UPCOMING GOP EVENTS

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Alex Glew for Assembly District 24

An experienced engineer and businessman, Los Altos’ Alex Glew would bring technical expertise, problem-solving ability, and a record of community involvement to the state Assembly.  He is a person who makes decisions based upon solid analysis, and would be a very appropriate representative for his tech-intensive Silicon Valley district.

Glew founded his own high-tech engineering firm over twenty years ago to provide engineering expertise to other companies.  The firm provides services in design, analysis, computer modelling, and other aspects of engineering.  Dr. Glew is trained in mechanical engineering as well as materials science.  He also testifies as an expert witness in Federal Court, the U.S. Patent Office, the International Trade Commission, and elsewhere.

Alex Glew is active in the community.  He serves on the Board of the Los Altos Rotary Club, where he is responsible for operations.  He also serves on the Design Review Commission for the City of Los Altos and is currently the Chair.  The Commission reviews single-family residential projects.  He listens to the applicants, their architects, the neighbors, and fellow commissioners and works to develop the best course of action for the community.  He says, “Usually, nobody gets everything they want, but compromises and accommodations, along with some creative thinking, can in the end make for good and timely solutions to real world problems.”

Alex says, “I am running for assembly in order to help focus the California assembly on pragmatically solving California’s problems.   We need more solutions and less drama in California government.”

Some of the issues that Alex Glew is concerned about include addressing the large unfunded pension liabilities.  He says pensions have been badly mismanaged by the state.  He would encourage competition in California education, including charter schools.  He’s very concerned about the rash of car break-ins and petty crime as a result of recent law reducing penalties.  He wants to make California more attractive to businesses, particularly clean technology and R&D.  He respects local control; the current bill to override local zoning near transportation hubs is an example of the threat.

Assembly District 24 runs from Sunnyvale to Atherton, then over to El Granada on the coast and down to the southern San Mateo County line.  (See the map.)  Most of the population is on the Bay side on the east.

Alex Glew was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and then moved to Silicon Valley.  After working a decade at Applied Materials, he returned to college.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and also founded his engineering company at that time.

Alex lives in Los Altos with his wife Martha and their Golden Retrievers.  You may find out more about Alex Glew on his campaign website, glew2018.com, where he says “Stick it to Sacramento with Glew!”

California Republican Party to Hold Spring Convention with Candidate Forum

The California Republican Party will highlight candidates competing in the June election at the Spring Convention, May 4-6, in San Diego. Those running for statewide office have been seeking support from delegates to help them qualify to participate in the Candidate Forum on Saturday afternoon. Delegates will consider endorsements at the General Session on Sunday.

The Saturday night dinner banquet speaker will be Iowa United States Senator Joni Ernst. Senator Ernst is well-respected nationally, having been chosen by Republicans in 2015 to give the rebuttal to then-President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Prior to her election in 2014, Senator Ernst was a member of the Iowa State Senate and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. 

In addition, on Saturday the initiatives committee will consider all ballot measures that have qualified or are likely to qualify for both the June and November ballot.  In the past, all delegates who have asked to address the committee have been given the opportunity to do so.  The initiatives committee will recommend positions on each initiative to the general session.  On Sunday, delegates will consider the initiatives committee recommendations.

More keynote speakers will be announced throughout the month of April. In addition to regional  meetings and workshops, the convention program will include the popular Saturday Speaker Series, a free event for all registered convention attendees.

If you are a delegate and cannot attend the General Session on Sunday morning of the Convention, or if you would like to attend the convention as an associate delegate, please contact us at Convention@BayAreaGOP.com.

Delegates, Associates and their guests may purchase registration, meal and reception tickets at this link. Early bird pricing ends Thursday, April 5 at 5pm. Discounts are available for College Republicans thanks to those of you who sponsor a College Republican for $40 when you register. Rooms at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel may sell out so purchase yours early, and get the discount rate at this link when you reserve by April 11.

We will provide updates on guest speakers and Convention events on our Spring Convention page.

GOP IN THE NEWS


Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots

By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review
April 5, 2018

Donald Trump’s unconventional methods may be exactly what is required for seemingly unsolvable problems.

The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed.

When Alexander the Great arrived, he was challenged to unravel the impossible knot. Instead, he pulled out his sword and cut through it. Problem solved.

Read More


Local tax hikes cleverly packaged

By Dan Walters
CALmatters.org
March 26, 2018

Over the past few years, voters in hundreds of California cities and other local governments were asked to pass tax increases, and indications are that another big batch of local tax measures will be on this year’s ballots.

All but a handful of the previous tax hikes were approved, although one failed sales tax, in Coalinga, was unique. It lost by just 33 votes because of an overwhelming vote against it by residents of Coalinga State Hospital, an institution for the mentally ill, who apparently didn’t want prices to rise for their personal sundries.

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California’s middle class is in decline, despite the state’s immense wealth

By Amita Sharma, KPBS
CALmatters
March 8, 2018

California’s lush coastline, balmy climate and post World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America’s middle class paradise in the 1950s.

“The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, `I’m going to move from a place that’s cold and flat to a place where there’s lots of opportunity,’” said Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in Urban Futures at  Chapman University in Orange. “`I’ll get a job in an aerospace factory, in an oil company. I’ll buy a house with a pool. I’ll die and go to heaven. And I’ll do it all in good weather.’”

Today the weather remains. But access to the California dream is being choked off.

Read More


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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.

GOP In the News


Trump Is Cutting Old Gordian Knots

By Victor Davis Hanson
National Review
April 5, 2018

Donald Trump’s unconventional methods may be exactly what is required for seemingly unsolvable problems.

The proverbial knot of Gordium was impossible to untie. Anyone clever enough to untie it would supposedly become the king of Asia. Many princes tried; all failed.

When Alexander the Great arrived, he was challenged to unravel the impossible knot. Instead, he pulled out his sword and cut through it. Problem solved.

Read More

The California Republican Party will hold their Spring Convention in San Diego May 4-6, including a Candidate Forum.

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Alex Glew for Assembly District 24

An experienced engineer and businessman, Los Altos’ Alex Glew would bring technical expertise, problem-solving ability, and a record of community involvement to the state Assembly.  He is a person who makes decisions based upon solid analysis, and would be a very appropriate representative for his tech-intensive Silicon Valley district.

Glew founded his own high-tech engineering firm over twenty years ago to provide engineering expertise to other companies.  The firm provides services in design, analysis, computer modelling, and other aspects of engineering.  Dr. Glew is trained in mechanical engineering as well as materials science.  He also testifies as an expert witness in Federal Court, the U.S. Patent Office, the International Trade Commission, and elsewhere.

Alex Glew is active in the community.  He serves on the Board of the Los Altos Rotary Club, where he is responsible for operations.  He also serves on the Design Review Commission for the City of Los Altos and is currently the Chair.  The Commission reviews single-family residential projects.  He listens to the applicants, their architects, the neighbors, and fellow commissioners and works to develop the best course of action for the community.  He says, “Usually, nobody gets everything they want, but compromises and accommodations, along with some creative thinking, can in the end make for good and timely solutions to real world problems.”

Alex says, “I am running for assembly in order to help focus the California assembly on pragmatically solving California’s problems.   We need more solutions and less drama in California government.”

Some of the issues that Alex Glew is concerned about include addressing the large unfunded pension liabilities.  He says pensions have been badly mismanaged by the state.  He would encourage competition in California education, including charter schools.  He’s very concerned about the rash of car break-ins and petty crime as a result of recent law reducing penalties.  He wants to make California more attractive to businesses, particularly clean technology and R&D.  He respects local control; the current bill to override local zoning near transportation hubs is an example of the threat.

Assembly District 24 runs from Sunnyvale to Atherton, then over to El Granada on the coast and down to the southern San Mateo County line.  (See the map.)  Most of the population is on the Bay side on the east.

Alex Glew was born in San Francisco and grew up in Pacifica.  He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and then moved to Silicon Valley.  After working a decade at Applied Materials, he returned to college.  He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University and also founded his engineering company at that time.

Alex lives in Los Altos with his wife Martha and their Golden Retrievers.  You may find out more about Alex Glew on his campaign website, glew2018.com, where he says “Stick it to Sacramento with Glew!”

California Republican Party to Hold Spring Convention with Candidate Forum

The California Republican Party will highlight candidates competing in the June election at the Spring Convention, May 4-6, in San Diego. Those running for statewide office have been seeking support from delegates to help them qualify to participate in the Candidate Forum on Saturday afternoon. Delegates will consider endorsements at the General Session on Sunday.

The Saturday night dinner banquet speaker will be Iowa United States Senator Joni Ernst. Senator Ernst is well-respected nationally, having been chosen by Republicans in 2015 to give the rebuttal to then-President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Prior to her election in 2014, Senator Ernst was a member of the Iowa State Senate and served as a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa Army National Guard. 

In addition, on Saturday the initiatives committee will consider all ballot measures that have qualified or are likely to qualify for both the June and November ballot.  In the past, all delegates who have asked to address the committee have been given the opportunity to do so.  The initiatives committee will recommend positions on each initiative to the general session.  On Sunday, delegates will consider the initiatives committee recommendations.

More keynote speakers will be announced throughout the month of April. In addition to regional  meetings and workshops, the convention program will include the popular Saturday Speaker Series, a free event for all registered convention attendees.

If you are a delegate and cannot attend the General Session on Sunday morning of the Convention, or if you would like to attend the convention as an associate delegate, please contact us at Convention@BayAreaGOP.com.

Delegates, Associates and their guests may purchase registration, meal and reception tickets at this link. Early bird pricing ends Thursday, April 5 at 5pm. Discounts are available for College Republicans thanks to those of you who sponsor a College Republican for $40 when you register. Rooms at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel may sell out so purchase yours early, and get the discount rate at this link when you reserve by April 11.

We will provide updates on guest speakers and Convention events on our Spring Convention page.

GOP IN THE NEWS (cont.)


Local tax hikes cleverly packaged

By Dan Walters
CALmatters.org
March 26, 2018

Over the past few years, voters in hundreds of California cities and other local governments were asked to pass tax increases, and indications are that another big batch of local tax measures will be on this year’s ballots.

All but a handful of the previous tax hikes were approved, although one failed sales tax, in Coalinga, was unique. It lost by just 33 votes because of an overwhelming vote against it by residents of Coalinga State Hospital, an institution for the mentally ill, who apparently didn’t want prices to rise for their personal sundries.

Read More


California’s middle class is in decline, despite the state’s immense wealth

By Amita Sharma, KPBS
CALmatters
March 8, 2018

California’s lush coastline, balmy climate and post World War II economic promise made it an easy sell as America’s middle class paradise in the 1950s.

“The California Dream of two or three generations ago was, `I’m going to move from a place that’s cold and flat to a place where there’s lots of opportunity,’” said Joel Kotkin, a presidential fellow in Urban Futures at  Chapman University in Orange. “`I’ll get a job in an aerospace factory, in an oil company. I’ll buy a house with a pool. I’ll die and go to heaven. And I’ll do it all in good weather.’”

Today the weather remains. But access to the California dream is being choked off.

Read More


Tell the Truth SF Unified

By David Crane
Fox & Hounds
March 6, 2018

In June San Francisco’s school board wants voters to approve a new “parcel tax” of $298 per parcel of real property. They claim the money — $50 million per year — is needed to provide teachers with living wages. That’s a worthy objective but it’s not the real reason behind the proposed tax. The real reason is buried deep in SFUSD financial reports from 2012 and 2017.

In 2012 retirement costs were 26 percent of the amount spent on teacher salaries. By 2017 that figure had jumped nearly 70 percent. As a result, this year only 29 percent of SFUSD’s budget will go to teacher salariesThat pathetic figure is another example of San Francisco not walking its progressive talk.

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