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CAGOP Initiatives Committee Recommends Positions on November Ballot Measures

The Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party met virtually on July 23 and recommended positions on measures that will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

The Committee recommended support for Proposition 20, the Keep California Safe Initiative. Prop 20 expands the list of violent crimes for which early release is not an option and makes serial theft a felony. Its reforms roll back some of the excesses of the AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57 that have driven an increase in crimes, particularly car break-ins and shoplifting, in California communities.

The Committee also recommended support of Proposition 22 which allows app-based drivers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, to continue to work flexibly as independent contractors providing transportation alternatives to Californians at a time when public transportation is often a safety risk.

The Committee recommended that Californians oppose Proposition 15, the “split roll” initiative, which would increase property tax assessments on most commercial property in the state.  These taxes would ultimately by paid by small businesses and consumers a time when most are reeling under the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19.

The Committee also recommended opposition to Proposition 16 which would reintroduce racial discrimination in public education, employment and contracting, something that was prohibited under Prop 209 passed by California voters in 1996.

Perhaps the most confusing measure on the ballot, Proposition 25 is a referendum on the legislature’s recent replacement of cash bail with a government run risk assessment system.  The Committee recommended voting “NO”, which would have the effect of restoring cash bail as a means to guarantee that individuals accused of a crime will appear in court when required.

For a complete list of the Committee’s recommendations please visit the November Ballot Measure page of this website.

The California Republican Party has announced that all CRP delegates will receive a mail ballot asking them to approve the Committee recommendations.  The ballots must be returned to the CRP headquarters or postmarked by Thursday, August 20, in order to be counted.

Please also check our events list for dates and times of upcoming programs on several of the most important ballot measures.

 

 

Napa’s Carlos Santamaria Runs for North Bay State Senate Seat

Businessman Carlos Santamaria wants to go to Sacramento to protect the civil liberties of the people, to provide balance in the State Senate, and to apply his business experience to help small businesses and workers at the same time.  He’s running for the State Senate in the North Bay’s District 3.

For over 25 years Santamaria has been a leader in operating and upgrading commercial buildings and particularly in improving energy efficiency in them.  He has run his own

company, served in various leadership positions, and provided his expertise to business, government, and international clients.  He believes the state legislature needs leaders that understand and support small businesses.

Carlos Santamaria also works with Bay Area community colleges in workforce development, developing training programs and internships in his industry.  High performance buildings require technically skilled people to run them, providing many opportunities for good jobs in facilities management and maintenance.  One of his priority issues is to increase industry participation in career technical education and internships; this will provide needed workers to businesses and good jobs to students and workers.

With regard to other issues Santamaria believes that workforce development can also help address homelessness, for those who are homeless from job loss.  He thinks that providing technical training for needed jobs can get homeless people employed again.  With regard to police issues, he says that, “Our law enforcement is essential.  A few officers have made serious mistakes, but what has happened is not representative of our country.”  He says that the data show a plurality of Americans believe the government’s Covid-19 response has been an overreaction. He says that, “99% of the people survive” the disease.  He points out that if we dealt with heart disease the way we deal with Covid, we would shut down every fast food restaurant.

The Third State Senate District includes all of Napa and Solano Counties, most of Yolo, part of Sonoma County, and bits of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties.  Its cities include Vallejo, Napa, Petaluma, Fairfield, and Davis, among others. (See the map.)

Carlos Santamaria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Torrance.  He received an AA degree focused on Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration from El Camino Community College.  He came to the Bay Area, and while raising a family and working full time, he earned a BA in Business from Saint Mary’s College and later an MBA from the University of San Francisco.

He also holds a real estate broker’s license, is a LEED Accredited Professional in green building, and has been a licensed general contractor.  One of his most impressive projects was doing an energy efficiency audit on the Shanghai Tower, then the 2nd tallest building in the world.

Santamaria has also been active in his industry and community.  He serves on the board of the International Facility Management Association Foundation, has chaired an energy and environment committee of the Building Owners & Managers Association, and participated in an advisory group to the California Energy Commission, among other groups.  He volunteers at the Yountville Veterans Home.  He recently served as the Vice Chair of the Napa County Republican Party.

Carlos lives in Napa with his wife Karine and between them, they have two adult sons and a daughter.  Carlos and Karine enjoy travelling together.  You can learn more about Carlos Santamaria’s campaign on his campaign website, www.electsantamaria.com or contact him at carlos@electsantamaria.com.

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Democratic Legislators Caught Removing Dozens of Latinos from Redistricting Commission Pool

San Diego News Desk
August 7, 2020

The inability of California legislators to effectively find finalists for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has led to fewer Latino applicants being chosen, according to a study released by researchers from USC, the University of Houston, and the University of Minnesota.

The study examined racial and ethnic diversity in the process of choosing commission members. This year, legislators struck seven of the 14 Latino finalists before the random selection of finalists, which was made by the California State Auditor on July 2.

According to the study, 24 of the 60 finalists were eliminated by legislative strikes, and shockingly, almost all of the finalists who were eliminated—by Democrats—were Latinos.

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California’s Woke Hypocrisy

By Joel Kotkin
City Journal
July 29, 2020

No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State’s leaders believe that they lead a progressive paradise, ushering in what theorists Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca call “a new progressive era.” Others see California as deserving of nationhood; it reflects, as a New York Times columnist put it, “the shared values of our increasingly tolerant and pluralistic society.”

In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to defund the police—a move applauded by Senator Kamala Harris, a prospective Democratic vice presidential candidate, despite the city’s steep rise in homicides. San Francisco mayor London Breed wants to do the same in her increasingly crime-ridden, disordered city. This follows state attorney general Xavier Becerra’s numerous immigration-related lawsuits against the Trump administration, even as his state has become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants—complete with driver’s licenses for some 1 million and free health care.

Despite these progressive intentions, Hispanics and African-Americans—some 45 percent of California’s total population—fare worse in the state than almost anywhere nationwide.

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California Doubles Down on Unworkable Data Privacy Law During Second COVID Shutdown

By Bartlett Cleland
CPO Magazine
July 23, 2020

Businesses were ordered to close. Schools were shuttered. People were told to stay home. Many believed that in a week or two life for the most part would return to normal and that COVID would be a bad memory.

Now, four months later, California has not just halted reopening but is reversing course. As people and businesses strained under the stress of emotional and economic turmoil, the state – without missing a beat – began to pile on new regulations. Unfortunately, people and innovation will pay the price.

The California Consumer Privacy Act, a massive consumer privacy regulation, was forced through the state legislature in 2018. The law was so problematic and ill-written that an enforcement date had to be set two years in the future so that whole paragraphs of ambiguous language could be addressed. The mechanisms for expanded policing and enforcement on the internet had to be determined. Unaffordable compliance costs for every website that can be viewed in California had to be considered as well.

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Democratic Legislators Caught Removing Dozens of Latinos from Redistricting Commission Pool

San Diego News Desk
August 7, 2020

The inability of California legislators to effectively find finalists for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission has led to fewer Latino applicants being chosen, according to a study released by researchers from USC, the University of Houston, and the University of Minnesota.

The study examined racial and ethnic diversity in the process of choosing commission members. This year, legislators struck seven of the 14 Latino finalists before the random selection of finalists, which was made by the California State Auditor on July 2.

According to the study, 24 of the 60 finalists were eliminated by legislative strikes, and shockingly, almost all of the finalists who were eliminated—by Democrats—were Latinos.

Read More


California’s Woke Hypocrisy

By Joel Kotkin
City Journal
July 29, 2020

No state wears its multicultural veneer more ostentatiously than California. The Golden State’s leaders believe that they lead a progressive paradise, ushering in what theorists Laura Tyson and Lenny Mendonca call “a new progressive era.” Others see California as deserving of nationhood; it reflects, as a New York Times columnist put it, “the shared values of our increasingly tolerant and pluralistic society.”

In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced plans to defund the police—a move applauded by Senator Kamala Harris, a prospective Democratic vice presidential candidate, despite the city’s steep rise in homicides. San Francisco mayor London Breed wants to do the same in her increasingly crime-ridden, disordered city. This follows state attorney general Xavier Becerra’s numerous immigration-related lawsuits against the Trump administration, even as his state has become a sanctuary for illegal immigrants—complete with driver’s licenses for some 1 million and free health care.

Despite these progressive intentions, Hispanics and African-Americans—some 45 percent of California’s total population—fare worse in the state than almost anywhere nationwide.

Read More


CAGOP Initiatives Committee Recommends Positions on November Ballot Measures

The Initiatives Committee of the California Republican Party met virtually on July 23 and recommended positions on measures that will appear on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

The Committee recommended support for Proposition 20, the Keep California Safe Initiative. Prop 20 expands the list of violent crimes for which early release is not an option and makes serial theft a felony. Its reforms roll back some of the excesses of the AB 109, Prop 47 and Prop 57 that have driven an increase in crimes, particularly car break-ins and shoplifting, in California communities.

The Committee also recommended support of Proposition 22 which allows app-based drivers, such as Uber and Lyft drivers, to continue to work flexibly as independent contractors providing transportation alternatives to Californians at a time when public transportation is often a safety risk.

The Committee recommended that Californians oppose Proposition 15, the “split roll” initiative, which would increase property tax assessments on most commercial property in the state.  These taxes would ultimately by paid by small businesses and consumers a time when most are reeling under the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19.

The Committee also recommended opposition to Proposition 16 which would reintroduce racial discrimination in public education, employment and contracting, something that was prohibited under Prop 209 passed by California voters in 1996.

Perhaps the most confusing measure on the ballot, Proposition 25 is a referendum on the legislature’s recent replacement of cash bail with a government run risk assessment system.  The Committee recommended voting “NO”, which would have the effect of restoring cash bail as a means to guarantee that individuals accused of a crime will appear in court when required.

For a complete list of the Committee’s recommendations please visit the November Ballot Measure page of this website.

The California Republican Party has announced that all CRP delegates will receive a mail ballot asking them to approve the Committee recommendations.  The ballots must be returned to the CRP headquarters or postmarked by Thursday, August 20, in order to be counted.

Please also check our events list for dates and times of upcoming programs on several of the most important ballot measures.

 


Napa’s Carlos Santamaria Runs for North Bay State Senate Seat

Businessman Carlos Santamaria wants to go to Sacramento to protect the civil liberties of the people, to provide balance in the State Senate, and to apply his business experience to help small businesses and workers at the same time.  He’s running for the State Senate in the North Bay’s District 3.

For over 25 years Santamaria has been a leader in operating and upgrading commercial buildings and particularly in improving energy efficiency in them.  He has run his own

company, served in various leadership positions, and provided his expertise to business, government, and international clients.  He believes the state legislature needs leaders that understand and support small businesses.

Carlos Santamaria also works with Bay Area community colleges in workforce development, developing training programs and internships in his industry.  High performance buildings require technically skilled people to run them, providing many opportunities for good jobs in facilities management and maintenance.  One of his priority issues is to increase industry participation in career technical education and internships; this will provide needed workers to businesses and good jobs to students and workers.

With regard to other issues Santamaria believes that workforce development can also help address homelessness, for those who are homeless from job loss.  He thinks that providing technical training for needed jobs can get homeless people employed again.  With regard to police issues, he says that, “Our law enforcement is essential.  A few officers have made serious mistakes, but what has happened is not representative of our country.”  He says that the data show a plurality of Americans believe the government’s Covid-19 response has been an overreaction. He says that, “99% of the people survive” the disease.  He points out that if we dealt with heart disease the way we deal with Covid, we would shut down every fast food restaurant.

The Third State Senate District includes all of Napa and Solano Counties, most of Yolo, part of Sonoma County, and bits of Contra Costa and Sacramento Counties.  Its cities include Vallejo, Napa, Petaluma, Fairfield, and Davis, among others. (See the map.)

Carlos Santamaria was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Torrance.  He received an AA degree focused on Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration from El Camino Community College.  He came to the Bay Area, and while raising a family and working full time, he earned a BA in Business from Saint Mary’s College and later an MBA from the University of San Francisco. 

He also holds a real estate broker’s license, is a LEED Accredited Professional in green building, and has been a licensed general contractor.  One of his most impressive projects was doing an energy efficiency audit on the Shanghai Tower, then the 2nd tallest building in the world.

Santamaria has also been active in his industry and community.  He serves on the board of the International Facility Management Association Foundation, has chaired an energy and environment committee of the Building Owners & Managers Association, and participated in an advisory group to the California Energy Commission, among other groups.  He volunteers at the Yountville Veterans Home.  He recently served as the Vice Chair of the Napa County Republican Party.

Carlos lives in Napa with his wife Karine and between them, they have two adult sons and a daughter.  Carlos and Karine enjoy travelling together.  You can learn more about Carlos Santamaria’s campaign on his campaign website, www.electsantamaria.com or contact him at carlos@electsantamaria.com.

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California Doubles Down on Unworkable Data Privacy Law During Second COVID Shutdown

By Bartlett Cleland
CPO Magazine
July 23, 2020

Businesses were ordered to close. Schools were shuttered. People were told to stay home. Many believed that in a week or two life for the most part would return to normal and that COVID would be a bad memory.

Now, four months later, California has not just halted reopening but is reversing course. As people and businesses strained under the stress of emotional and economic turmoil, the state – without missing a beat – began to pile on new regulations. Unfortunately, people and innovation will pay the price.

The California Consumer Privacy Act, a massive consumer privacy regulation, was forced through the state legislature in 2018. The law was so problematic and ill-written that an enforcement date had to be set two years in the future so that whole paragraphs of ambiguous language could be addressed. The mechanisms for expanded policing and enforcement on the internet had to be determined. Unaffordable compliance costs for every website that can be viewed in California had to be considered as well.

Read More


High living costs make people poor

By Dan Walters
CalMatters
July 19, 2020

There’s no question that the COVID-19 pandemic and the severe recession it spawned are widening California’s economic divide.

California already had the nation’s highest rate of functional poverty before this year began, as calculated by the Census Bureau using cost-of-living as well as income data, with nearly 20% of the state’s 40 million people impoverished. The Public Policy Institute of California calculates that another fifth of Californians are in “near-poverty.”

That was true even when California’s economy was booming, before COVID-19 and recession reared their ugly heads.

Low-income, non-white Californians are more likely to be infected with the coronavirus, more likely to become unemployed, and more likely to become homeless as their incomes shrink. Therefore, it’s inescapably logical that pandemic is making the poor even poorer.

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Prop. 13 is working, reject Prop. 15

By Jon Coupal & Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr.
The Press-Enterprise
July 18, 2020

Come November, Proposition 13 faces its biggest political battle at the ballot box. It is instructive to ask whether that iconic tax affordability measure remains good tax policy for California.

As the just-released property tax assessments rolls from several California counties reveal, Proposition 13 is working exceedingly well at keeping homeowners and small business owners from losing their properties to skyrocketing property taxes, while delivering government a reliable source of revenue. Voters would be foolish to repeal one of its major protections this November.

Take San Diego County, for example. The assessed value of all taxable property increased to a record high $604.75 billion, more than a five percent increase over last year. Because the state-set “lien date” is January 1st, any potential impact from COVID-19 won’t show up in this year’s numbers. Nonetheless, there is little to suggest that the county will see any major downturn in the real estate market, notwithstanding the pandemic.

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