Say his name: Daunte Wright

Say his name: Daunte Wright

The California Democratic Party is committed to ending racism and violence perpetrated against Black people.

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This is a call to action — it is incumbent upon all of us to fight against the deep-seated prejudice, discrimination, and structural racism that has long plagued our country.

Daunte Wright should be alive today. No well meaning thoughts, hopeful prayers or profound tweets will bring him back. But in the face of this unspeakable tragedy, we can and must honor his memory by standing up, speaking out, and taking action.

For a lot of us — it starts at home and in our communities. Now is the time for positive change through collective action, and we will be undeterred by the efforts of those who will try to distract and divide us.

We can and will continue to have tough conversations at the kitchen table, support Black artists and creatives, and financially contribute to groups doing necessary work on the ground like Black Lives Matter, NAACP, and Color of Change, to name just a few.

George Floyd’s girlfriend once taught Daunte Wright in school — the tangled web of pain caused by the systemic failures of our justice system is inexcusable. Until traffic stops are no longer execution sites for Black and Brown people in America, we have fallen woefully short of our highest collective calling — to ensure “liberty and justice for all.”

The California Democratic Party is committed to ending the racism and violence perpetrated against Black people each and every day, creating culture change, tackling systemic racism, and lifting the voices of underserved communities across California through CADEM’s Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion program.

As long as they cannot breathe, we cannot and will not rest.

In solidarity,

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Support for Fresno Small Businesses!

Support for Fresno Small Businesses!

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Dear resident, 

The Fresno Area Hispanic Foundation launched the City of Fresno Save our Small Businesses Grant Program. This program offers grants of $5,000 – $10,000 to small businesses in the City of Fresno.

Business Eligibility:

  • Be physically located and operating in the City of Fresno
  • Have a valid tax certificate prior to March 4, 2020
  • Not have received a previous City or County grant
  • Demonstrate at least 10% loss of income

You can access the grant information and online application at this link: or call (559) 222-8705 

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Applications will be accepted now thru September 22, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or concerns at (559) 621-7817 or via email at

We are here to serve you!


Esmeralda Soria
Fresno City Councilmember
District 1 

Querido residente,

La Fundación Hispana del Área de Fresno lanzó el Programa de becas Save our Small Business de la ciudad de Fresno. Este programa ofrece apoyo economico de $5,000 a $10,000 a pequeñas empresas en la ciudad de Fresno.


  • Estar ubicado físicamente y operando en la Ciudad de Fresno
  • Tener un certificado de impuestos válido, antes del 4 de marzo de 2020
  • No haber recibido apoyo economico de la ciudad o el condado
  • Demostrar al menos un 10% de pérdida de ingresos.

Puede acceder a la información de las becas y la solicitud en línea en este enlace: o llame al (559) 222-8705

Las solicitudes se aceptarán desde ahora hasta el 22 de septiembre de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m.

No dude en comunicarse con nuestra oficina si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud al (559) 621-7817 o por correo electrónico a

¡Estamos aquí para servirle!


Esmeralda Soria
Concejal de la Ciudad de Fresno
Distrito 1 

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What I’ve Been Working On For You

What I’ve Been Working On For You

News from Representative Costa









Dear Friend,

Sadly, in so much of the west, including California, devastating fires continue to impact communities and our way of life. In the middle of fire season, records are being set for acres burned and poor air quality. That’s why as your Member of Congress, I have been working over the last month on legislation and fire disaster relief through FEMA to provide financial support to those areas that have been devastated by these wildfires. 

There is some good news to report this week from our district work week, including helping schools get the necessary waivers they need to supply nutritious meals to students through the school lunch program. I’m also working to support our local transportation services. Here are the highlights: 

Wildfire efforts and resources


As the Creek Fire continues to threaten lives and property in Madera, Mariposa, and Fresno counties, I’ve been involved in efforts to ensure both firefighters and affected communities have the resources they need to stay safe and ultimately recover from these devastating losses.

In addition to supporting robust funding for wildfire management and suppression in the Fiscal Year 2021 and 2020  Appropriations bills, I recently cosponsored the Emergency Wildfire and Public Safety Act and the Increase the Federal Disaster Cost Share Act, to strengthen our capacity to implement effective wildfire mitigation projects and increase Federal disaster support. I’ve also sent several letters to support farmworker safety, respond to firefighter emergency needs, secure IRS assistance for those affected, and urge the Administration to declare a major disaster in California due to wildfires. 

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Feeding our students


Free school meal programs are critical to ensuring students continue to have access to nutritious daily meals, especially during a pandemic. I’m pleased to report an extension of waivers to make free school meals available through the end of the year. I’ve been working hard to secure these meals for our Valley students, most recently leading a bipartisan letter to Secretary Perdue pushing for this change. Over the past few months, I’ve signed on to three additional letters supporting school meal waiver extensions. 

Supporting local transportation services


The transportation industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, resulting in thousands of furloughed workers, declines in revenue and reduction of services. I recently cosponsored the bipartisan Coronavirus Economic Relief for Transportation Services (CERTS) Act, which would provide $10 billion in emergency economic relief funding to motorcoach operators and other transportation industries, including the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS), which supports our local schools. 

Vote by Mail


Americans can take additional steps to make sure their vote will count:

  • Request your ballot
  • Read all instructions
  • Sign your ballot
  • Seal your ballot
  • Mail it back or drop it off
  • …and do it early!

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Campus honors


The Valley is home to some of the best universities in the country. I’m happy to report that my Alma Mater, Fresno State, ranked 7th in Money Magazine’s list of “Most Transformative Colleges.”  Fresno State also ranked 40th as the “Best Public College” and 19th for “Best Colleges Where More Than Half of Applicants Get In.” 

Money Magazine also named UC Merced one of the country’s top 100 schools, and Washington Monthly ranked the university at no. 19 nationally for creating social mobility for our students. 

Go Bulldogs! Go Bobcats!

Bringing home federal dollars


One of my top priorities is ensuring your tax dollars come back to the district. I’m pleased to report that Fresno Yosemite International Airport (FAT) received over $1 million in federal grant funding for noise mitigation measures for nearby residences. I participated in the groundbreaking event recently for the new Fresno Airport terminal. 

Castle Airport in Atwater also received $1.8 million in grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration to rehabilitate its runway.


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We’ve compiled all the resources you need in one convenient location on our website.  

If you need specific help from our district office, please submit a request and a member of our staff will contact you. 

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Hemos concentrada toda la información sobre COVID-19 que necesita en un lugar conveniente. Visita mi sitio web.



As wildfires continue to rage across our state, farmer’s fields are being affected. If you’ve been impacted by wildfires, there are federal resources that can help. The Emergency Livestock Assistance Program (ELAP) provides assistance to producers for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) also provides support for producers who have experienced livestock deaths as a result of adverse weather conditions.

Contact your local county USDA Farm Service Agency office to determine your eligibility and which program would best serve your needs.

Learn more about USDA’s disaster assistance programs. 


The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is currently accepting Fiscal Year 2021 applications for WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants.

DEADLINE: September 17, 2020




At the end of the year some individual taxpayer identification numbers (ITIN) will expire. Taxpayers with expiring ITINs must renew their ID number with the IRS before the end of the year.

Expiring ITINs.

How to renew your ITIN.


Organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funding to assist with keeping and receiving organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP), a farm bill program I advocated for.

Learn more and apply. 




Thank you to those of you that have already responded to the 2020 Census.

If you haven’t had a chance yet, now is the perfect time! Make sure you count and help shape our future! IT’S VERY IMPORTANT!


Respond now!

Stay strong and we will get through this crisis. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you need assistance.



Jim Costa
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New report details housing solutions

New report details housing solutions


California State Treasurer Fiona Ma, CPA

News Release


September 10, 2020 (PR 20:49)


Contact: Mark DeSio, (916) 926-1167

Innovating Solutions to the Community College Housing Conundrum

State Treasurer Ma and the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing draw on community college affordable housing round-tables

Sacramento – The State Treasurer’s Office today announced the release of a report by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) summarizing key insights from a recent series of round-tables on housing for under-served students on community college campuses.

Earlier this year, the State Treasurer’s Office and SCANPH, along with the California School Finance Authority (CSFA),  and the Mayor’s Housing Office for the City of Los Angeles, held two round-tables to begin the development of a comprehensive strategy for housing economically vulnerable community college students.

The round-tables addressed current community college student housing successes, the value of housing on community college campuses for students, particularly those most vulnerable, and future plans.

The SCANPH report includes insights from round-table participants and stakeholders on: COVID-19 impacts; financing strategies; best practices; legal implications; and best student outcomes. The report can be found at the following link:

The round-table and report continue ongoing efforts by Treasurer Ma and the State Treasurer’s Office to seek out innovative strategies leveraging state resources to help California’s under-served; a priority for Treasurer Ma since first taking office, and all the more so as we continue to experience the social and economic fallout from the COVID 19 health crisis.

As part of those efforts, CSFA will bring their first student housing project to their Board this month. Both the round-table and the subsequent report are efforts to ensure this proposed project will be the first of many to come. To date, only 11 of 115 California Community Colleges are offering student housing.

Treasurer Ma will lead a panel on student housing, “Actionable Steps to Build and Finance Affordable Housing on Community College Land”, on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1 p.m. at SCANPH virtual Annual Conference (

Fiona Ma is California’s 34th State Treasurer. She was elected on November 6, 2018 with more votes (7,825,587) than any other candidate for treasurer in the state’s history. She is the first woman of color and the first woman Certified Public Accountant (CPA) elected to the position. The State Treasurer’s Office was created in the California Constitution in 1849. It provides financing for schools, roads, housing, recycling and waste management, hospitals, public facilities, and other crucial infrastructure projects that better the lives of residents. California is the world’s fifth-largest economy and Treasurer Ma is the state’s primary banker. Her office processes more than $2 trillion in transactions within a typical year. She provides transparency and oversight for the government’s investment portfolio and accounts, as well as for the state’s surplus funds. Treasurer Ma oversees an investment portfolio of about $113.5 billion, more than $31.6 billion of which are local government funds. She serves as agent of sale for all State bonds, and is trustee on outstanding debt of $94 billion.

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Introducing The California Table Podcast

Introducing The California Table Podcast

It’s with great enthusiasm that I announce the launch of my new podcast, The California Table. Our first episode is live — you can subscribe and listen here.


I am excited to announce the launch of my podcast, The California Table!

I have been moved by so many throughout California who have stepped forward, before and during the COVID-19 public health crisis and recession to give voice to the needs and experiences of their communities — communities often lacking a seat at the decision-making table.

Join me in meeting some extraordinary Californians who are creating their own tables to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time.

I hope you will find these podcasts informative and inspiring as they call upon us to act and make a difference.

Thank you for listening to The California Table.




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Media Advisory for Monday, August 24

For Immediate Release

Commit to Equity Caravan in Fresno, CA

**Versión en español incluida**


On the Ground Contact: Estevan Gutierrez, 559.392.1023




Revenue needed to invest in California’s recovery before today’s crises become catastrophes.


FRESNO, Calif. – The Commit to Equity coalition is demanding lawmakers vote on new legislation to tax the income and wealth of mega-millionaires and billionaires before the State Legislature adjourns at the end of this month, arguing more tax revenue is needed to invest in California’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, historic unemployment, and enduring racial inequity. With the state’s finances in deficit, cuts to schools, healthcare, and essential community services will be inevitable without new taxes, which will set back California’s recovery and widen racial inequity as the Great Recession of 2008 did.


Frontline workers across multiple cities, including Fresno, will take part in a caravan action calling on Assemblymember Dr. Joaquin Arambula and State Senator Melissa Hurtado to take a stance in support of AB 2088 and AB 1253. Both bills were introduced in the context of growing inequality. During the first months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 154 billionaires who live in California got over $175 billion richer, and 11 more became billionaires while working families have been struggling.


WHO: Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 521 California Federation of Teachers, California Teachers Association, Central Valley Partnership, and Central Labor Council of Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings Counties. 

WHEN:  Monday, August 24th, 2020

TIME: 5:15 PM Assemble at meet up location, decorate cars

            6:15 PM Caravan Commences 

On the ground interviews will be available starting at 5:30 p.m. at meet up location as workers and allies prepare for the caravan start. 

Meet up location: Street Parking on Santa Fe Avenue and Kern Street. 


EVENT VISUALS: Vehicles covered with colorful protest signs, drivers honking along public streets, purple SEIU shirts, colorful streamers on cars. 


With the pandemic lingering on, we can see at a national and local level the increase of death and sickness. But what is happening simultaneously, is the fact that working families are struggling like never before. COVID-19 has paralyzed all of our abilities to earn a decent living. Meanwhile, our elected officials stay silent and remain in lock step with their corporate campaign contributors and shareholders. Then there is us, the 99%, who are forced to watch those uber-wealthy profit off of our families and communities while we suffer. There is no time like this one, to rise up to this incredible challenge, and to be the bold leaders our brothers and sisters deserve, for the sake of our nation and beloved Golden State.” – Ron Emenheiser, SEIU 521 Fresno County Chapter Senior Shop Steward


Background on AB 2088 and AB 1253

AB 2088 (“Wealth Tax”) would apply a 0.4% tax on the net worth of taxpayers holding at least $30 million in net assets, impacting approximately 30,400 people and generating $7.5 billion a year. The tax would apply to all assets and liabilities held by Californians globally, capturing the immense levels of accumulated wealth held by the top 0.1 percent. The formula does not include taxes to real property owned in California.

AB 1253 (“Millionaires Tax”) would impact approximately 70,0000 taxpayers and generate $6.5 billion a year by raising income taxes on households with incomes above $1 million per year in three tiers: 

  • income above $1 million, the tax rate would increase by 1% from 13.3% to 14.3%
  • income above $2 million, the tax rate would increase by 3% from 13.3% to 16.3%
  • income above $5 million, the tax rate would increase by 3.5% from 13.3% to 16.8%.

As the Legislature’s session winds down this month, multiple, mutually reinforcing crises have a firm grip on California.

  • 14.9% are unemployed. The majority of jobs lost were in low-paying industries and employment for Black and Latino women fell over 20% – more than three times the decline in employment for white men.
  • California faces an eviction tsunami as legal protections lapse on September 1 and 5 million renters face the prospect of eviction, which will be fueled by the loss of $600 in augmented monthly unemployment benefits under the federal CARES Act.
  • Schools face a $20 billion shortfall and lack resources to reopen safely, fueling wider achievement gaps, since 1.2 million students lack tools for distance learning.
  • With 4,000 childcare providers closing this year because of COVID, and 1,000 closing in July alone, this vital resource is harder to get and more parents are forced to choose between work and caring for their kids.
  • A second wave of COVID-19 is taking hold and over 100 state-funded coronavirus testing sites across California face an unknown future after August.
  • In the middle of a pandemic, hundreds of thousands of Californians are estimated to have lost health coverage along with their jobs and income, and yet cuts were made to health coverage, and an additional $1.2 billion in cuts are scheduled for Medi-Cal without additional revenue.
  • $14 billion in “trigger cuts” are coming to our schools, affordable housing, and safety net services unless the federal government acts responsibly to support essential state and local frontline services by October 15th.  
  • Billions of additional cuts are coming next year, which will cause inequities to widen given the disparate racial impacts of budget cuts.    


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Service Employees International Union, Local 521 represents 53,000 public- and nonprofit, private-sector workers in California’s central Bay Area region and in the Central Valley. Under a Community First vision, we are committed to making sure the needs of our community, and the vital services we provide our community, come first. We believe our communities thrive when residents, leaders and workers recognize that we are all in this together when it comes to our safety, health, and well-being.




Estevan Gutierrez

Communications Specialist

SEIU 521


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