Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco GOPs’
Pay Off for Nov. 3 Local Elections

The Republican Parties in Monterey, San Mateo, and San Francisco Counties campaigned hard for local Republican candidates and ballot measures on November 3rd. View the results in these three counties on the Nov. 3 Election Voter Guide page.

The Monterey County Republican Party endorsed 13 local candidates.  They ran get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts including walking and calling for Jon Hill for Monterey Peninsula Unified SD Board, among others.

In San Mateo County the Party endorsed 8 candidates for city councils and school districts, including Janet Lawson for Redwood City School District Governing Board. They also made recommendations on three local measures.  The San Mateo GOP ran an active phone bank program from their headquarters in Burlingame.

The San Francisco Republican Party ran grassroots operations successfully opposing Propositions F and I.  Prop F would further limit short-term residential rentals, including Airbnb.  Prop I would suspend development of market rate housing in the Mission District.  In addition, the San Francisco GOP has made recommendations on other propositions and in races where no Republicans are running.

As expected, this off-year election had a low turnout, providing a great opportunity for Republicans to turn out our voters.  Many thanks to the County GOP Committees and volunteers who worked hard and made a difference.

Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Van Le for Assembly District 27


With a rousing start, East Side High School District Trustee Van Le launched her campaign for State Assembly at the Tully Library in East San Jose.

Her campaign launch was attended by various public officials, several Vietnamese-American media organizations, and some 80 supporters. “There are many issues facing California – and politicians haven’t solved many of them at the local, state or national level. I’m a business owner, school trustee and community volunteer, not a polished politician,” says Van Le. “In the Assembly, I will focus on reforms to make schools better and breaking down barriers to job-creation – so students can get good paying jobs that they are prepared to do after they graduate.” Several members of the community spoke in support of Van Le’s candidacy, including Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves, Milpitas Unified Trustee Robert Nuñez, and Alum Rock Elementary School District President Esau Herrera. Van Le is running in Assembly District 27 in East San Jose, where Nora Campos is termed out.  (See the map.)

The district has large communities of both Latinos and Vietnamese Americans. Van is serving her second term on the East Side High School Board and is currently President of the Board.  She continues her work to ensure fiscal responsibility, decrease the student achievement gap, and form partnerships with organizations to improve opportunities for students to develop career paths and college opportunities. Committed to giving back to the community, Van established the Children’s Moon Festival in 1992 to share the Vietnamese culture with the next generation.  She has volunteered with many organizations over the years, including serving on the boards of  Work2future, Boy Scouts, the San Jose Museum of Art, and more.

Professionally, Van successfully established a State Farm Insurance agency, which she continues to operate. Van and her family struggled to integrate to the United States after fleeing Vietnam in 1975. As with most immigrants, they worked hard to overcome the shock of physical displacement, language and cultural changes. In those first few years, Van worked two jobs to help support her family and attended college part-time.

Van completed her studies in business with a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. Van lives in San Jose with her husband Cong Pham, as well as her mother.  You can find out more about her campaign here.

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Runner Initiative Redirects High Speed Rail Funding to Water Storage

By Hon. George Runner
November 13, 2015

Board of Equalization Vice Chair George Runner in partnership with California State Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) announced this week they have filed an initiative aimed at allowing voters to redirect unspent High Speed Rail (Prop 1A, 2008) and above ground water storage (Prop 1, 2014) funds towards building new surface and groundwater storage. “This initiative does not raise taxes; it does not ask for additional revenue or add any more debt,” said Runner. “It reallocates unused money from past bonds to make better use of it during this dire drought. These funds will help store new water for California families, businesses and food production.”

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5 tax proposals you may see on the 2016 ballot

By Joel Fox October 30, 2015

There has been some movement on the tax initiative front.

In August, I offered the following list of the top five measures most likely to make the ballot: 1) Prop. 30 Extension, 2) Cigarette Tax, 3) Split Roll Property Tax, 4) Service Tax, 5) Oil Severance Tax.

Circumstances have changed.

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CA infrastructure spending hits impasse

By James Poulos October 26, 2015

With big infrastructure questions still unanswered, Gov. Jerry Brown has found himself at loggerheads with lawmakers in Sacramento.

From water storage to road repair and beyond, legislators have not met Brown eye to eye, raising the prospect of a protracted conflict that continues well into next year, with elections looming next November.

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  • Commonwealth Club Presents Week to Week Political Roundtable

    Monday, November 30, 2015 / 5:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco

    CommonwealthClub WeekToWeekThe Commonwealth Club will host a roundtable discussion featuring Carson Bruno, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Carla Marinucci, Politico California Playbook, and James Taylor, Ph.D., Director of African American Studies and Professor of Political Science, USF. These panelists will explore current political issues in the news.

    RSVP: More information and tickets are available online.  Cost: $15 for Non-Members General Admission; $5 for Members. Wine and Snacks Social begins at 5:30pm; Program at 6:30pm.


  • Assemblywoman Catharine Baker’s Education Forum

    Monday, November 30, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Amador Rancho Center – Bella Vista Room, 1998 Rancho Park Loop Road, San Ramon

    EducationForumThe Bay Area’s only Republican Assembly Member, Catharine Baker, will join with her colleagues to host an Education Forum.  This is an opportunity to learn what she is doing to help residents of Assembly District 16, ask questions and share ideas.

    Questions? Call or email Judy Lloyd at (925) 989-0100 or


  • Breakfast Event in Support of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker

    Tuesday, December 1, 2015 / 7:30 am – Scott’s Seafood, 1333 N. California Blvd., Walnut Creek

    CatharineBakerKristinOlsen90Join Assemblywoman Catharine Baker and special guest Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen for breakfast.

    RSVP: Reply online or contact Beth Patock at (925) 935-5546 or email to register for the event. Cost: $100 per person with sponsorships available.  View the invitation.


  • San Benito County Republican Central Committee Meeting

    Thursday, December 3, 2015 / 7:00 pm – North County SD Board Room, Spring Grove School, 500 Spring Grove Road, Hollister

    This is the regular meeting of the San Benito County Republican Party Central Committee. For more information, contact Mark Starritt at or 408-804-3591.


  • Campaign Kick-Off Party for Patiño for Union City Council

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 2:00 pm – Mexico Lindo, 33306 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City

    Patino for City Council logoJaime Patiño invites you to a Christmas and Campaign Kick-off Party for his Union City Council race.

    RSVP: Contact Ralph Palma at or reply online.  Cost: Donation amounts are recommended on the invitation. In addition to a contribution, you are asked to bring an unwrapped gift for a local child in need.  View the invitation for more information.


  • Reception for US Senate Candidate Tom Del Beccaro

    Saturday, December 5, 2015 / 4:30 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Walnut Creek

    Tom-Del-Beccaro - 2A reception will be held in support of Tom Del Beccaro, candidate for the United States Senate.  Tom will discuss his stance on a flat tax proposal, the water crisis solutions and the “Bullet Train To Nowhere.”

    RSVP: Contact Diana Nagy at (925) 323-6701 or email  Suggested Contribution: $250.  View invitation.


  • Marin GOP “Denim & Diamonds in December” Christmas Party

    Sunday, December 6, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Ave, Novato

    Join the Marin County Republican Party for their “Denim & Diamonds in December” Christmas Party. Wear your favorite western wear, denim and all the real and real faux diamonds you can get on, come line dance or just rock out to the Doc Kraft Dance Band!

    RSVP: Adults $35, Kids $15. Reserve online here.


  • Evening Reception In Support of Marco Rubio

    Monday, December 7, 2015 / Time TBA – Mozart Foundation Automobile Museum, 1325 Pear Avenue, Mountain View

    MarcoRubio 90xU.S. Senator and GOP Presidential Candidate Marco Rubio will be returning to the Bay Area for an event at the Mozart Foundation Automobile Museum.  This is a rare opportunity to tour the Mozart Foundation Automobile collection while enjoying an evening with Marco. This private collection of automobiles including Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Duesenberg, Pierce Arrow, Packard, and Ferrari will certainly impress the antique, vintage, and classic car enthusiasts.  The museum is not open to the public, so it is a unique opportunity to see and learn about some of the world’s rarest private collection of automobiles.

    RSVP: Contact Julie Westlake at (916) 458-2828 or  Cost is $1,000 per person for the General Reception or $2,700 for the Host Committee Reception & Photo Opportunity.  View the invitation.



  • San Mateo GOP Annual Christmas Party

    Tuesday, December 8, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Home of Joe and Sharon Calundan, 905 Black Mountain Road, Hillsborough

    San Mateo Christmas PartyCelebrate the Holidays with the San Mateo County Republican Party at their Annual Christmas Party. Friends and family are welcome to attend.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $20, with $10 donated to Samaritan House.  The Samaritan House serves low-income families and individuals in San Mateo County.


  • SVGOP Christmas Party

    Wednesday, December 9, 2015 / 6:00 pm – GraniteRock Design Center, 1505 S De Anza Blvd, Cupertino

    The Santa Clara County Republican Party hosts its 2015 Christmas Party. Join Republican leaders, elected officials and local Republicans for a festive evening to celebrate the upcoming holidays! Beverages and heavy appetizers will be provided!

    RSVP: $25 per person. Click here to purchase tickets!


  • West Valley RWF Christmas Luncheon

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 / 12:00 pm – Private Residence, 15788 Izorah Way, Los Gatos

    West Valley RWF Christmas LogoJoin the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their Christmas luncheon.  They will be collecting donations for “Next Door Solutions”, a local women’s shelter, and for the Salvation Army.  Donations in any amount should be made payable to “The Salvation Army” and/or “Next Door Solutions.”

    RSVP: Reserve your seat and renew dues by sending a check (must be received by December 3) made payable to “West Valley RWF” to Betty Kaye Miller, 12305 Walden Court, Saratoga, CA 95070. Luncheon cost: $15.  View the newsletter for more information.


  • Tri-Valley RWF and Alameda GOP Christmas Party

    Thursday, December 10, 2015 / 6:00 pm – The Clubhouse Restaurant at Beebs (Las Positas Golf Course), 915 Clubhouse Drive, Livermore

    Please join the Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated and the Alameda County Republican Party to celebrate Christmas and 2015!

    Cost: $30 per person (with a beautiful buffet). RSVPs are a MUST. Contact Linda Krikorian at or 925-899-9049.

    Directions: I-580 to Airway Blvd exit, south off ramp, then right at Clubhouse Drive. Follow the road to the end, plenty of parking.


  • Solano Republicans Christmas Dinner

    Friday, December 11, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Solano GOP Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

    Join the Solano County Republican Party for a great meal and discussion with their surprise guest speakers. Topic for the Evening: “End of Year Celebration”. This is the opportunity to thank all of the Volunteers and Members for their dedicated hard work and celebrate making a difference.

    RSVP: Details and registration here. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Includes Baked Ham or Roasted Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Yams, Dressing, Cranberries, Green Bean Casserole, and beverage. Questions to (707) 422-5000.


  • Nob Hill Republican Women Christmas Dinner Gala

    Sunday, December 13, 2015 / 6:00 pm – The St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road (on the Marina), San Francisco

    The Nob Hill Republican Women’s Club, Federated hosts its 20th Annual Christmas Dinner Gala. Music by Vince Aguiar Trio. In support of the Marines’ Memorial Association “Gold Star Parents” and The Pathway Home, Inc. in Yountville. The Pathway Home assists returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain trauma. Raffle and Live Auction conducted by Tony Hall. Reception 6 pm, Dinner 7 pm.

    RSVP: Reservations Required. Cost: $115. Contact club President Joan Leone at or 415-567-7424.


  • Santa Cruz GOP Debate Viewing Party

    Tuesday, December 15, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Seascape Golf Club, 610 Club House Dr, Aptos

    Join the Santa Cruz County Republican Party to watch the Republican Presidential Debate.


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