California Republicans
Key to Trump Transition 

As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, three California Republicans are playing key roles in the transition process.
Silicon Valley’s Peter Thiel is a prime link to the tech community.  The PayPal cofounder and venture capitalist was named early on to the Trump transition team executive committee.  He has brought others in his circle into the transition effort.  Thiel played a role in organizing the meeting of tech leaders in New York and sat beside the President-elect at the meeting.  Thiel’s influence is significant because Trump had few ties to the tech world.

U.S. Representative Devin Nunes was also appointed to the executive committee of the transition team.  The seven-term congressman from Tulare is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and also serves on the Way and Means Committee.  Nunes has been advising on appointments, receiving contacts from job seekers, and participating in the executive committee conference calls.  He reportedly suggested the name of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, who was chosen to be Secretary of Defense.  
Congressman Kevin McCarthy‘s job as House Majority Leader certainly makes him important to the Trump team as they consider policy decisions that need Congressional approval.  From his previous job as Republican Whip, McCarthy has a good sense of where the votes lie on issues.  In addition, McCarthy signed up to support Trump as a convention delegate.  

“Well, I’ve dealt with Donald Trump quite a bit.  I’ve talked to him a lot.” said McCarthy to Fox News Sunday in November.  “I think what he’ll do, he’ll lay out the principles, he’ll hold us accountable.”
These three California leaders are important voices working for effective leadership by the Trump administration. 
You can find out more about the Trump transition team here and learn about applying for Trump Administration jobs here.

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Luis Buhler, Publisher

New CRP Vice Chair Kristin Olsen 

Kristin Olsen is the California Republican Party’s new State Vice Chair. An experienced leader, she represented the Modesto area in the state Assembly for six years, during which she served as Assembly Republican Leader from 2014 to early 2016. She recently won a seat as a county supervisor in Stanislaus County.

Vice Chair Olsen said, “I’m looking forward to once again working as part of the California Republican Party leadership team as we strive to better the lives of every Californian.”

“Our work at the Party level supports Republicans across the state who play an important role in bringing balance and transparency to our local and state government. I’m excited for this new opportunity and can’t wait to get started. We have a lot of work to do.”
While she was Assembly Republican Leader, Olsen worked to enhance the communications capabilities of the Assembly Republican Caucus.  The Caucus publicized packages of bills to better let the public know about positive Republican proposals.  
These included packages to increase legislative transparency, improve schools in the state, and fix roads without a tax increase.  A key provision of a legislative transparency bill sponsored by Olsen herself, the provision to require posting all bills for at least 72 hours before the final vote, was passed in Proposition 54 in November.

Olsen was nominated by CRP Chairman Jim Brulte and confirmed by the CRP Board of Directors on December 9th to replace Harmeet Dhillon, who was elected last summer as the state’s National Committeewoman.
Jim Brulte said,  “As a key member of the California Republican Party leadership, Kristin will help us continue to build the Party from the ground up so we can better support Republicans as we continue to fight for a more open and prosperous California.”

Brulte had previously listed several qualifications important in a vice chair, including serious commitment to raising money, a keen understanding of modern politics, knowledge of campaign technology, and a servant’s heart.
Kristin Olsen was born in Modesto and graduated from Modesto High School.  She graduated from Westmont College magna cum laude with a degree in Communication Studies in 1996.
After graduation, Olsen worked as legislative aide and press secretary for State Senator Tim Leslie in Sacramento.  She subsequently worked as Senior Communications Manager for the California Restaurant Association.  

After she and her husband Rod moved back to Modesto, Kristin continued working for the CRA from home.  Then she became Assistant Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs at CSU Stanislaus, where she managed both government relations and media relations.
In Modesto Olsen served first as a planning commissioner and then five years on the City Council before being elected to the Assembly.  She and her husband Rod have three children.

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State Republicans excited to see others in GOP at inauguration

By Joe Garofoli
San Francisco Chronicle
January 15, 2017

Donald Trump wasn’t Hilary Hagenbuch’s first choice for president. The San Franciscan was, admittedly, “a Romney girl.” But even though the former Massachusetts governor’s 2016 campaign didn’t materialize, Hagenbuch wasn’t a never-Trumper and eventually supported her party’s nominee.

Her reward: She is packing four — at least — swanky gowns for the inaugural balls and events she plans to attend this week in Washington, D.C. Those include one soiree she’s organizing.

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Senate Republican Leader's Statement on Hiring of Eric Holder

CA Senate Republicans
January 5, 2017

Senate Republican Leader Jean Fuller (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement after the majority party in the California Legislature unilaterally hired Eric Holder, former U.S. Attorney General.

“Californians should not be forced to pay for the state legislature to hire a partisan group of D.C. attorneys based upon fear and overreaction by some politicians. Not only is today’s action premature, but it’s unclear why taxpayers should pay for an expensive outside law firm when California’s Department of Justice has over four thousand employees and almost a billion dollar budget.

“Today’s decision, made without transparency, is troubling. I hope that the majority party will take this opportunity to work across the aisle and refocus on California’s priorities.  I’m committed to working with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Speaker Paul Ryan to ensure California gets what California deserves,” said Leader Fuller.

Assembly Republican Leader Expresses Outrage Following Legislative Democrats’ Latest Political Stunt

CA Assembly Republican Caucus
January 4, 2017

Today, Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes (R-Yucca Valley) issued the following statement in response to legislative Democrats’ decision to retain former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to represent them in potential legal disputes with the incoming Trump administration:

“This is a distraction from the very real problems facing everyday Californians. Donald Trump did not cause California’s transportation crisis, nor did he play a role in our state’s sky-high housing costs. Democrats should focus on solving these real-world problems instead of wasting tax-payer money to score political points before the president-elect even takes office.

“The state’s incoming attorney general has spent decades in Washington working on federal policies. It’s not clear why legislative Democrats needed to hire a D.C. insider to litigate the exact same issues.”

Raft of new state laws are going – or have gone – into effect

By Steven Greenhut
December 27, 2016

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed 898 bills into law last year. Most start on Jan. 1, but others going into effect in coming years. The majority of new laws deal with minutiae that’s unlikely to affect most residents, but a number of them will have real-world consequences for broad numbers of people – on issues ranging from new driving rules to patients’ access to experimental medications.

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Assembly’s Proposition 54 rules punch a big loophole

By Dan Walters
Sacramento Bee
December 15, 2016

California voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 54 last month, commanding the Legislature to be less sneaky by requiring 72 hours of public exposure for measures before their final votes.


Those in and around the Capitol wondered whether Democratic legislative leaders would fully comply or try an end run. The issue erupted within minutes of the 2017-18 legislative session’s opening on Dec. 5.

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2011 pension fixes in L.A., San Francisco not working

By Chris Reed
November 28, 2016

Earlier this decade — before Gov. Jerry Brown launched his successful 2012 push for state pension reforms in Sacramento — the leaders of Los Angeles and San Francisco executed retirement-benefit reforms that they said would keep the pension tsunami at bay.

In 2011, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (pictured) won a hard-fought deal with the Los Angeles police and firefighters unions that targeted “pension spiking” — late-career maneuvering that allowed individuals to push up their final pay and thus their annual pensions. It also reduced the minimum pension available after 20 years of service.

All employee unions also made concessions reducing retirement benefits for newly hired workers that year. And after the 2011 contracts, all new hires had to share in the costs of health care benefits. Taxpayers had previously covered the whole tab.

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Teachers’ Unions Spend Over $27 Million on State Races

By Marc Joffe
November 22, 2016

In a recent op-ed, California Federation of Teachers (CFT) President Joshua Pechthalt calls out special interests for pouring money into California elections in support of charter schools. He writes:

“The charter association spent better than $24 million in relatively few races this year. Oakland, where previously $20,000 was a lot of money for a school board race, was awash in a half-million dollars in contributions, mostly from the charter association and another billionaire-funded committee.”

Missing from Perchthalt’s piece is the fact that the CFT and other teacher’s unions are also big-spending special interests. Indeed, they spend considerably more on political donations than charter advocates.

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  • Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017 / 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.


  • Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Luncheon with Eddie Geary

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 10:00 am – Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton

    You are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women’s General Meeting and Luncheon. The speaker will be Edelweiss Geary, Chair of the Sonoma County Republican Party. She will discuss the California Republican Party.

    RSVP: Contact Terri at or call (925) 766-4603 by January 13. Cost: $30. 


  • Novato RWF Luncheon with Jim Sutton

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 11:30 am – Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

    The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with guest speaker Jim Sutton, Managing Partner at The Sutton Law Firm. A specialist in campaign law, Jim will talk about election law, fraud, recounts, and campaign donations. Are there laws that could improve the election procedure?

    RSVP: Reserve your seat online by 5pm on January 13th. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am, Speaker at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:15pm. 


  • Monterey GOP Central Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 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.


  • SPARC Dinner Featuring Rear Admiral John Bitoff

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills

    The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) January dinner meeting will feature retired naval officer, politico-military specialist and public servant Rear Admiral John Bitoff, U.S. Navy (Retired). In addition to his many military accomplishments, the Admiral directed the Navy’s rescue and recovery efforts in the wake of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. This highly praised effort consisted of rescue operations, medical and firefighting assistance, air resupply to isolated areas, restoration of electrical power, housing the earthquake victims, road clearing and other civil engineering projects. His topic will be “Restoring Civility to Our Public Debate.”

    RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit Early-bird Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID.  After January 15th, $45 for members; $50 for non-members.


  • Monthly Meeting of the Sonoma County Republican Party

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017 / 7:00 pm – Sonoma County GOP HQ, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa

    Attend the monthly meeting of the Sonoma County Republican Party, normally held on the third Wednesday. 

    All registered Republicans are welcome to attend. Contact:


  • West Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring Shirley Mark

    Thursday, January 19, 2017 / 11:30 am – Holder’s Country Inn, 998 So. De Anza Blvd., San Jose

    Shirley MarkJoin the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their monthly luncheon meeting featuring Shirley Mark, President of the California Federation of Republican Women. A member of the Paso Robles Republican Women Federated since 1997, Shirley Mark has served in many positions in her local club and in the CFRW’s Central Division. She moved up to serve as the CFRW’s VP Central from 2012-2015 before being elected as CFRW President 2016-2017.

    RSVP: Cost $24. Reserve your seat by sending your check by Monday, January 16th (made payable to West Valley RWF) to Grace Russo at 2393 Karen Drive, #3, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Questions? Call Grace at 408-499-1695.


  • The Presidential Inauguration

    Friday, January 20, 2017 / 8:30 am – The U.S. Capitol, , Washington, D.C.

    TrumpPence 90xDonald Trump and Mike Pence will be sworn into office as President and Vice-President in a televised ceremony.

    The time of 11:30 am Eastern Time is approximate. Coverage is expected to begin earlier. The swearing-in is expected at Noon Eastern.


  • San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Inauguration Potluck

    Friday, January 20, 2017 / 5:00 pm – Address available upon RSVP, , San Francisco

    The Log Cabin Republicans of San Francisco host a potluck to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration. To receive the address, RSVP to


  • Sonoma County Inaugural Ball

    Friday, January 20, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Flamingo Conference Center, 2777 Fourth Street , Santa Rosa

    The Sonoma County Republican Party invites you to attend their Inaugural Ball. This will be a dinner dance to celebrate election results with fellow Republicans. Guests can view a recording of the Inauguration of Donald Trump. Click here for more details and to make your dinner choice.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online, or mail your check by January 12th to P.O. Box 3555, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Cost: $65 per person and $120 per couple. Prices increase after January 12 to $75 per person. 


  • Commonwealth Club Presents Republicans on Climate Change

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco

    The Commonwealth Club will host a discussion on climate change with John Hofmeister, Former President, Shell Oil Company and Chairman, Erin Energy Corp., and Bob Inglis, former Republican Member of Congress and Executive Director of RepublicEn.

    RSVP: More information and tickets are available online.  Cost: $12 for General Admission; $20 for Non-Members; and $7 for Students. Check in begins 6pm; Program at 6:30pm; and Networking Reception at 7:30pm. 


  • SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring Terry Turchie

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 / 9:00 am – Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Avenue, San Jose

    jim-brulteThe Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their breakfast meeting with guest speaker Terry Turchie, former Deputy Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division of the FBI. He will provide details on links to terror close to home. His leadership was the driving force behind the capture of the elusive solitary domestic terrorist Theodore Kaczynski, the UNABOMBER.  Learn more.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.  


  • Commonwealth Club Presents Brian Fishman

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco

    The Commonwealth Club will host a presentation by terrorism expert Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Research Fellow, New America, in conversation with Kori Schake, Research fellow, Hoover Institution. His topic will be “How Can ISIS Be Defeated?” Learn more.

    RSVP: More information and tickets are available online.  General Admission is sold out; $50 for Non-Members plus Book; $40 for Member plus Book; and $7 for Students. Check-in at 5:45pm; Program at 6:30pm. 


  • San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting

    Wednesday, January 25, 2017 / 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.


  • Santa Cruz County Republican Central Committee Meeting

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 / 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.


  • Solano Republicans Monthly Dinner with film “Hillary’s America”

    Friday, January 27, 2017 / 6:00 pm – Solano GOP Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

    HillarysAmericaJoin the Solano County Republican Party at their monthly fourth Friday dinner for a great meal, discussion, and showing of the movie Hillary’s America, by Dinesh D’Souza. A variety of soups will be served.

    RSVP: Learn more and purchase tickets online. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Questions to (707) 422-5000.


  • Commonwealth Club Week to Week Political Roundtable with Lanhee Chen

    Monday, January 30, 2017 / 6:30 pm – The Commonwealth Club, 555 Post Street, San Francisco

    The Commonwealth Club will host the Week to Week Political Roundtable featuring Lanhee J. Chen, Research Fellow, Hoover Institution. He will be joined by Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle Senior Politics Writer and Columnist, and Barbara Marshman, Mercury News Editorial Page Editor. The discussion will include the latest controversial issues following the November Election.

    RSVP: More information and tickets are available online.  Cost: $7 for General Admission; $20 for Non-Members; and $7 for Students. Wine and snacks at 5:30pm; Program at 6:30pm. 


  • SFGOP Central Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / 6:30 pm – Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco

    Monthly meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month. They sometimes have a featured speaker.


  • Solano County GOP First Thursday Meeting

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 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.


  • Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Jason Riley

    Tuesday, February 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

    Jason RileyThe Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker Jason Riley. He is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute.  In 2008 he published Let Them In, which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy.  His second book, Please Stop Helping Us, is about the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass. Topic: “The State Against Blacks”.
    Mr. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Buffalo. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.

    RSVP: Register online. Cost: 2017 Premium Members – Free; 2017 Members – $20 online or $25 at the door; Non-members – $40 online or $45 at the door; $10 for active military and full-time students (show ID at door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. More information will be published on their website.


  • State of the Valley Conference with David Brooks

    Friday, February 17, 2017 / 8:00 am – San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose

    stateofthevalleydavid-brooksThe Joint Venture Silicon Valley State of the Valley Conference will feature keynote speaker David Brooks. Known for his New York Times columns and his “comic sociology” books, Brooks is also a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR’s All Things Considered. He will present his view of Silicon Valley’s relationship with the new political order in Washington, D.C. under Donald Trump’s presidency.   Learn more.

    RSVP: Register online. Registration Cost: $150. Nonprofits may register at a reduced rate of $75 (use code NONPROFIT).



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