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NEW PPIC Poll: Newsom, Villaraigosa in Virtual Tie

NEW PPIC Poll: Newsom, Villaraigosa in Virtual Tie

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We have breaking news tonight – the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) just released their new statewide survey of likely voters, and the race for governor is statistically tied with Newsom at 23%, Villaraigosa at 21% and all of the other candidates in single digits.

Thanks to you Antonio’s message of economic opportunity and economic equality is breaking through. By a very wide margin, Villaraigosa’s base voters are much more satisfied with their choice than the base voters of the other candidates.

These new poll numbers come on the heels of major endorsements from the mayor of the Bay Area’s largest city, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, the state’s largest law enforcement organization, the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC), and the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians.

Antonio is fighting every day for an economy that works for everyone. We can all stand shoulder to shoulder with him in this important cause by joining the campaign as a contributor today.

Please give what you can right now to keep this incredible momentum building.

Press Release: LA City Council Members Curren Price & Marqueece Harris-Dawson Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor [VIDEO]

Press Release: LA City Council Members Curren Price & Marqueece Harris-Dawson Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor [VIDEO]

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For Immediate Release
February 5, 2017

LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS CURREN PRICE & MARQUEECE HARRIS-DAWSON ENDORSE ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR CITING HIS COMMITMENT TO QUALITY EARLY EDUCATION

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, Los Angeles City Council Members Curren D. Price Jr. (District 9) and Marqueece Harris-Dawson (District 8) endorsed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for governor. The leaders made the announcement after touring the Holmes Early Education Center in South Los Angeles where they heard from teachers, parents and administrators about the programs that put students on the path towards success.

“Antonio Villaraigosa has dedicated his career to creating economic opportunity and equality for all communities, and I’m proud to endorse him for Governor,” said Council Member Curren Price. “I know as governor, he will address the economic divide that exists across the state –beginning with early education programs that helps kids from all walks of life have the opportunity to succeed.”

“I throw my full support to the campaign to elect Antonio Villaraigosa Governor of California,” said Council Member Marqueece Harris-Dawson. “More than any candidate, Antonio has lived the California dream, and he fights harder than anyone to keep that dream alive for generations to come.”

As governor, Antonio will provide the leadership to improve opportunity and equality for children in all communities, as well as for the professionals who educate California’s children. He would appoint a cabinet-level Early Childhood Education Coordinator to work across departments, connect with public and private sectors to identify best practices and work with stakeholders to develop improvements to our overall system of early childhood care and education, including improved training and compensation for our workforce and better data collection to monitor our progress.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of Council Members Price and Harris-Dawson who are committed to strengthening our communities,” said Antonio Villaraigosa. “As governor, I will work the council members and other local leaders to ensure we are creating quality educational opportunities for children of all ages including early education programs.”

The council members join with other Los Angeles leaders who have endorsed Villaraigosa for governor, including City Council President Herb Wesson, Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard, Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Keuhl, State Senator Steven Bradford and former Los Angeles Supervisor Gloria Molina.

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PRESS RELEASE: Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

PRESS RELEASE: Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
January 31, 2018

SAM LICCARDO, MAYOR OF SAN JOSE, ENDORSES ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR

Liccardo cites Villaraigosa’s pragmatic approach to tackling state’s biggest challenges – lack of affordable housing and economic opportunity for all

SAN JOSE, CA – Today, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa’s bid to become the next governor of California. Liccardo, who leads California’s third largest city, not only gave his endorsement, but also committed to working with Villaraigosa to take-on some of California’s toughest challenges.

“I’m proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for governor of California. I look forward to working with him to narrow California’s economic divide and to build more affordable housing,” said Liccardo. “Antonio’s record of building coalitions and his pragmatic approach are just what we need to broaden economic opportunity to all Californians.”

“Mayor Liccardo understands we need to create more economic equality and opportunity for all California families, and I’m honored to have his endorsement,” said Villaraigosa. “We need a multi-faceted approach to the California housing crisis, and we need innovative and thoughtful leaders like Sam. His 15-point housing plan for San Jose is the kind of proposal that we need to look at as we work to fix our broken housing system across the state.”

The endorsement was made following a tour of The Vermont House, a newly-renovated housing facility for homeless veterans, where the two leaders hosted a roundtable discussion on the issue of housing affordability and homelessness. Mayor Villaraigosa discussed his housing plan that includes building 3.5 million new homes by 2025. To achieve this, Villaraigosa is calling for CEQA reforms, streamlined approvals for affordable housing development, establishing a public/private partnership of matching funds, and encouraging first-time home buyers to invest in a savings home ownership plan. Villaraigosa has also called for giving local governments back the power to fund strategic local investments by capturing the increased tax revenues generated by new projects.

Liccardo joins a long list of elected officials from across the state who are supporting Villaraigosa’s gubernatorial campaign. Recently, Villaraigosa received endorsements from the California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Peace Officers Research Association of California (PORAC).

On January 1, 2015, Sam Liccardo became San Jose’s 65th mayor and one of the youngest individuals to serve in San Jose’s highest elected office. As mayor, Sam Liccardo has worked hard to build a safer and stronger San Jose. He led the effort to resolve years of pension disputes and begin to restore the police department. He worked to bring new economic opportunities and jobs to the city of San Jose. And he is committed to using best practices and new innovations to making city government more effective for all residents.

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My Birthday Wish Is to Have One California

My Birthday Wish Is to Have One California

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This year, my birthday wish is simple – to realize the dream of “one California.”

I dream of a California that grows together – where everyone has access to a quality education, an affordable home and a high-wage job that brings dignity and respect. I wish for a California that lifts more people into the middle class – a California that gives every family the opportunity to succeed.

I want to celebrate with you and everyone else who has joined me on this campaign to give voice to every Californian.

My birthday wish is for you to come celebrate with me!

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I’m having a party on February 11 at Union Station in Los Angeles and want you there. If you’d like to co-host or join me for a VIP reception, please RSVP here or contact Camille Alcala at [email protected]

Mark your calendar:

When: February 11, 12 – 2 p.m.

Where: Union Station, Los Angeles, CA

RSVP: antonioforca.wpengine.com/birthday

Best,

Antonio

(MEMO) Re: SB562 and Single Payer Healthcare

(MEMO) Re: SB562 and Single Payer Healthcare

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January 25, 2018
To: Interested Parties
From: Eric Jaye, Villaraigosa for Governor
Re: SB562 and Single Payer Healthcare

With Newsom Finally Pinned Down on Support for SB562, the Debate in the Democratic Field for Governor Is Not About Single Payer – It Is About SB562.

At the recent Empowerment Congress debate at the University of Southern California, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom was finally pinned down on his support for SB562, the $400 billion single-payer healthcare plan.

Newsom’s support of SB562 now clarifies the healthcare debate in the contest for governor. Since all of the Democratic candidates support the concept of single-payer healthcare, the difference is not on the principle of universal healthcare – but on the costs and details of SB562.

Newsom’s plan would dramatically increase both sales taxes and gross receipts taxes, end Medicare as we know it and eliminate effective union and employer-based healthcare plans like Kaiser.

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa opposes SB562, saying his top priorities as governor will be to protect, then expand, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and grow middle-class jobs so more Californians have decent wages and quality healthcare benefits. According to the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), under the ACA, the percentage of uninsured Californians plummeted to 7 percent in 2016 from 17 percent prior to implementation of the ACA in 2014.

During the legislative hearings on SB562, the state’s legislative analyst concluded the bill would require $400 billion in spending to implement. Of that, the analyst estimated $200 billion in existing federal, state and healthcare spending could be re-directed and that $200 billion in new taxpayer funding would be required.

Villaraigosa has pointed out that redirecting federal funds is both unlikely, and unsound policy. It would require President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress to grant a waiver to California. It would also strip Medicare patients of their current coverage, automatically enrolling them into a new, state-run plan without any details about the plan’s coverage.

“Seniors have earned the right to Medicare as we know it. We should start the discussion withprotecting this effective single-payer system, not with the Newsomcare plan to demolish it,” said Villaraigosa.

“What is also missing from this debate is the fundamental principle that expanding the middle class expands healthcare coverage because it brings more Californians into jobs with decent benefits and allows more Californians to afford quality care,” said Villaraigosa.

Of all the candidates for governor, Villaraigosa has the strongest track record on extending health care to Californians. He wrote the legislation for The Healthy Families Program, which he passed as Speaker of the California State Assembly and helped extend health care to nearly 750,000 previously uninsured children. The San Francisco healthcare program Newsom cites as a model never enrolled more than 54,348 people and as of 2016, only had 14,404 active participants.

The Absurdity of “Free”

Newsom has not said how he will pay the additional $200 billion cost of SB562. For reference, the total state budget in 2017 was $183 billion, meaning that SB562 would require more than doubling state taxes and making deep cuts to other important state services.

At a debate sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle at the City Club in San Francisco, Newsom refused to answer the question of how he would pay for single payer – seeming to propose the absurd notion that the plan would pay for itself through healthcare savings. Rather than answer the question, he said at the time he preferred to “reframe” the question.

He cites the example of Healthy San Francisco, which he says, “required no general tax increases.” That carefully worded statement hides the fact that the program required a massive increase in city spending and direct taxes on local businesses. These levies are routinely passed on to consumers in the form of an “SF Mandate” charge of 4% on typical restaurant and other bills.

Villaraigosa has said, “The Republican tax plan is already a massive tax increase for millions of Californians. This is not the time to double our state taxes.”

SB562 Proponents Still Have Not Provided Additional Details

While the sponsors of SB562 admitted that their proposal was incomplete when passed by the State Senate, the decision of Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon to hold up the bill for hearings in the Assembly caused proponents to accuse the Speaker of “stabbing California in the back.” Rendon was even the subject of death threats after he questioned the missing details of how to finance the bill.

According to the Sacramento Bee, “Absolutely nothing has happened with the bill,” Rendon said last week. “The sponsors of the bill have sat on their hands and done nothing for the past six months. None of the authors have made any significant amendments. We’re looking for all the same things in 562 that we were looking for six months ago.”

“I believe healthcare is a right – not a privilege,” said Villaraigosa. “I’ve supported universal, quality healthcare and single payer my entire life, but we shouldn’t start by dismantling Medicare – and misleading the public with a bill that proposes a massive change in how we provide healthcare without any details of what coverage would look like and without any realistic way to pay for it.”

“Pie in the sky will not put food on our table. SB562 will not give us universal quality healthcare.”

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Room Doctors Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor Citing His Commitment to Universal Healthcare

PRESS RELEASE: Emergency Room Doctors Endorse Antonio Villaraigosa For Governor Citing His Commitment to Universal Healthcare

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For Immediate Release
January 24, 2018

EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTORS ENDORSE ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA FOR GOVERNOR CITING HIS COMMITMENT TO UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE

LOS ANGELES, CA – Today, the Emergency Medical Political Action Committee, sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor citing his unwavering commitment to creating quality and universal healthcare for all Californians.

“I’m honored to have the endorsement of the men and women who work in emergency rooms saving lives. I grew up in a neighborhood where going to the doctor was a luxury, and in that community, our primary and specialty healthcare was provided in emergency rooms,” said Villaraigosa. “Along with the Emergency Physicians and so many others I believe in universal healthcare, which is why I authored—and passed—the Healthy Families program, expanding health coverage to 750,000 California children.”

“We are proud to endorse Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said said Dr. Aimee Moulin, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians, California Chapter “He is committed to defending and improving the Affordable Care Act. One in three Californians are insured through Medi-Cal as a result of the Affordable Care Act. While an important achievement, on every single shift, emergency physicians see insured patients who do not have access to specialty and primary care. For example, a child with a severely broken arm, who after an initial visit to the ER, can’t get in to see an orthopedist despite being on MediCal and whose parents have no choice, but to bring her back to the ER for follow-up care. We look forward to working together to realize the promise of the ACA and deliver not just insurance, but meaningful healthcare to all.”

In recent weeks healthcare has been at the forefront of the debate in the race for Governor. Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom doubled down on his support of SB562, a bill that would end Medicare as we know it, require up to $200 billion in new state taxes and eliminate successful health plans like Kaiser.

Villaraigosa has reiterated his support for universal healthcare, but said SB562 is the wrong path to universal and quality coverage.

The California Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians (California ACEP), represents emergency physicians treating Californians in more than 14.5 million emergency department visits annually. California ACEP’s mission is to support emergency physicians in providing the highest quality of care to all patients and to their communities.

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PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Follow Through on Pledge to Allow Debate on DACA

PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Follow Through on Pledge to Allow Debate on DACA

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For Immediate Release
January 22, 2018

ANTONIO VILLARAIGOSA CALLS ON SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON PLEDGE TO ALLOW DEBATE ON DACA

Los Angeles, CA — Former Speaker of the State Assembly and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement today regarding the U.S. Senate’s vote to re-open the federal government after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to allow a Senate floor debate on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

Said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

“We now have a D-day for protecting Dreamers. This is a fight we simply must win – to protect these hard-working Americans and to preserve our core values as a nation.

“While protecting healthcare for children is an important victory – the battle will not be over until Dreamers are also protected. Now is the time to unite and organize to hold Congress to their promise.”

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PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls for Congressional Investigation of Reports that Border Agents Sabotage Life-Saving Water Left for Immigrants

PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls for Congressional Investigation of Reports that Border Agents Sabotage Life-Saving Water Left for Immigrants

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“The American Dream Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence for Immigrants Coming to the U.S.,” said Villaraigosa.

Los Angeles, CA — Former Speaker of the State Assembly and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding a recent report in The Guardian newspaper that: “United States border patrol agents routinely vandalize containers of water and other supplies left in the Arizona desert for migrants, condemning people to die of thirst in baking temperatures, according to two humanitarian groups.”

Additionally, the article reports: “the agents committed the alleged sabotage with impunity in an attempt to deter and punish people who illegally cross from Mexico.”

Said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa:

“Immigrants crossing dangerous deserts to pursue the American Dream shouldn’t be forced to starve, thirst or even die. We can secure our borders and still provide life-saving supplies to people crossing the desert.

“I recently traveled to the California/Mexico border with a humanitarian group, Border Angels, to drop off gallons of bottled water to help save the lives of immigrants. It’s reported that thousands have died attempting to cross the border.

“I believe the majority of U.S. border agents safeguard and enforce immigration laws in a humane manner. But Congress needs to immediately investigate, review these reports, hold people accountable and provide clear guidelines with respect to humanitarian aid. If Congress fails to act, the state of California should launch its own investigation.”

According to the International Organization for Migration, as of 2014, over 6,000 immigrants had died in the 14 previous years crossing the US-Mexican border. Since then the number has continued to rise, with a 17 percent increase in migrant deaths on the border noted in 2017 by the United Nation’s migration agency.

The Guardian article can be found at: http://bit.ly/2Dr7vvu

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Oil Pledge

Oil Pledge

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Our the next governor is going to have to lead the effort to protect our environment and fight climate change despite the dangerous new policies of the federal government. I’m proud to take a stand for our communities and sign the No Oil Pledge for my campaign.

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PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls on State Lands Commission to Immediately Drop Lawsuit Against City of San Francisco

PRESS RELEASE: Antonio Villaraigosa Calls on State Lands Commission to Immediately Drop Lawsuit Against City of San Francisco

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For Immediate Release
January 12, 2018

Antonio Villaraigosa Calls on State Lands Commission to Immediately Drop Lawsuit Against City of San Francisco

January 12, 2018 – Today, former California Speaker and 41st Mayor of Los Angeles Antonio Villaraigosa issued the following statement regarding the legal argument made by the State Lands Commission, Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and calls on them to drop the lawsuit against the City of San Francisco over Proposition B, which restricts certain high-rise development along the waterfront.

Said Antonio Villaraigosa:

“The State Lands Commission’s legal argument that the people of San Francisco are too uneducated on ballot issues to make a decision about height limits is both elitist and condescending. Unlike the former Mayor of San Francisco and current State Lands Commission Chair Gavin Newsom, I trust the voters of San Francisco’s decision to protect their own waterfront.

“I call on State Lands Commission Chair Gavin Newsom to honor the will of the San Francisco people and immediately drop this lawsuit.”

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