CAGOP Convention Highlights

Harmeet Dhillon Elected
GOP National Committeewoman

The Bay Area’s Harmeet Kaur Dhillon was elected without opposition Sunday to represent California on the Republican National Committee.

Harmeet-Dhillon-twitter150Dhillon says “I’m deeply honored to have been elected by my fellow CRP delegates to the position of RNC National Committeewoman.”  Dhillon starts her four-year term immediately after the close of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July.

Harmeet will be a strong voice for California at the RNC.  “As one of California’s three representatives to the RNC, I intend to make sure that California’s voice is heard on the RNC Rules committee, and in shaping the party’s policies and messages on a national level, supporting our candidates, and growing our party.”

Dhillon has plenty of new ideas and will seek more from her constituents.  “I will make sure to use modern methods of communication to let California Republicans know what’s happening at the RNC, and to solicit input from my California colleagues. I’d like to see some changes at the RNC.”

Harmeet Dhillon has served as the California Republican Party’s statewide Vice Chair for the last three years.  During this period, she has served as a principal media spokesperson for the party.  She has provided pro bono legal advice and served on several key committees.  Previously, she chaired the San Francisco Republican Party.

Harmeet is a nationally recognized trial lawyer and a passionate advocate for her clients, and heads her own law firm.  She was born in India, grew up in North Carolina, and attended Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

CRP Takes Positions on Ballot Measures

 Delegates, Policy Experts Testify at CRP Initiative Committee Hearings

After hearing from both experts and advocates, The California Republican Party took positions on virtually all ballot measures that are likely to qualify for the November Ballot.

The CRP Initiatives Committee, chaired by Charles Munger, Jr., held more than three hours of public hearings at the convention and recommended positions on 17 state measures and one regional measure. After some debate, the delegates passed all the recommendations, which are available here.

Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson led the successful effort to support death penalty reform and oppose its repeal.  San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe explained the problems with the governor’s sentencing plan, which the CRP then opposed.

Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association President Jon Coupal successfully advocated support for the “Cortopassi Initiative”, which would require a statewide vote on revenue bonds of $2 billion or more. In addition, he led the effort to oppose the extension of the Governor’s “temporary” tax increases.  Not surprisingly, the CRP agreed wholeheartedly.

Former Senator and Assembly Republican Leader Sam Blakeslee spoke in favor of the legislative transparency initiative, which would require all bills to be in print for 72 hours prior to voting and require the legislature to make video recordings of all legislative sessions and committee hearings available to the public.  The CRP endorsed the measure.

The CRP, upon request of the nine Bay Area Republican county chairs, opposed Measure AA, the regional parcel tax for Bay restoration, which will appear on the June ballot.  Opponents believe this measure would create a large, unaccountable bureaucracy and that there are better ways to achieve the environmental objectives
behind the measure.

You can keep up with information on California ballot measures as they develop on the BayAreaGOP CA Ballot Measures page.

Best regards,
Luis Buhler, Publisher

Peter Kuo for Congress
District 17

Peter Kuo

The election of Peter Kuo would send to Congress a representative with both entrepreneurial and financial experience.

Among Peter Kuo’s reasons for running are to bring Silicon Valley values to Washington, to preserve the American Dream for our children, and to serve the nation, as well as the community.

Kuo lists four priorities if elected to Congress.  He would work to assure local control of education policy and to assure that healthcare is affordable, available, and transportable across state lines.  He would work to assure that Silicon Valley remains the innovation capital of the world.  And he would work across the aisle to end gridlock in Washington.

Peter Kuo manages his own insurance agency, which currently has over 3,000 clients.  He has also founded three companies, including True 3D®, his own marketing company, which promoted companies’ products in 3D printed media.  Today, this company serves as a consulting firm in bringing green technology to the world consumer market.

Kuo has been involved in three non-profit boards, serving on the board of directors for Life Chronicles, the American Cancer Society and the Rotary Club of Hua Ren in Silicon Valley.

Congressional district 17 is at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay in Silicon Valley and includes Fremont, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and North San Jose.  See the map.  It is the first majority Asian-American district in the mainland United States.

Peter Kuo was born in Taiwan in 1968, in the Year of the Monkey.  As a result of political persecution, his family immigrated to the United States when he was fourteen.

After his father opened a restaurant, Peter worked long hours washing dishes, bussing tables, and cooking.  He attended San Jose State University, where he majored in Aviation Operations.

After graduating he worked for three years at Enterprise Rent-a-Car, where he was repeatedly named “Workhorse of the month”.  In 1994 Peter founded his own Farmers Insurance agency.  He has received several company awards over the years.

Peter speaks Mandarin, Taiwanese, and English.  He is also an outstanding tennis player and enjoys playing the violin.

Peter and his wife Vera live in Santa Clara and have three children.

You can learn more about Peter Kuo on his campaign website

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New California laws threaten rights of the politically incorrect

By Dan Walters
Sacramento Bee
May 19, 2016

Those who, by word and deed, are out of sync with California’s deeply blue political ethos risk social ostracism.

O.C. Watchdog: Unfunded pension debt approaching $1 trillion?

By Teri Sforza
The Orange County Register
May 22, 2016

So if you don’t live in Irwindale, rejoice: There, even when you look at it through rose-colored glasses, public pension liabilities equal $32,447 for each and every household in the city.

Slap on a skeptic’s glasses, and that load skyrockets to $134,907 per household.

Irwindale carries the heaviest pension load of more than 1,000 California public agencies whose data have been sliced and diced and posted for the world to see by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

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Transparency measure appears headed to November ballot

By Matt Fleming
May 5, 2016

A ballot measure aimed at increasing legislative transparency crossed a vital threshold on Thursday and appears poised to be on November’s ballot.

The initiative is a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to make available online the final version of a bill at least 72 hours prior to a vote on either the Assembly or Senate floor.

The measure would also require all open legislative meetings to be recorded, with the videos posted online with 24 hours. It also allows individuals to record and share their own videos of open meetings.

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Senate Republican policy priorities aim to make Golden State more affordable

By Matt Fleming
April 27, 2016

Senate Republicans packaged their best policy proposals on Tuesday, a series of bills aimed at helping veterans, seniors, homeowners and renters as well as parents and students.

Jean Fuller, the Senate Republican leader, pointed to California’s high rents, high poverty rate and high tax burden as ills helped by these bills — a “first step” in helping make the Golden State more affordable.

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  • Reception for U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Heck (Nevada)

    Tuesday, May 31, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, , San Francisco

    Joe HeckNevada Congressman and United States Senate Candidate Joe Heck will be in San Francisco to garner support for his close race to replace Harry Reid. This campaign in Nevada represents one of the Republican Party’s best chances to pick up a Senate seat to maintain or increase our majority.

    RSVP: If you think you would like to meet Rep. Heck and learn how you can make a difference in this important race, please contact Kristin Hueter at (415) 279-0468 or email  Space is limited!


  • Luncheon with U.S. Senate Candidate Joe Heck (Nevada)

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 / 12:00 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, , Oakland

    Joe HeckHost Kevin Leader invites you to a luncheon with Nevada Congressman and United States Senate Candidate Joe Heck. Congressman Heck is running to replace Harry Reid, and his campaign in Nevada represents one of the Republican Party’s best chances to pick up a Senate seat to maintain or increase our majority.

    RSVP: If you think you would like to meet Rep. Heck and learn how you can make a difference in this important race, please contact Kristin Hueter at (415) 279-0468 or email  Space is limited!


  • Saratoga Reception for Rep. Joe Heck (Nevada)

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 / 5:30 pm – Address provided upon RSVP, , Saratoga

    Joe HeckHosts Don and Joanne Prolo invite you to cocktails with Nevada Congressman and United States Senate Candidate Joe Heck. Congressman Heck is in a tight race to replace Harry Reid. 

    RSVP: If you think you would like to meet Rep. Heck and learn how you can make a difference in this important race, please contact Kristin Hueter at (415) 279-0468 or email  Space is limited!


  • SFGOP Central Committee/D6 Town Hall Meeting

    Wednesday, June 1, 2016 / 6:00 pm – South Sunset Playground, 40th Avenue (Between Vicente & Wawona), San Francisco

    You are invited to attend the San Francisco Republican Central Committee Meeting. Meetings are usually held on the first Wednesday of the month. Refreshments and discussion from 6:00 to 7:00pm. Committee members only session from 7:00 to 7:30pm.


  • Silicon Valley RWF Luncheon with Steve Brown

    Thursday, June 2, 2016 / 11:30 am – Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

    Steve BrownThe Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to hear about Steve Brown’s campaign for San Jose City Council, District 2. Steve has managed global security programs for some of the world’s largest tech companies. View the invitation.

    RSVP: Call Ellen Longworth at (408) 354-0419 or visit to make reservations before noon on Monday prior to the meeting. Cost: $24. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.


  • Pat Waite for San Jose Council Precinct Walk

    Saturday, June 4, 2016 / 9:30 am – Save Mart Parking Lot, 3251 S. White Rd (at Aborn Road), San Jose

    Please join Pat Waite, Candidate for San Jose City Council in District 8, to walk precincts. Volunteers will be meeting at the Save Mart parking lot. Please bring comfortable walking shoes and your enthusiasm!

    RSVP here or call (408) 320-8683.


  • California Primary

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 7:00 am – State of California, ,

    Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm.

    Click here for the Official Voter Information Guide from the California Secretary of State.


  • Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Steve Taylor

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City

    Steve TaylorThe Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their General Membership Meeting with guest speaker Steve Taylor, former Chairman and CEO of Fresh Express. He will discuss the 2016 Presidential Election and the 2018 Senate race. View the invitation for more details.

    RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15. Gather at 11:30am; Lunch served as you arrive.


  • The Independent Institute hosts George Gilder

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Independent Institute Conference Center, 100 Swan Way, Oakland

    Join the Independent Institute for a reception and discussion with George Gilder, Chairman of George Gilder Fund Management. Drawing on his new book, The Scandal of Money: Why Wall Street Recovers but the Economy Never Does, Gilder will explain why America needs a monetary system free of government monopoly and safe from the manipulations of a central bank.

    RSVP: Reserve tickets online. Regular Admission: $25 or $20 for Members; Special Admission (includes hardcover copy of The Scandal of Money): $45 or $40 for members. Wine and Hors d’Oeuvres Reception and Book Signing begin at 6:00pm; Program at 7:00pm. View more details.


  • San Francisco GOP Election Party

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 6:30 pm – The University Club, , San Francisco

    The San Francisco Republican Party holds an election night party.


  • Election Night Party with Johnny Khamis

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Mo’s The Breakfast and Burger Joint, 5925 Almaden Expressway, San Jose

    You are invited to an Election Night party with San Jose City Councilman Johhny Khamis. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    RSVP: For more details on the event, or to receive campaign materials, contact Sara Wright at or call (707) 344-4622. 



  • Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting

    Wednesday, June 8, 2016 / 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.  Hear about the latest Republican news and events in Santa Clara County.  Pre-meeting social 6:30 pm; Committee Meeting 7:00 pm; post-meeting social 8:30 pm (at Casino M8trix). Questions? Contact HQ at or 408-246-6600.


  • Napa Valley RWF Lunch with Charles C. Johnson

    Thursday, June 9, 2016 / 11:00 am – Napa Valley Country Club, 3385 Hagen Road, Napa

    The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with guest speaker Charles C. Johnson, an independent investigative journalist, author, and new media entrepreneur. He is the author of Why Coolidge Matters: Leadership Lessons from America’s Most Underrated President and The Truth About the IRS Scandals and has written for The Wall Street Journal and many other publications.

    RSVP: Contact Cost: $25. Registration begins at 11am; Business Meeting at 11:30pm; Lunch at Noon and Program at 12:30pm.


  • Tri-Valley RWF Dinner Meeting Featuring Susan Tully

    Thursday, June 9, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Beeb’s Restaurant Banquet Room, 915 Clubhouse Drive, Livermore

    SusanTullyThe Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their dinner meeting with featured speaker Susan Tully, National Field Director, The Federation of American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Western Field Representative. Susan educates the media and the public on immigration issues.

    RSVP: Call Linda Krikorian at (925) 426-1474 or email by June 7th. Cost: $30 for TVRWF Members; $34 for Guests. Social time begins at 6:30pm; Meeting at 7:00pm. 


  • Business Roundtable and Fundraiser for David Haubert

    Monday, June 13, 2016 / 8:00 am – Event Location, 6955 Sierra Court, Dublin

    David Haubert 90xYou are invited to a Business Roundtable and Re-Elect Dublin Mayor David Haubert Campaign Fundraiser. Assemblywoman Catharine Baker will be their special guest and Dublin business owners are especially encouraged to attend. View the invitation for more details.

    RSVP: Contact Please make checks payable to David Haubert for Dublin Mayor, 4886 Redwood Ave., Dublin, CA 94568. Cost: Friends of Dave’s $50; Bronze Sponsor $100; Silver Sponsor $250; Gold Sponsor $500.



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