April Newsletter

As my campaign for State Treasurer continues to gain momentum, I won three major endorsements this week!

The Peace Officers Research Association of California, representing over 69,000 peace officers statewide, is endorsing me. There's no greater honor than having the support of the men and women who keep us safe.

Crime Victims United, a statewide organization comprised of victims of crime, law enforcement officials and others who work to enhance public safety, announced their endorsement of my campaign.

Congressman Jimmy Panetta, who represents California's Central Coast, also has endorsed me. He joins Congressional members Karen Bass, Julia Brownley, Judy Chu, Jared Huffman, Ro Khanna, Ted Lieu, Mike Thompson and Eric Swalwell in supporting my bid for State Treasurer.

The Inaugural Oakland Women's Film Festival featured a remarkable film about Shirley Chisholm, "Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed" (PBS). It's a good reminder that women still need to keep up the fight to achieve equality.

Here's an interesting fact: Since California became a state in the 1850s, only 10 women have been elected to statewide office. California has had only 2 women serve as Treasurer in our state's history. I intend to change that!

41 cities across the country held #MentoringMonday, speed networking events giving 10,000 mentees the opportunity to ask questions of participants and mentors for 7 minutes. I learned a lot and met some great women doing some pretty cool things.

It was such fun to celebrate Agricultural Day at the State Capitol. I want an alpaca...or two? They tolerate humans hugging them, taking their pictures, and are soft and cuddly. These female beauties belong to Tom & Susan in Loomis. Contact them for alpaca walks and visit their boutique.

Speaking of agriculture, it was an honor to give my Environmental and Economic Equalizer Award to the Ceja Family Vineyards for being one of California's eco-friendly agriculture operators who go above and beyond. Ceja Vineyards is an ultra premium Latino family owned winery founded in 1999 and one of the first Mexican owned wineries in California.

Congratulations to this year's 77th Anniversary of the Hueneme Chamber of Commerce's Community Award Recipients! Inspiring and entertaining keynote speech by Senator Senator Josh Newman, Chair of the Senate Veterans Committee.

Last but not least, your tax filings are due Apr‌il 1‌8. I'm pictured here with the hardworking volunteers at Allen Temple Church in Oakland. This has been a IRS VITA site since 2001. They take walk-ins, appointments and drop offs every Wed‌nesd‌ay from 3-‌6 p‌.‌m. and Sa‌turda‌ys from 9 ‌a‌.m.-‌3 ‌p‌.m. through Ap‌ril 1‌8‌th this year. Get your taxes done for free at one of the IRS Approved Sites by IRS trained tax preparers! Click here for more information.

Don't forget the Gift of Giving. California is making it easier than ever to lend a hand to those in need with donation boxes on your income tax forms. Read my blog in the Huffington Post to learn more.