22 Jan

We have the power

On Saturday, I was proud to join with millions of my sisters in California and across the country to march and make clear that we have the power to advance an agenda rooted in equality, justice, and tolerance for all. It was an extraordinary day where millions of women proved we cannot be dismissed or written off to the sidelines.

I had the privilege of speaking briefly to the more than half a million people who came to Washington, D.C. for the March. Here’s what I told them: while they may have taken the House, the Senate, and the White House, they have not and cannot take away our power.

We have the power to stop this administration from targeting communities of color and deporting millions of people who have known no other home than the United States.

We have the power to create a more perfect union where the law finally guarantees equal pay for equal work, no matter your gender or race.

We have the power to defend women’s reproductive rights and the millions of women who would be left without care if Planned Parenthood is defunded by the Republicans.

We have the power to save the Affordable Care Act and our social contract from policies that would leave millions of people without access to quality and affordable health insurance.

Yesterday was the beginning of a movement where millions of women (and men) rose up to challenge lawmakers in Washington who are trying to take us backward. This movement knows that the arc of the universe is slow, but it bends toward justice — and it is now our responsibility to continue our work and bend it ourselves.

Remember that your voice is your power. You cannot effect change if you sit on the sidelines waiting for someone else to solve the problems facing your community. Whether you were able to participate in the march yesterday or not, we need you to dig deep from here on out to take ownership of the future ahead of us.

We are stronger when we raise our voices together — and that is precisely what we did yesterday. When people of all ages, colors, religions, and backgrounds come together, unified in our collective struggle for justice, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.

Let’s make yesterday a beginning. Stay involved — and we will win this fight in the end. Thank you.

– Kamala



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22 Jan

Housing Element Update in English and Spanish

From: Sophia Pagoulatos []
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 6:09 PM
To: HousingElement <>
Subject: Housing Element Update in English and Spanish


The City of Fresno is holding two workshops on the draft Housing Element Amendment on February 1and February 8, 2017. The meetings will take place at Fresno City Hall at the times and locations noted below.

In April of 2016 the City of Fresno updated and adopted its Housing Element. The Housing Element is a state-mandated planning document for housing. Following receipt of comments from the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the City prepared a draft amendment to the adopted Housing Element in December of 2016. The draft amendment was made available to the public for a 30-day comment period from December 13, 2016 to January 13, 2017.

The workshops will cover the public comments received and proposed revisions to the Housing Element Amendment. A copy of a comment and response summary and proposed revisions to the housing element amendment will be available at the City Hall Development Services Counter (Rm. 3043) on the third floor, in all public libraries within the City of Fresno, and at by Friday, January 27, 2017.

Meeting details:

February 1, 2017, 6:00 p.m. or thereafter
Planning Commission
Fresno City Hall Council Chamber, Second Floor
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

February 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. or thereafter
Housing and Community Development Commission
Fresno City Hall, Room 2165, Second Floor, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

More information is available at or by calling Sophia Pagoulatos at (559) 621-8062.


La Municipalided de Fresno realizará dos talleres sobre el Enmienda del Plan de Vivienda el 1 y el 8 de febrero del 2017. Los talleres se llevará a cabo en la Municipalidad/Fresno City Hall (ver detalles al final para la hora y la ubicación).
En abril del año 2016 el Concejo Municipal de Fresno actualizó y adoptó el Elemento de Vivienda. El Elemento de Vivienda es un documento de planificación requirido por el Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Comunitario del Estado de California. Despues de recibir comentarios del Departamento de Viviendas y Desarrollo Comunitario del Estado de California, la Municipalidad de Fresno preparó un enmienda del Plan de Vivienda en Diciembre del 2016. Se solicitó comentario público sobre este enmienda borrador del Plan de Vivienda desde el 13 de diciembre del 2016 hasta el 13 de enero del 2017. El propósito de los talleres es revisar los comentarios públicos recebidos y las revisiones propuestas al enmienda del Plan de Vivienda. Una copia de un resumen de comentarios y respuestas y las revisiones propuestas a la enmienda del Plan de Vivienda estarán disponibles en el Ayuntamiento en el contador de Servicios de Desarrollo (Tercer Piso, Cuarto 3043), en todas las bibliotecas públicas dentro de los límites de la Ciudad de Fresno, y en línea en: a partir del 27 de enero de 2017.

Detalles de Los Talleres:

1 de febrero, 2017, 6:00 p.m. o a partir de entonces
Comisión de Planificación
Sala Consistorial del Ayuntamiento, Segundo Piso
2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

8 de febrero, 2017, 5:00 p.m. o a partir de entonces
Comisión de Vivienda y Desarrollo Comunitario
Fresno City Hall, Cuarto 2165, Segundo Piso, 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Para obtener información adicional sobre el proyecto propuesto, tomar contacto con la Ciudad de Fresno Departamento de Desarrollo y Gestión de los Recursos, Ayuntamiento, 2600 Fresno Street, Room 3065, Fresno, California, 93721, o Sophia Pagoulatos en at (o por telefono: (559) 621-8062)

Best regards,

Sophia Pagoulatos
Planning Manager
City of Fresno
Development and Resource Management Department
(559) 621-8062

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20 Jan

President Trump

It’s official: Donald Trump has been sworn in as president of the United States.

While Republicans in D.C. have already begun working to advance the interests of billionaires at the expense of the American people, California Democrats are mobilizing to protect working people and the middle class, ensure that DREAMers stay on the path to success, and expand health care access for all.

We have never needed you more. As Trump assumes the presidency, will you sign up to volunteer with your County Committee and help us lead the way?

County Committees form the backbone of our party. They do the frontline work of registering and educating voters, protecting our right to vote, and working to elect candidates who will stand up for our values.

Under Trump’s presidency, our work to strengthen our democracy, to fight for our values, and to build power in our communities is more crucial than ever before.

Here in California, we have a strong foundation to build on: In our state, every statewide office holder is a Democrat, and Trump lost here by more than 4 million votes.

We’re counting on you to be a part of our work to ensure that California continues to lead the way.

As Senator Kamala Harris said on Election Night:

“Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.”

It’s time to roll up our sleeves, Michael. Will you sign up to volunteer with your County Committee today?

Thank you for being a California Democrat.

Now let’s get to work,

Shawnda Westly
Senior Strategist
California Democratic Party


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20 Jan

The hard truth of this moment

This was not the presidential inauguration I wanted today, but the hard truth of this moment is that there is no going back.

Like you, I am worried about the future of our country. I am heartbroken for millions of people in our immigrant communities who are terrified they will be deported or worse. I am scared for communities of color who are being targeted by this new President and his allies. I am angry that the Republicans plan to rip health insurance away from millions of Americans.

We know that the cause of justice and equality is more urgent than ever — because the progress we have made so far is now on the line. Because people’s lives are on the line.

I only have one piece of advice: RISE UP.

Do not despair. Do not become overwhelmed. We cannot throw up our hands at a time that requires all of us to roll up our sleeves.

Republicans may have taken the House, the Senate, and even the White House, but they cannot take away our power. This movement, all of us working together to make change, will be the difference in the challenging fights that lay ahead.

You have a powerful voice. Use it. Don’t sit on the sidelines and wait for someone else to solve the problems facing your community — dig deep and get involved. For some, that might mean a run for office. For others, it will mean working locally in their communities to bolster local and state efforts to create social safety nets as our federal programs come under attack.

Make calls, write letters, and join protests as we resist Trump’s radical agenda. Apathy is how they win. Don’t let them win.

We cannot fall into the trap, as Martin Luther King, Jr., would say, of the “appalling silence of the good people.” There is too much injustice before us to stay silent.

History is looking to all of us to get into what my colleague John Lewis calls “good trouble.” That’s why I intend to fight for the voiceless and vulnerable in California and across the country. But I cannot do that alone.

As we face what I believe is an inflection point in the history of this country — one that is similar to the Civil Rights Movement — we must all look in the mirror with furrowed brow and ask ourselves: Who are we?

I believe the answer is a good one. We are a great country. Imperfect, but great because of our values, ideals, and diversity. One election cannot erase that.

The gains the opposition makes in the coming weeks and months, while painful, are not permanent. As Coretta Scott King taught us, the fight for civil rights — the struggle for justice and equality — must be fought and won with each generation.

It’s time for our generation to rise up and take control of our destiny. Choose hope, not hate. Choose action, not apathy. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to fight.

Thanks for everything,



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19 Jan

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