MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
Support Proposition 54
Increase Legislative Transparency
Proposition 54 on the November ballot will open up the state legislative process to let the public see what’s going on and to avoid secret last-minute shenanigans by special interests.
The proposition will permit citizens to examine the contents of bills before they are passed, as well as to view the legislative meetings where legislation is prepared, debated, and passed.
Proposition 54 has three straightforward provisions.
1) Each bill must be in print and posted online for at least 72 hours before it may pass out of either house. This will allow legislators and citizens time to review a bill and provide feedback before a vote occurs. Too often, substantive changes are made to legislation at the last minute by a small group and rushed to a vote before most legislators, much less voters, even have a chance to read and understand it.
2) It requires the Legislature to post online a video record of every legislative meeting that is supposed to be open to the public. This would provide citizens the ability to watch legislators prepare, discuss, and vote on bills. Then the citizens could hold their legislators accountable.
The proposition requires that the cost of the videos be absorbed within the existing legislative budget, and this cost would be less than one percent of their total budget, according to estimates by the Legislative Analyst. The State Legislature selectively records public hearings, leaving many completely unrecorded, which limits access to only those who are able to attend the hearings in person. Hundreds of local governments already post videos of all their meetings online. The State Legislature should be held to the same standard.
3) It allows individuals to create and share their own recordings of legislative proceedings. Videos taken on cell phones are now being used every day to share experiences and to call individuals to account for questionable actions. These types of videos of state legislators would be permitted.
Overall, Proposition 54 will help the public have access to the legislative process while reducing the power of special interests in Sacramento. A wide coalition of groups supports passage of the measure. You can find out more on the Yes on 54 website at YesProp54.org.
Steve Barr for Contra Costa County Supervisor
Steve Barr, a Brentwood businessman and accomplished community leader, is an excellent choice to be the new county supervisor in eastern Contra Costa County.
Barr has run a successful business, has chaired various community events, has served on the local school board and currently serves on the Brentwood City Council.
When they endorsed him in the primary election, the East Bay Times said, “… Brentwood Councilman Steve Barr stands out for his measured tone, command of county issues and decade of elected government experience.”
Barr came in first of six candidates in the primary election for District Three and faces the runoff in November. The seat is open as a result of the retirement of Supervisor Mary Piepho.
District Three contains eastern Contra Costa County, including Brentwood, Oakley, Discovery Bay, and most of Antioch, plus the Tri-Valley community of Blackhawk. (See the map.) The district also includes extensive agricultural lands plus the hills around Los Vaqueros Reservoir.
Steve Barr has lived in Contra Costa County his whole life and in Brentwood since 1981. He and his wife Kathy raised their two kids there.
Steve graduated from Diablo Valley College in engineering. A licensed contractor, he ran a structural concrete business for 35 years.
He coached youth sports teams for many seasons and chaired community events, such as the 1997 Brentwood Cornfest, the 2014 Harvest Time Festival, and the Brentwood Art, Wine, and Jazz Festival.
The Liberty Union High School District Board appointed Steve Barr as a trustee in 2005, and he won election the next year. He was elected to the Brentwood City Council in 2010 and re-elected four years later.
On the council, Steve has worked on various initiatives to address traffic congestion. He has made public safety a priority, working with the police department for staffing levels that are financially responsible while keeping the community safe.
The East Bay Times pointed out that his experience “provided him strong grounding to confront the county’s financial and growth challenges. He’s been part of a council that has responsibly managed its finances while directly addressing rising costs for pensions and retiree health care. That city made changes that other communities were unwilling to do.”
For Steve Barr a commitment to financial responsibility and community service is not just a campaign slogan, it’s his life.
GOP IN THE NEWS
Crime Victims United
September 14, 2016
Proposition 57 will allow criminals convicted of RAPE, LEWD ACTS AGAINST A CHILD, GANG GUN CRIMES and HUMAN TRAFFICKING to be released early from prison.
Proposition 57 is OPPOSED by California Law Enforcement- District Attorneys, Police, Courtroom Prosecutors, Crime Victims and local community leaders.
Here are the facts:
The authors of Proposition 57 claim it only applies to “non-violent” crimes, but their
poorly drafted measure deems the following crimes “non-violent” and makes the perpetrators eligible for EARLY PAROLE and RELEASE into local communities:
- Rape by intoxication
- Rape of an unconscious person
- Human Trafficking involving sex act with minors
- Drive-by shooting
- Assault with a deadly weapon
- Hostage taking
- Attempting to explode a bomb at a hospital or school
- Domestic violence involving trauma
- Supplying a firearm to a gang member
- Hate crime causing physical injury
- Failing to register as a sex offender
- Discharging a firearm on school grounds
- Lewd acts against a child
- False imprisonment of an elder through violence
By John Myers
Los Angeles Times
September 9, 2016
In a season replete with clothing catalogs and campaign flyers, the biggest item stuffed in mailboxes this fall may be the Nov. 8 statewide voter guide, coming in at a record-setting 224 pages.
The information booklet covers all 17 statewide ballot propositions, a document that election officials believe is the most voluminous election guide in California history. And it hasn’t come cheap: The total cost for printing and mailing, done in Sacramento and taking seven weeks to complete, will come close to $15 million.
OP-ED By Rob Lapsley
Orange County Register
September 9, 2016
When Jerry Brown first became governor in 1974 the state was in a recession. But over the next five years, the state’s recovery produced 2.1 million jobs, and his fiscal restraint created a $4 billion reserve in a general fund of $12 billion. Unfortunately, the fiscal restraint was short lived. California policymakers reverted to old habits – increasing spending while assuming revenues would grow forever. By 1980, state revenues – both general and special funds – grew 91 percent, but expenditures had grown even faster – by 108 percent.
This time, our recovery is structurally different, with 55 percent of jobs and income growth in the Bay Area while inland areas show the worst unemployment rates in the country. Since the recovery started in 2010, California grew nearly 2 million jobs, but over a population twice as large. Rather than a broad recovery, we’ve seen a new type of economy emerge where only the higher and lowest-wage industries are growing while losing more than 2 million middle-class jobs in key sectors like manufacturing.
By John Moorlach
Opinion: Sacramento Bee
August 25, 2016
Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León’s Senate Bill 1234 – or the Secure Choice Act – is a noble effort to impose a defined contribution plan into your budget, but it is neither “secure” nor a “choice.” Hold onto your wallet.
You know that you should be setting funds aside for your retirement. Some employers may do this for you as an employee benefit, usually in a 401(k) plan, through employee withholdings. The state is proposing to provide a similar plan through withholdings from your paycheck. But are you able to take a reduction in your net paycheck?
By David Kersten
California Policy Center
August 10, 2016
The prevailing wisdom in Sacramento on the Democrat side of the aisle is that the ruling Democrat Legislature can do no wrong with the economy because the California economy is exceptional and can handle extraordinary tax rates and regulation that far exceed national and international standards.
But my new analysis of economic data from the U.S. Department of Commerce suggests that the California Democrat approach to the California economy may be finally taking a significant toll on the California economy in terms of reduced growth and business activity.
By Ed Ring
First Published 4-12-16
In a move of breathtaking hypocrisy, California’s legislators have unveiled a financially sustainable retirement security program for private workers, while keeping financially unsustainable pensions for public workers.
What private sector employers and private sector workers need to ask, more than anything, is if this new retirement security scheme is so great, why aren’t public employees going to also adopt it?
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 / 6:30 pm – The Sausage Factory, rear dining room, 517 Castro Street, San Francisco
Join the Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco for their fourth Wednesday monthly meeting. All are welcome to attend.
Questions? Contact: Larry Lacko.
- Zionist Organization of America Presents Ambassador Yoram Ettinger
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 / 7:30 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Menlo Park
Israeli Ambassador Yoram Ettinger will be the guest of the Zionist Organization of America, West Coast in three cities: Los Gatos, Santa Rosa and Menlo Park. His topic will be “The Benefits and Complexities of the Us-Israel Relationship in Today’s Middle East.” Learn more.
- Reception in Support of Vince Fong for Assembly
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 5:00 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Pebble Beach
Hosts Michael Klassen and Billie Faulker invite you to a special cocktail reception in support of Vince Fong, Candidate for Assembly District 34. For nearly a decade, he has served as district director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
- Commonwealth Club Presents Paul English and Tracy Kidder
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 6:00 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco
The Commonwealth Club will host a presentation and book signing with Kayak.com co-founder Paul English, author Tracy Kidder, and Good Morning America tech reporter Becky Worley. They will discuss tech, entrepreneurship and a new way to think about materialism and social responsibility.
RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $12 for General Admission; $22 for Non-Members; and $7 for Students; with Premium seating also available. Check in begins 6pm; Program at 6:30pm; and Book Signing at 7:30pm.
- Commonwealth Club Presents Rorke Denver
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Schultz Cultural Hall, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto
The Commonwealth Club will host a luncheon with guest speaker Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL Commander and author of “Worth Dying For: A Navy Seal’s Call to A Nation.” He will share his insights and experiences of what it means to be a hero, why we fight, and what can be learned from the battlefield.
RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $12 for General Admission; $22 for Non-Members; and $8 for Students; with Premium seating also available. Check in begins 6:30pm; Program at 7pm, Book Signing at 8pm.
- San Jose City Council Candidate Forum
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 6:30 pm – San Jose City Council Chambers, 200 E Santa Clara Street, San Jose
CreaTV and the League of Women Voters will host a Candidate Forum for San Jose City Council Districts 2, 6 and 8. Be sure to watch for Dev Davis (District 6) and Steve Brown (District 2) as they debate their opponents.
The Forum will be broadcast on CreaTV’s Valley Politics throughout the month of October, and it will appear on their website.
- Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Marin GOP/Trump Headquarters, 20 Pimentel Ct, Bldg A, 2nd Floor, Novato
The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting at their new Victory Headquarters. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Members of the public are welcome. Call 415-446-4111 for more information.
- Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Aptos Grange, 2555 Mar Vista Dr, Aptos
Monthly meetings are usually held the last Thursday of each month. The meeting is open to the general public.
- Precinct Walk for Phil Reynolds for Campbell City Council
Saturday, October 1, 2016 / 9:00 am – Reynolds Campaign Headquarters, 325 Wren Way, Campbell
Join Campbell City Council Candidate Phil Reynolds for a Fresh Air Precinct Walk to support his campaign.
RSVP: Reply online or call (408) 250-4728 by September 28 so they know how many walking packages to put together and how much donuts and coffee to have on hand.
- Santa Clara Trump Campaign Booth at Los Altos Fall Festival
Saturday, October 1, 2016 / 9:00 am – Los Altos Fall Festival, South Parking Plaza behind Main Street, Los Altos
The Santa Clara County Trump campaign will have a booth at the Los Altos Fall Festival.
Visit their Facebook page for updates and other details.
- Volunteer Walk & Outreach with Dev Davis & Mayor Sam Liccardo
Saturday, October 1, 2016 / 9:00 am – Dev Davis Campaign Headquarters, 975 Delmas Avenue, San Jose
San Jose City Council Candidate Dev Davis will hold a volunteer walk outreach event with Mayor Sam Liccardo. You can come for part of the day, or for the whole thing! There will be a pizza lunch from Noon – 2pm.
RSVP: To volunteer, contact Dev’s Campaign Manager, Chrissy Branche at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Meeting with Nan Lesnick
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting with featured guest Nan Lesnick, representative for the Donald J. Trump for President Campaign. View the invitation.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email email@example.com or call Karen at (831) 385-1333.
- Sonoma County GOP Vice Presidential Debate Watch
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
Join the Sonoma County Republican Party as they watch Governor Mike Pence take on Senator Tim Kaine at the only Vice Presidential Debate.
Please be prepared to purchase food at Round Table Pizza.
- Vice Presidential Debate
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Longwood University, , Farmville
The only scheduled debate between Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Kaine will take place in Missouri. Elaine Quijano of CBS News will serve as moderator and the format will be divided into nine time segments of approximately 10 minutes each.
Watch for local debate watch parties on the BayAreaGOP calendar.
- Support Dev Davis at the WGNA Candidate Forum
Wednesday, October 5, 2016 / 6:15 pm – Starlite Banquets Facility, 680 Minnesota Ave, San Jose
Show up to support San Jose City Council Candidate Dev Davis at the Willow Glen Neighborhood Association Candidate Forum. The forum is from 6:30-9:00 PM. Meet in the parking lot at 6:15 to hand out Dev stickers, and signs for people who will be sitting in the audience.
RSVP: To Dev’s Campaign Manager, Christina, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 728-2040, if possible.
- Monterey GOP Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 2016 / 5:30 pm – MCRP Headquarters, 1098 Del Monte Ave. #C, Monterey
Meet your local Republican leaders. Join the Monterey County Republican Party for their central committee meeting. This is a great opportunity to get involved and help elect Republicans to local office.
- Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 6, 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.
- SFGOP 2016 Lincoln Reagan Dinner with Allen B. West
Friday, October 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Marine’s Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco
The San Francisco Republican Party will hold their 2016 Lincoln Reagan Dinner with special guest Allen B. West, American political commentator, former member of the United States House of Representatives, and retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel. They will honor California Republican Committeewoman and former SFGOP Chair Harmeet Dhillon with the Trailblazer Award. View the invitation.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: $135 per person; $300 for VIP tickets with sponsorships available. VIP and General Receptions begin at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.
- BBQ and Meet & Greet for Assembly Candidate Charlie Schaupp
Saturday, October 8, 2016 / Time to be announced – Address provided upon RSVP, , Rohnert Park
Join Assembly District 4 candidate Charlie Schaupp for a Barbeque and Meet & Greet.
- Sonoma County GOP Presidential Debate Watch
Sunday, October 9, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Round Table Pizza, 2065 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
Join the Sonoma County Republican Party as they watch Donald Trump take on Hillary Clinton at the second Presidential Debate.
Please be prepared to purchase food at Round Table Pizza.