10 Jan

2014 MLK Day events announced

From our friends at the City of Fresno Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Committee:

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08 Jan

City Council candidate Rangel releases platform statement

From our friends at the Rebeca Rangel campaign:

Rebeca Rangel’s Platform Statement, Fresno City Council District 1

I am YOUR Neighborhood Candidate for Fresno City Council. My family lives here in District One. I graduated from Fresno High School , and went to Fresno City College full time for two years before transferring to UCSC. I came back to Fresno in 1999. I moved back into District One, bought a house twelve years ago and have lived here ever since.

As an active and passionate community member, I have been working and volunteering with several organizations and groups, including Central California Criminal Justice Committee for the last 13 years; Chief Dyer’s Advisory Board for the last 11 years; and El Concilio de Fresno for several years.

After years of advocacy work, pushing for an Independent Auditor Program for Fresno City , advocating for Culturally Sensitive Training for the Police Department, and Safer Neighborhoods, I had to go in front of the City Council Members numerous times in the last several years. In addition, I have also gone in front of the Fresno School Board Members and the Superintendent to address the high dropout rates in our high schools. It was hard to get Elected Officials to see eye to eye with those of us who were there on behalf of the people in our community.

Today, I realized that to truly affect the decision making within our city and bring in the real change that we need and want for our neighborhood and community, we have to sit at the table.

It is critical that we put people who truly care about what happens to our neighborhood and community into City Hall, rather than people who represent special interests or are just politicking.

I am running because:

  • I want to put your best interests first, before politics.
  • I am a long time resident of this community and I understand what is going on in our neighborhoods.
  • I want to make sure that we focus on the real issues at the table for District One:

Building community awareness and participation will be at the top of my agenda.

  1. Safer Neighborhoods and Community
  2. I am committed to bringing more jobs to Fresno . Youth are the future of this neighborhood, community, and country. We need to create more job opportunities for all. One way is by redirecting Federal monies into job development, the expansion of vocational training programs, creating more apprenticeships and internships.

I BELONG TO YOU. When elected, I will work my hardest to serve you and make sure that we get what we need and want for District One.

I have proven to you over the years that I didn’t need to have your vote to become an advocate for our neighborhoods and community. With your vote, you will guarantee me the right to properly represent you and put your best interests first in City Hall.

Rebeca Rangel M.A.
City Council Candidate
District 1

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20 Dec

Candidate Soria hosts reception for county’s Young Democrats

Photos from Candidate Esmerelda Soria's reception for the Fresno County Young Democrats, held Dec. 18.

Photos from Candidate Esmerelda Soria’s reception for the Fresno County Young Democrats, held Dec. 19.

City Council District 1 Candidate Esmeralda Soria hosted a holiday reception at her home for the Fresno County Young Democrats on Dec. 19.

The well-attended event featured a number of elected officials from throughout the Central Valley including State Center Community College Trustee Eric Payne, Fresno Unified School District Trustee Carol Mills, Earlimart School District Trustee Abigail Solis, Cutler-Orosi School Trustee Eddie Valero and Tulare City Council Member Carlton Jones (also a candidate for Assembly District 26). Also in attendance were Congressional District 22 candidate Suzanna Aguilera-Marrero and Fresno County Board of Supervisors District 4 candidate Magdalena Gomez.

Club chair Matt Rogers and vice chair Gilbert Felix presented the club’s annual awards to the following: Volunteers of the Year – Joshua Salinas, Jackie Hirahara-Balderas and Sandra Garcia; Labor Youth Leader Award – Dillon Savory; and Legacy of Leadership Award – Michael Evans.

Learn more about the Fresno County Young Democrats on their Facebook page, or call 559-289-7477.

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08 Dec

Covered California sign-up assistance available at Democratic Headquarters beginning Dec. 10

On Tuesday, December 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and on Tuesdays in January at the same time, we will be hosting an expert on Covered California (the California program that is part of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare) at the Democratic Party Headquarters. She will be available to assist people in signing up for health insurance and to answer any questions about the process and the program.

Carolyn Travao has graciously offered her time to assist Democrats in taking advantage of this important healthcare initiative.

The Democratic Party Headquarters is located at 1035 U St. (in downtown Fresno, just off Highway 41 and directly across from Office Depot). You may reach us by phone at 559-495-0606.

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07 Dec

Esmerelda Soria’s Holiday Reception and Toy Drive scheduled Dec. 11

From Fresno City Council District 1 Candidate Esmerelda Soria: 

Dear Friend,

Join me for a Holiday Reception & Toy Drive as I kick off my campaign for Fresno City Council District 1 at Pinot Wine Bar and Bistro in the Tower District on Wednesday, December 11 .

Let’s make this a joyful Holiday Season for children in need across the City of Fresno. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy for a child (ages 0-14). The toys will be donated to the Marjaree Mason Center. For more than thirty years, the Marjaree Mason Center has empowered individuals including their children to make informed choices to live free of domestic violence.

Kindly RSVP at or (559) 978-8338.

I look forward to seeing you on December 11th! Hors d’oeuvres will be served.


Esmeralda Soria

Fresno City Council District 1, Candidate

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01 Dec

Stonewall Democrats Holiday House Party happening Dec. 14

From our friends at the Fresno Stonewall Democrats:

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This is a reminder that the Fresno Stonewall Democrats Holiday House Party is less than two weeks away on Saturday evening, December 14th from 5 until 8 p.m.

It will be at the home of Dr. Richard Jennings and Dr. Peyton Bryars at 2067 W. Alluvial (just west of West).

If you can, bring a favorite food and/or beverage to share.

This is a low key fundraiser. The suggested contribution is only $20. Plus, optionally, you may also become a member or renew you $20 membership for 2014.

Next year is an important year for Democratic candidates and we hope to see many of our candidates for Congress, Fresno City Council, as well as candidates for county supervisor and other races for Fresno, Kings, Tulare, and Madera counties.

If you have seen the latest edition of Community Link News the front page shows the dramatic difference between Central Valley Democratic and Republican legislator’s voting records with regard to issues of special concern to members of the LBGT community.

With your help we hope to be able to financially assist our Stonewall endorsed Democratic candidates in the primary and general elections next year.

So, please, drop-in when you can and leave when you must and meet some old friends and make some new ones and help out our LGBT supportive Democratic candidates.

BTW: an RSVP is nice but not necessary.

Thanks, and an I looking forward to seeing you on the 14th.

Jay Hubbell
(559) 292-4905

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17 Nov

Luis Chavez to seek state Senate seat held by Andy Vidak

20131113-luis-chavez-announcementFrom the Fresno Bee:

Fresno Unified School District board member Luis Chavez said Wednesday that he plans to run for the state Senate seat now occupied by Hanford Republican Andy Vidak.

Flanked by supporters who included Fresno City Council members Blong Xiong, Sal Quintero and Oliver Baines, Chavez, a Democrat, said he wants to take an education mindset to Sacramento and bring attention to the needs of the San Joaquin Valley.

Chavez, who is Quintero’s chief of staff, has two daughters in Fresno Unified schools. He was first elected to the Fresno Unified board in 2012 representing southeast Fresno.

For details, see the full story on the Fresno Bee’s website, at

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