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Bay Area Gears Up for Yes on 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax!

Following a series of well-attended briefings for Bay Area voters by Gas Tax Repeal Initiative Leader Carl DeMaio, supporters of Proposition 6 are primed and ready to inform voters and repeal the gas and vehicle taxes in SB 1.

Key Reasons to Support Prop. 6:

  • The gas and car tax hikes cost too much and will increase the already-high cost-of-living in California. Under the gas and car tax hikes, the typical family of four will pay $779.28 more per year in higher taxes. 
  • The car and gas tax hikes are slated to increase every year automatically without a vote of the legislature or voter approval. Proposition 6 restores the requirement for voters to approve future gas tax increases
  • Historically, politicians have diverted transportation dollars away from road maintenance to cover budget deficits. Now they want you to pay more to fix the problems they helped create.  Proposition 6 sends a message that voters won’t be fooled by the legislature’s shell game.

What You Can Do To Help:

  • Sign up for notices of upcoming rallies and campaign activities at this link.
  • Spread the word of this campaign to friends, co-workers, and neighbors and encourage them to sign up and attend Yes on 6 rallies.
  • Use the graphics provided on their website Home Page to share on your social media sites. Be sure to Follow and Share their Facebook @YesOnProp6 and Twitter posts.
  • Order signs and gas pump stickers at this link. Shirts too!
  • If you have examples of the misuse of taxpayer funds to fight Prop. 6, visit the campaign’s anonymous tip website at this link.

Keep current with the latest news from the Yes on 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax campaign by visiting their website – https://gastaxrepeal.org/


Christina Rodriguez Laskowski for Assembly District 22

In her work as a business strategist and operations advisor, Christina Laskowski helps companies and non-profits make changes to reach their goals.  She lists herself on the ballot as a “Change Management Consultant”, and she would certainly like to make some changes in Sacramento.
 
Some of Laskowski’s key campaign points are enforcing accountability for government officials, challenging some taxes including the gas tax increase, improving competitiveness and employment opportunities, restoring community safety, and an education initiative that leverages existing resources.
 
Christina Laskowski is founder of Alquemie Advisors, where she works with clients that include start-ups, established companies, and non-profits.  Her firm provides expertise in finance, business development, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational change while assuming interim leadership positions as needed.
 
Christina is actively engaged in the community as an officer and advisor to various non-profit organizations.  She volunteers as President of STAC Silicon Valley (Science & Technology Advisory Council), a non-profit which works to strengthen tech ecosystem collaboration between Silicon Valley, the Philippines and the ASEAN region.  In 2010, Christina presented a five year strategic plan to the Philippine President which serves as the framework for the Philippines startup ecosystem today.  For her work, she was awarded the Order of the Golden Heart, Rank of the Grand Officer, which was conferred by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in April, 2010.
 
She volunteers at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and as a student mentor at Design Tech High School.  She also advises or serves on the board for FYLPRO, the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, and SFAsia.  
 
Assembly District 22 includes northern San Mateo County on the bay side, from Redwood City to Brisbane, plus Pacifica on the coast.  See the map.
 
Christina Rodriguez was born in Oakland while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy.  She lived her early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by five years in the Philippines during the Marcos period.  
 
There she learned to appreciate the simple things in life and value community, family and our individual responsibility to help others.  At the same time she saw a society with a class system of very rich and very poor.  A controlling government imposed Martial Law, people were afraid to talk about the government, some people  resisted, and headless bodies floated down the river.  
 
When she left, she told herself she would help in some way.  She came to understand that educating people and economic opportunity are vital to overcoming the economic imbalance in society.  Later an opportunity to help would come through that involved helping the government understand what they could do and how they could improve the return on taxpayer money.  
 
Christina returned to the Bay Area to complete high school and graduated from Mercy High School in Burlingame.  She earned her B.S. degree in Finance from the University of San Francisco.  
 
She started her career at S.F. investment bank Hambrecht & Quist, doing equity research.  Subsequently, she worked at several firms, doing boutique investment banking, advising on mergers & acquisitions, and coaching entrepreneurs before founding Alquemie Advisors.
 
Christina will rejoin USF, her alma mater, in August as an adjunct professor in the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in the School of Management.
 
There’s a quote about helping others from Mother Teresa that Christina likes and has expanded, “We cannot all do great things. However, we each can do small things with great love and passion.”
 
Christina Rodriguez Laskowski lives in Redwood City with her husband Daniel, their two kids, and dog Obi-Wan.  You can learn more at her campaign website, laskowskiforassembly.com .
 

 

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DMV a hot mess, but politics block audit

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
August 13, 2018

During two lengthy Capitol hearings last week, legislators took turns castigating the Department of Motor Vehicles and its director, Jean Shiomoto, over Californians’ hours-long waits for service, often in the hot sun, at DMV offices.

The chorus was bipartisan, with lawmakers reminding Shiomoto that the DMV is the most frequent contact Californians have with their state government, and its failures undermine public confidence in that government.

Shiomoto was a little defensive, pointing out that with the federal government demanding more secure “Real ID” driver’s licenses and with the Legislature authorizing licenses for undocumented immigrants and making DMV a voter registration agency, the department’s workload had increased.

Read More


Gas tax foes have alternative plan ready for ballot

By Alexei Koseff
Sacramento Bee
August 1, 2018

Whether or not voters this November approve an initiative to repeal recent increases to California fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, its proponents are already planning a sequel.

The campaign is preparing to introduce a ballot measure in September that would ensure fuel taxes, car sales taxes and truck weight fees are spent on transportation projects. Supporters hope to begin collecting signatures in November, shortly after the vote on Proposition 6, for the 2020 election.

Read More


 

Justices: Suit by Trump backers against San Jose police can proceed

By The Associated Press
July 27, 2018

A federal appeals court on Friday allowed supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were beaten after San Jose police steered them into a crowd of anti-Trump protesters.

Police and the city of San Jose can’t claim that officers have immunity from being sued in the aftermath of the June 2016 confrontation outside a Trump campaign rally, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Nineteen Trump supporters sued the city and individual police, alleging that officers guided them into a violent protest, barred them from finding a safer way out and then stood by while protesters assaulted them.

Read More


LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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GOP In the News


DMV a hot mess, but politics block audit

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
August 13, 2018

During two lengthy Capitol hearings last week, legislators took turns castigating the Department of Motor Vehicles and its director, Jean Shiomoto, over Californians’ hours-long waits for service, often in the hot sun, at DMV offices.

The chorus was bipartisan, with lawmakers reminding Shiomoto that the DMV is the most frequent contact Californians have with their state government, and its failures undermine public confidence in that government.

Shiomoto was a little defensive, pointing out that with the federal government demanding more secure “Real ID” driver’s licenses and with the Legislature authorizing licenses for undocumented immigrants and making DMV a voter registration agency, the department’s workload had increased.

Read More


Meet Christina Rodriguez Laskowski, Candidate in Assembly District 22

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Bay Area Gears Up for Yes on 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax!

Following a series of well-attended briefings for Bay Area voters by Gas Tax Repeal Initiative Leader Carl DeMaio, supporters of Proposition 6 are primed and ready to inform voters and repeal the gas and vehicle taxes in SB 1.

Key Reasons to Support Prop. 6:

  • The gas and car tax hikes cost too much and will increase the already-high cost-of-living in California. Under the gas and car tax hikes, the typical family of four will pay $779.28 more per year in higher taxes. 
  • The car and gas tax hikes are slated to increase every year automatically without a vote of the legislature or voter approval. Proposition 6 restores the requirement for voters to approve future gas tax increases
  • Historically, politicians have diverted transportation dollars away from road maintenance to cover budget deficits. Now they want you to pay more to fix the problems they helped create.  Proposition 6 sends a message that voters won’t be fooled by the legislature’s shell game.

What You Can Do To Help:

  • Sign up for notices of upcoming rallies and campaign activities at this link.
  • Spread the word of this campaign to friends, co-workers, and neighbors and encourage them to sign up and attend Yes on 6 rallies.
  • Use the graphics provided on their website Home Page to share on your social media sites. Be sure to Follow and Share their Facebook @YesOnProp6 and Twitter posts.
  • Order signs and gas pump stickers at this link. Shirts too!
  • If you have examples of the misuse of taxpayer funds to fight Prop. 6, visit the campaign’s anonymous tip website at this link.

Keep current with the latest news from the Yes on 6 – Repeal the Gas Tax campaign by visiting their website – https://gastaxrepeal.org/


Christina Rodriguez Laskowski for Assembly District 22
 
In her work as a business strategist and operations advisor, Christina Laskowski helps companies and non-profits make changes to reach their goals.  She lists herself on the ballot as a “Change Management Consultant”, and she would certainly like to make some changes in Sacramento.
 
Some of Laskowski’s key campaign points are enforcing accountability for government officials, challenging some taxes including the gas tax increase, improving competitiveness and employment opportunities, restoring community safety, and an education initiative that leverages existing resources.
 
Christina Laskowski is founder of Alquemie Advisors, where she works with clients that include start-ups, established companies, and non-profits.  Her firm provides expertise in finance, business development, mergers & acquisitions, and organizational change while assuming interim leadership positions as needed.
 
Christina is actively engaged in the community as an officer and advisor to various non-profit organizations.  She volunteers as President of STAC Silicon Valley (Science & Technology Advisory Council), a non-profit which works to strengthen tech ecosystem collaboration between Silicon Valley, the Philippines and the ASEAN region.  In 2010, Christina presented a five year strategic plan to the Philippine President which serves as the framework for the Philippines startup ecosystem today.  For her work, she was awarded the Order of the Golden Heart, Rank of the Grand Officer, which was conferred by Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in April, 2010.
 
She volunteers at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and as a student mentor at Design Tech High School.  She also advises or serves on the board for FYLPRO, the Bataan Legacy Historical Society, and SFAsia.  
 
Assembly District 22 includes northern San Mateo County on the bay side, from Redwood City to Brisbane, plus Pacifica on the coast.  See the map.
 
Christina Rodriguez was born in Oakland while her father was serving in the U.S. Navy.  She lived her early childhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, followed by five years in the Philippines during the Marcos period.  
 
There she learned to appreciate the simple things in life and value community, family and our individual responsibility to help others.  At the same time she saw a society with a class system of very rich and very poor.  A controlling government imposed Martial Law, people were afraid to talk about the government, some people  resisted, and headless bodies floated down the river.  
 
When she left, she told herself she would help in some way.  She came to understand that educating people and economic opportunity are vital to overcoming the economic imbalance in society.  Later an opportunity to help would come through that involved helping the government understand what they could do and how they could improve the return on taxpayer money.  
 
Christina returned to the Bay Area to complete high school and graduated from Mercy High School in Burlingame.  She earned her B.S. degree in Finance from the University of San Francisco.  
 
She started her career at S.F. investment bank Hambrecht & Quist, doing equity research.  Subsequently, she worked at several firms, doing boutique investment banking, advising on mergers & acquisitions, and coaching entrepreneurs before founding Alquemie Advisors.
 
Christina will rejoin USF, her alma mater, in August as an adjunct professor in the Master of Science in Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in the School of Management.
 
There’s a quote about helping others from Mother Teresa that Christina likes and has expanded, “We cannot all do great things. However, we each can do small things with great love and passion.”
 
Christina Rodriguez Laskowski lives in Redwood City with her husband Daniel, their two kids, and dog Obi-Wan.  You can learn more at her campaign website, laskowskiforassembly.com .
 

 

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


Gas tax foes have alternative plan ready for ballot

By Alexei Koseff
Sacramento Bee
August 1, 2018

Whether or not voters this November approve an initiative to repeal recent increases to California fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, its proponents are already planning a sequel.

The campaign is preparing to introduce a ballot measure in September that would ensure fuel taxes, car sales taxes and truck weight fees are spent on transportation projects. Supporters hope to begin collecting signatures in November, shortly after the vote on Proposition 6, for the 2020 election.

Read More


 

Justices: Suit by Trump backers against San Jose police can proceed

By The Associated Press
July 27, 2018

A federal appeals court on Friday allowed supporters of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump to proceed with a lawsuit alleging they were beaten after San Jose police steered them into a crowd of anti-Trump protesters.

Police and the city of San Jose can’t claim that officers have immunity from being sued in the aftermath of the June 2016 confrontation outside a Trump campaign rally, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled.

Nineteen Trump supporters sued the city and individual police, alleging that officers guided them into a violent protest, barred them from finding a safer way out and then stood by while protesters assaulted them.

Read More


Diving into California’s shameful poverty crisis

By Dan Walters
CALmatters
July 22, 2019

Seven years ago, the Census Bureau began calculating poverty by a new “supplemental” method, responding to criticism that the half-century-old official poverty rate was too simplistic and inaccurate.

The new method quickly gained wide acceptance as much more accurate because it included more forms of income and, most importantly, adjustments for widely varying costs of living.

Almost immediately, California achieved the dubious distinction of having the nation’s highest poverty rate, mostly because of its high costs of living, especially housing. Currently, it’s still No. 1 with a 20.4 percent poverty rate, more than twice that of No. 50 Vermont.

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