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Helen Wang Runs for San Jose City Council

Businesswoman, nurse, and community leader Helen Wang is running for the District 10 seat on the San Jose City Council.  Her strengths include experience in business, in government, and as a community volunteer and many connections in the city.

Wang’s business experience includes running a medical clinic for about 30 years, providing consulting services to small businesses, leading the Silicon Valley Chinese Technology and Business Association as its volunteer president, and producing several Smart City conferences.

Helen Wang has served on several volunteer governmental advisory bodies.  She was appointed to San Jose’s Small Business Development Commission in 2006 by Mayor Chuck Reed.  She served on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the West Valley-Mission Community College District.  More recently she served on the Milpitas Tenant Protection Task Force and San Jose’s Small Business Advisory Task Force.

Some of Wang’s other volunteer activities include providing medical treatments at homeless shelters in San Jose and Sunnyvale and representing the County of Santa Clara Sister Counties Commission in a delegation to Hsin-Chu County, Taiwan.

Helen Wang’s website says, “She has the passion and the ability to contribute to and protect the prosperity of this district.  She believes in transparent and efficient government that is fiscally responsible and sustainable.”

Council District 10 includes the Almaden Valley. It is open because incumbent Johnny Khamis is termed out and is now running for state senate.

Helen Wang was born and raised in Taiwan.  She earned her diploma from the Taochiang School of Nursing and Midwifery.  Her career as a registered nurse started in Taiwan and then took her to Israel for eight years, where she learned Hebrew.

During a trip to the U.S., Wang met John Longwell, MD, a physician certified in both internal medicine and emergency medicine.  He had co-founded one of the first urgent care clinics in San Jose and was a decorated Vietnam War surgeon.  They married, and Helen later became administrator of the medical clinic.  She managed clinic operations and oversaw construction of a new building, which taught her plenty about city building codes and other regulations.

Wang recently retired from the family business and looks forward to putting her long experience as a businesswoman and volunteer to use in serving the residents of District 10.

You can learn more about her campaign on her campaign website at helen4d10.com.

 

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry & Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Headline CAGOP Convention

Economist & Health Care Reformer Sean Flynn to address CCR Board

Bay Area GOP Reception Returns on Saturday Night

CAGOP delegates and guests will hear from former Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday night and from Trump national campaign manager Brad Parscale on Saturday at the upcoming California GOP convention in Indian Wells.

Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Capri room, health care economist Sean Flynn will present his proposal to reform our health care system by applying a market-oriented approach pioneered in Singapore.

On Saturday evening, all Bay Area delegates and guests are invited to a Bay Area GOP reception hosted by Regional Vice Chair Jonathan Madison and sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Northern California, Former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and BayAreaGOP.com.  There will also be a Bay Area regional meeting Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Corfu room.

The convention program features a variety of campaign training sessions on topics including running for office, campaign management, fundraising and communications. 

The official business of the convention includes the adoption of a new party platform and consideration of recommendations from the Rules, Resolutions and Volunteer Organizations Committees.  These committee reports will be discussed at the Saturday evening Bay Area GOP reception so delegates will have a better understanding of the agenda items they will consider at the Sunday general session.  Please join us in the Malta AB room at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, immediately following the dinner. More information is available on the CAGOP Convention page.

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Assembly Bill 1451 is an attack on direct democracy

By Jon Coupal and Martin Wilson
Press-Telegram
September 15, 2019

The tools of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are a powerful check against intransigent or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in 2019 as they were in 1911. That’s when Governor Hiram Johnson, seeking to constrain the absolute control the railroads had over the state Capitol, pushed to give ordinary citizens a “legislative battering ram” — using the language of the Supreme Court — to address issues that for whatever reason the legislature refuses to address.

Political elites abhor direct democracy. From their perspective it allows the great unwashed and unsophisticated to deal with matters such as taxation, victims’ rights, insurance and most importantly political reform. These are issues over which politicians strongly desire to exercise a legislative monopoly. The latest assault on Californians’ rights to initiative and referendum is Assembly Bill 1451, introduced by Asm. Evan Low, D-Campbell, which has already cleared both houses of the California Legislature. Gov. Newsom should veto it.

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Sacramento Press Club ‘Conversation’ with CADEM Party Chair Rusty Hicks and CAGOP Party Chair Jessica Millan Patterson

By Katy Grimes
California Globe
September 15, 2019

The Sacramento Press Club hosted a “conversation” with California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks and California Republican Party Chair Jessica Millan Patterson Sept. 11.

However that conversation moved right into a debate with the first question about California’s Motor Voter program. CAGOP Chairwoman Jessica Patterson addressed the “very flawed program” noting how quickly the DMV tried to fix it when it was exposed how many illegal aliens were illegally being registered to vote by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Immediately, someone with the Sacramento Press Club Tweeted, “That didn’t take long. @millanpatterson lashes out at “failed Democrat policies.”

“It’s a new day,” Patterson said of the CA GOP. “We are telling people who feel neglected by the Republican Party, yet know of the failures of the Democrat Party, what Republicans would do differently.”

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Potemkin Pension Accounting

By David Crane
Fox & Hounds
August 26, 2019

Pension liabilities reported by California’s largest pension fund (CalPERS) rose nearly 5x in just 20 years, from less than $100 billion in 1997 to nearly $500 billion by 2017. Those liabilities were not approved by voters. They simply showed up.

That steep growth happened because California employs an accounting method that allows it to initially suppress the value of pension promises to a fraction of their real value. But the deception is only temporary because the discount evaporates over time under a process known as “accretion.” Values that were initially suppressed spring back, and with vengeance. The bigger the suppression, the bigger the vengeance with which the liabilities spring back.

I call it “Potemkin Pension Accounting” because it’s rigged to make pension plans look better able to meet pension promises than they really are.

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LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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

 

Helen Wang Runs for San Jose City Council

Businesswoman, nurse, and community leader Helen Wang is running for the District 10 seat on the San Jose City Council.  Her strengths include experience in business, in government, and as a community volunteer and many connections in the city.

Wang’s business experience includes running a medical clinic for about 30 years, providing consulting services to small businesses, leading the Silicon Valley Chinese Technology and Business Association as its volunteer president, and producing several Smart City conferences.

Helen Wang has served on several volunteer governmental advisory bodies.  She was appointed to San Jose’s Small Business Development Commission in 2006 by Mayor Chuck Reed.  She served on the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for the West Valley-Mission Community College District.  More recently she served on the Milpitas Tenant Protection Task Force and San Jose’s Small Business Advisory Task Force.

Some of Wang’s other volunteer activities include providing medical treatments at homeless shelters in San Jose and Sunnyvale and representing the County of Santa Clara Sister Counties Commission in a delegation to Hsin-Chu County, Taiwan.

Helen Wang’s website says, “She has the passion and the ability to contribute to and protect the prosperity of this district.  She believes in transparent and efficient government that is fiscally responsible and sustainable.”

Council District 10 includes the Almaden Valley. It is open because incumbent Johnny Khamis is termed out and is now running for state senate.

Helen Wang was born and raised in Taiwan.  She earned her diploma from the Taochiang School of Nursing and Midwifery.  Her career as a registered nurse started in Taiwan and then took her to Israel for eight years, where she learned Hebrew.

During a trip to the U.S., Wang met John Longwell, MD, a physician certified in both internal medicine and emergency medicine.  He had co-founded one of the first urgent care clinics in San Jose and was a decorated Vietnam War surgeon.  They married, and Helen later became administrator of the medical clinic.  She managed clinic operations and oversaw construction of a new building, which taught her plenty about city building codes and other  regulations.

Wang recently retired from the family business and looks forward to putting her long experience as a businesswoman and volunteer to use in serving the residents of District 10.

You can learn more about her campaign on her campaign website at helen4d10.com.

 

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry & Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Headline CAGOP Convention

Economist & Health Care Reformer Sean Flynn to address CCR Board

Bay Area GOP Reception Returns on Saturday Night

CAGOP delegates and guests will hear from former Texas Governor Rick Perry on Friday night and from Trump national campaign manager Brad Parscale on Saturday at the upcoming California GOP convention in Indian Wells.

Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the Capri room, health care economist Sean Flynn will present his proposal to reform our health care system by applying a market-oriented approach pioneered in Singapore.

On Saturday evening, all Bay Area delegates and guests are invited to a Bay Area GOP reception hosted by Regional Vice Chair Jonathan Madison and sponsored by the Lincoln Club of Northern California, Former Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and BayAreaGOP.com.  There will also be a Bay Area regional meeting Saturday morning at 9 a.m. in the Corfu room.

The convention program features a variety of campaign training sessions on topics including running for office, campaign management, fundraising and communications.

The official business of the convention includes the adoption of a new party platform and consideration of recommendations from the Rules, Resolutions and Volunteer Organizations Committees.  These committee reports will be discussed at the Saturday evening Bay Area GOP reception so delegates will have a better understanding of the agenda items they will consider at the Sunday general session.  Please join us in the Malta AB room at 9 p.m. on Saturday evening, immediately following the dinner. More information is available on the CAGOP Convention page.

GOP IN THE NEWS


 

Assembly Bill 1451 is an attack on direct democracy

By Jon Coupal and Martin Wilson
Press-Telegram
September 15, 2019

The tools of direct democracy — initiative, referendum and recall — are a powerful check against intransigent or corrupt politicians. These powers are enshrined in the California Constitution for reasons that are just as compelling in 2019 as they were in 1911. That’s when Governor Hiram Johnson, seeking to constrain the absolute control the railroads had over the state Capitol, pushed to give ordinary citizens a “legislative battering ram” — using the language of the Supreme Court — to address issues that for whatever reason the legislature refuses to address.

Political elites abhor direct democracy. From their perspective it allows the great unwashed and unsophisticated to deal with matters such as taxation, victims’ rights, insurance and most importantly political reform. These are issues over which politicians strongly desire to exercise a legislative monopoly. The latest assault on Californians’ rights to initiative and referendum is Assembly Bill 1451, introduced by Asm. Evan Low, D-Campbell, which has already cleared both houses of the California Legislature. Gov. Newsom should veto it.

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Sacramento Press Club ‘Conversation’ with CADEM Party Chair Rusty Hicks and CAGOP Party Chair Jessica Millan Patterson

By Katy Grimes
California Globe
September 15, 2019

The Sacramento Press Club hosted a “conversation” with California Democratic Party Chair Rusty Hicks and California Republican Party Chair Jessica Millan Patterson Sept. 11.

However that conversation moved right into a debate with the first question about California’s Motor Voter program. CAGOP Chairwoman Jessica Patterson addressed the “very flawed program” noting how quickly the DMV tried to fix it when it was exposed how many illegal aliens were illegally being registered to vote by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Immediately, someone with the Sacramento Press Club Tweeted, “That didn’t take long. @millanpatterson lashes out at “failed Democrat policies.”

“It’s a new day,” Patterson said of the CA GOP. “We are telling people who feel neglected by the Republican Party, yet know of the failures of the Democrat Party, what Republicans would do differently.”

Read More


Tax vote issue gets cloudier

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
September 12, 2019

The state Supreme Court stirred up a legal hornet’s nest two years ago when it suggested — but didn’t explicitly declare — that a two-thirds vote requirement for specific local tax increases might not apply to measures placed on the ballot via initiative petition.

The supermajority vote requirement dates back to Proposition 13, the iconic property tax limitation adopted in 1978.

Proposition 13 said that while general use tax increases sought by local governments — sales taxes, usually — require only simple majority approval, “special taxes” designated for special purposes face the higher threshold.

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