeast Fresno Regional Park and Soccer Complex Authority

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05 Mar


The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


For Immediate Release

March 5, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


East Bay Congressman Mark DeSaulnier Backs State Senator Ed Hernandez for Lt. Governor

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, CA- Continuing to secure broad support from prominent California leaders in his campaign for California Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez was endorsed by Congressman Mark DeSaulnier. 

Following the announced endorsement, Congressman DeSaulnier released a statement where he remarked:

“Senator Ed Hernandez has been a tireless leader for working families in the state legislature. I know, because I saw his efforts firsthand in the State Senate. He’s fiercely dedicated to increasing access to healthcare, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, making higher education more affordable and protecting our environment. These are a few of the reasons why I am proud to endorse Senator Ed Hernandez to be California’s next Lieutenant Governor.”

Last week, 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.

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05 Mar



For Immediate Release

March 5, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


Legendary Labor Union’s Endorsement Reflects Senator Lara’s Far-Reaching Coalition Among Working Families

LONG BEACH, CA — Serving as another indication of his robust support from working people and immigrant families, today State Senator Ricardo Lara garnered a potent endorsement from the United Farm Workers in his bid for California State Insurance Commissioner.

In a statement sent to the Lara campaign UFW President Arturo Rodriguez exclaimed:

“On behalf of the leadership of the United Farm Workers of America, I would like to convey our strongest support for [Ricardo Lara] as the Insurance Commissioner for the state of California. [His] actions as a legislator have demonstrated that [he is] an ally to not just farm worker families, but immigrant families throughout this great state. Thanks for championing immigrants.”

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.

Previously Senator Ricardo Lara’s released a digital ad, titled “Embolden.” Click to watch.

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 Galperon
  • 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)
  • United Farm Workers (UFW)
  • 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)
  • 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
  • Long Beach 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
  • Miracle Mile Democratic Club

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05 Mar

Conversation with Daren A. Miller

Series 1: Conversation with Daren A. Miller, Candidate for City Council, District 3, City of Fresno

Jennifer White of the San Joaquin Valley Community Journal interviews Daren A. Miller, candidate for City Council, District 3, City of Fresno. Enjoy a series of in-depth, casual conversations with the candidate as he approaches the elections for 2018.

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05 Mar

MEDIA ADVISORY: California Democratic Party Includes Tuition-Free College In Platform


March 2, 2018

Contact: Amy Hines-Shaikh
Director, Reclaim Higher Education Coalition
Tel: (562) 201-9243

Contact: Jonathan Abboud
Vice President, Santa Barbara CCD Board of Trustees
Tel: (310) 734 9791

California Democratic Party Includes Tuition-Free College In Platform

“$48 Fix” Can Make Higher Ed Accessible to All – And Alleviate Student Debt Crisis

SAN DIEGO, CA – Just as fierce battles waged for endorsements in the races for Governor and US Senator, the California Democratic Party passed its 2018 platform on Sunday that would make California first-in-the-nation to support fully tuition-free public colleges for all. The platform states that the California Democratic Party supports a return to the Master Plan of 1960 by eliminating all tuition and fees at the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges for all students. The platform would address the national student debt crisis by providing cost-of-living financial aid while students are in college.

The platforms refers to progressive taxation as a way to finance this return to the Master Plan’s definition of free public college for all residents of California. The $48 Fix is a progressive income tax costing just $48 or less a year for half of the taxpaying population; this would eliminate all tuition and fees at public colleges in California. The $48 Fix policy paper can be viewed at  Advocates can endorse the plan at

“We have been waiting for the Democratic party to articulate young people’s views on this topic for a long time,” said Amy Hines-Shaikh, Director of Reclaim CA Higher Education Coalition, delegate to the California Democratic Party, and a co-author of the resolution.

“The platform would also invest greatly in schools so that students can earn top-quality education in a timely manner,” said Jonathan Abboud, also a delegate and platform committee member and elected Community College Trustee. “Inclusion in the California Democratic Party’s is a clear sign that now is the time to act to bring back tuition-free higher education California,” said Abboud. “Candidates running under the CDP banner must make it a point to support tuition free public college for all and we, the voters, must hold them accountable to it.”

Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party said:  “100 years ago progressives fought for and won universal K-12 education and the middle class prospered as a result. It is clear 12th grade no longer cuts it. We must expand free education to include public colleges so that everyone can have an opportunity at a successful middle class life.”


We are the Reclaim CA Higher Education Coalition. Our mission is to reclaim the Donahoe Act of 1960, otherwise known as California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. We advocate for a return to its vision of affordable, accessible, quality public higher education for all Californians. In our advocacy, we include all stakeholders, such as students, parents, workers, unions, community groups, faith leaders, educational organizations, elected representatives, and the faculty, staff, and administrators from the higher education systems: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California.

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