23 Mar

‘This is what change looks like.’

From our friends at

After a historic vote in the House to send healthcare reform to the President, he speaks to all Americans on the change they will finally see as they are given back control over their own health care.

If the viewscreen above is not visible, President Obama’s remarks can be viewed at

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18 Mar

The Conventions are Coming!

California Democratic Convention, April 16-18, 2010 California Democratic Convention
April 16-18, 2010, Los Angeles
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11 Mar

CADEM: California needs a majority vote budget. Sign the petition to help get it on the November ballot

From our friends at the California Democratic Party:

Teachers, firefighters and nurses have launched a petition drive to put a majority vote budget on the ballot in November. Their measure changes the vote requirement to pass a budget from two-thirds to a simple majority and penalizes legislators for failing to do their most important job – passing a fair budget on time.

Year after year Republicans hold the budget hostage and are able to make extraneous demands that weaken our environmental protection laws and undermine worker protections, and they even managed to foist a Louisiana-style “Top-Two” primary on the voters of California – all in exchange for passing a budget which they are already required to do by law.

Getting this initiative to quality for the ballot will be an uphill climb for our partners unless our party’s grassroots activists engage, organize and mobilize now.

And from our friends at Californians For Democracy, one organization coordinating efforts to get this on the ballot:

The California Democracy Act is a simple, 14-word initiative that would end the 2/3 rule that has left the state in the hands of a minority of legislators who have prevented the government from doing what it was created to do: protecting and empowering its residents:

“All legislative actions on revenue and budget must be determined by a majority vote.”

Want to help? Californians for Democracy will now accept what they call ‘single-signature petitions.’ This means that people interested in supporting this initiative can now print, sign and mail the petition from their own homes. Here’s how:

  1. Download the petition and print it. Do not shrink or enlarge it; print it only at 100%, single sided, on white, 8.5″ x 11″ paper only. Please be sure to follow the printing and mailing instructions carefully.
  2. Sign the petition and mail it to the campaign. Mailing instructions are included on the petition document itself.

Time is of the essence. After April 5, it will be too late to get on the November ballot and we will need to start all over again. And California just can’t wait.

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09 Mar

FCDCC recommends positions on five June propositions

At its regular meeting in March, the Fresno County Democratic Central Committee voted to take positions on the five propositions on the ballot in the June 8 election.

Proposition 13: The FCDCC expressed a neutral position.

Proposition 14: The FCDCC recommends that voters choose “no.”

Proposition 15: The FCDCC recommends that voters choose “yes.”

Proposition 16: The FCDCC recommends that voters choose “no.”

Proposition 17: The FCDCC recommends that voters choose “no.”

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02 Mar

Running for Governor: Jerry Brown makes it official

From the Brown for Governor campaign comes the following announcement:

Today, I am formally announcing my candidacy for the office of Governor of California, to deal head-on with the challenges facing this state I love. I have lived in California all my life, and I believe the obstacles in our path are substantial, but not insurmountable. If we have a Governor who will truly commit to dealing personally with the tough choices facing our state, and who will get in the trenches side by side with legislators, we can get California working again.

This campaign will not be easy. I will face an opponent with nearly unlimited personal resources to pour into television ads and attacks. I am counting on your support, and your hard work over the next nine months. I believe I have the experience, the understanding of State Government, and commitment required to move California forward. I look forward your help in this important campaign.

Jerry Brown

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16 Feb

Learn more about the Valley’s water issues at the ‘Central Valley Water Forum’ March 13

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee invites area Democrats to learn more about the issues surrounding water and water usage at the ‘Central Valley Water Forum: Facts vs. Fictions,’ an event scheduled 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Forum Hall in the Social Science Building of the Fresno City College campus.

According to its planners, the Central Valley Water Forum promises a ‘home-grown gathering that will provide residents a space to understand the issues and prepare for the tough decisions ahead that will define our Valley’s future.’ Admission is free, box lunches will be available for $6, but prospective attendees must register to reserve their space.

Want to learn more? Full details including the schedule of presentations are available through the Community Alliance website and through To ensure your seat, download and complete the registration form as soon as possible.

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11 Feb

Senator Dean Florez introduces legislation to end unpredictable tuition spikes

An announcement from the office of Senator Dean Florez, D-Shafter:

Senate Majority Leader Dean Florez, D-Shafter, who spoke out strongly against the recent 32% fee spike at UC campuses, this week introduced legislation to help stabilize student fees for future generations of California students.

With rates that can remain relatively stable for some time and then skyrocket, it is nearly impossible for parents and students to plan their saving and investments with any sense of confidence the end result will be enough to afford whatever the going rate is by the time they enroll. Even then, the next year may soar out of reach, abruptly ending a dream.

On Monday, Florez introduced Senate Bill 969 – The California College and University Fee Stabilization Act of 2010 — to remove much of that uncertainty from planning for a college education.

Senate Bill 969 says that the fee you pay your first year of college is the fee you will pay until you graduate, much as degree graduation requirements are locked in based on what was in place in your year of admission. In addition, SB 969 states that the fee increase from one year’s incoming class to the next can be no more than five percent, so parents can plan ahead for their children’s younger siblings as well.

“It is of benefit to every one of us to ensure that the best and the brightest students in this state are not kept from reaching their potential by unreasonable and unexpected spikes in tuition rates,” Senator Florez said. “If we are to build and maintain an economy befitting of this great state, we cannot make higher education an unattainable dream.”

Senator Florez also included his personal thoughts about this legislation in a message to California Democrats:

As California looks to rebound from tough economic times and promote the type of solid growth that will lead to lasting stability, we cannot underestimate the value of educating the generation that will ultimately lead this charge for our state.

When students – some in their final year of school at a prestigious UC, already working two jobs to get through – were hit with an immediate 32% increase late last year, some had to move home, transfer or even drop out with tens of thousands already spent.

When students don’t know from year to year if tuition will go up 4% or 40%, we are making higher education a gamble that many feel they cannot afford, adding to the instability that has already rocked our state and nation for quite some time. In reality, higher education is an investment in our future which we cannot afford to overlook.

In an effort to bring some stability to college funding, so students and parents can save, invest and plan with confidence for the future, I have this week introduced Senate Bill 969.

Senate Bill 969 would ensure that the fee you pay your first year of college is the fee you pay until you graduate, just as the graduation requirements in place your year of admission are those which will guide you to completion of your degree. In essence, we don’t go changing the rules in the middle of the game.

Funding is certainly no less critical an issue and should be handled no differently.

In addition, my bill states that the fee increase from one year’s incoming class to the next cannot exceed five percent, giving parents the ability to plan ahead for their children’s younger siblings’ actual educational expenses as well.

California’s colleges and universities are always saying they want a stable source of funding from government. This measure gives them the same stability for future planning that it makes possible for California’s students, who are surviving on much smaller margins than these giant institutions.

In short, we cannot let the potential in our best and brightest be snuffed out by unreasonable and unexpected spikes in tuition rates such as UC students faced this last year. I hope you will join me in keeping the dream of higher education in California an attainable reality by supporting SB 969.


Senate Majority Leader

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