The San Fernando Valley Young Democrats shall endeavor to stimulate in young people an active interest in governmental affairs, increase the efficiency of our government, maintain the viability of our free institutions, and contribute to the growth and influence of the ideals and philosophy of the Democratic Party.
6/5/2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: firstname.lastname@example.org San Fernando Valley Young Democrats Express Disappointment in Valley Assemblymembers Bocanegra and Dababneh for Failing to Support AB 378 Last week, AB 378, which sought to extend California’s trailblazing cap-and-trade program, failed in the California State Assembly by just three votes. The members of the San Fernando Valley Young Democrats express our deep disappointment and consternation that Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra (D-Pacoima) opposed the bill and that Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh (D-Encino) failed to submit a vote. As young community activists, we feel a special duty to hold our elected officials accountable and to speak out when faced with the prospect of irreversible environmental degradation for our generation and generations to come. We are especially disappointed because AB 378 was designed to guide extra funding to socio-economically disadvantaged communities, like much of Assemblymember Bocanegra’s district, that disproportionately bear the impact of environmental damage.At a time when the United States federal government is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord and denying fundamental climate science, California should and must be leading the way in fighting global climate change. Unfortunately, last week’s vote on AB 378 undermined California’s role in that fight and represented another big win for the fossil fuel industry which funds the campaigns of too many legislators of both parties, including Assemblymembers Dababneh and Bocanegra. We call upon Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra and Assemblymember Matthew Dababneh to stand up for future generations, the most vulnerable among us, and our planet, rather than serving the interests of their powerful fossil fuel industry contributors. We expect better from California Democrats, and the residents of the San Fernando Valley deserve better from their elected representatives.We call upon our members to contact the Assemblymembers to share their disappointment and to insist that that their future votes are in line with protecting our environment. Dababneh (District 45) Tel: (818) 904-3840; Bocanegra (District 39) Tel:(818) 365-2464. ###read more
Come join the SFV Young Dems for our annual Toy Drive and Holiday Party! Bring some toys which will be donated to needy children this holiday season and come mingle with some local activists, candidates, and community leaders. This year's holiday party is an especially can't-miss affair as we'll also be voting on endorsements for many important and contested 2018 races, including U.S. Senate. This is your chance to hear directly from poilitical candidates and make your voice be heard!
After careful consideration and rounds of interviews, the SFVYD Executive Board has recommended the following candidates to be placed on the consent calendar.
US Senate – Kevin de León
Congressional District 25 – No Consensus
Congressional District 28 – Adam Schiff
Congressional District 29 – Tony Cardenas
Congressional District 30 – Brad Sherman
Congressional District 33 – Ted Lieu
Lt. Governor – Eleni Kounalakis for California Lt. Governor
Secretary of State – Alex Padilla
Controller – Betty Yee
Treasurer – Fiona Ma
Insurance Commissioner – Ricardo Lara
Superintendent of Public Instruction – Tony Thurmond
Senate District 18 - Bob Hertzberg
Senate District 26 - Senator Ben Allen
Assembly District 38 - Christy Smith
Assembly District 43 – Laura Friedman
Assembly District 46 – Adrin Nazarian
Assembly District 50 – Richard Bloom
Board of Equalization, 3rd District – No Endorsement
LA County Assessor – Jeffrey Prang
LA County Supervisor, 3rd District – Supervisor Sheila Kuehl
Endorsements for Governor, Attorney General, Assembly District 39, and Assembly District 45 will be held at a later date.
Please review our bylaws regarding the endorsement process and voting eligibility: http://www.sfvyd.org/bylaws
[Eligibility for voting shall be limited to members who are in good standing at least 60 days prior to the scheduled meeting at which the vote is to take place. Members may renew their membership for voting eligibility up to and on the day of a meeting, provided their dues have not lapsed beyond one year. SFVYD Membership can be purchased here: sfvyd.org/join