CRP Delegates Elect Platform Committee Members

California Republican Party delegates in each Assembly district around the state recently elected 80 new members to serve on the CRP Platform Committee.  The 18 new Platform Committee Members representing parts of the Bay Area, by Assembly District, are:

 2 Marie Derr
4 Kevin Hangman
10 Thomas Montgomery
11 Delon Jackson
14 Debora Allen
15 Ralph Palma
16 Elizabeth Patock
17 Jason Clark
18 Paul Cummings Jr.
19 Howard Epstein
20 Dan Trimble
22 Jonathan Madison
24 Virginia Kiraly
25 Arlyne Diamond
27 Van Le
28 Shane Patrick Connolly
29 Cindy Norlin
30 Greg Swett

They join all CRP statewide officers and Regional Vice Chairmen, the Associate Representative, and every Republican state legislator and nominee for state legislature as members of the Platform Committee.

The Platform Committee is currently in the process of electing a Drafting Committee.  The results of the election for Drafting Committee will be released early in June.  Draft platforms were submitted in May.  Proposed amendments to those draft platforms must be submitted to the CRP by Friday, June 19.  The full Platform Committee will meet at the September CRP convention in Anaheim.

You can find out more about the Platform process and a complete list of Bay Area Platform Committee members on the BayAreaGOP Platform page.

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Luis Buhler, Publisher

San Jose Pension Reform At Stake in District 4 Special Election  

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The special election campaign for the San Jose City Council 4th District has moved to the runoff, with the result likely to determine the balance of power for support of the city’s pension reform program.

The runoff candidates are Independent Manh Nguyen, who supported the Measure B pension reform measure in 2012, and Democrat Tim Orozco, who has called it a “waste of time”.

The Santa Clara County Republican Party recently voted to support Manh Nguyen (but not officially endorse him). The election takes place June 23rd.

Manh Nguyen is a journalist and publisher with a 28 year career in media. His operation includes a daily Vietnamese language newspaper, a magazine, and a radio program.  He has interviewed numerous government officials, from city council members to California governors.

Nguyen believes in “pursuing sensible pension reforms”.  He is supportive of Mayor Liccardo’s efforts to try to work out an agreement with the city’s unions.  He will work to improve “communication and collaboration between management and our employees.”

Manh Nguyen is endorsed by Mayor Sam Liccardo, past Mayor Chuck Reed, and the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Orozco is a legislative aide for State Senator Bob Wieckowski, a Democrat who represents Fremont and North San Jose. Orozco was previously an aide to Democrat Assembly Member Toni Atkins (now Assembly Speaker).  Orozco has also worked as a community college instructor.

Orozco is endorsed by the Santa Clara County Democratic Party, the South Bay Labor Council, many union locals, Rep. Mike Honda, and numerous Democratic local officials.

The opening in District 4 arose from the election of Council Member Kansen Chu to the state Assembly.  The district is majority Asian American and includes North San Jose, Berryessa, and Alviso.  (See the map.)

You may also read the San Jose Mercury News article on the race.


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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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San Jose City Council: Manh Nguyen claims victory in District 4 race

By David E. Early
San Jose Mercury News
June 23, 2015

A swift and commanding victory by Manh Nguyen in the District 4 election promises to affect the political tug-of-war between business and labor in San Jose while adding a second Vietnamese-American member to the contentious City Council.

With all the precincts counted Tuesday, Nguyen, a journalist, had an insurmountable 13.6 percent lead over Tim Orozco, an Assembly legislative aide. “Votes are still being counted, but I’m humbled to report that the people of District 4 have chosen me to be their next city council member,” Nguyen said. “I’m proud to have run a campaign focused on personal interactions and funded predominantly by donations from San Jose residents.”

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Mercury News editorial: Manh Nguyen is the better choice in San Jose District 4

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San Jose Mercury News
May 27, 2015

San Jose’s tax base — the sources of revenue to pay for public safety, libraries and road repairs — is at stake in the City Council special election in District 4 to replace Kansen Chu, who was elected to the Legislature in November.

If residents want the kinds of neighborhood services common in other Silicon Valley communities, it’s important to choose Manh Nguyen on the mail-in ballot due June 23.

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Why it makes sense to plan the budget around potential downturns

By Autumn Carter
Fox & Hounds
June 12, 2015

The state Senate’s Budget chairman, Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), said it doesn’t make sense to plan the state’s budget around potential financial catastrophe. California could absorb mild downturns, he said, with such steps as reducing debt repayments,” the LA Times reported this week.

As the state budget deadline approaches, Senator Leno’s statement is short-sighted and clearly runs counter to our state’s recent history. Further, it belittles the significant struggles ordinary Californians faced when the state failed to plan for a severe downturn. For them, it is tough to forget the repeated cuts to California’s public services, higher taxes, growing long term debts, and overall instability.

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  • Solano County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Thursday, July 2, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield

    The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. Meetings are open to the public. Contact them at 707-422-5000.

  • Alameda GOP at the County Fair
    Friday, July 3, 2015 / 11:00 am – Alameda County Fairgrounds-Building A, Valley Ave near Bernal Ave, Pleasanton

    The Alameda County Fair runs 11 am to 11 pm until Sunday, July 5. Alameda County Republican Party volunteers will be staffing a booth in Building A. Stop by to visit. Volunteers are needed on Saturday, July 4. If you can help then, contact Sara Volking at 925-413-4411 or

  • Monterey GOP Independence Day Booth
    Saturday, July 4, 2015 / 9:00 am – Colton Hall, 570 Pacific Street, Monterey

    Join the Monterey County Republican Party at their booth at the Monterey 4th of July Celebration and street fair. Help with Voter Registration immediately following the Parade 10:30-4:30.

    To sign up for a volunteer shift, contact the office at 831-324-0617 or email and let them know the time that you can be there.

  • Monterey Peninsula RWF Luncheon Featuring Hon. Casey Lucius
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 / 11:30 am – Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel

    The monthly luncheon of the Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will include guest speaker Casey Lucius, Pacific Grove Councilwoman, and Candidate for California’s 20th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. Casey will speak about her candidacy and her top three issues in her campaign. The public is welcome to attend.

    RSVP: Reply by July 6 to Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or contact Cindy at Cost: $22 per member and $25 for non-members. Social time begins at 11:30am; Luncheon at Noon.  

  • Lincoln Club of No. California – Monterey – Present Sally C. Pipes
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 / 5:00 pm – Home of Dr. Michael Klassen, Address provided on RSVP, Pebble Beach

    Members of the Lincoln Club of Northern California are invited to a Monterey Bay Member Reception with special guest Sally C. Pipes, President & CEO of the Pacific Research Institute. Sally writes a weekly health care column “Piping Up” for She is also the author of “The Truth About ObamaCare” that has sold over 12,000 copies.  She is now writing a new book, “The Top Ten Solutions for Dismantling ObamaCare: A Citizen’s Guide.”

    Contact Peter Newman for questions about the event, as well as inquiries about membership in the Lincoln Club of Northern California.  Event is free for Lincoln Club Members and guests.

  • Tri-Valley RWF Dinner Meeting Featuring Peter Friedman
    Thursday, July 9, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Cattlemens Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road, Livermore

    The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated will host their monthly dinner meeting featuring Peter Friedman. Mr. Friedman has studied the Koran extensively, written an exclusive Index to the Koran, and regularly debates the Koran and the problems with Islam in public forums.

    RSVP: Reservations are due by Tuesday before the meeting to Linda Krikorian at (925) 426-1474 or Cost for Members $30; Guests $34. Social begins at 6:30pm; Meeting at 7:00pm. Flyer

  • San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
    Thursday, July 9, 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.

  • Win the Bay Campaign School
    Saturday, July 11, 2015 / 8:00 am – San Mateo GOP Headquarters, 875 Mahler Road, Suite 120, Burlingame

    The San Mateo County Republican Party will host “Win the Bay”, a local candidate campaign school. The school, which is taught by political professionals, is designed for special district, school board, city council, and county candidates, and will focus on the basics of running local campaigns.

    Candidates – whether first time or long-elected, potential candidates, and key volunteers are welcome to attend. Details and online registration are available here, or contact Matt Shupe for more information at (415)735-8491 or

  • SVGOP Reagan Summer Barbeque
    Sunday, July 12, 2015 / 5:00 pm – Home of Don and Joanne Prolo, Address available when ticket is purchased, Saratoga

    Join the Santa Clara County Republican Party for their annual Reagan Summer Barbeque at the home of Don and Joanne Prolo. Invited guests include elected officials, candidates and volunteers from throughout the Bay Area.

    RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $10 per person; $25 per family. Sponsorships available. Questions? Visit the SVGOP website or contact Executive Director Izaak Pichardo.

  • Napa GOP Central Committee Membership Meeting
    Tuesday, July 14, 2015 / 6:30 pm – Napa County Library, 580 Coombs Street, Napa

    The Napa County Republican Central Committee normally meets for its general membership meeting on the second Tuesday of the month. Contact: Glenn Ellen Smith by email or call 707-337-0513.

  • Sonoma County Republican Central Committee Meeting
    Wednesday, July 15, 2015 / 7:00 pm – Meeting Place, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa

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

  • Monterey GOP Central Committee Reception & Meeting
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 / 5:30 pm – Headquarters, 1098 Del Monte Ave. #C, Monterey

    Meet your local Republican leaders. Join the Monterey County Republican Party for their central committee reception and meeting. Reception at 5:30 pm, meeting at 6 pm. This is a great opportunity to get involved and help elect Republicans to local office. For more information, contact HQ at 831-324-0617.

  • Nob Hill Republican Women Dinner with Alexander Kugushev
    Thursday, July 16, 2015 / 6:00 pm – The St. Francis Yacht Club, Golden Gate Room, 99 Yacht Road (on the Marina), San Francisco

    The Nob Hill Republican Women’s Club, Federated hosts a dinner with Distinguished Guest Speaker Alexander Kugushev. Born in France to Russian parents, he lived in war-torn Europe throughout World War II and reached the U.S. in 1960. He has authored three books and will speak on “Persian Civilization and Present Day Iran”.

    RSVP: Reservations Required. Cost: $55 members—$65 non-members. Contact club President Joan Leone at or 415-567-7424. View invitation for more information.

  • 2nd Annual Lincoln Labs Reboot Conference
    Friday, July 17, 2015 / 6:00 pm – Park Central San Francisco, 50 3rd Street, San Francisco

    Following up on the success of their inaugural #Reboot Conference last summer and the #Reboot Congress event earlier this year, Lincoln Labs is proud to announce their  second annual gathering this summer, July 17-19 in San Francisco, California. #Reboot 2015 will once again focus on bringing together the best and brightest from the tech and political worlds to solve the problems facing both. They will host a hackathon, highlighting technical talent. The program includes speakers and panelists who will share their insights and expertise.

    RSVP:  Register online and stay tuned for more details.

  • San Mateo GOP Booth at Connoisseurs’ Marketplace
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 / N/A – Downtown, Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street, Menlo Park

    Join the San Mateo County Republican Party Saturday-Sunday, July 18-19, 10am-6pm at their voter engagement and registration booth at the Connoisseur’s Marketplace festival in Menlo Park. To volunteer, contact John at Festival website

  • Sonoma County GOP Day At The Range
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 / 9:00 am – Pisenti Ranch, Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa

    Join the Sonoma County Republican Party for a “Day At the Range – Target Shoot & Training” fundraiser. No firearm or experience necessary. There will be two-hour sessions at 9am, 11:30am and 2pm. Lunch will be provided.

    RSVP: Get your tickets soon, as last year sold out. Get more info or purchase tickets online. Cost: $50.

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

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