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Bay Area Republicans Win Local Races:
Allen, Velasco, Chang Kiraly, Wright, Davis and More
In the November 8th elections, local Republican candidates won over 40 races around the greater Bay Area. Some notable new winners include Debora Allen, Roland Velasco, Virginia Chang Kiraly, Sean Wright, and Dev Davis.
Businesswoman Debora Allen won the BART Board District 1 seat in Contra Costa County with an impressive 64% of the vote, defeating a three-term incumbent who substantially outspent her. Her financial expertise will be a big asset in dealing with the BART system’s mismanagement and overspending. This was her third contest this year, after running in the Assembly primary, and winning the county chair of the Contra Costa Republican Party.
Gilroy’s Roland Velasco also had a big victory, winning the race for mayor with over 66% of the vote. He had developed experience and expertise over many years, serving on various commissions and as a councilman, and working as a policy analyst for a county supervisor. He had also established himself in the community, volunteering with community groups.
Virginia Chang Kiraly won election to the San Mateo County Harbor District Board, which operates the harbors at Pillar Point and Oyster Point. She received over 128,000 votes, in a district that includes the whole of San Mateo County. Kiraly also serves on the board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, and previously was a member of the Civil Grand Jury, and the Republican Central Committee. She was appointed to a vacancy on the Harbor Board in 2015.
In the race for mayor of Antioch, one of the closest races in the Bay Area at this writing, Dr. Sean Wright has a slim lead of about one-third of a percent – in a city with 17% Republican registration. Dr. Wright stepped up in 2011 to rescue the insolvent Chamber of Commerce. He is now the CEO of the Chamber, continues his successful chiropractic practice, and volunteers with numerous community organizations.
In San Jose’s Willow Glen area, Devora “Dev” Davis won the District Six seat on the San Jose City Council, a full-time job. She is an educational research manager who had served as president of her neighborhood association. She was a dedicated precinct walker, covering nearly all of the households in the district.
In all of the campaigns above, the candidates were endorsed by their Republican county central committees, who sent mail on their behalf and helped in other ways. In addition, the candidates received the endorsement and financial support from the Lincoln Club of Northern California.
You can see a more extensive list of successful endorsed Republican candidates here.
Doris Gentry Wins for Napa City Council
After years of service to her community and her party plus lots of hard work, Doris Gentry has won a seat on the Napa City Council. It’s quite a story.
Doris Gentry was born in Rosiclare, in Southern Illinois, to a family with four generations of leaders, going back to her great-great-grandpa, who served in the Civil War and as a judge.
Gentry owned corporations coast to coast, serving as Executive Director and CEO. She managed a corporation of 2,500 employees and multi-million dollar budgets. She has also been a teacher for 35 years.
She served on a 5 County Regional Planning Commission for 5 years. Working as the Business Development Specialist, she handled multi-million dollar loans and networked local governments with federal and state grants to help cities re-build failing infrastructure.
Doris had a rough time growing up: instability, moving, missing school, on her own at age 14. This inspired her to create the kind of foster home that she never had, one with open communication and belief in kids.
Doris Gentry has lived in Napa for 27 years and together with husband Jim raised 4 children, 6 grandchildren and over 100 foster kids in their home.
Doris is also proud of her community organizing. She is a formidable force in the community. Some of her work includes:
- Chair of the Napa 4th of July Parade since January 2009
- Chair, annual Chocolate & Wine benefit for Napa foster kids since 2009
- Chair of the Napa County Task Force on Sex Trafficking since 2014
- Chair, Annual Sex Trafficking Conference for 400 guests
- Host & Producer of “Talk so Kids Listen” live radio show on 1440 KVON Radio
In addition, Gentry has been active as a Republican. She was the Party’s nominee for state Assembly in 2008 and 2010. She served as a CRP delegate and member of the state Platform Committee. In 2012 she made her first run for Napa City Council.
Her campaign this year was unconventional in several respects. She spent no money on mail. Instead, she assembled a team of 40 neighborhood workers to contact voters. She led them to meet voters face to face.
“It’s all boots on the ground,” she says. “We knocked on every door three times. I raised less money but worked harder than the others.”
Doris had a very specific message and stuck to it. She says, “Whatever your sense of family is, a community will thrive when you strengthen the family.”
She used her innovative website to help convey her message. It has sections on Encouraging, Balancing, Caring, and Supporting, topics that express her deeply compassionate approach. You can see her website here.
Ultimately, Doris defeated an appointed incumbent by about 8% of the vote. We expect her high level of achievement to continue as a member of the Council.
GOP IN THE NEWS
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.
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.
By Steven Greenhut
November 22, 2016
There’s bad news coming down the pike for California municipalities following several days of board meetings for the nation’s largest state-based pension fund. Although no action has been taken, it’s clear the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, might again lower its expected rate of returns on investments. That means cities and other member agencies would have to pay more to make up the shortfall.
A key moment, buried amid nearly 13 hours of recorded meetings, came when CalPERS’ Chief Investment Officer Ted Eliopoulos played a short interview video with Wall Street experts, including famed investor Warren Buffett, opining on the expected investment returns in coming years. One investment guru thought a 4 percent or 5 percent rate of return would be the objective. Buffett pointed to very slow growth in the economy.
By Matt Fleming
November 17, 2016
The only thing standing in the way of a Democratic supermajority in the Legislature is one Southern California Senate seat.
Democrats are halfway there as the last barrier between them and a two-thirds majority in the Assembly officially crumbled on Tuesday, after the Associated Press determined Democrat Sabrina Cervantes had knocked off Republican incumbent Eric Linder in the Inland Empire.
By Charles Krauthammer
Orange County Register
November 11, 2016
Donald Trump won fair and square and, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, is owed an open mind and a chance to lead. It is therefore incumbent upon conservatives (like me) who have been highly critical of Trump to think through how to make a success of the coming years of Republican rule.
It begins by recognizing Trump’s remarkable political instincts. As Paul Ryan noted in his morning-after olive-branch news conference, Trump heard “a voice out in this country that no one else heard.” Trump spoke to and for a working class squeezed and ruined by rapid technological and economic transformation.
LIST OF UPCOMING GOP EVENTS
- San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Holiday Party
Saturday, December 3, 2016 / 4:00 pm – Norm Larson Residence, Address available upon RSVP, San Francisco
The San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans invite you to join them at their Annual Holiday Party.
RSVP: Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free.
- Marin County GOP Christmas Party
Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 5:00 pm – Trek Winery, 1026 Machin Avenue, Novato
The Marin County Republican Party invites you to celebrate the election and the Holidays at their Christmas Party. There will be light food, a complimentary glass of wine with each adult ticket, and live piano music courtesy for Glen Woodruff of JB Piano.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online or mail a check to Marin GOP, 888 Fourth Street, #16, San Rafael, CA 94901. Cost: $35 for adults; $10 for kids under 16 when accompanied by a parent.
- Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Meeting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / 11:30 am – Lawrence’s Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City
The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their December General Membership meeting that will include a special performance by the Timshel Choir. Please bring two wrapped gifts for children of the military at Fort Hunter Liggett, for ages 3 – 11. Please mark the gift for a boy or girl. View the invitation.
RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email email@example.com or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost for this special Prime Rib Luncheon: $20.
- CCRP Reorganizational Meeting
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 / 7:00 pm – Creekside Clubhouse, Rossmoor Country Club, 1010 Stanley Dollar Dr, Walnut Creek
The Contra Costa Republican Party will swear in the new central committee members and elect an executive board. RSVP here.
- SVARW Annual Christmas Luncheon
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 / 10:00 am – A Bellagio Restaurant, 33 South Central Avenue, Campbell
The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their Annual Christmas Luncheon and Installation of Officers for 2017. Santa Clara County Supervisor Mike Wasserman will administer the oath of office to incoming SVARW Executive Officers and provide an update on issues effecting Santa Clara County. Salvation Army representatives will make a presentation and provide an opportunity to make a donation. Learn more.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online by December 2nd. Cost: $40; Free to sponsor members.
- Defeating Jihad in Cyberspace Featuring Matthew Daniels
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 8:00 am – Stanford Park Hotel, 100 El Camino Real, Menlo Park
Attend a complimentary breakfast hosted by the Institute of World Politics. The featured speaker will be Matthew Daniels, Chair of Law and Human Rights for the Institute of World Politics. His topic will be Defeating Jihad in Cyberspace, Winning the Wars of Ideas. He will address how a free and open democracy can employ the Internet to counter attacks, to inspire and motivate for the cause of freedom and human rights.
- San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber 2016 Access Series
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 8:00 am – San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, 101 W. Santa Clara Street, San Jose
The San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce will conclude their 2016 Access Series with a discussion on the topic of “The 2016 Elections.” The panel of speakers will include Dr. Terry Christensen, Professor Emeritus at San Jose State University, Bob Nunez, Chairman of the Santa Clara County Republican Party, and Steve Preminger, Chairman of the Santa Clara County Democrat Party.
RSVP: Learn more and reply online. Cost: $10.
- Blackhawk RWF Annual Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am – Blackhawk Country Club, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to their Annual Christmas Luncheon featuring United States Marines Toys for Tots, the Devil Mountain Chorus and the Installation of Officers for 2017. Please bring unwrapped gifts for ages 6 month through 12 years of age for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. View the invitation.
RSVP: Email or call Jane Parish at firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $30 made payable to “Blackhawk Republican Women” to arrive no later than Monday, December 5 at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and Social at 11:30am; Luncheon and Program at Noon.
- Monterey Peninsula RWF Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am – Rancho Canada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a Christmas luncheon including the installation of officers, Christmas songs by Tracy Hathaway, and a Christmas Fashion Show.
RSVP: Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at email@example.com by December 5th to make reservations. Cost: $22 for members; $25 for non-members.
- Napa Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring Shirley Mark
Thursday, December 8, 2016 / 11:30 am – Napa Valley Country Club, 3385 Hagen Road, Napa
The Napa Valley Republican Women Federated will hold their December luncheon to install officers and hear a presentation by Shirley Mark, President of the CA Federation of Republican Women. Learn more.
RSVP: Make reservations by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by December 5th. Cost: $35. Registration opens at 11am; Business Meeting at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon; Program at 12:30pm.
- Solano Republicans Monthly Dinner with George T. Kammerer
Saturday, December 10, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Solano GOP Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
Join the Solano County Republican Party at their monthly fourth Friday dinner for a great meal and discussion with their featured speaker, George T. Kammerer. George will be speaking on topics pertaining to the local community.
RSVP: Learn more and purchase tickets online. $20 per person or $35 per couple. Questions to (707) 422-5000.
- Nob Hill Republican Women Christmas Dinner Gala
Sunday, December 11, 2016 / 6:00 pm – The St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road (on the Marina), San Francisco
The Nob Hill Republican Women’s Club, Federated hosts its 21st Annual Christmas Dinner Gala in support of the Marines’ Memorial Association “Gold Star Parents” and The Pathway Home, Inc. in Yountville. The Pathway Home assists returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain trauma. There will be music by the Vince Aguiar Trio and a raffle conducted by Tony Hall.
RSVP: Reservations Required. Contact Joan Leone at email@example.com or (415) 567-7424. Cost: $125. Reception starts at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.
- PRI and Lincoln Network’s Man vs Machine
Monday, December 12, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Galvanize Tech School, 543 Howard Street, San Francisco
The Pacific Research Institute invites you to the Lincoln Network’s Man vs Machine, The Potential of Artificial Intelligence and Universal Basic Income. Speakers will include Roy Bahat of Bloomberg Beta, Niall Ferguson, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Matt Krisiloff of YC Combinator, and Michael Faye, co-founder of Give Directly. Kim Mai-Cutler, columnist for Tech Crunch, will moderate the discussion. Learn more about the event.
RSVP: Register online. Cost: $10 for PRI supporters.
- Novato RWF Christmas Luncheon
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 / 11:00 am – Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato
The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a Holiday Boutique and luncheon, including the installation of officers for 2017. Guests are asked to bring their favorite cookies, candies, pies, etc. or their crafts, Christmas decorations or gently used items you’d like to “regift.” The unwrapped gifts will be available for the highest bidders. Learn more.
RSVP: Reserve your seat online. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am.
- San Mateo County GOP Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Hillsborough
The San Mateo County Republican Party invites you to celebrate the holiday season at their Annual Christmas Party. Friends and family are welcome to attend.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: $20.
- Santa Clara County GOP Christmas Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Lexus of Stevens Creek, 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd., San Jose
You are invited to the Santa Clara County Republican Party’s 2016 Christmas Party. Join with Republican leaders, elected officials and local Republicans for a festive evening as you celebrate the upcoming holidays and a victorious election season. Beverages and heavy appetizers will be provided.
RSVP: Make your reservation online. Cost: Early Birds (until Dec. 10) – $25; After December 10 – $35.
- Sonoma County GOP Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 / 6:30 pm – Sonoma County GOP Office, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
Celebrate the holiday season with the Republican Party of Sonoma County.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 542-7066.
- West Valley RWF Christmas Luncheon
Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 12:00 pm – Lorene Milligan’s Residence, Address available upon RSVP, San Jose
Join the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their Christmas Luncheon. They will be collecting items for donation to “Next Door Solutions” women’s shelter. View the invitation for more information.
RSVP: Reserve your seat by sending your check by December 8th (made payable to West Valley RWF) to Betty Kaye Miller, 12305 Walden Court, Saratoga, CA 95070. Questions? Cost $15.
- Supervisor Candace Andersen Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 5:00 pm – Office of Sup. Candace Andersen, 309 Diablo Road, Danville
Join Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen and her staff for a Holiday Open House. She will be accepting monetary and food donations for the Food Bank of Contra Costa County. Enjoy appetizers and cocoa.
RSVP: Call (925) 957-8860 or reply by email.
- San Benito GOP Christmas Party
Thursday, December 15, 2016 / 6:00 pm – Private Residence, 4760 Santa Ana Valley Road, Hollister
The San Benito County Republican Party will host a Christmas Party and a brief meeting to swear in new officers. Party members are encouraged to invite elected officials and other Republicans. View the invitation.
RSVP: For more information call or text Chairman Peter Hernandez at (831) 245-5361. Meeting at 6pm; Food and drink at 6:30pm.