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UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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California GOP Delegates Elect New Platform Committee

With the election of 79 new platform committee members on May 7, the 214-member platform committee is now complete.

The CAGOP platform committee includes those members elected by Assembly district, every GOP officeholder and nominee for California State Assembly and State Senate, and most of the elected CAGOP leadership.

The platform committee will now elect 50 of its members to serve on a drafting committee that will select a starting draft for the new platform from among the drafts submitted.  The drafting committee also has the ability to amend the draft it selects.

The platform recommended by the drafting committee will be considered, along with proposed amendments, by the full platform committee and ultimately by all delegates at the September CRP Convention in Indian Wells.

You can find the complete list of Bay Area platform committee members as well as a timeline for the process for adopting a new platform on the CAGOP page.  You can read the current platform posted on the CAGOP website.

Debora Allen – Taking the Lead to Fix BART

Since Debora Allen was elected to the BART Board of Directors in 2016, she has been pushing hard to improve the system.  She works to improve accountability, rider experience, and infrastructure while being fiscally responsible.

It’s not easy.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is a very large, slow moving and bureaucratic system.  Many other BART board members have liberal viewpoints and different priorities.  In addition, urban board members (the majority) are more interested in building transit village housing on BART property, while suburban members are more concerned about providing parking for riders.  

Debora Allen recognizes that though she can’t implement changes by herself, she can change the narrative.  She can give voice to many rider concerns.  She has written many opinion pieces for newspapers, given interviews, and called for accountability at board meetings.  She writes informative Facebook and Twitter posts, some of which are amusing – in a disturbing way.

For example, in a Facebook post, she refers to the supposed “BART Department of Free Rides” and observes, “In a long meeting on Fare Evasion, Flash Mob Train Robbers, and transit in the dark, some of my fellow board members offered comments like ‘I am offended’ and ‘Public transit is a human right’. My neck hurts from so much SMH.”  (shaking my head)

In addition to calling for cracking down on fare evaders, Allen has also advocated posting pictures of train criminals, improving infrastructure, paying BART police officers market salaries, and preserving and expanding parking at suburban stations.  

Allen is having some success.  BART is finally making some efforts to crack down on fare evaders and looking for additional ways to do it.  They are more than doubling the number of fare inspectors.  (See her article.)  In December BART approved a salary increase for BART police officers, which should help their understaffed department hire more officers and better deal with BART’s troubling crime issues.  

A previous Chief Financial Officer and business owner, Allen believes she has also had some positive influence on the BART financial system, though she considers her advice to staff confidential.  She discussed various BART issues in an interesting interview with Contra Costa Today.

During her previous 25 year career, Debora worked as a corporate Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Controller, as well as being the owner or co-owner of several businesses.  She also consulted with businesses and non-profit organizations.

In 2011, and again in 2014, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors appointed Debora Allen to the Board of Retirement of the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement System.  While serving, she spent hundreds of hours in pension-related training programs across the country studying institutional investing, actuarial calculations, and board governance.  

Debora Allen represents District 1 on the nine member BART board.  The district includes the center of Contra Costa County, near Highway 680, and runs from Martinez to San Ramon.  She will run for reelection in 2020.

Debora and her husband, Timothy Allen, have lived in Contra Costa County since 1987.  They have two adult sons and two Great Pyrenees dogs.  They spend much of their free time hiking, biking, fishing, gardening and enjoying the beautiful environment which they call home near Mount Diablo.

You can follow Debora’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.  You can learn more about Debora Allen’s campaign at her campaign website, http://www.deboraallen.org, which has a detailed Media page.

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State ignoring that Californians are voting twice

By Daniel Borenstein
The Mercury News
May 13, 2019

For three years, Secretary of State Alex Padilla has ignored a flaw in California’s election system that has apparently allowed at least hundreds of voters to cast two ballots.

The problem, first brought to light by Contra Costa election officials, enables Californians who request mail-in ballots to also vote at the polls. In a July 2016 editorial we called on Padilla to solve the problem. It needs a simple fix. But he has done nothing.

Read More


California’s vexing poverty puzzle

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
May 6, 2019

California, as we all should know by now, has the nation’s highest rate of poverty as measured by the Census Bureau’s supplemental – and most accurate – methodology.

The primary reason is California’s horrendously high cost of living, particularly for housing, that overwhelms the relatively meager incomes of millions of California families.

Even more troubling is a calculation by the Public Policy Institute of California, using similar methodology, that another 20 percent of Californians are living in near-poverty. Thus, about 40 percent of the state’s population, some 16 million of us, are in deep financial distress.

Read More


Rising school pension costs cut programs and pay

By Ed Mendel
Calpensions
April 29, 2019

Legislation in 2014 to keep CalSTRS from running out of money in 30 years put a big burden on school districts. State funding rebounding from recession cuts helped schools absorb higher pension costs, spread over seven years to avoid budget shocks and allow time to plan.

But now there is worry. Pension costs are scheduled to grow for two more years as funding levels off. Reserves needed for the next economic downturn are depleting. School funding has an alarming history of sharp drops when a slowdown turns into recession.

Read More


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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.

California GOP Delegates Elect New Platform Committee

With the election of 79 new platform committee members on May 7, the 214-member platform committee is now complete.

The CAGOP platform committee includes those members elected by Assembly district, every GOP officeholder and nominee for California State Assembly and State Senate, and most of the elected CAGOP leadership.

The platform committee will now elect 50 of its members to serve on a drafting committee that will select a starting draft for the new platform from among the drafts submitted.  The drafting committee also has the ability to amend the draft it selects.

The platform recommended by the drafting committee will be considered, along with proposed amendments, by the full platform committee and ultimately by all delegates at the September CRP Convention in Indian Wells.

You can find the complete list of Bay Area platform committee members as well as a timeline for the process for adopting a new platform on the CAGOP page.  You can read the current platform posted on the CAGOP website.

Debora Allen – Taking the Lead to Fix BART

Since Debora Allen was elected to the BART Board of Directors in 2016, she has been pushing hard to improve the system.  She works to improve accountability, rider experience, and infrastructure while being fiscally responsible.

It’s not easy.  The Bay Area Rapid Transit system is a very large, slow moving and bureaucratic system.  Many other BART board members have liberal viewpoints and different priorities.  In addition, urban board members (the majority) are more interested in building transit village housing on BART property, while suburban members are more concerned about providing parking for riders.  

Debora Allen recognizes that though she can’t implement changes by herself, she can change the narrative.  She can give voice to many rider concerns.  She has written many opinion pieces for newspapers, given interviews, and called for accountability at board meetings.  She writes informative Facebook and Twitter posts, some of which are amusing – in a disturbing way.

For example, in a Facebook post, she refers to the supposed “BART Department of Free Rides” and observes, “In a long meeting on Fare Evasion, Flash Mob Train Robbers, and transit in the dark, some of my fellow board members offered comments like ‘I am offended’ and ‘Public transit is a human right’. My neck hurts from so much SMH.”  (shaking my head)

In addition to calling for cracking down on fare evaders, Allen has also advocated posting pictures of train criminals, improving infrastructure, paying BART police officers market salaries, and preserving and expanding parking at suburban stations.  

Allen is having some success.  BART is finally making some efforts to crack down on fare evaders and looking for additional ways to do it.  They are more than doubling the number of fare inspectors.  (See her article.)  In December BART approved a salary increase for BART police officers, which should help their understaffed department hire more officers and better deal with BART’s troubling crime issues.  

A previous Chief Financial Officer and business owner, Allen believes she has also had some positive influence on the BART financial system, though she considers her advice to staff confidential.  She discussed various BART issues in an interesting interview with Contra Costa Today.

During her previous 25 year career, Debora worked as a corporate Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, and Controller, as well as being the owner or co-owner of several businesses.  She also consulted with businesses and non-profit organizations.

In 2011, and again in 2014, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors appointed Debora Allen to the Board of Retirement of the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement System.  While serving, she spent hundreds of hours in pension-related training programs across the country studying institutional investing, actuarial calculations, and board governance.  

Debora Allen represents District 1 on the nine member BART board.  The district includes the center of Contra Costa County, near Highway 680, and runs from Martinez to San Ramon.  She will run for reelection in 2020.

Debora and her husband, Timothy Allen, have lived in Contra Costa County since 1987.  They have two adult sons and two Great Pyrenees dogs.  They spend much of their free time hiking, biking, fishing, gardening and enjoying the beautiful environment which they call home near Mount Diablo.

You can follow Debora’s posts on Facebook and Twitter.  You can learn more about Debora Allen’s campaign at her campaign website, http://www.deboraallen.org, which has a detailed Media page.

GOP IN THE NEWS 


 

State ignoring that Californians are voting twice

By Daniel Borenstein
The Mercury News
May 13, 2019

For three years, Secretary of State Alex Padilla has ignored a flaw in California’s election system that has apparently allowed at least hundreds of voters to cast two ballots.

The problem, first brought to light by Contra Costa election officials, enables Californians who request mail-in ballots to also vote at the polls. In a July 2016 editorial we called on Padilla to solve the problem. It needs a simple fix. But he has done nothing.

Read More


California’s vexing poverty puzzle

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
May 6, 2019

California, as we all should know by now, has the nation’s highest rate of poverty as measured by the Census Bureau’s supplemental – and most accurate – methodology.

The primary reason is California’s horrendously high cost of living, particularly for housing, that overwhelms the relatively meager incomes of millions of California families.

Even more troubling is a calculation by the Public Policy Institute of California, using similar methodology, that another 20 percent of Californians are living in near-poverty. Thus, about 40 percent of the state’s population, some 16 million of us, are in deep financial distress.

Read More


Rising school pension costs cut programs and pay

By Ed Mendel
Calpensions
April 29, 2019

Legislation in 2014 to keep CalSTRS from running out of money in 30 years put a big burden on school districts. State funding rebounding from recession cuts helped schools absorb higher pension costs, spread over seven years to avoid budget shocks and allow time to plan.

But now there is worry. Pension costs are scheduled to grow for two more years as funding levels off. Reserves needed for the next economic downturn are depleting. School funding has an alarming history of sharp drops when a slowdown turns into recession.

Read More


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