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UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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Bay Area Republicans Achieve Election Victories

In cities, counties and special districts across the extended Bay Area, Republicans achieved election victories where outside observers might least expect. 

County parties endorsed candidates and provided support through electronic and direct mail, digital advertising, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing.  The Lincoln Club of Northern California as well as countless individual Republican donors provided financial support.  Grow Elect provided expertise and financial support to a number of Latino Republican candidates and officeholders.  Together, this remarkable community achieved election success in some of the “bluest” parts of California.

Check out the article below which highlights some of the newly elected Bay Area Republicans.  Visit our election results page for a more extensive list of Republicans who won or are leading for local office.

We extend a special thanks to all of those who helped achieve these results in a challenging election cycle.

 

Different Roads to Victory

 
Republican candidates with different backgrounds were newly elected to local offices on November 6th.  Here are a few of their stories.

 
In San Benito County Peter Hernandez won his race for county supervisor – by ten percentage points – defeating an opponent who had previously been the supervisor for eight years.  Peter is a small business owner and a trustee for the Hollister School District, and he also served as chair of the San Benito County Republican Party in 2015-16.  He was born and raised in Hollister, the youngest child of Latino immigrant parents.  Peter and his wife run their own business, the Ohana Shave Ice shop.
 
In Alameda County Jaime Patiño won a seat on the City Council in Union City, coming in ahead of two incumbents.  Jaime has worked as a university administrator, chaired the city’s Human Relations Commission, and been active in the community.  He ran for state asssembly four years ago and council two years ago, gaining experience and supporters along the way.
 
 
Anita Enander narrowly edged out the incumbent mayor to win the second of two seats available on the Los Altos City Council.  She said her “focus will be on resident interests and data-based policy making, restoring fiscal responsibility, and retaining exceptional small-town character throughout Los Altos.”  Anita has worked as a small business owner, a consultant, and a public-sector manager and served recently on the city’s Downtown Buildings Committee and the Planning Commission.
  
Marketing manager Lionel Largaespada has priorities for Benecia that include addressing rapidly rising water and sewer rates, investing in roadways, supporting public safety, and thinking strategically about economic development.  He continually seeks feedback to determine the needs of the community.  He serves in numerous ways, including as Chair of the city’s Economic Development Board, on the Design Committee for Benecia Main Street, and as a volunteer at his daughters’ schools.  After losing a city council race two years ago, he jumped right back in and won a city council this year.
 
Jim McLaughlin reached the rank of Chief at the California Highway Patrol, where he led the Enforcement and Planning Division.  He also served on the 2017-18 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, which issued a report about the Menlo Park Fire Protection District that includes Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and North Fair Oaks.  So Jim had lots of relevant public safety experience when he ran for the Fire District Board, and the voters elected him.
 
Robert Varich won a seat on the Campbell Union High School District board.  Robert has served for 15 years on the Moreland School Board, where he was elected four times and has served as Board President.  He also served until recently as Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee, where he’s a popular and enthusiastic member.  Varich overcame a nasty last-minute hit campaign.
 

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What the high-speed rail audit really means

By Jon Coupal
Press-Telegram
December 17, 2018

Although the midterm election was held on November 6th, the news media was absorbed for several weeks with undecided close races and the strength of the “blue wave,” especially here in California. Perhaps that is why a report from the Auditor of the State of California on the High Speed Rail Project issued the following week did not receive as much attention as it would otherwise warrant.

To understand just how damning the HSR audit was, just consider the subtitle:  “Flawed Decision Making and Poor Contract Management Have Contributed to Billions in Cost Overruns and Delays in the System’s Construction.” 

Read More


Sacramento Bee files complaint over Motor Voter records

By Bryan Anderson
Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert
December 6, 2018

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is refusing to turn over public documents that could shed light on problems with the state’s Motor Voter program, which launched earlier this year to automatically register people to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Motor Voter has come under fire after thousands of Californians were improperly registered to vote, and it remains unclear whether any non-citizens voted this year.

Read More


YAF Wins Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, UC Berkeley to Pay $70,000 and Rescind Unconstitutional Policies

By Spencer Brown
Young America’s Foundation
December 3, 2018

Following more than a year of hard-fought litigation in the hostile Ninth Circuit, Young America’s Foundation secured victory for free speech against the University of California, Berkeley. Through YAF’s lawsuit and subsequent settlement agreementexecuted over the weekend, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by Young America’s Foundation:

1) Pay Young America’s Foundation $70,000.

2) Rescind the unconstitutional “high-profile speaker policy.”

3) Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.

4) Abolish its heckler’s veto—protestors will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression. 

This landmark victory for free expression means UC Berkeley can no longer wantonly treat conservative students as second-class members of its community while ignoring the guaranteed protections of the First Amendment. 

Read More


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LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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GOP In the News


What the high-speed rail audit really means

By Jon Coupal
Press-Telegram
December 17, 2018

Although the midterm election was held on November 6th, the news media was absorbed for several weeks with undecided close races and the strength of the “blue wave,” especially here in California. Perhaps that is why a report from the Auditor of the State of California on the High Speed Rail Project issued the following week did not receive as much attention as it would otherwise warrant.

To understand just how damning the HSR audit was, just consider the subtitle:  “Flawed Decision Making and Poor Contract Management Have Contributed to Billions in Cost Overruns and Delays in the System’s Construction.” 

Read More


Sacramento Bee files complaint over Motor Voter records

By Bryan Anderson
Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert
December 6, 2018

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla is refusing to turn over public documents that could shed light on problems with the state’s Motor Voter program, which launched earlier this year to automatically register people to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Motor Voter has come under fire after thousands of Californians were improperly registered to vote, and it remains unclear whether any non-citizens voted this year.

Read More


Bay Area Republicans Achieve Election Victories

In cities, counties and special districts across the extended Bay Area, Republicans achieved election victories where outside observers might least expect. 

County parties endorsed candidates and provided support through electronic and direct mail, digital advertising, phone banks and door-to-door canvassing.  The Lincoln Club of Northern California as well as countless individual Republican donors provided financial support.  Grow Elect provided expertise and financial support to a number of Latino Republican candidates and officeholders.  Together, this remarkable community achieved election success in some of the “bluest” parts of California.

Check out the article below which highlights some of the newly elected Bay Area Republicans.  Visit our election results page for a more extensive list of Republicans who won or are leading for local office.

We extend a special thanks to all of those who helped achieve these results in a challenging election cycle.

Different Roads to Victory

 
Republican candidates with different backgrounds were newly elected to local offices on November 6th.  Here are a few of their stories.
 
In San Benito County Peter Hernandez won his race for county supervisor – by ten percentage points – defeating an opponent who had previously been the supervisor for eight years.  Peter is a small business owner and a trustee for the Hollister School District, and he also served as chair of the San Benito County Republican Party in 2015-16.  He was born and raised in Hollister, the youngest child of Latino immigrant parents.  Peter and his wife run their own business, the Ohana Shave Ice shop.
 
In Alameda County Jaime Patiño won a seat on the City Council in Union City, coming in ahead of two incumbents.  Jaime has worked as a university administrator, chaired the city’s Human Relations Commission, and been active in the community.  He ran for state asssembly four years ago and council two years ago, gaining experience and supporters along the way.
 
Anita Enander narrowly edged out the incumbent mayor to win the second of two seats available on the Los Altos City Council.  She said her “focus will be on resident interests and data-based policy making, restoring fiscal responsibility, and retaining exceptional small-town character throughout Los Altos.”  Anita has worked as a small business owner, a consultant, and a public-sector manager and served recently on the city’s Downtown Buildings Committee and the Planning Commission.
  
Marketing manager Lionel Largaespada has priorities for Benecia that include addressing rapidly rising water and sewer rates, investing in roadways, supporting public safety, and thinking strategically about economic development.  He continually seeks feedback to determine the needs of the community.  He serves in numerous ways, including as Chair of the city’s Economic Development Board, on the Design Committee for Benecia Main Street, and as a volunteer at his daughters’ schools.  After losing a city council race two years ago, he jumped right back in and won a city council this year.
 
Jim McLaughlin reached the rank of Chief at the California Highway Patrol, where he led the Enforcement and Planning Division.  He also served on the 2017-18 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, which issued a report about the Menlo Park Fire Protection District that includes Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and North Fair Oaks.  So Jim had lots of relevant public safety experience when he ran for the Fire District Board, and the voters elected him.
 
Robert Varich won a seat on the Campbell Union High School District board.  Robert has served for 15 years on the Moreland School Board, where he was elected four times and has served as Board President.  He also served until recently as Vice Chair of the Santa Clara County Republican Central Committee, where he’s a popular and enthusiastic member.  Varich overcame a nasty last-minute hit campaign.
 

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


YAF Wins Landmark Free Speech Lawsuit, UC Berkeley to Pay $70,000 and Rescind Unconstitutional Policies

By Spencer Brown
Young America’s Foundation
December 3, 2018

Following more than a year of hard-fought litigation in the hostile Ninth Circuit, Young America’s Foundation secured victory for free speech against the University of California, Berkeley. Through YAF’s lawsuit and subsequent settlement agreementexecuted over the weekend, UC Berkeley agreed to the following terms set by Young America’s Foundation:

1) Pay Young America’s Foundation $70,000.

2) Rescind the unconstitutional “high-profile speaker policy.”

3) Rescind the viewpoint-discriminatory security fee policy.

4) Abolish its heckler’s veto—protestors will no longer be able to shut down conservative expression. 

Read More


The thrills and chills of a Democratic supermajority

By Editorial Board
Sacramento Bee
November 29, 2018

A blue-wave blowout in California has swept Democrats into total and unchecked control of state government, and that carries both risks and opportunities.

There are opportunities to do difficult things, including the long-elusive goal of many in both parties to reform the California Environmental Quality Act, CEQA. There are risks that new and higher taxes may be imposed without debate or restraint.

Read More


Second-largest CA firm may be preparing for move to Texas

By Chris Reed
CalWatchdog.com
November 19, 2018

California could be on the brink of one of its biggest corporate defections yet with the signs that McKesson Corp. – the pharmaceutical giant that is sixth on the Fortune 500 list – is preparing to move its headquarters from San Francisco to the Dallas area.

Apple is the only California company that’s bigger than McKesson, which has 75,000-plus employees and had $198 billion in annual revenue last fiscal year.

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