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A new chapter opens

August 10th, 2012

Life is full of surprises:

  • I’m leaving the campaign chapter behind with a great sense of accomplishment and gratitude, even after losing. Go figure.
  • I started a new, big job August 1 as Los Angeles Deputy Mayor for Neighborhood and Community Services — happily helping my friend and mentor Mayor Villaraigosa’s wrap up his final year at City Hall.
  • My campaign debt is fully paid down, thanks to 147 of you!

I FEEL SO LUCKY. Yes, even though we didn’t make it out of what pundits are calling “the crapshoot primary,” I feel bursting with pride for the vibrancy of the experience. On July 4th this year, I felt especially patriotic and American — so lucky to have had the opportunity at age 60 to run for the first time, and wage such a valiant and exciting and near-winning campaign. We ran one hell of a race, not only nearly toppling the odds, but raising the bar forever for Assembly campaigns.

WILL I ENDORSE OR RUN AGAIN? No and Yes. I’m staying out of the 2012 AD 50 race for now, and, yes, if the opportunity arises and we can reprise — this time with a win! — I’m there, and I hope you will be too.

HIGH RISK, HIGH GAIN. On a personal level, I’ve been trying to figure out why, after a few weeks of the blues that are now gone, I feel empowered and alive as never before. This TED talk helped me understand it. When you “lean into the discomfort” — live outside your comfort zone — and do it in a strong, connected community that shares a purpose, even losing pales next to the richness of the experience. I’ll never be able to thank you enough for contributing of yourself to Team Torie.

NEXT UP: CITY HALL! A couple of weeks ago I got a call from Mayor Villaraigosa, one of my fiercest supporters, and a longtime friend and political mentor. He said: “I know what it’s like to lose a close race, and need to put all that pent-up energy somewhere: how’d you like to come back to City Hall as a Deputy Mayor and help me make a strong finish?” I enthusiastically said yes! For those of you who know the players, good friend and progressive organizer extraordinaire, longtime Deputy Mayor Larry Frank, moves up to Deputy Chief of Staff, and I take over most of his portfolio, overseeing an amazing 22-person staff that works on a range of services and departments — from the neighborhood councils, to anti-poverty programs, to the Mayor’s field offices, constituent services, and all the special events. I’m already loving it. I’ve wrapped up my two-year project with California Calls, the extraordinary Anthony Thigpenn and his team who are changing California forever by changing the electorate by 5%, and organizing for fair taxation. I remain committed and connected to that work.

I’ve spent the past few weeks writing some campaign reflections that political blogger Marta Evry will feature on her Venice for Change site soon. And from here-on-out, I’ll also be blogging occasionally here on my own website, so be sure to check back there.

The summer has been healing, and I admit it’s been wonderful to get the chance to watch hummingbirds in my garden for the first time in two years. And to sleep more than 3 hours a night. I’m rested and ready to roll in my new position at City Hall.

As we enter this crazy political fall season, I hope you will remember fondly the energy and excitement of Team VicTorie and work like hell to re-elect the President, pass the progressive tax measure Prop 30 and defeat the heinous anti-union Prop 32. We have a chance to abolish the death penalty and reform Three Strikes this November as well; I’ll send out more information on other propositions as we get closer. Remember that it is only the power of collective civic action by passionate, engaged people that brings democracy alive, and gives hope that we can reverse the concentration of money and power in fewer and fewer hands. AT TO 2012, we were all in training for something great, I believe. Stay in touch and let me know what that was for you!

I am honestly humbled by what we were able to accomplish together. I’ll never be able to thank you enough.

Love,
Torie

Well, we made history. We built an insurgent campaign that was vibrant, grassroots, people-powered. We drew over 2,300 individual donors, and dozens of newly engaged volunteers. But, it wasn’t enough to overcome a determined and aggressive Sacramento machine — and a praiseworthy surge by my Santa Monica Mayor.

We came in third in a “top two” race, missing second place by 1% — 673 votes — out of 48,000 cast.

There will be much opportunity to analyze the statistics when the precinct numbers come in, in a few weeks. But this is a time to thank each and every one of you for supporting a first time candidate on a mission to lift the political conversation in our battered state — so we can reinvest in California Dreamin’ again…

My work will take a different course than I had hoped. But I look forward to working with you along the way. You and your support have been the lasting gifts of this campaign, and I will always be grateful.

Love,
Torie

When I announced my candidacy for the 50th Assembly District, I said I wanted to clean up Sacramento’s mess, and I needed your help. Little did I suspect we’d have to start so soon.

Just in time for Earth Day, one of my opponent’s campaign is littering front doors across the district with low-grade plastic baby bottles. I’m not sure why my opponent thought voters in the most environmentally conscious district in California would want to get spammed with unwanted plastic, but I’m ready to lead the recycling drive.

This Monday, I will personally recycle all the bottles given to me and my team by voters, taking them to the Santa Monica Community Recycling Center. Read more…

Weekly Update, Feb. 29

March 1st, 2012

Have you signed up for Camp VicTorie yet? If you’ve already signed up, can you share information about the event with your friends and family?

Also, check out the list of upcoming campaign events, which you can join us for!

Weekly Update, Feb. 20

March 1st, 2012

To my closest supporters,

February 10th, 2012

You are one of my stalwarts, the people who stood with me earlier than any of my other supporters, so it’s especially important to me over the next few months to keep you up-to-date on my campaign.

This weekend is the Democratic Convention in San Diego, where I’ll be going to all the caucuses. I’m going with a lot of momentum! Check out this “weekly update” video for more info: Read more…

SANTA MONICA, CA – Activist and veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn released the following statement today regarding the actions of the Federal Appeals Court striking down Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage:

“Love and truth triumph in the courts again! Read more…

Democracy For America is holding an online endorsement process, and we need you to vote for this campaign!

Submitting your endorsement only takes a minute, with a very simple and quick form. Can you submit your endorsement now?

Once you submit your endorsement, be sure to click the Facebook “Like” button below, and tweet this page to your followers on Twitter!

 

Notes from the Campaign Trail

January 24th, 2012

Friends,

What a whirlwind it’s been on the campaign trail in just the last few weeks.

Shortly after we finished the sprint to the December 31st fundraising deadline, I dived headfirst right into several back-to-back debates hosted by local Democratic Clubs, and secured overwhelming support from every club in the district that has backed a candidate, including: Malibu Democratic Club (69% of the vote), Santa Monica Democratic Club (77%), Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley (72%), Stonewall and Stonewall Young Democrats (74%), Valley Grassroots Democrats (71%). All of this is in addition to the unanimous support I already had received from the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains.

More importantly, I faced over 750 voters at these various forums/debates.

I’m a new candidate, and both my opponents have been elected before, so I’m the neophyte. But, I will tell you, that I felt GREAT about my work! What I hear over and over again when people come up to me afterward is that I’m resonating with what matters most to people, like the following:

  1. Recognizing the political moment we are in: crisis and opportunity. My message is resonating: Enough is enough! The California Dream is careening off a cliff, and we need leaders with a sense of urgency, and some strategies to fix it. The Occupy movement has put inequality on the agenda and NOW is the time to stop the Republican ideologues that have blocked us for 30 years from funding education and investing in our people and our future.
  2. Standing for something and not waffling (one opponent has just decided she is against the death penalty; the other is in favor, but thinking about this tough issue…)
  3. People hunger for authenticity, not career politicians. They want their legislators to be their voice, to understand their issues specific to their community, be a passionate advocate for them, and not just “talk the talk,” in order to say the right things to get elected, but rather “walk the talk,” and actually accomplish meaningful changes that help people.

The new, open Assembly District 50 cares about ALL Californians, but also has a strong civic responsibility and each community has a proud, local culture that voters want to be recognized and admired for its unique qualities. As a lifelong organizer, I “see” the assets of a local place. I hold a mirror up to a community. It doesn’t appear that my opponents do.

This campaign belongs to YOU — the people of Assembly District 50 and our growing list of supporters. We are building a grassroots campaign that will be unstoppable.

Now I need your help. Will you sign up to be a volunteer with the campaign? No experience required — we’ll train you on how to be most effective! And, you’ll get regular notes and updates from the Campaign Trail.

Please join my grassroots bandwagon.

I need your help to fight against the entrenched interests of the status quo Sacramento political machine. This is for real!

Love,
Torie

We Made California History!

January 5th, 2012

The closing days of 2011 were powered by an unprecedented burst of grassroots fundraising energy for my campaign.

In response to my final email plea, 120 of you took me over the top of my $500,000 goal. In total, this campaign has now raised $520,122 from 1,638 individual donors giving 2,401 contributions. That’s an extraordinary show of support.

Never before has a first-time Assembly candidate raised this kind of money so far out from the primary. I’ve raised 13 times as many online contributions and 7 times the total dollars as my nearest competitor. And the average donation online to my campaign is 50% smaller, showing that grassroots strength will power this campaign to vicTorie in 2012.

Behind these facts are my hundreds of loyal donors, from $5-a-month retirees living on Social Security to “max outs” from my business owner and philanthropist friends. Our average donation is $216.71, showing true generosity on the part of so many. Every few days I get an email or a letter from a supporter about how excited you are about this race.

This picture is from yesterday’s phone bank at my house, signing up volunteers to help us begin the voter outreach phase of this campaign. Yes, we have already dived into the next phase — when we begin real voter contact! If you are interested in volunteering, just head to my “Get Involved” page to sign up.

But for now, we savor the sweet flavor of success. You made it happen, and you make me feel incredibly lucky. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Love,
Torie