22 Sep

The LA Times has endorsed Alex Padilla!

BIG NEWS: The Los Angeles Times has endorsed Secretary Alex Padilla as the “clear choice for California’s Secretary of State.”

The Los Angeles times highlighted Secretary Padilla’s successes in registering more voters and expanding voting options: California now has 2 million more voters on the rolls than when he was elected, thanks to online registration and the New Motor Voter Act, which he sponsored. Five counties have also adopted the Voters Choice Act which gives voters the options of voting by mail or the flexibility to vote at any vote center in the county over the course of eleven days. And California is poised to do even more to expand voter access in the 2020 elections.

Secretary Padilla has been a leader in election cybersecurity in California and across the country. He recognizes the need to protect our democracy from foreign interference and cyber threats — and he’s not afraid to challenge Trump on this issue.

The LA Times got it right: Secretary Padilla is the best choice for California’s Secretary of State.

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LA Times

Alex Padilla is the clear choice for California’s secretary of state

By The LA Times Editorial Board

No need for a big wind-up here: Democratic incumbent Alex Padilla has by and large done a solid job in his first four-year term as California’s secretary of state and he should be returned to Sacramento for a second term.

Padilla, a former Los Angeles City Council member and state senator, won his first term by promising, among other things, to register more California voters, improve the use of technology in voting, replace the cumbersome Cal-Access database system for tracking campaign contributions and spending, and make it easier for people to vote through early voting and other such programs.

He has managed to deliver on most of those, with 2 million more voters on state rolls now than when he was elected, an increase aided by the rollout of VoteCal online registration and the system created by the 2015 New Motor Voter Act (which Padilla sponsored) that automatically registers eligible voters when they receive or renew a driver’s license. And the new “Voter’s Choice” system that Padilla championed, which allows voters more options for when and how they vote, has been launched in five counties, with more expected to join in 2020 (it’s a voluntary program and not all will adopt it).

The secretary of state’s office also oversees an array of business and corporate filings, but historically has drawn complaints for its slow and outdated processing systems. Under Padilla, the office has moved from paper filings to centralized online registrations and submissions, a more flexible and user-friendly way of doing business.

The successes have been marked by some hiccups. Problems with software at the Department of Motor Vehicles changed the details of 23,000 voters when they renewed their licenses, such as their party affiliations and mail ballot preferences. The fault lies with the DMV, but the issue makes it clear that Padilla needs to keep a closer eye on the system. And the rollout of a new-generation Cal-Access system, which was supposed to have been done in February, now won’t happen until at least late 2019 — and the expected $11.6-million price tag has mushroomed to $23 million.

How much credit or responsibility Padilla shoulders for the advances and stumbles mentioned above varies, but overall he has been an effective administrator and an out-front leader on cybersecurity for California elections and in fighting President Trump’s silly commission investigating voter fraud (which occurs so rarely as to be meaningless).

Conversely, Padilla’s challenger, Republican Mark Meuser, who describes himself as a lawyer practicing constitutional and election law, has focused his campaign on nationwide voter fraud and right-wing allegations that some California counties have more voters enrolled than they do people eligible to vote, which experts say is based on an erroneous understanding of the voter rolls. Meuser is right in his claim that election-related problems undermine public faith in democracy, but hyping spurious allegations of mass fraud does even more damage.

Padilla’s performance makes him the clear choice here. He has earned four more years.






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21 Sep

CDP Weekly Update




Its been another productive week for Your CDP Team. See below for a recap of this weeks activities. 


Important Notice About Information & Cyber Security


CDP Political Director Clark Lee has released a critical memo about information and cyber security to CDP Central Committee leadership, candidates and campaign staff leaders. You can read the memo by clicking here. The memo contains an overview of steps we are urging be taken immediately by all campaigns to ensure the integrity of their data and operations.  
As we get closer and closer to November 6, and as our candidates like Katie Hill, Andrew Janz, TJ Cox and Josh Harder (to name a few) continue to surge in Republican districts, we cannot ignore the possibility of a major, coordinated effort to disrupt the Big Blue Wave.
Taking the simple steps outlined in the memo – especially at the Democratic Club and Caucus level – will dramatically improve our odds of preventing or resisting a major cyber attack. Some of the steps are as easy as using secure messaging services like Signal, which all CDP staff members have been directed to download and use for campaign-related messages.  
Take some time and read the memo – with so much on the line, we need to take these critical steps to protect ourselves from the bad actors who seek to subvert our Party and our democracy.  
(And one last thing to remember… technology is just a tool to help us to win. Nothing elects Democrats like good ol’ fashioned door knocking and phone banking, and every voter we talk to is a voter we can inoculate against the twitter bots).


Celebrating the Big Blue Wave with Gavin Newsom


Last Friday night, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom joined CDP Chair Eric C. Bauman in Hollywood to celebrate the hardworking activists who are making the Big Blue Wave a reality!
Hundreds of activists turned out, and there was a hopeful, almost electric, current of optimism running through the room – not only about what California is doing to lead the Resistance, but what we can do to build on the progressive agenda if Gavin Newsom is elected Governor in November.
We are truly blessed to have such a talented, proven, visionary candidate like Gavin Newsom leading the top of our ticket. And we know he will achieve great things with his (prospective) partners in the Legislature, Senate President pro Tem Toni G. Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
California has been a showcase for global, progressive leadership these last eight years under Governor Brown, and we know that will continue to be true under Governor Newsom. 


New Podcast Episode Coming Soon!


Episode 2 of the CDP’s new podcast will be dropping very soon! Featuring President Obama’s remarks at the rally in Orange County, let the soothing tones of the Greatest President Of Our Lifetime inspire your commute home/gym routine/turf cutting. Click here to subscribe.


Reminder – E-Board Registration is Now Open


Registration and the CDP room block at the Westin Long Beach are now open.  Information about programming, schedule and agenda will be made available once finalized. 


–CDP Weekly Update


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21 Sep

Valadao Watch: Follow the 💰 (Vol. I)

A close look at who has bankrolled Valadao’s campaign since he took office:

TJ Cox for Congress

We all know David Valadao’s been a reliable rubber stamp for Trump.

He’s been on the receiving end of cash from Mike Pence, Paul Ryan, and Ivanka Trump. But for a closer look on where his allegiances also lie — check who else has bankrolled Valadao since he took office:

Oil & Gas industry


Pharmaceutical Industry


Koch Industries




These are just some of the special interest groups that Valadao is loyal to. This probably explains his terrible record on the environment, health care, and his willingness to give tax cuts to the wealthy.

In contrast, TJ Cox is refusing all corporate PAC money and is supported by the grassroots. TJ won’t sacrifice his principles to achieve health care access for all, protect the Central Valley’s environment, and make sure Californians’ taxes aren’t hiked unfairly. Can you help us raise $10,000 before midnight to prove that we don’t need special interest money to win in CA-21?

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will go through immediately:

Thanks for your support.

Francois Genard
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21 Sep

I’m asking you

It’s been a really busy week. And frankly, they’re all busy weeks right now — between fighting the Trump administration’s cruel immigration policies to defending the Affordable Care Act to standing up for our environmental protections, we have our work cut for us.


Now, our campaign is facing a crucial fundraising deadline next week and I don’t have a lot of time to worry about raising money.

Can I count on you to chip in $5 before Thursday’s fundraising deadline?

If it sounds like we spend a lot of time in court, you’re not imagining it.


But as long as the Trump administration keeps trying to roll back regulations protecting the air our children breathe, keeps trying to ban transgender Americans from serving in the armed forces, and keeps refusing to even acknowledge the reality of climate change, I’ll keep doing whatever it takes to fight back.

Your support makes it possible for me to fight for our families and our values. Contribute $5 before Thursday’s deadline to help me keep fighting.

Thank you,



Xavier Becerra -- California Attorney General

Becerra for Attorney General 2018
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Suite 4050 Los Angeles, CA 90017-5864


Thank you for supporting Xavier Becerra. Grassroots supporters like you help us protect California’s working families, advance criminal justice reform, and keep our communities safe.

Emails are a crucial way to stay in touch with our top supporters. If we’re going to protect and serve the people of California, we need you with us every step of the way.

ITo keep up to date with Xavier’s fight against Trump in court, click here.

From all of us at Team Becerra, thanks for your support!

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20 Sep

Join us at an upcoming event



I am excited to invite you to our fall fundraising events, and would be honored to have your continued support of this campaign as we sprint to the finish line.

With less than 50 days to go before voters cast their ballots on November 6th, your support is greatly appreciated – and thank you for all your help thus far!

Please see below for further details. I hope you can join me. 



Stockton Reception on Wednesday, September 26th

Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Home of Anthony & Rima Barkett

Stockton, CA 

Address provided upon RSVP

$500 – Guest | $1,000 – Friend | $2,500 – Supporter

$5,000 – Patron | $7,300 – Co-Host

Sacramento Reception on Tuesday, October 2nd

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


Home of Angelo & Sofia Tsakopoulos

Sacramento, CA

Address provided upon RSVP

$250 – Guest | $1,000 – Friend | $2,500 – Sponsor

$5,000 – Patron | $7,300 – Co-Host 

San Francisco Reception on Thursday, October 4th

With Special Guest U.S. Ambassador Mike McFaul

Thursday, October 4, 2018


San Francisco, CA

Address provided upon RSVP

$250 – Guest | $1,000 – Patron | $2,500 – Sponsor

$5,000 – Co-Host  | $7,300 – Co-Chair 

Los Angeles Reception on Wednesday, October 17th

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Los Angeles, CA

Address provided upon RSVP

$250 – Individual | $500 – Patron | $1,000 – Friend

$2,500 – Sponsor | $7,300 – Co-Host  



I hope you can join us for one of these upcoming events. 

You may RSVP by clicking on the title of the event or by contacting Stefanie Roumeliotes at 415-402-0303 or at

Please contact Christina Kegeyan Pappas with any questions for the Southern California events at or 310-597-0830








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20 Sep

Yes on Proposition 8 — Dialysis patients deserve quality care

Kidney dialysis centers are dangerously unregulated. Yes on 8 will protect patients.                                                                                                                                                                         


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This November, the California Democratic Party is prioritizing the passage of Proposition 8, the Fair Pricing for Dialysis Act.

As a Registered Nurse, I know first-hand how patients are affected by the conditions of the clinic and, of course, the high cost of care. Both of these critical issues are at the forefront of this proposition. We must insist on clean and safe clinics and we cannot allow corporations to gouge consumers, and as a result, increase the cost for all patients.

Dialysis is a life-saving treatment in which a patient whose kidneys have failed can have their blood cleaned of toxins and excess substances (like potassium) by running it through a machine that acts as an artificial kidney and then returning it to their circulation. 


Dialysis corporations make billions by inflating charges for some of these gravely ill patients, but they don’t always invest enough in basic sanitation. Bloodstains, cockroaches, and dirty bathrooms have all been reported at some dialysis clinics, which have the potential to contribute to high infection rates.

California’s largest dialysis corporations make nearly $4 billion in profits from their dialysis operations, charging some patients an estimated $150,000 a year — approximately a 350 percent markup. But here’s a fact: high prices for healthcare services drive up costs for all Californians. Proposition 8 will require the corporations to refund excessive profits — more than 15% above the cost of patient care — that aren’t spent on improving patient conditions. 

As your Chair, I am urging you to join me and voting YES on Proposition 8. California needs to continue to be the Big Blue Beacon of Hope, and your support of Proposition 8 will make the difference in the lives of many Californians who need our help.

Click here to formally endorse Proposition 8. For more information,visit the Yes on 8 webpage. 

Democratically Yours,

Eric C. Bauman, RN, Chair
California Democratic Party

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20 Sep

Meet the District 3 Candidates

And register to vote!

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One of these men will represent us on the Fresno City Council in January.

Who will it be?

Join us on October 2 to find out what they stand for as they compete to get our vote.

You are going to vote, right? If you’re not registered, you should be! Register at the meeting, too.

  • Tuesday, Oct 2
  • 5:30-6:30
  • 1048 E Street (RMC Enterprises)
  • Candidates press

What else?

Have questions? Contact us!

District 3 Candidates Forum and Voter Registration
1048 E Street (RMC Enterprises)
5:30 – 6:30 pm

Road Construction Updates

Latest updates on Facebook at Chinatown Road Construction.




What a picnic!

We DID meet our neighbors and were welcomed by some local dignitaries. Thanks to Mayor Lee Brand, Supervisor Sal Quintero. Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, Fire Chief Kerri Donis and FPD SW District Commander Captain Mark Salazar. We include them all as friends of Chinatown.

What a tremendous effort by the Fresno Fire Department. Besides offering their facility, they kicked in for cleanup. And then there’s Robert Castillo, FFD Public Information Officer. He served on the committee from the start, as well as doing all the barbecuing and bringing tables, chairs and supplies.

This would not have happened without the tremendous help of our CFF board, especially Morgan Doizaki, June Stanfield and Barbara Wilson. And we owe so much to Meet Your Neighbors chair, and volunteer, Gloria Flores. Also thanks to Clay Gilpin, Enrique Reade and Yuji Ishibashi.

No event works without sponsors. We’re very grateful to our Meet Your Neighbor sponsors.





This is our new office.

The door on the right. Our new address is 1433 Kern Street.

We’ll be ready to open the office on October 2, with hours on Tuesdays from 11 am to 4 pm for the time being. And look for our December 4 Open House.






November Community Meeting
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Chinatown Residents Needed!

  • Who are our residents?
  • Where do they live?
  • How many residential units are available?
  • How can we draw residents to our neighborhood?

This building is on the corner of F and Kern Streets. See all those second story windows? Those could be new residences. Learn more about SROs (Single Room Occupancy) and apartments on second stories around Chinatown.

Join us on Tuesday, November 6 from 5:30-6:30, location to be determined. That’s the day all of us are going to vote. There will be a prize drawing among voters – bring your voter sticker or the stub from your absentee ballot.

More details are on our website.











Tuesday, October 2
5:30-6:30 pm

RMC Enterprises – 1048 E Street

Miguel Arias and Tate Hill


Meet your next Fresno City Council Member from District 3.
Join us to get some answers from our candidates.

Why do they want to be in politics in the first place?
How can they help end the decades of neglect shown to Chinatown?
How will they represent us?

Bring your questions! We deserve the best representation!

The forum will be televised by CMAC.

League of Women Voters will be registering new voters at this meeting.



Chinatown Community Meetings





Have questions? Ask us!
Morgan Doizaki, Board Chair, 559.351.0410,
Jan Minami, Project Director, 559.859.1763,

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