News from the Fresno County Democrats July 13, 2021
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Newsletter: July 13, 2021
** In This Newsletter:
The Recall Is a Threat (#Recall-Threat)
Important County of Fresno Redistricting Public Workshop (#Redistricting-Workshop)
Fresno City Council Is Open to You (#Fresno-City-Council)
Clovis Democratic Club Ice Cream Social (#Clovis-Dems-Ice-Cream-Social)
Politics 101 (#Politics-101)
Voter’s Choice Act Advisory Committee (#Voters-Choice)
Letters to the Editor Project Seeks Participants (#Writers-Alliance)
Democratic Party Website and HQ (#Dem-HQ)
The recall is a real threat. With California rebounding from the devastation caused by last year’s wave of COVID infections, and the state government working with a record surplus of funds with which to help, you might be forgiven for not paying much attention to the ongoing effort to unseat Governor Newsom. After all, one of the leading contenders to replace him announced his candidacy spouting conspiracy theories in front of a live bear.
But we as a state and a nation have learned the hard way that we cannot simply ignore the anti-maskers, anti-vaxers, QAnon conspiracy theorist and Trump supporters and expect them to go away.
COVID-19 hit us hard in California, especially in our communities of color, and Newsom acted quickly and decisively to promote public safety, to assure all parts of the state were being held to standards that reflected not only the urgency demanded by the prevalence and severity of the disease but also health equity standards. Under his leadership, the state Department of Health, through its Blueprint Tier Framework for the pandemic, directed attention and resources to communities in need that clearly would have suffered much more without it.
As a result, we are now recognized as one of the highest percentage-COVID-vaccinated states in the country, and that’s despite our incredibly challenging physical and many cultural barriers that needed to be overcome to accomplish that degree of health security. Leadership from Governor Newsom resulted in leaders at the local level having the direction and support that they needed, from “super-pods” to community colleges to door-to-door mobile campaigns, to finally get those shots into arms.
Drumming up Democratic engagement in this upcoming recall election is of vital importance. We cannot ever become complacent again when it comes to fighting against those who want to keep us from a progressive and democratic future.
On July 14, there will be an open workshop for people who want to know how and why the county is drawing new boundaries for the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, how the redistricting process works, preview key mapping tools used to solicit potential district map proposals, and learn how you can make an impact on the final decision. The in-person meeting will be held at Riverdale High School from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
However, you do not need to attend in person to participate. You can view the livestream via Zoom webinar at [link removed]. Everyone can participate by providing public comments in-person, online, via e-mail, mail or hand delivery. Public comments regarding this workshop or the redistricting process can be received at any time. For all the ways to submit comments, visit www.co.fresno.ca.us/resources/redistricting.
During these meetings you can describe your community:
* Begin by letting them know your county or city.
* Mention the street names and significant locations in your neighborhood to help them identify the parameters of your community.
* Tell them about your community’s shared interests. What brings you together? What is important to your community?
* Are there nearby areas you want to be in a district with or are there areas you don’t want to share a district with? Explain to them why or why not.
* Has your community come together to advocate for important services, better schools, roads or health centers in your neighborhood? Tell them.
Redistricting is the once-a-decade process of redrawing the political boundaries for elective offices following the U.S. Census.
The redistricting of California’s Congressional, State Senate, State Assembly and Board of Equalization districts are done by the voter-approved California Citizens Redistricting Commission.
As a reminder, the next City Council Meeting will be July 15 at 9 a.m. As always, you can watch the meetings live on the City’s Facebook page ([link removed]) , CMAC ([link removed]) or at Fresno.PrimeGov.com ([link removed]) . Comments for agenda items can be e-mailed to [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]) . You can find the agenda on the City’s website.
On August 7, the Clovis Democratic Club will host an Ice Cream Social as part of a Scholarship Fundraiser.
The club can finally get together again in-person, so join the festivities to create your own ice cream sundae, enjoy time with CDC friends and support the club scholarships.
Saturday, August 7, 2 p.m.
David Rowell’s Home @ 3282 Bullard Ave. ([link removed]) (between Locan and DeWolf)
$10 for Adults
$5 for Children 12 and under
All donations and proceeds will support the Clovis Democratic Club scholarships.
“Politics 101” is back every Wednesday in July at 6 p.m. to learn how California and Valley politics work. The event is free, however, participants are required to pre-register to receive the Zoom link.
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Fresno County Clerk/Registrar of Voters James Kus invites all interested parties to attend the Fresno County Voter’s Choice Act Advisory Committee (VCAAC). The Fresno County Voter’s Choice Act Advisory Committee is an opportunity for interested members of the community to provide input on how the Voter’s Choice Act is implemented in the county. This year’s meetings will focus on a general amendment and update of the Fresno County Election Administration Plan requiring community feedback on a wide range of Voter’s Choice Act topics.
Meetings are currently planned for the third Wednesday of each month, but those dates might be adjusted after participant feedback from the first two meetings on July 21 and Aug. 18. Each meeting will be held twice, at 4 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. The 5:30 p.m. meeting will have online access. Each in-person meeting will be held at the Election Warehouse Training facility (4525 E. Hamilton Ave. ([link removed]) ). Additional community-based meetings will be held in the fall throughout the county.
Next meeting: Wednesday, July 21, at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Fresno County Elections Training Facility, 4525 E. Hamilton Ave
The Writers Alliance is organizing across the Central Valley around the principle that we can make change through effective communication. The goal is to recruit politically active members throughout the Central Valley, and especially in Fresno County, who will engage through “letters to the editor” in local newspapers and online media. The group will consist of writers, researchers, editors, responders and a social media cadre.
The Alliance project was started in Placer and El Dorado counties but is swiftly growing. in Fresno County. David Rowell ([email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Writers%20Alliance) ) is the county coordinator and the point of contact for people wishing to join in the endeavor.
Training is available to help volunteers understand the best letter format, length, frequencies and other factors that newspapers look for when selecting which submissions to publish. Training will also be available to address stylistic and composition issues for those who want ot polish their writing skills.
The Fresno County Democratic Party website is the best place to get regular updates on upcoming events in the area, as well as information on ways to get involved. There is also information on scheduled meetings from the many Democratic clubs in Fresno County.
The Democratic Party HQ (1033 U St ([link removed]) .) is open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday–Friday. Call 559-495-0606 (tel:559-495-0606) or e-mail [email protected] (mailto:[email protected]?subject=Re%3A%20Newsletter-7-13-21%20) for information or to volunteer.
Support your local Democratic Party by making a donation viaActBlue ([link removed]) or by mailing a check to Fresno County Democratic Party, P.O. Box 5795, Fresno, CA 93755.
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