Attend the CRP Convention in Burlingame

April 29 – May 1

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Bay Area Republicans have a special opportunity this month – the only CRP Convention this year will be held right here in the Bay Area, at the Hyatt Regency SF Airport in Burlingame.  And with the first competitive presidential primary in years there are some exciting possibilities.

All three presidential candidates, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich, have accepted an invitation to speak.  Donald Trump will keynote the Friday Luncheon, Ohio Governor John Kasich keynote the Friday Dinner Banquet and Senator Ted Cruz will speak at the Saturday luncheon. Carly Fiorina, former presidential candidate and HP CEO, one of our most effective Hillary critics, will speak at the Saturday evening banquet.

The presidential primary election is limited to Republican voters only and is winner take all by congressional district.  If a presidential candidate wins a congressional district, he wins its three delegates, so our votes may matter this time.  The Bay Area has eleven congressional districts, more than some states.

Attending this convention is an opportunity to hear the three GOP Presidential Candidates.  You don’t need to be a delegate to attend the convention.  A guest registration badge gets you into many meetings and workshops, and you can buy tickets for the individual banquet events.

Most of the U.S. Senate candidates are expected to attend.  There will be workshops, committee meetings, hospitality suites, vendors, and hundreds of great Republicans from around the state.  Come and be a part of it.

The Hyatt is sold out for Saturday night, but the Convention page links to other hotel choices.  It’s also best to pre-register online.  Visit the BayAreaGOP Convention Page for details.

BayAreaGOP will host its usual convention briefing and hospitality suite on both Friday and Saturday evenings after the dinner, and I hope you can join us.

Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Let’s Watch the Money
Debora Allen for AD14 


As the State Legislature and state bureaucrats continue to make many questionable financial decisions, we need knowledgeable people in Sacramento to look out for taxpaying citizens.  Contra Costa’s Debora Allen, who is experienced in financial management and accounting, would be an excellent choice for the Assembly in District 14.

Debora Allen says, “I am running for California State Assembly in District 14 because our state government is a broken bureaucracy and my generation owes the next generations a cleanup project.  Sacramento needs new leaders who are willing to stand up to the elite establishment bureaucracy that has run our jobs out of the state and has kept our education system at the bottom end of the national achievement scale.”

Allen is the founder of Quoin, Inc., a local business consulting firm that assists businesses and non-profit organizations. During her 25 year career, she has worked as a corporate Chief Financial Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Tax Manager, and Controller, as well as being the owner or co-owner of several businesses.

Assembly District 14 is an open seat held by termed-out Democrat Susan Bonilla.  It includes Vallejo and Benicia in Solano County and Concord, most of Pittsburg, Mount Diablo and more in Contra Costa County. (See the map.)

In 2011, and again in 2014, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors appointed Debora Allen to the Board of Retirement of the Contra Costa County Employees Retirement System.  While serving over the last 5 years, she has spent hundreds of hours in pension-related training programs across the country studying institutional investing, actuarial calculations, and board governance.

Debora explains her plans as a legislator: “I will be a hardworking, independent thinking, fair minded legislator that will work across the aisle to solve our toughest problems.  I will stand up to corruption and waste, oppose new taxes, protect Prop 13, and cut through the regulations to bring new industries and jobs back to our great state.”

“I will be a legislator that looks for new innovative solutions for how to run state government more efficiently, transparently, and with more accountability.”

Debora has supported her community by serving as Treasurer and Vice President for the Clayton Valley Little League, providing pro bono tax assistance for charitable organizations, volunteering with Boy Scouts, as well as supporting many local charities.

Debora and her husband, Timothy Allen, have lived in Contra Costa County since 1987.  They have two adult sons and two Great Pyrenees dogs.  They spend much of their free time hiking, biking, fishing, gardening and enjoying the beautiful environment which they call home next to Mount Diablo State Park.

You can learn more about Debora Allen’s campaign at her campaign website,

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Senate Republican policy priorities aim to make Golden State more affordable

By Matt Fleming
April 27, 2016

Senate Republicans packaged their best policy proposals on Tuesday, a series of bills aimed at helping veterans, seniors, homeowners and renters as well as parents and students.

Jean Fuller, the Senate Republican leader, pointed to California’s high rents, high poverty rate and high tax burden as ills helped by these bills — a “first step” in helping make the Golden State more affordable.

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Transparency activists seek CA sunshine

By James Poulos
March 31, 2016

National Sunshine Week — an effort to increase and encourage government transparency — has come and gone in California while multiple types of state secrecy continue to draw fire from lawmakers and citizens.

Budgeting has topped the list of recent complaints. “The state of California spends nearly a quarter trillion dollars annually, but taxpayers aren’t allowed to see where that money goes,” warned, which has demanded state officials release its line-by-line state vendor payments. “This information should be available through California’s open records law, but the last two controllers, John Chiang and currently Betty Yee, told us: stop asking because the records aren’t accessible,” the organization’s founder and CEO claimed.

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The Wall of Debt Just Got Higher

By Joel Fox
Fox & Hounds
March 21, 2016

Governor Jerry Brown, joking about Donald Trump’s proposed wall at the border, said if Trump wins maybe we should build a wall around California. Well, there is a wall in California the governor himself labeled–the Wall of Debt—and it just got taller.

On Friday, state Controller Betty Yee released a report that for the first time contained liabilities for state employees’ retirement pension costs. The acknowledgement of that debt now required by the Governmental Accounting Standard Board (GASB) added more than $60 billion dollars to the balance sheet. According to the report, the state’s Wall of Debt now soars to $175 billion, more than half is unfunded employee-related, long- term liabilities, which now must be recognized when they occur.

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CA health tax plan keeps Medi-Cal part of national budget

By James Poulos
March 2, 2016

Surmounting a challenge that has festered since summer of last year, Sacramento legislators pulled together behind a tax plan that will keep Medi-Cal part of the national budget.

“California lawmakers approved a health plan tax package Monday designed to continue pulling in more than a billion dollars in matching federal money, while committing several hundred million dollars to services for the developmentally disabled, debt relief and other programs,” the Sacramento Bee reported. “The final deal includes tax offsets designed to minimize any hit to health plans that could be passed on to consumers. In addition, to achieve enough Republican support, the package includes several components Republican lawmakers wanted, such as providing more money to help people with autism and other developmental disabilities and forgiving a budget debt owed by skilled-nursing facilities.”

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  • SFGOP Central Committee/District 2 Town Hall Meeting

    Wednesday, May 4, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Golden Gate Valley Branch Library, 1801 Green St at Octavia, San Francisco

    You are invited to attend the San Francisco Republican Central Committee Endorsements Meeting. Hear the “for” and “against” positions on the June 7 ballot measures.

    RSVP: Learn more and reply at this link. Refreshments and discussion will begin at 6pm; Committee member-only session at 7pm.


  • Reception in Support of Catharine Baker

    Thursday, May 5, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Home of Jud & Ildiko Scott, 4254 Golden Oak Court, Blackhawk

    Baker 90X104You are invited to an outdoor spring reception in support of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. Light refreshments will be served. View the invitation for more details.

    RSVP: Contact Erin Wolff at (916) 669-9372 or email Space is limited at this private residence, so reply early!


  • Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting

    Thursday, May 5, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

    The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend. Contact them at 707-422-5000.


  • Napa GOP Precinct Walking and Calling

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 / 10:00 am – Red Hen Cantina, 4175 Solano Ave, Napa

    Napa Republicans gather on Saturday mornings at 10AM for distribution of precinct walking lists, phone calling lists and yard signs to volunteers.


  • Ygnacio Valley RWF Spring Fling Fashion Show

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 / 11:00 am – Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton

    Join the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Federated for their Annual Spring Fling Tea Luncheon and Fashion Show.

    Enjoy a tea style luncheon, fashion show, boutiques, speakers and exciting raffles. Fashions by Chico of Lafayette. Everyone is welcome (this is a non-partisan event).

    RSVP: Cost: $45. RSVP with your check made out to YVRW by Saturday, April 2. Include your name, address, e-mail, phone number. If you would like to be seated with a friend, indicate at the time of your reservation. Send your check along with names of those you would like to be seated with to: Ygnacio Valley Republican Women, 5433 Clayton Road, Ste. K – 16, Clayton, CA 94517.

    For questions, you may contact Terri at or (925) 766-4603.


  • Silicon Valley RWF Presidential Derby

    Saturday, May 7, 2016 / 11:30 am – Michael’s at Shoreline, 2960 North Shoreline Blvd., Mountain View

    SVRW PresDerby ImageThe Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to celebrate 55 years with The Presidential Derby. There will be a fashion show with models representing local Republican organizations. Wear your finest hat and celebrate Kentucky Derby Style!  View the invitation.

    RSVP: Send your check by April 30th to SVRWF, Attn: JoAnn Barr, 890 Russet Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94087. Questions? Call JoAnn at (408) 739-9294. Cost: $40. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.


  • California Primary – Vote By Mail Opens

    Monday, May 9, 2016 / N/A – State of California, ,

    Voters in the California Primary Election may begin voting by mail.

    May 31st is the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail.


  • Napa GOP Central Committee General Membership Meeting

    Tuesday, May 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Round Table Pizza, 3331 Solano Ave, Napa

    The Napa County Republican Central Committee meets for its general membership meeting, normally on the second Tuesday of the month.

    Contact: Glenn Ellen Smith by email or call 707-226-9151.


  • Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, May 11, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Santa Clara County Administration Building, 70 W. Hedding Street (at First Street), San Jose

    The monthly meeting of the Santa Clara County Republican Party.  Normally the second Wednesday of the month.  Hear about the latest Republican news and events in Santa Clara County.  Pre-meeting social 6:30 pm; Committee Meeting 7:00 pm; post-meeting social 8:30 pm (at Casino M8trix). Questions? Contact HQ at or 408-246-6600.


  • Voter Registration at the Salinas Valley Fair

    Thursday, May 12, 2016 / 10:00 am – Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, 625 Division St., King City

    Volunteers are needed to help the South Monterey County Republican Women Federated staff a voter registration table at the Salinas Valley Fair. The Fair runs Thursday to Sunday, May 12-15. If you can help, contact Cindy at


  • San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting

    Thursday, May 12, 2016 / 7:00 pm – San Mateo American Legion Hall, 130 South Blvd., San Mateo

    The San Mateo County Republican Party will hold their monthly committee meeting – normally the second Thursday of the month. For more information, contact or 650-931-4596.


  • Napa GOP Precinct Walking and Calling

    Saturday, May 14, 2016 / 10:00 am – Red Hen Cantina, 4175 Solano Ave, Napa

    Napa Republicans gather on Saturday mornings at 10AM for distribution of precinct walking lists, phone calling lists and yard signs to volunteers.


  • Van Le for Assembly Fundraising Buffet & Karaoke

    Saturday, May 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Private residence, 2273 Shadowtree Dr., San Jose

    Tom & Vanessa Cao cordially invite you to a Fundraising Buffet in support of Van Le for State Assembly District 27.

    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Reception
    7:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Casual Buffet & Karaoke

    Maximum contribution is $4,200. Minimum contribution $40. Please reply by Wednesday, May 11 to or 408-982-6027.


  • SFYR Happy Hour

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P, 3rd Fl., San Francisco

    Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour.  For questions, contact



  • Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Alameda County Republican Headquarters, 1039 MacArthur Blvd., San Leandro

    This is the monthly leadership meeting of the Alameda County Republican Party.  Meetings are normally held on the third Tuesday of each month.


  • SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring David Rubin

    Wednesday, May 18, 2016 / 9:00 am – Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Avenue, San Jose

    David RubinThe Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their breakfast meeting with guest speaker David Rubin, former Mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is the founder and President of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, which is dedicated to easing trauma of children who have been victims of terrorist attacks, as well as rebuilding the heartland of Israel. Guests will have an opportunity to donate to the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online by May 13 to guarantee a seat. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.  Learn more on their website.


View later events on the Calendar of Upcoming Events or view the Monthly Calendar of Events.

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