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19 Apr
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Mr. Trump Show Us Your Taxes


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


Norma Alcala For Women’s Vice Chair

California Democratic Party 

 

normaalcala1@ymail.com

April 15 ,2017, Norma Alcala at Tax March at State Capitol

 

Thank You Sacramento County Central Committee for Endorsing Norma Alcala

 

 

 
April 15 March for Trump’s Tax Returns at the Capitol

MR. TRUMP SHOW US YOUR TAXES

 

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he promised the American public he would release his tax returns BUT he never did.

Trump again was asked to show us his taxes and told us that his taxes were under IRS audit and he would release them when he became president BUT he never did.

Now that Trump is president, he is bragging to the American people that he is keeping every promise he made during his campaign but he still has not shown us his tax returns.

The most recent Washington Post polling stated that 74 percent of Americans and 53 percent of Republicans want Trump to release his tax returns. Trump is telling the world, that the American people do not care about his taxes. Well Donald, I do. I want to see your taxes. Show me your taxes Trump-what are you hiding?

On April 15, 2017, rallies all over America demanded Trump release his tax returns. The American people demand transparency and accountability. Every CA Republican congressional member voted to conceal TRUMP’S tax returns from us in California. So what can we do about it? We can make their vote to conceal TRUMP’S tax returns the issue of their campaigns in 2018. We need to remove ISSA, DENHAM, NUNES, VALADEO, ROYCE, WALTERS, RORABAUCHER and all the others. They need to hear it from the ballot box.

They claim to be moderates but when push comes to shove they vote for TRUMP and their party over their constituents best

 
April 18, 2017 Phone Banking for Jon Ossoff, of Georgia, with Jan Dougherty and Eric Sunderland

interests every time.

We are not the uneducated. We are not his cult followers who drink his Koolaide. To quote a great American, Senator Bernie Sanders, “We the people must rise up and be heard, we are America.” This resistance must be one of action.We need to flood the White House and every Republican congressional office and Republican senate office and demand that Trump release his tax returns. We must never abandon the most powerful tool we have as the American people, the vote. And that is what makes America great.

 

Norma Alcala

Elected Trustee of the Washington Unified School District

Vice Chair Chicano Latino Caucus, California Democratic Party

 

Click here to go to Norma Alcala’s website

 

 

Norma Introducing Bernie Sanders in 2016

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19 Apr
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Join me at one of my Southern California Receptions!


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


 

Daraka for Vice Chair

Too many people feel alienated by our political climate. We feel as if our policymakers care more about their corporate donors and their interests, rather than the average American.

Although we’ve taken some bigs steps in California, there is still more work left to be done. We still don’t send enough progressives to Sacramento or Washington D.C, as highlighted the various “elected officials” in our state whose main constituency is made up of big businesses. Without our ability to mobilize ourselves and send thousands of Californians, regardless of background, to the voting booths, we’re not going to replace these officials.

Let’s start a grassroots movement to make sure we elect Californians who will listen to us. Please help donate now and join me at one of my Southern California events to figure out different ways that we can do this and talk about my campaign for Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party.

Friday April 21st 5:00pm – 7:00pm 
The Backyard

832 Garnet Ave, San Diego CA CA 92109

RSVP Here

 

Friday April 28th  5:30pm – 7:00pm  
I.B.E.W.  Local 440

1405 Spruce St, Suite H Riverside Ca, 92507

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Sunday April 30th 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Village Idiot

7383 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046

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Daraka for Vice Chair
http://www.darakaforvicechair.com/

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19 Apr
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Visit Your National Park

Dear Friends,

I want to take this opportunity to update you on recent events and a couple important dates this week.

It’s National Park Week:

This week is National Park Week, which means free admission into all national parks this weekend on April 22nd and 23rd. Our parks are a natural treasure that we all collectively share, and it is critical that we recognize their importance and the need to preserve them for future generations. Additionally, this Saturday also marks Earth Day. What better way to celebrate than by visiting one a national park and enjoying the amazing natural beauty our country has to offer. The National Park Service has made it simple to find a park near you by visiting their website.

Today is Tax Day:

Each year 150 million Americans file federal income tax returns, and, while April 15th traditionally marks tax day, this year we were given a few extra days to get our taxes done because the 15thfalls on a weekend in 2017. I hope everyone has used these few extra days wisely to put the finishing touches on any last minute filings. If you are unsure of the status of your taxes or you filed early and want to find out if you will receive a refund, the IRS has an easy resource that will allow you to check your filing status and find out your exact refund amount.

Water Update:

Last week, it was announced that for the first time in a decade, Valley farmers have received their full water allocation in the federal service area. The announcement was long overdue, but it was very welcome news for farmers, farm workers, and communities in the San Joaquin Valley. Agriculture is the backbone of our Valley’s economy, and this much needed water will allow farmers to plant the healthy and nutritious crops that feed our nation and world.

While I applaud the announcement, there is no denying that California’s water system is broken, and further action must be taken to move California’s water system into the 21st century. Investments need to be made to build water storage and fix broken water infrastructure, so that more water can be captured during years with above average rain and snowfall. Additionally, the current policies that operate California’s water system are flawed and must be modified. Water that could be stored or used to recharge groundwater aquifers that have been depleted because of the drought is flowing out to the ocean. The status quo not only defies logic but is simply not sustainable.

School Based Health Center Groundbreaking Ceremony in Madera:

This month, I joined the Madera community to celebrate the groundbreaking of Madera’s first School Based Health Center. I commend Camarena Health and Madera Unified School District for their partnership and strong commitment to ensuring that students and their families receive quality health care services. I am a strong advocate for school based community health centers because they provide local residents with accessible and affordable health services.

Rep. Costa attends Madera’s first School Based Health Center Groundbreaking

As always, please contact my staff if my office can ever be of assistance. To stay up-to-date on the work I am doing in Congress, please sign up for my e-newsletters.

Sincerely,

Jim Costa
Member of Congress

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19 Apr
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CA’S NURSE PRACTITIONERS PRESCRIBE SEN. HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR


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


 


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies

 

CA’S NURSE PRACTITIONERS PRESCRIBE SEN. HERNANDEZ FOR LT. GOVERNOR
Endorsement Gives Senator Hernandez Another Hefty Momentum Boost
WEST COVINA, CA —  Marking another triumph in his campaign to become California’s next Lieutenant Governor, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez lined up a crucial endorsement from the California Association for Nurse Practitioners.

In announcing their endorsement, Theresa Ullrich, President of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners  (CANP) released the following statement:

“The California Association for Nurse Practitioners is proud to strongly endorse Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez for Lieutenant Governor of California. He’s been a longtime partner and ally with our members in his efforts to expand access and coverage of healthcare for Californians. We are fully confident that Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez will be an extraordinary Lieutenant Governor who will continue his tradition of pushing for broader healthcare coverage as a statewide leader. He has our full support.”
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 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 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 Fran Pavley (Ret.)
  • State Senator Isadore Hall (Ret.)
  • State Senator Mark Leno (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
  • 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 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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19 Apr
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NEW ENDORSEMENTS SHOWCASE ROBUST HORSEPOWER BEHIND LARA’S STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN


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


 


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies
NEW ENDORSEMENTS SHOWCASE ROBUST HORSEPOWER BEHIND LARA’S STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN
State Senator Lara Adds Senate Colleagues Hannah-Beth Jackson, Steven Bradford, Nancy Skinner and Ben Allen to Endorsement List in Race for Insurance Commissioner
LONG BEACH, CA — Forging together a broad coalition of support from Compton, Gardena and Santa Monica to Santa Barbara up to Oakland, today State Senator Ricardo Lara lined up key endorsements in his campaign for California State Insurance Commissioner from four State Senators who represent vast areas of Southern California, the Central Coast and Northern California. Those endorsing Senator Lara’s Insurance Commissioner bid today include:

  • State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
  • State Senator Steven Bradford
  • State Senator Nancy Skinner
  • State Senator Ben Allen

“We need Ricardo Lara’s progressivism leading the charge as our state’s next Insurance Commissioner. Whether it’s working to ensure healthcare for all or fighting against corporations who prey on and take advantage of California’s consumers, especially the state’s most vulnerable communities, Ricardo Lara is a leader that all California’s can count on. I’m proud to give him my enthusiastic endorsement.”
— State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson

Responding to news of the endorsements, Senator Ricardo Lara stated:

“It’s a real honor to have this support from so many of my Senate colleagues. At a time when Washington, D.C. is moving backwards, we California Senators have stood shoulder-to-shoulder, united to protect the progress our state has made. I look forward to continuing this effort and working with these leaders on my campaign and beyond.”

Today’s endorsements come on the heels of recent news that the LA Progressive published Senator Lara’s Op-Ed on single-payer healthcare.

 

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 

  • 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

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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