AD51: Northeastern LA

What are Assembly District Delegates?

Every two years, the CA Democrats elect 7 self-identified females and 7 other than self-identified females from each Assembly District in CA as delegates to the state party. Those who are elected will have a chance to vote for the new party chair and other leadership. The race is hotly contested and will determine how welcoming, grassroots-focused and innovative the party becomes or how beholden it will remain to big money interests.

Delegates elect Party officers, endorse candidates for statewide, legislative and congressional office, attend the annual convention, network with other Democrats, represent your constituency, promote the California Democratic Party agenda, and vote to endorse resolutions and ballot measures.

You get 14 votes for delegates, 1 of which you must also vote for Executive Board Representative.

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Voting Time & Location

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Doors Open: 10:00am
Candidate Speeches Begin: 10:30am
Registration & Voting: 11:00am-1:00pm

East LA Rising
324 N. McDonnell Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90022

*Any registered Democrat living in the district is eligible to vote. On-site voter registration is available for those not registered as Democrats.

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Your Progressive Candidates

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Jane Demian

Also vote for E-Board rep. 

Hsing I Tseng Bird
Rebecca Prediletto
Yolanda Nogueira
Juli Odomo
Jeanine Rohn
Jessica Ceballos
Amar Ravva
Ezra Pugh
Ron Birnbaum
Luis M.  Navarro
Gavin Pierce

Detailed Information

Jane Demian

Presently, I am an Assembly District 51 delegate and I am running for another 2 year-term. I am also running as Executive Board representative for this district. Within the past two years I have co-authored Resolution 17-05.81 Expressing the Support of the California Democratic Party In Protecting Renters from No-fault Evictions and Illegal or Excessive Rent Increases and Support Rent Stabilization which was ratified unanimously at the May, 2017 Convention; I wrote a Bylaws amendment for ADEM elections which was accepted by the Rules Committee; and I wrote a Platform Amendment to protect rent-controlled buildings which was accepted into the 2018 Platform. I campaigned for Proposition 10 and have supported renters’ rights and housing policies that protect renters and rent-controlled housing. I have worked with local government, City Council, the Neighborhood Council system, and have been in contact with legislators, and tenant rights groups throughout the State. I am seeking to continue to work to improve housing affordability, to reduce homelessness, and for economic, social and environmental justice. I seek to improve the integrity of the Democratic Party through transparency, good communication and equal treatment of its members. Thank you for this opportunity to serve the constituents of Assembly District 51.

Hsing I Tseng Bird

The Occupy and NoDAPL movements taught me the shared struggles of the people and helped shape my political views to stand up for our rights to access clean water/soil/air, shelter, education, a municipal wireless network, and universal healthcare. Under the current divisive political climate, we must continue to build towards a more empathetic and compassionate global community.Ê I believe to take back the power of the people, we need to demand that money be taken out of politics and that our elected officials be held accountable.Ê Currently, I serve on the local boards of public radio KPFK and Echo Park Neighborhood Council and, if elected, I will use my experiences to continue representing our community of the many and not the few. #PeaceNotWar #GreenNewDeal #MniWiconi

Rebecca Prediletto

It has been an honor to serve as delegate for the past two years. I am looking to do it again.
It is my strong belief that the Democratic Party is in need of some serious guidance; I further believe that this guidance can only come from the grassroots, not from “yes” people and not from folks who are appointed to leadership positions.
I am a registered nurse, union and community activist, and mother of four of LAUSD’s little people. I am deeply engaged in Medicare for All, immigration justice efforts, and fighting for income equality, both inside and outside my role in the labor movement. Speaking truth to power is a way of life for me, and I look forward to continuing to bring the spirit of justice and integrity to the CA Democratic Party.

Yolanda Nogueira

Lovely Los Angeles is where I was born and raised. I’ve seen the transformation within our neighborhoods, heard their issues and seen their struggles. I’ve signed over 1000 petitions, canvassed many neighborhoods and registered voters.
As a community leader, activist and current CA AD51 Delegate, I’ve worked with many elected officials to assist my community, it has roused me to revamp my office into a resource center and continue the fight for:
Climate Change
Social Justice
Low Income Housing
Animal Cruelty
Single-Payer Healthcare
Protecting Our Oceans and Inhabitants
Protecting Our Environment
Money Out Of Politics
I am currently on the board of the Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council, my committees – Beautification, Outreach, Homelessness/Housing and Film Liaison.
Highland Park Chamber of Commerce Outreach Chair, Director Annual Northeast LA Christmas Parade and Veterans Parade, Founder of El Mercado Arts & Crafts Fair for local struggling artist, Avenue 50 Studio Satellite Gallery, Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez AD51 Woman of the Year 2017-2018, and The Bernie Sanders Highland Park Volunteer Office. Would be an honor to continue the good work in AD51. Thank you!

Juli Odomo

My name is Juli Odomo. I am a mathematician. I am an educator, activist and entrepreneur. I am a second-generation Japanese-American trans woman. I am the type of person who is not supposed to run for office.
I am here to stand for the basic common dignities of our community.
Everyday hardworking people deserve the freedom to survive in what is the most powerful and prosperous economy. This seems less and less obvious these days.
I like to keep things plain and simple.
It is time for us to settle the debt of what is owed to the people:
We are owed a clean environment.
We are owed a living wage.
We are owed affordable housing.
We are owed accessible healthcare.
We are owed quality education.
We are owed a society without discrimination.
The time for progress can no longer wait and the moment of opportunity is now, not tomorrow.
I am prepared to fight for nothing less than what is within our full rights.
It is my distinct honor to serve the values of this community and to have your support in my cause.

Jeanine Rohn

I’m honored to have served as one of your ADEM delegate these past 2 years. I’ve been a registered Democrat for over 35 years, I’ve been a resident in AD51 for 25 of those years Ð Echo Park; Westlake/ Pico; Atwater; Lincoln Heights and now Glassell Park. I was inspired by Senator Sanders in 2015 and ran the canvassing out of his Highland Park office in 2016. Those ideals of Healthcare as a Human Right; Big Money out of Politics; Racial Justice and a Living Wage rang true in all areas of 51. I know that because we pushed ourselves to canvass for his ideals in all areas of 51 and the results of that election showed – AD51 is truly a district of these progressive ideals.
I’ve tried my best to carry your energy and desire for action and change into our CA State Party. I have passionately throwing myself into the process of the LA Registrar in the fight for a clean voting process. I’m a proud union member and have pressed union leadership to divest in coal & fossil fuel investment in their pension plans. I have also been an active member of over 10 of the CA Dem Party caucuses Ð including Veterans Caucus, which elected an entirely new board (and fought for legislative changes for Green Card Soldiers this year – WooHoo!). I have also testified about our AD51 issues in the Rules, Legislative and Finance Committees and have had a platform addendum accepted into the Women’s Platform. The ‘inner workings of the state party are no longer a mystery and the progressive ideals of our district are on the rise there.
As I said 2 years ago Ð I want to serve, not in an adversarial way, but as a constant reminder of what this district stands for. The party is getting stronger as they embrace more of these progressive ideals Ð and I am steadfast!

Thank you in advance for your support –

Jessica Ceballos

Northeast L.A. born and raised, I’m a multidisciplinary artist, writer, activist, granddaughter of an Indigenous Californian, daughter of Mexican immigrants. I have over 20 years of experience working as a curator and facilitator of interdisciplinary programming that seeks to strengthen community through exchange of dialogue. As a volunteer, I’m a co-organizer with the northeast L.A. chapter of the L.A. Tenants Union. I’ve served on the Highland Park Neighborhood Council where I supported policy that prioritized community sustainability over profit, where I fought to stop the displacement of low-income residents, and where I continue to stand with the community in their concern over a concentration of alcohol licenses. In 2015 I was awarded a WESTAF Emerging Leaders of Color fellowship where I gained skills to better advocate for racial and economic equity in the arts. In 2016 I was selected as an Arts for LA ACTIVATE Cultural Policy fellow where I began development on a data project that aims to bridge policy and the arts by highlighting the existing ways L.A. artists of color participate in aspects of civic engagement, inspired by my commitment to learning new ways assets and resources can be shared across communities of color. I’ve been recognized by the State of Alaska for my work with at-risk youth while serving as an AmeriCorps member, also recognized by the California State Assembly, the LA County Board of Supervisors, and LA Council Districts 1, 14 & 13 for my work in the community. If elected, I’m committed to organizing ways to encourage dialogue in our communities, to foster a pipeline to Sacramento.

Amar Ravva

As a lifelong progressive, published author, and educator, I have always believed in standing up for the under-represented, under-served, and marginalized. I believe California is at an important crossroads; since 2016, it has become clear that we must strive harder to lead America towards a progressive future one that believes in the adverse effects of climate change, one that believes in diversity, both in identity, cultural heritage, and in ideas a future that is inclusive and not divisive. California, like America, is a nation of immigrants; the current political climate is trying to erase us, as if our work does not matter, as if our voices are meaningless. As your delegate for the past two years, I have worked hard to promote the values and desires that I believe we share that we deserve a living wage, clean air, clean water, opportunity for our children through investment in schools instead of prisons, and sustainable strategies for development that puts our shared resources first, not last. I am grateful that many of you believed in me in 2017 and ask for that faith again. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. I believe the time for a New Green Deal is now. The blue wave swept us to a historic majority in all branches of our state. This is our chance to make sweeping change.

Ezra Pugh

Hello! My name is Ezra Pugh I was born and grew up here in LA in Atwater Village. I am a progressive and a small business owner. I have a small sewing business with my mother, and our shop is in DTLA. We help designers and costumers translate their sketches into reality. I am also an MBA student in my last semester at Cal State LA. The only time I have lived outside of LA is when I went to college in New York City at the New School, studying economics there. I am also an active DSA LA member, working in committees tasked with interfacing with electoral politics and activating and organizing membership.
I think my experience is somewhat unique because my elementary school was LAUSD, my middle school was in South Pasadena’s school district, and for high school I went to an exclusive private school where my father is a teacher. Because of this I am familiar with many different parts of town and the desires and concerns of people with vastly different backgrounds and experience.
I have lived in AD51 for 5 years and have family in different neighborhoods of the district. I think a lot of people do not feel like they have a voice in city or state politics. I would love to help further activate our neighborhoods by providing a voice for their concerns to the state Democratic party, which can feel extremely distant from folks’ everyday lives. There is broad support among everyone I talk to for progressive legislation like Medicare for All, acting on climate change, and helping workers, but oftentimes the party has moved too slowly on these matters. Hopefully we can help push it further!

Ron Birnbaum

I am a bilingual Argentinian-Jewish Am. dad, doc, vet, union member, kids’ soccer ref, and lifelong-Dem asking for your support for re-election to DSCC. Winning big elections in Nov. mattered, but – especially because we have moved to 1-party rule in CA– we need delegates to hold electeds to our progressive platform and challenge establishment when it serves corporations and not people. CA continues shamefully to lead in income inequality, child poverty, housing insecurity/displacement, and we still frack; we Dems must do better.
What do I stand for?
-Party reform that emphasizes fair process and engagement
-Medicare for All – true single payer with no one left out and includes all immigrants. I’m one of few strong activist physician voices in the Party on this issue.
-Free high-quality public education – pre-K through college grad.
-Rights of immigrants and all marginalized peoples
-Renters’ rights – repeal Costa-Hawkins Act – serious approaches to our housing crisis
-Clean money political reform in CA and nationally. Money out – voters in.
-Fighting income inequality: support labor (now under attack),street vendors, persons in the gig economy, and those in small business
-Criminal justice reform and safety for all our communities
-Environmental protection in our neighborhoods and worldwide – a scientist’s approach to policy
What is at stake in this election?
-The last state chair (whom I opposed) has stepped down, so we elect a new one in May. The party bylaws put huge power in the chair’s hands, so this election is crucial.
-Will we have delegates who are “establishment yes-men” or real representatives of progressive AD51? We need delegates who will make calls from their hearts/minds based on your needs and voice in 1) endorsements 2) democratizing party reform 3) justice-oriented party platform and resolutions
What am I not?
-I don’t make my living in politics or campaigns and won’t be manipulated by elected officials and establishment bigwigs. I listen to everyone but think for myself.
What did I do in the last 2 years to earn your support for re-election?
-I was one of the most committed and productive delegates from the 2017 group – details on FB. I show up to everything and work hard. In other words, I take your trust and this job very seriously. See FB @ronbirnbaum and @ronbirnbaumca or contact me cell 3105707829

Luis M. Navarro

My name is Luis Navarro, I am an activist, Social Worker, and parent. I grew up in and reside in East Los Angeles, a 7.45 sq miles area huddled between Boyle Heights, Montebello, and Monterey Park. I am a product of a public school education going to Garfield High School.  I then went onto East Los Angeles College, Cal State Los Angeles, University of Southern California, where I received my master’s degree in Social Work. I want to be a State Delegate for the Democratic Party because I want to represent the people in my community. Along with assisting to shape the future of the Democratic Party, it’s a way for me to engage the people and be a voice for a community that has long been overlooked.
Growing up in my community I’ve seen violence, families get displaced by rising rent, and the effects of big businesses. I believe our political leaders should be held accountable for their decisions and for their inability to take action when action is needed. Professionally I have worked in special education, with individuals experiencing homelessness, with medical insurance, and in affordable housing. It was my dream as a teen to be able to come back to my community one day and share my experiences to make a positive impact. I’m very passionate about my community because I believe it is a beautiful community full of amazing people and culture. I hope to get the opportunity to be a voice for my community.

Gavin Pierce

The fight for social, economic, and environmental justice has to be taken to the next level as we face the rapidly expanding issues of the world today. Communities have made this need clear, and now it’s time for the Democratic Party to follow their lead.
As a young genderqueer activist, I believe it’s my responsibility to promote progressive values on all fronts. My pursuit of this goal so far has taken me through efforts such as organizing the LA March For Our Lives, working with the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign, and serving as a board member for the Highland Park Neighborhood Council.
Now I’m seeking to take this strive toward change to the democratic party, with the goal of promoting the issues people care most about.
The first action that I hope to see the party take is the establishment of a statewide green new deal. We have to strengthen our efforts in fighting climate change, and through my work with the Sunrise Movement, I have seen the green new deal gain sweeping support from elected officials and citizens alike. It’s the bold and effective solution we need.
An other crucial step that must be prioritized is a commitment to abolish ICE, and to promote comprehensive immigration justice. While spending my Summer with Occupy ICE LA, I spoke with families and individuals whose loved ones had been directly impacted by the ways in which ICE problematically operates. These people are owed the dignity and justice they deserve.
Lastly, CA Dems should swiftly endorse free tuition for California’s public campuses alongside an expansion of student debt relief for graduates. Ultimately, education is a right that has become priced as a privilege. To put this belief in action, I worked to help pass AB19, a stepping stone to free education. Now fellow students are working toward the next victory in education. Let’s give them our support.
The future can be as bright as we’d like to make it. All we have to do is move in the right direction. The world is at a crossroads, but with a commitment to community, justice, and creative new thinking, a bold vision can be established, and hope restored.

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