“The population of the 4th Assembly District is 30% Latino, so any candidate who seeks to serve this district must be able to represent this strong Latino population,” said Carlos Alcala, President of the Northern California Latino Democratic Club. “We are proud to support and endorse Mayor Krovoza because he understands the necessary policies in the fields of education, immigration, workers’ rights, and community development. He will bring to the Assembly a great passion for serving minority communities.”
Krovoza said of the endorsement, “I am honored to have the support of the Northern California Latino Democratic Club. One of the best characteristics of this Assembly District is its diversity, and our policies must embrace and celebrate this diversity.”
Krovoza continued, “Minority communities carry a disproportionate burden when we underfund our schools, pollute our environment, and drive up the costs of higher education. Reversing these trends benefits every Californian and helps to level the playing field for communities that have been traditionally underserved.”
In additional to this latest organizational endorsement, a number of the region’s Latino community leaders have also individually endorsed Krovoza. These include Carlos Alcala, Chair of the Chicano Latino Caucus of the California Democratic Party; Norma Alcala, Vice President of the River City Democratic Club; Rick Gonzales, Jr., President of the Mexican American Concilio of Yolo County; Sylvina Frausto, Secretary of Holy Rosary Church in Woodland and recipient of the Democracy Works award by the League of Women Voters; and Josie Enriquez, Case Management Supervisor at the Yolo Family Resource Center.
For more information about Joe Krovoza’s campaign, see www.joekrovoza.org
Davis City Council candidate Sheila Allen invites interested voters to stop by Common Grounds, 2171 Cowell Blvd., for a chat between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. She’ll be happy to talk about her positions on issues and wants to get community input as well.
Allen is a public health nurse, a professor and a public health administrator; she is currently the executive director of the nonprofit Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance. She also served for 10 years as a member of the Yolo First 5 Commission and as chair of the Yolo County Health Council.
She is finishing her second term on the Davis Board of Education.
More details about Allen’s campaign can be found at www.sheilaallen.org or on her Facebook page (Sheila-Allen-For-City-Council).
On Thursday, Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) officially pulled papers for his candidacy for Secretary of State.
“I am honored by the support and encouragement I have received from all over California,” said Yee. “It is time for a Secretary of State who will expand access to the ballot box, make our government more transparent, and strengthen California’s democracy.”
Yee has served in the California State Legislature since 2002, and in that time has passed 181 pieces of legislation, including landmark bills on election reform, open government, and civil rights.
Among his most notable bills was SB 397 in 2011, which significantly expanded voter participation. The legislation enabled Californians to register to vote online, resulting in over 911,145 Californians using the new registration system.
Yee’s campaign is already off to a strong start, earning the early endorsements from the California Federation of Teachers, California Faculty Association, University Professional and Technical Employees, and UNITE HERE.
“Senator Yee has continuously been a bold and tireless advocate for our schools, and has always put the best interests of California’s children first,” said Josh Pechthalt, President of the California Federation of Teachers. “We believe he can best continue his good work as Secretary of State, where he will no doubt put into practice the values of inclusivity and accessibility he has fought for throughout his career.”
“I am committed to empowering Californians so that they can guarantee fair elections, expose special interests and prevent corruption, because it’s your California,” said Yee. “This campaign is about every Californian being able to participate in our democracy, and I encourage them to get involved and involve others through LelandYee.com.”
Supporters of Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Grove, are invited to his annual Yolo County pasta dinner fundraiser from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Veterans’ Memorial Center, 203 E. 14th St. in Davis.
The meal costs $35 per person and is catered by Monticello Seasonal Cuisine.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, call 916-863-6881 or visit www.garamendi.org/pasta.
—compiled by Lily Shen