For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – The Villaraigosa for Governor campaign is calling on Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan to keep vote centers open through Friday, June 8 after reports that 118,522 voters were omitted from the rolls in at least 1,530 polling locations.
“Anyone who is turned away should be allowed to return to a vote center and make sure their vote is counted,” said Campaign Manager Pat Dennis. “This election is too important, and every voice should be heard.”
The Villaraigosa campaign is also calling on California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to investigate how this unprecedented number of voters were omitted, as well as calling for vote centers to remain open in any other county with reported errors or omissions.
For Immediate Release
June 5, 2018
STATEMENT BY VILLARAIGOSA CAMPAIGN REGARDING PRINTING ERRORS REPORTED AT L.A. COUNTY POLLING PLACES
Los Angeles – Antonio for California Campaign Manager Pat Dennis issued the following statement regarding roster printing errors reported at several Los Angeles County polling places that the County Registrar estimates impacts 1,530 of the 4,357 county precincts.
Said Pat Dennis:
“Registered voters across Los Angeles County have a right to vote and should exercise that right. Polls are open until 8:00 pm to cast your Election Day ballot or drop off your absentee ballot. Voting is going smoothly in a vast majority of locations but if for any reason, your name does not appear on the voter rolls, you should request a provisional ballot and one must be granted to you. It is your right to vote so please insist a provisional ballot is issued to you. Every vote matters.”
The Los Angeles Registrar issued the following statement this afternoon:
For Immediate Release:
May 29, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California released a new campaign advertisement in Spanish and English over the weekend featuring the heart-wrenching video of a woman being ripped from her family by federal Immigration Control Enforcement (ICE) agents.
“When people ask why I am running for governor, I wish I could show all of them this video,” Villaraigosa says in the new spot running online, on Spanish broadcast channels and cable.
Villaraigosa continues in the ad: “As governor, I’ll not only fight to keep families together, but also to create jobs with dignity and respect for every Californian.”
The video featured in the ad is from ICE action in March in which an immigrant mother was detained in front of her children.
Villaraigosa said of his pledge to stand up to Trump to protect California values:
“We have to fight for our values with our ballots. We don’t have to wait two years to vote against Trump, we can do it right now. Vote on June 5th or with your absentee ballot and take a stand against Trump. Take a stand to protect immigrants, for more good-paying jobs, affordable homes and access to quality education. And most importantly, take a stand so that every hardworking Californian can have dignity and respect.”
The ad can be viewed here:
Transcript of Video:
Antonio Villaraigosa: When people ask why I’m running for governor, I wish I could show all of them this video.
This mother was ripped away from her children from Donald Trump’s immigration control.
As governor, I’ll not only fight to keep families together, but also to create jobs with dignity and respect for every Californian.
It starts with standing up to this.
For Immediate Release
March 24, 2018
Los Angeles — Gavin Newsom has been transparent about his strategy to lift up Republican John Cox by using his own campaign resources to activate Republican voters with a series of television ads and direct voter contact, including direct texting to Republican voters and party leaders.
Now an independent expenditure (IE) campaign organized to support Newsom has violated campaign law by not disclosing the exact same type of activity – significant spending designed to elevate Republican John Cox.
Villaraigosa campaign spokesperson Luis Vizcaino said: “Newsom has put himself before the Democratic Party’s vital efforts to take back the House. Newsom claims the mantle of the resistance, but he is making common cause with Donald Trump – and laughs out loud when asked about this hypocrisy. The IE supporting him, funded by his long time patrons, is breaking the law.”
Newsom himself has been completely transparent about his stratagem – even laughing out loud and declaring “either one of these will do” when asked at a recent televised debate if he was attempting to lift one of the two top Republicans into the run-off. Newsom also told Capital Public Radio his preference was to lift up a Republican, despite the fact that this strategy will increase Republican turnout in November and make it harder for national Democrats to take back control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Newsom’s political consulting team has also acknowledged this was their strategy in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.
Newsom stepped up his efforts to help John Cox in the days after Cox was endorsed by Donald Trump, despite Trump’s nearly concurrent statement that immigrants were “animals.”
National Democratic leaders have declared that the road to taking back Congress runs through highly-competitive districts in California. Newsom’s plan to elevate Republican Cox, if successful, will directly undermine the national Democratic effort to fight Trump by taking back the House.
The complaint filed today was against “Citizens Supporting Gavin Newsom for Governor,” an independent expenditure committee, which has been strongly supported by Blue Shield of California, a handful of labor organizations and long-time Newsom benefactors such as Gordon and Anne Getty.
The complaint outlines the repeated failure of the committee to file disclosure reports, as required by California law.
This article was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom is firing off a double-barrel blast of TV attack ads aimed at fellow Democratic rivals Antonio Villaraigosa and John Chiang, all with the goal of helping Republican John Cox win the No. 2 slot in the upcoming primary.
The reason is simple. In deep-blue California, Newsom stands a better chance in the general election against a conservative Republican like Cox.
With just two weeks to go before the June 5 top-two contest, Newsom’s internal polling shows him running at about 32 percent, with Cox at 19 percent. That gives the San Diego businessman an eight-percentage-point lead over former Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa, at 11 percent, and state Treasurer Chiang, at 10 percent.
Villaraigosa’s latest internal polling, however, has him at 15 percent — running neck and neck with Cox’s 17 percent.
At first blush, attacking Villaraigosa might seem the smart play to assure a Cox win.
The Newsom campaign, however, knows that Villaraigosa and Chiang are vying for the same Democratic votes, so attacking one of them might serve only to elevate the other. Hence, the two-pronged attack aimed at knocking the wind out of both of them at the same time.
“We are trying to keep them pinned on the mat,” said Newsom campaign spokesman Nathan Click.
The anti-Villaraigosa ad reminds voters that he paid a record $123,500 ethics fine for “taking thousands in illegal gifts from special interests” as L.A. mayor and that he later made millions of dollars off “a pyramid scheme (Herbalife) fined for cheating low-income Latino workers.”
The anti-Chiang ad knocks his performance as state controller, citing a 2014 report from the state auditor that he had “lost track” of $31 billion in state money.
Both campaigns say the ads are cynical and self-serving.
“Newsom will do just about anything to get elected, including selling out his own Democratic Party,” Villaraigosa campaign spokesman Luis Vizcaino said.
Chiang campaign spokesman Fabien Levy said Newsom’s hit on Chiang for losing track of money while controller was misleading.
Any problems were “corrected and identified” by the controller before the auditor’s final report was published, said Levy, adding: “Not one cent of taxpayer dollars was affected.”
The tandem Villaraigosa-Chiang hit is the latest piece of a six-week, $10 million TV ad buy executed by Newsom’s San Francisco consultants, SCN Strategies, that mixes positive and negative messages.
In addition to bashing the rival Democrats, the SCN plan also includes a backhanded TV ad aimed at helping Cox by attacking him for standing “with Donald Trump and the NRA” — knowing full well that’s exactly the kind of message that will stoke GOP turnout.
Newsom spokesman Click defended the scattershot spending, saying: “We are the only campaign that has the resources to be able to do it.”
Through the roof: Lawmakers who are once again pushing for a ban on gun shows at the Cow Palace may have an ace up their sleeves — the aging exhibition hall’s roof.
Since the mid-1980s, the state-owned Cow Palace, in Daly City at the border of San Mateo and San Francisco counties, has hosted gun shows four or five times a year. In recent years, the shows have become a flash point for gun control advocates in both counties.
“Five gun shows a year right in the heart of the Bay Area — right on the border of San Francisco,” state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said at a news conference Monday to promote his bill to ban the gun shows. “When people hear this, they are surprised and they are, frankly, horrified.”
“Our communities are trying to get more guns off of the streets, not on the streets,” said state Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, another bill backer who was with Wiener at the event, as was state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo.
Twice, lawmakers pushed a ban through the state Legislature only to have it vetoed, once by former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and once by Gov. Jerry Brown, who appoints the Cow Palace board.
“He didn’t want the Legislature telling his administration how to make decisions,” said former state Sen. Mark Leno, who authored two of the four previous attempts at banning gun shows.
Cow Palace officials declined to go on the record about the ban, partly out of fear of politicizing the issue.
Privately, however, they say the call for a ban comes just as the 77-year-old Cow Palace needs the state’s help to pay $8 million for a new roof. And that roof may come into play because the Legislature would have to approve the money.
In fact, Cow Palace officials were up in Sacramento lobbying for the roof repair when they first heard of the new legislative pitch to ban gun shows.
Ting, who chairs the Assembly Budget Committee, acknowledged the unusual circumstance of having the gun-show ban and new roof coming up at the same time, but said they “are different issues and will be on different tracks.”
But Leno said that in Sacramento, tracks have a habit of crossing each other — and that there would probably be “conversations.”
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For Immediate Release:
May 16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA — The nonpartisan nonprofit PolitiFact California rated John Chiang’s attack against Antonio Villaraigosa “false,” noting Chiang’s ad “distorts the facts and creates a narrative that’s simply not supported.”
PolitiFact California reporter Chris Nichols said on Capital Public Radio, “Another thing that the ad leaves out, and it’s a big thing, is the fact that this backlog was eliminated – not just reduced – but eliminated under Villaraigosa’s watch… Under his leadership, the police force, the city, did go through and test all these thousands of kits.”
Law enforcement organizations and leaders have come out against the inaccurate attack ad and are calling on television stations to refuse to air the ad.
“Public safety was a top priority for Mayor Villaraigosa, and he was personally involved in making sure the rape kit backlog was eliminated in Los Angeles. This was a prime example of a successful partnership and not only did it bring justice – we saw a 20% decline in rapes and made the city safer. Not only is John Chiang misleading voters with false claims, he is dishonoring the efforts of Mayor Villaraigosa and the LAPD in bringing justice to these victims. He should remove this ad from the airwaves immediately,” said Craig Lally, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League.
“Antonio Villaraigosa always stood for justice and prioritized public safety, even during economic declines, just as he did as mayor of Los Angeles when he partnered with law enforcement to tackle the decade old backlog of untested rape kits. As reported back in 2011, his leadership led to the backlog being cleared, and more importantly, the arrest of many serious sexual predators,” states Jennifer Tejada, Director at Large for the California Police Chiefs Association.
The inaccurate ad also attacked Mayor Villaraigosa’s financial management of the city during the recession.
“The great recession crippled Los Angeles’ finances,” said former Los Angeles City Administrator Miguel Santana. “Faced with an extremely difficult situation, Mayor Villaraigosa stepped up and made the tough calls to keep the city solvent and operating, and we came through it stronger than ever. He brought Los Angeles back to financial health and saved our city from bankruptcy. In a crisis, you need a leader who can bring people together and get things done. He saved our city.”
For Immediate Release
May 16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA – Today, the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36, representing over 11,000 men and women, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
“As a union organizer, Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa has consistently fought for good jobs that offer workers dignity and respect,” said Robert Smith, Political Director of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36. “We are proud to endorse Antonio, he has spent a lifetime fighting for working families and we know the he will continue to be a champion for every working Californian as Governor.”
The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 36 is the latest major labor organization to endorse Villaraigosa for Governor and now joins Teamsters JC 42, United Farm Workers, the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, Peace Officers Research Association.
For Immediate Release:
May 14, 2018
Los Angeles – The Antonio for California campaign released its second television ad: “I Believe.” The 30-second ad began airing over the weekend. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has long been a champion for core California values of equality, justice and opportunity.
Villaraigosa is running on a platform of bringing people together to build a stronger California. “I Believe” reinforces his pledge to be a Governor for every Californian, in every part of the state. The ad lets voters know that Villaraigosa will be on their side and fighting for them, not catering to the wealthy or powerful special interests.
The Villaraigosa campaign has the momentum in these final weeks of the primary campaign. Villaraigosa has picked up the endorsements of the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune and La Opinion, in addition to elected officials and community leaders throughout California.
The ad can be viewed below.
Script: ‘I Believe’
This is the kind of governor I’ll be.
I believe in standing up for people who work hard.
I believe in focusing on better jobs and better schools for kids who have no other way up.
I believe in taking on the school establishment that cares more about what used to be, than what should be.
I believe in protecting DREAMers and immigrants.
And healthcare for the people in danger of losing it.
I’m not a Democrat for the powerful, I’ll be a governor who empowers you.
San Francisco – Today, former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, San Francisco Supervisor Aaron Peskin and former San Francisco Supervisor David Campos endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor.
“I’m thrilled to have these outstanding San Francisco leaders join our campaign. I look forward to working with them to bring people together to create middle class jobs, build affordable housing and improve our public schools,” said Villaraigosa.
“For me, it’s a very easy decision. He is the best one to represent not only Los Angeles and San Francisco, but every city in California. From homelessness, affordable housing, and education, Mayor Villararigosa has demonstrated a commitment to doing the nitty gritty of the job with success. He will do the same thing when he goes to Sacramento,” noted Art Agnos, Former Mayor of San Francisco. Agnos served as Mayor of San Francisco from 1988 – 1992 and served as the Regional Director of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development during all eight years of President Bill Clinton’s two terms in office.
“We have a choice between a candidate who stands on principle and a candidate who sued his own city to overturn voter approved environmental protections. I chose the candidate who stands on principle – Antonio Villaraigosa,” declared SF Supervisor Aaron Peskin. Peskin is serving his fourth term on the board. Senate Pro Tem Kevin de Leon appointed Peskin to the California Coastal Commission in 2017. He also serves on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Peskin is recognized for his advocacy for affordable housing and environmental protection.
“Antonio Villaraigosa is the candidate of opportunity, and he understands we will not be one California united until we are united in the opportunity we provide to every man, woman and child. Throughout his entire career, this has been Antonio Villaraigosa’s passion and mission – equal opportunity. That’s why I’m proud to support him as Governor,” said former San Francisco County Supervisor David Campos. Campos served on the SF Board of Supervisors from 2008 – 2016. Campos is now Deputy County Executive for Santa Clara County. On the Board, Campos worked to provide safe zones for Planned Parenthood clinics, protect undocumented immigrants, and promote youth programs. Campos was appointed to the Board by then-Mayor Gavin Newsom to fill a vacancy.
Villaraigosa served as the 41st Mayor of Los Angeles. Prior to that, he served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council and as Speaker of the California Assembly. The primary election is on June 5.
For Immediate Release
May 9, 2018
SACRAMENTO, CA (May 9, 2018) – The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) released the organization’s endorsement for the upcoming gubernatorial race in California. The statewide organization voted to endorse Antonio R. Villaraigosa for his strong and committed pro-small business stance on policy issues. This is the first time in the CHCC’s history that a candidate for governor has earned its endorsement. The endorsement was approved during the organization’s second quarterly directors meeting in Oakland, CA. The CHCC Board considered every candidate.
“The CHCC Board of Directors voted to endorse the Former Mayor of Los Angeles and Speaker of The California Assembly. For the small business community, job creation and economic prosperity will be the determining factor when casting their votes in the upcoming elections,” said Frank Montes, Chairman of the Board. “Antonio is a dedicated public servant who has earned the trust of communities across the state by engaging in both urban and rural settings and presenting his stance on numerous issues important to both small business and the general population,” Chairman Montes added. Mayor Villaraigosa has participated in several CHCC events; whereas, candidate Gavin Newsom has not responded to any of the organization’s invitations during the last four years.
As Mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Villaraigosa reformed the city’s permitting process for new development, including establishing a Development Services Case Management Office to streamline the bureaucracy from requiring interactions with multiple departments into one centralized and streamlined process. Furthermore, Mayor Villaraigosa used procurement dollars to grow small business and create jobs by setting concrete goals to increase the number of small, women, minority, and disabled veteran-owned businesses that bid successfully for City contracts, including passing a Local Preference Ordinance, giving an eight percent competitive advantage to L.A. County businesses to help them compete.
As Governor of California, Mayor Villaraigosa will bring both large and small business leaders together to listen to their concerns and experiences and work to reach pragmatic solutions to difficult problems of regulation and standards. Mayor Villaraigosa is committed to making business and job creation a top priority beginning with making sure government is doing its part as well and as effectively as it can and by building on the work that the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development has undertaken. The CHCC is committed to keep him accountable for that promise.
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce. I recognize how important small business is to employing workers and growing our economy. As Mayor, I worked to create opportunities for small businesses to thrive — like championing the adoption of a three-year exemption from the gross receipts tax for new businesses. As Governor, I will work with our entrepreneurs to identify best practices on what we should change, what we should improve and what we should eliminate,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
“This race is too important for small business, and the Hispanic community, to support a strong leader who can get the job done for all Californians. That is why for the first time in the CHCC’s forty-year history, we are proud to endorse Mayor Villaraigosa for governor,” said Julian Cañete, CHCC President/CEO. “Mayor Villaraigosa recognizes the importance of supporting small business, and the correlation to job creation and the state’s economic growth.”
The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) has a network of over 50 Hispanic chambers and business associations throughout the State of California. Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business association, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000 Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s Emerging Businesses. For more information, please visit www.cahcc.com