02 Jun


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



For Immediate Release

June 1, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


American Federation of Musicians Local 47 Endorses State Senator Ricardo Lara for California Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA– In another demonstration of his expansive support among working families, today California State Senator Ricardo Lara was endorsed by the American Federation of Musicians Local 47 in his bid to be California’s next Insurance Commissioner.

In a statement released following the endorsement, American Federation of Musicians Local 47 President John Acosta declared:

“Standing up for working people and the labor movement is in Ricardo Lara’s DNA. He’s spent his life fighting for the voiceless, working to create more good paying jobs, enact protections for workers, and a protect strong, thriving middle class. Throughout his career, Ricardo has been there for our members, from pushing for tax credits to keep the entertainment industry here in California by combatting runaway production to expanding access to healthcare, pushing for social and economic justice policies and addressing income inequality. We know he’ll be a remarkable Insurance Commissioner and we’re proud to support him.”

Today’s announcement follows the release of the Senator’s new digital video ad, titled, “Embolden,” which takes aim at Donald Trump’s backwards agenda and the President’s comments saying that “California is out of control,” by illustrating the sharp contrast between the Oval Office’s agenda and that of Lara’s.

To view the ad, 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 Leaders

  • United States Senator Kamala Harris
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • California Board of Equalization Chair Fiona Ma
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Toni Atkins
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus and State Senator Robert Hertzberg
  • 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 Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Jimmy Gomez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Blanca Rubio
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Kevin McCarty
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • Sacramento Mayor and former State Senate President pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • California Young Democrats’ President Eddie Kirby

Organizations Representing Working People

  • California Nurses Association/National Nurses United
  • California State Council of Laborers
  • California Conference of Machinists
  • California State Council of Pipe Trades
  • United Steelworkers Legislative Education Committee for Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 36
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1277
  • American Federation of Musicians Local 47


  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)

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02 Jun

Statement of California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on SB 562:


This evening, Chair Eric C. Bauman released the following statement on the passage of SB 562 in the Senate:

“Once again, California Democrats are leading where it matters most — the health of our people. Today we’ve taken a historic first step to put universal healthcare within reach of every Californian.

“California Democrats, I thank each and every one of you who made today’s Senate victory on SB 562 possible. You led our Party to declare, loudly and proudly, that ‘California Democrats believe that healthcare is a human right not a privilege‘ as we adopted a resolution re-affirming our commitment to single-payer healthcare. You dug deep into your hearts to share your stories of the pain, loss, and bankruptcy imposed on families by a healthcare system that puts profits ahead of patients. You were relentless in pressing for votes on the phones, online, and in the halls of the Capitol. Today’s victory belongs to you.

“We are grateful for the leadership of Senators Lara and Atkins who are tireless in their pursuit of healthcare for all.

“I am proud to stand with patients, healthcare workers, and grassroots Democrats from across California as we take this fight to the State Assembly and beyond. With Donald Trump taking a wrecking ball to healthcare at the federal level, Californians have never counted on us more to create a comprehensive, secure, healthcare system that excludes no Californian.”

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02 Jun

Trump won’t lead, so we will

With Trump in the White House, California must be a strong leader for climate action. Tell your assemblymember: Vote YES on AB 378.


Call 916-596-0818

Donald Trump just announced that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement — ceding America’s climate leadership to our competitors.

But America’s leadership comes from its people — and Trump can’t stop us when we stand together.

By pulling out of the Paris Agreement, Donald Trump has betrayed the moral, political, and economic leadership position America has achieved over centuries at the cost of American lives. Yet the voice of the people remains the most powerful force in the land, and we will be heard.

Trump refuses to lead, and California must step up. Call 916-596-0818: Urge your assemblymember to vote YES on AB 378, California’s landmark polluters pay bill.

Alert: Special counsel appointed to investigate Trump

AB 378 will make polluters pay to clean up their pollution and reinvest that money in energy efficiency, public transit, and clean energy. With a president determined to hinder renewable energy and let corporate polluters off the hook, it’s up to our state and local officials to take the lead.

Together, we can do this.

Tom Steyer
NextGen Climate

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02 Jun

Joe Biden: America has always thought big.


American Possibilities

It’s stamped into our DNA.

We’re the people who built the Hoover Dam and the Transcontinental Railroad, landed a man on the moon, cured polio, built the internet, and sequenced the human genome. And yes — soon we will be the people who will find a cure for cancer.

That’s why the negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics drives me crazy.

It’s not who we are.

The history of this nation is one of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.

And that’s who we still are.

It’s time for big dreams and American possibilities.

If that’s what you believe — and if you’re ready to help elect folks who believe that, and to support groups and causes that embody that spirit — then I’m asking you to join me today:

See you out there.

– Joe

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02 Jun

Fighting for our Valley in Washington

Dear Friends,

This past week in Washington has been quite busy, and I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you what I have been doing to fight on behalf of the people of the San Joaquin Valley. The House discussed a number of critical issues that impact all Americans, and I made sure that the voice of the people of the Valley was heard in the legislation that was voted on this week.

Social Security Fraud Protection Passes in the House

This past Wednesday, the House passed the Social Security Fraud Prevention Act, a bill introduced by Rep. David Valadao, which I cosponsored and supported. This legislation would enact measures to help protect Americans – especially children, veterans, and seniors – from identity theft and fraud by requiring the federal government be stricter with when and how it includes social security numbers on documents it mails to individuals. This bipartisan effort to help protect Americans from fraud and theft, a practice that in 2014 impacted 13 million Americans to the tune of $16 billion, is a great example of how Congress can still come together to protect the American people. I will continue to work with Rep. Valadao to advance this legislation and hope to see this bill taken up in the Senate on a bipartisan basis and then signed into law.

Reducing Regulatory Burdens for our Valley’s Farmers

The House also passed the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act last week. This bill, which I cosponsored and supported, would eliminate the requirement to acquire two permits for the same pesticide application under two separate laws, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act. These redundant requirements are not only expensive but also time consuming, with permit costs ranging from $150,000 to $270,000 and taking up to two years to obtain. This legislation, if enacted into law, would be a big win for our Valley farmers and businesses!

Rep. Costa Advocates for Reducing Unnecessary Regulations

Rep. Costa Advocates for Stronger Protections of Young Victims from Sexual Assault 

Last week I gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives to urge my colleagues to support the Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse Act. Sexual assault, in any form, is a horrible crime that leaves lasting damage to its victims, and it is critical that we do whatever we can to prevent it and report it upon discovery. This particular bill would add protections for our young athletes by requiring adults authorized to interact with minors or amateur athletes to report any sex-abuse allegations to the amateur athletic governing bodies. Those bodies would then be required to report allegations to the proper local or federal authorities. As a co-founder of the Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus, protecting and fighting for victims is an issue that is near and dear to my heart, so I was very pleased when the legislation passed the House by a vote of 415 to 3. I hope to see this legislation protecting our young athletes signed into law in the near future.

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.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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02 Jun

Statement of California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on Trump¹s Paris Climate Accord Action




For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 

Contact: Mike Roth | | (916) 444-7170

Statement of California Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman on Trump’s Paris Climate Accord Action:

“Trump’s denial of the unparalleled danger and glaring reality of climate change is a grave threat to our nation and our future.

“Withdrawing from the Paris agreement will deliver a devastating blow to our planet, as well as violate our nation’s conscience and tarnish America’s moral standing in the world.

“Trump’s action will be met with the fierce leadership and resistance of California Democrats, who have led the way to defend our planet and the health and prosperity of our future generations. California boasts the nation’s strongest laws to fight climate change.  From clean energy goals to halting destructive fracking, we are pushing even further to stop degradation of our air, land, and water and leave an environment worthy of our children’s future.”



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02 Jun

We’re Making History

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


Dear Friend —

This week the California State Senate is taking historic steps to build the clean energy future and protect our environment from Donald Trump’s pro-polluter agenda.

Yesterday we passed the Preserve California legislative package which protects public health, public lands, and scientific integrity in our state.

  • Senate Bill 49 ensures that no matter what the President and Republicans in Congress do, California won’t lose the protections of landmark federal environmental laws like the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Safe Drinking Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
  • Senate Bill 50 protects California’s precious public lands and natural resources from being sold off to be exploited by oil companies and other polluters.
  • Senate Bill 51 ensures that California continues to make public policy based on the best available science, not ‘alternative facts’ or polluter propaganda.

Together, these measures safeguard the people, places and wildlife we love from the reckless and short-sighted special interests that currently dominate in Washington.

But we’re not stopping there. Today, we’re taking the next big step in California’s climate leadership. In a few hours, the Senate will vote on my bill, Senate Bill 100, which puts California on the path to 100% clean, renewable energy.


SB 100 will completely eliminate fracking and fossil fuels in our electricity grid by 2045. It’s the most ambitious target in the world — especially for an economy that dwarfs all but a handful of nations — but I know California is up to the challenge.

By following the science and taking common sense steps to protect consumers, wildlife and public health, we’ve turned some of our biggest environmental challenges into economic opportunities. Clean energy is now a pillar of our economy that employs over half a million Californians — nearly ten times the number of coal mining jobs in the entire nation. That’s why Donald Trump’s fossil-fuel fetish isn’t just environmentally out-of-touch; it’s economically out-of-whack. California is winning the future while Trump and Pruitt dig in the dirt to please their polluter friends.

Join California Democrats in sending a message to Donald Trump — we won’t go backward on clean air, clean water, or clean energy.

Thank you and God Bless the California Dream.

Kevin de León

President pro Tempore of the California State Senate



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