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02 Aug
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CDP Endorses On Ballot Measures

  • Yes on Prop 30:
    Protects funding for schools and local public safety
  • No on Prop 31:
    Locks California into permanent underfunding of education, health and other vital services
  • No on Prop 32:
    Creates special exemptions for billionaires and Super PACs allowing them to buy elections
  • No on Prop 33:
    Auto insurance rate hike
  • Yes on Prop 34:
    Repeals death penalty and replaces with life without parole
  • Yes on Prop 35:
    Increases penalties for human trafficking
  • Yes on Prop 36:
    Reforms “three strikes” law
  • Yes on Prop 37:
    Labeling of genetically engineered foods
  • No on Prop 38:
    Munger initiative (superseded by Yes vote on Prop 30)
  • Neutral on Prop 39:
    Adjusts taxes for multi-state corporations to fund clean energy programs
  • Yes on Prop 40:
    Referendum on State Senate district boundaries

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02 Aug
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Evans Reelected Chair of FCDCC

At the Reorganizational meeting of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee on August 1, Michael Evans was reelected chair. Also reelected were Linda Traynor as vice chair, Jason Carns as treasurer and Estella Kessler as auditor.

“We made some real progress in the past two years,” noted Evans, “but there is much that is still to be done.”

Evans outlined a number of challenges for the new committee, one of which was to secure a permanent Fresno County Democratic Party headquarters. The committee made progress in that regard, approving a proposal for an office space at 1035 U Street. Moreover, the committee gave the go-ahead to hire a staff person for office and field work through the election.

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02 Aug
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Otto Lee Open House

The Tulare County Headquarters of the Otto Lee for Congress campaign will celebrate its grand opening from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 12. The headquarters is located at 2950-D S. Mooney Blvd. in Visalia. Lee is challenging incumbent Republican Devin Nunes in Congressional District 22. Learn more about Lee at http://ottoforcongress.org/.

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08 May
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Of Interest in the Days Ahead

It is a busy week for Democrats, culminating in the California Democratic Party pre-endorsement conferences this weekend.

Chair’s Open Session
January 17, 7:30 a.m.‒9 a.m., Chicken Pie Shop, 861 E. Olive Ave. (in the Tower District), Fresno. Join FCDCC Chair Michael D. Evans and discuss whatever is on your mind.

City Charter Review Committee
January 17, 24 & 31, 6 p.m.‒9 p.m., Fresno City Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 1A. The committee is in the final stages of determining recommendations for updating the City Charter. Learn more Here. The committee refers to its working document as “the matrix,” and you may request a copy of the current matrix from the city clerk at 559-621-7650. Comments may be forwarded online via an e-mail form at www.fresno.gov/Government/CityClerk/CharterReviewCommittee.htm.

California Disclose Act Working Group
January 17, 6:30 p.m.‒8 p.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 1110 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. Assist local efforts to disclose who really pays for political ads. Nothing is going to change until everything about money in politics changes. AB 1148 is a vital first step. For more info, e-mail fresno-info@caclean.org.

San Joaquin Valley Democratic Club
January 18, 6:30 p.m., Denny’s Restaurant, 1110 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. FCDCC Chair Michael D. Evans will speak on “The Landscape for 2012.” For more info, call 559-312-3925.

Clovis Democratic Club
January 19, 6 p.m., Hometown Buffet, 458 W. Shaw Ave., Clovis. FCDCC Chair Michael D. Evans will speak on “The Landscape for 2012.” For more info, contact 559-322-8525 or lucyandgeorge@comcast.net.

Nonpartisan Candidates Reception
January 19, 6 p.m.‒8 p.m., Downtown Radisson Hotel & Conference Center, 2233 Ventura St., Fresno. Meet local, state and federal candidates. Sponsored by the San Joaquin Valley Black & Minority PAC and the African American Coalition of Organizations. Donation: $10. For more info, call 559-430-6060.

Occupy the Courts
January 20, 4:30 p.m.–6 p.m., Robert E. Coyle Federal Courthouse Building, 2500 Tulare St., Fresno. Candlelight vigil marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. FEC. Move to Amend is calling for an amendment to the constitution to deny “corporate personhood” rights; for more info, visit www.movetoamend.org .

West Fresno Democrats Club
January 21, 3:30 p.m., Salaam’s Seafood, 841 F St., Fresno. FCDCC Chair Michael D. Evans will speak on “The Landscape for 2012.” For more info, contact 559-999-9445 or fortheinside@hotmail.com.

CDP PRE-ENDORSEMENT CONFERENCES
The pre-endorsing conferences include the following eligible voters: 1) Members of the Democratic State Central Committee, 2) Regular County Committee Members and 3) Representatives of Democratic Clubs (applicable only to the Democratic Women’s Club in Fresno County).

If you reside in AD 23, AD 31, CD 21 and/or CD22, you would vote at the Region 8 Conference in Bakersfield:
January 21, 10 a.m.‒noon (pre-endorsements), followed by lunch (courtesy of the Kern County Democratic Party) and a regional meeting, Carpenter’s Hall, 911 20th St., Bakersfield. Agenda for the regional meeting: County Committee Reports and CDP Convention Preview. For more info, contact Candi Easter at 661-333-8328 or ydogdem@earthlink.net.

If you reside in CD4 or CD16, you would vote at the Region 7 Conference in Modesto:
January 22, 1 p.m.‒5 p.m., North Valley Labor Fed, 538 McHenry Ave., Modesto. For more info, contact Marcie Bayne at 209-304-0504 or amadordem@yahoo.com.

To learn more about these pre-endorsing conferences, to vote by mail, to determine which district you are in and/or to learn who the candidates are in your respective districts, visit www.cadem.org/endorsements.

FCDCC Executive Board
January 23, 6 p.m., Conference Room, I-5 Social Services Corp., 114 E. Shaw Ave., Suite 100, Fresno. The voting members of the Executive Board are the five FCDCC officers and the heads of the six standing committees. Other interested persons are welcome to attend. For more info, e-mail chairman@fcdcc.org.

State of the Union Watch Party
January 24, 5:45 p.m., Starline Grill, 833 Fern Ave., Fresno. No host appetizers and bar. Sponsored by the Fresno County Young Democrats and the Fresno State College Democrats. For more info, call Matt Rogers at 559-289-7477 or Gilbert Felix at 559-269-6383 or visit www.facebook.com/events/280749131980362/.

Peace Fresno
January 24, 7 p.m., Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno. Join Peace Fresno in writing to the Fresno Bee and legislators regarding the defense budget. We spend $2.1 million every minute of every day on the military—an unethical and unsustainable policy.

Progressive Democrats of America
January 25, 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. meeting, Denny’s Restaurant, 1110 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. For more info, contact 559-434-8721 or judyhess@gmail.com.

Connect2Elect Legislative Reception
January 25, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Club, 1220 Kern St., Fresno. Featuring Fresno City Council Member Oliver Baines. Guests include elected officials, candidates, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Co-hosted by the FresnoMetro Black Chamber of Commerce and the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. For RSVP and sponsorship information, visit www.fmbcc.com.

Defend Public Education!—RSVP today
January 26, 5:30 p.m. StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee will be in Fresno to talk about her priorities in education. RSVP now to stand up for our commitment to public education at this town hall meeting. The meeting is hosted by StudentsFirst and the California Mayors Education Roundtable with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Rhee. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. For more info, contact Shane McLoud at smcloud@studentsfirst.org.

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21 Feb
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Update from the Chair

The CDP Convention was a wonderfully energizing experience. It was an excellent kickoff for the election year ahead of us. For those who were unable to attend, or perhaps missed a workshop or caucus that you wanted to attend, we are preparing a summary of convention activities that will be available by the March DCC meeting (if not sooner).

With filing for 2012 elective offices under way, we have seen a few interesting developments. In CD21 (which runs from rural western Fresno County to Kern County, and includes all of Kings County), Hispanic Chamber President John Hernandez and City Council Member Blong Xiong are the Democrats looking at this race. For CD22 (to challenge Rep. Devin Nunes), Otto Lee, a former mayor and City Council member in Sunnyvale, has stepped forward. We will be providing updates on these candidates and the other Democrats on the ballot on the FCDCC Web site.

All Democrats are invited to Rep. Jim Costa’s announcement that he will seek reelection (now in CD16), which will take place on Thursday, February 23, at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (2425 Fresno St.). The announcement will start promptly at 2 p.m., so attendees are encouraged to show up at 1:30 p.m.

The Chair’s Open Session has been rescheduled for next Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Denny’s Restaurant at Abby and Divisadero. Come and share your thoughts.

Your input is always appreciated.

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27 Jan
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Of Interest in the Days Ahead

Fresno County Strike Rally
January 24, noon, Fresno County Hall of Records, 2281 Tulare St. SEIU 521 and CNA lead a rally in support of 4,100 striking county employees. Show up, chant, hold a sign!

State of the Union Watch Party
January 24, 5:45 p.m., Starline Grill, 833 Fern Ave., Fresno. No host appetizers and bar. Sponsored by the Fresno County Young Democrats and the Fresno State College Democrats. For more info, call Matt Rogers at 559-289-7477 or Gilbert Felix at 559-269-6383 or visit the events page.

City Charter Review Committee
January 24 & 31, 6 p.m.‒9 p.m., Fresno City Hall, 2nd Floor, Room 1A. The committee is in the final stages of determining recommendations for updating the City Charter. Learn more at http://fresnoalliance.com/wordpress/?s=charter+review&submit.x=0&submit.y=0. The committee refers to its working document as “the matrix,” and you may request a copy of the current matrix from the city clerk at 559-621-7650. Comments may be forwarded online via an e-mail form here.

Peace Fresno
January 24, 7 p.m., Fresno Center for Nonviolence, 1584 N. Van Ness Ave., Fresno. Join Peace Fresno in writing to the Fresno Bee and legislators regarding the defense budget. We spend $2.1 million every minute of every day on the military—an unethical and unsustainable policy.

Progressive Democrats of America
January 25, 6 p.m. meal, 7 p.m. meeting, Denny’s Restaurant, 1110 E. Shaw Ave., Fresno. For more info, contact 559-434-8721 or judyhess@gmail.com.

Connect2Elect Legislative Reception
January 25, 5:30 p.m., Downtown Club, 1220 Kern St., Fresno. Featuring Fresno City Council Member Oliver Baines. Guests include elected officials, candidates, entrepreneurs and business professionals. Co-hosted by the FresnoMetro Black Chamber of Commerce and the California Young Democrats Black Caucus. For RSVP and sponsorship information, visit www.fmbcc.com.

Defend Public Education!RSVP today
January 26, 5:30 p.m. StudentsFirst founder Michelle Rhee will be in Fresno to talk about her priorities in education. RSVP now to stand up for our commitment to public education at this town hall meeting. The meeting is hosted by StudentsFirst and the California Mayors Education Roundtable with Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Rhee. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. For more info, contact Shane McLoud at smcloud@studentsfirst.org.

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17 Jan
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FCDCC Chair Recognizes Members’ Efforts

At the January 4 meeting of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee (FCDCC), Chair Michael D. Evans made a special presentation to two members of the committee for recent extraordinary efforts.

Linda Garcia Traynor, who is the vice chair of the FCDCC, has coordinated the Democratic Party’s voter registration efforts at the monthly Naturalization Ceremony for the past year and a half. During that time, the number of registrations has grown steadily, along with a substantial increase in the number of volunteers.

“Linda’s results-oriented leadership in our registration efforts at the Naturalization Ceremony has proven extremely effective,” says Evans.

Judy Hess, an alternate on the FCDCC, organized the Firewood Brigade in December of last year to encourage volunteers to take firewood and other necessities of life to homeless people in Fresno. Her effort was an outgrowth of her participation in a committee of homeless advocates concerned about the immediate effects of winter weather on homeless people in our community.

“Judy took the lead in addressing an immediate need,” notes Evans. “She took some of the good ideas emanating from the committee and decided to implement them now.”

Evans noted that a number of FCDCC members had assisted with both of these activities.

Both Traynor and Hess were presented with certificates of appreciation at the meeting.

As the official representative of the California Democratic Party in Fresno County, the FCDCC promotes and supports the ideals, principles, goals, interests and values of the Democratic Party at the local level. For more information, contact fresnocountydemocrats@yahoo.com or 559-495-0606.

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