October 2nd, 2017 | News

Mass Shooting in Las Vegas – Ways You Can Help


Last night, dozens of people lost their lives in Las Vegas in another horrifying mass shooting incident. No doubt, this attack will dominate our political discourse over the coming weeks, but at the moment the most important fact is this: emergency rooms, trauma centers and intensive care units in Las Vegas are overwhelmed with the victims, and we still don’t know the full picture of how many people were killed and wounded.

If you are eligible, please consider making a blood donation today. Your donation could very well save the life of someone wounded in the shooting. If you can’t make a blood donation, please consider making a donation to the Southern Nevada American Red Cross, who already have relief workers on the ground providing support to the victims—everything from a hot meal to trauma counselors.

And of course, please keep the victims and their families in your thoughts and prayers. They are experiencing a loss no person should ever have to endure, and we must stand with them in this extraordinarly painful and difficult moment.

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Donate to the Southern Nevada Red Cross here.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

October 2nd, 2017 | News


September 29th, 2017 | News

Tweets from GOP Arpaio Event

September 29th, 2017 | News

Our message for Joe Arpaio


Today, hundreds of our brothers and sisters in Fresno and the Central Valley are turning out to protest one of the most divisive, hateful men in the country: disgraced ex-sheriff and convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, who has more than earned his status as one of the most reviled men in America.

Joe Arpaio is notorious for flagrantly abusing his power as sheriff and maliciously abusing the prisoners in his charge. He is a national disgrace who has vilified immigrants from the moment he stepped into the spotlight.

Most disgustingly of all, he’s tried to spin a career’s worth of law breaking, race baiting and abuse of power as some kind of patriotic act where he’s standing up for the “real Americans” — despite the fact that the only reason he isn’t sitting in jail for his own lawlessness is because he successfully groveled, begged and pleaded for a pardon from Donald Trump on national television.

Well, we’ve got some news for Joe Arpaio: the DREAMers and undocumented immigrants he’s so quick to vilify are more American than he’ll ever be.

There is nothing more American than starting with nothing but the talents you were born with and a willingness to work hard and make something of yourself. That’s whatDREAMers and undocumented immigrants are doing every single day in schools, university campuses, military bases and job sites all over California.

This isn’t an abstract policy debate—this is about real people’s lives. One of the most heartless consequences of this whole debate is that some of the folks most vulnerable to deportation because of DACA’s cancellation are, at this very moment, risking their lives to defend our nation in the military. And last month, as our entire nation watched the floodwaters rise in Houston, one DREAMer—Alonso Guillen—got in his car and headed south to join the rescue efforts. He died when his boat capsized, giving up his life to save other Americans he almost certainly had never even met.

That’s why a strong majority of this country rejects Joe Arpaio’s hateful rhetoric. It’s also why an even larger majority stands with undocumented immigrants who contribute to our country every day, most especially the DREAMers who grew up here, attended our schools and pledge allegiance to our flag.

Given the choice between standing with DREAMers or standing with Joe Arpaio and Donald Trump, California will stand with the DREAMers every time. And by inviting Joe Arpaio—by choosing to wrap themselves up in his hatefulness and lawlessness—Fresno Republicans are showing us what their values truly are.

Every Republican in California has a choice to make.

Do they stand with Joe Arpaio—the convicted criminal, the abusive former sheriff, the notorious racist? Or do they stand with the folks who are breathing new life into our national motto E Pluribus Unum—from many, one—that all of us, as Americans, cherish?

This is a moment of reckoning for Jeff Denham, David Valadao, Anthony Canella and all the other California Republicans who try desperately to thread the needle between appearing friendly to DREAMers while doing absolutely nothing to stand up to the Donald Trumps and Joe Arpaios of the Republican Party who are threatening immigrants with deportation. This is about our values as Americans, pure and simple.

Either Jeff Denham, David Valadao and Anthony Canella stand with the DREAMers, or they stand with Joe Arpaio. By their words and their conduct, it’s clear what choice they’ve made—they’re with Joe Arpaio.

It’s up to us as Democrats to make sure the voters clearly understand that when the time came to choose between standing with immigrants and standing with Arpaio, Republicans chose Arpaio and the hateful division he represents.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, Chair
California Democratic Party

September 29th, 2017 | News

CDP Weekly Update


This has been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Puerto Rico
Earlier this week, CDP Vice Chair Daraka Larimore-Hall sent out a message asking for help for Puerto Rico. The news has only grown worse since then. A humanitarian disaster is unfolding, and our fellow citizens are facing hardships no American should ever have to face. Most of the Island is without power. Food, medical supplies, and water are in dangerously short supply.

There are more than three million of our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico, and we must stand with them in their hour of need. Please contribute to one of the following relief organizations providing aid to our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico:

2020 Primary News
You probably saw the news this week that Governor Brown has signed legislation moving California’s 2020 Presidential & Statewide Direct Primary to March. California Democrats are the leaders of the national resistance to Trump, and we are defining the progressive agenda for America — as Chair Bauman said, “Our voices need to be heard early in the process.”

But aside from giving California’s Grassroots Democrats a major voice in deciding the Democratic Nominee in 2020, this move has some practical impacts on the CDP and our County Committees, most significantly with respect to the endorsement process timeline. The CDP leadership team is working to identify and mitigate the logistical challenges this move creates, and we will be reporting more on those efforts in the weeks ahead.

The CDP Finance Committee is hard at work developing strategies to promote Dem2018 — The CDP’s sustaining donor program. If you’re not a member of Dem2018, sign up to‌day — our grassroots activists are essential to victory next year, and Dem2018 is a great way to help win the fight for progress in California. If you have questions, comments or ideas about Dem2018, you can submit them to CDP Controller Dan Weitzman here.

High School Democrats Working Group
CDP Secretary Jenny Bach is putting together a working group to develop strategies and projects to reach out to and engage high school-aged Democrats. For more information, or to participate, contact CDP Secretary Jenny Bach.

Platform Committee
The CDP adopts a platform every two years. The CDP Platform Committee is currently working on drafting our new platform, which will be considered and adopted at the CDP State Convention in 2018. We welcome your input and participation through the drafting process. Please note that all testimony and proposals must be submitted in writing. The deadline to submit written testimony and proposals is Frid‌ay, Novemb‌er 17, 2‌017, at 5‌ PM. To submit written testimony and language proposals, please visit the CDP Platform Committee webpage.

Deadlines Approaching – Rules Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee
The Rules Miscellaneous Issues Subcommittee has issued a draft recommendation report regarding CDP Bylaw amendment proposals referred to the Subcommittee. Interested parties may submit written comments or testimony on this draft recommendation report until Thur‌sday, Octob‌er 5, ‌2017. Written comments may be submitted online via webform on the Rules Committee webpage.

Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are held across the state prior to the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting and are currently underway. For information on the Regional Meeting in your area, please visit the CDP Events webpage.

Endorsement General Information
The CDP Endorsements webpage is up and running at www.cadem.org/endorsements. Please visit the Endorsements webpage for information on the 2018 CDP endorsement process. The webpage will be updated periodically as we head into the 2018 election cycle.

In Case You Missed It
CDP Political Director Clark Lee urged our activists to use the new online phonebank set up by Senator Josh Newman’s campaign to defeat the recall, and CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman presented an award to Senator Josh Newman at the Democratic Party of Orange County Truman Dinner.

Josh Newman and Eric C. Bauman


One week closer to 2018!

–CDP Update

September 29th, 2017 | News

Finding Common Ground in Washington

Dear Friends,

The last few weeks in Washington D.C. have been quite busy, with efforts focused on trying to improve healthcare, safety, and economic opportunity for the American people. With that in mind, I wanted to take this time to share what I have been doing to improve the lives of all my constituents as we approach the fall.

Fighting for Bipartisan Healthcare Reform

This week the U.S. Senate failed to vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare reform bill, which would have replaced portions of the Affordable Care Act and resulted in sweeping changes to the nation’s healthcare system. While I was glad the Senate did not vote on this legislation, which would have had devastating consequences to healthcare delivery for Valley residents, it is clear that work remains to stabilize the nation’s healthcare system. As I have been saying for years, now is the time for Members of Congress to reach across the aisle to work towards practical, long-term solutions to help provide options and bring costs down for all Americans. That is why I sent a letterwith the rest of the Problem Solvers Caucus to Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA) of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, urging bipartisanship in efforts to stabilize the individual health insurance market. Earlier this summer the Problem Solvers Caucus – a group of Republican and Democratic representatives working to find a path forward for responsible governance – released a bipartisan set of healthcare proposals to help improve the health care system for families and businesses across America. It is long past time for Congress to come together on this issue to provide lasting solutions for all Americans, regardless of party.

Improving the Valley Economy

We in the Valley know full well the critical role we play in supplying the country with the food that ends up on Americans’ dinner tables each night. One key part of our ability to feed the nation and the world is our poultry industry, with Merced and Fresno counties representing the top two chicken producing counties in the state. The poultry industry has also been a tremendous economic engine for California and our San Joaquin Valley. That is why, over the years, I have fought for policies that encourage production of safe, high-quality, and wholesome poultry, and I was recently awarded a lifetime achievement “Golden Rooster Award” from the California Poultry Federation. To keep our economy moving, it is critical that we work with businesses like those in the poultry industry to promote investment in our communities and to avoid burdensome regulations while providing necessary protections for consumers.

Congressman Costa accepts the Golden Rooster Award from the California Poultry Federation

Honoring Our WWII Merchant Mariners

In every war in our country’s history, civilian ships have helped support our military by transporting personnel and supplies. These civilians are collectively referred to as Merchant Mariners. Those who served our nation during World War II have never received full veteran benefits, meaning they are not eligible for tuition subsides, home loan guarantees, or other G.I. Bill provisions that have helped millions. That is why I recently joined as a cosponsor of the Honoring our WWII Merchant Mariners Act, which would provide a one-time payment of $25,000 to surviving WWII Mariners. This bipartisan bill will ensure that those who supported our troops get the benefits they have earned, and I hope to see it passed into law soon.

Working to Fight and Prevent Wildfires

California’s recent unprecedented drought has devastated our state’s forests, and now there are an estimated 107 million dead trees serving as a tinder box for our historically-common wildfires. We are currently seeing the effects, with 1,057 wildfires burning over 300,000 acres of National Forest System lands in California so far during this fire year. It is therefore critical that we start treating wildfires like the natural disasters they are. We must stop the never-ending cycle of underfunding the forest management that prevents wildfires in the first place in order to pay for emergency wildfire suppression, which is why I support legislation such as the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act.

The Mission Fire and Railroad Fire have ravaged our Valley, and we must do whatever we can to suppress the fires and help each other recover from their destruction. That is why I wrote a letter to U.S. Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke urging him to advocate for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, which will allow for the necessary federal funds to help us in our firefighting efforts and to support victims. Additionally, the State of California’s requests for federal emergency grants to help suppress the Railroad and Mission fires were approved earlier this month. Both grants are Fire Management Assistance Grants, which are issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).I hope to see these grants used as quickly as possible to help to compensate our local communities for their efforts to suppress the Mission Fire and the Railroad Fire, and to assist in their recovery.

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.


Jim Costa
Member of Congress


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September 29th, 2017 | News

Standing in Solidarity with the Homeless

This will be my statement to the media and the people attending the event this evening:

Standing in Solidarity with the Homeless
Friday, September 29
For more information: Mike Rhodes (559) 978-4502

We have come to Fresno City Hall this evening to demand an end to the criminalization of the homeless. We want house keys, not handcuffs for those in our community who are too poor to reside in an apartment or home. The collective punishment of homeless people for the simple act of sleeping is not going to end homelessness and we demand an end to the No Camping ordinance.

Passing laws to punish the homeless and make their lives more difficult and miserable has got to stop. There was the anti-panhandling ordinance, a law forbidding the homeless to push shopping carts, the rule preventing them from being on median islands, they are currently shutting down recycling centers and now the Homeless no Camping ordinance is being implemented today. This is not going to end homelessness!

Homelessness is a result of the political and economic system we live in. The lack of affordable housing and social services have resulted in the situation we have today, with people literally sleeping on the streets. Being homeless is not a personal problem, it happens because our political leaders have not prioritized solving the problem and directing the resources needed to end homelessness. We can do better – another world is possible.

What we need, starting today, is a safe and legal place where homeless people can go 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Homeless people need a place to go and the same basic public services that everyone else in this city has – drinking water, a place to go to the bathroom and trash bins. In short, the homeless need to be treated with dignity and respect, because they are our brothers and sisters and in some cases our mothers, fathers or children.

But having a safe and legal place to go is not enough. After we establish enough safe and legal places that are available to the homeless we need to start finding them permanent housing. We also need to provide the resources for whatever social services they need. That might include, but is not limited to job training, education, recovery from drug or alcohol addiction and mental health services. Every situation is unique, but every homeless person can live a healthier and happier life if we pull together as a community and provide the resources needed to end homelessness.

Interestingly, providing homeless people with housing and social services would actually cost less than what we are doing now and we would end homelessness. How is that for a win-win?


September 29th, 2017 | News

Our president


American Possibilities

Forget politics for a second — because this is about something deeper and far more consequential than partisanship.

Today, we have an American president who tweets about NFL ratings while 3.4 million American citizens face a desperate search for food and water in Puerto Rico.

We have an American president who has publicly proclaimed a moral equivalency between Neo-Nazis and those who would oppose their venom and hate. Who has emboldened white supremacists with messages of comfort and support.

A president who cares more about dismantling his predecessors’ achievements than ensuring tens of millions of Americans know the security of health insurance — one who threatens our global standing on a weekly basis with his careless actions and his words.

Every week, it’s something new. And I know it’s tempting to throw your hands up — to give up, shut down, or tune out for the next three years. But we cannot grow weary. We cannot grow discouraged. And we cannot give an inch.

Folks, it’s up to us now to do what our president has not: Uphold America’s values. Defend our constitution. Say, full-throated and together, “This is not who we are.”

There is no question that we must stand up and speak out against every symbol of hate — be it a flag, a swastika, or a statue. We must declare that there is no place for these hate groups in our America.

But tearing down symbols of hate is not enough.

We have to build, too. And that starts with electing leaders and representatives who will actually lead and represent us.

I’m fighting like hell for as long as I can stand to make sure this country once again lives up to its highest ideals. Join me today.

My mother had an expression. “Courage is a virtue,” she’d say — because every other virtue depends on it.

Those with the courage to oppose hate still far outnumber those who promote it. That’s the America I know. That’s the greatness of this nation.

Our children are watching. We can make them proud of what we did with this moment.

And I believe we will.


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September 29th, 2017 | News

Patients need SB 17 – Add your name to our letter


Over 1,000 people added their names to Eric’s letter to Governor Brown urging him to sign SB 17 into law – an amazing show of support for this urgent legislation that will prevent greedy pharmaceutical executives like Martin Shkreli from suddenly raising the price of live-saving prescription drugs with no warning. The pharmaceutical companies fought this bill tooth and nail – let’s make our voices heard on behalf of California’s patients and caregivers. Don’t miss your chance to add your name to our letter formally asking Governor Brown to sign this vital CDP-Endorsed consumer and patient protection legislation.

–John Vigna, CDP Communications Director


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The Hon. Edmund G. Brown,
Governor, State of California
State Capitol, Sacramento CA
Dear Governor Brown,

We, the undersigned members of the California Democratic Party, respectfully request your signature on the vital consumer and patient protection legislation, Senate Bill 17 by Sen. Ed Hernandez. This legislation was endorsed as an urgent priority of the California Democratic Party at our recent Executive Board Meeting.

Grassroots Democrats are united in our belief that prescription drug prices are too high. We are also deeply concerned by the fact that pharmaceuticals are uniquely susceptible to predatory price manipulation, a practice made infamous by Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which raised the price of the EpiPen used by people with life-threatening allergies by 500%, and by Martin Shkreli—the monstrous former pharmaceutical company CEO who raised the price of a lifesaving medication from $56 to $750 per pill with zero warning to patients and healthcare providers.

Price spiking in pharmaceuticals is the basest kind of extortion imaginable. Prescription drugs are already a burdensome expense for many people; gouging the prices of lifesaving drugs will undeniably bankrupt some people and kill others. SB 17 will require pharmaceutical companies to give advance notice of price hikes—which gives consumer groups, patient advocates and government regulators time to mobilize and organize against unjust and predatory price manipulation.

Patients—especially those with chronic conditions—need medication whose price is stable, predictable and affordable. And consumers deserve to have strong protections in law against unscrupulous, predatory business practices. To reiterate, this legislation is an urgent priority for the California Democratic Party.

For these reasons, we respectfully request you sign SB 17 into law.

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, R.N., Chair
California Democratic Party


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