Sanchez Shores Up Key Endorsements

September 1, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Southern California District Council of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union is endorsing Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez in her bid for a U.S. Senate seat while the union’s Northern California District Council is endorsing both Sanchez and her opponent, California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who is also a Democrat, her campaign announced Wednesday.

“Loretta Sanchez has demonstrated extraordinary ability during her 20 years in Congress” protecting workers and promoting commerce, said ILWU Southern California District Council President Cathy Familathe.

“The backbone of our economy is in the millions of imported and exported items that cross our borders every day. Dockworkers are at the heart of this vital process, and they should have the best working conditions that are possible,” said Sanchez in response to the endorsement. “Fair wages and good working conditions – these are not just policy positions; these are American values. I have spent 20 years fighting for workers and I will continue to do so in the United States Senate – my record speaks for itself.”

The union’s backing adds to those already received from other groups from organized labor, including the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, several chapters of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Local 324 of the United Food and Commercial Workers.

Earlier this month, Sanchez also received the endorsement of Latinas Lead California, the state’s only political network that endorses and contributes to Latina candidates. A nonpartisan organization, Latinas Lead California is committed to promoting and increasing the active participation of Latinas to elected office.

Latinas Lead California cited Sanchez’ 20 years of work to support women and families on issues including healthcare, gender equality, pay equity, reproductive rights and service in the military.

“Loretta Sanchez has a proven track record of fighting for our communities and advocating for the rights of women and families in Congress. She has been a pioneer of Latina leadership both in our state and nation. We are proud to stand with Loretta in her bid to represent our state and be the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate,” stated Latinas Lead California.

“I’m honored to have the support of Latinas Lead California,” said Sanchez. “As California’s next United States Senator, I will continue to empower women and fight for gender equality in education, workplace and the military. I will make access to education and equal pay for equal work for women a priority because we must end the inequality that women still face in the workplace.”

Latinas Lead endorsement joins those of other women’s groups supporting her bid for U.S. Senate, including Women in Leadership and PODER PAC, and a majority of her female California House of Representative colleagues including Congresswomen Judy Chu (CA-27), Susan Davis (CA-53), Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Janice Hahn (CA-44), Grace Napolitano (CA-32), Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), Linda Sanchez (CA-38) and Norma Torres (CA-35).


Loretta Sanchez Brings U.S. Senate Campaign to Eastside

June 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez brought her U.S. Senate campaign to the Eastside over the Memorial holiday, making stops at Mariachi Plaza and La Parilla restaurant in Boyle Heights, and venues in Northeast L.A. and Pico Rivera.

Sanchez is seeking to replace Sen. Barbara Boxer, who four terms in the seat is retiring at age 75.

There are 34 candidates vying for Boxer’s seat, but polls show State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Sanchez – both Democrats – leading the primary race, making them the two likely contenders in a November run-off.

According to California election rules approved by voters in 2010, the two top finishers in the primary, regardless of party affiliation, move on to the General Election.

Widely seen as the frontrunner, Harris recently made news by announcing that a Grand Jury has indicted Plains All-American Pipeline on 46 criminal charges for the May 2015 oil spill in Santa Barbara County. A Plains All-American Pipeline employee was also indicted on three criminal charges. She used the announcement as an opportunity to tout her toughness on environmental issues, something east and southeast Los Angeles area residents have complained has been lacking in the environmental disaster still playing out in their backyards.

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, pictured center in blue, visits Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights over Memorial Day weekend. (Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate Campaign)

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, pictured center in blue, visits Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights over Memorial Day weekend. (Loretta Sanchez for U.S. Senate Campaign)

Earlier this year, residents in Boyle Heights – where Sanchez visited Sunday — told EGP they were angry that Atty. Gen. Harris had not issued any indictments or lawsuits again acid-lead battery recycler Exide Technologies, which was forced to shut down after years of spewing toxic levels of lead and arsenic into the area, contaminating as many as 10,000 properties and putting thousands of people at a greater risk of cancer. The complaints were repeated this week in a LA Times article.

Sanchez — who brought up the Exide catastrophe on the floor of the House and sent a letter to Gov. Brown asking him to explain why the state failed to act on Exide for so long — last month told EGP in a written statement that she expects California “officials to make meaningful, long-term improvements to the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s regulatory powers as well as increase oversight to ensure that regulators are in fact doing their jobs.

“Regulators are charged with the responsibility of protecting Californians from toxic hazards and ensuring that corporate polluters are held to their cleanup obligations. We expect our regulators to carry out their duties with vigilance and integrity; Californians should expect and demand nothing less.”

Campaign spokesperson Luis Vizcaino told EGP last week that as a U.S. Senator, Sanchez “will hold companies accountable for polluting the environment and endangering California’s working class families.

“Where is the environmental justice for the people of Vernon that work in the area and the families that live in the community? Why has Attorney General Kamala Harris been quiet when the people of Vernon deserve environmental justice now,” he said.

If elected, Sanchez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, would be the first Latina in the U.S. Senate.

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