The February meeting of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 2, from 6:30 p.m. at the Hugh M. Burns State Building (2550 Mariposa Mall; enter the meeting room through the loading dock area on the P Street side of the building). All Democrats are encouraged to attend. In addition to our normal business, we will be summarizing the results of our recent Strategic Planning Session.
From Michael D. Evans, FCDCC Chair:
It looks as if I will be the tour guide for the 2012 Democratic National Convention as Charlotte, North Carolina, has been selected as the venue. This is an excellent choice. Charlotte has achieved the type of downtown revitalization that Fresno keeps talking about, and perhaps we can pick up some pointers. Anyway, make your plans now. – Michael D.
Central Valley labor leader Stan Santos, vice president of the Communication Workers of America Local 9408, will be the speaker at the February meeting of the Kennedy Club of the San Joaquin Valley on the topic “The State of Labor in California.” This will be an opportunity to learn about the many problems facing labor unions today and how we can help working Americans secure their rights. An engaging Q&A typically follows our speaker’s comments.
The Kennedy Club will meet on Saturday, February 5, at the Denny’s downtown (Abby & Divisadero); 9 a.m. social, 9:30 a.m. business, 9:45 a.m. speaker. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-495-0606.
From our friends at Fresno Young Democrats:
Join the Fresno Young Democrats Tuesday for our State of the Union Address watch party, scheduled to begin at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 25, at the Sequoia Brewing Company, 777 East Olive in Fresno’s Tower District.
All Democrats are welcome to join as we cheer on President Obama and celebrate what Democrats are accomplishing for America’s working families.
To attend, contact Matt Rogers 559-289-7477 or via e-mail to email@example.com. For more information, see our event listing on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=149049801816251&index=1
The event will feature a no host bar and appetizers.
A quick note from the California Democratic Party:
As you may have heard, we have a number of meetings planned around the state. The Finance Committee, chaired by our Controller Hilary Crosby will be holding four meetings of its Subcommittee on Sustainability. Also, our Rules Committee has a Subcommittee on Caucus Definition and Guidelines for Continued Certification that will be holding two upcoming meetings. All interested Democrats are welcome to attend any of these meetings, or submit testimony to either subcommittee by emailing your testimony to firstname.lastname@example.org
Preliminary meeting schedule and details:
Fresno Jan 29th – CSU Fresno (room and directions at the end of this message)
1- 3PM Finance’s Subcommittee on Sustainability
San Jose Feb 5 – 2102 Almaden Road, San Jose, CA 95125
10:30AM – 12:30PM Rules Subcommittee on Caucuses Hearing – Ironworkers Hall
1 – 3PM Finance’s Subcommittee on Sustainability – Hall A
Riverside March 12 – Exact location to be determined
10AM – Noon Rules Subcommittee on Caucuses Hearing
Noon – 2PM Rules Subcommittee on Caucuses deliberation
1 – 3PM Finance’s Subcommittee on Sustainability
Chico/Red Bluff – March 26 – Exact location to be determined
1 – 3PM Finance’s Subcommittee on Sustainability
January 29th Fresno Meeting
One of the goals of Chair John Burton and State Party Controller Hilary Crosby has been to work on the long-term financial sustainability for the party – supporting party efforts by increasing the small donor, grassroots contributions as well as reducing Party expenses.
The tentative agenda for this meeting will be as follows:
- Welcome and Introductions
- Review of Accomplishments to date in Cost Cutting
- Review of Some Current Party Costs
- Review of Current Ideas
- Testimony from Attendees
- Subcommittee Member Discussion
- Summary and General Comments
- Adjournment – next meeting February 5 in San Jose
The subcommittee will meet in the Alice Peters Auditorium (Rm 191 in the Peters Business building) starting at 1 PM. Parking will be free on that date in Lots A and J, which are just east of the building. Here is a campus map for reference:
To get to campus from out of town, take 99 North or South to the 180 East exit. Stay on 180 East for about 2 miles and then take exit on right for 168 East. Stay on 168 East for about 5 miles and then exit on Shaw Avenue. Take a left on Shaw at the bottom of the off-ramp.
Stay on Shaw for about a half mile and then turn right on to Woodrow. Parking lots A and J are located on the left after passing the first stop sign on campus.
A press release from Michael D. Evans, Chair of the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee:
As communities throughout the Central Valley continue to struggle with a devastating economic crisis, Rep. Devin Nunes has chosen to engage in symbolic folly, attempting to repeal the Health Care Reform Act, rather than buckling down to do the real work necessary to get our country back on track.
The Health Care Reform Act enacted last year has already provided relief to 1,013,384 California residents through the extension of unemployment benefits. In Nunes’ district alone, the Act has helped 251,000 middle-class families through Recovery Act tax cuts, offered 10,000 small businesses health care tax credits, and created or saved 365,000 California jobs.*
Letting insurance companies drop sick people, deny children with preexisting conditions for coverage and increase drug costs for seniors is not a cost-cutting measure, and it would not create even a single job.
The fact is, repeal would eliminate millions of American jobs that are expected to be created by reducing employer costs for health coverage.
It would hurt America’s middle class and small businesses by ending tax breaks that help millions of families and businesses pay for their coverage.
And to top it all off, repeal would explode the federal deficit by billions of dollars over the next two decades.
Although the Congressional Republicans have employed some fancy phrasing for their self-aggrandizing repeal attempt, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) itself recently stated: The “CBO expects that enacting H.R. 2 [the repeal legislation] would probably increase federal budget deficits over the 2012–2019 period by a total of roughly $145 billion… Adding two more years (through 2021) brings the projected increase in deficits to something in the vicinity of $230 billion.”**
It is time for our U.S. House Representatives to actually get to work solving the crisis that has made ghost towns of our communities and devastated families across California, rather than grandstanding and posturing.
Fresno County Democrats will participate proudly in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day march, scheduled 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 17, in downtown Fresno.
To join us, gather at about 9:30 a.m. in front of St. John’s Cathedral, 2814 Mariposa St., downtown Fresno. Look for the Democrats’ banner.
The march ends at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. There is also a canned food drive at the gathering for the march. Drop off goods in front of St. John’s. The march is sponsored by the Martin Luther King Unity Committee. For information on other MLK events, visit http://www.mlkfresno.com .