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Physician and Technologist Dr. Shomir Banerjee Runs for Coastal Assembly Seat

By Roger Riffenburgh

As a practicing family medicine physician, Dr. Shomir Banerjee has been listening to the stories of patients from all walks of life.  In earlier work as an energy efficiency engineer, he developed strong analytical skills and an appreciation for environmental issues.  He would like to use his broad background to represent the Monterey Bay area in the State Assembly.

Banerjee says, “I am running because I think that we need some fiscally conservative viewpoints in Sacramento, and our community would be better represented by someone who has spoken with members of the community in an intimate setting and learned about the primary concerns of the community.”

During his medical career he has worked in a variety of situations, caring for patients from all walks of life, ranging from prisoners and farmworkers to technology company employees.  He also owns a tech company, which is developing several medical technologies, including a bilirubin management app, a cellphone-enabled EKG, and physician-centered electronic health records.

Asked about his recommendations for healthcare, Banerjee says, “Only 7% of overall healthcare expenditure is devoted to physicians, nurses and other providers of healthcare, and the remainder is a mix of pharmaceutical costs and administrative overhead. We cannot possibly expect, as a nation, or a state, to provide adequate care to our population if the bulk of the costs are not care related.”

“MediCal needs to be pared down administratively. Payments for services are too low and too late for the average practitioner to run a business. Medicare needs to increase reimbursements, as well.”

Assembly District 29 is a largely coastal district that includes most of Santa Cruz County, northwestern Monterey County, and part of south San Jose in Santa Clara County.  (See the map.)

Shomir Banerjee was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up mainly in Louisville, Kentucky. For college he attended Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering.  Then he worked as an engineer in energy efficiency, and subsequently completed a master’s in engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

As he was also interested in medicine, Banerjee earned an M.D. at Wright State University in Ohio, and moved to California for his residency (specialty training) in Family Medicine at UC Davis.  After working in occupational medicine at several locations in the 29th Assembly District, he now practices family medicine in Monterey.

Shomir Banerjee lives near Monterey with his wife and their four children.  In his (rare) spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and playing music.  You can learn more about Shomir on his campaign website.

SANTA CLARA GOP, SENATE NOMINEE ALEX GLEW SEEK TO CLEAN UP COUNTY VOTER ROLLS

Santa Clara County Delays Removal of Inactive Voters Until November 2022

On August 8, 2020 the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters announced it would not remove inactive voters until after the November 2022 general election.  The announcement was made in response to a joint inquiry by Dr. Alex Glew, GOP nominee for Senate District 13, and the Santa Clara County Republican Party.

On July 7, the Santa Clara County GOP and SD 13 nominee Alex Glew together asked the County Registrar of Voters to remove inactive voters in accordance with the settlement announced January 3, 2019 between Judicial Watch, the Election Integrity Project, Los Angeles County and the California Secretary of State.

In Los Angeles County, the settlement required the removal of inactive voters by February 2019.  However, Santa Clara County has determined that it must wait until after the November 2022 election to begin removing inactive voters.

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CBRT Responds to California’s #1 Rank in the Latest Supplemental Poverty Rate Measure

CA Business Roundtable
September 15, 2020

The US Census Bureau released their 2019 Supplemental Poverty Measure report, indicating California again led all other states with the highest cost of living adjusted rate at 17.2 percent. California consistently has had the highest rate among the states since this data series was begun in 2011. While DC had a higher rate than California in 4 of these years, California led DC as well in the 2019 numbers.

California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley issued the following statement today in response to this new data: 

“More than 2/3 of Americans pushed into poverty by rising costs of living are in this state, putting California once again at the top of the list for highest supplemental poverty rate. Driven by our housing crisis, more and more Californians are finding it impossible to make ends meet. 2.2 million Californians are living in poverty. Now is not the time to raise $11.5 billion in new taxes and drive up the cost on everything from food, gas, daycare and other daily essentials. That is why CBRT is part of a broad-based, bipartisan effort to defeat Proposition 15 on the November ballot.”

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The young Republican lawyer taking on California’s governor

By Emily Hoeven
CalMatters
September 14, 2020

Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, a 35-year-old Rocklin Republican with degrees from Harvard and Yale, left a promising law career to run for a state Legislature so heavily dominated by Democrats as to render Republican votes almost meaningless.

“I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity,” Kiley, who was elected in 2016, told me recently.

“I think that there is a sort of latent coalition that is center-right in nature that can be called together and … improve the quality of life for people in the state,” he added. “I kind of got into politics with the hope that I could be a voice that could sort of try to lead the state in that direction.”

In recent months, Kiley has become one of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief antagonists in the Legislature.

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One-party rule in California is backfiring

By Jon Coupal
Orange County Register
August 30, 2020

According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, California will lose at least one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 Census.

This is because the total number of representatives is fixed at 435 and allocated to population. This zero-sum game means that states with decreasing or static population will lose, and states with growing population will win. Since statehood in 1850, California has consistently gained representation in Congress because it was the land of boundless opportunity and promise. Now, not so much.

So why are Californians leaving the formerly Golden State for states such as Texas, which is projected to pick up three house seats?

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CBRT Responds to California’s #1 Rank in the Latest Supplemental Poverty Rate Measure

CA Business Roundtable
September 15, 2020

The US Census Bureau released their 2019 Supplemental Poverty Measure report, indicating California again led all other states with the highest cost of living adjusted rate at 17.2 percent. California consistently has had the highest rate among the states since this data series was begun in 2011. While DC had a higher rate than California in 4 of these years, California led DC as well in the 2019 numbers.

California Business Roundtable President Rob Lapsley issued the following statement today in response to this new data: 

“More than 2/3 of Americans pushed into poverty by rising costs of living are in this state, putting California once again at the top of the list for highest supplemental poverty rate. Driven by our housing crisis, more and more Californians are finding it impossible to make ends meet. 2.2 million Californians are living in poverty. Now is not the time to raise $11.5 billion in new taxes and drive up the cost on everything from food, gas, daycare and other daily essentials. That is why CBRT is part of a broad-based, bipartisan effort to defeat Proposition 15 on the November ballot.”

Read More


Physician and Technologist Dr. Shomir Banerjee Runs for Coastal Assembly Seat

By Roger Riffenburgh

As a practicing family medicine physician, Dr. Shomir Banerjee has been listening to the stories of patients from all walks of life.  In earlier work as an energy efficiency engineer, he developed strong analytical skills and an appreciation for environmental issues.  He would like to use his broad background to represent the Monterey Bay area in the State Assembly.

Banerjee says, “I am running because I think that we need some fiscally conservative viewpoints in Sacramento, and our community would be better represented by someone who has spoken with members of the community in an intimate setting and learned about the primary concerns of the community.”

During his medical career he has worked in a variety of situations, caring for patients from all walks of life, ranging from prisoners and farmworkers to technology company employees.  He also owns a tech company, which is developing several medical technologies, including a bilirubin management app, a cellphone-enabled EKG, and physician-centered electronic health records.

Asked about his recommendations for healthcare, Banerjee says, “Only 7% of overall healthcare expenditure is devoted to physicians, nurses and other providers of healthcare, and the remainder is a mix of pharmaceutical costs and administrative overhead. We cannot possibly expect, as a nation, or a state, to provide adequate care to our population if the bulk of the costs are not care related.”

“MediCal needs to be pared down administratively. Payments for services are too low and too late for the average practitioner to run a business. Medicare needs to increase reimbursements, as well.”

Assembly District 29 is a largely coastal district that includes most of Santa Cruz County, northwestern Monterey County, and part of south San Jose in Santa Clara County.  (See the map.)

Shomir Banerjee was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up mainly in Louisville, Kentucky. For college he attended Baylor University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering.  Then he worked as an engineer in energy efficiency, and subsequently completed a master’s in engineering at the University of Cincinnati.

As he was also interested in medicine, Banerjee earned an M.D. at Wright State University in Ohio, and moved to California for his residency (specialty training) in Family Medicine at UC Davis.  After working in occupational medicine at several locations in the 29th Assembly District, he now practices family medicine in Monterey.

Shomir Banerjee lives near Monterey with his wife and their four children.  In his (rare) spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, and playing music.  You can learn more about Shomir on his campaign website.

SANTA CLARA GOP, SENATE NOMINEE ALEX GLEW SEEK TO CLEAN UP COUNTY VOTER ROLLS

Santa Clara County Delays Removal of Inactive Voters Until November 2022

On August 8, 2020 the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters announced it would not remove inactive voters until after the November 2022 general election.  The announcement was made in response to a joint inquiry by Dr. Alex Glew, GOP nominee for Senate District 13, and the Santa Clara County Republican Party.

On July 7, the Santa Clara County GOP and SD 13 nominee Alex Glew together asked the County Registrar of Voters to remove inactive voters in accordance with the settlement announced January 3, 2019 between Judicial Watch, the Election Integrity Project, Los Angeles County and the California Secretary of State.

In Los Angeles County, the settlement required the removal of inactive voters by February 2019.  However, Santa Clara County has determined that it must wait until after the November 2022 election to begin removing inactive voters.

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The young Republican lawyer taking on California’s governor

By Emily Hoeven
CalMatters
September 14, 2020

Assemblymember Kevin Kiley, a 35-year-old Rocklin Republican with degrees from Harvard and Yale, left a promising law career to run for a state Legislature so heavily dominated by Democrats as to render Republican votes almost meaningless. 

“I would do it all over again if I had the opportunity,” Kiley, who was elected in 2016, told me recently. 

“I think that there is a sort of latent coalition that is center-right in nature that can be called together and … improve the quality of life for people in the state,” he added. “I kind of got into politics with the hope that I could be a voice that could sort of try to lead the state in that direction.” 

In recent months, Kiley has become one of Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s chief antagonists in the Legislature. 

Read More


One-party rule in California is backfiring

By Jon Coupal
Orange County Register
August 30, 2020

According to U.S. Census Bureau projections, California will lose at least one seat in the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2020 Census.

This is because the total number of representatives is fixed at 435 and allocated to population. This zero-sum game means that states with decreasing or static population will lose, and states with growing population will win. Since statehood in 1850, California has consistently gained representation in Congress because it was the land of boundless opportunity and promise. Now, not so much.

So why are Californians leaving the formerly Golden State for states such as Texas, which is projected to pick up three house seats?

Read More


Mayors Faulconer And Liccardo Issue Joint Statement Urging Californians To Avoid Exodus Of Ride-Share Companies

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
News Release
August 19, 2020

San Diego Mayor Faulconer and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo released the following statement regarding the impending exodus of ride-share companies from California due to AB5:

“As the Republican and Democratic mayors of two of California’s three largest cities, we have serious concerns that this Friday, most of California’s nearly one million gig workers will lose their rideshare income when Uber and Lyft shut down their operations in the Golden State. A court’s decision to not exempt ridesharing companies from the dictates of Assembly Bill 5, which forces many businesses to treat independent workers as employees, has caused Uber and Lyft to prepare to exit their largest domestic market. This sudden disappearance of jobs and transportation options will only deepen the economic pain felt in our communities during this historic pandemic and recession. 

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