Oct 16

Welcome!!

 radcaWelcome to the Redlands Area Democratic Club

Our next meeting will take place on:

Saturday, February 18, 2017  

Please feel free to join us!

Note: New place! New time! 

Redlands Family Services 

612 Lawton Street

Redlands, CA  92374

3rd Saturday of the month @ 9:30AM

Jan 20

Obamacare repeal would hurt Californians: Sen Feinstein

Senator Dianne Feinstein

Repealing the health care law is not just a matter of politics. It is a matter of life and death for millions of Americans.

On Jan 13th Senator Dianne Feinstein penned the following editorial cautioning against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”):

 

Kate from West Hollywood enrolled in health insurance for the first time in 2014 when she was 39 years old. Five months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She wrote to me that she is “terrified” by the prospect of repeal of the Affordable Care Act.

Robert from Altadena needs a knee replacement. If he loses the insurance he obtained under the health care law, his pre-existing condition would make it impossible to find a new plan. He is weighing whether to schedule surgery as soon as possible or risk losing his insurance and being confined to a wheelchair.

Catherine from Glendale wrote that her brother has stage three liver cancer. Before the Affordable Care Act, he was insured sporadically due to high costs. Now, he is being treated at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai, two top hospitals.

As these stories from Californians make clear: repealing the health care law is not just a matter of politics. It is a matter of life and death for millions of Americans.

While state leaders are working to blunt the potential effects of the more extreme policies supported by President-elect Trump and congressional Republicans, the devastating effects that would result from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would be unavoidable.

Right out of the gate, nearly 5 million Californians would lose their health insurance.

More than 3.7 million low-income adults — 1.1 million of whom live in Los Angeles County — would lose their Medi-Cal coverage. The federal government pays 90 percent of the cost of covering these individuals and it would be a huge challenge for the state to afford this on its own.

Read the complete editorial http://www.sbsun.com/opinion/20170113/repeal-of-affordable-care-act-would-hurt-californians-fix-it-instead-dianne-feinstein?source=topstoriesrot

Jan 14

“What Lies Ahead for Criminal Justice & Immigrant Rights in CA?”

SPEAKER:  Luis Nolasco, ACLU SoCal

TOPIC:  “Re-Envisioning Public Safety in 2017: What Lies Ahead for Criminal Justice & Immigrant Rights in California”

WHEN:  Sat, Jan 21, 2017 @ 9:30AM

WHERE:  612 Lawton Street, Redlands  92374

RSVP preferred: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JanRADC

All Democrats are welcome to attend

Jan 14

Rep Aguilar assumes key leadership roles in Congress

In the 115th Congress, Rep. Pete Aguilar will serve on the powerful House Appropriations Committee.  He will also take on new leadership roles as the Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and as an Assistant Whip in the House Democratic Caucus. 

In a Jan 6, 2017 article, written prior to Rep Aguilar’s appointment to the Appropriations Committee, Jeff Horseman with The Press-Enterprise highlighted Rep. Aguilar’s new positions and how they will help him be a stronger advocate for Inland Empire families. A portion of that article is below.

By JEFF HORSEMAN / STAFF WRITER

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, and Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, could both trumpet the Inland region’s needs this year.

Minority party status isn’t stopping two Inland Democrats from advancing politically and boosting the Inland Empire’s clout in the nation’s capital.

The nomination of Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Redlands, to the powerful House Appropriations Committee should be confirmed soon.And Rep. Raul Ruiz, D-La Quinta, could have a vocal role in the Democrats’ Obamacare defense as a new member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.

In a telephone interview Friday, Aguilar said a Democratic steering committee approved his request to serve on appropriations.

“It will allow me to have a louder voice when it comes to standing up for Inland Empire families,” Aguilar said. “When it comes to creating good-paying jobs, protecting Social Security and Medicare and advancing issues important to the middle class, this will allow me to have a louder voice in that process.”

In an emailed statement, Ruiz said, “Serving on (energy and commerce) empowers me to expand my work advocating for high-quality affordable health care, health equity, women’s health services and expand job opportunities through renewable energy and manufacturing.”

The 115th Congress officially convened this week. Republicans still have the majority with a 241-194 edge over Democrats in the House of Representatives and a 52-46 advantage in the Senate (two senators are independents).

The GOP will control the presidency when Donald Trump is inaugurated Jan. 20.

As minority party members, there are limits to what Aguilar and Ruiz can do in Washington, D.C. But as incumbents who survived their first terms, there are opportunities for both to gain influence.

They also could bolster the congressional presence for the Inland Empire, home to more than 4 million people and a region with a large stake in federal policy on immigration, health care, energy and other areas.

The region’s longest-serving congressman, Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, has been chairman of an appropriations subcommittee that oversees spending by the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Rep. Mark Takano, D-Riverside, hopes to gain permanent ranking minority member status on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, which he got on an interim basis following last summer’s indictment of a Democratic congresswoman from Florida. The status gives Takano a more prominent voice on veterans issues, something he has used to criticize Trump’s plans for veteran health care.

“Improving the care and support we provide to America’s veterans continues to be among Rep. Takano’s top priorities in Congress,” said Takano spokesman Josh Weisz. “Regardless of whether he continues as ranking member, he will continue to be a leader on the committee and an outspoken advocate for veterans.”

Also, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Alpine, whose district includes most of Temecula, stands to have more pull in the White House. He was one of the first congressmen to endorse Trump.

The complete article can be read here.

Jan 14

Kamala Harris Sworn In To U.S. Senate

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, while he...

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Sen. Kamala Harris, D-California, while her husband Doug Emhoff holds a long-kept family Bible.

Former California Attorney General Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first Indian-American senator Tuesday. She is also the first black woman to represent California in the U.S. Senate.

“It is a great honor to serve the people of California in the Senate, and I look forward to the work ahead.” Harris said. “There is no doubt that our country is at an inflection point in our history, one where we are challenged to stand up for the ideals of our nation. My message to those who are uncertain about the future is this: I intend to fight for our state and all our families. I’ve got your back.”

Her comment echoes what she told immigrants in Los Angeles days after Donald Trump became president-elect. Harris has said one of her first actions in Congress will be to cosponsor a bipartisan bill to protect young DREAM Act immigrants from being targeted for deportation by the incoming administration. The bill would need to pass through a Republican-majority House, Senate and White House.

Harris was one of seven new members of the Senate who joined those who won re-election in receiving the oath of office from Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday. Biden is the president of the Senate until Donald Trump becomes president Jan. 20. Then Mike Pence will take over.

Dec 18

Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) – AD40

The Assembly District Election Meetings (ADEMs) are held every two years to elect 7 women and 7 men as Assembly District Delegates.

If you live in Assembly District 40, your Assembly District Election Meeting will be held: Sat Jan 7, 2017 from 10:00AM – Noon

Operating Engineers
1647 W Lugonia Ave
Redlands, CA 92374

YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT TO PARTICIPATE

VOTER REGISTRATION WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE MEETING

Dec 08

It’s official!

Challenger Eddie Tejeda wins Redlands council seat

REDLANDS >> Final certified election results show that Eddie Tejeda has edged past incumbent John James to win the second open seat on the City Council.

Tejeda, 44, declared victory last week after watching his lead in the vote count grow since the Nov. 8 election.

According to final results posted by the San Bernardino County Registrar of Voters late Monday, Tejeda won 12.46 percent of the 45,995 votes cast in the council election. He won 5,733 votes compared to James’ 5,477 votes.

“I feel excited. I feel humbled. I feel blessed to have the opportunity to represent the community at large,” Tejeda said. “I feel happy that residents looked beyond the fact that I live in the north part of town and got the message that I would not be a ‘one side of town’ council member.”

Councilwoman Pat Gilbreath, meanwhile, won election to her sixth term as the top vote-getter in the contest that drew nine candidates. Gilbreath captured 17.86 percent, or 8,216, of the votes cast.

She and Tejeda will be sworn in at the council’s Dec. 20 meeting.

James, who was appointed to the council in 2015, initially was in second place behind Gilbreath. His lead dwindled in following days, and Tejeda eventually took the lead and has held it with each updated ballot count.

“I have lived in the city my whole life and experienced the historical culture of the city,” James said Tuesday. “A lot of that is because of the action of the many city councils of the past decades, and I was very honored to have the opportunity to participate in the process for the last couple of years. While I would have liked to continue, we have elections so the voters put people who feel it is best to continue that culture.”

While James will not have a seat on the council, he plans to remain active in the community. As far as plans for running for council in the future, he said he would have to see what develops.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said. “We’ll see what comes my way.”

Tejeda, a special education teacher who lives in north Redlands, has pledged to be a voice for residents there who complain that the council has not adequately addressed concerns in their neighborhoods. The other four council members all live in south Redlands.

“I look forward to providing (the council) the life experience of living on my side of town,” Tejeda said, “so whenever we make decisions on the council, those perspectives are taken into consideration, which, to me, haven’t been taken into consideration before.”

The Nov. 8 election likely is the last at-large council contest in Redlands. Pending approval, the council is expected to switch to a district-based voting system by the November 2018 election.

Dec 08

Rep Aguilar tapped for CHC Leadership team

Congressman Pete Aguilar (CD-31) in a photo by Micah Escamilla/Redlands Daily Facts

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has selected its leadership team for the 115th Congress

CHC Chair: Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)

CHC First Vice Chair: Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20)

CHC Second Vice Chair: Congressman Ruben Gallego (AZ-07)

CHC Whip: Congressman Pete Aguilar (CA-31)

Rep Pete Aguilar said of his selection: “I’m grateful to have been chosen to serve as the Whip of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. The CHC’s priorities include comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, creating good-paying jobs, accessing affordable health care, and investing in quality education for our kids – all issues that are significant in my community. He added, “San Bernardino is representative of many of the regions throughout the nation that would benefit from these priorities, so I’m glad to take on a new role to help push those policies forward.”

Aguilar was first elected to represent California’s 31st Congressional District in 2014.  He defeated Republican Paul Chabot to win re-election in November.

The 115th Congress convenes on January 3, 2017.

Nov 06

CA Atty General Kamala Harris visits Redlands

CA Atty General, Kamala Harris visited Redlands where she led a rally for AD40 candidate, Abigail Medina. The enthusiastic, standing room only rally crowd included RADC members and friends

CA Atty General, Kamala Harris visited Redlands to lead a rally for AD40 candidate, Abigail Medina. The enthusiastic, standing room only rally crowd included RADC members and friends

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Nov 04

We’re Stronger Together. Make a plan to vote.

Nov 04

Your voice is powerful. Make a plan to vote.

 

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