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California Voters Side with Republicans

While over 1 million ballots remain to be counted, the will of the California electorate is starting to become clear – and voters agree with Republicans a lot more than Democrats expected.

Positions taken by the California Republican Party are currently prevailing on five important ballot measures:

  1. Lower Taxes. By rejecting the Split Roll initiative, Proposition 15, placed on the ballot by the Legislative Democrats, the voters clearly expressed their desire for lower property taxes.
  2. Equal Opportunity For All. Voters are rejecting the reintroduction of race-based discrimination and preferences by voting down Proposition 16.
  3. Allow the Free Market to Help Solve our Housing Crisis. Voters are once again rejecting the introduction of rent control, which would further suppress new housing construction and make our housing crisis worse.
  4. Freedom to Work Independently. Voters overwhelmingly supported the right of Uber, Lyft and Door Dash drivers to work as independent contractors.  Perhaps now the California Legislative Democrats will join Republicans and grant this freedom to all workers.
  5. Limit the Growth of Government Bureaucracy. By voting No on Proposition 25, voters rejected the idea that government employees should replace an entire industry that was effectively doing the job of incentivizing those accused of crimes to show up in court.

Much has been made of the Democratic dominance in California politics, but the current election results indicate that Republican ideas still hold sway with the California electorate.  The 2020 election highlights a path that Republicans can take to make their case to voters.

 

 

Elect Ritesh Tandon to Congress: A Voice of Sanity, Moderation, and Innovative Solutions

by Ritesh Tandon

I am a candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley’s District 17. I want to be a voice of sanity, moderation, and innovative solutions in Congress. I believe in issue-based democracy, not ideology-based. I am pained by the divisive rhetoric of both sides of the political spectrum and will work on toning it down, such that we can all work towards “progress-oriented” solutions to our issues. 

Personal Background:

I came to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago to realize my dreams through higher education and participate in the amazing high-tech economy. I earned a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA from Santa Clara University and started my Cisco career.

Since I arrived in the Valley, I have been volunteering my time and resources to help needy children and women in our diverse South Bay communities. I particularly focused on helping the Latino community on housing issues. Similarly, I have been helping people with eyesight issues in India through a well-known foundation.

Summary of Plan & Position:

I have a strong desire to expand my current humanitarian work for the community, and help constituents of the 17th Congressional District to improve their quality of life. Some of my immediate priorities for our constituents are:

  • Increase their take-home pay via innovative start-up tax proposals and wage growth;
  • Ensure fair admissions in education for their children
  • Increase the safety of neighborhoods with better policing and harmonious community relations
  • Increase affordable healthcare choices by supporting policies that increase the supply of healthcare personnel, services, and drugs, and by introducing smarter ways to provide healthcare

I have a powerful vision for the next hundred years for Silicon Valley. I want to encourage both high-tech and biotech to grow tremendously with innovative tax policies and manufacturing incentives. 

My Positions:

Following are my summary positions, and how they contrast with my opponent:

I strongly oppose Prop 16!

Proposition 16 is fundamentally unfair and against the basic American value of hard work and fair competition to move ahead in life.  Race-based allocations of educational opportunities, public jobs, and contracts will HURT our children’s future opportunities and jobs.

My opponent Ro Khanna supports Prop-16. He signed a pledge in 2014 to oppose a Prop16 type law (SCA5) but has flipped to support it now. Constituents feel betrayed by him.

To help disadvantaged communities:

  • I support reform in the K-12 education system:more school choices, increased use of technology, greater teacher accountability, and better vocational training programs to encourage better wage growth for semi-skilled workers. 

Silicon Valley Jobs for the next century: A Bio-Silicon Valley Concept:

I will propose:

  • a lower tax rate for employees of start-up companies,
  • connecting corporate tax rates to wage growth to promote higher wage growth for employees in larger corporations,
  • reinstating SALT tax deductions

My opponent has no proposals to help people with better wages, lower taxes, long-term job opportunities, or improve the economic health of the Valley.

Support harmonious policing for safer neighborhoods:

  • I support re-imagining police procedures that enhance harmonious community interactions with the Police.

On the other hand, my opponent, Ro Khanna, wants to defund Police, abolish ICE, and let criminal illegals stay in the US.

Support our hardworking and law-abiding immigrant community:

  • Many law-abiding immigrants, who are skilled and contribute significantly to society, wait forever to get their Green Cards. Wrong! We need to streamline our immigration procedures.
  • We must secure our system of entry and exit control. We need to get serious and institute foolproof, high tech solutions for visa overstays and illegal border crossings.

Ro Khanna wants OPEN Borders (Co-sponsor of HR 5383) and supports allowing criminal illegals to remain in our country. Totally Wrong! 

Reduce healthcare costs, streamline regulations, and have healthy competition:

I will:

  • allow import of FDA approved drugs
  • propose price transparency in healthcare, facilitating cost competition. I will promote disclosure of costs to patients before procedures are done. 
  • encourage moreprimary care and preventive medicine practice.
  • increase the supply of medical care personnel.
  • encourage an increase in insurance plan optionsoutside of the employer-based options, including government insurance that is NOT subsidized by taxpayers. 

Medicare for All, promoted by Ro Khanna, is COSTLY and Reduces Quality. His argument that it can be paid by the operational savings (estimates of $40-60B per year) falls way short of the required expense of $2-3 Trillion per yearTax increases for the middle class would become inevitable.

For more details on my policies, please visit my website: tandonforcongress.com.

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California attorney general drops lawsuit against state GOP

AP News
November 21, 2020

California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

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Gov. Newsom’s posh dinner displays hypocritical arrogance

By Dan Walters
The Mercury News
November 19, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom wasn’t born to wealth and privilege but as a youngster he was enveloped in it as the surrogate son of billionaire Gordon Getty.

Later, Getty’s personal trust fund — managed by Newsom’s father — provided initial financing for business ventures that made Newsom wealthy enough to segue into a political career as a protégé of San Francisco’s fabled political mastermind, Willie Brown.

Getty and Brown personify San Francisco’s unique culture, one that not only tolerates raffish personal behavior but celebrates it, which is why Newsom’s political career didn’t suffer when, as mayor, he had an affair with his campaign manager’s wife. It would have been a career-buster almost anywhere else.

When Newsom became governor two years ago, after a stint as lieutenant governor under Jerry Brown, he brought his bubble of wealth and privilege with him to Sacramento. He and his “first partner,” Jennifer Siebel, shunned the state’s Victorian governor’s mansion that Brown had renovated, moved into a multi-million-dollar home in the suburbs and enrolled their children in a tony private school.

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Californians sent a message on Election Day, and we are listening.

By Mayor Kevin Faulconer
November 17, 2020

Californians agree that the state is on the wrong track, and they spoke loud and clear on Election Day 2020. Thank you for joining with me in successfully stopping big tax increases and plans to increase housing costs. Together, we also passed reforms to roll back AB5 — so Sacramento stops getting in the way of Californians earning an honest living.

Split Roll Proposition 15, which would have been the largest property tax in California’s history, was defeated 52% – 48%.

Rent Control Proposition 21 was defeated once again with an impressive 20 point margin. The majority voted against it in every county but Alameda and San Francisco.

Proposition 22, a referendum on AB5 and independent contractors, was defeated 58.6% – 41.4%. Again, the only counties that voted in favor were Bay Area and Northern coastal counties.

Additionally, we picked up one Los Angeles Assembly seat with Assemblywoman-Elect Suzette Martinez Valladares, and picked up at least two Congressional seats in Orange County with Congresswomen-Elect Michelle Steel and Young Kim. We hope to have more good news in Congressman Mike Garcia and Congressman David Valadao’s seats within the week as well.

California voters are far more conservative than the Governor and legislature would like to believe, and we are ready to expand upon that in what is shaping up to be a very good 2022.


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California attorney general drops lawsuit against state GOP

AP News
November 21, 2020

California’s attorney general has dropped a lawsuit seeking the names and contact information of every person who used one of the state Republican Party’s unofficial ballot drop boxes.

The party used the boxes to collect ballots in some counties with closely contested U.S. House races. It’s legal in California to collect completed ballots and turn them in on behalf of voters. But state law says only county election officials are allowed to deploy ballot drop boxes.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Secretary of State Alex Padilla initially ordered the party to remove the boxes. But they relented once the party made changes, including not labeling the boxes as “official.”

Read More


Gov. Newsom’s posh dinner displays hypocritical arrogance

By Dan Walters
The Mercury News
November 19, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom wasn’t born to wealth and privilege but as a youngster he was enveloped in it as the surrogate son of billionaire Gordon Getty.

Later, Getty’s personal trust fund — managed by Newsom’s father — provided initial financing for business ventures that made Newsom wealthy enough to segue into a political career as a protégé of San Francisco’s fabled political mastermind, Willie Brown.

Getty and Brown personify San Francisco’s unique culture, one that not only tolerates raffish personal behavior but celebrates it, which is why Newsom’s political career didn’t suffer when, as mayor, he had an affair with his campaign manager’s wife. It would have been a career-buster almost anywhere else.

When Newsom became governor two years ago, after a stint as lieutenant governor under Jerry Brown, he brought his bubble of wealth and privilege with him to Sacramento. He and his “first partner,” Jennifer Siebel, shunned the state’s Victorian governor’s mansion that Brown had renovated, moved into a multi-million-dollar home in the suburbs and enrolled their children in a tony private school.

Read More


Californians sent a message on Election Day, and we are listening.

By Mayor Kevin Faulconer
November 17, 2020

Californians agree that the state is on the wrong track, and they spoke loud and clear on Election Day 2020. Thank you for joining with me in successfully stopping big tax increases and plans to increase housing costs. Together, we also passed reforms to roll back AB5 — so Sacramento stops getting in the way of Californians earning an honest living.

Split Roll Proposition 15, which would have been the largest property tax in California’s history, was defeated 52% – 48%.

Rent Control Proposition 21 was defeated once again with an impressive 20 point margin. The majority voted against it in every county but Alameda and San Francisco.

Proposition 22, a referendum on AB5 and independent contractors, was defeated 58.6% – 41.4%. Again, the only counties that voted in favor were Bay Area and Northern coastal counties.

Additionally, we picked up one Los Angeles Assembly seat with Assemblywoman-Elect Suzette Martinez Valladares, and picked up at least two Congressional seats in Orange County with Congresswomen-Elect Michelle Steel and Young Kim. We hope to have more good news in Congressman Mike Garcia and Congressman David Valadao’s seats within the week as well.

California voters are far more conservative than the Governor and legislature would like to believe, and we are ready to expand upon that in what is shaping up to be a very good 2022.


California Republicans argued Democrats would raise taxes. Did Prop. 15 prove their point?

By Hannah Wiley
Sacramento Bee
November 12, 2020

Asked about California’s property tax law during a local radio interview in December 2019, Democratic legislative candidate Dawn Addis stopped short of endorsing a total repeal of Proposition 13.

Instead, she said she was open to an idea commonly known as “split roll,” or treating property taxes for commercial businesses differently than those for homeowners.

“I can see that with, on the commercial side repealing, on the business side,” Addis said. “But for property owners, I think that’s key in a context where housing is extremely difficult already. We wouldn’t want to repeal that for personal residential.”

The interview occurred months before a ballot measure to modify California’s tax law by implementing a form of split roll, dubbed Proposition 15, qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot.

But her position came back to haunt her in the November 2020 election.

Read More


California Voters Side with Republicans

While over 1 million ballots remain to be counted, the will of the California electorate is starting to become clear – and voters agree with Republicans a lot more than Democrats expected.

Positions taken by the California Republican Party are currently prevailing on five important ballot measures:

  1. Lower Taxes. By rejecting the Split Roll initiative, Proposition 15, placed on the ballot by the Legislative Democrats, the voters clearly expressed their desire for lower property taxes.
  2. Equal Opportunity For All. Voters are rejecting the reintroduction of race-based discrimination and preferences by voting down Proposition 16.
  3. Allow the Free Market to Help Solve our Housing Crisis. Voters are once again rejecting the introduction of rent control, which would further suppress new housing construction and make our housing crisis worse.
  4. Freedom to Work Independently. Voters overwhelmingly supported the right of Uber, Lyft and Door Dash drivers to work as independent contractors.  Perhaps now the California Legislative Democrats will join Republicans and grant this freedom to all workers.
  5. Limit the Growth of Government Bureaucracy. By voting No on Proposition 25, voters rejected the idea that government employees should replace an entire industry that was effectively doing the job of incentivizing those accused of crimes to show up in court.

Much has been made of the Democratic dominance in California politics, but the current election results indicate that Republican ideas still hold sway with the California electorate.  The 2020 election highlights a path that Republicans can take to make their case to voters.

Elect Ritesh Tandon to Congress: A Voice of Sanity, Moderation, and Innovative Solutions

by Ritesh Tandon

I am a candidate for Congress in Silicon Valley’s District 17. I want to be a voice of sanity, moderation, and innovative solutions in Congress. I believe in issue-based democracy, not ideology-based. I am pained by the divisive rhetoric of both sides of the political spectrum and will work on toning it down, such that we can all work towards “progress-oriented” solutions to our issues. 

Personal Background:

I came to Silicon Valley over 20 years ago to realize my dreams through higher education and participate in the amazing high-tech economy. I earned a Master’s in Computer Science and an MBA from Santa Clara University and started my Cisco career.

Since I arrived in the Valley, I have been volunteering my time and resources to help needy children and women in our diverse South Bay communities. I particularly focused on helping the Latino community on housing issues. Similarly, I have been helping people with eyesight issues in India through a well-known foundation.

Summary of Plan & Position:

I have a strong desire to expand my current humanitarian work for the community, and help constituents of the 17th Congressional District to improve their quality of life. Some of my immediate priorities for our constituents are:

  • Increase their take-home pay via innovative start-up tax proposals and wage growth;
  • Ensure fair admissions in education for their children
  • Increase the safety of neighborhoods with better policing and harmonious community relations
  • Increase affordable healthcare choices by supporting policies that increase the supply of healthcare personnel, services, and drugs, and by introducing smarter ways to provide healthcare

I have a powerful vision for the next hundred years for Silicon Valley. I want to encourage both high-tech and biotech to grow tremendously with innovative tax policies and manufacturing incentives. 

My Positions:

Following are my summary positions, and how they contrast with my opponent:

I strongly oppose Prop 16!

Proposition 16 is fundamentally unfair and against the basic American value of hard work and fair competition to move ahead in life.  Race-based allocations of educational opportunities, public jobs, and contracts will HURT our children’s future opportunities and jobs.

My opponent Ro Khanna supports Prop-16. He signed a pledge in 2014 to oppose a Prop16 type law (SCA5) but has flipped to support it now. Constituents feel betrayed by him.

To help disadvantaged communities:

  • I support reform in the K-12 education system:more school choices, increased use of technology, greater teacher accountability, and better vocational training programs to encourage better wage growth for semi-skilled workers. 

Silicon Valley Jobs for the next century: A Bio-Silicon Valley Concept:

I will propose:

  • a lower tax rate for employees of start-up companies,
  • connecting corporate tax rates to wage growth to promote higher wage growth for employees in larger corporations,
  • reinstating SALT tax deductions

My opponent has no proposals to help people with better wages, lower taxes, long-term job opportunities, or improve the economic health of the Valley.

Support harmonious policing for safer neighborhoods:

  • I support re-imagining police procedures that enhance harmonious community interactions with the Police.

On the other hand, my opponent, Ro Khanna, wants to defund Police, abolish ICE, and let criminal illegals stay in the US.

Support our hardworking and law-abiding immigrant community:

  • Many law-abiding immigrants, who are skilled and contribute significantly to society, wait forever to get their Green Cards. Wrong! We need to streamline our immigration procedures.
  • We must secure our system of entry and exit control. We need to get serious and institute foolproof, high tech solutions for visa overstays and illegal border crossings.

Ro Khanna wants OPEN Borders (Co-sponsor of HR 5383) and supports allowing criminal illegals to remain in our country. Totally Wrong! 

Reduce healthcare costs, streamline regulations, and have healthy competition:

I will:

  • allow import of FDA approved drugs
  • propose price transparency in healthcare, facilitating cost competition. I will promote disclosure of costs to patients before procedures are done. 
  • encourage moreprimary care and preventive medicine practice.
  • increase the supply of medical care personnel.
  • encourage an increase in insurance plan optionsoutside of the employer-based options, including government insurance that is NOT subsidized by taxpayers. 

Medicare for All, promoted by Ro Khanna, is COSTLY and Reduces Quality. His argument that it can be paid by the operational savings (estimates of $40-60B per year) falls way short of the required expense of $2-3 Trillion per yearTax increases for the middle class would become inevitable.

For more details on my policies, please visit my website: tandonforcongress.com.

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