MESSAGE FROM THE PUBLISHER
Bay Area Delegates Star
at GOP National Convention
Bay Area Delegates Harmeet Dhillon and Peter Thiel played prominent roles at the recent Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Peter Thiel, one of Silicon Valley’s most successful start-up investors, delivered a prime time speech that focused on the need to bring economic prosperity to all Americans. He cited the flat wages experienced by many Americans during the Obama years. He pointed out that our government, once a technology leader, has failed to keep up with technology advances, even in critical defense projects and installations. He criticized Hillary Clinton’s failed foreign policy and spoke of the need to rebuild America’s economy, essential to maintaining our global leadership.
Harmeet Dhillon delivered the Ardas Sikh prayer as the convention invocation, highlighting the diversity of faiths represented at the gathering. In addition, she served on the Convention Rules Committee where she helped preserve the connection between Republican voters and convention delegates they sent to represent them. Efforts to change the 2020 presidential nomination process to advantage one candidate over others were also defeated.
California’s delegation was featured in TV coverage as one of the most enthusiastic groups on the convention floor. You can see the acceptance speeches of our nominees, as well as Thiel’s speech and Dhillon’s prayer on the Trump-Pence Campaign page on our website.
Luis Wong for Assembly District 20
Union City’s Luis Wong wants to bring his financial expertise to the State Assembly and “work for all Californians on issues that affect the quality of life and the future of our children and us.”
Wong’s top priority issues include transportation, where he wants to expand BART services and find ways to relieve highway traffic, and housing, where he plans to work with local governments and private organizations to build affordable housing.
Luis Wong would also encourage business development that can provide better jobs and more tax revenue. Another priority is improving school curriculum and results to better prepare students for college and the labor market.
He says, “More can be accomplished in these and other areas with sound wisdom and judgment, instead of burdening our citizens with more taxes, fees, waste of resources, a growing bureaucracy and corruption.”
Wong is running in the 20th Assembly District, which includes Hayward, Union City, northern Fremont, and the surrounding unincorporated communities. See the map.
Luis Wong was born in Nicaragua to a Chinese father and a Nicaraguan mother. Together with their 10 children, they fled from civil war in Nicaragua to the United States.
Wong earned a degree in business administration from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. His professional training includes licenses in mortgage lending, various types of insurance, and real estate brokerage.
Luis has worked in mortgage lending for over 25 years, both in sales and management. He is currently a senior loan officer for a mortgage lender. Luis meets with individuals and families, “to help them evaluate and select the mortgage that best fits their needs and allows them to achieve the American dream of home ownership.”
Luis also worked overseas negotiating foreign investment and trade arrangements involving three nations. He speaks English, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.
Luis has volunteered in the community with the James Logan High School forensics program, Union City American Little League, and public schools attended by his children.
In addition to professional organizations, he has been a member of Rotary International and the Nicarao Relief Fund. He regularly attends mass service at St. Joseph’s Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Hayward, though no one in his family is hearing-impaired.
Luis has resided in Union City for over 20 years with his wife Leanna. Together they have raised 3 children who attended Union City public schools.
There will be a campaign fundraiser in Millbrae on Thursday, August 18. For more information, please visit Luis’ campaign website or contact him at (510) 579-0968.
GOP IN THE NEWS
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?
By Teri Sforza
The Orange County Register
August 12, 2016
Back in 2005, just 1,841 retirees pulled down more than $100,000 a year in pension checks from the California Public Employees’ Retirement System.
A decade later, membership in the so-called $100K Club had swelled by nearly 20,000 souls.
CalPERS data provided to the conservative-leaning group Transparent California, and analyzed by the Register, found that 21,652 public retirees received annual benefits of more than $100,000 in 2015.
By Matt Fleming
July 19, 2016
Republicans in the state Legislature are thought to have a challenging election cycle this year. The outcome in November will determine whether the GOP has enough seats in the state Assembly and state Senate to maintain relevance in legislative matters.
Many factors are contributing to the angst, not the least of which is that Donald Trump as the GOP nominee is a wild card. No one knows yet how the reality T.V. star and real estate tycoon will affect down-ticket races — although Democrats are anticipating this will help them.
By Chris Reed
July 18, 2016
Proposition 13 — the 1978 ballot measure setting property taxes at 1 percent of assessed value and limiting annual increases in property taxes to 2 percent for homes and businesses which don’t change owners — is perhaps the most controversial of the limits put on state government through direct democracy.
A ballot measure is likely in 2018 that aims to eliminate some or most of Prop. 13’s protections for commercial property — a concept known as “split roll” that has been discussed for decades. In May 2015, a coalition of unions set up a group called Make It Fair that originally talked about launching a 2016 ballot measure before pulling back over concerns it could harm chances to pass a November 2016 ballot measure extending the “temporary” income taxes on the wealthy that voters approved in 2012.
By David Kersten
Fox & Hounds
July 13, 2016
Orange County Register reporter Teri Sforza quietly released a story that blows the whistle on another fiscal bombshell of bad news at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).
The story states that according to unofficial preliminary numbers from CalPERS the fund lost about 2% of its market value in the 2015-16 fiscal year that just ended–which represents an estimated $28.5 billion increase in the fund’s unfunded liabilities, according to my rough calculations.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- South Bay Counties Trump Volunteer Training
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Santa Clara Trump Campaign Office, 1133 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale
Join in for a New Volunteer Training for the Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo and San Francisco counties Trump campaign. There will be Trump gear giveaways and light refreshments.
RSVP: Click here to register for this free event.
- Monterey GOP at the County Fair
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 / 12:00 pm – Monterey County Fair & Event Center, 2004 Fairground Road, Monterey
Volunteers are needed for voter registration activities at the Monterey County Republican Party booth at the Monterey County Fair, Wednesday, August 31 – Monday, September 5. Contact Cindy at cindy@MontereyRepublicans.org if you can help. Fair info.
- Silicon Valley RWF Luncheon with Dev Davis
Thursday, September 1, 2016 / 11:30 am – Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
The Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to hear about Dev Davis’s campaign for San Jose City Council, District 6. Devora “Dev” Davis is running to ensure that the City of San Jose can provide for the five core services – police, fire, roads, libraries, and parks, while maintaining a balanced and fiscally responsible budget. Learn more..
RSVP: Call Ellen Longworth at (408) 354-0419 or visit www.svrwf.org to make reservations before noon on Monday prior to the meeting. Cost: $24. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.
- Night at the Blackhawk Automotive Museum for Catharine Baker
Thursday, September 1, 2016 / 6:00 pm – The Blackhawk Automotive Museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle, Danville
Join the California Dental Association and the Farmers Employee & Agent PAC, along with the Blackhawk Services Company for an event in support of Assemblywoman Catharine Baker. The event will include live music by local artist Chris Estes.
RSVP: Reply online. You may also contact Erin Wolff at (916) 669-9372 or email email@example.com. Ticket Prices: $100 per person or $150 per couple; $1,000 – Cadillac Sponsor with more sponsor opportunities. View the invitation for more information.
- Dessert with Dev Davis
Thursday, September 1, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, Cahill Park, San Jose
Joe Nation will host Dessert with Dev, benefitting San Jose City Council Candidate Dev Davis.
RSVP: To reply and learn more, contact Christina@DevDavis.com.
- Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Thursday, September 1, 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.
- Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Councilwoman Darlene Acosta
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their General Membership Meeting with guest speaker King City Councilwoman Darlene Acosta. The Councilwoman will discuss issues relating to medical and recreational marijuana, and the November ballot measure Prop. 64. Scholarship recipient Abigail Foster will also announce her educational plans. View the invitation for more details.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15. Gather at 11:30am; Lunch served as you arrive.
- Monterey Peninsula RWF Lunch Featuring Assemblymember Shannon Grove
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 11:30 am – Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a lunch meeting featuring Assemblymember and State Senate Candidate Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield).
RSVP: Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at email@example.com to make reservations by September 5th. Cost: $22 for Members; $25 for Non-members. Social begins at 11:30am; lunch and program at noon.
- Napa Valley RWF Lunch with Captain Ronald Fry
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 11:30 am – Napa Valley Country Club, 3385 Hagen Road, Napa
The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with guest speaker Captain Ronald Fry, veteran and author of “Hammerhead Six,” based on his experience as a Special Forces team leader in eastern Afghanistan.
- Blackhawk RWF Evening Featuring Carson Bruno
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to an informative evening featuring Carson Bruno, a Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He studies California public policy, electoral politics, and public opinion and has recently written and spoken extensively on these issues. His background as a public finance investment banker gave Carson an in-depth look at fiscal policy decisions. His topic will be “Good Luck Movin’ Up cuz I’m Movin’ Out! – California’s Domestic Migration Problem and Why It Matters.”
RSVP: Cost: $25. Please make your reservations by e-mailing or calling Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-216-6663, then mailing her a check for $25 made payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” to arrive no later than Monday, September 5 at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. 5:30 pm – Check-in and hors d’oeuvres; 6:00 pm – Meeting and speaker. View the invitation.
- Livermore Valley Event for Catharine Baker
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Wente-Layton Residence, Address Provided Upon RSVP, Livermore
You are invited to join hosts Carolyn Wente & Buck Layton along with Charles Ball at an evening event in Livermore Valley in support of Assemblywomen Catharine Baker. $1000 per Couple, $2500 – California Co-Hosts, $4200 – Victory 2016 Committee.
RSVP: To Julie Westlake at email@example.com or 916-458-2828.
- East Contra Costa RWF Present Terry Turchie
Thursday, September 8, 2016 / 11:59 pm – Location to be determined, ,
Save the date for the September monthly meeting of the East Contra Costa Republican Women Federated. Their speaker will be Terry Turchie, former Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. His timely topic will be “Trends in Terrorism.”
RSVP: Make your reservation by September 4th by calling Susan Reinhard at (925) 516-4460. More details to come!
- Breakfast with Rep. Tom McClintock
Saturday, September 10, 2016 / 7:30 am – Legends at Bennett Valley, 3030 Yulupa, Santa Rosa
Join the Sonoma Republican Party as they host a breakfast with Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CD 4). Rep. McClintock serves on the House Budget and Natural Resources Committees.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $35 per person ($45 after Aug. 31); $20 for Students.
- Walk and Talk with Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
Saturday, September 10, 2016 / 9:00 pm – Gary Bogue Trail, Acalanes Ridge (off Peaceful Lane in Lafayette), 141 Peaceful Lane, Lafayette
Join Assemblywoman Catharine Baker for a walk and talk in Lafayette, in partnership with the John Muir Land Trust and Mount Diablo Audubon Society. This gathering is an opportunity to ask questions about legislation impacting parks, the environment, and other issues of importance while enjoying the natural beauty of Acalanes Ridge.
RSVP: Call (925)328-1515.
- Bay Area Republican Women Clubs Present Dinesh D’Souza
Sunday, September 11, 2016 / 2:30 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, , East Contra Costa County
Join the Bay Area Republican Women Clubs in East Contra Costa for an afternoon with author Dinesh D’Souza as he discusses the impact of the Progressive movement in the United States. His most recent book, Hillary’s America, was released in November, and the movie will be released in July of this year. View the invitation.
RSVP: Contact Liz Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve pre-sale General Tickets ($100) and VIP Tickets ($175.)