25 Jan

FAX Community Meetings for BRT

Kings Canyon Corridor
January 31, 2018   5:30 pm-7:00 pm
Sunnyside High School – Cafeteria
1019 S Peach Ave
Fresno, CA 93727

The BRT corridor is a large ‘L,’ from Blackstone and Nees (and over to
Fresno Street) through downtown, along Ventura and Kings Canyon to Clovis
Avenue. It will cost the same as other FAX routes but will have
10-15 minute headways (intervals) during the day, run to 6:30 am (!) on
weekdays and daylight hours (to 6:30 pm) on weekends. Vending machines are
located at each stop, which are approximately 1/2 mile apart along those
streets. Buses are new, streamlined and energy efficient. Same facilities
for bikes – rack in front for 3 bikes.

No doubt you’ve already noticed the ‘bulb outs’ along those streets so buses
needn’t move over to pick up passengers. Also, traffic lights will be set
(coordinated with on-board devices) so buses needn’t stop at them.

For me, it would be convenient for a few locations, though I usually bike
all across town on errands and shopping. I’m wondering, how to say politely,
if it will encourage people to get out of their friggin’
cars, once in a while, get some exercise and actually DO something about the
environment. May I remind the citizenry that anyone who registers a car is
paying an extra fee (a fine, actually) in this air district because we
cannot find the political will to really do something about cleaning up the
air, and we sit in a basin with a lot of ag dust. Never mind the penalty of
unhealthy air – got asthma?

Personally I’m also hoping it will be ok to continue to bike along
Blackstone, sharing the right lane with the frequent buses. There, I’ve had
my say.

Gene Richards

BRT = bus rapid transit, is scheduled to roll out February 17 and be free
for one week – they are encouraging folks to just come out to test the new
line. The last public introductory meeting:

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25 Jan

The Future is Female

This is what democracy looks like!

I’m still reeling from the incredible high from marching with 36,000 other grassroots activists at this year’s Sacramento Women’s March. I stood alongside DREAMers and survivors and advocates of all stripes.

Have you followed our campaign on Facebook or Twitter yet? If you’re invested in grassroots politics, sign on and follow our people-powered movement digitally. Tag us in your Women’s March photos using #MarchingWithBateson now and we’ll share our favorites next week in a #ThrowbackThursday roundup!

The Women’s Marches are a beautiful show of solidarity, resistance and the sheer power of grassroots organizing. With every step, we are creating a generation of leaders, activists, and fighters who know that we are greatest when we raise our voices. I loved seeing the boys and girls with signs like “If you build a wall, my generation will tear it down!” and “Tweet Women With Respect”.

But by far, my favorite sign was one I saw everywhere: The Future Is Female. Michael, we have the future of California’s 4th district in our hands!

March On!


P.S. We know that #TeamBateson is a nationwide effort. To include all the folks who couldn’t join us in Sacramento, activists across the US tweeted their signs, videos, chants, and all sorts of photos – check more of them out on Twitter #MarchingWithBateson.

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24 Jan

Precinct Leader Training Program

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24 Jan



For Immediate Release

January 24, 2018
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
Association of California State Supervisors Backs Ricardo Lara in Statewide Bid

LONG BEACH, CA- Further illustrating his widespread support as he seeks the office of California Insurance Commissioner, today State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by the Association of California State Supervisors.

In a statement released following the announced endorsement, ACSS President Frank Ruffino remarked:

“The Association of California State Supervisors is pleased to give State Senator Ricardo Lara our enthusiastic support in his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner. He’s been an effective ally and a champion for our members, and we know he’ll continue this tradition as our next Insurance Commissioner. We’re with Ricardo Lara 100%.”

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 Chair John Burton (Ret.)
  • 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 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


  • 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

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24 Jan

Protect Collective Bargaining

Recently, I filed a friend-of-the-court brief to the US Supreme Court in Janus v. AFSCME — an important case from which we in California have a lot on the line.

Anti-labor forces are attempting to undermine the ability of unions to negotiate fair wages, workplace safety, paid sick days, health care, and other protections for public employees.

I’m arguing to protect agency fees covering critical union services, such as representation during collective bargaining, which improve workspaces statewide.

Will you join me in having the backs of the tens of thousands of our teachers, firefighters, peace officers, nurses and other workers who provide valuable services for 40 million Californians?

Join on as a co-signer to my brief. 

Through collective bargaining, public employees improve our workspaces — securing safer nurse-staffing levels for patients or smaller classroom sizes for students, for example.

Together we can fight against so-called “right to work” antics and protect collective bargaining that serves important interests of the State of California.



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24 Jan

Juneteenth Jazz & Blues Celebration Save the Date

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24 Jan

Looking back at 2017…

District 1 2017 Highlights!

Dear Friend,

We have been very busy again this year in District 1.  I have the honor of serving as the 2018 President of the Fresno City Council and I am proud to say that I am the first Latina in the history of our city to serve in this capacity.

I am grateful for the trust that you have bestowed in me to continue to be your representative through serving on several boards and commissions as well as advocating for safer and stronger neighborhoods. To ensure the City of Fresno is represented at the state level in the policy making process, I have continued to be involved with the League of California Cities’ South San Joaquin Valley Division and Latino Caucus Executive Board. I also served as 2017 Vice Chair to the League of Cities’ Transportation, Public Works and Communications Policy Committee and am currently serving as chair.

My office is staffed to address residents’ concerns and work tirelessly to build healthy and safe neighborhoods, support our local businesses and tackle the many issues facing our city.  I pride myself in being accessible and always keeping District 1 residents informed. As we begin our new year I would like to share District 1 highlights of the 2017 year.


P.S. Stay up to date on District One activities by visiting our District One Website. Don’t forget to visit us at one of my Coffee & Conversation meetings.

Building Safer & Healthier Communites 

Tower District Neighborhood Team-Up to Clean-Up

Community coming together for the Tower District Neighborhood Team-Up to Clean-Up event. Thank you to the 100+ volunteers for helping beautify the Tower District!

Neighborhood Revitalization

Blackstone & Mckinley Transit Oriented Development

Councilmember Soria has been working to bring this development to Fresno for over 2 years and is proud of what this investment will bring to our city. Not only will it provide affordable housing for low-income working families, it will include a community health clinic, and space for a potential senior center. Additionally, 400 jobs will be created, $15million will be invested directly into our local economy through the purchase of building materials from local businesses, and we will receive $2.5-$4million for sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and other infrastructure upgrades in the neighborhood. This is a huge win for Fresno and District 1. 

Community Engagement 

District 1 Participatory Budget Process

Participatory Budgeting is a different way to manage public money. It’s a process in which you decide how to spend part of our City’s budget. The process which has not been used at the Fresno City Level before, allows residents and businesses to decide where tax payer funds allocated to their district should be invested. This was a chance for residents to weigh in on which community projects should be funded. Projects selected by the Delegation Committee will be voted on by District 1 residents in Spring 2018.

Councilmember Soria introduced the Participatory Budget Process to her constituents in District 1 by holding three Participatory Budget Meetings throughout District 1 at Slater, Heaton and Steinbeck Elementary Schools.

5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive

This year Councilmember Soria held her 5th Annual Holiday Toy Drive to benefit children at Heaton Elementary. A big thank you to all of our friends who helped make this toy drive a success. As a result of generous donations we were able to provide a gift to over 700 students. 

Youth Engagement

District 1 Young Councilmember Program

With the support of PG&E, Fresno County Office of Education, and Comcast our office is proud to continue our second class of District 1’s Young Councilmembers with the goal to build future leaders of our city. The 2018 class is composed of 16 students currently attending school at Central, Edison, and Fresno High School. The program will educate and challenge participants in their understanding of local government, agriculture, arts,  business, technology, law enforcement, and medicine.

Economic Development

City of Fresno Pedicabs Ordinance

Councilmember Soria brought to Council a Pedicabs Ordinance that will allow beer-bikes to operate within the City of Fresno. We are excited about the economic boost that it will bring to business districts and connectivity between neighborhoods like Tower District and Downtown. 

Impact Fees

In 2017, Vallarta Supermarket at Clinton/99 opened to fill a food desert gap in the community.  Vallarta was one of the first businesses that were assisted with the new ordinance. 

Councilmember Soria and Councilmember Olivier co-authored two ordinances that assist disadvantaged areas suffering most due to the lack of commercial options and remove underutilized/blighted commercial buildings.

The first ordinance encourages commercial development providing healthy fresh food options, community medical, professional, financial services and mixed use developments into disadvantaged neighborhoods. Services that are typically unaccessible due to cost of private transportation and must seek these services through public transportation outside of their community.   

The second ordinance addresses vacant and blighted commercial buildings. While a building is vacant or underutilized it deprives the community of needed services, creates safety issues and depresses property values.  The vacant and blighted building costs the City also through loss of potential sales tax revenues, jobs and increased calls for policing and fire services.  This ordinance encourages commercial development to revitalize these locations.

Constituent Services

Last year our office processed 735 service requests. Some of these requests were for services regarding grafitti, street maintenance, code enforcement, illegal dumping, parking services, and solid waste management. We are happy to report that 690 of the requests have been completed! The remainder of long-term requests are in progress.

Our office is available to answer your calls regarding District 1 and will be glad to assist you in reporting and fixing issues impacting your neighborhood.

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Get Involved 


District 1 Internships

Over the last 3 years we provided internship opportunities to several students. They have come from the Fresno Maddy Institute, PG&E’s sponsored Boys & Girls Club Summer Employment Program and volunteers looking to help their community.

  • Former District 1 Interns:
    • Jasmin Mejia – San Francisco State
    • Tarry Tuy – Fresno City College
    • Leslie Hille – Fresno State
    • Ariel Preciado – UC Santa Cruz
    • Cynthia Escoto – Fresno State
    • Tyler Munoz – Fresno State
    • Claudia Salinas – Fresno State
    • Cecilia Acevedo– Fresno State
    • Kevin Balbuena– Fresno State
    • Toni Sandoval– Fresno City College
    • Daisy Benavidez– Fresno City College
    • David Rodriguez– Fresno State
    • Jorge Lopez– Fresno State
    • Clifford Williams– Fresno State

Internship Application

Boards and Commissions

Please contact our office if you have an interest in serving District 1 and click below for committee applications. Please find application in the City of Fresno District 1 website under the”Boards, Commissions, Appointments” section.

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There are several committees available to serve on. Please contact us for potential vacancies on the following:


  • District 1 Implementation Committee
  • Tower Design Review Committee
  • Youth Commission 

District 1 Team

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