Grow Elect Supports Bay Area Latino Republican Candidates

The number of Latino Republican candidates in the greater Bay Area has grown dramatically, with 16 candidates running for office this fall, most with assistance from Grow Elect, a political action committee that recruits, endorses, trains, and funds Latino Republican candidates for public office.

Some of the most prominent are those already in office, who are running this fall for reelection or to move up to higher office.  Hollister Mayor Ignacio Velazquez  is running for reelection.  Hercules Mayor Dan Romero, who was elected mayor by his council, will be running for reelection to the city council. 
Gilroy Councilmember Roland Velasco is running for Mayor.  And Bob Nuñez, Milpitas Unified school board member and also Chair of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, is running for Milpitas City Council.

Richard Perez, a Soledad councilmember; Rick Badillo, a board member of the Morgan Hill Unified School District; and Fernando Navarro, board member of Antioch USD, are running to retain their positions.
The following candidates, listed by county, are running for election to city councils:
Jaime Patiño, Union City Council
Abraham Aguayo, King City Council
Tony Villegas, Salinas City Council, District 6
Lionel Largaespada, Benicia City Council
Robert Marin, Fairfield City Council
In addition, the following candidates are running for partisan office:
Luis Wong, Assembly District 20
Carlos Santamaria, Congressional District 5
Antonio “Tony” Amador, CD9
Angel Cardenas, CD14

The following additional two candidates have already won their races, as no opponents filed against them:
Teresita Murillo, Morgan Hill School Board Trustee, District 7
Edward Duarte, Dublin San Ramon Services District Board of Directors

All of the candidates above have been endorsed by GROW Elect, except the Congressional candidates, as Grow Elect is a state PAC. GROW Elect is headed by Ruben Barrales, a former San Mateo County Supervisor and Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for President George W. Bush.  You can learn more about Grow Elect on their website.


Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Roland Velasco for Gilroy Mayor


Roland Velasco’s work as a city councilmember, as a county policy analyst, and on regional commissions give him the in-depth knowledge and experience that make him a great choice to be Gilroy’s next mayor. Roland Velasco was elected to the city council in 2014.  He had also served two terms on the council previously from 1999 to 2007.  In his day job Roland works as a Land Use Policy Analyst for Mike Wasserman, the Santa Clara County Supervisor who represents the south county district. Velasco has served on several boards in the community, including the Rebekah Children’s Services Community Advisory Board, the Gilroy Gang Task Force, and Leadership Gilroy. He has also served on several Santa Clara County Commissions:  Water Commission, Recycling and Waste Reduction Commission, Local Agency Formation Commission, and Emergency Preparedness Council.  He is currently a Fire Commissioner for the South Santa Clara County Fire District. Among his priorities Velasco says that he will “work hard to make sure our growth rate doesn’t exceed our ability to provide city services to our current residents, promote smart economic development, exercise fiscal accountability and ensure the safety and security of our citizens.” Roland Velasco grew up in Gilroy and graduated from Gilroy High School.  He served in the US Army in West Germany as an intelligence analyst during the Cold War. After returning from the Army, Roland attended Gavilan College and then San Jose State, where he graduated with a degree in political science, with a concentration in public administration.  Later on, he earned a Master’s in Public Administration at the University of San Francisco. He and his dog Ava are active volunteer members of the County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team.  He lives with his wife and three children.  You can find out more about Roland on his campaign website.

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When It Comes To Pensions, Illinois Is California's Ghost Of Christmas Yet To Come

By Dan Weissmann
WBEZ/Capital Public Radio 
October 10, 2016

As California’s public-employee pension crisis grows—with taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of billions of dollars, and no clear plan for how to pay—other states are facing similar problems, and have lessons to teach.

In some cases, those will be lessons about what not to do.

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Republicans Propose Plan to Modernize Transportation Funding

By Carson Bruno
Real Clear Markets
October 6, 2016

Last year, Governor Jerry Brown called a special legislative session to address California’s transportation infrastructure funding deficiencies. It’s obvious to see why this issue needs attention. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives California’s transportation infrastructure a dismal C- grade, saying it “is suffering from a lack of sufficient investment for the operations and maintenance of existing facilities and dedicated funding sources for new improvements to the system.” They estimate that California needs to inject a one-time investment of $37 billion and an additional $10 billion per year for ongoing maintenance. And that would just raise California’s grade to a B.

In response to Governor Brown’s special session, Sacramento Democrats proposed an ambitious plan that would raise existing taxes and fees and create new ones bringing in an additional $7.3 billion per year. Sacramento Republicans, on the other hand, proposed a plan to modernize how California’s government uses current transportation funding to better utilize current revenue streams.

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs host of significant legislation

By Steven Greenhut
October 4, 2016

The 2016 legislative season is officially over, with Gov. Jerry Brown having signed 900 bills while vetoing 159 byFriday’s deadline. Some of the recently signed bills are far-reaching and will have a noticeable effect on Californians’ lives. Here’s a small sampling of some of the measures that will soon be law.

A new government-run retirement program: On Thursday, Gov. Brown signed Senate Bill 1234, which gives legislative approval to the state’s continuing efforts to create a new government-run retirement program for private-sector employees. Once it is up and running, private employers (with five or more employees) will be required to offer this program, whereby 3 percent of each employees’ earnings will be deducted and invested by a state-selected investment group – possibly, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS).

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Proposition 57: Jerry Brown’s Early Release For Violent Criminals

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
  • Arson
  • Discharging a firearm on school grounds
  • Lewd acts against a child
  • False imprisonment of an elder through violence

*partial list

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  • San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting

    Wednesday, October 26, 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.


  • Volunteer for San Jose City Council Candidate Steve Brown

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 / 4:30 pm – SVGOP Headquarters, 522 North Monroe Street, San Jose

    SteveBrown LogoVolunteers will gather at the intersection of 101 Branham Lane East and Monterey Road to wave signs for Steve Brown for San Jose City Council. This creates awareness and visibility for his candidacy. Pizza party for all volunteers to follow. Bring the kids! Click here to RSVP.

    You are also encouraged to spend an hour making phone calls from Santa Clara County Republican Headquarters located behind Valley Fair: 522 North Monroe Street, San Jose, 95128. Call for hours: (408) 246-6600.


  • Support Party for Tara Martin-Milius

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Grand Hotel, 865 W. El Camino Real, Sunnyvale

    Tara Martin-Milius is running for reelection to the Sunnyvale City Council, Seat #7. Be a Tara Supporter by making a donation of $50 or $100 or more when you come to the party. Seniors and students $5 to $50.  

    RSVP here.


  • Reception Honoring Rep. Alex X. Mooney

    Thursday, October 27, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Hillsborough

    alex-mooneyGreg and Tracy Johnson invite you to an evening reception honoring Republican Congressman Alex X. Mooney (West Virginia). Rep. Mooney is a member of the House Committees on Natural Resources and Budget. He is expected to join the House Financial Services Committee next year.

    RSVP: Reply to Joanie Underwood at or call (650) 312-3944. Suggested personal contribution is $1,000.


  • Marin County Republican Central Committee Meeting

    Thursday, October 27, 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, October 27, 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.


  • Contra Costa Taxpayers Breakfast Meeting

    Friday, October 28, 2016 / 7:45 am – Denny’s Restaurant, 1313 Willow Pass Road, Concord

    CoCoTax LogoYou are invited to attend the CoCoTax Monthly Breakfast meeting. Speakers will include Guy Atwood and Brandt Andersson on City of Lafayette Measure C and Kent Fickett speaking about the Regional Park District. Space is limited – make your reservation early.

    RSVP: Reservations are required and can be made online. Cost: $25


  • CR’s and YR’s Walking for Catharine Baker

    Friday, October 28, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Baker for Assembly HQ, 2303 Camino Ramon, Ste. 260, San Ramon

    Chad MayesCatharine Baker 2Assembly GOP Leader Mayes will be joining the CRs and YRs October 28 – 30 to help reelect Catharine Baker to the CA State Assembly. You’re not going to want to miss this opportunity spook the Dems and protect the only Republican seat in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bring along your Halloween costume! Hotel, gas cards, and meals will be provided.  

    RSVP: Learn more and reply online.


  • Neighborhood Walk for Milpitas City Council Candidate Bob Nunez

    Saturday, October 29, 2016 / 9:30 am – , 1313 N Milpitas Blvd, Milpitas

    BobNunezJoin the Milpitas Neighborhood Walk for SVGOP Chairman Bob Nunez’s race for Milpitas City Council. There will be coffee, beverages and snacks for volunteers. 

    Please bring your laptop and tablet and they will walk you through the Voter Circle software tool. Call for more details at (408) 246-6600.


  • 2nd National Trump Sign Wave Day

    Saturday, October 29, 2016 / 2:00 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, , Los Gatos

    trumppence-logoYou are invited to participate in the second National Trump Sign Wave Day. Bring American flags and/or patriotic pro-Trump signs (homemade is more than ok). If you can’t, that’s OK as they should have a few spare signs on hand.

    Contact Eric for location details and to let them know that you plan to attend.


  • Bay Area Council Presents Northern Ireland Prime Minister of Finance

    Monday, October 31, 2016 / 8:00 am – The Merchants Exchange Club, 465 California Street, San Francisco

    mairtin-o-muilleoirThe Bay Area Council will host a private breakfast with Northern Ireland Prime Minister of Finance Máirtín Ó Muilleoir. Minister Ó Muilleoir is visiting the Bay Area to forge links with the business community and showcase the north of Ireland as the place for Bay Area businesses to locate. 

    RSVP: Contact Senior Vice President of Public Policy Matt Regan.


  • Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Meeting with Abe Aguayo

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City

    abe-aguayoThe Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting with featured speaker Abe Aguayo, Republican candidate for King City Council, District 4. He will share his goals and plans if elected. Amy Hughes, senior at King City High School and member of the Blue Ribbon 4H, will present a program to pay homage to Veterans. Learn more.

    RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. 


  • Silicon Valley RWF Luncheon

    Thursday, November 3, 2016 / 11:30 am – Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

    veterans-day-svrwfThe Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their November meeting that will include the election of 2017 officers, a donation for the Palo Alto Veteran Hospital and saluting our veterans. Please bring your checkbook! Also, they remind you there are many opportunities to volunteer with phone banks, home phoning, and strike teams just prior to the election. Get involved!

    RSVP:  Please contact Ellen Longworth at (408) 354-0419 or go online at to make your reservations for lunch. Cost: $24. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.


  • SVGOP Election Night Party

    Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Home of Jayne Ham, Address available upon RSVP, Cupertino

    cupertino-candidate-forumCome watch the Election returns with the Santa Clara County Republican Party. It will be a fun evening celebrating victories with fellow Republicans, elected officials and candidates.     

    RSVP: Reply online for this free event.


  • Marin RWF Luncheon with Katy Grimes

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 / 11:30 am – Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Drive, Sausalito

    Katy GrimesThe Marin Republican Women Federated will host their next luncheon with guest speaker and political journalist Katy Grimes. Her topic will be “The Impact of the Presidential Election and California Politics.”

    RSVP: Email reservations to by November 4.  Or, mail reservations to Kathryn Thompson, 821 Albatross Drive, Novato, CA 94945. Cost: $35. Make check payable to MRWF. 


  • Mid-Peninsula RWF Luncheon with Aaron Negherbon

    Wednesday, November 9, 2016 / 11:30 am – San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo

    aaronnegherbon2The Mid-Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host their monthly luncheon with Aaron Negherbon of Troops Direct. This non-profit supplies American military units with needed equipment anywhere in the world.

    RSVP: Contact Karen Kennedy for reservations and more information at (650) 573-5939. Social begins at 11:20am; Meeting at 11:45am.


  • CFRW Northern Division Fall Conference

    Friday, November 11, 2016 / N/A – Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova

    The Northern Division of the California Federation of Republican Women holds its Fall Conference Fri-Sat, November 11-12 with the theme “Thank You For Your Service”. Hosted by the South Coast Region Clubs.

    Confirmed Speakers:
    Rod Eccles, host of “The Rod Eccles Show”, a strong Constitutional Conservative, and described as “The Coolest, Most Politically Incorrect, Conservative Black Man on the Planet”.
    Tommy Tunson, Department Chair for the Criminal Justice Department at California Southern University, Irvine; retired Police Chief after 32 years in law enforcement and retired Army Officer after over 33 years of service.

    RSVP: Rooms are available for $99 by calling the hotel at 916-638-1100 – or online here. Reserve by Friday, October 21, to receive this rate. For more info, contact Conference Chair Bunny Hacker at or 408-483-2311.


  • Novato RWF Luncheon with Jim Brulte

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 11:30 am – Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

    jim-brulteThe Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with guest speaker Senator Jim Brulte (Ret.) Chairman of the California Republican Party. He was elected to the state Senate and Assembly from the Inland Empire area for a combined tenure of 14 years, and became Minority Leader in both the California State Senate and Assembly.  Senator Brulte will address the results of the November presidential election, the California ballot measures that have passed and how it all affects the California GOP. 

    RSVP: Reserve your seat online by 5pm on November 9th. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am, Speaker at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:15pm. 


  • Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Charlie Self

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 6:15 pm – IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

    charlieselfThe Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker Charlie Self, also known as “Dr. History” on KSFO 560AM Talk Radio. His topic will be “Back to the Future – The Meaning and Hope of the 2016 Election.”

    RSVP: Register online. Cost: Members – Free; Non-Members – $15; Students and Active Military – $1. Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm.  More information will be published on their website.


  • Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting

    Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 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.


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