24 Apr

Chairman Burton knows how to win


We’re excited to share more of the California Democratic Party’s work under Chairman Burton from 2009-2017: The Burton Legacy: Empower the Grassroots, Build for the Future. You can view the full report here, and this third message will highlight the section on “Boosting Our Field Advantage.”

If there’s one thing I know about Chairman John Burton — the “crazy liberal” former Senate pro tem who moved our party to the left — it’s that he knows how to win.

Central to Chairman Burton’s legacy is his tireless work to build our field program across California. Throughout his tenure, we have boosted the party’s tools, trainings, and assistance for local grassroots activists, aiding the large gains California Democrats have made in the past few cycles.

Here are some of the key ways Chairman Burton led our party to boost our field advantage:

  • Fixing the LA Turnout Problem: Our 2011 project Operation GameChanger improved the turnout in Los Angeles by converting 50,000 Democrats to become permanent vote-by-mail voters. In 2012, during the fights to support Proposition 30 and oppose Proposition 32, those voters turned out 12% higher than others in the same voting pool.
  • It Gets Bluer: The CDP increased Democratic Latino voter turnout in Fresno, San Bernardino, and Riverside counties, leading to pickup of state legislative and Congressional seats in 2012.
  • CDP Bounty Program: The Chartered Organization Voter Registration (Bounty) Program is a way to help solidify our Democratic majority statewide and push our registration advantage to traditionally “red” areas, available to volunteer efforts only.
  • County Voter File: We give every County Committee their county voter file through funding of MOE (Mobilize, Organize and Elect) — and it’s paid in full through the end of 2017.
  • Doorhangers, Doorhangers, Doorhangers: We donated doorhangers to every county based on what they deemed their need for each election cycle, made possible through Controller Hilary Crosby’s DEM program.
  • Mailed Slate Cards: In the general election, CDP financed and sent out statewide slate cards which featured all state, congress, and ballot measure positions — for every race we endorsed in — no matter if the measure or candidate could afford to contribute.
  • Electronic and Web Slate Cards: We created personalized digital slate cards generated by the voter’s address for both the primary and general elections which were emailed out and available at

For more highlights, click here.

In addition, throughout Chairman Burton’s tenure, we’ve held dozens of workshops and trainings to support the work of grassroots activists and organizers, including 30 county-based Strategic Planning Sessions, 13 “Learn to Win” Campaign Trainings, 12 County Chairs Workshops from 2010-2017, new delegate trainings at every convention, and many more.

For a full list of workshops and trainings, as well as more highlights from Chairman Burton’s legacy, click here.

As we get closer to convention, expect additional messages on Rebuilding and Amplifying Our Communications, Fiscal Stewardship: A Sustainable Future, and Proof is in the Pudding: Election & Policy Success.


Chris Masami Myers
Executive Director
California Democratic Party



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24 Apr

Labor for Bauman Update

The Fresno County Democratic Central Committee has not endorsed any candidate in this race.


The bond that Democratic Party activists share with our brothers and sisters in organized labor is like no other.  Today as the California Labor Federation and State Building Trades gather for their 2017 Joint Legislative Conference, we must make it clear to elected officials throughout the state that this bond is unbreakable.


Progress on our shared priorities depends on a strong and robust Democratic Party that champions working people.  From my days as an in-house nurse organizer with SEIU Local 399, I have always been a stalwart supporter of working families, and that is why I am proud to list so many labor unions and labor icons as endorsers of my campaign to be the next Chair of the California Democratic Party.


Thank you so much for your vote of confidence!

In Democratic Unity,

Eric C. Bauman
Vice Chair, California Democratic Party
Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party


Labor Leaders Supporting Eric C. Bauman for CDP Chair

(Partial list)

*Titles of those marked with an asterisk are for identification purposes only.  All other organizations included have endorsed.


Robbie Hunter, State Building & Construction Trades Council

Bauman has been an outspoken champion defending workers’ rights, fighting to increase the minimum wage, and advocating for comprehensive health and retirement benefits for all workers.”


Josh Pechthalt, California Federation of Teachers*

No other candidate matches Eric’s experience, skill-sets, and deep commitment to the cause of the labor movement, standing up for working families, but most importantly, ensuring that all students of all backgrounds in our state receive the best education possible.”


Jack Gribbon, UNITE-HERE!

Eric Bauman is the only candidate with a proven track record of championing the causes of the labor movement. His dynamic leadership has helped shepherd in scores of progressive policy victories in the state and at the ballot box.”


Eric Robles, United Nurses Associations of California-AFSCME

As a long-time leader in the healthcare for all movement, Bauman shares our belief and focus on ensuring every American has access to quality healthcare.”


Lou Paulson, California Professional Firefighters

On behalf of the 30,000 members of the California Professional Firefighters, I am pleased to convey our endorsement of Eric Bauman’s campaign for Chair of the California Democratic Party.


Jennifer Eagan, California Faculty Association

Eric is a steadfast ally of the faculty union, someone who values one of California’s greatest assets, our universities!


Dan Larson, UFCW Local 648 (San Francisco)

No other candidate has the deep roots, extensive relationships, and proven track record of championing labor related issues that Eric Bauman has.”


Yvonne Walker, SEIU Local 1000 President*

Bob Schoonover, SEIU Local 721 President*

Dean Vogel, California Teachers Association Immediate-Past President*

Tim Paulson, San Francisco Central Labor Council Executive Director*

Hon. Paul Fong, San Jose-Evergreen Federation of Teachers President*

Alex Caputo-Pearl, United Teachers Los Angeles President*

Alice Goff, AFSCME District Council 36 President*

Hilda L. Solis, Former U.S. Secretary of Labor*

María Elena Durazo, UNITE HERE General Vice President

Frank Lima, International Association of Firefighters Vice President*

Maria Patterson, SEIU Local 1000 Lavender Committee Chair*


Labor Unions Supporting Eric C. Bauman for CDP Chair

State Building and Construction Trades Council of California

California Professional Firefighters

California Faculty Association


AFSCME United Nurses Associations of California/UCHP

National Union of Healthcare Workers

American Federation of Government Employees

Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36

Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters

United Steel Workers of Los Angeles and Orange County

San Bernardino-Riverside Central Labor Council

Fresno-Madera-Tulare-Kings Central Labor Council

Los Angeles/Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council

American Federation of Musicians Local 47

IBEW Local 11

Laborers Local 300

Laborers Local 1309

UFCW Local 324

UFCW Local 648

UFCW Local 770

UFCW Local 1428

UFCW Local 1442






UNITE HERE Local 483

UNITE HERE Local 2850









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