Homestretch With My Homies: Dialing For Sandra

Last weekend before the election, my homies Paul Padilla, Linda Krausen, my Lucy, and I went on a 2 hour dialing spree for Sandra.

Special thanks to Steven Gibson, Bryan Witt, and Paul Krehbiel for continuing to make calls from home.

UPDATE: Our persistence paid off. Sandra won by a 18+ margin. 59.05% to 40.95 %.


Die Hard Dialers For Sandra

Thank you to the WONDERFUL volunteers who carved out time from their busy schedules.  Most of us work full-time and work on multiple campaigns.  Good Job Team Sandra!

Altadena resident and writer, Steven Gibson and Alhambra resident/Dilbeck agent Robert Bilheimer joins Bonnie’s phonebank in La Cañada on Wednesdays.

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Paul Padilla makes calls for Sandra from his home in San Gabriel
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Bryan Witt, candidate for Congress makes time to support Sandra









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Azusa resident joins my phonebank in Pasadena. Finished calling his tall stack of call sheets. 
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Union leader Paul Krehbiel makes calls for Sandra from his Alhambra home.

Rainy Day Rockstar Callers

Thank you to the volunteers who have continued to make calls for Sandra: Bryan Witt, Robert Bilheimer, and Paul Krehbiel.  And to the AMAZING volunteers who came to my house on a rainy Saturday morning: Altadena resident and fiction writer Steven Gibson and Pasadena residents Darrell Aranda and Lesli Lytle.  Together we reached out to 266 voters!

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Thank you aScreen Shot 2018-05-13 at 10.03.02 PM.pnglso to new volunteers: Pierce College Political Science Associate Professor and PUSD parent, Denise Robb who made phone calls on her own with her busy schedule and to my 7 year old who was not deterred when the first voter she called hung up on her.  The next one was a wonderful patient lady who said “Yes.  I’ll vote for Sandra.”  I think from that point on she was hooked.   Making a difference one voter at a time.

Screen Shot 2018-05-13 at 10.12.40 PM.pngThank you to mi amigo San Gabriel resident and uber activist, Paul Padilla.  He drove to my house in the middle of the night to pick up a stack of call lists.  This is what I love about my community, we understand that no matter which city you’re from, we’re in this together.

This Is What Democracy Looks Like In Pasadena

One month until the June 5 election…BIG THANKS to the AMAZING volunteers who made calls: Robert Bilheimer and Denis Recendez for Sandra Chen Lau for PCC Board of Trustees; and Jason Schadewald for Delaine Eastin for Governor .

THANK YOU to Democratic Socialists of America DSA-LA members, Kate Leitch and Paul Krehbiel, and IATSE union member and Altadena resident, Darrell Aranda stepped up to take multiple contact lists to make calls for Sandra.

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Phonebank veteran and Alhambra-resident Robert Bilheimer, who I met from the Bernie campaign, makes calls for Sandra Chen Lau for PCC Board of Trustees finds time during his open house.

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Denis “the Rock” Recendez arrives first at my phone bank, plowing through his call list for 3 hours.

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Dialing for Sandra Chen Lau for PCC Board of Trustees

THANK YOU to the AWESOME volunteers who made calls for Sandra this week.

Julie McKune of Altadena, a former PUSD elementary school teacher, who understands the importance of quality public education, made 70 calls in 2 hours on Sunday.

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Azusa-resident and single payer champion, Denis Recendez made a special trip out to my house to pick up a phone list and made calls from his home on a weekday!!

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Pasadenan and Congressional candidate Bryan Witt, made calls for Sandra on his day off.  He was the first person to say yes to making phone calls to elect Sandra.

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#1 Winnable Progressive Campaign in Pasadena: Sandra Chen Lau

SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, SPECIALIST IN NON-PROFIT DEVELOPMENT:                       Sandra Chen Lau is Associate Vice President of Development for the prestigious Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles.  She also runs her own consulting firm, Trans-Adaptive Philanthropy, serving non-profit and charitable organizations.  Among her clients is the San Marino School Foundation.

PROVEN LEADER IN FUNDING HIGHER EDUCATION:  For more than a decade, Sandra specialized in helping colleges and universities grow and sustain their educational missions.  She worked on successful multi-billion-dollar capital campaigns, and personally helped raise millions for leading schools in Southern California (and Pasadena).

  • At the University of California, Los Angeles, Sandra was Director of Development for UCLA’s School of Public Affairs — including three nationally ranked academic departments and 11 research centers.
  • At Pasadena’s Pacific Oaks College and Children’s School, she was Vice President of Advancement, leading efforts to raise scholarship support for working families and non-traditional students.
  • At the University of Southern California, she served as Assistant Dean for Advancement at the USC School of Architecture.  Then she took on a special assignment as the first chief development officer for the new USC Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena.

WORKING HARD TO SUPPORT AND STRENGTHEN PCC:  After starting her own business, Sandra wanted to continue her work for higher education.  So she joined the Board of the Pasadena City College Foundation, helping support PCC’s many outstanding programs.  In addition, Sandra is a member of the PCC President’s Asian Pacific Islander Advisory Board.

COMMITTED TO THE MISSION OF OUR COMMUNITY COLLEGES:  Sandra’s strong commitment to PCC grows directly out of her own experience as a student.  Her story is a classic example of how community colleges change lives and build California’s economy.

Like many young people, Sandra struggled to find her path after high school graduation  (Alhambra High).  When CSU Long Beach eliminated her preferred major, she enrolled at Rio Hondo Community College.  It was a key moment in her life.  She not only flourished, she befriended many students from diverse backgrounds – other recent graduates, veterans, immigrants, older workers seeking new skills.  All were using community college to transform their future possibilities.

After finding her academic focus at Rio Hondo, there was no stopping Sandra: she went on to graduate from UC Riverside with honors; earned an MA in Urban Planning at UCLA (specializing in community development); and built a successful career.  Now she wants to keep the same opportunities alive for today’s students. That’s why she’s running for PCC Board of Trustees.

WIFE, MOTHER AND COMMUNITY ACTIVIST:  Sandra lives in Pasadena with her husband, James (who works in environmental policy), and their two children.  Clementine attends Pasadena’s Waverly School and enjoys competitive gymnastics.  Chace is in pre-school at Child’s Educational Center in La Canada Flintridge.  He loves books and monster trucks.

In addition to her volunteer work for PCC, Sandra Chen Lau serves on the City of Pasadena’s Northwest Commission.  In recent years she’s helped raise funds for Huntington Memorial Hospital as well as the USC Pacific Asia Museum. Sandra is also a former League of Women Voters Board Member, served on the Patron Committee for Planned Parenthood Advocates, and is a graduate of the Southern California Leadership Network.

A FAMILY STORY OF IMMIGRATION, STRUGGLE AND ACHIEVEMENT THROUGH PUBLIC HIGHER EDUCATION:  Like many PCC students today, Sandra Chen Lau has immigrant roots.  Her grandfather fled China for the US after World War II, and her father came in 1983 – after a brutal “re-education” during Mao’s infamous Cultural Revolution.  It took 30-years of separation and hardship to reunite the family.  But tough times make tough people; and California’s remarkable system of public higher education helped the whole Chen family find the American dream.

Progressive Action for Glendale

Progressive Action for Glendale is a group of progressives in the Glendale area who have been fired up by the 2016 election and are ready to make change on a local level. We want to continue organizing to elect progressive politicians at all levels of government who pledge to get money out of politics, fight climate change, and are responsive to the needs of working people.  We want to rally behind city and county actions that make our neighborhoods greener and more forward-thinking—including new parks and communal spaces, along with infrastructure for biking, walking, and great public transit.

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