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26 Apr
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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PUBLIC SAFETY LEADER BACKS HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR


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


 


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED PUBLIC SAFETY LEADER BACKS HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR
Los Angeles City Attorney and Co-Founder of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence Mike Feuer Endorses Senator Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor of California
WEST COVINA, CA — Keeping up his torrid pace of locking down back-to-back pivotal endorsements as he campaigns to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez lined up support from Los Angeles’ City Attorney, Mike Feuer.

Feuer, twice elected citywide in Los Angeles as its City Attorney, previously served as Majority Policy Leader in the California State Assembly, and on the Los Angeles City Council, representing the 5th District. As City Attorney, he co-founded the nationwide organization, Prosecutors Against Gun Violence. In endorsing Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor, City Attorney Feuer released the following statement:

“Senator Ed Hernandez is my choice for California Lieutenant Governor. We worked together in the legislature on a broad spectrum of policies, from enacting common sense laws that strengthen public safety to increasing funding for local neighborhood schools, investing in infrastructure to improve our economy and create good jobs, and increasing access to healthcare coverage. Ed has the background, skills and the abilities that we need from a statewide leader. I’m proud to endorse him.”
ICYMI recently Senator Dr. Hernandez appeared on CNN International to discuss the American healthcare system. The segment is available here.
Significantly, recently, Senator Hernandez released a new online video, titled  “A California Story,” which can be viewed by clicking on the screen image below:

 

Beyond today’s announcement, Senator Dr. Hernandez’ campaign has released the following list of over 200 endorsements, including:

Organizations

  • California Reserve Peace Officers Association
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
  • Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  • California’s Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE)

Working Families 

  • UNITE HERE International Union, AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 441
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 595
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 2295
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 40
  • International Association of SMART (Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, Transportation) Local 105
  • Professional Engineers in California Government (PECG)
  • United Steelworkers (USW) Los Angeles and Orange Counties
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36
  • Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS)
  • Southern California Pipe Trades District Council 16
  • United Association (UA) Steamfitters and Refrigeration Local 250
  • United Association (UA) Local 78
  • United Association (UA) Local 114
  • United Association (UA) Local 230
  • United Association (UA) Local 345
  • United Association (UA) Local 364
  • United Association (UA) Local 398
  • United Association (UA) Local 403
  • United Association (UA) Local 460
  • United Association (UA) Local 484
  • United Association (UA) Local 582
  • United Association (UA) Local 709
  • United Association (UA) Local 761
  • United Industrial Workers of the Seafarers International Union, SIUNA, AFL-CIO

Federal Elected Leaders

  • U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • U.S. Congressman Lou Correa
  • U.S. Congresswoman Grace Napolitano
  • U.S. Congresswoman Salud Carbajal
  • U.S. Congresswoman Norma Torres
  • U.S. Congressman Juan Vargas
  • U.S. Congressman George Miller (Ret.)

State Elected Leaders

  • California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  • California State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A. Pérez
  • State Assembly Speaker Emeritus Fabian Nunez
  • California Lt. Governor (Ret.) and State Assembly Speaker Cruz Bustamante (Ret.)
  • State Senate President pro Tempore Don Perata (Ret.)
  • State Senator and past Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins
  • State Senator Connie Leyva
  • State Senator Holly Mitchell
  • State Senator Anthony Portantino
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Henry Stern
  • State Senator Jim Beall
  • State Senator Josh Newman
  • State Senator Bill Dodd
  • State Senator Scott Wiener
  • State Senator Richard Roth
  • State Senator Tony Mendoza
  • State Senator Ricardo Lara
  • State Senator Ben Hueso
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • State Senator Cathleen Galgiani
  • State Senator Mike McGuire
  • State Senator Bill Monning
  • State Senator Mark Leno (Ret.)
  • State Senator Lois Wolk (Ret.)
  • State Senator Fran Pavley (Ret.)
  • State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • State Senator Marty Block (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Speaker pro Tempore Kevin Mullin
  • State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon
  • State Assembly Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Gipson
  • State Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez
  • State Assembly Member Miguel Santiago
  • State Assembly Member Chris Holden
  • State Assembly Member David Chiu
  • State Assembly Member Ed Chau
  • State Assembly Member Jim Wood
  • State Assembly Member Anna Caballero
  • State Assembly Member Bill Quirk
  • State Assembly Member Eloise Gomes Reyes
  • State Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia
  • State Assembly Member Jose Medina
  • State Assembly Member Rob Bonta
  • State Assembly Member Evan Low
  • State Assembly Member Reggie Jones-Sawyer
  • State Assembly Member Ash Kalra
  • State Assembly Member Ken Cooley
  • State Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Todd Gloria
  • State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell
  • State Assembly Member Jim Cooper
  • State Assembly Member Rudy Salas
  • State Assembly Member Freddie Rodriguez
  • State Assembly Member Rich Gordon (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Paul Fong (Ret.), President San Jose/Evergreen Federation of Teachers AFT 6157
  • State Assembly Member Susan Bonilla (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Betsy Butler (Ret.)
  • State Assembly Member Mike Allen (Ret.)

California Democratic Party & Labor Leaders

  • Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair, UNITE HERE General Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights, and Diversity and former Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Maria Durazo
  • California Democratic Party Chair Art Torres (Ret.)
  • California Democratic Party Vice Chair and L.A. County Democratic Party Chair Eric C. Bauman
  • California Democratic Party First Vice Chair Alex Rooker
  • Democratic National Committee (DNC) Member and former San Diego Democratic Party Chair Jesse Durfee
  • South County Labor Chair Ray Cordova*
  • California Democratic Party Region 15 Director and California Democratic Party API Caucus Chair Clark Lee*
  • California Democratic Party Region 8 Director Doug Kessler*
  • California Democratic Party Region 9 Director Diana Love*
  • California Democratic Party Region 7 Director Omar Torres*, Governing Board Member, Franklin-McKinley School Board*
  • California Democratic Party Former Region 10 Director and California Democratic Party LGBT Caucus Secretary Debra Broner*
  • California Democratic Party Chicano Latino Caucus Chair Carlos Alcala*
  • Los Angeles County Democratic Party Vice Chair Mark Gonzalez*
  • Fresno County Democratic Central Committee Chair Michael Evans*
  • Kern County Democratic Central Committee Chair Cathee Romley*
  • Kings County Democratic Central Committee Chair  Holly Andrade-Blair*
  • Inyo County Democratic Central Committee Chair Nina Weisman*
  • Tulare Democratic Central Committee Chair Ruth McKee*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Clint Weirick (DSCC San Luis Obispo County Democratic Party Central Committee)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Katarina Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Cesar Garcia (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Peggy Morgan (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Kristin McGuire (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Veronica Marquez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Cruz (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Deborah Quintero (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Ricardo Pacheco (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate James Toma (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lloyd Johnson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Eileen Jimenez (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Jeanette Flores (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Barbara Dickerson (AD 48)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Robert Gin (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Chin Ho Lia (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Polly Low (AD 49)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Calvin Sung (AD 55)*
  • California Democratic Party Delegate Lawrence Shih (AD 48)*

Local Elected Leaders

  • Sacramento Mayor and past State Senate President Pro-Tem Darrell Steinberg
  • Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia
  • Long Beach City Council Member Rex Richardson
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor and past U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis
  • Los Angeles County Assessor Jeffrey Prang
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer
  • Los Angeles City Council Member Curren Price
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee and past State Assembly Member Mike Eng
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Mike Fong
  • Los Angeles Community College District Trustee Scott Svonkin
  • Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez
  • Santa Barbara County Supervisor and former State Assembly Member Das Williams
  • Baldwin Park Mayor Manuel Lozano
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Ricardo Pacheco
  • Baldwin Park City Council Member Monica Garcia
  • West Covina Mayor Corey Warshaw
  • West Covina City Council Member Lloyd Johnson
  • West Covina City Council Member James Toma
  • West Covina School Board Member Michael Flowers
  • Covina Mayor Pro Tem Jorge Marquez
  • Covina City Council Member Peggy A. Delach
  • La Puente Mayor Valerie Munoz
  • La Puente City Council Member Dan Holloway
  • La Puente Mayor Pro Tem Violeta Lewis
  • Azusa Mayor Joe Rocha
  • Azusa City Council Member Angel Carillo
  • Azusa City Council Member Robert Gonzales
  • Azusa Unified School District Board President Yolanda Rodriguez-Pena
  • Azusa Unified School District Board Member Paul Naccachian
  • Duarte Mayor Samuel Kang
  • Duarte Unified School District Board President Reyna Diaz
  • Duarte Unified School District Board Member Kenneth Bell
  • San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao
  • Upper San Gabriel Valley Water Board Director Bryan Urias
  • Rosemead Mayor Sandra Armenta
  • Rosemead City Council Member Polly Low
  • Monterey Park Mayor Mitchell Ing
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Peter Chan
  • Monterey Park City Council Member Stephen Lam
  • Claremont Mayor Sam Pedroza
  • El Monte Mayor Andre Quintero
  • El Monte City Council Member Juventino “J” Gomez
  • El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Jerry Velasco
  • South El Monte City Council Member Hector Delgado
  • South El Monte City Council Member Angelica R. Garcia
  • South El Monte City Council Member Joseph J. Gonzales
  • Hacienda La Puente School Board Member Anthony Duarte
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Martin G. Medrano
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Member Penny Fraumeni
  • Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board Vice President Gino Kwok
  • Yorba Linda City Council Member Beth Haney
  • Walnut City Council Member Mary Su
  • Duarte City Council Member Margaret Finlay
  • Duarte City Council Member John Fasana
  • Alhambra City Council Member Luis Ayala
  • Alhambra City Council Vice Mayor Stephen Sham
  • Three Valleys MWD Director Carlos Goytia
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board President Brian R. Akers
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Vice President Joseph Probst
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jeanette V. Flores
  • Charter Oak Unified School District Board Member Jane Bock
  • Citrus Community College District President Dr. Barbara R Dickerson
  • Alhambra Unified School District Board Member Robert L. Gin
  • Temple City Mayor Pro Tem Cynthia Sternquist
  • Temple City Council Member Tom Chavez
  • Mountain View School District President Adam Carranza
  • Malibu Mayor Lou La Monte
  • Artesia Mayor Ali Sajjad Taj
  • South Gate City Council Member Jorge Morales
  • Walnut City Council Member Andrew Rodriguez
  • Walnut City Council Member Bob Pacheco
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board President Thomas Wong
  • San Gabriel Valley Water Board Treasurer Raul Romero
  • Valley County Water Board Vice President Paul C. Hernandez,
  • Valley County Water Board Director Lenet Pacheco
  • Garvey Unified School District Board Member Henry Lo
  • Florin County Water District Elected Director Larry S. Tract, J.D.
  • Valley County Water Board Director Margarita Vargas
  • San Fernando Vice Mayor Joel Fajardo
  • Berkley City Council Member Ben Bartlett
  • Alum Rock Union Elementry School District Board Vice-President Andres Quintero
  • Santa Clarita Mayor and former State Assembly Member Cameron Smyth
  • Hermosa Beach City Council Member Stacy Armato
  • Miles Rosedale, CEO Monrovia Growers*
  • Susan Keith, Citrus Trustee*

A husband, father, grandfather, practicing optometrist, and local businessman, “Dr. Ed” (as he is known to his patients) has spent his life bringing quality eye care to predominantly low-income communities.  As a health care provider, the need to improve access to health care for all Californians is what first drove him to run for office.

Since being elected to the Assembly in 2006 and the Senate in 2010, Dr. Ed Hernandez has been a leader on the implementation of federal health care reform – helping expand access to affordable health care, control costs, and improve the network of providers so people can actually get quality care when they need it. Dr. Ed has been a champion by expanding educational opportunity to qualified students overlooked by our public schools and universities, as well as a major proponent for government reform, including fixing a broken initiative system too often hijacked by billionaires and wealthy corporations. Dr. Ed Hernandez is running to take this experience, leadership, and vision to the next level by serving the people of California as their Lieutenant Governor.
For more information, please visit www.edhernandez4ca.com.

*Titles for Identification Purposes Only.

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26 Apr
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BAUMAN’S PROGRESSIVE LABOR SUPPORTERS RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
BAUMAN’S PROGRESSIVE LABOR SUPPORTERS  RELEASE JOINT STATEMENT

A coalition of statewide progressive leaders, including NUHW President Sal Rosselli, release letter backing Bauman for CDP Chair
LOS ANGELES, CA – Demonstrating their sweeping support of his campaign for California Democratic Party Chair, a group of statewide progressive labor leaders wrote a letter on behalf of Eric Bauman last week elucidating their reasons for supporting his campaign.

Those authoring the letter included:

  • Sal Rosselli, President, National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • Denise Duncan, RN, President, AFSCME United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals
  • Tim Paulson, Chair, California Democratic Party Labor Caucus * and Executive Director, San Francisco Labor Council*
  • Anand Singh, President, UNITE HERE Local 2
  • Mike Casey, UNITE HERE
  • Hilda Solis, Supervisor, Los Angeles County* and Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor*
  • Alice Goff, President, AFSCME District Council 36* and Treasurer, AFSCME Local 3090*
  • Lou Paulson, President, California Professional Firefighters
  • Josh Pechthalt, President, California Federation of Teachers*
  • Dean Vogel, Immediate-Past President, California Teachers Association*
  • Sandra Lowe, Member, Democratic National Committee*
  • Eddie Kirby, President, California Young Democrats

The letter reads, in part:

“[Eric] knows that our Party must do more to advance social and economic justice here in California and across the country. To accomplish that, he wants our Party to become more progressive, inclusive, and in touch with its grassroots. One of Eric’s best qualities is his desire to listen to critiques and act boldly to address them.

“He has the experience and the know-how to further grow our Party so that we can achieve all our goals. That is why nurses, teachers, firefighters, healthcare workers, and hotel workers all support Eric Bauman.”

The full text of the letter can be found below.

Eric C. Bauman is a registered nurse, a grassroots activist, and a proven leader.  His campaign for CDP Chair is building a wide-ranging coalition of support that represents every corner of our state and all its great diversity.

For more information, please visit www.ericbauman.com.

*Titles of those with an asterisk included for identification purposes only.  All other organizations included have endorsed.
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PROGRESSIVES

for ERIC BAUMAN

“Dear Democratic Leader;

We are writing to urge you to support Eric Bauman for Chair of the California Democratic Party.

Eric Bauman has been a champion of universal healthcare his entire career. As an emergency room nurse, Eric understands that everyone’s health is fragile and that we all need high quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why universal healthcare champions such as U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, State Senator Ricardo Lara, former Senator and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, former Senator Mark Leno, and Dr. Paul Song all support his candidacy.

Eric is a champion of labor. He has walked the picket line and fought unjust employers as a union member and as a Democratic leader. He helped organize his nurse colleagues at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center and at Providence Tarzana Medical Center into SEIU. He continues to support workers throughout the state as they fight for strong contracts, fair wages, employer- paid healthcare, and a voice in their workplaces.

Eric ran campaigns against the anti-labor initiatives which aimed to silence the voices of working men and women. And he partnered with the L.A. Federation of Labor in last years “Fight for 15” campaign, which brought the $15/hour minimum wage to L.A. City and County, Long Beach, and Pasadena.

As a defender of public education, Eric has fought hard against vouchers, charter schools, and privatization of education. He knows that good schools demand transparent governance, respect for teachers, and a commitment to all students. And he believes that college should be affordable! That is why the California Faculty Association, the California College Democrats, and the California Young Democrats have all endorsed his candidacy.

As leader of the LGBTQ community, Eric headed L.A.’s Stonewall Democratic Club for much of the 1990s, helped found what became the National Stonewall Democrats, and campaigned tirelessly against Proposition 8. And, he is still fighting for his community and for all Californians to enjoy equal rights.

Eric started as a grassroots organizer to the State Party’s Vice Chair. As Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party, Eric has helped it grow into a dominant force in state politics, holding every statewide elected office and a two-thirds super-majority in both houses of the Legislature. He has also chaired the Los Angeles County Democratic Party for 16 years, transforming it into a national-award-winning political powerhouse whose annual budget has grown from $50,000 at the start of his tenure to $1.7 million today.

Still, Eric isn’t satisfied. He knows that our Party must do more to advance social and economic justice here in California and across the country. To accomplish that, he wants our Party to become more progressive, inclusive, and in touch with its grassroots. One of Eric’s best qualities is his desire to listen to critiques and act boldly to address them.

He has the experience and the know-how to further grow our Party so that we can achieve all our goals. That is why nurses, teachers, firefighters, healthcare workers, and hotel workers all support Eric Bauman.

Please vote for Eric Bauman for Chair of the California Democratic Party.”

 

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26 Apr
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LARA NETS KEY ENDORSEMENT FROM INFLUENTIAL BUILDING TRADES AFFILIATE


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


 

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 25, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

 

LARA NETS KEY ENDORSEMENT FROM INFLUENTIAL BUILDING TRADES AFFILIATE

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 Backs Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA — Lining up more crucial support from working families, today State Senator Ricardo Lara’s campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner collected a key endorsement from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11.

In announcing their support, Antonio Sanchez, Political Director for International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11, released the following statement:

“International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 11 is thrilled to announce our strong support of State Senator Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner. He’s been there for our members, fighting for more family sustaining good paying jobs, investments in infrastructure, job-training and apprenticeship programs, expanded access to healthcare, protections for workers’ rights and more. Ricardo has proven himself as someone we can count on. We know he’ll make a remarkable State Insurance Commissioner.”

Only weeks since entering the race for California State Insurance Commissioner, State Senator Ricardo Lara has had the wind at his back, receiving a slew of high-powered endorsements including from:
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 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 

  • California Latino Legislative Caucus
  • Equality California (EQCA)
  • UNITE HERE, AFL-CIO
  • 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

In recent weeks, Senator Lara, who recently co-introduced Californians for a Healthy California Act (SB 562), which amounts to single-payer healthcare for the state, announced that he is running to serve as California’s State Insurance Commissioner – a statewide elected office dedicated to protecting consumers, enforcing all insurance regulations, and safeguarding Californians’ economic and health security.
Dubbed by the Los Angeles Times as the “Point man in the push for immigrant rights,” Senator Lara, who also previously served as Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice Chair of the California Legislative Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus, announced his candidacy by previously releasing the following statement:

“Our nation is in full blown crisis mode right now. We have a man in the White House with no popular mandate, who is methodically working to strip Americans of their healthcare, their economic security and their civil liberties.

“I’m running to be California’s next State Insurance Commissioner because I believe at my core that California needs a strong defender, and a counterpuncher, who will stand up to fight our bullying President, Donald Trump, and his increasingly reckless federal government on issues from healthcare access to economic security and more. If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.

“As California’s Insurance Commissioner, I’ll work tirelessly to represent the great people of California, not the corporations, the billionaire class, the pharmaceutical or the insurance companies. I plan to work with anybody who is willing to come to the table, but my allegiance will always be first and foremost to the consumers, the patients, our working families, and our most vulnerable communities in our Golden State.”

As a State Senator, Ricardo Lara has already been a leader on numerous issues that the office of the Insurance Commissioner interacts with. As stated above, he recently co-introduced a single-payer healthcare system for the state, and also spearheaded the groundbreaking law that provided health care for 170,000 immigrant children, and has played a strong, dynamic role in shaping, implementing and expanding Covered California.

In 2016, Senator Lara engineered the successful statewide campaign to allow for multi-lingual education in California’s schools. He was also one of the key leaders behind a landmark effort to grant driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants in California. This legislation is more important than ever, now that Donald Trump has instructed border patrol agents that they may deport undocumented immigrants for the “crime” of driving without a license.

Senator Lara was born and raised in East Los Angeles and attended schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.  He graduated from San Diego State University with a double major in Journalism and Spanish. He worked as a legislative staffer for years, including working for State Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez and for then-Assemblymember and now State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de Léon. In 2010, Senator Lara was elected to the California State Assembly, and in 2012, he was elected to the California State Senate, where he made history as the first openly gay person of color in the State Senate.

His 33rd Senate District is expansive, encompassing nearly one million people, roughly 70% of which is Latino. The district is located in the heart of the South Bay and stretches from Long Beach to Lynwood, and from Huntington Park to Lakewood and Los Angeles.

Significantly, if elected, Senator Lara would be the first openly gay statewide elected official in California. Today, Senator Lara serves as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee of the California State Senate, considered to be perhaps the most influential committee in the California State Senate.

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24 Apr
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Chairman Burton knows how to win

CDP

We’re excited to share more of the California Democratic Party’s work under Chairman Burton from 2009-2017: The Burton Legacy: Empower the Grassroots, Build for the Future. You can view the full report here, and this third message will highlight the section on “Boosting Our Field Advantage.”

If there’s one thing I know about Chairman John Burton — the “crazy liberal” former Senate pro tem who moved our party to the left — it’s that he knows how to win.

Central to Chairman Burton’s legacy is his tireless work to build our field program across California. Throughout his tenure, we have boosted the party’s tools, trainings, and assistance for local grassroots activists, aiding the large gains California Democrats have made in the past few cycles.

Here are some of the key ways Chairman Burton led our party to boost our field advantage:

  • Fixing the LA Turnout Problem: Our 2011 project Operation GameChanger improved the turnout in Los Angeles by converting 50,000 Democrats to become permanent vote-by-mail voters. In 2012, during the fights to support Proposition 30 and oppose Proposition 32, those voters turned out 12% higher than others in the same voting pool.
  • It Gets Bluer: The CDP increased Democratic Latino voter turnout in Fresno, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, leading to pickup of state legislative and Congressional seats in 2012.
  • CDP Bounty Program: The Chartered Organization Voter Registration (Bounty) Program is a way to help solidify our Democratic majority statewide and push our registration advantage to traditionally “red” areas, available to volunteer efforts only.
  • County Voter File: We give every County Committee their county voter file through funding of MOE (Mobilize, Organize and Elect) — and it’s paid in full through the end of 2017.
  • Doorhangers, Doorhangers, Doorhangers: We donated doorhangers to every county based on what they deemed their need for each election cycle, made possible through Controller Hilary Crosby’s DEM program.
  • Mailed Slate Cards: In the general election, CDP financed and sent out statewide slate cards which featured all state, congress, and ballot measure positions — for every race we endorsed in — no matter if the measure or candidate could afford to contribute.
  • Electronic and Web Slate Cards: We created personalized digital slate cards generated by the voter’s address for both the primary and general elections which were emailed out and available at www.cademvote.org.

For more highlights, click here.

In addition, throughout Chairman Burton’s tenure, we’ve held dozens of workshops and trainings to support the work of grassroots activists and organizers, including 30 county-based Strategic Planning Sessions, 13 “Learn to Win” Campaign Trainings, 12 County Chairs Workshops from 2010-2017, new delegate trainings at every convention, and many more.

For a full list of workshops and trainings, as well as more highlights from Chairman Burton’s legacy, click here.

As we get closer to convention, expect additional messages on Rebuilding and Amplifying Our Communications, Fiscal Stewardship: A Sustainable Future, and Proof is in the Pudding: Election & Policy Success.

Sincerely,

Chris Masami Myers
Executive Director
California Democratic Party

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24 Apr
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Labor for Bauman Update


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


 

The bond that Democratic Party activists share with our brothers and sisters in organized labor is like no other.  Today as the California Labor Federation and State Building Trades gather for their 2017 Joint Legislative Conference, we must make it clear to elected officials throughout the state that this bond is unbreakable.

 

Progress on our shared priorities depends on a strong and robust Democratic Party that champions working people.  From my days as an in-house nurse organizer with SEIU Local 399, I have always been a stalwart supporter of working families, and that is why I am proud to list so many labor unions and labor icons as endorsers of my campaign to be the next Chair of the California Democratic Party.

 

Thank you so much for your vote of confidence!

In Democratic Unity,

Eric C. Bauman
Vice Chair, California Democratic Party
Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party

 

Labor Leaders Supporting Eric C. Bauman for CDP Chair

(Partial list)

*Titles of those marked with an asterisk are for identification purposes only.  All other organizations included have endorsed.

 

Robbie Hunter, State Building & Construction Trades Council

Bauman has been an outspoken champion defending workers’ rights, fighting to increase the minimum wage, and advocating for comprehensive health and retirement benefits for all workers.”

 

Josh Pechthalt, California Federation of Teachers*

No other candidate matches Eric’s experience, skill-sets, and deep commitment to the cause of the labor movement, standing up for working families, but most importantly, ensuring that all students of all backgrounds in our state receive the best education possible.”

 

Jack Gribbon, UNITE-HERE!

Eric Bauman is the only candidate with a proven track record of championing the causes of the labor movement. His dynamic leadership has helped shepherd in scores of progressive policy victories in the state and at the ballot box.”

 

Eric Robles, United Nurses Associations of California-AFSCME

As a long-time leader in the healthcare for all movement, Bauman shares our belief and focus on ensuring every American has access to quality healthcare.”

 

Lou Paulson, California Professional Firefighters

On behalf of the 30,000 members of the California Professional Firefighters, I am pleased to convey our endorsement of Eric Bauman’s campaign for Chair of the California Democratic Party.

 

Jennifer Eagan, California Faculty Association

Eric is a steadfast ally of the faculty union, someone who values one of California’s greatest assets, our universities!

 

Dan Larson, UFCW Local 648 (San Francisco)

No other candidate has the deep roots, extensive relationships, and proven track record of championing labor related issues that Eric Bauman has.”

 

Yvonne Walker, SEIU Local 1000 President*

Bob Schoonover, SEIU Local 721 President*

Dean Vogel, California Teachers Association Immediate-Past President*

Tim Paulson, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director*

Hon. Paul Fong, San Jose-Evergreen Federation of Teachers President*

Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles President*

Alice Goff, AFSCME District Council 36 President*

Hilda L. Solis, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor*

María Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice President

Frank Lima, International Association of Firefighters Vice President*

Maria Patterson, SEIU Local 1000 Lavender Committee Chair*

 

Labor Unions Supporting Eric C. Bauman for CDP Chair

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

California Professional Firefighters

California Faculty Association

UNITE HERE!, AFL-CIO

AFSCME United Nurses Associations of California/UCHP

National Union of Healthcare Workers

American Federation of Government Employees

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

United Steel Workers of Los Angeles and Orange County

San Bernardino-Riverside Central Labor Council

Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council

Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council

American Federation of Musicians Local 47

IBEW Local 11

Laborers Local 300

Laborers Local 1309

UFCW Local 324

UFCW Local 648

UFCW Local 770

UFCW Local 1428

UFCW Local 1442

UNITE HERE Local 2

UNITE HERE Local 11

UNITE HERE Local 19

UNITE HERE Local 30

UNITE HERE Local 49

UNITE HERE Local 483

UNITE HERE Local 2850

 

 

 

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