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California Congress of Republicans Expands Its Bay Area Presence

The California Congress of Republicans, a permanently chartered statewide Republican volunteer organization, is growing rapidly and making its presence felt in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The past year has seen the addition of three new chapters in the greater Bay Area.  The Villages Republican Club in South San Jose recently joined CCR and has announced San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis as this month’s guest speaker.

The newly established East Valley Congress of Republicans includes members from Southern Alameda and Eastside Santa Clara Counties.  CRP Vice Chair Peter Kuo and CCR President Peter Verbica were featured speakers at the March meeting.

At its February endorsing convention, CCR backed then candidate for CRP chair Jessica Patterson and chartered the Central Coast Congress of Republicans covering Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. 

CCR’s longest standing Bay Area chapter, SPARC, draws its membership from the Santa Clara and San Mateo Peninsula.  Its high-profile speakers have included candidate Carly Fiorina, past Secretary of State George Shultz and Cisco Chairman John Chambers.  CALmatters CEO Neil Chase will be the speaker at its April 17 dinner meeting in Los Altos Hills.

In addition to providing social and educational opportunities, SPARC participated in the 2018 SVGOP get-out-the-vote program by volunteering and making calls at the phone bank at county GOP headquarters.  SPARC recruited volunteers and made calls for five GOP candidates, three of which won their election.  Those winners were Anita Enander for Los Altos City Council, Robert Varich for Campbell Union High School District and Peter Fung for El Camino Hospital Board.

To learn more about the California Congress of Republicans and their chapters, visit ccr-gop.com.

Marie Waldron, Shannon Grove, Jessica Patterson are New Republican Leaders

Republicans in California recently elected three new leaders, choosing Marie Waldron as Assembly Republican Leader, Shannon Grove as Senate Republican Leader, and Jessica Patterson as California Republican Party Chair.
 
Marie Waldron was elected leader in November after Brian Dahle stepped down to run for state senate in the district vacated by Ted Gaines when he won election to the state Board of Equalization.  Waldron was first elected to represent the 75th Assembly District in 2012.  The district includes northern San Diego County and a little of Riverside County. In the Assembly she has been active in healthcare issues, including opioid and mental health issues.
 
When asked by the Voice of San Diego what the Republican Party in California should look like after November’s losses, Marie Waldron replied, “Certainly, we need to appeal to new constituencies by finding new ways to communicate how Republican policies benefit them. We have very good value systems, and I don’t think we’ve done a good job in the past decades of actually communicating that well and we’ve allowed others to identify us.”
 
Before being elected to the Assembly, Waldron served 14 years on the Escondido City Council, “fighting for public safety, budget stability and neighborhood revitalization.” Marie and her husband Steve have operated a business, Top End Tees Screenprinting and Apparel, for over 25 years.
 
Earlier, Marie Waldron had worked with the Promotions department of the New York Mets and Times Mirror Cable TV in San Diego. She earned her B.S. degree at St. John’s University and did graduate work at UC San Diego and San Diego State. Marie and Steve have one son.
  
Senator Shannon Grove was elected Senate Republican Leader in January and took office March 1, succeeding Senator Patricia Bates. Grove served in the Assembly from 2010 to 2016. She was elected to the state Senate in 2018, from the 16th Senate District, which includes the southeastern portion of the Central Valley and the high desert in eastern San Bernardino County. She represents most of Bakersfield.
 
Grove says, “It’s not a secret that I am a social and fiscal conservative. It’s who I am. Some people in the caucus and in the building don’t align with that same philosophy that I have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work together and solve problems.”
 
Senator Shannon Grove’s priorities include water, reducing red tape for business, reforming broken laws that let attorneys extort local businesses, and defending those with developmental disabilities. She is the first woman veteran elected to serve in the California Legislature.
 
Shannon Grove was born and raised in Kern County, the daughter of a single mother. After graduating from Arvin High School, she joined the U.S. Army and was serving in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. She and her sister-in-law started a staffing company in 1993, and she has served as CEO. Shannon and her husband Rick are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.

 

Jessica Millan Patterson was elected California Republican Party Chair at the statewide organizing convention on February 24 in Sacramento. She won with a solid majority in a three candidate race. You can read the recent article about her in the BayAreaGOP Newsletter archives here.
 

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Will California’s taxpayers ever pay enough?

By Jon Coupal
Press-Telegram Opinion
April 7, 2019

Every day it seems like the California Legislature careens further off the rails, and we’re not just talking about the state’s infamous high speed rail project. The rapidity of tax increase proposals that would punish both citizen and business taxpayers is breathtaking. Particularly astounding is the fact that new revenue simply isn’t needed given our highest-in-the-nation income tax rate, state sales tax rate and a litany of other tax metrics that cause residents of other states to fall to their knees in gratitude that they don’t live here. (That is especially true for the millions of former Californians who have escaped to lower tax states).

Even more ironic is that these tax increase proposals are being advanced in a state with a massive $15 billion budget surplus and a recent series of corporate IPOs that will bring billions more into state coffers. When is enough enough?

Read More


Google taps Heritage Foundation president for advisory role, employees revolt

Lincoln Network
Lincoln Letters
April 5, 2019

Google recently invited Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, to be a conservative voice on their new ethics advisory board. In short order, more than 1,200 employees signed a petition calling on the company to withdraw the offer. According to Lincoln Network’s co-founder, Garrett Johnson, Google has put itself between a “rock and a hard place.” Cat Zakrzewski, a tech policy reporter for The Washington Post, explains that the company included James as a means of addressing conservative concerns of bias in the search engine. If Google gives into the internal pressure and removes her from the board, it will give the appearance that it does, in fact, have an anti-conservative bias. Johnson said of the controversy, “if tech companies claim that they want to build platforms that encourage thoughtful debate and empathy, but they cannot achieve that within their own workforces, what does it say about their ability to build these forums?”

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Date rape isn’t a violent crime in California. Seriously

By Nina Salarno Besselman
Special to CALmatters
April 2, 2019

Under current California law, more than 20 clearly violent crimes aren’t classified as violent, including rape of an unconscious person, trafficking a child for prostitution, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

You can pimp a child for sex, beat a spouse or rape a young woman who passes out at a frat party, and it’s not considered a violent offense under state law, and that’s offensive.

This was a dangerous flaw with Proposition 57, which California voters approved in 2016 by a wide margin, after being reassured by its proponents that the measure would apply only to non-violent offenders, and that only those inmates who posed no threat to public safety would be released from prison early.  

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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 Congress of Republicans Expands Its Bay Area Presence

The California Congress of Republicans, a permanently chartered statewide Republican volunteer organization, is growing rapidly and making its presence felt in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

The past year has seen the addition of three new chapters in the greater Bay Area.  The Villages Republican Club in South San Jose recently joined CCR and has announced San Jose City Councilman Johnny Khamis as this month’s guest speaker.

The newly established East Valley Congress of Republicans includes members from Southern Alameda and Eastside Santa Clara Counties.  CRP Vice Chair Peter Kuo and CCR President Peter Verbica were featured speakers at the March meeting.

At its February endorsing convention, CCR backed then candidate for CRP chair Jessica Patterson and chartered the Central Coast Congress of Republicans covering Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. 

CCR’s longest standing Bay Area chapter, SPARC, draws its membership from the Santa Clara and San Mateo Peninsula.  Its high-profile speakers have included candidate Carly Fiorina, past Secretary of State George Shultz and Cisco Chairman John Chambers.  CALmatters CEO Neil Chase will be the speaker at its April 17 dinner meeting in Los Altos Hills.

In addition to providing social and educational opportunities, SPARC participated in the 2018 SVGOP get-out-the-vote program by volunteering and making calls at the phone bank at county GOP headquarters.  SPARC recruited volunteers and made calls for five GOP candidates, three of which won their election.  Those winners were Anita Enander for Los Altos City Council, Robert Varich for Campbell Union High School District and Peter Fung for El Camino Hospital Board.

To learn more about the California Congress of Republicans and their chapters, visit ccr-gop.com.

Marie Waldron, Shannon Grove, Jessica Patterson are New Republican Leaders

Republicans in California recently elected three new leaders, choosing Marie Waldron as Assembly Republican Leader, Shannon Grove as Senate Republican Leader, and Jessica Patterson as California Republican Party Chair.
 
Marie Waldron was elected leader in November after Brian Dahle stepped down to run for state senate in the district vacated by Ted Gaines when he won election to the state Board of Equalization. Waldron was first elected to represent the 75th Assembly District in 2012. The district includes northern San Diego County and a little of Riverside County. In the Assembly she has been active in healthcare issues, including opioid and mental health issues.
 
When asked by the Voice of San Diego what the Republican Party in California should look like after November’s losses, Marie Waldron replied, “Certainly, we need to appeal to new constituencies by finding new ways to communicate how Republican policies benefit them. We have very good value systems, and I don’t think we’ve done a good job in the past decades of actually communicating that well and we’ve allowed others to identify us.”
 
Before being elected to the Assembly, Waldron served 14 years on the Escondido City Council, “fighting for public safety, budget stability and neighborhood revitalization.” Marie and her husband Steve have operated a business, Top End Tees Screenprinting and Apparel, for over 25 years.
 
Earlier, Marie Waldron had worked with the Promotions department of the New York Mets and Times Mirror Cable TV in San Diego. She earned her B.S. degree at St. John’s University and did graduate work at UC San Diego and San Diego State. Marie and Steve have one son.
  
Senator Shannon Grove was elected Senate Republican Leader in January and took office March 1, succeeding Senator Patricia Bates. Grove served in the Assembly from 2010 to 2016. She was elected to the state Senate in 2018, from the 16th Senate District, which includes the southeastern portion of the Central Valley and the high desert in eastern San Bernardino County. She represents most of Bakersfield.
 
Grove says, “It’s not a secret that I am a social and fiscal conservative. It’s who I am. Some people in the caucus and in the building don’t align with that same philosophy that I have. But that doesn’t mean you can’t work together and solve problems.”
 
Senator Shannon Grove’s priorities include water, reducing red tape for business, reforming broken laws that let attorneys extort local businesses, and defending those with developmental disabilities. She is the first woman veteran elected to serve in the California Legislature.
 
Shannon Grove was born and raised in Kern County, the daughter of a single mother. After graduating from Arvin High School, she joined the U.S. Army and was serving in Germany when the Berlin Wall came down. She and her sister-in-law started a staffing company in 1993, and she has served as CEO. Shannon and her husband Rick are the proud parents of five children and six grandchildren.
 
Jessica Millan Patterson was elected California Republican Party Chair at the statewide organizing convention on February 24 in Sacramento. She won with a solid majority in a three candidate race. You can read the recent article about her in the BayAreaGOP Newsletter archives here.

GOP IN THE NEWS 


 

Will California’s taxpayers ever pay enough?

By Jon Coupal
Press-Telegram Opinion
April 7, 2019

Every day it seems like the California Legislature careens further off the rails, and we’re not just talking about the state’s infamous high speed rail project. The rapidity of tax increase proposals that would punish both citizen and business taxpayers is breathtaking. Particularly astounding is the fact that new revenue simply isn’t needed given our highest-in-the-nation income tax rate, state sales tax rate and a litany of other tax metrics that cause residents of other states to fall to their knees in gratitude that they don’t live here. (That is especially true for the millions of former Californians who have escaped to lower tax states).

Even more ironic is that these tax increase proposals are being advanced in a state with a massive $15 billion budget surplus and a recent series of corporate IPOs that will bring billions more into state coffers. When is enough enough?

Read More


Google taps Heritage Foundation president for advisory role, employees revolt

Lincoln Network
Lincoln Letters
April 5, 2019

Google recently invited Kay Coles James, president of the Heritage Foundation, to be a conservative voice on their new ethics advisory board. In short order, more than 1,200 employees signed a petition calling on the company to withdraw the offer. According to Lincoln Network’s co-founder, Garrett Johnson, Google has put itself between a “rock and a hard place.” Cat Zakrzewski, a tech policy reporter for The Washington Post, explains that the company included James as a means of addressing conservative concerns of bias in the search engine. If Google gives into the internal pressure and removes her from the board, it will give the appearance that it does, in fact, have an anti-conservative bias. Johnson said of the controversy, “if tech companies claim that they want to build platforms that encourage thoughtful debate and empathy, but they cannot achieve that within their own workforces, what does it say about their ability to build these forums?”

About Lincoln Network


Date rape isn’t a violent crime in California. Seriously

By Nina Salarno Besselman
Special to CALmatters
April 2, 2019

Under current California law, more than 20 clearly violent crimes aren’t classified as violent, including rape of an unconscious person, trafficking a child for prostitution, assault with a deadly weapon and domestic violence.

You can pimp a child for sex, beat a spouse or rape a young woman who passes out at a frat party, and it’s not considered a violent offense under state law, and that’s offensive.

This was a dangerous flaw with Proposition 57, which California voters approved in 2016 by a wide margin, after being reassured by its proponents that the measure would apply only to non-violent offenders, and that only those inmates who posed no threat to public safety would be released from prison early.  

Read More


 

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