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The June 3rd Primary Election for California is around the corner. This election includes all Statewide offices and US Representatives. Based on the new rules of the open Primary, all voters regardless of Party preference (or no preference) are eligible to vote in the Primary election…and every vote counts!

If you are a registered voter in Los Angeles County, and would like to vote by mail, the period to apply is from May 5th to May 27th. This is a great way to make sure your vote is cast, regardless of your schedule on election day, June 3rd!

And if you are not yet registered to vote.
sign up, your vote is your voice!
The deadline to register is May 19th and it is easy to register:

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Note: remember to bring your ID to the polling place on election day if you are a first time registrant via the online system.

Or pick up a registration form at your local post office or elected officials office, and mail (postage is paid)

If you need help in getting a registration form, call us at 818-841-2828.

Crusader for More Transparency on Intelligence Sees Risk and Reward From Snowden Leaks


Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., a member of the House Intelligence Committee, sees the heightened concern by Americans about newly-revealed surveillance programs as a chance for progress on measures he’s long advocated. Photo by Bill Clark/ CQ Roll Call. By: Kwame Holman        

California Democrat Adam Schiff is one of Congress’ most prominent advocates for more openness from U.S. intelligence agencies about their activities. As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, he was aware of the secret National Security Agency (NSA) program that collected millions of Americans’ phone records long before it was leaked in early June by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Read whole story

Celebrate America!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe
4th of July!


Rep. Adam Schiff on Supreme Court decisions: ‘Love is love’


Rep. Adam Schiff met with Burbank residents Paul Katami, far left, and his partner Jeff Zarillo, at the capitol on Tuesday.

By Jason Wells,

June 26, 2013 | 8:08 a.m.     

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) called Wednesday a “huge day for the cause of equality” after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of rulings essentially affirming the rights of gay couples to marry. …,0,3565401.story

We have moved!

boxesIt is official!

The Schiff for Congress office has relocated to Burbank.

Our new address is:

Schiff for Congress
150 E. Olive Ave., Suite 208,
Burbank, CA 91502.

Phone: 818-841-2828,
Fax: 818-841-2830

You can also reach me at

All the best, Adam

Thank a Veteran Today!

As we celebrate Veteran’s Day and pay tribute to all the men and women who have bravely served our nation, remember to say a personal “Thank you” to the Veterans around you today.

Thank you for your support!

Thank you so much to everyone who worked so hard this election cycle.  It was great to see so many of you on election night and I look forward to staying in touch as we go forward.

Best, Adam


Congressman Schiff issued the following statement on Election night:

“I’m looking forward to continuing the work ahead — to improve our economy by helping small businesses grow, encouraging investment in needed infrastructure, and making America a manufacturing powerhouse again.
“Every election is a chance to hit the “reset” button, and members of both parties would do well to set aside the acrimonies of the campaign trail and the past to find common sense solutions to our problems.  With all we have to accomplish legislatively in the next several weeks, and many important decisions to be made for the benefit of our country, this is more important than ever.”

Rep. Adam Schiff talks to WeHo

We Ho News, Vol. 7 Issue 60
By WeHo News staff, West Hollywood, California

West Hollywood’s annual CSW LA Gay Pride festival and parade enjoyed a singular first this year – the first time in history that its congress member from the United State House of Representative (presumptive) attended and rode in the parade.

WeHo News took the opportunity to interview Rep. Adam Schiff, currently serving the 29th Congressional District and presumably representing West Hollywood/Hollywood after his re-election to his newly-drawn 28th District in November.

If re-elected, he will begin actively serving the Creative City when Congress swears itself in in January, 2013. He will replace Rep. Henry Waxman, who has represented West Hollywood since 1975.

The interview was far ranging and focused on what he can do for West Hollywood and its interests from his seat on two powerful committees.

Read the complete 3 part interview below:

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

Democrats will add Marriage Equality to plank

WeHo News, Vol. 7 Issue 72 07/30/2012
By WeHo News staff, West Hollywood, California

The Democratic Party Sunday voted to include a pro-gay marriage plank in their convention platform for the first time in history, party sources confirm.

The language was approved unanimously by the 15-member platform draft committee and now heads for approval by the full platform committee in August.

This follows the early July announcement that members of the Platform Drafting Committee, which include openly-gay (and newly-wed) Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) that such a plank was in the offing.

Other Committee members are former U.S. Representative Tony Coelho, Tino Cuellar, U.S. Representative Barney Frank, Donna Harris-Aikens, Colin Kahl, Nancy Keenan, Heather Kendall Miller, Thea Lee, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, Susan Ness, Mayor Michael Nutter, Carlos Odio, former U.S. Representative Robert Wexler and Christen Young. Serving as ex-officio members are Governor Deval Patrick, DNC Secretary Alice Germond, and Tom Wheeler. The Platform Drafting Committee will be chaired by former Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio.

Congressional 29th district Representative (and likely to be 28th district Rep., representing West Hollywood) Adam Schiff – who desires to lead on LGBT equality – organized the entire California Democratic Congressional Delegation to support a marriage equality plank.

Joining Rep. Schiff in signing onto the letter are Reps. Lois Capps, Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lynn Woolsey, Mike Thompson, Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, Susan Davis, Janice Hahn, Judy Chu, Grace Napolitano, Howard Berman, George Miller, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman, Sam Farr, Pete Stark, Mike Honda, Doris Matsui, Jerry McNerney, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, Joe Baca and Bob Filner.

Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer had previously signed.

Read the complete article and the Congressional Letter here:


Schiff Leads CA Congressional Delegation to Support Marriage Equality Plank in Democratic Party Platform


by KAREN OCAMB on JULY 19, 2012


These have hardly been the lazy days of summer.  While the
eyes of much of the political world are focused on the presidential race, in
congressional districts throughout the country, candidates, delegates and
grassroots activists are gearing up for the conventions where they will
determine what they want their Party to stand for.  Having a marriage equality
plank in the Democratic Party Platform will clearly establish the difference
between the two Parties since expected Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney
has signed the National Organization for Marriage’s antigay marriage pledge.

For Democrats, that first public meeting is set for July 27-29 in Minneapolis
where the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Drafting Committee, chaired
by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland with 15 members including newly wed Rep.
Barney Frank and Newark Mayor Cory Booker will consider a plank advocating full
marriage equality. The DNC has a website to receive public suggestions that’s open until tomorrow, July 20. The entire Platform Committee will then meet August 10-12
in Detroit to vote on the platform to be presented to delegates at the Sept. 3-6 convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.   (The Washington Blade’s Chris Johnson has an extensive on the committee members.)

Party leaders such as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, (D-Nev), Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),  DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FLA) and convention Chair LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa have already announced support for a marriage equality plank in the Party Platform.

But California Rep. Adam Schiff – who said he wanted to be a leader on LGBT equality – has gone a step further, organizing the entire California Democratic Congressional Delegation to support a marriage equality plank. In a phone interview Wednesday afternoon, July 18, Schiff said he had almost all of the delegation and was continuing to reach out to others:

“I’m working to organize the California Congressional Delegation to speak with a united voice and urge the Party to adopt marriage equality as part of the Platform. So far the delegation has responded with great enthusiasm and we now have a majority of the California Members who have agreed to sign on and we’re getting more members every day and I’m confident we will have not only a majority but almost all, if not all of our members on board.”

Specifically, Schiff is asking Members to sign onto the Freedom to Marry letter to the Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee.

“Over the past few months, the LGBT community has seen a
groundswell of support for marriage equality, largely stemming from President
Obama’s announcement,” Schiff said in a press release.  “Marriage equality would
extend one of our most basic rights of citizenship to all Americans – the right
to marry the person you love.  Everyone should enjoy all the benefits and
responsibilities of citizenship without discrimination. By making our belief in
freedom and equality for all, including those in the LGBT community, part of the
Democratic party platform, we can make marriage equality one step closer to
becoming the law of the land.”

The full letter from the California Delegation reads:

To the Members of the Democratic Party Platform Drafting

The Democratic Party has a noble history of fighting for the
human and civil rights of all Americans.

We, the undersigned, believe it is time for the Party to hold
true to this record and add to the legacy by taking a stand in support of the
freedom to marry for all loving and committed couples.

We urge you to affirm the freedom to marry in the Democratic
Party by including this plank in the platform discussion of families:

“The Democratic Party supports the full inclusion of all
families in the life of our nation, with equal respect, responsibility, and
protection under the law, including the freedom to marry. Government has no
business putting barriers in the path of people seeking to care for their family
members, particularly in challenging economic times. We support the Respect for
Marriage Act and the overturning of the federal so-called “Defense of Marriage
Act,” and oppose discriminatory constitutional amendments and other attempts to
deny the freedom to marry to loving and committed same-sex couples.”

Numerous national polls have shown that a majority of Americans support marriage
for same-sex couples. And Democrats overwhelmingly support the freedom to marry,
with polls showing as much as 70% support. You are uniquely positioned to stand with
the majority of Americans, and the super-majority of the party, and help make a real difference
for families across the country.

We hope the Drafting Committee will fulfill its responsibility to uphold the Party’s proud commitment
to liberty, equality, and justice for all.

Thank you for helping to put an end to marriage
discrimination in this country.

According to Schiff, here’s the list of signatories so far:
Reps. Adam Schiff, Lois Capps, Zoe Lofgren, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Lynn Woolsey,
Mike Thompson, Anna Eshoo, Jackie Speier, Susan Davis, Janice Hahn, Judy Chu,
Grace Napolitano, Howard Berman, George Miller, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez,
Xavier Becerra, Henry Waxman, Sam Farr,  Mike Honda, Doris Matsui, Jerry
McNerney, Brad Sherman, Karen Bass, Maxine Waters, Joe Baca and Pete Stark.
(Pelosi, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Barbara Boxer have already signed).

Not on the list – which Schiff said he launched about a week or so ago – is strong LGBT ally Rep. Barbara Lee who is on the planning committee. The other outstanding Members are Reps. Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, John Garamendi, Bob Filner, and Laura Richardson.

Cardoza – who’s retiring – voted against a federal constitutional amendment banning marriage equality but hasn’t really revealed where he stands on marriage as a fundamental right for same sex couples. Same for Costa.  John Garamendi, on the other hand, has long been a supporter of marriage equality – as have Filner, running to be the mayor of San Diego and considered one of the most liberal members of Congress and Richardson.  In the post-redistricting world, Richardson is in a tight race against fellow Democrat Janice Hahn, who has already signed on. (Incidentally, re-districting has resulted in four new or open competitive congressional seats.)

Signing onto the letter also matters for what it tells that representative’s delegates to the convention. Some folks were startled Wednesday when Pelosi told Politico that Democratic members should stay home and campaign instead of going to the convention. This is particularly important for Garamendi, for instance, in his re-election campaign for the CD3 in the state’s more conservative mid-section. According to the Sacramento Bee, Garamendi and his Republican opponent Kim Vann each have about $200,000 in the bank. The Cook Report has both Garamendi and Costa (CD 16) as “Likely Democratic” – which is far from a sure thing. Capps (CD 24) and McNerney (CD 9) are both listed as “Lean Democratic” – and they’ve signed the letter.

“We will certainly be the strongest delegation in the nation in our expression of support for equality at the Party convention,” Schiff said.
“But hopefully other state delegations will follow California’s lead and we will go forward and make it part of our platform and part of what the Party stands for.”

Schiff said he has not yet discussed the marriage plank with Villaraigosa, “though I think his efforts could be enormously important. And given his long leadership role on this, it would be a natural for him. And given his leadership among the League of Cities, he could also be very instrumental in marshaling support among mayors around the country.”

Schiff emailed Thursday morning to say:  “I met with DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz last evening, and she supports the inclusion of marriage equality in the party platform.  I’m hopeful and increasingly confident, as is Debbie, that we can make it happen.”

That means starting to reach out to other members of Congress as well as those heading to the convention.
Schiff said,
“We are working as part of a broader effort to get Members around the country to weigh in with the convention. We haven’t yet – with this effort which is just underway – thought of how it can be parlayed into reaching out to gain the encouragement and of our constituents and other people around the country – be it at the grassroots level, among party delegates and others attending the convention.

I would think that, among the California Members, that those that are joining us in this effort will want to make sure that the delegates that come from their districts reflect the same priority. I’ll certainly be discussing with th delegates from my region my strong desire that this be what they advocate for at the convention, if it’s not resolved befor then. So I think we can have a multiplier impact both on other Members around the country, as well as on the grassroot and the Party activists.”

“We’ll probably work with the organization that is umbrella group behind this congressional effort – Freedom to Marry – and see if we can strategize to see what’s the best way to amplify this message at the congressional level but also broadcast the message to the delegates and the activists because what others may be doing in other parts of the country we may want to emulate and vice versa so that we don’t have to invent the wheel in all of our district separately.

California has always been a progressive leader and other states often look to us – often for well, sometime for ill, to follow our example. But if California wasn’t playing a role, in terms of the Democratic delegation on equality, then who else would? We really ought to be out on the vanguard on this and I’m really proud of the response we’ve gotten so far – which has been overwhelmingly positive.”