18 Oct


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


For Immediate Release

October 17, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


United States Representatives Julia Brownley and Lou Correa Endorse Senator Lara’s Statewide Bid
LONG BEACH, CA — Expanding on his already far-reaching coalition of support from esteemed California leaders, today State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for State Insurance Commissioner was endorsed by U.S. Congress Members Julia Brownley and Lou Correa.

U.S. Congress Member Julia Brownley released the following statement:

“I’m pleased to endorse Senator Ricardo Lara for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s been a fierce progressive, leading the charge on a range of policies, from healthcare for all to immigrant rights to women’s rights to environmental justice causes and more. I know he’ll be an exceptional leader for all Californians as our state’s next Insurance Commissioner.”

U.S. Congress Member Lou Correa released the following statement:

“I’m proud to endorse my friend, Senator Ricardo Lara, for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s an effective leader who is compassionate, driven and has a real record of putting people first. I know he’ll be a force on behalf of working families as Insurance Commissioner.”

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 (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 Tony Mendoza
  • 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 Raul Bocanegra
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Autumn Burke
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby
  • San Diego Democratic Party Chair (Ret.) and current Democratic National Committee Member, Jesse Durfee

Organizations Representing Working People

  • 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 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 Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

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18 Oct

Making Strides for Our Valley

Dear Friends,

It has been another busy week in Washington D.C., working on behalf of the people I have the privilege of representing. With that in mind, I would like to share with you what I have been doing to help keep our Valley safe, grow our economy, and strengthen our vibrant agricultural system.

Protecting our Valley and the American People

As a Member of Congress, my first and most important duty is to protect the American people from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. The recent provocative actions by North Korea have been a cause for concern and must be taken seriously. Last week, I joined with the House Democratic Caucus National Security Task Force in sending a letter to President Trump urging him to adopt a strategic, steady, and comprehensive policy towards North Korea. Where appropriate and effective, our strategy towards North Korea must include economic sanctions, diplomatic efforts, and working with our regional allies. The rogue regime of Kim Jong Un must understand that we will defend our allies of South Korea and Japan against any attack.

Additionally, I also joined many of my colleagues in calling on President Trump to recertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – a.k.a. the Iran Nuclear Deal – as long as there is verification of credible evidence Iran is following the terms of the agreement. Refusing to recertify the Iran Nuclear Agreement without clear evidence that Iran has breached the agreement will deeply damage our relationships with our allies, and it will weaken our credibility worldwide. In order for a comprehensive national security strategy of economic sanctions, diplomacy, deterrence, and working with our allies to be successful at making the world safer, countries around the world must know that the United States will keep its word. Failing to certify the agreement in the absence of a breach by Iran is just the opposite, and it would also send the wrong message to North Korea at the exact moment we need confidence in U.S. diplomatic efforts.

Commonsense Policy on the Endangered Species Act

Earlier this month, the House Natural Resources Committee passed out of committee the Listing Reform Act (H.R. 717), which would amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA). This change would require a review of the economic impact resulting from adding a species to the list of threatened species. We in the Valley have felt the impact of the ESA for over 10 years, with water shortages brought on through a combination of natural drought and regulatory controls put into place to try to recover three threatened fish species within the Delta. These regulations have caused real harm to our area and to our economy, and it is far past time to make a serious effort to modernize the ESA to reflect today’s realities. I voted to move this bill forward because it takes the commonsense approach of allowing the federal government to balance the impacts to our economy with the needs of our environment. If the economic impacts are significant, it preserves discretion in whether a species will be listed under the ESA. It is my hope that the House will consider and vote on this bill soon.

Rep. Costa speaks on the need to modernize the ESA

Wildfire Prevention Efforts

This year, wildfires have ravaged more than eight million acres of land and displaced thousands of individuals in California and across other western states. In just the past two months, the Railroad, Mission, South Fork, and Pier fires have devastated our forests and our local communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Together, these four fires burned well over 55,000 acres. For years I have advocated for reform that will end the broken cycle that takes funding from forest management efforts that prevent wildfires to pay for the emergency efforts to suppress and fight wildfires. The U.S. Forest Service has already spent a record number of dollars – more than $2.3 billion – on putting out fires this year alone. This cannot continue, and we need reform now. That is why I am cosponsoring the Wildfire Disaster Funding Actwhich aims to fix the escalating cost of fighting wildfires that crowd out funding for forest management. Additionally, I sent a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, asking him to review a proposal that includes comprehensive forest management and budget process reforms. Congress and the Administration need to come together on this issue, and I stand ready to work with my colleagues and the Trump Administration in order to help protect the American people.

Supporting DREAMers

Last month, I expressed my concern and extreme disappointment after the Trump Administration’s September 5, 2017 announcement to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA). These DREAMers deserve and were promised better. Over 800,000 of these young people came to this country at the average age of 6 years old. America is the only country they have really known.

As I have been saying for years, America needs a long-term solution for our broken immigration system, which requires a deliberative policy process and a willingness to work together and compromise for the good of the country. While we work on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform, it is also important that we stand with the young people previously protected by DACA. That is why I joined some of my colleagues in Congress in urging the administration to extend the deadline for DACA permit renewal to January 15, 2018 or until Congress has time to seriously consider a legislative solution. In addition, I am a cosponsor of the DREAM Act (H.R. 3440), and I signed the discharge petition that would bring the DREAM Act to the floor of the U.S. House of Representative for consideration. The Trump Administration has expressed a willingness to work with Congress on this issue, and it is my hope that we can come together to put into law protections for these young people.

Rep. Costa advocates for Protection of DREAMers and Bipartisan Immigration Reform

Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter update. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any federal issues of your concern. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please visit my website at and sign up for my e-newsletter here. You can also follow my work and events in our Valley on my Facebook pageand twitter account.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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18 Oct

Governor Signs Salas’ Bill to Provide Greater Access to Quality Eye Care

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


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18 Oct


Kamala Harris

Fresno County, the wildfires in Northern and Southern California have been devastating.

Many lives have been lost, hundreds of people are missing, and tens of thousands of Californians have been ordered to evacuate. It’s being called “one of the worst disasters in California history.” This situation is gut-wrenching and we have to act.

The people of California need us to step up for them, which is why I’m asking you to make a contribution to support two local nonprofits that are working to help those who have been displaced and hurt by these fires. 

Can you make a contribution to help our brothers, sisters, and friends in California who are affected by these wildfires? Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of so many.


It’s been a difficult year for our country, where so many communities—from Houston to Puerto Rico—have faced historic and unimaginable tragedies.

Throughout every single natural disaster, we have seen Americans rise up to push past the issues that divide and help our neighbors and friends. Team Kamala members like you have contributed nearly $600,000 to support hurricane victims over the last several weeks, and once again we’re being called on to act:

Please make a contribution of $100, or whatever is meaningful and possible for you, to support victims of the wildfires in California. 

Thanks for all you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California




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18 Oct


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




In just over a week’s time, thousands of homes have been destroyed in the fires burning in California, tens of thousands of people were displaced –many now without homes to go back to –and tragically over 40 lives have been lost.

Thanks to the valiant fire fighters, law enforcement officers, national guard, and other first responders who are doing an amazing job at great risk to contain the fires and move people to safety.

Once people’s safety has been secured, our next task is to help fire victims with recovery. Friday I issued a notice to insurers asking them to expedite their claims handling for fire victims — to cut red tape and issue advance payments to policyholders to help them begin to recover.

And this weekend I went to Santa Rosa to help fire victims.


I visited the Local Assistance Center and thanked representatives of local, state and federal agencies and volunteers who were there assisting residents. Our Department of Insurance  consumer assistance staff were there helping fire victims with their insurance questions. I helped one man by getting his insurer to use a photo of his totaled car to begin processing his claim.

Another purpose of my Santa Rosa visit was to make sure insurers were there with sufficient staff to help policyholders. They are.

Most of us have heard or read harrowing stories of near death escapes this past week. I heard some of them first-hand when I visited the evacuation centers over the weekend. I met one man who saved his wheelchair bound elderly neighbor, who otherwise would have perished in her burning mobilehome. I visited whole neighborhoods laid to waste by fire.


The Department of Insurance consumer services staff will continue to be at Local Assistance Centers throughout the state to help consumers with insurance questions or disputes. We will also deploy our law enforcement officers to deter scam artists who typically flood into hard hit areas.


These are some of the most destructive fires in California history.   At the same time, people have rallied to each other’s assistance. Despite the tragedy, the way that people have pitched in to help one another is inspiring.

And we will continue to do our part to make sure consumers are protected, so if you know anyone in need of assistance with their insurance claim or a question, please have them contact us at the Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-4357. We are there to help. Thank you.





Insurance Commissioner





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18 Oct

Education Symposium / Invitation (final)

To Community Persons in Fresno County, Etc.


Symposium – For Your Information:


Many of you received the first draft of the announcement; others of you may have not. For all of you, here is the final announcement.

We hope you can attend this worth-while symposium.


Please share with members of your organization, agency, etc.


¡Hast el 27!

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18 Oct

Win tickets to see Hamilton with John Chiang

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


One Broadway show. Two great Treasurers. Add your name right now for the chance to see Hamilton with California Treasurer John Chiang.

Add your name right now
for the chance to see Hamilton
with John Chiang
Tickets are on us
I'm in




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