Hello fellow Democrats,
It’s been a tough week. Many of us are still coming to terms with the results of Tuesday’s election and what that will mean for our country. For many of our members this will be the second time in their life a president has been elected without the popular vote. Some folks might be tempted to point the finger within the Democratic Party, but the simple truth is Democrats won the popular vote for both President and Senate.
I cannot accept this injustice, and I don’t expect any member of DGR to do so either. Even if we need to raise two votes to every one of theirs to flip a gerrymandered Congress, we need to keep working to make sure our government becomes the one that the people have actually voted for.
Now more than ever we need local Democratic leadership. Not just at DGR meetings, but in our neighborhoods, on City Commissions, at local nonprofits and community groups. It’s becoming clear that we won’t be able to count on any federal progress anytime soon. We have to stand together to help our community and make sure change happens locally, because we can be sure nothing good is coming out of D.C. for the next two years. Our next meeting is in less than one week and we’ll be starting our ground game for the upcoming City Council races and getting Democrats elected across Riverside County. These races are important because there is much we need to take care of in Riverside.
For example, the City of Riverside passed Measure Z, which is expected to bring in at least $40 million every year to the city’s general fund. Before even a penny of this money has been collected, city officials are talking about how they plan to use these funds to hire new police and buy lots of new equipment. I have seen no mention of using it to help the homeless, address the lack of affordable housing, or provide other needed community services. We need to make sure these funds go to help people and not just arresting them. The city plans to create a new Budget Engagement Commission to oversee these funds and we need to make sure we are a part of this process.
We will also be talking to Rafael Elizalde from Congressman Mark Takano’s office and a representative from Sen. Roth’s office. They will speak to us about ways we can get Democrats elected to the City Council and how California’s state government can protect our citizens from threats against them from a Republican government.
There is some good news to come out of this election. Sabrina Cervantes won her bid for California’s 60th assembly district. With these results Riverside is now Democratic across all state offices. Our city and the IE has gone blue, and our elected representatives are slowly changing to reflect this. So there is hope.
Finally, we will be holding elections for DGR officers for 2017. Our Nominating Committee is still seeking active nominations for the following seats:
• Membership Chair
• Finance Chair
• Elections Chair
If you would like to submit your name for these, or other positions, please email Riversidedemocrats.email@example.com with the position you would like to volunteer for. Members are also welcome to nominate themselves or others at the meeting.
Here’s looking to a brighter future,
President, Democrats of Greater Riverside