Happy New Year! One of the very first things I want to do in this bright new year is thank all of our incredible supporters who did so much in 2017.
Because of your support we were able to meet all of our ambitious goals. We surged in the polls – and made this a two-person race. We raised millions of dollars from thousands of contributors who joined our cause to create One California. And most of all – we are already making good on our pledge to give voice to EVERY Californian, regardless of where they live, where they come from or how much money they make.
It is all thanks to you. And I am so deeply grateful.
We have come so far, but we know we have a long way to go until we can celebrate victory together in June and then November. In the months ahead we will keep taking this campaign to every corner of California. I hope to see you in person out on the campaign trail – so I can thank you for all that you do.
Happy New Year!
While the polls show Antonio is surging, we never rest on our laurels. Instead, this new poll motivates us to work even harder to make sure Antonio can realize his vision of a California with greater economic opportunity and equality.
Antonio never slows down. Neither can we.
The new poll just released this evening was conducted by the U.C. Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies under the supervision of the same expert team that guided the famous Field Poll in California. The poll of 1,000 California voters shows Newsom at 23% of the vote with Antonio at 19% – meaning both are now poised to advance to the run-off. John Cox polls at 8%, Travis Allen at 7%, John Chiang at 5% and Delaine Eastin at 4% of the vote.
We could not have come this far without you, and with your additional support, we’ll take this campaign all the way to victory.
For Immediate Release
December 19, 2017
POMONA, CA – Today, three Pomona City Council Members, Rubio R. Gonzalez, Cristina Carrizosa and Ginna Escobar, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor citing his strong leadership and record as Los Angeles Mayor.
“Antonio has a proven track record as Mayor of Los Angeles, and as California Governor, I know he will make the tough decisions necessary to lead our great state,” said Pomona Council Member Rubio R. Gonzalez. “Antonio made history becoming the first Mexican-American Mayor of Los Angeles in over 100 years, and he will break a new barrier when he becomes Governor of California.”
“It is time we have a governor from Southern California who knows our region and understands our communities,” said Pomona Council Member Cristina Carrizosa. “I’m proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa because he has roots here, knows my city, knows the people who live here and will not forget us as governor.”
“Antonio has spent his entire career working to make sure that everyone is represented,” said Pomona Council Member Ginna Escobar. “He was a successful Mayor of the biggest city in the state with one of the most diverse populations. Having Antonio Villaraigosa as Governor will ensure that the voice of every Californian will be heard in Sacramento.”
“I’m honored to have the endorsement of these strong leaders,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As governor, I will make education and job creation a priority so that families across California have economic opportunity end economic equality.”
Antonio recently released “Life Stories” video, which chronicles his upbringing in a poor, high-crime neighborhood just east of downtown Los Angeles. He discusses the challenges kids face in disadvantaged communities and those who don’t have resources because he was one of those kids. As mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa worked to improve schools, increase after-school programs and help create good-paying jobs to grow the middle class.
An important deadline is approaching – and it isn’t just the holidays. Our vital end of the year deadline is now just days away, and your financial support will never mean more than it does right now.
Please show your support for Antonio’s surging campaign by making your contribution today. You can contribute right here.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association endorsed Antonio, citing his work as Mayor of Los Angeles, where he dramatically reduced violent crime. This significant new endorsement comes on the heels of other powerful new supporters, from Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson to former Congresswoman Diane Watson. The polls show it is a two-person race with Antonio surging, and these new endorsements reflect this incredible momentum.
Creating economic opportunity and equality starts with making sure every Californian has a voice, particularly on important issues like improving our schools, investing in our infrastructure and creating access to quality health care. That’s why we’ve launched a special new section on our website that gives you the ability to contribute your ideas to these important debates. Right now, this community is just open to our campaign supporters as we test the new feature.
Will you be one of our inaugural participants in this important new campaign effort? Take a look – and share your ideas!
Bakersfield Californian: “Villaraigosa talked innovation, the economy, jobs and politics during a business roundtable in downtown Bakersfield”
Villaraigosa “called for the return of the redevelopment program, leaner and more efficient, which used to allow local government to funnel increased tax revenue into incentives to spur new growth.” [Bakersfield Californian, 12/12/17]
Good Times: “Antonio Villaraigosa: Bring Back Redevelopment, Build More Housing”
“Villaraigosa, a frontrunner in the 2018 California governor’s race, came to Santa Cruz for a meet-and-greet at the home of former County Treasurer Fred Keeley, a friend of Villaraigosa going back to their days in the state assembly together. Villaraigosa preached an “all-of-the-above strategy” to bring down housing costs.” [Good Times, 12/15/17]
For Immediate Release
December 18, 2017
Deputy Sheriffs Commend Villaraigosa’s Commitment to Public Safety as Mayor of Los Angeles
FRESNO, CA – Today, the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association announced their endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his successful record as Mayor of Los Angeles dramatically reducing violent crime.
“The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association strongly supports Antonio Villaraigosa because he has proven time and again he will support the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect Californians,” said Eric Schmidt, President, Fresno Deputy Sheriffs Association.
“I’m honored to have the backing of the brave men and women of the Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “Safe communities are the very foundation of economic opportunity and economic equality. By fighting crime with constitutional community policing – we are fighting poverty as well.”
As Mayor of Los Angeles, Villaraigosa made public safety one of his highest priorities. He increased the Police Department to more than 10,000 sworn officers and violent crime was nearly reduced by 50 percent during his tenure as mayor. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck credited Villaraigosa’s public safety strategy, which included expansion of the police force, anti-gang programs for at-risk youth and efforts to reform schools in low-income neighborhoods, leading to the dramatic drop in crime.
The Fresno Deputy Sheriff’s Association was organized in 1973 to give members of the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office the opportunity for fair representation based on the Peace Officer Bill of Rights. The FDSA was also organized to give a group of Deputy Sheriffs the opportunity to collectively bargain with the County of Fresno for wages, benefits and working conditions.
The FDSA represents over 650 active employees. Although Deputy Sheriffs make up the majority of the membership, dispatchers, community service officers, identification technicians, criminalists and deputy coroners are all represented by the FDSA.
For Immediate Release
December 13, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, former California Representative and House Majority Whip Tony Coelho endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his strength and leadership to give all Californians a voice.
“With the wave of far-right policy sweeping through our federal government, now more than ever, California needs a strong Democratic leader,” said former Congressman Tony Coelho. “Antonio is someone who understands and can speak up for the millions of Californians who feel their voices are muted and their livelihoods are under attack. I am happy to support my longtime friend Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California and trust he will give every Californian a voice.”
Tony Coelho was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1978, representing the Central Valley’s 15th Congressional District, which included Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced and Stanislaus Counties. In 1987, he was the first Latino elected House Majority Whip. Mr. Coelho authored the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which provides people with disabilities equal access to employment, public facilities and transportation and makes it possible for them to become a full participating member of society.
“Tony Coelho is someone who continues to fight for underserved communities, and I’m humbled to have his endorsement,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As governor, I will work with Tony Coelho and other leaders to strengthen policies that help people with disabilities have economic opportunity and equality.”
During his ten years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Coelho served on the Agriculture, Interior and Administration Committees.
The holiday season is upon us. This evening is the first night of Hanukkah, and we want to wish all those who celebrate a Happy Hanukkah! Whatever you celebrate – whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the winter solstice – we hope your holiday season is filled with friends, family and joy. The holiday season is also a time to reflect and show gratitude.
All of us at the Antonio for California campaign want to say, “thank you” to all of you who have supported the campaign and helped us continue to fight to give voice to all Californians. We are grateful to all of your and know we wouldn’t be surging in the polls and gaining so much momentum without you.
If you can give just a little more this holiday season, please contribute to our campaign. We are facing another fundraising deadline and every little bit helps. Thank you so much for your support!
Wildfires continue to burn in Southern California. Thank you to our first responders who are fighting the fires and protecting our communities. Stay safe and don’t forget to follow evacuation orders. For current fire information go to Cal Fire’s website: http://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
If you want to help those who have been affected by these fires, here are some organizations that you can donate to:
Also, find out how to prepare for natural disasters from a special edition of the San Francisco Chronicle: https://antonioforcalifornia.com/how-to-survive/
Thank you to everyone who is joining our lively policy discussion. We are going to be rolling out this exciting new part of our campaign early next year, but for now we are inviting all of our campaign family to participate as we share ideas, facts, and views on how to move California forward. Please join us and make sure your voice is heard.
Last week, we launched “Second Shot” in which Antonio describes how he was able to fight for kids to get a quality education as Speaker of the California State Assembly and Mayor of Los Angeles because he was given a second chance at an education after dropping out of high school. You can watch “Second Shot” here.
Antonio has received overwhelming support, and this week we announced endorsements from Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga (District 7) and former California State Senator Kevin Murray. Recently, Antonio was also endorsed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza.
Thank you to all the elected officials and local leaders who have come out in support of Antonio. If you would like to add your name to our long list of endorsers go to: antonioforcalifornia.com/endorse.
L.A. Watts Times: “POLL: Antonio Villaraigosa could be California’s next Governor; Gavin Newsom’s lead evaporating”
“A recent poll for the 2018 California gubernatorial primary shows former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is hot on the heels of current frontrunner Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of the Golden State. So far, Newsom has the support of 23 percent of the voters, but Villaraigosa has 18. The poll also shows that about 3 percent of the voters have not decided. Villaraigosa said the numbers are sending the state government a very clear message. ‘Our message of jobs and economic opportunity for all is starting to resonate,’ he told the Sentinel this week.” [L.A. Watts Times, 11/07/17]
Los Angeles Times: “Villaraigosa is inching up and making the race competitive.”
“Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom always has been the front-runner for governor and still is, but former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is inching up and making the race competitive…It showed that among likely voters, Newsom led the gubernatorial contest with 23%, followed by Villaraigosa at 18%. Then came Chiang and Republican businessman John Cox, both at 9%.” [Los Angeles Times, 12/11/17]
CalMatters: Villaraigosa says, “We must disrupt our education system” by adopting “assessment, accountability and transparency.”
“Villaraigosa echoes reform and civil rights groups, self-dubbed the ‘Equity Coalition,’ when he says, ‘We must disrupt our education system’ by adopting ‘assessment, accountability and transparency.’ ‘I, as governor, will shut down schools that have failed our kids for a very long time, whether they’re charter schools or traditional public schools,’ Villaraigosa said when all the candidates appeared at a recent forum on education in San Diego. Villaraigosa’s positioning was bolstered recently by an endorsement from Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat considered to be the Capitol’s most vociferous advocate of education reform.” [CalMatters, 12/9/17]
For Immediate Release
December 8, 2017
CALIFORNIA STATE SENATOR (ret) KEVIN MURRAY ENDORSES
ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR
Los Angeles – Today, former California State Senator Kevin Murray endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor citing Antonio’s record of job creation and healthcare expansion.
“I am thrilled to endorse my longtime friend Antonio Villaraigosa as the next Governor of the great state of California,” said Senator Murray. “I was proud to work with him as a legislator and then as mayor on critical issues like healthcare and transportation. He is a champion for job creation, and as Governor, he will fight to extend the American Dream to everyone.”
“I’m honored to have the support of my former legislative colleague and friend, Kevin Murray,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “As legislators, we were in the trenches working to ensure economic opportunity and equality for the people of California, and it is what I will continue to do as governor.”
Mr. Kevin Murray was California’s 47th District Assemblyman from 1994 to 1998, and State Senator from 1998 to 2006, representing the 26th district – both in the Los Angeles area.
The endorsement comes on the heels of a recent Public Policy Institute of California poll, which finds Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa gaining the most momentum in his candidacy. The Los Angeles Sentinel newspaper reports: “Antonio Villaraigosa Could Be California’s Next Governor.”
Today, we are releasing Chapter 3 of Antonio’s “Life Stories” series, featuring poignant moments of Antonio remembering mentors and inspirations like his grandpa Pete and Herman Katz, a teacher who kept him on the right track.
Our series of videos has now been seen by more than one million Californians.
We know when voters learn about Antonio’s history, values and accomplishments they join this cause. The polls show it – Antonio is surging. Please help us get this story out by making your contribution right now
Here at the Antonio for California campaign, we know that this campaign is about making sure that every Californian is heard. That’s why today we are launching our partnership with Gell, an online platform, which “brings people together through civil discourse on issues that matter.”
We’re giving our closest friends and supporters a sneak peek. Take a look and let us know what you think about some of our policy ideas. Do you think bringing back local redevelopment agencies will help alleviate the housing crisis? Do you agree that we need economic prosperity zones by region? Tell us what you think!
[VIDEO] Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and San Diego Assemblymember Shirley Weber sat down with KUSI’s Jason Austell to talk about what changes need to be made. [KUSI, 12/04/17]
“It appears that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is continuing to eat away at Lieutenant Gov. Gavin Newsom’s lead in the 2018 California governor race. A poll released earlier this week by the Public Policy Institute of California found that Newsom still leads the field with 23 percent of the vote, but Villaraigosa, who came in second place with 18 percent, has cut Newsom’s lead to just five percentage points.” [San Francisco Chronicle, 12/2/17]
Antonio Villaraigosa (AV): Our immigration system is broken: We need to fix it. We need to take responsibility for what we’ve created in this country, which is an immigration system that — no matter what side of the aisle you are on — most people believe is broken. DACA arose out of a broken immigration system. We had all of these young people who came with their parents [and] know no country other than this one, and they were treated as if they had crossed without documentation. We weren’t taking advantage of their talents and their energy, of their willingness to work. So DACA came out of this, not just a broken immigration system, but the failure of both parties to fix it. [The Stanford Daily, 12/1/17]
“El desafío al que se enfrenta California en los próximos años es asegurarse de que la abundancia se extienda a cada parte de nuestro gran estado para que todos podamos progresar económicamente.” [La Opinion, 11/30/17]
For Immediate Release
December 5, 2017
Long Beach — Today, Long Beach City Councilmember Roberto Uranga (District 7) endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor, citing his record of economic development and job creation.
“Antonio Villaraigosa has a lifetime of service to California and a demonstrated ability to promote economic opportunities, while also advancing sustainability in all of our communities,” said Councilmember Uranga.”I am proud to endorse him as our next Governor.”
“I’m honored to have the support of my friend and Long Beach City Councilmmember Roberto Uranga,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “As Governor, I will work with Councilmember Uranga and other local leaders to ensure the residents of Long Beach have economic equality and opportunity, including good paying jobs.”
Councilmember Roberto Uranga represents the City of Long Beach’s Seventh District. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Long Beach Community College District. He was first elected to serve on the Board in April 2000 and represented Area 2 residents. Councilmember Uranga has an extensive record of community service in Long Beach and nationally. He served as Chair of the American Community College Trustees, a nationally recognized advocate for community college education, becoming the first Latino to lead that group during his recently concluding chairmanship.
Recently, Mayor Villaraigosa was endorsed by California Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon (D-Whittier), Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) and Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza.