09 Sep

From Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones: How to support ‘Yes on Prop 45’

From California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones:


Thank you for your support of Proposition 45, Justify Rates! Proposition 45 will make health insurers justify their rates and is California’s opportunity to put the brakes on runaway health insurance rates.

Campaign Update

As you know, we are up against the tens of millions of the health insurers, who have now backed the No on Prop 45 Campaign to the tune of $37 Million.

We have been combating the insurers’ tens of millions with a strong coalition and grassroots organizing. This is how we earned the endorsement of the California Democratic Party, as well as of 51 Democratic County Central Committees, statewide leaders, labor unions, and consumer and advocacy organizations. And now, with the Fall Campaign Season in full force (including a barrage of television and radio ads currently airing by our opponents), it’s time to get out there and prove once again that grassroots organizing and the will of the people (click here to see a recent Field Poll that found that nearly 70% of likely voters support Prop 45) can overcome big corporate money.

Pledge to Use the Toolkit!

This is why we are reaching out to you and your organization. We need real boots-on-the-ground, voter to voter, grassroots advocacy – every contact counts. To reach every California voter, will you and your organization help by pledging to use the “Yes on Prop 45 Toolkit”?

To start using the Toolkit today, simply do 2 things:

# 1 – Reply and let us know that your organization will be supporting our efforts and using the Yes on Prop 45 Toolkit!

We ask that you reply just so we know where within California our fellow advocates are working and to provide any information or assistance needed.

# 2 – Download the Toolkit Guide and Campaign Materials Below

The Toolkit consists of our Guide (outlining our ideas on all the ways you can help!), template phone/walk script, and Yes on Prop 45 campaign materials. We ask that you try to include a message about Prop 45 in all your communications to voters, such as your phone and walk scripts, campaign mailers, and slate mail.

Why the Toolkit?

Our campaign has very limited financial resources, and so we are asking you – through this Toolkit – to partner with us and become part of the Yes on Prop 45 Campaign Team. We hope we can count on you to get our message out to Californians, as YOU are our television spots and radio ads!

Another great reason to join the Yes on Prop 45 Campaign Team is to get the Democratic vote out for all of our candidates. Polling confirms that Prop 45 enjoys strong support among both high and low propensity Democratic voters, and so Prop 45 can be used as a great GOTV tool for all Democrats. In what is expected to be a very low Democratic voter turnout in November, it is more important than ever to use Prop 45 to support our candidates throughout the state. Join us!

Thank you!

Thank you for your support and grassroots advocacy! Your hard work and commitment to Prop 45 is what will defeat the health insurers’ tens of millions over the next two months, and what will give Californians – finally – the opportunity to stop excessive health insurance rates.


Insurance Commissioner

For more information, please contact:
Californians for Affordable Health Insurance
1017 L Street # 543, Sacramento CA
Phone: 916-292-8793 Fax: 916-552-1850

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09 Sep

Walk With Esmeralda scheduled Sept. 13

From the Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council campaign:

20140909-soria-eventHey Friends,

With only 58 days left until the election, the time has come to kick my campaign into high gear.  I have been hitting the pavement day in and day out to make my presence known amongst voters in the Tower District, but now it’s time for more!

Please join me on Saturday, September 13 at 9:30am to walk precincts or phone bank – Headquarters: 1936 N. Echo Ave, Fresno 93704.

I came in just 30 votes behind the top vote getter so your presence is essential.  No canvassing experience is required and there will be training on the spot. All you need to bring are your walking shoes and a winning attitude. Feel free to invite a friend 🙂

Lunch will be provided by the Fresno Firefighters.

If you are coming from out of town, I am happy to host you. Feel free to call me at 559-920-0579 or Alicia at 559-387-4121.

I look forward to seeing you.  Together we will get it done for District 1!

If you are unable to make it, you are still able to help by making a contribution at Let’s win on Nov. 4th!!!


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08 Sep

Fundraiser for Henry Hendrix for Washington Unified School Board scheduled Sept. 11

From our friends at the Re-Elect Henry A. Hendrix campaign:

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08 Sep

Wish list for the Democratic Party HQ

We would greatly appreciate the donation of any of the following items. Such donations allow us to put more of our funding directly toward getting Democrats elected.

  • Reams of paper (white & colors)
  • Bottled water
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Paper hand towels (for the restroom dispenser)
  • Trash bags
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Snacks
  • Prepare food for volunteers
  • Vacuum cleaner (e.g., Bissell Lift-Off 2-in-1 Cyclonic Cordless Stick Vac)

For more information, drop by the headquarters at 1035 U Street in downtown Fresno, or call us at (559) 495-0606.

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04 Sep

Esmeralda Soria securing community endorsements

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

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04 Sep

Blong Xiong Campaign kick-off walk happening Sept. 6

From our friends at the Blong Xiong for Supervisor campaign:

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04 Sep

Support Our Democratic Party-Endorsed Candidates!

Listed below are upcoming campaign activities. Your participation will be a key to our candidates’ success.

Betty Yee for State Controller
House Party. Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. At the home of Gary Lasky, 4677 N. Safford Ave. Patron $500, Host $250, Supporter $100, Friend $50, Guest $25. To contribute online, visit RSVP by Sept. 8 to Patricia Change at or 415-813-1933.

Jim Costa for Congress (CD4)
Ongoing phone banking and canvassing
Contact: Kim Schaefer, or 661-203-8500

Amanda Renteria for Congress (CD21)
Ongoing phone banking and canvassing
Save the date! Fresno Reception. Friday, Sept. 19, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Downtown Club, 2120 Kern St. General admission: $25; Students: $25; Sponsorship levels: $500, $250 and $100. Please RSVP to Nick Schumaker at or 559-765-7091.
Contact: Alex Garcia, or 661-910-2407

Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero (SAM) for Congress (CD22)
Ongoing activities
Contact: Monique Alba, or 559-309-6439

Paulina Miranda for State Senate (SD8)
Contact: Paulina Miranda, or 559-277-3053

Shawn Bagley for State Senate (SD12)
Ongoing canvassing and events
Contact: Shawn Bagley, or 831-262-0367

Luis Chavez for State Senate (SD16)
Ongoing phone banking, canvassing and events
HQ Grand Opening: Friday, Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., 1037 U St. (beside the Democratic Party HQ). RSVP to 559-212-4585.
Contact: Daniel Cisneros, or 559-978-8338

Rachel Hill for Superior Court Judge
Fund-Raiser: Friday, Sept. 5, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m., Sierra Sky Park Home of Jim and Judy Lund-Bell, 4193 W. Alluvial Ave. $500 sponsor, $100 donation requested. Call Sunny 559-308-1681 or Judy at 559-284-7621.
Contact: Rachel Hill, or 559-221-8863

Blong Xiong for Board of Supervisors District 1
Ongoing phone banking and canvassing
Come Walk With Us on Saturday! Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Blong Xiong HQ, 4105 W. Swift Ave., Suite 111 (Ashlan @ Hwy. 99, next to Foster Freeze). Join us for our kick-off walk. Bring your co-workers, friends and families. Food and beverages for those who come out and show their support for Blong.
Contact: Maggie Thao, or 559-259-1556

Daniel Parra for Board of Supervisors District 4
Ongoing phone banking and canvassing
Reception. Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Downtown Club, 2120 Kern St.
Contact: Michael Rivera, or 559-824-2476

Esmeralda Soria for Fresno City Council District 1

  • Campaign HQ Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High). Open daily so stop by anytime to help! We need help with labeling, stuffing envelopes, writing thank you notes, data entry and phone banking. Don’t want to canvass or phone bank? We would appreciate lunch donations on Saturday afternoons to feed our canvass volunteers!
  • Phone banking. Every Tuesday and Thursday, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Campaign HQ, 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High). Dinner is provided, and please bring your own cell phone with charger.
  • Join Esmeralda Soria for ArtHop. Thursday, Sept. 4, 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m. Campaign HQ, 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High). Featuring local artist Paul Martinez. Live music, appetizers and refreshments, plus you can pick up a campaign lawn sign.
  • Fund-Raiser. Wednesday, Sept. 10, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Bourbon & Taps, 572 E. Olive Ave. Host $4,100, Sponsor $2,000, Patron $1,000, Supporter $500, Friend $100, Ticket $50. RSVP to Alicia Isaacs by Sept. 8 at 559-387-4121 or
  • Esmeralda Soria Big Kickoff Walk! Saturday, Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Campaign HQ, 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High). BBQ lunch by the Fresno Firefighters will be served after canvassing.
  • Blood Drive. Thursday, Sept. 25th 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Campaign HQ, 1936 N. Echo Ave. (across from Fresno High). The Central California Blood Center will take donations; donors will receive a free snow cone.
  • Contact: Gilbert Felix, or 559-269-6383

Our newly endorsed candidates:

Ismael Herrera for Board of Education District 1 or 559-655-0102

Debbie Darden for Fresno Unified School District Trustee Area 1 or 559-287-1308

Ruben Coronado for Central Unified School District Trustee Area 2 or 559-349-7385

Henry Hendrix for Washington Unified School District Trustee Area 6 or 559-442-0243

Karnail Sindher for Selma City Council or 559-318-0061

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