Publisher’s Message: 10 Reasons to Vote Democrats Out After the Gas Tax Vote
Feature Article: Peter Verbica to Lead CA Congress of Republicans
- CoCo Taxpayers Association Presents Joe Canciamilla
Friday, May 26, 2017 / 7:45 am – Denny’s Restaurant, 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord
- Commonwealth Club Presents Trump’s Next 100 Days
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco
- Summer Celebration with Assembly Member Baker
Saturday, June 10, 2017 / 5:00 pm – Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton
- Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Justice Clint Bolick
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 / 6:15 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View
- Blackhawk RWF Luncheon Meeting Featuring Shirley Mark
Thursday, June 15, 2017 / 11:15 am – Blackhawk Country Club – Main Dining Room, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
- SPARC Dinner Featuring Kristin Olsen
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
- California Trailblazers Communications Training
Saturday, June 24, 2017 / N/A – Location provided upon RSVP, , Burbank
- San Francisco GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner with John Bolton
Thursday, August 17, 2017 / TBD – Location to be announced., , San Francisco
- SVARW Annual Stars and Stripes Gala
Saturday, August 26, 2017 / 5:00 pm – Estate of Suzanna Cody and Ron Hills, Address available upon RSVP, Saratoga
- California Trailblazers Campaign Training
Saturday, October 7, 2017 / N/A – Location provided upon RSVP, , Orange County
- CRP Fall 2017 Convention
Friday, October 20, 2017 / N/A – Anaheim Marriott, 700 W Convention Way, Anaheim
- California Trailblazers Campaign Training
Saturday, December 9, 2017 / N/A – Location provided upon RSVP, , Sacramento
Latest News on Suppression of Free Speech at UC Berkeley
Many thanks to attorney Harmeet Dhillon who is keeping us informed on the lawsuit she filed regarding UC Berkeley’s unconstitutional suppression of conservative speech on campus.
Click here to view the post containing the lawsuit filed on April 24, 2017 and correspondence with UC Berkeley’s counsel.
California Republican Party Chair Jim Brulte appealed to Governor Brown and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom as Ex Officio Members of the Board of Regents of the University of California to use their influence to ensure free speech for conservatives on campus.
10 Reasons To Vote Democrats Out After They Raised Taxes By $52 Billion
- Over the last five years, the legislature diverted transportation funds earmarked for road repair to other purposes, and then told Californians they need to pay higher taxes for road repair.
- Existing road repair funds are still being diverted.
- California drivers already pay one of the highest gas taxes in the nation.
- Almost $1 billion per year of SB 1 funds will not be spent on roads and will go to other projects.
- In addition to the 12 cent increase in the gas tax, SB 1 added on another 7 cents per gallon that was buried in the bill’s fine print and not generally reported or understood.
- SB 1 included an inflation adjustment for the gas tax beginning in 2020 so taxes will go up automatically, in perpetuity, without a vote of the legislature, much less the 2/3 vote required by prop 13.
- Even though California suffers from the worst traffic in the nation, almost none of the $52 billion in tax increases will go toward building additional lanes for traffic relief.
- The bill was jammed through the legislature without the normal hearing and public input process which would have allowed individuals affected by the tax increases to be heard.
- Democratic leaders had to promise nearly $1 billion in backroom deals for wavering legislators just to get the votes to pass the bill.
- It’s a $52 billion tax increase that makes California even more unaffordable for middle and working class families.
Peter Verbica Leads the California Congress of Republicans
The Bay Area’s Peter Verbica has been elected by the California Congress of Republicans to serve as its new state president for the next two years. He was elected unanimously at the recent state convention held in Burbank.
The California Congress of Republicans (CCR) is a grassroots political organization, founded in 1989 and permanently chartered by the California Republican Party. It has local chapters around the state.
In addition to usual Republican political goals, one of Peter Verbica’s major goals is more inclusion. He said, “We envision an inclusive Republican Party in California. We are the party of hope and opportunity for all Californians. We know what works and we have clearly seen what doesn’t work. Californians want a clear path to the best schools, reasonable gasoline and income taxes, dams and roads which are maintained, and land use policies which allow for affordable homes.”
Another goal is educational: “CCR is out to vigorously educate the public on critical issues, including how costs spiral upwards in higher education, housing and transportation because of government’s restriction of supply.”
Verbica points out that “California has some of the worst schools in the nation, the highest levels of poverty, a crumbling infrastructure, high gasoline, sales and income taxes, and restrictive land use policies which drive down supply and increase housing costs.”
Peter Coe Verbica is the current president of SPARC (South Peninsula Area Republican Coaltion), one of the most active CCR units. Professionally, he is a senior financial advisor and assistant vice president at a prominent wealth management company in Silicon Valley. He is also an adjunct professor in the Economics Department at San Jose State, where he teaches a popular “Principles of Investments” course.
Mr. Verbica has served the community on various non-profit boards and committees, including KTEH-TV, DeSaisset Museum, Bellarmine College Preparatory’s Board of Fellows, Boy Scouts, the Santa Cruz Ballet Theatre, Rotary Club of Santa Cruz and others.
Peter Verbica grew up on a cattle ranch in the hills of Northern California. He graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose. He earned his BA at Santa Clara University, a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law, and an MS at MIT.
His family donated the heart of Henry W. Coe, Jr. State Park, which is now California’s second largest state park. It’s located in the hills east of Morgan Hill and is named after Peter’s great grandfather.
Peter is an unabashed advocate of cowboy culture and enjoys creative writing, hiking, and tennis. He is married and has four daughters. He’s proud that his oldest daughter served in the US Navy and that his second daughter is helping with deforestation issues in the Panamanian rain forest with the Smithsonian Institution.
Other Bay Area Republicans elected at the CCR convention are Division Vice Presidents George Yang and Steve Brown. You can learn more about the California Congress of Republicans at their website, www.ccr-gop.org.
GOP IN THE NEWS
By Drew Gregory Lynch
April 24, 2017
Young America’s Foundation and the University of California Berkeley College Republicans have filed a lawsuit after the school canceled an upcoming speech by conservative author Ann Coulter, arguing the action violates the students’ constitutional right to free speech.
“Though UC Berkeley promises its students an environment that promotes free debate and the free exchange of ideas, it had breached this promise through the repressive actions of University administrators and campus police, who have systematically and intentionally suppressed constitutionally-protected expression,” the suit reads.
By Jim Brulte
Special to The Bee
April 14, 2017
One-party rule has ruined California.
California was once held up as the gold standard of progress and achievement. Previous generations built a great highway system connecting the coast to the Valley and the mountains beyond. Previous generations designed and built the State Water Project. This water infrastructure made cities in the desert flourish. Previous generations built a public education system that was the envy of the world.
By Assem. Chad Mayes
Orange County Register
April 13, 2017
During my time in the Assembly, I’ve witnessed some remarkable displays of bipartisanship.
Just last year, members of the Legislature came together to cast a tough vote that guaranteed funding for the developmentally disabled and helped our most vulnerable neighbors. This achievement demonstrated that, when motivated, lawmakers can rise above partisan politics to create sound public policy. I hoped that the Legislature had finally turned the corner in putting the needs of ordinary people above special interests, lobbyists and professional influencers.
Sadly, I was proven wrong this month when Gov. Jerry Brown and capitol Democrats rammed a costly and ineffective transportation plan through the Legislature with little public input or support.