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California GOP to Take Positions on November Ballot Measures

California Republican Party delegates are being asked to vote on recommended positions for four ballot measures that will appear on the November 2022 ballot.

The Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party met on July 13 and recommended an oppose position on propositions 1, 26, and 27.  In addition the committee recommended a neutral position on proposition 28.  CAGOP delegates have until August 18 to return mail ballots where they can accept or reject the recommendations of the initiatives committee.

At its spring 2022 convention, the CAGOP voted to oppose propositions 29, 30, and 31, the remaining measures on the November ballot.

Following is a summary of the measures along with the CAGOP positions:

Proposition 1 –  The initiative placed on the ballot by the Legislature to prohibit the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s right to choose an abortion and contraceptives.  CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends:  No

Proposition 26 – The initiative sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians authorizing in-person only sports wagering. CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends: No

Proposition 27 – The initiative sponsored by FanDuel, DraftKings, and others to allow online and mobile sports wagering in California. CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends:  No

Proposition 28 –  The initiative to guarantee minimum funding for arts and music in schools.  CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends: Neutral

Proposition 29 – The initiative requiring on-site licensed medical professionals at kidney dialysis clinics.  CAGOP recommends: No

Proposition 30 – The initiative to increase personal income taxes to fund subsidies for zero-emission vehicle purchases and charging stations.  CAGOP recommends: No

Proposition 31 – The referendum challenging a 2020 law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco and harm reduction products.  CAGOP recommends:  No

Readers will be able to find updated information regarding CAGOP action and ballot arguments later on the BayAreaGOP.com Ballot Measures page.

 

California GOP to Take Positions on November Ballot Measures

California Republican Party delegates are being asked to vote on recommended positions for four ballot measures that will appear on the November 2022 ballot.

The Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party met on July 13 and recommended an oppose position on propositions 1, 26, and 27.  In addition the committee recommended a neutral position on proposition 28.  CAGOP delegates have until August 18 to return mail ballots where they can accept or reject the recommendations of the initiatives committee.

At its spring 2022 convention, the CAGOP voted to oppose propositions 29, 30, and 31, the remaining measures on the November ballot.

Following is a summary of the measures along with the CAGOP positions:

Proposition 1 –  The initiative placed on the ballot by the Legislature to prohibit the state from denying or interfering with an individual’s right to choose an abortion and contraceptives.  CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends:  No

Proposition 26 – The initiative sponsored by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians authorizing in-person only sports wagering. CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends: No

Proposition 27 – The initiative sponsored by FanDuel, DraftKings, and others to allow online and mobile sports wagering in California. CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends:  No

Proposition 28 –  The initiative to guarantee minimum funding for arts and music in schools.  CAGOP Initiatives Committee recommends: Neutral

Proposition 29 – The initiative requiring on-site licensed medical professionals at kidney dialysis clinics.  CAGOP recommends: No

Proposition 30 – The initiative to increase personal income taxes to fund subsidies for zero-emission vehicle purchases and charging stations.  CAGOP recommends: No

Proposition 31 – The referendum challenging a 2020 law prohibiting the sale of flavored tobacco and harm reduction products.  CAGOP recommends:  No

Readers will be able to find updated information regarding CAGOP action and ballot arguments later on the BayAreaGOP.com Ballot Measures page.

 

LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

View more details for events on the Calendar of Upcoming Events or view the Monthly Calendar of Events.

Assembly Candidate Tim Dec Wants to Fix What’s Broken in Sacramento

By Roger Riffenburgh

After a successful engineering career and experience as an entrepreneur helping others fix problems, Tim Dec decided to run for the State Assembly’s 23rd District to fix problems in Sacramento.

“As we work to resolve critical issues, we must reject the toxic political tone that has become increasingly harsh in this state and the nation. Californians are fed-up with the constant finger-pointing and labeling that has become the norm. We need to focus on problem-solving, not posturing,” says Dec.

The new Assembly District 23 includes the south Peninsula cities around Palo Alto and Mountain View plus Campbell and Saratoga, and the entire San Mateo County coast. (See map).

Tim Dec grew up in Oregon and earned his degree in electrical engineering at Oregon State.  He soon moved to the Bay Area and has been here all his working life.  He worked in a series of jobs over 30 years as a design engineer and then a verification engineer, concluding at Apple, where he worked on core processors for the iPhone.

When Dec realized he was really more interested in fixing customers’ problems and teaching them to use technology, he moved over to Apple retail.  Subsequently, he started a technology coaching business for seniors.  He also volunteers as a technology tutor at Little House Senior Center in Menlo Park.

Tim Dec says, “Our supermajority government provides for no real debate on policy.  I’m running to bring back balanced governing to California while still being open to collaboration across the aisle.  My first action will be to join the California State Assembly Problem Solvers Caucus.”

Dec’s policy ideas include regulatory relief, addressing affordable housing and homelessness, tackling climate and environmental risk, and modernizing education.  His overall approach, however, is working “together with mutual respect towards sensible solutions.”  He is critical of AB5, which he says will put small trucking operators out of business.

Tim Dec is a leader in the Conservative Caucus of the non-partisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, advocating for market solutions to address climate risk.    An opponent of the “delayed and over-budget high speed rail project” Dec says, “We have too many programs that inefficiently attempt to force the transition to a low carbon economy.”  He says the renewable portfolio standard has caused a hasty transition to wind and solar and resulted in an unstable power grid.

Instead Dec advocates a market-based, small government, non-regulatory approach to addressing climate risk. He supports policies that are environmentally effective and economically responsible.

Tim and his wife Dianne live in Mountain View and have raised two sons, who live in the area.  Tim enjoys babysitting his new grandson when he can.  You can learn more about Tim and his campaign on his campaign website, TimDec.com.

 

November 2022 Ballot Measures

View the seven initiatives that have qualified for the November Ballot.

Assembly Candidate Tim Dec Wants to Fix What’s Broken in Sacramento

By Roger Riffenburgh

After a successful engineering career and experience as an entrepreneur helping others fix problems, Tim Dec decided to run for the State Assembly’s 23rd District to fix problems in Sacramento.

“As we work to resolve critical issues, we must reject the toxic political tone that has become increasingly harsh in this state and the nation. Californians are fed-up with the constant finger-pointing and labeling that has become the norm. We need to focus on problem-solving, not posturing,” says Dec.

The new Assembly District 23 includes the south Peninsula cities around Palo Alto and Mountain View plus Campbell and Saratoga, and the entire San Mateo County coast. (See map).

Tim Dec grew up in Oregon and earned his degree in electrical engineering at Oregon State.  He soon moved to the Bay Area and has been here all his working life.  He worked in a series of jobs over 30 years as a design engineer and then a verification engineer, concluding at Apple, where he worked on core processors for the iPhone.

When Dec realized he was really more interested in fixing customers’ problems and teaching them to use technology, he moved over to Apple retail.  Subsequently, he started a technology coaching business for seniors.  He also volunteers as a technology tutor at Little House Senior Center in Menlo Park.

Tim Dec says, “Our supermajority government provides for no real debate on policy.  I’m running to bring back balanced governing to California while still being open to collaboration across the aisle.  My first action will be to join the California State Assembly Problem Solvers Caucus.”

Dec’s policy ideas include regulatory relief, addressing affordable housing and homelessness, tackling climate and environmental risk, and modernizing education.  His overall approach, however, is working “together with mutual respect towards sensible solutions.”  He is critical of AB5, which he says will put small trucking operators out of business.

Tim Dec is a leader in the Conservative Caucus of the non-partisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, advocating for market solutions to address climate risk.    An opponent of the “delayed and over-budget high speed rail project” Dec says, “We have too many programs that inefficiently attempt to force the transition to a low carbon economy.”  He says the renewable portfolio standard has caused a hasty transition to wind and solar and resulted in an unstable power grid.

Instead Dec advocates a market-based, small government, non-regulatory approach to addressing climate risk. He supports policies that are environmentally effective and economically responsible.

Tim and his wife Dianne live in Mountain View and have raised two sons, who live in the area.  Tim enjoys babysitting his new grandson when he can.  You can learn more about Tim and his campaign on his campaign website, TimDec.com.

 

LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

View more details for events on the Calendar of Upcoming Events or view the Monthly Calendar of Events.

November 2022 Ballot Measures

View the seven initiatives that have qualified for the November Ballot.

In the News


Anti-Housing CEQA Lawsuits Filed in 2020 Challenge Nearly 50% of California’s Annual Housing Production

By: Jennifer L. Hernandez
centerforjobs.org
August 2022

As part of its ongoing mission to identify and analyze policies driving up the cost of living and impacting the state’s business climate, the Center for Jobs and the Economy is pleased to present this special report, authored by Jennifer Hernandez, attorney and expert in environmental law, housing and land use litigation who leads Holland & Knight’s West Coast Land Use and Environmental Group.

Key Findings

Nearly Half of New Housing Units in 2020 Were Targets of CEQA Lawsuits

  • California has built an average of 110,784 homes per year for the past six years, only about one-third of the governor’s housing production target.
  • With reduced supply, housing affordability has become worse. Residential racial segregation in the progressive Bay Area is worse than it was in 1968.
  • CEQA lawsuits targeting new housing continue to expand. In 2020 alone, there were 47,999 housing units targeted in CEQA lawsuits.

Thousands More Units Affected by CEQA Lawsuits Targeted Upzoning of Existing Neighborhoods

  • A 2018 study published by the Hastings Law School Environmental Law Journal found that the most frequently targeted housing projects were higher density housing (e.g. apartments) in infill locations in wealthier communities.
  • This report finds that almost 50,000 housing units were challenged by anti-housing CEQA lawsuits, and thousands more were blocked in CEQA lawsuits challenging upzoning in communities to allow more housing, including near transit.

 


Breaking: Oakland sued late today on noncitizen voting measure

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James V. Lacy, 714-878-6191
August 16, 2022

Lawsuit filed today to throw Oakland’s noncitizen voting measure off November ballot.

Cites recent judicial decisions in San Francisco and New York City finding noncitizen voting unconstitutional.

A lawsuit was filed this afternoon in Superior Court in Alameda County against the City of Oakland and the County Registrar of Voters seeking a Court Order to remove from the November ballot a measure that if approved, would allow for the counting of noncitizen votes in Oakland school board elections. The lawsuit alleges that Oakland City Council Resolution 89281, which places a charter amendment on the ballot that if approved would allow for noncitizens to vote in school board elections, is illegal and contrary to the California Constitution’s requirement that only citizens may vote in California elections. A copy of the lawsuit is available for download at https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5b92b07db98a7889c286824f/t/62fc11d9e6cb751deed6b487/1660686810451/Complaint.pdf.

James V. Lacy, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, said the lawsuit is necessary because “Oakland’s ballot measure violates the fundamental rule that in an election, only citizens vote, and if noncitizens are allowed to vote, the voting rights of all citizens are unconstitutionally deprived, diluted and devalued.” Other plaintiffs in the case include two nonprofit organizations of which Lacy is an officer: the California Public Policy Foundation and the United States Justice Foundation; and Oakland voter Jim Eyer.
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On July 29, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer, Jr., issued an Order which found that a similar Ordinance of the City of San Francisco allowing noncitizens to vote in school board elections “is contrary to the California Constitution and state statutes and cannot stand.” A permanent injunction to stop San Francisco from processing noncitizen voting is now in place. An effort to stay that Order pending appeal was denied by Judge Ulmer on August 12. In denying the City’s Motion to stay, Judge Ulmer wrote that San Francisco’s noncitizen voting law “violates unequivocal provisions of the California Constitution and state statute; this is not a difficult or close question.”

The successful challenge to the San Francisco noncitizen voting law was also brought by Plaintiff James V. Lacy and affiliated organizations, and San Francisco voter Michael Denny.

The City of Santa Ana, one of the largest cities in Orange County, had been on track to adopt a ballot measure to enable it this November, but the Judge’s decision in Lacy vs. San Francisco was a decisive factor in the City Council “shelving” its plans. “It would be a legal nightmare for the city,” Councilmember David Peñaloza told LAist. “It would definitely be challenged.”

Lacy said “we sense the momentum now in California is against allowing for noncitizen voting.”

About James V. Lacy

-Author of Politico Bestseller “Taxifornia”, www.amazon.com/author/james.lacy
-Co-Host, KABC 790AM’s “Live in Taxifornia”, KABC.com
-Managing Partner, Wewer & Lacy Law Firm, www.wewerlacy.com
-Owner, Landslide Communications, www.landslidecommunications.com
-Publisher, California Political Review, www.capoliticalreview.com
-President, United States Justice Foundation, www.usjf.net


Newsom’s California is arguably the most unfree state in the union

By: Victor Davis Hanson
mercurynews.com
July 15, 2022

In a run-up to what is likely to be a 2024 presidential bid, California Gov. Gavin Newsom hit upon the bizarre idea of boasting in commercials that California is America’s true “free” state.

Part of his ad campaign is to attack Florida – currently run by Newsom’s possible rival, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Yet, with the most burdensome regulations and high tax rates, Newsom’s California is arguably the most unfree state in the union.

In return for these steep costs, the state’s public institutions, infrastructure, and services are among the country’s worst.

 


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