Club Meeting (4/23): Immigration Reform

by Gabe Quinto

With Immigration reform changing day to day and becoming more bipartisan, the Club decided to feature the topic in this newsletter and at our upcoming April 23rd meeting.

To make sense of it all, the ECDC will have Attorney J Craig Fong speak on Immigration Reform. He grew up in El Cerrito and attended Kennedy and El Cerrito High Schools, graduating in the class of 1975.

J has been practicing law for over thirty years. Although his legal career started with large corporate law firms, handling bank mergers and acquisitions, he gravitated toward community-based and civil rights work. He served as Assistant Director of the immigration project of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (1989-1992), Director of the Immigration Project of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California (1986-1989), and Director of the Downtown Immigration Advocates, a nonprofit project of the United Methodist Church. In the 1990s, he also worked as an advocate for gay and lesbian civil rights as the Regional Director of the national civil rights organization Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund.

J has had his own immigration law practice in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles since 1996. His practice is devoted exclusively to immigration and nationality issues, focusing primarily on family-related cases, investor visas, intercompany transferees, and hardship and national interest waivers. He has also taught numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars, including some sponsored by the Los Angeles County Bar Association, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

J was educated and trained at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and the Coro Foundation. J, his husband, and their two cats live in Los Angeles and split their time between Southern California and Paris, France. And if that didn’t peak your interest, he’s also a life-long Democrat.

Congressman George Miller Fundraiser

by George Miller

Dear Friend,

The big party is less than a month away.  If you haven’t RSVP’d yet to join Nancy Pelosi, me and many of your friends in Walnut Creek, please do so now. We really need your help.
As you might recall, Democratic Leader and former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will be the special guest at my community fundraiser and birthday party on Saturday, May 4th, at Shadelands Ranch. It’s a big, fun event with lots of food, drinks, and inspiration about winning the next election so we can make progress in California and across the country.

Please join me Saturday, May 4th, at Shadelands Ranch, Walnut Creek, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. The best way to RSVP is online here.  If you prefer, you can print out the invitation here and mail it in.  

Tea Party Republicans in Congress have one goal – STOP PROGRESS.  But that’s not my goal and I know it’s not yours. We need Democrats to win back the House of Representatives so we can create more jobs, strengthen the middle class, protect civil rights and equality for all Americans, reduce gun violence and protect the environment.

Let’s give Nancy Pelosi the biggest Bay Area welcome she’s ever received!



Congressman George Miller
Democrat from Contra Costa County
Senior Democrat, House Education and the Workforce Committee

Emerge California Annual Event

by Carla Hansen

Emerge California is a non-profit organization that identifies and trains Democratic women to run for office, get elected and seek higher office. Noteworthy program alumnae include Rebecca Saltzmen, BART Board Representative District 3, London Breed, SF Board of Supervisors District 5 and Beatriz Leyva Culter, Berkeley School Board.

Each year Emerge honors a Woman of the Year. The 2013 honoree is United States Senator Barbara Boxer (who is also the keynote speaker at the event).

ECDC member Carla Hansen (Emerge Class of 2013) invites all Club members to attend the Annual Event and enjoy a great speaker, great sustenance and a beautiful venue on May 2nd. Here are the details:

• When: Thursday, May 2nd
• Where: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco 94102. Accessible by BART- SF Civic Center Station
• What time: 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

To purchase tickets:

For more information please contact Carla at (510) 375-4265 or