CRP Platform Drafting Committee Elected

The California Republican Party’s Platform Committee has elected a quarter of its members to serve on the Platform Drafting Committee.  The following are the members from the Bay Area:

Gregory Allen
Larry Beaman
Rob Bernosky
Robert Brunton
Richard Ciardella
Paul Cummings Jr.
Jerad Ferguson
Diane Gabl
Gilbert Gonzales
Matthew Heath
Alex Henthorn
Palmer Kain
Rich Kinney
Virginia Kiraly
Kevin Krick
Peter Kuo
G. Burt Lancaster
Jonathan Madison
Chuck Page
Jaime Patino
Rene Pineda
David Salaverry
Mark Starritt
Greg Swett
Dan Trimble
Elissa Wadleigh

Proposed platforms and proposed amendments have been posted on the Delegates Only section of the CRP website.  Proposed platforms and amendments were required to be submitted by May 25 and June 19, respectively.  The 22 platform proposals include several proposals in each of these categories: 1) No change to the 2012 Platform (viewable here), 2) The 2012 Platform with modifications, 3) Proposed new platforms, and 4) proposals for individual sections.  11 additional proposed amendments were submitted.

The Platform Drafting Committee will meet in early August to consider the submitted platforms and amendments.  It will draft a platform which will be presented to the full Platform Committee no later than August 10.  The full Platform Committee will meet at the September CRP convention in Anaheim to consider and act on the draft platform.  The result will be forwarded to the convention delegates.

We will continue to follow the Platform process on the BayAreaGOP Platform page. 


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Luis Buhler, Publisher

DeMaio and Reed Lead State Pension Reform Initiative


A bipartisan coalition of local elected officials led by former San Diego Councilmember Carl DeMaio, a Republican, and former San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, a Democrat, has filed a statewide Pension Reform Initiative.  They are working to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot.

The proposed initiative would limit state and local pension spending in several ways:

  • Requires voter approval of any defined benefit pensions for new government employees
  • Requires voter approval of any increase in pensions for existing government employees
  • Prohibits any taxpayer subsidy of government retirement benefits in excess of 50% of the cost – unless voters expressly approve a higher contribution
  • Prohibits politicians and government agencies from delaying, impeding, or challenging any voter-approved state and local ballot measures regarding compensation and retirement benefits.

The support group Reform California reports that, “Despite the state’s improving economy, public employee pension debt in California continues to explode – growing from $6.3 billion in 2003 to $198 billion in 2013.”  That’s over $5000 per resident of California.

Both DeMaio and Reed led successful pension reform measures in their cities in 2012, but the cities have had to deal with union legal challenges.  The state initiative takes a simpler approach.  It would require voter approval of pension enhancements or to continue offering defined benefit pension plans for new employees.

The initiative would apply to the state, cities, counties, school districts, special districts, UC and CSU.  You can find out more on the Reform California campaign website and in this recent CalWatchdog article.

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Redistricting: How Republicans Dodged a Bullet

By Sean Trende
Real Clear Politics
July 9, 2015

Republicans were disappointed when the Supreme Court ruled that the Arizona redistricting panel was constitutional. They shouldn’t have been. Losing that case probably won’t affect Republicans that much. Winning on the other hand, could have hurt them, badly.

Two states would have had to redraw all of their lines in the event of an unfavorable ruling: California and Arizona. In a best case scenario, Arizona would have netted Republicans two congressional seats and shored up a third, although Republicans would have been reluctant to spread themselves too thin.

But we also have to consider California.

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How To Fix Our Roads Without New Taxes

By Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen & Katcho Achadjian
Fox & Hounds
July 1, 2015

Californians are tired of government not keeping up with its fundamental duty to keep our roads in good repair. There are over 30 million registered vehicles in our state, and about 400,000 miles of road. Almost any California driver could tell you – our roads and the gridlock, traffic, and potholes that come with them are unacceptable for the Golden State.  To improve our quality of life as well as our economy, we must improve our roadways and develop a reliable transportation network across the State.

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Baker Joins Colleagues, Introduces Transportation Proposal to Fix State Infrastructure Without Raising Taxes

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker
June 30, 2015

Assemblywoman Catharine B. Baker (R-San Ramon) joined Republican colleagues yesterday to announce a transportation plan which dedicates $6 billion in new funding to address our state’s transportation needs without any new taxes or fees.

“In my district, there are four major freeways and highways and five BART stations, all of which are showing wear and congestion strain. Constituents deserve smarter, stronger infrastructure using funds more efficiently. That is what this proposal does. Rather than raising taxes, this proposal reforms how we spend the money we already have and ensures that our transportation funds are being used wisely,” said Baker.

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Why the Supreme Court's redistricting decision matters for California

By Phil Willon & Christine Mai-Duc
Los Angeles Times
June 29, 2015

In one of its final decisions this term, the Supreme Court on Monday upheld the legality of Arizona’s citizen redistricting commission, which is responsible for redrawing congressional and legislative district lines. The case was closely watched by legal and political experts in California, some of whom feared that if the Arizona commission was struck down, California’s could be endangered, too.

Voters in Arizona approved a ballot measure in 2000 that created a five-member citizen commission to redraw lines for congressional districts. The case called the legality of that measure into question.

Arizona lawmakers asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Constitution reserves the power of redistricting solely for elected state lawmakers, or whether unelected citizen commissions may also wield that authority.

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  • 2016 Republican Presidential Candidates “Voters First Forum”
    Monday, August 3, 2015 / 4:00 pm – Live on C-SPAN, Manchester, New Hampshire

    Jack Heath of WGIR-AM Radio in Manchester, New Hampshire, moderates a “Voters First Forum” with the 2016 Republican presidential candidates. The candidates will appear individually in rapid succession. All have been invited to this event sponsored by media outlets in New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina. Repeat showing at 8 pm.


  • Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Casey Lucius
    Tuesday, August 4, 2015 / 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 guest speaker Pacific Grove Council Member Casey Lucius.  Casey is also a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 20th District. She will discuss the key issues in her race for Congress. Scholarship recipients, Madeline White from Greenfield High and Hannah Wilkins from King City High will also attend to talk about their future educational plans.

    RSVP: For reservations, email or call Dorothy Errea at (831) 382-4230. Cost for lunch: $15.  View the invitation for more information


  • Alameda County GOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – The Englander Sports Pub & Restaurant, 101 Parrott Street, San Leandro

    The Alameda County Republican Party will host a series of debate watching parties throughout the County. The 18th AD will host their party in San Leandro.

    RSVP:  Contact Charlie Ferrante at


  • Alameda County GOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Round Table Pizza, 4855 Hopyard Road, Ste. C-1, Pleasanton

    The Alameda County Republican Party will host a series of debate watching parties throughout the County. The 16th AD will host their party in Pleasanton.

    RSVP:  Contact Karan Healy at:


  • Alameda County GOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Bronco Billys Pizza Palace, 41200 Blacow Road, Fremont

    The Alameda County Republican Party will host a series of debate watching parties throughout the County. The 25th AD will host their party in Fremont.

    RSVP:  Contact Jeff Wald:


  • SFGOP Presidential Primary Debate Watch Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Presidio Golf Club, Clubhouse Grill Room & Bar, San Francisco

    The San Francisco Republican Party will host a debate watch party.  There will be appetizers and a no-host cash-only bar.

    RSVP: Reply online by August 1. Cost $35 for General Admission; $100 for Presidential Sponsor (includes two tickets and preferred seating). Doors open at 5:30pm with debates beginning at 6:00pm. Contact for details.


  • SVGOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Dave & Busters, 940 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas

    Join the Santa Clara County Republican Party (SVGOP) as they watch the first in a series of Republican Presidential Debates.

    The event is free to attend, but please RSVP here so they know how many guests to expect.


  • San Mateo GOP Presidential Debate Watch
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Round Table Pizza, 1304 W Hillsdale Blvd., San Mateo

    Join the San Mateo County GOP as they cheer on the top ten contenders for the GOP Presidential Primary. The event will take place at the Roundtable Pizza, located in the Laurelwood Shopping Center.

    Learn more on their website.


  • Walnut Creek Debate Watch Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Pinky’s Pizza Parlor, 2085 N Broadway, Suite 100, Walnut Creek

    Join the Republican Party of Contra Costa County to watch the debate in a friendly atmosphere, starting at 5:30 pm.  They will be giving away some prizes just to keep things fun.  RSVP here.


  • Alameda County GOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Round Table Pizza, 398 Grand Avenue, Oakland

    The Alameda County Republican Party will host a series of debate watching parties throughout the County. The 15th AD will host their party in Oakland.

    RSVP:  Contact Greg Govan at


  • Alameda County GOP Presidential Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Hayward Castro Valley Moose Lodge, 20835 Rutledge Road, Castro Valley

    The Alameda County Republican Party will host a series of debate watching parties throughout the County. The 20th AD will host their party in Castro Valley.

    RSVP:  Contact Kevin McGary:


  • First Republican Presidential Debate
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Fox News Channel, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland

    Fox News Channel hosts the first Republican presidential debate at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.


  • Monterey GOP Debate Watching Party
    Thursday, August 6, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Monterey County GOP Headquarters, 1098 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey

    Join the Monterey County Republican Party for the first Presidential Debate live from Cleveland, Ohio. Free food and drink will be provided and there is no charge for attending the party.  Cheer on your favorite GOP candidate!

    RSVP: Contact Cindy Norlin at (831) 324-0617 or email


  • Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Friday, August 7, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Live Oak Senior Center, 1777 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz

    Monthly meetings are usually held the first Thursday of each month.  The meeting is open to the general public.


  • Hatch Grassley Victory Committee Reception
    Monday, August 10, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park

    Co-Hosts John Chambers, Ron Conway, and Duncan & Shirley Matteson invite you to a reception with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch (UT), Chairman of the Finance Committee, and U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The event will benefit the Hatch Grassley Victory Committee.

    RSVP: Use this form to reply, or contact Carly LeVan (202) 955-6061 or email  Cost: $1,000 per attendee with sponsorships available.  Host and Co-Host Roundtable begins at 5:30pm; Reception at 6:00pm.


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