29 Mar

Santa Cruz County and Madera County Central Committees endorse Kimberly Ellis for CDP Chair

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

For Immediate Release

Contact: 510-560-3704

OAKLAND, Calif. (March 28, 2017): In the race for Chair of the California Democratic Party (CDP), support from the County Central Committees is indicative of momentum from voting party members. This week, Kimberly Ellis’ campaign proudly announced the first County Central Committee endorsement of the race: Madera County. Santa Cruz County’s Central Committee was quick to follow, giving Ellis strong endorsements from the heart of California.

“Too often, our smaller, rural counties are ignored by our leaders in Sacramento. Kimberly has demonstrated her commitment to being a voice for every single one of us, not for special interests,” explained Madera County Central Committee Chair Susan Rowe. “That’s why it’s so meaningful for us to be the first Central Committee to endorse in the race for CDP Chair, and to support progressive Kimberly Ellis.”

“Politics as usual doesn’t work for us anymore,” said Santa Cruz County Central Committee Chair Coco Raner-Walter. “Here in Santa Cruz County, we represent farmers who are hurting, activists who are frustrated and families that are trying to make it. Kimberly understands all of us. She’ll stand up for all of us. That’s why we’re so proud to stand with her.”

As Ellis has visited Democrats in every corner of California, she’s heard many of the same concerns and hopes for the future of the state party. “I’m ready to work with every Democrat in California to move us forward as a state and to ensure that every Californian shares in that progress,” Ellis said. “I’m grateful for the endorsements of the hardworking Democrats in Madera and Santa Cruz Counties.”

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29 Mar


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



For Immediate Release

March 28, 2017
Contact: Dave Jacobson, (818) 943-2348
Maclen Zilber, (510) 508-9142
Jacobson & Zilber Strategies


State Assembly Member Phil Ting Endorses Senator Hernandez in Race for Lieutenant Governor of California
WEST COVINA, CA — Keeping up his unyielding barrage of endorsements in his campaign for Lieutenant Governor of California, today State Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez garnered a key endorsement from State Assembly Member Phil Ting, who represents the state’s 19th district.

In announcing his endorsement of Hernandez’ Lt. Governor bid, State Assembly Member Phil Ting remarked:

“I’m supporting Senator Ed Hernandez because he’s got a rock-solid record of fighting for the people of California, whether it’s disadvantaged communities, immigrants, working people, consumers, the poor or the middle class. He’s taken on the big pharmaceutical corporations, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with working families, combatted pollution in order to address climate change and improve our environment, and he’s worked to make California’s education system more accessible to people of all socio-economic backgrounds. I know Ed will be an exceptional Lieutenant Governor for all Californians.”

ICYMI last week 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:


  • UNITE HERE International Union, AFL-CIO
  • Teamsters Joint Council 42
  • California State Association of Electrical Workers (IBEW)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 11
  • California Pharmacists Association (CPhA)
  • Sacramento Police Officers Association
  • 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)
  • Pilipino American Los Angeles Democrats
  • California’s Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges, and Hearing Officers in State Employment (CASE)
  • 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

Federal Elected Leaders

  • U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass
  • U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu
  • 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 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 Al Muratsuchi
  • State Assembly Member Tony Thurmond
  • State Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • State Assembly Member Phil Ting
  • 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

  • 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 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.
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29 Mar

You Don’t Want to Mess With California

In case you missed it, here are my comments on President Trump:


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29 Mar

Help California power the future

Donald Trump has launched his effort to dismantle the Clean Power Plan. But California can fight back: Urge your state senator to support 100% clean energy.



Send a Message

Today, Donald Trump continued his assault on our environment by signing an executive order to gut the Clean Power Plan.

This is bad news for our health, climate, and economy. Initiated by President Obama, the Clean Power Plan was designed as a commonsense way for the U.S. to reduce harmful carbon pollution from power plants and encourage the development of clean energy.

By sabotaging the Clean Power Plan, Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt are throwing America’s health and economy out the window to make corporate polluters even richer. If Trump and Pruitt get their way, American families will pay the price.

If fully implemented, the Clean Power Plan would have substantial public health and economic benefits, including:

  • Preventing 90,000 asthma attacks each year;
  • Saving 3,600 lives and preventing 1,700 heart attacks each year;
  • Reaping up to $34 billion in health benefits from reduced exposure to fine particulates and ozone pollution;
  • Saving Americans $155 billion on their energy bills.

Accelerating the transition to clean energy will also create up to two million jobs by 2050.

That’s why California needs to fight back. State Senate leader Kevin de León has proposed a new clean electricity standard for California. With Senate Bill 584, our state will generate 100 percent of our electricity from clean sources by 2045. If we pass SB 584 in California, we will go beyond the Clean Power Plan to achieve even greater health benefits, create more jobs, and cut more pollution, even as Trump attempts to hold our country back.

Urge your state senator to support Senate Bill 584.

With Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt waging an all-out war on our environment, California’s environmental leadership is more crucial than ever.

Together, we can show Trump and Pruitt that we won’t let them hurt our health and economy — and that clean energy is the path to a more prosperous future.

Send a message to your state senator.

Thanks for speaking up.

Tom Steyer
NextGen Climate


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29 Mar

Statement from John Burton on Trumpcare

Let me count the ways Donald Trump’s health care legislation is a terrible idea and why Democrats are not interested in “making a deal.”

Under Trumpcare:

  • 24 million people would lose their health care.
  • Medicaid would be cut, resulting in increased costs for millions of additional seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, and children.
  • Planned Parenthood would be defunded.
  • Health care tax subsidies for working families would be reduced.
  • Premiums and out-of-pocket costs would go up.
  • People with pre-existing conditions could be denied health care.

Add to that a big new tax giveaway for wealthy people and it sounds an awful lot like trading a hummingbird for a turkey with its wings cut off. So thanks, but Democrats are not interested in this kind of so-called “deal.”

John Burton
Chairman, California Democratic Party


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