08 Oct

Board of Education Trustee Barbara Thomas endorses Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council campaign:

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06 Oct

Dave Herb’s Fresno City Government Report – October 2014

From Dave Herb, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s volunteer liaison to the Fresno City Council:

Water Issues
Good News – Bad News

Unless you have been out of touch for a long time, you are aware of the fact that our community and our state are in the third year of a very severe drought. Furthermore, there is no relief in sight. What makes this situation more interesting and complicated is that the Central Valley is not totally dependent on annual rainfall. We benefit from snowfall in the mountains and our dams help us manage the springtime runoff. We also benefit from a huge underground reservoir which has built up over the ages. The bad news is that we do not have the infrastructure to optimize the water resources which we have access to: we lose water which we have the rights to, and we are pumping from our aquifer at an unsustainable rate. This is a recipe for economic and environmental disaster. The good news is that we have access to adequate resources to solve this problem, and the city’s engineers have crafted an elegant solution to the problem that will capture the surface water we are entitled to and stabilize the ground water.

So the problem can be solved and we can all live happily ever after — right? Maybe. We first have to figure out how to pay for the needed improvements ($32 million for surface water treatment and $25 million to replace aging infrastructure in the inner city). This is real money, and given the complexity of the financial world and the rules in state law that govern development fees, any plan is subject to legal and political challenges. This brings us to Mr. Doug Vagim, who led a petition drive to challenge the city’s proposed increase to monthly water rates. To make a long story short, the members of the Fresno City Council reached an agreement with Mr. Vagim to defer the proposed rate increases and enter into a series of public information meetings/discussions as we search for a consensus on how to fund a solution to a problem which can and must be resolved.

The schedule for upcoming meetings is outlined below:

Solutions: Fresno’s Water Future
Monday, October 13
6 – 8:30 p.m.*
Oraze Elementary School
3468 N. Armstrong Avenue, Fresno, CA 93727

Paying for Fresno’s Water Needs
Monday, October 27
6 – 8:30 p.m.*
Rutherford B. Gaston Middle School
1100 E. Church Avenue, Fresno, CA 93706

Summary and City of Fresno Next Steps
Monday, November 10
6 – 8:30 p.m.*
Fresno City Hall
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

* 6 – 7 p.m.:    Open House
7 – 8:30 p.m.: Presentation, Discussion Forum, and Q&A

Please pay attention and become involved. Recommendations will follow.

Public Hearings

The Central Committee’s liaison to City Hall, Dave Herb, delivered the following statement to the Fresno City Council on October 2, 2014:

Citizens who have not spent a lifetime watching councils and boards wade through their agendas may not be familiar with the protocol for the orderly handling of consent calendars, general administration, city council, scheduled hearings, and unscheduled communication. However, from a citizen’s perspective it is intuitive that there are really only two kinds of agenda items: times items and untimed items. Please forgive the simplification but the point is important. Scheduled hearings are usually scheduled in accord with law as an important part of our democratic process, to facilitate public input to what are often controversial issues.

A timed item assures the public that an issue will not be considered prior to the appointed time, and I have never seen this rule violated. However, a timed item is also intended to insure that the item will be discussed as soon as possible after the scheduled time. The current council occasionally seems to lose track of this principle. I have received complaints about this point from our committee and at lest on one occasion I have seen a 2 p.m. item slide until early evening. On a controversial item this would result in a concerned citizen taking time off from work to waste hours waiting to testify or being discouraged and going home.

I have been asked to monitor this issue and it is my hope that in coming months I will be able to report that Fresno does not have this problem.

–Dave Herb

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06 Oct

From Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones: Yes on Prop 45

From California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones:

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05 Oct

Fresno Bee endorses Amanda Renteria for Congress

From our friends at the Amanda Renteria for Congress campaign:


We just got some GREAT news:

Yesterday, The Fresno Bee announced they’re endorsing Amanda!

They tell readers “her willingness to keep an open mind and the ability to bring people together” makes her the right choice for CA 21, whereas GOP Congressman Davis Valadao has “fallen short in meeting the needs of his constituents.”

Michael, this is HUGE for our campaign, especially right after this race moved into SINGLE DIGITS.

See for yourself — check out the endorsement below, forward it to your friends, and if you can, pitch in to help Amanda keep up the momentum.

Thanks for sticking in this fight with us!
Team Amanda

The Bee recommends Renteria, Costa, Nunes and Moore for Congress

October 3, 2014

It is rare that a congressional race in the San Joaquin Valley attracts national attention, but this is exactly the case in the 21st District battle between one-term incumbent David Valadao of Hanford and challenger Amanda Renteria of Sanger.

There are several reasons why the race is in the spotlight: Democrats hope to pick up a seat in a district where they hold a 17-point registration edge, Renteria’s inspiring life story illustrates how far hard work and seized opportunities can take a daughter of migrant farmworkers, and Valadao is one of the rare Republicans seriously reaching out to Hispanic constituents.

While we acknowledge Valadao’s efforts to push immigration reform through the Republican controlled House of Representatives, voters should be most concerned about the effectiveness of their representative.

Valadao has fallen short in meeting the needs of his constituents. He sought to repeal Obamacare, voted to shut down the federal government last year (a decision that cost the San Joaquin Valley’s tourism industry many millions of dollars) and failed to convince his GOP colleagues to support immigration reform.

Given the lack of access to medical care by many people in his impoverished district before the implementation of Obamacare, his repeated — and unfruitful — attempts to repeal the law indicate that he is more in step with the whims of GOP leadership than with the concerns of residents.

Renteria’s track record, knowledge of agricultural issues and compassion for people who are often ignored by politicians make her a better choice for District 21 voters. A star athlete at Woodlake High School, she played basketball and softball at Stanford while earning bachelor’s degrees in economics and politics at Stanford before getting a master’s from Harvard Business School.

She was an aide to Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and chief of staff for Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. While on Stabenow’s team, she was highly involved in successful efforts to save the Detroit automotive industry and to pass the 2012 Senate Farm Bill. Both of these efforts required her to reach across the political aisle, identify common interests and forge ahead. Her willingness to keep an open mind and the ability to bring people together elevate her above the incumbent.

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02 Oct

FPOA supports Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1

From our friends at the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council campaign:

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02 Oct

FCDCC General Meeting announcements – Oct. 1, 2014

The following public announcements were made at the close of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee’s General Meeting, held Oct. 1, 2014:

From Jeni-Ann Kren and the Clovis Democratic Club:

The Clovis Democratic Club will meet on Thursday, October 16, at 6:00 p.m. at Seven Restaurant, 25 Shaw Ave. Clovis.   

From Daren Miller:

Daren Miller is helping to recruit Democrat members of our community to volunteer at our Fresno County Democrat Party booth at the BIG Fresno Fair (Oct. 1 – 13).  The booth will be housed in the Commerce Building (near the Barton entrance).  Volunteers will receive a Free Pass for entry but NO parking passes are provided.

All volunteers will be asked to greet the public, register new democrat voters, and distribute information at the table.  THERE WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NO CAMPAIGNING at booth except for provided materials from FCDCC.

Available shifts are as follows:

10 am – 2 pm- Oct. 5, 6 8, 10, 12, 13
2 pm – 5 pm  – Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
5 pm – 8 pm  – Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
8 pm – 11 pm- Oct. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Please reply to my email so I can schedule one for a shift.  Thank you in adavnce for your serve and participation.

DAREN Andrew Miller
559-930-4909 cellular

From Mikki Addison:

Two candidates are asking for your help with their campaigns.

Candidate #1 is Debbie Darden. She sends out an invitation to her Trustee, Area 1 Fundraiser.

Place:     The Downtown Club
Date:      Friday, October 3, 2014
Time:      6:00 – 9:00 pm
Tickets:   $25.00
No Host Bar/Food/Music/Raffle
To buy a ticket, Contact: (559) 287-1308

Candidate # 2 is Dottie Smith. She needs precinct walkers for West Fresno, Area 5.

Place:  Salaam’s Restaurant, 841 F Street, Chinatown
Date:   Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time:   10:30 am arrival time – walk 11:00 – 2:00
For More information call: (559) 916-0909

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02 Oct

Fresno County Democratic Central Committee adopts ‘100% Renewable Energy California’ resolution

At its General Meeting Oct. 1, 2014, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee adopted the following resolution:


WHEREAS, fossil fuel combustion creates particulate matter and air pollutants known to cause respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, and forms of cancer; and extraction methods such as hydraulic fracturing, acidizing, cyclic steam injection; and transportation, storage, and refining contaminate drinking water supplies; and per U.S. Geological Survey, there is earthquake activity associated with extreme extraction methods; and

WHEREAS, the continued burning of fossil fuels causes climate changes that impact Californians including long term mega-drought, snowpack shrinkage, wildfires, and sea level rise; and climate scientists calculate that 80% of the world’s known fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground to avoid further climate destabilization and warming of the planet beyond 2˚C – a tipping point for our climate; and

WHEREAS, fossil fuels are finite and being depleted on a regular basis such that the world’s largest private bank urges investors to move to invest in renewable energies; and the International Energy Agency in Paris 2012 report showed that, despite exacerbating all the above named hazards, the fossil fuel investor sector is planning to invest $22 trillion over the next 25 years for fossil fuel generation,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party should promote a program to plan for a 100% Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) at the state level including policies and incentives that have proven effective elsewhere, including incentives for utility companies to meet deadlines and penalties for them if they do not: the first goal of which should be the permitting of all new power for all purposes (including transportation, heating/cooling, industrial processes) be produced only by wind, water, solar (WWS); and other zero-pollution and zero-carbon-emitting renewable sources combined with significant energy reduction, energy efficiency, and efficient energy storage; and that by 2050, the goal be that 100% of the State of California’s energy infrastructure will produce only renewable energy.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the California Democratic Party supports the development of renewable energy in a variety of ways, which includes locally generated power that can be fed into the existing grid; and that the transition to a 100% Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) be informed by the principles of climate, environmental, and worker justice; such that energy projects are sited per no regrets; provide for labor to both train and represent workers; emphasize prevailing wage, local hire, and domestic content goals; and fully engage community based organizations.

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