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This has been another productive week for the CDP. See below for a recap of the week’s activities.

Fire Relief
The wildfires in Northern California are continuing to cause enormous devastation and human suffering. This is the deadliest series of fires in California history, and the death toll is still climbing. Tens of thousands are still under evacuation orders. Thousands of homes and businesses have been destroyed.

This is a horrific tragedy, and our entire CDP family joins in mourning for the victims and praying for the survivors. Our state has experienced disasters before, and we’ve always come through them because of the spirit of compassion and generosity that makes California such a wonderful and inclusive place to live.

Please take a moment and make a donation to any of the following relief funds that have been set up to support the victims of this tragedy—this is their hour of need, and as Democrats, we must stand with them.

Rules Committee Executive Board Meeting Update
At the August 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting, the CDP Rules Committee recommended Bylaw amendment proposals for consideration at the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting, November 17-19, 2017, at Westin San Francisco Airport.

Please click here to view the Bylaw amendment proposals for consideration and click here to view a memo on Bylaw amendment proposal regarding platform.

Please click here to visit the CDP Rules Committee webpage for other information.

Platform Committee Requests Your Input
The CDP adopts a platform every two years. The CDP Platform Committee is currently working on drafting the new platform, which will be considered and adopted at the California Democrats State Convention in 2018. We welcome your input and participation through the drafting process. Please note that all testimony and language proposals must be submitted in writing. The deadline to submit written testimony and language proposals is Friday, November 17, 2017, at 5 PM. To submit written testimony and language proposals, please visit the CDP Platform Committee webpage at Please feel free to share the information with your contacts.

Regional Meetings
CDP Regional Meetings are held across the state prior to the November 2017 CDP Executive Board Meeting and are currently underway. For information on the Regional Meeting in your area, please visit the CDP Events webpage.

Endorsement General Information
The CDP Endorsements webpage is live at Please visit the Endorsements webpage for information on the 2018 CDP endorsement process. The webpage will be updated periodically.

In Case You Missed It
CDP Political Director Clark Lee shared the latest news from the Josh Newman Campaign about Republican efforts to silence the victims of voter fraud.

Chair Eric C. Bauman attended the Tri Counties Democratic Club’s fundraiser and presented an award to Sen. Josh Newman.

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And he applauded the news that Governor Brown has signed legislation by Sen. Ed Hernandez to prevent pharmaceutical companies from suddenly raising the cost of lifesaving prescription drugs:

“Pharmaceuticals are uniquely susceptible to the kind of price gouging made infamous by Martin Shkreli, the notorious ‘pharma-bro’ who announced a massive increase in the cost of a lifesaving drug with no warning to patients, caregivers or the general public. With today’s signing of SB 17 into law, patients and caregivers across California can breathe a sigh of relief because this kind of extortion by unscrupulous pharmaceutical executives is now illegal in California.

This is one of the most important consumer and patient protection laws in decades. The California Democratic Party made this bill an urgent legislative priority, and more than a thousand people added their name to our letter urging approval of SB 17. I want to thank Governor Brown and Senator Ed Hernandez for being true champions for California’s patients and caregivers.”

One week closer to 2018!

— CDP Update