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

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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


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.


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

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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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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

Op-Ed: A solution to California’s housing crisis — reinstate redevelopment

Op-Ed: A solution to California’s housing crisis — reinstate redevelopment

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By Antonio Villaraigosa
San Francisco Chronicle

California’s affordable housing crisis didn’t just happen. Our affordable housing shortage was created by flawed public policy that turned a crisis into a catastrophe. The good news is that a problem created by public policy can be fixed, in due time, with better public policy.

The first step should be to fully restore the ability of local governments to use redevelopment authorities to fund workforce and affordable housing for teachers, nurses, firefighters, seniors, low-income families and the homeless. For generations, redevelopment was a powerful public policy tool to make investments in economic development and housing. These agencies had the power to fund strategic local investments by capturing the increased tax revenues generated by new projects.

Yes, there were problems and some abuses. That is a fact. But when the Legislature ended the redevelopment agency network in 2012, it took away a powerful financing tool and, more importantly, hamstrung local communities in their efforts to build affordable housing in a way that made sense for them.

The redevelopment network gives local agencies the power to adopt solutions that make sense in its market. This is important because there is no such thing as a California housing market — the challenges in Fresno are different than the challenges in San Francisco. A “one-size-fits-all” solution does not acknowledge these important regional differences.

In San Francisco, for example, Supervisors Jane Kim and Aaron Peskin have negotiated with local developers for up to 40 percent affordable housing agreements. Those levels would not pencil out in other markets, but should not be prohibited where they are possible.

Right now, the state is considering new affordable housing bonds — which I support and also propose incentivizing cities and counties to put up their own money to leverage their bond funds with more local funds. I also support reforms that will make the creation of affordable housing faster and less costly. For example, if we can shorten the time for a rigorous, environmental review to build a sports stadium, as the Legislature has done, then we should be able to do the same to make it faster and less costly to build housing.

While the Legislature has taken real steps forward on housing issues, there is much more to do. Although our state’s economy is growing and wages are slowly rising, wages are not rising as fast as housing costs — leading to California’s dubious distinction as the state with the highest effective poverty rate in the nation.

The astronomical cost of housing not only makes otherwise middle-class families poor, it also makes it necessary for workers to commute for hours a day and makes the human tragedy of homelessness much worse. The inability of millions of families to afford a home means the gap between rich and poor widens. Without equity in a home, millions of families lack the wealth to start a small business, send kids to college without crushing debt or retire with dignity.

Over the past 10 years, housing production averaged less than 80,000 new homes annually. According to a report by McKinsey & Co., California needs to build 3.5 million new homes by 2025 just to keep up with demand.

I don’t think redevelopment agencies should be a blank check, for sure. We should require that local governments using this tool are held accountable and meet affordable housing targets to adequately meet the housing needs of their communities. We should also require priority be given to housing along transit lines to reduce congestion, making it easier for people to live closer to their jobs. We should also work to encourage the training of a new skilled workforce, focusing on high-poverty and high-unemployment ZIP codes, because solving the state’s housing crisis by building more housing can also close the gap between the rich and poor by creating more high-wage construction jobs.

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.

Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles, is a candidate for governor.

California Latino Caucus Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

California Latino Caucus Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California

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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


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.


WEEKLY UPDATE: A Week of Action

WEEKLY UPDATE: A Week of Action

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This week, the U.S. Senate considered yet another bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and it may be the worst one yet. Just last night, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said that the Graham-Cassidy legislation would result in millions of Americans losing their health insurance – with California the hardest hit of all 50 states.

Because of immediate threats like this, Antonio is making protecting the ACA his highest health care priority. Californians don’t need headlines, we need quality health care and coverage. Please add your name to the thousands of Californians standing with us to protect the ACA.

Back to His Roots

In a powerful video interview with the Los Angeles Times, Antonio discusses his childhood in Boyle Heights and the public schools in Los Angeles that gave him a second chance. He describes how his own experience teaches him we must set “high expectations” for our kids — regardless of their economic background.

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On the Road

There were many great stops on the campaign trail last week, including a visit to the Central Valley to tour carrot, almond and dairy processing plants. California is truly feeding the nation and the world. Antonio also spoke to the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club in San Francisco about his record of standing with LGBTQ community since the early 1990s. He finished last week with a visit to San Diego to speak before the Mexican American Business Professional Association.

In the News

“State Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California saying the former Assembly Speaker has the legislative record to best lead the Golden State. ‘I am proud to support my longtime friend Antonio Villa­raigosa for Governor,’ said Senator Bradford. ‘He has spent his life standing-up for all California communities, and I know as Governor he will fight to create opportunities for all Californians.’” — LA Watts Times, 9/21/17

“For Villaraigosa, the Valley is an opportunity to make inroads in a region that often votes Republican – and overcome local skepticism over candidates from a part of the state that is often viewed as overlooking, if not neglecting, Fresno and the Valley.” — Fresno Bee, 9/20/17

Reach Out a Hand

From Houston to Mexico City, there have been a series of catastrophic natural disasters that have devastated pockets of our country and our neighbor to the south.

Recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are still underway. As Texas begins to rebuild, Puerto Rico is facing an unprecedented humanitarian crisis—millions on the island are without electricity and access to clean water is limited. And in Mexico City, residents are reeling from a 7.1 earthquake that has claimed more 250 lives.

Let’s reach out a hand and help those in need to rebuild their communities. Consider contributing what you can to recovery efforts today: DisasterPhilanthropy.org.

Voices Submission of the Week

brandie carlos

“I remember being a young girl, and my abuelita would recall how she came to the United States when she was 30 years old. She came from a small town named Sahuayo, Michoacán. On most nights, I would stay up with her late at night and she would tell me how she always dreamt of becoming a pharmacist but in her town, it wasn’t a possibility. When she came to the United States she first stayed with family in Mission Viejo and eventually made East LA her home. She suddenly had a home and endless possibilities, and she realized that she wanted to sign up for beauty school.

Shortly after, she enrolled at Marinello beauty school, at the time it was on Broadway in Downtown LA. She would often share with me that Broadway was majestic when she first came to the US. This was over 50 years ago, today my abuelita is 81, she is the mother of 1, grandmother to 5 and great grandmother to my four-year-old nephew James. I love California because it gave my abuelita an opportunity she couldn’t have in her country, it has become home, and will be the place that houses her legacy.” — Brandie Carlos, East Los Angeles

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State Senator Steven Bradford Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

State Senator Steven Bradford Endorses Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor

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For Immediate Release
September 20, 2017


LOS ANGELES — Today State Senator Steven Bradford, D-Gardena, endorsed Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor of California saying the former Assembly Speaker has the legislative record to best lead the Golden State.

“I am proud to support my longtime friend Antonio Villaraigosa for Governor,” said Senator Bradford. “He has spent his life standing-up for all California communities, and I know as Governor he will fight to create opportunities for all Californians.”

Senator Bradford began his political career in 1997 when he became the first African-American elected to the Gardena City Council, serving for 12 years before moving onto the state legislature where he continues his lifelong efforts to help underserved communities.

“A champion for jobs and for his community, I have been honored to work with Senator Steven Bradford for years, and as Governor I look forward to working with him to create jobs and economic opportunities for all of our communities.”

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).




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We have so may politicians who want to speak to us, speak for us, speak about us and even speak over us.

Antonio is dedicated to making sure this campaign is powerfully different—he wants to make sure that we can speak for ourselves.

Will you take a moment to share your California story?

From powerful community leaders like Cruz Reynoso to young Dreamers, hundreds of Californians are using our web tool to speak out. Please speak up and speak out by sharing your story today.

ICYMI: Antonio’s Online Town Hall on California’s Future

In case you missed it, Antonio held an Online Town Hall on California’s future last week—thank you to everyone who logged on! From the housing crisis to job growth, it’s important that we continue to have real conversations about the most pressing issues facing our state.

If we couldn’t answer your question, please send it to us at [email protected]. Make sure to stay tuned for our next Online Town Hall by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

DACA Renewal Deadline

If you or someone you know is a DACA recipient, the deadline to renew your paperwork is October 5, 2017. No new applications will be accepted, but documents will remain valid until its expiration date.

The National Immigration Law Center has released helpful information for anyone who needs to renew their paperwork before the deadline. Learn more about the process here: www.nilc.org/issues/daca.

Voice Submission of the Week

“California leads the nation in every way because we are the most inclusive and diverse state. We lead the world in science, technology, engineering, the arts, agriculture and math. I am a Vietnam veteran who has lived his entire life in California. Antonio is the best person to keep us together working for the future of our state and the well-being of all its people including my children, their spouses and my grandchildren.”—Arturo Aleman, Sacramento

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On the Road

It has been a busy month on the campaign trail. Last week, Antonio visited Riverside, joining SEIU Local 121RN and fighting for better patient care. He also traveled to the Bay Area for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group’s Game Changers 2017 event, where he spoke on a panel with other community, business and technology leaders about the issues facing Californians and how he will address them as governor. Thank you to the Laguna Beach Democratic Club, which hosted Antonio at their monthly meeting last week.

In the News

“Villaraigosa said the state has a ‘broken regulatory framework.’ In Los Angeles, for example, a developer needed to go to a dozen departments to get a permit—the former mayor said he reduced that to one. He supports streamlining processes and creating a housing trust fund to leverage tax credits and ‘reward’ cities that are building homes for all income-levels.”—Mercury News, 9/14/17

“A lot of people in Riverside and San Bernardino, they don’t agree with me on everything. I think they watch me and say, ‘This is a guy who rolls up his sleeves,’ he said. ‘There’s a reason why I’m coming out to Moreno Valley, Riverside, Fontana, San Bernardino…I’ve got a lot of respect for the people out here,’ Villaraigosa added.”—The Press Enterprise, 9/12/17

“Among Villaraigosa’s plans are encouraging cities and counties to pass spending measures on affordable housing and public transportation that can then be supported through state funding. His plan is modeled after Measure R, a 2008 referendum in Los Angeles that targeted $40 billion in new sales taxes for a dozen light-rail and other transportation projects. Villaraigosa later lobbied Congress to lend against that revenue to accelerate the construction.”—Bloomberg Politics, 9/15/17

“La decisión del presidente Donald Trump de poner fin a DACA en seis meses si el Congreso no actúa es parte de sus ataques contra la comunidad latina en particular, pero francamente contra todas las comunidades de inmigrantes y comunidades de color.”—La Opinion, 9/12/17