18 Dec

Elect Nasreen Johnson Fresno County Supervisor District 2

Nasreen Johnson has been a resident of Fresno County for over 30 years and has chosen
Northwest Fresno as her home for over 20 years. Johnson graduated from Hoover High School
and she went on to attend Fresno City College to earn an AA degree in Liberal Arts. Johnson
started a small business but later resumed her education, graduating from Fresno Pacific
University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s in Business Management, and earned a
Master’s in Global Business.

Johnson has been a marketing and communication professional for 18 years working as a small
business owner, and in the agricultural and non-profit industries. Johnson and her
husband are raising two children and three rescue dogs.

Johnson is an avid community volunteer and has worked to improve her community in a myriad
of ways. She is previous board member of Friends of the Fresno County Library, founding board
member of Tagua, and received the John Valentino award from Tree Fresno for her work in
building the fully accessible garden for special needs students.

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17 Dec

FW: DWIA Annual Fundraiser

The DWIA will be honoring outstanding democratic woman Esmeralda Soria at our 2nd annual reception on January 25, 2019 at Pardini’s Banquets and Catering on Shaw Ave.  The event is from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m.   There will be hors d’ oeuvres and a no host bar.  Please put our event on the Fresno Democrats web page and consider the FCDCC becoming a sponsor.  I am attaching our invitation.

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16 Dec

Political Updates


To all persons interested in applying for a position in the Office of Governor-Elect Gavin Newsom, visit His office thanks you for your interest in being considered for an appointment to a position in California State government.


 All California Democrats are invited to help select delegates to the California Democratic Party (CDP) in January 2019. The CDP is convening Assembly District Meetings (ADEMs) to select delegates in each of the state’s 80 Assembly Districts.

The ADEM delegates are roughly one-third of the governing body of the CDP, which is also known as the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC). The DSCC is made up of approximately 3,200 members.

Together, these delegates vote and conduct business at the yearly state conventions, including the election of CDP officers, the election of regional directors, CDP legislative endorsements, ballot proposition endorsements, CDP resolutions and the CDP platform.

Each Assembly District will elect 14 Democrats (equally divided by gender) to be members of the DSCC delegation for the 2019–2021 term. They will represent their Assembly District for both the 2019 and 2020 state conventions.

Persons interested in becoming an Assembly District delegate may learn more and apply at The deadline is Dec. 27.

Registered Democratic voters in the Assembly District may vote for the delegates in their respective Assembly District. The ADEMs for the Central Valley are as follows:

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>Assembly District 5 (includes parts of Madera and Merced counties): Jan. 27, Oakhurst Branch Library Community Room (49404 Civic Circle, Oakhurst 93644). 10:45 a.m.: doors open; 11 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; 11:30 a.m.: registration starts; 1:30 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Susan Rowe (559-658-7343,

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>Assembly District 23 (includes parts of Fresno and Tulare counties): Jan. 26, CWA Local 9408 (4422 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno 93726). 10 a.m.: doors open; 10:15 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; noon: registration starts; 2 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Paul Hardiman (831-809-8327 or

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>Assembly District 31 (Fresno County): Jan. 27, Democratic Party HQ (1035 U St., Fresno 93721). 10 a.m.: doors open; 10:15 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; noon: registration starts; 2 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Michael D. Evans (704-975-8874 or

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>Assembly District 26 (includes parts of Tulare and Inyo counties): Jan. 12, SEIU 521 (1811 W. Sunnyside Ave., Visalia 93277). 9:30 a.m.: doors open; 10 a.m.: candidate speeches begin; 10:30 a.m.: registration starts; 12:30 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: James Williams (559-312-3925,

< ![if !supportLists]>·         < ![endif]>Assembly District 32 (includes parts of Kings, Tulare and Kern counties): Jan. 12, DeVino Center (1427 S. Lexington, Building B, Delano). 1 p.m.: doors open; 1:15 p.m.: candidate speeches begin; 1:45 p.m.: registration starts; 3:45 p.m.: registration ends. Contact: Humberto Gomez Jr. (559-859-7379,

To learn more about the ADEMs or to view a list of the candidates in your Assembly District, visit To determine in which Assembly District you reside, visit and click on “My Voter Status.”

Ensure progressive leadership in the CDP with participation in your respective January ADEM.


Local elections will be held on March 5 to fill the Board of Supervisors (BOS) District 2 that became available when Andreas Borgeas was elected to the State Senate in November and for the Clovis City Council.

Three candidates qualified for the BOS seat: Nasreen Johnson, a Democrat who ran for the Fresno Unified School District in 2018; Steve Brandau, a Republican and self-described Tea Party leader, who currently serves on the Fresno City Council; and Steve Hosey, a local developer and former pro baseball player.

Four candidates filed for the Clovis City Council—all Republicans: Maeketah Rivera, Drew M. Bessinger, Jose “Joe” Flores and Bob Whalen.

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16 Dec

Democratic Data Wars and Best Wishes for the New Year

Dear Democratic Party Member:

The weeks since the election have been challenging.  We have weathered the resignation of our state Party Chair in the most unfortunate of circumstances.  Since then, there has been a great deal of anxiety and other difficulties as Party leaders and activists have tried to come to terms with what happened and how to assure that our Party is a safe place for whistleblowers and persons, especially employees, who feel victimized–all while trying to conduct our reorganization for the 2019-2020 cycle.  As the veteran of more than a few internal Party disputes, I would like to remind everyone that if we want to replicate–and build on–our victories this past November, what unites us must be greater than what divides us.  We must remember that retaking more state legislatures, more state houses, the US Senate and the White House must be our guiding star even as we engage in some much-needed introspection and some difficult conversations.  In other words, we must focus on how to emerge from these current difficulties united, stronger and more able to focus on our mutual goals–not weaker and more divided, with our differences highlighted and our commonalities diminished.   

That brings me to another post-election challenge.  What the press is calling a data war at the national level.  Here’s a sample article.

With money and perceived power at stake, the dialogue has been unfortunately divisive.  However, the goal–sharing data gathered by Democrats at the national, state and local level with labor and our other progressive allies and sharing these allies’ data with our Party committees and candidates–is of vital importance to our taming the Trumpian menace in 2020.  So, I urge you to join with me on calling on state and national Party leaders to find a way to tone down the rhetoric and work out their differences.  I remain hopeful that one or more Party elder(s) with respect on all sides will step up and help everyone see their way to turn this into a win-win.

Having discussed our difficulties, I want to end by both wishing you and yours a happy, health and prosperous new year and by sharing the relevant parts of a memorandum of DNC Chair Tom Perez discussing how Democrats brought about our great victories in November.  That memo (slightly edited for length) is after my signature line.

Democratically yours and with warmest wishes for a very blue 2019,

Laurence Zakson

Member, Democratic National Committee (CA)

Secretary, DNC LGBT Caucus 

Co-Chair, CDP Rules Committee  


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14 Dec

Application now open for GEI California

Rise Up, in partnership with the Cummins
-accelerate-advancement-women-and-girls-around, is launching a new
initiative called the Gender Equity Initiative
(GEI) in California.
We are reaching out to organizations in California to identify strong local
civil society and non-profit organization leaders working on gender equity,
human rights, advocacy, education and related issues in 14 counties in
California to apply to be part of the first cohort of leaders in GEI.
We will be recruiting in the following counties:
l   Alameda                                       l  San Benito
l   Contra Costa                                l  San Francisco
l   Fresno                                           l   San Joaquín
l   Madera                                          l   San Mateo
l   Merced                                          l   Santa Clara
l   Monterey                                      l   Santa Cruz
l   Sacramento                                  l   Stanislaus
Participants will attend a week-long Leadership and Advocacy Accelerator
workshop in April 2019 to strengthen their leadership and develop advocacy
strategies to improve the lives of girls and women in their communities.
After the Accelerator, participants join Rise Up’s network of global leaders
working together to improve the lives of girls, women and youth everywhere
and can apply for competitive seed funding to launch their advocacy
Given the amazing work that you and many of the people at Community Alliance
do across San Joaquin Valley, I thought that you or someone you work with
might be interested in applying for this initiative.
Elsa and I spoke about potentially having a zoom call between my colleague,
Elva Castellanos, Rise Up’s Program Administrator (who is cced on this
email) and some of your team at Community Alliance to share a bit more about
this initiative, maybe on Monday, November 11? Please let us know if this
would work for you. We would love to learn more about Community Alliance and
share some more details about the Gender Equity Initiative with you.
I have also attached an one-pager about GEI in California, along with our
selection criteria. Feel free to share it with your colleagues, networks and
friends who you think may be a good fit for this opportunity.  When you
share it, please cc Elva Castellanos, Rise Up Program Administrator, at with copy to me at so
that we can follow up with more detailed application information.
Alternatively, you can also send us the names, organizations and emails of
potential applicants and we can follow up with them directly.
We truly appreciate your support for this exciting new initiative as we work
together to advance the education, equity, opportunity, and social justice
for girls and women in California.
We look forward to hearing from you soon and hope we can have a quick call
to share more about this work.
Best regards,
Chantal Hildebrand, MPH, MCP
Program Manager

+1-510-285-5718 direct  |  skype chantal.hil  |  @RiseUpforGirls
Activating Girls and Women for a More Just and Equitable World

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14 Dec

Our legal fight to defend affordable health care isn’t over

Today, a federal judge in Texas ruled against us in our case to defend the Affordable Care Act. 


But this fight is far from over. We will continue to fight these efforts to take Americans’ health care away. 



In February, 20 states with Republican Attorneys General, led by Texas, filed a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act.


The Trump administration refused to defend the law in court, so in California, we stepped up, leading a multi-state effort to protect health care access.


Today’s ruling is a setback for our case, but we knew this would be a long fight — and I won’t rest until we save affordable health care for good. 



Thank you,



Xavier Becerra -- California Attorney General

Becerra for Attorney General 2018
777 South Figueroa Street
Suite 4050 Los Angeles, CA 90017-5864


Thank you for supporting Xavier Becerra. Grassroots supporters like you help us protect California’s working families, advance criminal justice reform, and keep our communities safe.

Emails are a crucial way to stay in touch with our top supporters. If we’re going to protect and serve the people of California, we need you with us every step of the way.

To keep up to date with Xavier’s fight against Trump in court, click here.

From all of us at Team Becerra, thanks for your support!

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12 Dec

Statement From CLC on Randy L. Ghan


Fresno, Madera, Tulare & Kings AFL-CIO

Wednesday, December 12, 2018



Valley Labor Icon, Randy L. Ghan Passes Away



After 43 years of service to workers in the Central Valley, Randy L. Ghan has died.

On Friday, December 7, Randy L. Ghan, longtime Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings, Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO passed away while visiting his family in Turlock.

Randy had been enjoying a partially-retired status from the Council since 2017 but remained active in his affiliations with multiple non-profit organizations, his fraternity at Humboldt State University and his diverse array of business partnerships.

Details of his passing are unavailable. His memorial service is being planned for January 14.

“After 43 years of service, including 27 years as our Executive Secretary-Treasurer, there is literally nobody in the Central Valley Union Family that can remember a time when Randy wasn’t leading the fight for workers’ rights in our region. Our Council staff and Executive Board members are deeply saddened by the void that his sudden absence has created. We have yet to establish official plans to memorialize Randy’s legacy, but his many contributions to this movement and this community will never be forgotten. His vision and passion for workers’ rights has influenced multiple generations of leaders that will carry on his work”

– Dillon Savory, Executive Director of the Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings, Central Labor Council.


Read Randy’s Labor Biography Here


Read Randy’s Biography



Fresno, Madera, Tulare & Kings AFL-CIO
(559) 275-1151
3485 W Shaw Ave # 101 Fresno, CA 93711

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