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31 Jul
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Getting things Done in Washington

 

Dear Friends,

This past week was especially busy in Washington, as members of the House finished their business in D.C. before heading home to work in their districts for the month of August. With that in mind, I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on what I have been doing to improve the lives of those I have the privilege of representing.

Modernizing Our Nation’s Infrastructure

We have a long history in America of investing in our infrastructure, and these investments helped us grow and develop as a country. Yet, over the last 25 years we have been living off the infrastructure investments our parents and grandparents have made, and our infrastructure is now crumbling. This week I spoke on the House floor to urge my colleagues to come together and to work with the President to create a bipartisan plan that distributes infrastructure investment as fairly as possible, is cost effective, and does the most good in critical areas. This means that, in addition to other factors, we must make sure to increase opportunities in our nation’s rural communities, which too often get overlooked in infrastructure discussions. Without a smart, comprehensive approach to this issue, all Americans will be worse off, and we will continue to live off investments made in the past rather than investing in our future. While the decisions on where to invest can be challenging, it is vital that we approach this issue together. After all, no transportation system, energy project, or water infrastructure is Democratic or Republican.

To view my speech on the House floor, please click on the link below.

Congressman Costa speaks on making smart investments in infrastructure

Forever GI Bill Passes in the House

Last Monday the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the largest update to the G.I. Bill since the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in 2008. The bill is referred to as the “Forever GI Bill” due to its elimination of the 15 year deadline by which veterans must use their education benefits. In addition, the legislation increases the amount that dependents of veterans can receive in education benefits. The Forever GI Bill also extends benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill to all Purple Heart recipients and to reservists and National Guard members who served next to active duty troops, but who themselves were not technically active duty troops. This bill’s passage showed us how Congress can and should work: together in a bipartisan fashion. I hope to see the Forever GI Bill pass in the U.S. Senate and be signed into law so our veterans and their families can get the benefits they deserve.

House Agriculture Committee Hearing on Renegotiating NAFTA

This week the House Agriculture Committee met to discuss how to protect and promote agriculture during the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). It is clear that NAFTA needs to be upgraded and modernized to better reflect the needs of the American people in the 21st century. With that in mind, we should not forget that the agriculture industry has been one of the bright spots benefiting from the economic agreement. California agriculture exports have increased three fold over the last decade, in large part due to NAFTA. California has more at stake than any other state in any renegotiation of NAFTA, given our integration into the international market. Let’s not forget that currently around 22% of agriculture exports from our state go to Canada and Mexico. This is why, as a member of the Agriculture Committee, I made sure to bring California agriculture to the forefront of the committee’s hearing on NAFTA. Any renegotiation of this trade deal needs to keep in mind a “do no harm” mantra, especially when it comes to agriculture.

Rep. Costa speaks on the need to protect agriculture in NAFTA renegotiations

Protecting DACA

Since 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has allowed thousands of young immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children the opportunity to pursue the American dream by granting them a period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. This week I spoke on the House floor about the importance of maintaining this program. We should not penalize those who were brought to our country in pursuit of a better life – as immigrants have done throughout our history – and we should always try to keep families together whenever possible. For these reasons, I urge the Administration to stand with me in protecting DACA.

Returning to Responsible Governing

This past week the House passed the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which contains four of the twelve appropriations bills the House is required to pass each fiscal year to fund the government. I voted against this legislation because this bill represents a broken process and a departure from how Congress is supposed to work. With just 13 legislative days left until the end of the fiscal year, the House still must pass several critical bills, including Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) reauthorization, National Flood Insurance Program reauthorization, and legislation raising the debt ceiling and funding the remainder of the government. Government should not operate this way, on deadline driven legislation. This course of action leads to bad laws and bad results for the American people. As always, I stand ready to work with my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to get Congress working properly again and to deliver the results the American people deserve.

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 costa.house.gov 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.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

   

 

 

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31 Jul
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District 1’s 2nd Annual National Night Out at Inspiration Park!

 

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Hace uno meses el Distrito Escolar de Fresno paso una resolución pro-inmigrante y designó las escuelas como “lugares seguros”.

Los esfuerzos del distrito se están llevando a travez de Foros informativos – Conozca Sus Derechos. Estos se están llevando acabo los martes y jueves durante el mes de julio. Habrá participación de agencias que proveen recursos ala comunidad y también abogados de inmigración. El volante abajo tiene fechas y detalles.

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Fresno Unified School District passed an important pro-immigrant resolution earlier this year and as part of that resolution, schools in the district were designated “Safe Places”.

The effort being carried out by the district includes the organization of Know Your Rights Informational Workshops.

Workshops are being held Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of July. These events include the participation of partner agencies and immigration attorneys to inform and serve immigrant families and provide legal services.

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31 Jul
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Another update from the road!


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


 

We just finished the second leg of my Summer Road Trip across California. From Alpine to Inyo, and Kern to Calaveras, it has been truly inspiring meeting with incredible Democrats at each stop!

I ended this leg of our trip in San Joaquin County, where I had a great time meeting with Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs and discussing local issues like economic development, quality higher education, and reducing crime — and I’m so proud and excited to announce that he has endorsed me for Lt. Governor!

If elected, I look forward to working together to grow Stockton’s economy, help develop a new CSU for Stockton, and bring good paying jobs to Stockton and the Central Valley.

As I continue my Summer Road Trip up California’s North Coast and on to the Inland Empire, here are a few more highlights from the second leg of my trip:

In El Dorado County, I met with representatives of the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok and toured the tribe’s Health and Wellness Center, which serves over 35,000 people each year — including many members of the area’s underserved who have nowhere else to go. As Lt. Governor, I will do all I can to expand access to quality and affordable health care for everyone in our state.

In Inyo County, I visited the Manzanar National Historic Site, one of ten U.S. concentration camps where over 110,000 Japanese Americans were forcibly interned during the last three years of World War II. It stands as a profound reminder of what can happen when we let prejudice and fear consume us. As Lt. Governor, I will stand up to hate in all its forms.

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In Mariposa County, I visited an emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross for those affected by the Detwiler Fire. There, I had the opportunity to meet with county residents like Vynomma Brown and her grandson, Nate, who were forced to spend the night away from their homes, not knowing if their home would still be there tomorrow. As California’s next Lt. Governor, I am committed to doing everything I can to make sure we’re thoroughly prepared for future disasters like this.

In Kern County, I had a moving and memorable visit to the César E. Chávez National Monument and later the Dolores Huerta Foundation. Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta fought for fair treatment of farmworkers like my father, when he first arrived in America and worked in the fields. As your next Lt. Governor, I am committed to ensuring that all Californians have a voice.

For more updates and stories from my travels, be sure to follow along with #EleniRoadTrip on my Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram profiles.

Hope to see you on the road!

Yours,
Eleni Kounalakis

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31 Jul
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A democracy yields to the voices of the people

Kamala Harris

Fresno County,

A democracy yields to the voices of the people. And last night, the people spoke — your calls, your letters, and your courage made the difference in defeating the GOP health care plan.

I couldn’t be more proud of the work this community put in to defend health care for tens of millions of Americans. There was never a day where you weren’t elevating the voices of those with the most to lose.

So today, I hope you walk with your chin up and your shoulders back — be proud of what we’ve accomplished together.

There’s still more work to be done. Trump is threatening to blow up Obamacare and the only thing that will truly save our health care is to take back the House and Senate in 2018. I’ll be in touch soon with the next steps in our fight to save our health care and support Democratic candidates who are standing with us.

Remember this: as long as we stay strong and use our voices as a coalition of Americans, we can win.

Thanks for everything you do.

Kamala Harris
U.S. Senator, California

 

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31 Jul
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28 Jul
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Your Weekly CDP Update

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It’s been another productive week for the CDP, and we have a lot of updates. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Committee Appointments
The Chair and the statewide officers are nearing completion of the committee appointments, and we appreciate your patience. It has taken an unusually long period of time because there were 1,300 applicants for 300 spots, and the officers’ commitment to diversity, including geographic diversity, has made this process daunting. The statewide officers are especially proud of the fact that this will be one of the most diverse sets of committee memberships in CDP history. The Chair and statewide officers will be spending the next year working to develop proposals to modernize and reform the committee structure and appointment process.

Thank You Senator Feinstein & Senator Harris!
Late last night, in a cliffhanger of a vote, Senate Republicans tried and failed to repeal Obamacare and strip healthcare from millions of Californians.

Here in California, we are lucky to have senators who fought tooth & nail, late into the night, to defeat Trumpcare and protect our access to healthcare.

SIGN ON to the Sen. Feinstein and Harris

Add your name to our card today to show California’s two courageous senators our gratitude.

Special Election Endorsing Caucus — Save the Date
The governor has called a Special Election to fill the Assembly vacancy in Assembly District 51 after Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez was elected to Congress.

  • What: CDP Assembly District 51 Special Election Endorsing Caucus
  • When: Sa‌turday, Aug‌ust 5, 2017. Doors open at 10:‌00 am, Meeting begins at 10:‌30 am
  • Where: Teen Center – 324 N. McDo‌nnell Ave., Los A‌ngeles, CA 900‌22

For more information, the CDP has set up a special election page on the website, which you can find here, or you may contact CDP Region 11 Director and Caucus Convener Mark Ramos at Mark4Region11@gmail.com or Kasey Walukones on CDP staff at kasey@cadem.org. The endorsement process is governed by the CDP bylaws governing special election endorsements, which you can find here.

Executive Board Meeting Update
At the 2017 CDP State Convention, the CDP Rules Committee recommended Bylaws amendments for adoption at the August 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting, Aug‌ust 25-27, 2017, at Sheraton Park Hotel in Anaheim.

The CDP Rules Committee is taking testimony for Bylaws amendments received and referred to Rules Subcommittees, including ADEM, Endorsements, and Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittees. Please visit the CDP Rules Committee webpage to see the proposals, reports, and how to submit testimony.

The CDP Platform Committee will be holding its first hearing in Anaheim. For more information on the Platform Committee process, or to submit written testimony, please visit the Platform Committee’s page.

A quick note on lodging: the CDP room block at the Sheraton Park Hotel is rapidly filling up. However, the Anaheim Hilton is located right next door and is also a union hotel.

For the latest draft agenda, or for more information about the August Executive Board meeting, please visit the Executive Board page on the website.

Reminder — Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are being held around the state. Check out the CDP Events page for a full calendar of meetings.

Compliance Review Commission Update
The Compliance Review Commission released its final determination in the challenge to the Chair race, confirming Chair Eric C. Bauman’s election. You can read the CRC decision here, and you can see the CDP statement here.

In Case You Missed It…
CDP Disabilities Caucus Chair Hene Kelly commemorated the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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And Chair Eric C. Bauman responded to the ban on transgender soldiers: “to all the transgender soldiers who must continue to serve in silence, California Democrats are grateful for your service, and we honor the sacrifices you are making for all of us.”

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update

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27 Jul
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THE FRESNO TRANSFORMATIVE CLIMATE COMMUNITIES COLLABORATIVE

Fresno Transformative Climate Communities Collaborative

Bringing together elected & community leaders to leverage public & private investments that will catalyze economic & environmental transformation in Fresno.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 2nd for our second Community Steering Committee meeting.

The meeting on Wednesday will be held at Westside Church of God, located at 1422 West California Avenue, Fresno CA 93706. Registration and refreshments will begin at 5:00pm and the discussion will be held from 5:30-7:30pm. Spanish and Hmong interpretation, refreshments, childcare, working air conditioning, free parking, and seating for up to 425 people will be provided.

After our first introductory meeting last Thursday, we now have to dive into the details of creating and selecting projects and developing a package for the state’s $70 million investment in Fresno.

Our meeting on Wednesday will focus on clarifying the roles and responsibilities for the Community Steering Committee, the process for project selection, how projects can be developed for consideration, and who is eligible to propose projects.

Anyone who lives, works, or owns property in southwest, Chinatown, or downtown Fresno is eligible to join the Community Steering Committee. We ask that committee members commit to attending a minimum of 3-4 meetings throughout August, September, and October in order to maintain membership.

If you are interested in proposing a project, a series of Proposal Kickoff Workshops will be held in mid to late August. Please visit our website for updates on specific dates, times, and locations.

We hope to see you there!

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