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Voter Guide Slate Card Alert

| Blog, Paid Slate Cards | July 4, 2014

  Voter Guides – Slate Card Alert … Know What You Are Buying? The 2012 statistics are only available for the primary election but they show that the trend is continuing. 65.15 percent of voters requested to vote by mail in California.  Know what you are buying. Make sure it is is mailed at the […]

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Campaign Finance Reform – Los Angeles

| Blog | April 19, 2014

Campaign Finance Reform Starts At The Local Level The Ethics Commission in Los Angeles proposes  an increase in public funding available to candidates seeking local office. The proposal must be approved by the City Council. Los Angles now  gives  $2 for each dollar a candidate raises in primary elections, and $4 for each dollar contributed […]

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How To Recruit Volunteers

| Recruiting Volunteers | April 4, 2014

  Recruit Volunteers for Your Political Campaign The strength of any local campaign lies in the volunteers. Budget constraints can often be overcome with the effective organization and use of your volunteers. First, recruit a volunteer coordinator. The Coordinator will be responsible to recruit and train your volunteers. The goal should be to find  folks […]

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Your Election History

| Election History | April 4, 2014

Your Election History It is important to understand your district.   What is the election history of previous campaigns for the same race? What were the issues, who were the candidates, who won and why? And who lost and why did they lose?     q  What were the issues?             […]

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Why Are You Running

| Why Are You Running | April 4, 2014

Motivation: Why Are You Running? These questions  focus on your candidacy as you see it, and therefore how you treat it. What is your motivation for running and what issues are important to the voters in your district. q  Why are you running for office (answer like you are talking to a voter)?         […]

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Politics and Money

| Blog | April 3, 2014

  There Is Real Movement to Remove Big Money From Politics Four years after an activist majority on the United States Supreme Court struck down barriers to the buying of elections by multinational corporations—with the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling that signaled an intention to dismantle remaining restraints on money in campaigns—a broad-based movement has emerged to […]

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Your Oppositions Profile

| Your Oppositions Profile | April 3, 2014

Opponent Profile (do a separate sheet for each opponent) Name: _________________________________________________________ City of Residence:  _________________________________________ Age:  ______   Gender:  _______ Education: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Employment History: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Family: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Political offices he/she has run for (include outcome vote percentages): ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ Political Experience/Involvement (other than political office): ____________________________________________________________ Community Involvement: ____________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________ […]

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Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi Introduces AB-2170

| Blog | March 13, 2014

Excessive Superindent of Education Salaries Prompts Assemblyman to Introduce Bill 2170 Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi introduces Assembly Bill 2170 to curb excessive salaries In reaction to reports detailing how the total compensation of Jose Fernandez, the Centinela Valley school district’s superintendents compensation package exceeded $663,000, Assemblyman Muratsuchi has introduced a bill aimed to prevent excessive school […]

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Democratic Party Convention 2014

| Blog | March 12, 2014

California Democratic Party Convention Speakers     The California Democratic Party held its annual convention last week in Los Angeles. Delegates finalized statewide, congressional and legislative endorsements and adopted the 2014 Party platform. Delegates and observers heard from Governor Jerry Brown, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as well as statewide […]

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Transparency in Government

| Blog | March 10, 2014

GovFresh features public servant innovators, civic entrepreneurs and the ideas and technology changing the way government works Government 2.0 refers to government policies that aim to harness collaborative technologies to create an open-source computing platform in which govt, citizens, and innovative companies can improve transparency and efficiency. There are many people across the country who are working smart and […]

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Democratic Majority in Legislature Is Threatened

| Blog | February 24, 2014

Calderon Indictment Threatens Democratic Majority in the Legislature State Senator  Ronald S. Calderon and former Assemblyman Tom Calderon  were charged with accepting bribes, and money laundering. Sen. Calderon was charged with accepting $100,000 in bribes, plane trips, gourmet dinners and trips to resorts, in exchange for action on legislation involving film  tax credits and workers’ compensation. His brother Tom Calderon […]

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B Corporations – Business Can Serve The Greater Good

| Blog | February 22, 2014

B Corporations B Corporations are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Today, there is a growing community of more than 950 Certified B Corps from 32 countries and 60 industries working together toward 1 unifying goal: to redefine success in business. Certified B […]

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Governor Brown – State of the State Address

| Blog | February 14, 2014

Governor Brown Delivers 2014 State Of The State Address In this video courtesy of The California Channel, The Governor delivers his annual address to the California Legislature. The Governor has done a pretty darn good job! Gov. Brown highlighted his education accomplishments that marked the final address of his current term and laid out priorities for the coming year […]

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California Ballot Measures – June 2014

| Blog | February 13, 2014

  List of Ballot Measures That Have Qualified  The following is a list of ballot measures that have qualified for June 2014 election.  June 2014 Statewide Ballot Measures Proposition 41 — AB 639. (Chapter 727, 2013), Pérez. Legislative Bond Act Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014: Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act of […]

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Lobbyist Pay To Play

| Blog | February 12, 2014

  Pay to Play in the State Capital – Lobbyist The newest scandal reveals how business actually gets done in Sacramento — and it’s not pretty, particularly if you care about the environment. By Robert Gammon The latest political scandal to rock Sacramento offered a rare glimpse this past week into how business actually gets done in […]

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Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy

| Blog | January 13, 2014

American Democracy in an Age of Rising Inequality The APSA Task Force on Inequality and American Democracy was established in 2001 to gather what political scientists and other scholars know about the ways in which recent trends in inequalities impact democratic participation and governance in the United States, and to consider how changing patterns of participation and […]

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Ron Finley – Los Angeles Hero – Urban Guerilla Gardner

| California Heroes | January 8, 2014

  Ron Finley is igniting a (horti)cultural revolution!  Ron Finley envisions a world where gangstasgarden, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food. Ron Finley is ready to realize his vision for community gardening and rejuvenation. Let’s grow this […]

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Reverend Cecil Williams – Glide Memorial Church

| California Heroes | December 3, 2013

A New Church That No Longer Rejects Members Of Our Society “I went to every bar and flop joint I could and said, ‘I’m asking you to give yourself the opportunity to see why you belong on Earth,’ Nobody else ever said that to them, ‘you belong here.’” –Rev. Cecil Williams quoted in San Francisco […]

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California Taxpayer and Corporate Welfare

| Blog | December 2, 2013

    End Corporate Welfare  California To Wal-Mart: Enough! No More Taxpayer Subsidized Profits For You “Economic development subsidy” is defined very broadly, but shall not include expenditures of public funds by, or loss of revenue to, the local agency for the purpose of providing housing affordable to persons and families of low or moderate income, […]

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Dr. Mimi Halper Silbert – Delancey Street

| California Heroes | November 6, 2013

A Hero To Former Substance Abusers, Ex-Convicts, Homeless and Others The dynamic force behind Delancey Street is its President & CEO, Dr. Mimi Halper Silbert. Although she does not share the same background as her fellow residents, she lives at Delancey Street, abides by its rules, and takes no salary. Her tenacious spirit and unlimited […]

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Trans Pacific Partnership – Free Trade Is Bad News For Americans

| Blog | November 6, 2013

  Trans Pacific Partnership – Free Trade The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) is a free trade agreement currently being negotiated by nine countries: The United States, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam. Although the TPP covers a wide range of issues, this site focuses on the TPP’s intellectual property (IP) […]

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Los Angeles Council Members Seek Statewide Ballot Measure

| Blog | November 5, 2013

Los Angeles City Council members Tom LaBonge and Mitch Englander… seek support for a statewide ballot measure to provide funding to cities for earthquake safety improvements.   The resolution, proposed Friday by  and seconded by  asks the City Council and Mayor Eric Garcetti to support or sponsor state legislation that would help fund local seismic safety […]

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Assemblyman Tim Donnelly Targeting Colleagues

| Blog | November 4, 2013

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) Tim Donnelly Guns For Colleagues  Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, center, flanked by Tim Knight and Jennifer Kerns, founder of Free California, announced that they are considering a recall campaign against five Democratic state lawmakers for their support of gun control bills in California, during a news conference in Sacramento.    Emboldened […]

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Education – Diane Ravitch

| Blog | October 15, 2013

What’s Wrong With Our Education System Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She blogs at dianeravitch.net, a site which has had nearly 3.5 million page views in less than a year. From 1991 to 1993, she was Assistant Secretary of Education and Counselor to Secretary […]

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Governor Signs Legislation To Save Taxpayers Millions

| Blog | October 10, 2013

AB-182 Legislation Passed Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to stop risky financing that school districts and community colleges in the state have used on to pay for new construction. The measure, AB-182 was authored by state Sen. Ben Hueso and Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan.                         […]

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Consolidating Municipal Elections – Yes or No?

| Blog | October 8, 2013

Will Consolidating Municipal Elections Save Taxpayers Money? A recent study by the Greenlining Institute says that consolidating elections would raise overall turnout, reduce costs and turnout a more representative group of voters. There study says that off-year municipal elections reduce voter turnout and result in small numbers of voters from minority groups who vote on […]

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Marie Jobling – A Hero To Seniors

| California Heroes | October 7, 2013

Marie Has Devoted Her Life To Helping Seniors Marie Jobling is Director of the Community Living Campaign. As principle with GLUE Consulting, she has provided analysis, consulting and technical support services to a range of community-based senior, disability, care and housing provider organizations. She recently completed the study and report, Transitional Care Blueprint for Change: […]

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Margaret Brodkin – A Hero to San Francisco Kids

| California Heroes | October 5, 2013

Margaret Brodkin’s leadership has transformed the landscape for children in San Francisco  Margaret is recognized as the “Mother of the San Francisco Children’s Fund,” a $50 million annual fund that made San Francisco the first city in the country to provide local dedicated funding for children. Margaret is a trained group worker, held a Licensed Clinical […]

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Tramutola Wins California Schools Tax Measures

| Blog | October 5, 2013

California Schools Tax Measures Win, Even In A Bad Economy According to Larry Tramutola, a California political consultant who specializes in bond issues, the recipe for today’s successful bond campaign must be made up of a diverse stew of tactics. No longer is it enough to merely identify pressing needs and expect voters to agree. […]

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California Poverty Rate

| Blog | October 3, 2013

  Poverty Rate in California Reaches 22% The new analysis set California’s poverty rate at 22%, the highest in the nation, compared with the official rate of 16%. The Public Policy Institute of California and the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, found that 2.6 million, or 27%, of Los Angeles County residents lived in […]

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