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WEEKLY UPDATE: Chapter One – Angels

WEEKLY UPDATE: Chapter One – Angels

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Donald Trump launched his campaign for president by calling Mexicans criminals and rapists.

When Antonio launched his media campaign a few weeks ago, he did so with a video that captures the moment he leaves life-saving water along the California-Mexico border.

There couldn’t be a clearer contrast between these two world views. Our “launch” video has now been seen hundreds of thousands of times, but we wanted to make sure even more people can see it by breaking it down into easy to watch chapters.

We are releasing Chapter 1 today and you can watch it here:

After you watch, please make sure to Like and Share so we can make sure this powerful story is seen by all our friends and neighbors. 

In the News

Los Angeles Times: “It’s a tightening race for governor…” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Voters are more divided in the governor’s race, creating a closer contest between Democrats Gavin Newsom and Antonio Villaraigosa.” [Los Angeles Times, 11/09/17]

USC Dornsife/L.A. Times Poll

Los Angeles Times: “Villaraigosa: ‘There’s not enough concern about the environmental impacts of climate change on the poor’” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said Wednesday that Democratic wins in Virginia and New Jersey are clear signs that voters across the United States want to elect leaders who have a vision of uniting the nation. That vision, Villaraigosa said, should include a focus on creating clean energy jobs and job training, especially for low-income residents.” [Los Angeles Times, 11/08/17]

L.A. Weekly: Villaraigosa Was First Latino to Take Los Angeles Mayor’s Office Since 1872 and “Won Big.” According to the L.A. Weekly, “Twelve years ago, when Antonio Villaraigosa became the first Latino to take the mayor’s office since 1872, his victory over the incumbent, political scion James K. Hahn, was a sensational masterstroke of coalition building. ‘Villaraigosa won big,’ gushed the Washington Post on May 19, 2005. ‘He won the Latino vote — and the black vote, and the white vote. He won the working-class neighborhoods, and the prosperous San Fernando Valley. The longtime liberal even captured much of the Republican vote.’” [L.A. Weekly, 11/10/17]

EdSource: Villaraigosa Passionate About Doing More to Ensure Success of Low-Income Students.According to EdSource, “Villaraigosa was especially passionate about doing more to ensure the success of low-income students. ‘Kids who grew up the way I did, those kids need more than my kids,’ he said. ‘We’re going to have to build on what we’ve done with the Local Control Funding Formula, to make sure that those kids have the resources that they need so that they can compete with the kids who grow up in the more affluent homes.’” [EdSource, 11/07/17]

Voice of the Week

MARIA CALDERON, LAKE FOREST
My family (parents & sister) and I moved to the United States in 1994, 4 weeks before my 10th birthday with my younger sister (7 years old), and my mom who was pregnant at the time with our youngest sister.

I am now a mommy and a step-mommy myself, a college student at CSUF working on my Psychology degree part-time, and a full-time working single mom.

Read more at https://antonioforcalifornia.com/voices/maria-calderon/ 

Call for Volunteers

Are you in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to volunteer on the Antonio for California campaign? The campaign is looking for volunteers to show support for the campaign and staff our table at the Winter 2017 Executive Board Meeting.

If you are available 11/17 and 11/18, please sign up at antonioforcalifornia.com/volunteer.

What a Year

What a Year

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Just a year ago I launched my campaign for governor and started this journey because there are too many people doing everything right and still falling behind. I’m running for governor because I know that in order to thrive as a state – to restore the luster to the California dream – we have to make sure that we’re growing together.

We’ve made so much progress. And the polls show our incredible momentum. But I can’t do it alone. I hope you will join our campaign by making a contribution today.

This past year, I have been traveling up and down our great state and hearing the powerful personal stories of Californians. Time and again, I heard how much Californians love their state, but know that we have to do so much more to keep the California dream alive for everyone.

We have many months to go, but I’m energized and committed to continue to give voice to every Californian. I hope you will add your voice by contributing to our campaign today.

BREAKING NEWS: New USC Poll Shows Antonio is Surging

BREAKING NEWS: New USC Poll Shows Antonio is Surging

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A new USC poll released today shows Antonio Villaraigosa surging and poised to take on millionaire businessman Gavin Newsom in the November run-off.

The strong Villaraigosa poll showing was particularly impressive because the poll was conducted online – a methodology that has usually favored Newsom as he does well with the wealthiest voters. The fact that Villaraigosa is surging in this new online poll just confirms that his campaign for economic opportunity and equality is gaining traction.

Can you help us keep up this incredible momentum by giving just $5 right now?

The poll of 1,296 likely 2018 June voters shows Newsom at 31 percent, Villaraigosa rising to 21 percent and other candidates trailing. Under California’s open primary system, the top two candidates in June advance to a November run-off, regardless of party.

Bob Shrum, who leads the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC, which sponsored the poll, said the new numbers indicated a possible repeat of the last U.S. Senate race, when both of the top candidates advancing in June were Democrats. The Los Angeles Times’ headline announced, “It’s a Tightening Race for Governor.”

The poll shows Villaraigosa now leading among Latino voters by two-to-one – an important strength as the registration of this key California community continues to grow in response to President Donald Trump, and because of the increasing number of Latinos in California. This means Villaraigosa is doing the best with the voter constituency that is growing the fastest.

The poll shows we are surging – can you help us right now by making your contribution to Antonio’s campaign for a stronger economy? Antonio is speaking out for every Californian struggling in this economy.

 

Weekly Update:  It’s Election Day

Weekly Update: It’s Election Day

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Today is Election Day in many communities in California and across the country and the polls are open for a few more hours. The best way to create change is voting.

If you’re in California and unsure if there’s an election in your community today, click here. 

Every election matters – whether it’s for President or local school board. So make sure you’re registered to vote, by clicking here.

In the News

Sacramento Bee: “California’s top Latino candidates face a tougher enemy than Trump: Fellow Democrats.” According to Marcos Bretón of the Sacramento Bee, “It doesn’t matter that Latinos are 39 percent of California’s population, the largest ethnic group, when a persistent political narrative condemning Latinos continues to win elections. The end result contributes to disenfranchisement of potential Latino voters that plays out in election after election… Villaraigosa and de León have a chance to flip the narrative, to turn Latino voters into aspirational voters rather than protest voters.” [Sacramento Bee, 11/05/17]

Los Angeles Times: “Antonio Villaraigosa warns of growing economic disparity in California.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Gubernatorial candidate Antonio Villaraigosa said Friday that California must take substantive action to address the disparities between the haves and have-nots in the state…’If California is going to resist, as I hear so many people talk about, the best way to resist is to do a better job addressing the housing needs of the state, the healthcare needs of the state and the fact so many people don’t have good jobs to live a better life.’” [Los Angeles Times, 11/03/17]

Univision: “¿Cuáles son las posibilidades de Antonio Villaraigosa en la gobernación de California?” “El aspirante, quien dice estar dispuesto a la lucha contra las políticas de Donald Trump, se muestra en un comercial llevando agua al desierto por donde cruzan los inmigrantes y a los barrios angelinos en los que viven desamparados. Funcionarios como Gavin Newsom, John Chiang y Delaine Eastin también participan en la contienda electoral.” [Univision, 10/31/17]

Voice of the Week

Richard Howell, Nevada City

Sadly, many Americans have lost faith in our institutions. A majority of Republicans were reported to believe that colleges are a greater danger to America than a benefit. People don’t believe the press, their elected leaders, and vilify those who disagree with them.

We need leadership. We need politicians who can articulate a vision of California that works for most. We as a people believe, in principle, in hard work, but don’t ask that of our leaders, our citizens, and our children. Sadly, we’re not likely to change the isolated, angry folks who preach distrust and hatred… Read more here.

Call for Volunteers

Join the Antonio for California Team! We are looking for motivated volunteers who want to join a progressive campaign that is fighting to make a difference in California. There are many ways in which you can help our campaign – phone banking, knocking on doors, hosting an event, posting on social media, you name it. Go to AntonioForCalifornia.com/volunteer to sign up.

Weekly Update: Powerful

Weekly Update: Powerful

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Happy Halloween!

We have a treat for you today. The press has called our new launch video “powerful” and the reaction has been just that. The video shows why Antonio fights so hard to give back to the state that has given him so much. If you haven’t had a chance to see the video yet, you can watch it here:

And please – make sure to share this video on Facebook and Twitter so hundreds of thousands more Californians can see it.

More Powerful Political News

Two key political announcements have clearly added even more power behind Antonio’s campaign. First and foremost, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced he is not running for governor and is instead forming a new nationally-focused 501(c)3 committee to focus on key issues. With Los Angeles county accounting for more than 25% of the statewide vote, the announcement from Mayor Garcetti clearly helps clear Antonio’s own core geographic base of support.

Also, potentially important on the political front was the announcement from California Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León that he will run for United States Senate, meaning one more high-profile statewide Latino candidate will be drawing new voters to the polls. One political data expert noted at the time of Senator de León’s announcement that only two California candidates have a demonstrated history of pulling Latino voters so effectively that they exceed their registration numbers – Antonio Villaraigosa and Kevin de León. They are now together on the same June 2018 ballot.

Debates Show Clear Differences

For the first time, all four Democratic candidates for governor shared the stage at the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) gubernatorial debate. Just two days after the NUHW debate, Antonio met Gavin Newsom, John Chiang and Delaine Eastin again at a San Francisco Chronicle forum.

While some of his opponents tried to “reframe” (duck) tough questions, particularly on issues like how they would pay the $400 billion price tag for SB562, Antonio wasn’t afraid to honestly answer all the questions put to him. “We’re not here to reframe the questions, we’re here to answer them,” Antonio said. You can watch the San Francisco Chronicle forum here: https://www.facebook.com/SFChronicle/videos/10155926755629524/ 

In the News

Villaraigosa Contrasts Himself from Newsom by Talking About “The Other California.” According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Villaraigosa will draw the contrast between Newsom, the privileged friend of the wealthy Getty family, and his own upbringing in the City Terrace area of east Los Angeles, where his mother raised him after his abusive, alcoholic father abandoned the family. He will be talking about ‘the other California,’ away from the wealthy coast, the one where 20 percent of people live in poverty.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 10/29/17]

San Diego Union-Tribute Editorial Said Villaraigosa “Benefits from More Credibility” on Education and Credited for “Act of Political Courage.” According to a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial, “…when it comes to improving public schools — and helping the 1.3 million English language learners who make up more than one-fifth of all students — Villaraigosa benefits from more credibility. His decision while mayor to take on the leaders of the United Teachers Los Angeles — a union local he once worked for as an organizer — was an act of political courage by a powerful California Democrat. He saw teacher job-protection laws leading to schools in poor minority neighborhoods being filled with struggling teachers and concluded that it was unacceptable. Like the ACLU, he believes how Los Angeles Unified treats its high-need students violates their civil rights. In a party that touts its commitment to social justice and determination to protect Latinos from hostile forces, it is stunning that Villaraigosa amounts to a lonely voice.” [Editorial, San Diego Union Tribune, 10/27/17]

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board: “Villaraigosa’s line rang more true: ‘Kids have a right to a decent teacher.’ Just as voters have a right to real talk, not rhetoric.”According to a San Diego Union-Tribune editorial, “The San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board shares the Democratic candidates’ views that teachers are among the most important people in California and deserve our thanks and appreciation. But their unions have built such power that the balance between teachers’ interests and students’ interests is lopsided. Newsom’s one-liner — ‘teachers are sick and tired of being treated as sparring partners, not working partners’ — is more of a laugh line than an applause line. Villaraigosa’s line rang more true: ‘Kids have a right to a decent teacher.’ Just as voters have a right to real talk, not rhetoric.” [Editorial, San Diego Tribune, 10/24/17]

The Hill: Villaraigosa Has Potential Base of 68 Percent. According to The Hill, “Villaraigosa brings some serious potential support to the campaign. Adding the black population (8 percent) and Asian population (13 percent) of Los Angeles County, Villaraigosa has a potential 68 percent of Angelinos to work with, as he did when he built a coalition that elected him mayor of Los Angeles – the first Hispanic mayor of Los Angeles since 1872.” [The Hill, 10/18/17]

Voice of the Week

“The housing crisis in Los Angeles is a BIG problem. Middle class families like ours are being pushed out of the city by extremely high rent prices. Something must be done to help people be able to afford staying in Los Angeles and to solve the homelessness crisis here. Build affordable housing now. Enforce rent control on properties now.’ – Faith Strongheart, Los Angeles

Share your California dream at antonioforcalifornia.com/speak 

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

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For Immediate Release
October 19, 2017

CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD ENDORSES
ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Los Angeles – Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, (CA-40) endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor saying his record in the legislature and as Mayor makes him best qualified to create more economic opportunities and improve education for underserved communities across California.

“Antonio has been a voice and champion for underserved communities throughout his life and I’m proud to support his candidacy for Governor,“ said Rep. Roybal-Allard. “Now more than ever, we need a strong partner in the Governor’s office to fight Donald Trump’s reckless policies on healthcare, environment and civil rights and Antonio has never backed down when it comes to fighting for the people of California.”

“Lucille is a pillar of the community and I am incredibly honored to have her support,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “I look forward to working with the Congresswoman on important priorities including infrastructure investments that create good paying jobs and strengthen our economy, and investing in our schools so every child has an equal chance to succeed.”

In 1992, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard became the first Mexican-American woman elected to Congress. As a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Congresswoman has worked tirelessly to create jobs, improve health services, and create better educational opportunities for her constituents in California’s 40th Congressional District. She also ranks as one of the House’s foremost supporters of immigration reform, a strong homeland security system, labor unions, veterans, and the rights of women and children. She is an original co-author of the Dream Act.

Congresswoman Roybal-Allard is the first Latina to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, and the first Latina to serve as a chair or ranking member on a House Appropriations Subcommittee. As the ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, the Congresswoman fights to ensure our homeland security personnel have the resources they need to keep our country safe, and she advocates for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform that treats immigrants humanely, focuses on deporting those who threaten national security, and better secures our borders.

From her position on the House Appropriations Committee, the Congresswoman has secured millions of dollars to create jobs on much-needed local construction and transportation projects, and at organizations throughout her district. She has been at the forefront of the fight to improve the quality and affordability of health services, and has led legislative efforts to protect the health of mothers and babies. She has successfully secured funding for local health needs, including infant and child care, prenatal health, dental care, HIV testing, substance abuse, diabetes treatment, and telehealth services. She has been equally successful in obtaining federal dollars for local education and labor projects, including job training and placement services, arts and vocational education, afterschool care, early education, magnet schools, and English literacy programs.

Villaraigosa was recently endorsed by Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Lou Correa, Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, State Senator Steven Bradford, Assemblyman Freddie Rodriquez, the California Latino Legislative Caucus, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina and community activist “Sweet” Alice Harris.

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Weekly Update: Reach Out a Helping Hand

Weekly Update: Reach Out a Helping Hand

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It’s hard to believe that only a week ago a Las Vegas gunman opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest country music festival, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds of others. This came at time when Puerto Rico is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, and today, fires are raging in both northern and southern California. Right now, we need leadership, and we need leaders who reflect the best in all of us by reaching out a hand to help our fellow Americans.

There are many ways you can reach out and help:

•   Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation

•   Napa Valley Community Foundation: http://www.napavalleycf.org/supporting-napa-county-fire-relief-efforts/

•   Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief: https://www.gofundme.com/puertoricohurricanerelief

•   National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters: https://www.nvoad.org/howtohelp/volunteer/

•   Las Vegas Victims’ Fund: https://www.gofundme.com/dr2ks2-las-vegas-victims-fund

•   Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence: https://secure.everyaction.com/FixKmAdTbkyF5-sTXYCdpQ2

Endorsement of the Week

This week, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina added her name to the long list of elected and community leaders throwing their support behind Antonio and his campaign to become California’s next governor.

“Decision-making leadership is the reason I am endorsing Antonio,” said Supervisor Molina. “As Mayor he made tough decisions in the best interest of the entire city, decisions that created financial stability for the long term. That is the kind of courage we need to lead this state and prepare for the future, whether it’s threats from Washington D.C. or special interest control. Antonio Villaraigosa is a proven leader with a long list of accomplishments including education, environment, healthcare and transportation.”

Add your name to the list of endorsers: AntonioforCalifornia.com/Endorse

Voice of the Week

April Jones

“It’s time to reconsider and evaluate the constitution on gun laws. The right to bear arms came about during a time where this country was very different and at war with the threat of invasion. We are no longer living that way anymore. So with evolution, comes change. Yet we are still living by the same rules in the 1700’s that don’t apply anymore in 2017.

Unless you are in a job that requires guns like the military, hunting for food or living/working in wildlife, then why does every American need to own a gun? If there were less guns in this country, there would be less violence. This has been proven by other countries who currently live without every citizen owning a gun in their society.

The only way we are going to ever make the streets safer, is to not make available to everyone the tools that are used to kill, period. We are not animals and it’s time we stop living like one.” – April Jones, Perris

Read more from April: AntonioforCalifornia.com/Voices/April-Jones

Share your own voice at AntonioforCalifornia.com/Speak

On the Campaign Trail

It’s been another busy week for the Antonio for California campaign as Antonio travels up and down the state. Last week, he was in Sacramento and spoke about early education at the Advancement Project California “Birth to Five Watercooler Conference.”

He was also in Lancaster for the expansion of the BYD Coach and Bus manufacturing facility. BYD is an industry pioneer and leader in electrified transportation. This is a shining example of how we can bring together our goal of continuing to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions while creating jobs and lifting more families into the middle class.

From Lancaster, Antonio went to Del Mar for a gubernatorial campaign forum with John Chiang, Delaine Eastin and John Cox hosted by the Latino School Boards Association.

In the News

“Villaraigosa credits his mother and a longtime school counselor, the late Herman Katz, for encouraging and motivating him to finish at a time when the graduation rate was just 25 percent. Still, he doesn’t sugarcoat his progress up to that point, noting his grade-point average was 1.4. Villaraigosa would go on to East Los Angeles Community College, then UCLA, thanks to affirmative action. He may have come in through the back door, Villaraigosa said in a familiar refrain. ‘But one thing is for sure, I left through the front.’” – Sacramento Bee, 10/05/17

“Antonio Villaraigosa wants to give big-city California mayors control over their local schools – a power he strived for as mayor of Los Angeles but could never fully attain. ‘When one person is ultimately accountable, then they get elected or defeated at the polls based on that accountability,’ Villaraigosa told Capital Public Radio in an interview Tuesday after appearing at a conference on early education in Sacramento. ‘What we have currently is a situation wherein too many of these cities, you’ve got seven people (on a school board) who aren’t accountable to success.’” – Capitol Public Radio, 10/4/17

“Antonio Villaraigosa, candidato a gobernador de California, espera recibir un gran apoyo de los hispanos cuando el próximo año se elija al sucesor de Jerry Brown en la silla del estado dorado.” – Al Rescate

“Villaraigosa claimed Newsom has essentially flip-flopped in his support for California’s high-speed rail, saying he was ‘for it, before he’s against it, and then he’s for it again.’… We found Villaraigosa pointed to key evidence, particularly the 2014 radio interview, that shows Newsom’s stance had shifted, at least for that moment in time…We rate his claim Mostly True.” – PolitiFact, 9/29/17

Fmr. LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa

Fmr. LA County Supervisor Gloria Molina Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa

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FORMER LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERVISOR GLORIA MOLINA ENDORSES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Molina Cites Antonio’s Courage and Proven Leadership

Los Angeles – Today, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor saying he will create greater economic opportunity and equality in the Golden State.

“Decision making leadership is the reason I am endorsing Antonio,” said Supervisor Molina. “As Mayor he made tough decisions in the best interest of the entire city, decisions that created financial stability for the long term. This is the courage we need to lead this state and prepare for the future either by threats from Washington DC or special interest control. Antonio Villaraigosa is a proven leader with a long list of accomplishments including education, environment healthcare and transportation.”

“I’m grateful to have the endorsement of my dear friend and mentor Gloria Molina who has broken glass ceilings throughout her career and who paved the way for many current leaders,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As Governor, I will remain focused on education that helps more students graduate and infrastructure projects that create good-paying jobs so that more Californians can have greater economic opportunity and equality.”

Gloria Molina is the first Latina in history to be elected to the California State Legislature, the Los Angeles City Council, and she is the first woman elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Molina was an advocate for women’s health and helped create the Nurse Mentoring Program, a partnership between local community colleges to help more people become nurses to address the county’s nursing shortage. During her time as county supervisor, she led efforts to invest in infrastructure including the development of parkland in the inner cities.

Villaraigosa was also recently endorsed by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressman Lour Correa, State Senator Steven Bradford and the California Latino Legislative Caucus.

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WEEKLY UPDATE: Our Campaign is Growing!

WEEKLY UPDATE: Our Campaign is Growing!

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From rolling out a substantive policy on addressing California’s affordable housing crisis to announcing two of the most powerful endorsements a candidate for governor could earn — this was a week to remember.

Antonio’s proposal to bring back targeted local authority to invest in affordable housing — essentially a modified redevelopment authority — was published in the San Francisco Chronicle and quickly earned statewide attention. When local governments had the ability to invest in affordable housing, they were directing nearly one billion each year into new housing development. The loss of that power is partially responsible for turning an affordable housing crisis into an affordable housing catastrophe. With new safeguards and controls, Antonio wants to bring that power back so local governments can invest wisely in creating new housing for teachers, nurses, police officers, firefighters and many others who are now punished by California’s rising housing costs. You can read Antonio’s op-ed in the Chronicle here.

This past Saturday, former State Senator and Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl announced her endorsement of Antonio at a joint roundtable discussion on creating more green jobs. Supervisor Kuehl highlighted Antonio’s record — from creating more high-wage jobs to cleaning up pollution in low-income communities to standing with her in Sacramento when they both were fighting for powerful causes like gun safety, equal rights and universal health care.

You can watch Supervisor Kuehl’s endorsement of Antonio here:

Supervisor Kuehl’s endorsement came just days after the California Legislative Latino Caucus threw their support behind Antonio in the race for governor – perhaps one of the most important endorsements in the entire campaign.  The caucus highlighted Antonio’s work fighting for economic opportunity and equality. You can read their endorsement statement here. 

Are You In?

Do you want to join Supervisor Kuehl and the Latino Legislative Caucus in support of Antonio? The best way is to make the most generous contribution you can afford.

Thank you in advance for helping us turn this into our best week yet!

Voices Submission of the Week

“When it was announced that undocumented young people were going to be given a permit to work and be in the United States, my parents immediately jumped on the opportunity and helped me apply. I was excited to be able to work and help them financially and to be given a chance to be in the United States. I enrolled in Saddleback Community College with a major in Computer Science which later changed to Architecture. I currently go to school and work in retail and as a math tutor/babysitter. I pictured my future working in a firm and maybe later as a self-employed architect and make my family proud.

After the current DACA news, all my plans for the future seemed distant again. I’m not sure what we’ll do if it is cancelled since I would not be able to work or reside in the United States. Going back to Tecate sounds very intimidating because we would be forced to start over, especially my little sister. I don’t really see a future in going back since the financial situation over there has worsened since we left and that’s terrifying. I hope and pray that everything turns out alright and that all of us fighting for this right succeed in doing something. I and many others are only here to work hard and become something important for our families and ourselves, not to hurt this country.” — Ana Perez, San Juan Capistrano

In the News

“Solving our state’s growing housing crisis will take a sustained commitment and creative thinking. But when it comes to giving local governments the tools they need, we don’t need to reinvent the wheel. Let’s bring back a reformed redevelopment agency system to help fund the creation of affordable housing.” — San Francisco Chronicle, 9/27/2017

“The Legislature’s California Latino Caucus on Wednesday endorsed former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor. While expected, the nod from the politically influential caucus is a boon for Villaraigosa, a former Democratic Assembly speaker and the only major Latino candidate running for governor.” — Los Angeles Times, 9/27/2017

“La poderosa bancada latina en la legislatura de California dio su apoyo a Antonio Villaraigosa para ser el próximo gobernador del estado. ‘El caucus latino está orgulloso de respaldar a Antonio Villaraigosa para gobernador’, dijo Ben Hueso, líder de la bancada latina y senador demócrata de San Diego. Y recordó que cuando fue presidente de la Asamblea y alcalde de Los Ángeles, Villaraigosa trabajó para fortalecer la economía, ampliar el cuidado de salud, mejorar nuestras escuelas e invertir en proyectos de infraestructura estratégica que crean empleos para la clase media.” — La Opinión, 9/27/2017

California Latino Caucus Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

California Latino Caucus Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2017

California Latino Caucus Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

SACRAMENTO – The California Latino Caucus today announced they have endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California in 2018.

“The Latino Caucus is proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said Senator Ben Hueso (D-San Diego), Chair of the Latino Caucus. “As Assembly Speaker and Los Angeles Mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa worked to strengthen our economy, expand our healthcare, improve our schools and invest in strategic infrastructure projects that create middle class jobs. He understands the struggles and challenges of working families and will represent all of the people of the Golden State wherever they live.”

The California Latino Caucus is one of the most influential organizations within the State Legislature. Its members hold strategic leadership positions and focus primarily on improving the quality of life for working families in California. Currently, due to the changing demographics of California, it is apparent that the issues affecting Latinos in California are issues that affect all Californians.

“As a former member of the Latino Caucus, it is truly humbling to earn their endorsement,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As Governor, my number one priority will be to create more economic opportunity and greater economic equality throughout California.”

In recent months, the California Latino Caucus has voted to endorse Ed Hernandez, O.D., for Lieutenant Governor; Xavier Becerra for Attorney General; Alex Padilla for Secretary of State; Ricardo Lara for Insurance Commissioner; and Tony Thurmond for Superintendent of Public Instruction.

For more information on the CA Latino Caucus, visit http://CaLatinoCaucusPAC.com

For more information on Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, visit www.AntonioForCalifornia.com

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The California Latino Caucus serves as a forum for members from the State Senate and Assembly to identify key issues affecting Latinos and develop avenues to empower the Latino Community throughout California. Following in the footsteps of generations of pioneering Latinos who settled and helped build this great state, Latino legislators united in 1973 to maximize their power notwithstanding their limited numbers. Since its creation 40 years ago, the Caucus has grown in both numbers and stature. It boasts a rich history of legislative and political success and serves as one of the most influential and strategic organizations in California.