New County Chairs to Lead GOP In 2015-16 Election Cycle

republican-sticker-75Nine Republican county committees in our coverage area have chosen new county chairs since December, and they are leading local efforts to activate their teams and connect to the community:

  • Under the leadership of new Solano Chair Jim McCully, the Solano GOP held a special event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with a special address by Dr. Alveda King, the niece of the civil rights leader.
  • Contra Costa Chair Nyna Armstrong has re-instituted a speaker series, hosting Jim Brulte, Ron Nehring, Supervisor Candace Andersen, and more.
  • Chair Bob Nuñez has continued the Santa Clara GOP’s support for San Jose pension reform by organizing a membership communications campaign for San Jose Republican council candidate Lan Diep in a special election.

Welcome to these and our other new chairs:  Susan Allen (Santa Cruz County), Lori Drake (Alameda), Edelweiss Geary (Sonoma), Tom Montgomery (Marin), Christine Hughes (San Francisco), and Mark Starritt (San Benito).  And a big thank you to their hard-working predecessors for all of their work over recent years. You can find meeting days and contact information for our county parties, as well as volunteer club information, on the BayAreaGOP Links page.

Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Assembly Republicans: Let’s Make Government Work for the People

Assembly Republicans have introduced a package of legislative proposals “aimed at making state government work again, and restoring the people’s trust in their government.”

Two of the bills are aimed at increasing state government transparency. ACA1 would require posting all bills for at least 72 hours before the final vote. AB410 would require online posting of state agency reports to legislative committees.

“Every time you read the paper, there is another story about bills being passed in the dead of night, politicians in scandal, or ridiculous bills that do nothing to make California a better place to live,” said Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen of Modesto.

“We want to restore our constituents’ faith in this institution. That’s why we have introduced a legislative package to modernize state government and make it work for the people.”

Olsen’s Assembly Constitutional Amendment 1 would require that all bills be made available in print and on the Internet for at least 72 hours before the vote. This would eliminate the practice of making last-minute changes to a bill and bringing it to a vote before the public (and sometimes lawmakers) have had a chance to read it.

Late in the legislative session a legislator may “gut-and-amend” a bill – strip out the entire contents and replace it with something completely new. Or “mushroom bills” may appear overnight (grown in the dark in a bed of manure). These are techniques to avoid public review and input.

Here are some disturbing articles describing these abusive practices – by Gary Galles, Dan Walters, and Capitol Alert. Kristin Olsen’s bill would assure a 72-hour window for review.

Assembly Bill 410, by Assemblyman Jay Obernolte, R-Big Bear Lake, would require that all reports prepared by state agencies for legislative committees be posted online. It would allow citizens to more easily follow state government activities.

According to the San Bernardino Sun, “Currently, even legislators have to get committee reports in photocopied form, rather than electronically.” Some of these reports can be thousands of pages long.

“I’ve always been a big proponent of transparency,” Obernolte said. “This particular bill was borne of my own frustration.”

Other bills in the reform package would reduce the number of bills an Assembly Member can introduce, require zero-based budgeting for state agencies, create a two-year budget process with increased oversight, and add protections for legislative employees who are whistleblowers.

You can read more about these proposals in the press release or the Executive Summary. You can use the Twitter hashtag #MakeGovWork to follow comments and progress.

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In East Bay Senate battle, Republicans could play kingmaker

By Matthew Artz
Contra Costa Times
May 14, 2015

Steve Glazer’s left-leaning detractors say he isn’t a real Democrat. If enough Republican voters agree, they might just catapult the Orinda mayor into the state Senate next week.

In the era of single-party runoff elections, no Democrat has tried harder to court Republican voters than Glazer, a self-described social liberal and fiscal conservative who is running against Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, a strongly pro-union Democrat from Concord.

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Brown debuts big budget revision

By James Poulos
May 15, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has unveiled the highly-anticipated revision to his annual state budget, teeing up final spending negotiations in Sacramento — largely with his fellow Democrats.

Despite a resurgence in California’s fiscal fortunes, including tax receipts some $2 billion in excess of estimates, “analysts are warning that California could be headed for more fiscal headaches as soon as next year,” the Wall Street Journal observed. “The state is constitutionally required to spend more on public education as revenue increases. This year’s revenue will establish a spending base for next year, meaning it could be harder for the state to balance its budget if the state’s income declines.”

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Ruling on pension bonuses shows obstacles to CA reform

By Chris Reed
May 2, 2015

A retiree group won a big victory last month. Reversing a superior court ruling, an appeals court overturned part of a voter-approved San Francisco pension reform in 2011 that ended higher payments to retirees when investments have “excess earnings.” …

Retirees, scattered and no longer union members, might seem unlikely to be formidable, particularly when battling a cost-cutting pension reform backed by all 11 county supervisors, business and labor groups, and 69 percent of San Francisco voters in 2011.

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Democrats kill Republican bills on teacher tenure, firing

By Jeremy B. White
Sac Bee Capitol Alert
April 29, 2015

A legislative committee on Wednesday rejected Republican education bills that would have overhauled teacher tenure and firing rules in response to a federal judge striking down California’s teacher employment laws.

In a resounding ruling last year, Judge Rolf Treu declared that California’s laws violate the civil rights of students by allowing ineffective teachers to remain in classrooms. Treu’s decision in Vergara v. California specifically targeted the method for firing teachers; the length of time it takes teachers to win permanent employment status; and the last-in-first-out policy dictating that the least experienced teachers go first during budget-driven layoffs.

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Legislators must defer to voters on redistricting

San Francisco Chronicle
April 19, 2015

It’s not too early to prepare for the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court will shoot down California’s system for drawing congressional boundaries through an independent citizens commission.

If this happens, there will be a great temptation among state legislative leaders to return to the bad old days when politicians drew the lines themselves. This would undo the voter-approved 2010 initiative that extended redistricting reform to congressional seats.

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  • Solano Republicans Fourth Friday Dinner with Sue Hokana
    Friday, May 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Solano GOP Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

    Join the Solano County Republican Party for their Fourth Friday dinner with  featured speaker Sue Hokana.  She is an immigration reform advocate with the Folsom Tea Party and will lead a discussion on immigration.

    RSVP: $20 per person or $35 per couple. Register online here. Questions or reply to (707) 422-5000.

  • Meet and Greet for Duf Sundheim
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Atherton

    Hosts Merv Morris and Sanjay Subhedar invite you to meet Duf Sundheim who is exploring a run for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by retiring Senator Boxer.  This will be an opportunity for you to meet Duf in an informal and intimate setting, hear his views and share your thoughts and perspectives on how we can make California an even better place. As an added bonus, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz will be speaking on World events and challenges the US faces.

    RSVP:  Contact Sue Caro by email or call (510) 468-8054.

  • Contra Costa GOP to Feature Tom Del Beccaro
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

    The Republican Party of Contra Costa will host speaker Tom Del Beccaro, Candidate for U.S. Senate, author and form CRP Chairman.

    Tickets: $5.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Tom will speak and answer questions starting at 7:00 pm, immediately followed by the central committee business meeting.  See invitation for more information.

  • San Ramon Valley RWF Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner with Catharine Baker
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville

    Join the San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated for their Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner with guest speaker Assembly Member Catharine Baker. She will provide an overview of her experiences since being elected to the Assembly last November, including her committee assignments, proposed legislation, the budget, and what the atmosphere is in the Capitol.

    RSVP: Reply by May 22nd online. Cost: $40 per person. Social begins at 6:30pm; followed by dinner, awards and speaker at 7:00pm.

  • San Mateo GOP Presents Jazz, Politics and Wine Mixer With Pete Constant
    Wednesday, May 27, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Hillsborough

    Former San Jose Councilmember Pete Constant will be the guest speaker at the San Mateo Republican Party’s Jazz, Politics and Wine Mixer: Inside Edition. His topic will be “Public Pension Reform: It’s Now or Never.” Pete serves as the Senior Policy Advisory to San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo.  He is an adjunct professor of Leadership at St. Mary’s College, his Alma Mater, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and his Master of Arts Degree in Leadership.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $35 for Regular Tickets; $20 for Young Republicans.

  • Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Thursday, May 28, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Community Room next to Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae

    The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and get involved. More Information: or 415-446-4111.

  • Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Tom Del Beccaro
    Tuesday, June 2, 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 Tom Del Beccaro, former Chair of the California Republican Party, author and candidate for U.S. Senate 2016.

    RSVP: For reservations, email or call Dorothy Errea at (831) 382-4230. Cost for lunch: $15. Everyone is welcome for lunch or to stop by to hear the speaker at no charge. View invitation for more information.

  • Reception In Support Of Carly for President
    Thursday, June 4, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Peninsula Golf & Country Club, 701 Madera Drive, San Mateo

    Phil and Sharon Lebherz invite you to a reception in support of Carly Fiorina for President. Fiorina currently serves as the Chair of the American Conservative Union Foundation, which annually hosts CPAC.  She also chairs Opportunity International, a non-profit micro-finance lender that provides small loans to lift people out of poverty around the world.

    RSVP: Contact Ann Kramer at (916) 941-1977 or email Cost for General Reception is $1,000 per person. View the invitation for more information and disclosures.


  • Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Thursday, June 4, 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.

  • Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Jim Geraghty
    Tuesday, June 9, 2015 / 7:00 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

    The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker journalist and author Jim Geraghty.  Jim is a political reporter, conservative blogger and contributing editor at National Review Online. He was named CPAC’s “Journalist of the Year” in February of 2015.

    RSVP: Reply online. Cost: 2015 Members – Free; Non-members – $15; First-time visitors – $5; Active military and full time students – Free (must show valid ID at the door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm.


  • Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, June 10, 2015 / 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.  Social period 6:30 pm. Questions? Contact HQ at or 408-246-6600.

  • San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
    Thursday, June 11, 2015 / 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.

  • Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting
    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 / 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.

  • SPARC Dinner Featuring Mayor Ignacio Valazquez
    Wednesday, June 17, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills

    The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) will feature Hollister Mayor Ignacio Valaquez at their monthly dinner meeting. His topic will be “Hola! There’s a Business-Friendly Mayor in Town.”
    Save the date! For more information, visit

  • Alameda GOP Lincoln Reagan Dinner
    Thursday, June 18, 2015 / 5:00 pm – Tapas Bar and Mediterranean Restaurant, 4500-C Tassajara Road, Dublin

    The theme for this year’s Alameda Republican Party Lincoln Reagan Dinner will be “Republicans Across the Generations.”  Come hear special guests Assembly Members Shannon Grove (R-34th AD) and Catharine Baker (R-AD 16), and U.S. Senate Candidate Tom Del Becarro.

    RSVP:  Contact by June 1 or call (510) 638-3414.  Cost: $55.  Cocktails and No-host bar starts at 5:00pm; Dinner at 6:00pm.  View invitation for more information.

  • SVARW Summer Patriot Party
    Saturday, June 20, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, 6605 Crystal Springs Drive, San Jose

    Come and mingle with like-minded conservatives at the Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women’s Summer Patriot Party. You will enjoy a lovely summer evening with appetizers and wine at the home of Paulette and Clint Johnson. Office holders and declared candidates have been invited.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $15 with fee waived for Patriot Gold and Sponsor Platinum membership levels.

  • Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Thursday, June 25, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Community Room next to Jason’s Restaurant, 300 Drakes Landing Road, Greenbrae

    The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Members of the public are encouraged to attend and get involved. More Information: or 415-446-4111.

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

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