Friday, November 22, 2013

The Senator, the Comedian, the Activist -- watch all three

 (click above to watch clip)


Between now and 2016, we have a window of opportunity to add accomplished progressive women to the California legislature.  If we don't act now, we'll have to wait until 2022 when many seats will next be open. close the gap CA is a campaign to make the most of the opportunity we have now!

Stop the decline.

Women are only 26% of the CA legislature. There are fewer women there today than there were a decade ago.

Reverse direction.

Over the next two elections, half or more of the 120 seats will be open.  If you pitch in today, close the gap CA can recruit competitive women candidates in every seat that’s winnable for progressives.

More women legislators = More progress

Women in the 2013 CA legislature increased access to reproductive health while other states were dismantling theirs; expanded family medical leave and encouraged CA corporations to add women to their boards.  And much more.

Pick a perk!

We can’t do this alone and you can’t leave your day job (probably) and become a recruiter, so please check out our sweet perks and contribute.  With your help, we got this!

NO TAX BREAKS (sorry).  Contributions to close the gap CA are not tax deductible.

Your contributions help us organize search parties, evaluate prospects, pay for postage and much more.


"I admire the vision, strategic sense, tactical expertise and just plain grit of close the gap CA." – Sally Seymour, Sustainable Napa

Political Director Mary Hughes is a "key force" in electing women. – San Francisco Chronicle

"close the gap CA is finding great prospects and they just don't quit!" -- Monica Rodriguez, Los Angeles, HOPE-PAC

"Keep up the great work!" -- Fran Sdao, Orange County activist

"Thanks for working on the front lines to increase the number of women in politics." -- Danielle Pritchett, PhD candidate in political science & consultant

Be a closer. Give now.


close the gap CA is a statewide campaign to find talented, progressive women to run for open seats in the California legislature in 2014 and 2016. With focus and a targeted strategy, we can ‘close the gap’ and not just the gender gap. When we elect progressive women, we take steps to close the school funding gap, the access gap to affordable health and reproductive care, and the growing gap between the wealthy and those in poverty.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Hilda Solis on Nov. 17

-Host Committee-
John Altschul * Cynthia Anderson- Barker and Tim Barker * Ed Begley Jr. * John Brown Bush, Gottlieb, Singer, Lopez, Kohanski, Adelstein & Dickinson * Liz Cheadle * Paula Daniels
Janet Dreiser Rappaport * Larry Frank * John Gibson * Gilbert & Sackman * Julie Gutman Dickinson Barbara & Douglas Hadsell * Honorable Tom Hayden * Dennis Hernandez * Ron Kaye * Sandra Munoz * NWPC LA Westside * Victor Narro * Elena Popp * Keith Rohman Rothner, Segall & Greenstone * Gilbert Saucedo * Peter Schey * Schwartz, Steinsapir, Dohrmann & Sommers, LLP. * Dan Stormer and Jan Breidenbach Terre Thomas * Laurie Traktman * Carol Watson * Henry and Debbie Willis * Kent Wong

Join us in support of a champion for labor, environment and women!

Hilda L. Solis 
Former United States Labor Secretary
For LA County Board of Supervisors, District 1
Special Guest: Art Pulaski, Executive Secretary-Treasurer California Labor Federation

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

at the home of
Cynthia Anderson-Barker and Tim Barker 1448 Club Drive., Los Angeles, CA 90024 (West Los Angeles)

Co-Host (Individual) at: $500 Co-Host (PAC) at: $1,500
Ticket: $100

For more information or to RSVP by November 15th, 2013 please contact Ernesto Zumaya or Adrianna Babior at 310-477-8081 or

Contributions from LA County lobbyists are not permitted. Furthermore, Solis for Supervisor 2014 does not accept contributions from contractors or bidders doing business with the MTA. 

Reception Honoring Karen Bass on Nov. 22

Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the United Nations Foundation, and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles invite you to attend a reception honoring Representative Karen Bass with the International Family Planning Hero Award: Friday, November 22, from 3:30-5:30pm, at the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Headquarters Office to celebrate her leadership on global women's health issues. Please RSVP to

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