Democratic Luncheon Club Endorsements

Please support our choices. Vote in the November 8 election.

Congressional District 33: Pete Agular
Assembly District 45: James Ramos
Assembly District 50: Eloise Reyes
City of San Bernardino Mayor: Helen Tran
City of Fontana, Mayor: Jesse Sandoval
City of Rialto, Council: Joe Baca, Sr.
City of Victorville, Council: Lizet Angulo
San Bernardino County Board of Education Area D: Gil Navarro
San Bernardino Community College District Area 4: Christian Shaughnessy
San Bernardino City Unified School District: Abigail Medina and Francisco Ramirez
Fontana Unified School District: Mary Sandoval
San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District Division 3: Susan Longville


Mikki Cichocki and Travon Martin Speak to Club October 28

On October 28 our speakers will be Mikki Cichocki and Travon Martin, Candidates for San Bernadino City Unified School District.

From a story in the San Bernardino American News:

Mikki Cichocki started Cal Poly Pomona as a business major and never expected to teach. But she soon changed her major to liberal arts, although still envisioning a business-related career. After graduation, she went to work for Xerox but then took a position as an instructional aide and substitute teacher. She loved it.

“When the district opened up a full-time teaching position, I applied and was selected to teach first-graders at Arrowhead Elementary,” said Cichocki. “I was hooked, I knew I had found my calling.”

The long list of those who have endorsed Mikki Cichocki for school board includes such notables as former San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools Herb Fischer, current Superintendent Theodore “Ted” Alejandre and former SBCUSD Board Member Lynda Savage, as well as the San Bernardino Teachers Association and the Inland Empire Labor Council.

Travon Martin is the winner of the school district’s Golden Apple Award.

The tribute published by the school district states:

Travon is known as a reliable employee who is passionate about improving his community, starting with children. When it comes to serving students and families, Travon’s determination and tenacity has helped bring about a significant increase in parent engagement. He is an enthusiastic servant leader who is compassionate when working with families to help them navigate the educational system. Travon dedicates countless hours of his own time to mentor elementary and middle school students who need a positive role model. With his ubiquitous smile and his commitment to excellence, Travon Martin is truly Making Hope Happen.

The Democratic Luncheon Club meets Fridays at 12:15 p.m. at Juan Pollo Restaurant, 1258West 5th St., San Bernardino.

Future speakers:

November 4th: John Longville, Propositions on the 11/8 ballot
November 8th ELECTION DAY — Vote!!
November 11th: David Raley, Election Results


Politico says Democrats’ chances to keep the Senate have improved

Politico has changed their 2022 Senate election forecast from “Leans Republican” to say that neither party now appears to have an advantage. See their reasoning at The Trump-directed January 6 Capitol insurrection and the Republican-appointed Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade have shifted the voters toward Democrats.

President Biden Announces Student Loan Relief for Borrowers Who Need It Most

A three-part plan delivers on President Biden’s promise to cancel $10,000 of student debt for low- to middle-income borrowers

President Biden believes that a post-high school education should be a ticket to a middle-class life, but for too many, the cost of borrowing for college is a lifelong burden that deprives them of that opportunity. During the campaign, he promised to provide student debt relief. Today, the Biden Administration is following through on that promise and providing families breathing room as they prepare to start re-paying loans after the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. Since 1980, the total cost of both four-year public and four-year private college has nearly tripled, even after accounting for inflation. Federal support has not kept up: Pell Grants once covered nearly 80 percent of the cost of a four-year public college degree for students from working families, but now only cover a third. That has left many students from low- and middle-income families with no choice but to borrow if they want to get a degree. According to a Department of Education analysis, the typical undergraduate student with loans now graduates with nearly $25,000 in debt.