I hope you are as excited as I am about Hillary Clinton's candidacy for President of the United States. As you may know, I was a Hillary Delegate to the 2008 DNC Convention, which was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm so proud to support her again.
We have three events happening in Los Angeles on Friday, June 19th that I wanted to share with you. I hope you can attend one of these intimate events.
The tragedy in the Philippines is heartbreaking; but together we can provide aide to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Your support is invaluable to families and children that are in need of basic necessities such as food and water.
On behalf of UNICEF's work to help victims of the typhoon, I am hosting a fundraiser on Tuesday, November 19 in Century City. Please attend, and if you're unable to be there in person, donate to support the relief efforts. Please use this link to donate.
Please attend the event on Tuesday, November 19th from 6:30 to 8:30 PM
to donate to this important cause. The event will take place at Smith House 10351 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. At the event, you'll hear about the relief efforts. Our goal is to have over 100 people at this event and for individuals attending to make pledges/donations and to raise $10,000 for the relief effort. Special thanks to the amazing Jaime Meyer for her help creating this event. You can see the complete invite to the event
, with the full host committee, here.
I wanted to share this message that my friend Baron (who lives in Chicago) placed on his facebook page. Imagine being thousands of miles away trying to find your family after a natural disaster. You support is so important to thousands of families in the Philippines.
"My city, Tacloban city is completely destroyed. Cousin is alive. Waiting for news of grandma and other family members close to LNU. Cousin said they are looting for food. No water to drink. All the money cannot buy anything because stores are wiped out. If you have any news from Jaro please let me know. I have a chunk of family there as well. -baron — feeling sad."
Now that we are about a month after the May runoff election in Los Angeles, I've been reflecting a lot about the impact that running for office has made on me and those close to me. I was happy to see my (new) friend Mitch O'Farrell eventually win the seat on the Los Angeles City Council that I also ran for. He is a committed community organizer who has hit the ground running - and I am proud to have endorsed him in the runoff.
Many people have asked me "what comes next". The truth is, I am not sure.
Steve Jobs once said:"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
I hope you help me to connect in dots in the future. Let's keep the dialogue going on issues facing our community.
As a lifelong Democrat, I have been, and will continue to be, an unrelenting fighter for opportunity, fairness and equality for all Angelenos.
No two immigrant stories are the same...but the best ones are filled with hope, courage, and opportunity.
No existen dos historias de immigrantes que sean iguales...pero las mejores estan llenas de esperanza, de valor y de oportunidad.
We don’t roll over for hate; back down to injustice; or let opportunities go only to the privileged few. We are Democrats and we fight for what matters most. I've been a fighter my entire life - and will fight for the people of Los Angeles.
My parents emigrated to America and endured immense hardships, because they wanted to see their children not only achieve, but embody the American Dream. And they succeeded.
Mis padres se inmigraron a los Estados Unidos y aguantaron inmensas dificultades, porque ellos querían que sus hijos no solamente se embarcarán en el sueño americano, pero que también lo logren. Y lo lograron.
The hardships my parents faced when immigrating to America gave me the opportunity to succeed.
Las dificultades que enfrentaron mis padres cuando se emigraron a los Estados Unidos me ha dado la oportunidad de triunfar.
Los Angeles has always been my home. And improving the lives of everyone in our city will always be my top priority.