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WEEKLY UPDATE: You Made It Happen!

WEEKLY UPDATE: You Made It Happen!

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We’ve had an exciting month here at the Antonio for California campaign and wanted to share some good news. We know that none of this would be possible without your support!

Five Million Reasons Antonio Is Gaining Strength!

Thanks to an incredible show of support, we met our ambitious fundraising goal of $5 million by June 30 – and we are not slowing down. We raised this amount in just 231 days, an incredible start for a statewide candidate. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! If you didn’t make your contribution before the June 30 reporting period – don’t worry. You can still contribute here or via our new partnership with the crowdfunding site CrowdPac.

Giving Voice to Every Californian

Every bit as important as our strong fundraising is our grassroots organizing. There is no part of that organizing drive more important than our ambitious goal of creating online and offline tools to make sure more voters can be heard. We launched a “Giving Voice” drive with the goal of encouraging thousands of Californians to share their dreams, visions and stories. Please join us by sharing your California Dream.Antonio has talked about the “Davos Democrats who fly over our homes, but never sit in our living rooms.” This online drive will make sure Californians, in every part of the state, have an easy tool they can use to be heard.

The Political Support Keeps Coming

Thank you to Lou Correa, Gloria Molina, Henry R. Perea and Miguel A. Pulido who have all recently endorsed Antonio for Governor. They join the nearly 250 other local leaders and elected officials who have already joined the campaign. Want to make your personal endorsement? You can endorse right here.

If you know of an elected or civic leader you think we should reach out to, please let us know. You can email Michelle Jeung at [email protected], and she will pass the details on to Antonio. If you can provide a good phone number and a few notes about the leaders you think we should call, we’ll make sure Antonio personally calls and asks for their support.

Encouraging Poll Numbers

We’re just getting going, but we are already showing strong movement in the polls. In case you missed it, the most recent UC Berkeley/IGS survey showed Antonio gaining significant ground. Antonio went up six percentage points since the last survey while Gavin Newsom fell six points. Take a look for yourself at the very good news. 

And Finally, We Don’t Want to Throw “Stones”…

…But this was too good not to share.

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Monterey County Supervisor Simón Salinas Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Monterey County Supervisor Simón Salinas Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2017

MONTEREY COUNTY SUPERVISOR SIMÓN SALINAS ENDORSES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Villaraigosa continues to receive support from prominent officials across the state

Simon Salinas endorses antonio villaraigosa for governor of californiaLos Angeles — Today, Monterey County Supervisor Simón Salinas announced his support for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California. Salinas served for six years in the California State Assembly before returning to the Monterey County Board in 2007. Additionally, he has the distinction of being the first Mexican-American on the Salinas City Council and the first Mexican-American Monterey County Supervisor in 100 years.

He leads a list of elected officials from Monterey County endorsing Villaraigosa for Governor, including:

  • King City Mayor Pro Tem Carlos Victoria
  • Former King City Councilmember Margarita Lopez
  • Former Soledad Mayor Richard Ortiz

 

Supervisor Salinas Statement:

I am proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa as the next Governor of California. His track record of fighting for health care, education and equal opportunities for all Californians is unmatched in this race, and I look forward to his leadership for Monterey County and all of California.

Mayor Pro Tem Victoria Statement:

Communities like King City need Antonio Villaraigosa’s knowledge and expertise to be inspired. Every Californian needs to be treated with dignity and respect.

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

Supervisor Simón Salinas has spent his entire public service career breaking barriers and striving to improve the lives of the people of Monterey County. I am thrilled to have his support as we continue to work collectively with these leaders to help better the lives of all Californians.


As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000) and California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa be elected, he would become California’s first Latino Governor since 1875.

Learn more about Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

Fact Checking the Fact Checkers

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One of the great things about the race for Governor of California is that it is being so closely covered by the press. Frankly, one of the reasons why we are doing so well is that the press is covering all the campaigns – and our message is getting out there.

One of the most diligent news organizations covering the race is PolitiFact – a Pulitzer Prize winning organization that fact checks statements made by candidates, elected officials and even other media outlets.

I love the whole idea of this project. Our campaign is about telling it like it is and we all win when politicians and candidates are held to account.

But I’m also not afraid to debate them when I think they are wrong. And I believe they are wrong when they say it is not true that California has 77 of the top 300 cities with the highest poverty in the nation.

Recently, I said at a forum hosted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC):

“Seventy-seven of the top 300 cities with the highest poverty rate are in our state.”

PolitiFact weighed in and said that according to federal statistics on poverty, there were far fewer and that the 2015 study we used might be out of date since one of the factors creating poverty is unemployment, and unemployment has dropped in California. They also questioned our use of the term “poverty rate” when our source said “economically challenged.”

Five important points to make:

First, “economically challenged” in our view is equivalent to high rates of poverty. For any reader or listener, they are the same thing. The clear fact is California has the highest poverty in the nation.

Second, our source is the National Resource Network’s report, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” which said “California also has the highest concentration of economically challenged cities in the nation. While roughly 30 percent of all U.S. cities meet our definition of economically challenged, fully 25 percent of these cities are in this one state. These 77 localities account for just under 40 percent of all cities in the state with more than 40,000 residents. In total, nearly 12 million people live in these distressed communities, a population equal to that of the state of Ohio.” [National Resource Network, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” November 2015]

Third, it isn’t just the National Resource Network’s report that is showing this concentration of poverty in California. According to TownCharts.com, of the top 500 cities ranked by total in poverty, 100 of them are in California. [“Towncharts.com – United States Demographics Data.” Towncharts.com – United States Demographics Data. December 15, 2016.]

Now, it is fair to point out that according to TownCharts.com, of the top 300 cities ranked by poverty rate, 48 of those cities are in California. That number is lower than the 77 cited by the National Resources Network. But again, the number you find depends on how many factors you look at when you are considering poverty.

Fourth, yes the National Resource Network’s jobs numbers could have been out of date, but as unemployment fell, the cost of housing rose, and the cost of housing is one of the driving forces putting so many Californians into poverty. In fact, PolitiFact itself found it was true that California had the highest poverty rate in the nation using the Supplemental Poverty Measure from the U.S. Census. That measure takes into account costs like housing.

Fifth and finally, thank you to PolitiFact. We might not agree with them on this issue, but we appreciate the work they do.

Compton Mayor Aja Brown Backs Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Compton Mayor Aja Brown Backs Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017

Compton Mayor Aja Brown Backs Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Mayor is joined by Council Colleague McCoy in endorsing Villaraigosa

LOS ANGELES — Compton Mayor Aja Brown joined council colleague Tana McCoy in announcing their endorsement today of Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California.

Mayor Brown Statement:

“Antonio Villaraigosa knows what it means to stand up for his community and fight for equal rights and access. As a former President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and organizer for working families, Antonio has a proven track record in defending progressive values. He is the right choice for Compton, and for all Californians.”

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

“I am so proud to have the support of these visionary local government leaders,” said Villaraigosa. “We’re going to build a better future for California from the ground up, and I look forward to working with Compton and cities across our state to create opportunities and defend our shared values.”


As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council

Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000), California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa become elected, he would be California’s first Latino governorsince 1875.

Join Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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California Leaders Must Condemn the Threats Against Speaker Rendon and Have the Courage to Stand Up to the Dangerous Rhetoric on Single Payer

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The rhetoric over single-payer healthcare in California has taken an ugly, even dangerous, turn and now every responsible leader has a role in returning this discussion to a civil and honest debate.

Press reports detail how California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon received numerous death threats after he postponed the vote on the single-payer bill, threats the state Highway Patrol is now investigating.

Speaker Rendon had the courage to pause the headlong rush into a flawed single-payer proposal, calling for a thorough debate in order to properly vet the legislation.

As a result, the Speaker is now receiving threats via social media that include references to various means of execution. One poster is reported to have written he “prays someone checks Rendon’s schedule for baseball practice,” an obvious reference to the recent attempted assassination of members of Congress at a Congressional Baseball practice.

This must stop. This must stop now. We must all condemn this hateful speech at once.

And we should remember, we are better than this. A progressive speaker like Anthony Rendon standing up to make legislation better is not an action to be condemned, it is work that should be praised.

The organizations and leaders raising the temperature of this discussion to the boiling point should also pause and reflect on their own responsibility to dial down the rhetoric and return to a civil debate.

This is not, after all, a debate about whether we should have single-payer healthcare in California. This is a debate about how we will achieve it. Virtually every person engaged in this healthcare discussion supports the concept of single payer. I have been a supporter of single payer my entire career; I introduced and passed a massive expansion of public health insurance for California children when I was Speaker of the California State Assembly.

The current proposal, according the Legislature’s own analysis, would carry a price tag of up to $400 billion and require tax increases of up to $200 billion. It is true that other studies show a lower price tag, but even the authors of the State Senate bill acknowledge their proposal still has many financial details to be resolved.

Even if you accept the best-case data, adopting single payer now will mean massive cuts in other state programs and significant increases in taxes. It will also require explaining to voters why the state will take away trusted providers, like Kaiser and even Medicare, and require every Californian to join a state-run system. Of course, the premise of the proponents’ argument is based on the obviously false hope that President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress would grant a waiver, turning over federal healthcare funds to California.

Given these hard facts, the Speaker is correct to work to improve the proposal before moving it forward.

The supporters of single payer are not responsible for these death threats. But we are all responsible for elevating the level of our civic discourse and speaking out at once against violence and threats.

Protecting Medi-Cal Is Part of the California Healthcare Equation

Protecting Medi-Cal Is Part of the California Healthcare Equation

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My campaign is dedicated to giving voice to all Californians. And the most powerful thing about giving voice to everyone is that when you actually hear from Californians, you understand clearly that our residents want real solutions – not false promises.

What I am hearing everywhere I go (and that’s just about everywhere) is that preserving The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is one of the very highest priorities for Californians. The ACA is working. The Republican plan to gut it is a false promise that will endanger millions of Californians.

In California, the ACA is bringing life-saving and life-changing care to 3.7 million Californians, and it is one of the most important parts of our health care systems.

That’s why our number one health goal as a state must be to protect the ACA by standing up to the Republican plan to kill it – or, if they eventually do succeed in repealing or gutting this program, to fund it here in California.

Our second goal must be to continue to extend coverage to more Californians, until coverage is universal. We have worked tirelessly to make sure Californians have health insurance and our work is paying off. Nearly 92 percent of the state’s residents now have coverage – including one-third of the state which is covered under Medi-Cal. But 92% is not 100% which is why I strongly support moving forward with plans to craft a “Public Option,” that would allow Californians to buy into public programs for their insurance coverage.

But even when everyone has coverage, we will still need to keep working to make sure that obtaining insurance guarantees quality medical treatment when our loved ones and neighbors need it.

That’s why our goals also need to include protecting and enhancing Medi-Cal, which covers Californians from all walks of life: from the working single mother in National City, to the disabled son of a Central Valley farmer and the college student studying computer science in Arcata. It also covers half of all children in California.

Medi-Cal patients are three times more likely than those with private insurance to have trouble accessing the life-saving care that they are promised. This is largely because Medi-Cal patients far outnumber providers in the Medi-Cal program – and because the doctors, dentists and clinics that Californians rely on for medical care are paid at rates lower than nearly every other state – including Texas, West Virginia and Alaska.

What does this mean for Californians? When a Medi-Cal patient gets sick, they face longer wait times to make an appointment, or they may need to travel thirty, forty or fifty miles to find a provider who can accept new patients. This type of delay is unacceptable when it means a patient must wait months for life-saving cancer treatment.

The good news is that Californians spoke up and overwhelmingly passed Proposition 56, the tobacco tax measure, last November. This $2 tax on cigarettes and tobacco products has generated over a billion dollars in revenues that voters approved to improve patient access to medical and dental care in the Medi-Cal program. The proposition was also written to draw down federal matching funds – so that California has the maximum amount of revenue to invest in the health of its people.

While the compromise spending plan provided $465 million for increased payments to Medi-Cal doctors and dentists, it doesn’t fulfill the full promise of Proposition 56. It is crucial to support the will of the voters and ensure that tobacco tax funds support the nearly 14 million Californians on Medi-Cal.

We should invest every penny of these voter-approved funds to make sure that Californians can see a doctor or dentist when their need is greatest.

California embraced the ACA and became an example to the nation of the success that we can achieve together. Now we must continue to lead by investing tobacco tax funds to ensure that insurance coverage is never separated from access to health care.

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Supervisor, Former Latino Caucus Chair Luis Alejo Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Supervisor, Former Latino Caucus Chair Luis Alejo Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
June 23, 2017 

SUPERVISOR AND FORMER LATINO CAUCUS CHAIR LUIS ALEJO ENDORSES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Villaraigosa receives support from top Latino leaders across the State

luis alejo endorses antonio villaraigosa for governor of californiaLOS ANGELES — Today, Monterey County Supervisor Luis Alejo announced he is supporting Antonio Villaraigosa in his bid to become the next Governor of California. Alejo previously served in the California State Assembly from 2011 to 2016, where he also served as chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. He leads a list of Salinas elected officials endorsing Villaraigosa for Governor, including:

  • Former Councilmember Sergio Sanchez
  • Former Councilmember Maria Bonilla Giuriato
  • Former Councilmember Ernesto Gonzalez
  • Hartnell Community College District Trustee David Serena
  • Former Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Trustee Victor Rey
  • Former Alisal Union School Board Member Francisca Salinas Gonzalez

Supervisor Alejo Statement:

Antonio Villaraigosa is the leader we need to unite all of California, help our state thrive economically and preserve our environment for future generations. No one in this race matches his track record on jobs, the environment, economic development and civil rights. California is at a critical juncture, and Antonio Villaraigosa is the champion that our state needs.

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

“It is truly humbling to have the support of Supervisor Luis Alejo,” said Villaraigosa. “With his experience at all levels of government, Luis understands the importance of having a Governor that will work with local and state level leaders that will keep improving California.”


As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000), California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa become elected, he would be California’s first Latino governor since 1875.

Join Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Coachella Valley Leaders Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, Coachella Valley Leaders Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor

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For Immediate Release
June 21, 2017

ASSEMBLYMAN EDUARDO GARCIA LEADS PROMINENT COACHELLA VALLEY LEADERS ENDORSING
ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Supporters continue to pour in from different regions across the state

LOS ANGELES — Today, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, announced his endorsement of Antonio Villaraigosa as California’s next Governor. Garcia is joined by Riverside County Supervisor and former Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez, as well as Coachella Mayor Steven Hernandez and Coachella Valley Water District Board Vice President Cástulo Estrada in announcing their support of Villaraigosa.

Assemblyman Garcia Statement:

No one has a proven record of improving the environment like Antonio Villaraigosa. As Mayor of Los Angeles, he helped reduce carbon emissions by 28 percent in one of the world’s biggest metropolitan areas while growing green jobs. He signed agreements to get completely off coal by 2025. He reduced water consumption by 23 percent. I am confident Antonio will continue the focus on these issues and ensure environmental and economic relief across California.

Supervisor Perez Statement:

Antonio Villaraigosa will fight for good jobs for all Californians. As mayor he had a proven record of growing the economy for youth and both low and middle income workers. I strongly support him to be our next Governor and bring prosperity and jobs to our communities.

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

“I am honored to have the support of these distinguished Coachella Valley Leaders,” said Villaraigosa. “We must continue to work together to create a more prosperous California for everyone and make sure that no voice goes unheard.”


As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000), California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa become elected, he would be California’s first Latino governor since 1875.

Join Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, Mayor Lozano, Three Baldwin Park Councilmembers Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa

Assemblymember Blanca Rubio, Mayor Lozano, Three Baldwin Park Councilmembers Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 2017

ASSEMBLYMEMBER BLANCA RUBIO JOINS MAYOR LOZANO AND THREE ADDITIONAL BALDWIN PARK COUNCILMEMBERS SUPPORTING ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Villaraigosa gains additional endorsements from elected officials in Los Angeles County

Los Angeles – Today, Assemblymember Blanca E. Rubio (D-Baldwin Park) announced her support for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California. Assemblymember Rubio leads a list of leaders from Baldwin Park who are endorsing Villaraigosa in his bid for Governor, including Mayor Manuel Lozano, Mayor Pro Tem Susan Rubio and Councilmembers Monica Garcia and Cruz Baca.

Assemblymember Rubio Statement:

As the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa fought to improve opportunities in education for some of our most vulnerable students. As Governor, I know he will continue to fight for equal and fair education for all of our children in California.

Mayor Lozano Statement:

As a former Mayor himself, Antonio knows the importance of having a Governor who will work with local elected officials. I am proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa as our next Governor, working to improve the lives of the residents of Baldwin Park and all of California.

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

I am honored to have the support of Assemblymember Rubio and these Baldwin Park officials as we work together to help the state continue to lead the nation in providing educational and economic opportunities for every Californian.


As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000), California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa become elected, he would be California’s first Latino Governor since 1875.

Learn more about Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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Former CA Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

Former CA Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2017

FORMER CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE CRUZ REYNOSO ENDORSES
ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Villaraigosa announces support of Civil Rights legend Cruz Reynoso

cruz reynoso endorses antonio villaraigosa for governor of californiaFormer California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso today announced his support for Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California. Justice Reynoso was the first Latino appointed to the California Supreme Court and is a professor emeritus at University of California at Davis Law School. He has also served as vice chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2000, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Reynoso is recognized for his leadership in civil rights, immigration and refugee policy, government reform, the administration of justice, education and legal services for the indigent.

Cruz Reynoso Statement:

Antonio Villaraigosa has been fighting for justice and equality his entire career, from volunteering with the farm workers’ movement as a young man to his work as President of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. As a legislator and mayor he fought for education and opportunities for all Californians, and I am proud to support him in his campaign to take this work to the Governor’s office.

Antonio Villaraigosa Statement:

In the annals of California jurisprudence, there are few who stood as tall with the courage of his convictions in speaking out for justice and equality. I am so proud to have the endorsement of Cruz Reynoso, a true civil rights champion, in my campaign for Governor.

As a public servant, Villaraigosa served as Mayor of Los Angeles (2005-2013), Los Angeles City Council Member (2003-2005), Speaker of the California Assembly (1998-2000), California State Assembly Member (1994-2000). Should Villaraigosa become elected, he would be California’s first Latino governor since 1875.

Join Antonio Villaraigosa’s campaign for Governor of California, giving voice to every Californian to make our state work for everyone. Visit antonioforcalifornia.com.

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