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Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

Patty Kelly, Republican Superstar

by Peter Coe Verbica, President
California Congress of Republicans

Right off the bat, forgive me for bragging, but the California Congress of Republicans (“CCR”) is chock full of superstars up and down the State.  Gather ‘round and listen up.

Every Chapter president, Regional Vice President, Executive Board member and sponsor is worthy of accolades.  Patty Kelly deserves such an honor; she has years of experience helping get Republicans into office and running grassroots organizations, such as CCR and one of its most active chapters, the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, and serving as a delegate to the CAGOP.  Through her hands-on, active volunteerism, Patty Kelly has been ensuring that the California Republican Party’s grass roots organizations just get better and better. 

My last in-person visit with Patty and her husband, RJ, was at a Rat Pack-style event in Indian Well put on by the inclusive Log Cabin Republicans, the California Congress of Republicans and California Young Republicans Federated.  What a stellar example of teamwork!  I caught up with her on the phone after our recent CCR Board meeting.  Despite the Tick Fire raging in East Canyon Country near Patty’s home, she was cool, calm and collected.  The fire had already burned down seven houses and 4,500 acres.  Thankfully, Patty and her husband had working cell service and a trusty radio to keep apprised of any potential danger.

A Star is Born

Perhaps Patty’s willingness to get things done is due to her remarkable background.  She grew up in “Motor City” Detroit (which once shone brightly as an economic beacon); her father operated a grocery store there but was perceptive and knew that the tide was turning.  So, in the spirit of the pioneers who preceded him, he headed out to California, a state once renowned for phenomenal public schools, affordable housing and plentiful jobs.  (Through the 1940s and up until 1970, California median home prices were nearly on par with the rest of the Country’s.[i])  Patty and her four siblings were raised in the San Fernando Valley, and she attended James Monroe High School in Sepulveda, home to the Vikings. 

Osmond family and Jackson Five – move over! 

While some high school students get involved in football, others join the chess club, or debate, Patty had other demands.  She, her sister and three brothers performed as a group, playing musical instruments and being showcased in performances; they also starred in many television commercials, on the radio and live performances.  How cool is that?  Her father’s company, Murphy Music Industries, manufactured amps and electric guitars, including the “Murph Squire,” “Westerner,” heart-shaped “Satellite,” the “Baby Satellite,” “Murph Califone,” and “Mini Murph,” which was played by heartthrob Davie Jones and the Monkeys at the 1966 Teen Fair at Hollywood’s Palladium[ii] and other rock groups of the time.   

One Smart Cookie

Patty went on to Nashville, TN for college, getting a BBA in Music/Business Concentration while attending what is now Belmont University; she went on to get her Juris Doctorate at the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville.  The Tennessee Volunteers have won an impressive “23 national team championships (including sixteen NCAA championships).”[iii]  (No wonder mascot “Smokey,” the blue tick hound appears so happy!)  Patty was introduced into politics while working at the Office of Legal Services for the Tennessee State Legislature, where bills are drafted.  Once back in California, after working at a law firm which specialized in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases, she went to work for California State Senator Wm. J. “Pete”  Knight who served as a test pilot and in the USAF; he held the record for piloting the fastest fixed wing aircraft and was recognized as an honorary astronaut due to his high-altitude flights.  Patty then worked for State Senator George Runner (now a member of the California State Board of Equalization).  Following in her dad’s entrepreneurial footsteps, Patty started her own consulting business, MurphyBryantKelly, Inc. and ran several local political campaigns.  She also helped State Senator Tom McClintock (R-CA 4th District) wind down his office as a State Senator when he was termed out.  Afterwards, Patty rolled up her shirtsleeves, getting back to work with the Central Committee and as a CRP Delegate.  She also worked hard to help Steve Knight, Pete Knight’s son, get elected to the US House of Representatives (25th Congressional District) when Buck McKeon retired.

Family First

While Patty is very involved in supporting Republican causes, family comes first.  She is married to CCR Board Treasurer, RJ Kelly and together, they own Int’l Tax Network, Inc.  She loves spending time with her daughter, Corinna, and son-in-law Tim, and helping with her three grandchildren, Coby, Cade and Abby.  They also spend time with RJ’s two boys, Morgan and Justin who are in the film industry.  Patty still has a her mother and brother who live near her in Santa Clarita, a sister who lives in Clovis, but other siblings have moved; her oldest brother lives in Texas which boasts no state income tax, and another brother lives near Boise, ID (a city which scores high in safety and jobs[iv]).

Travel

After Patty was widowed, she met her husband RJ; they were introduced by a high school chum of Patty’s.  The Kellys’ first date was on Valentine’s Day and they’ve been enjoying life’s journey together ever since.  They enjoy traveling, including a trip to Belfast, Ireland to see RJ’s son, Morgan Kelly work his computer animation magic on sets for the wildly popular television series, “Game of Thrones.”  The Kellys also enjoy Maui and Oahu, and visit Hawaii often.   Another favored destination is the Mexican Riviera, including Cancun, as well as going to North Carolina to see their grandchildren and spending time with the family.

Republican Dynamo

As mentioned, Patty has been a Republican dynamo, Patty helped guide the helm of the California Congress of Republicans as its President from 2014-2015, and has been a leader of one of the organizations most dynamic chapters, the Santa Clarita Valley Congress of Republicans, where she has served as President multiple times.  Cream, as they say, rises to the top.  This CCR chapter is famous for its October Barbecue, fun Fourth of July patriot floats and their hospitable meetings at Margarita’s Mexican Grill on the first Thursday of the month.  Whether the issue is voting for a new CAGOP administration, approving a new Party platform, or adding a new chartered organization, Patty takes time out of her busy schedule to lend a hand and vote.  As a member of the CCR Executive Board, along with her husband, RJ, both lend a shoulder to ensure that our statewide, grassroots organization will continue to thrive.  Hats off to Patty!

 

[i] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_housing_shortage

[ii] http://www.murphguitars.com/models/the-baby-murph-satellite/

[iii] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Volunteers

[iv] https://livability.com/id/boise/real-estate/8-reasons-to-move-to-boise-right-now

The Ghosting of Older White Males  by PC-Crazy Corporate America

The Ghosting of Older White Males by PC-Crazy Corporate America

The Ghosting of Older White Males by PC-Crazy Corporate America

By Peter Verbica
Chair, California Congress of Republicans

Despite the Declaration of Independence citing that “all men are created equal,” corporate America media hacks are intently erasing a select group of individuals who come from a specific gender and ethnicity, especially if they’re over the age of 50. While modern Democrats label themselves as “progressive”, in a time of racial equality and unity, they are regressing to the era of Dixie-Crats of yesteryear.  Familiar with the term “ghosting?”  According to the Urban Dictionary, “ghosting” is “When a person cuts off all communication with their friends or the person they’re dating with zero warning or notice before hand.”  Whether he realizes it or not, the older white American male is often becoming a victim of racial ghosting by companies who love his money, but not his photograph.

In an informal survey of six large banks and investment banks’ home pages, one group of substantial clients were noticeably absent from the companies’ messaging: the older white male.  The white male is the last easy target of PC-crazy America; the trend is so noticeable that even the left of center Boston Globe featured “In defense of the white male,” an opinion piece written by Roland Merullo[i].  Merullo reminds his fact-starved and self-biasing readers that heinous figures throughout history include those who aren’t white: Amin, Pol Pot, Baby Doc Duvalier and Hirohito.  Noticeably absent from the list is the penultimate mass murderer: Mao Zedong, according to the Washington Post (“Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world,” August 3, 2016).  Merullo tutors readers that white men were responsible for the discovery of “penicillin,” “Novocain,” and modern “drug regimen used to treat people afflicted with AIDS,” as well as the “millions of white men who gave their lives in World War II” fighting Nazis.

When white men ARE featured in media, know that a safe “go to” is the “Stupid White Husband/Boyfriend/Man,” according to Mark Duffy in his damning piece, “Copyranter: The go-to ad joke is – still – the white male moron” (www.digiday.com, March 25, 2016).  Duffy, in his analysis, found “over 50 White Man Moron ads.”  He concludes by hoping that other diverse groups receive equal treatment in the future.  When will corporate America realize that true diversity is the diversity of ideas, rather than the color of one’s skin, gender or lifestyle preference?  Jesse Jackson and Thomas Sowell share ethnicity but differ in ideas.  Margaret Thatcher and Gloria Steinem are of similar gender but are ideological antipodes.  Former Chair of the San Jose State Economics department, Dr. Lydia Ortega, a Latina, free market economist, and former Lt. Gubernatorial candidate who grew up in one of the poorest sections of LA, takes umbrage with those who insist she speak with a “brown voice.”  Why is it that many liberals are the first to try to bully their constituents into falling into Socialistic lockstep rather than express a differing opinion?

[i][i] “In defense of the white male,” by Roland Merullo (The Boston Globe, July 3, 2017)

Kalifornia Krazy: California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

Kalifornia Krazy: California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

Kalifornia Krazy:

California’s Most Recent Assault on the Second Amendment

The craziness keeps coming in Krazy Kalifornia.  Newsom’s Proposition 63 and SB-1235 passed, further restricting ammunition sales; the continued assault on Second Amendment rights in California is a real peach; now, a consumer pays $19 for a background check (if you haven’t purchased a gun recently) for a $46.99 single box of ammunition[i], not including state and local sales tax. The result: making the ownership and regular use of firearms in the state a luxury for the privileged wealthy.

With the California Democratic Party often throwing out the accusatory phrase of “white privilege,” it would seem they disenfranchise low-income Californians of a basic Constitutional right.  As if these laws weren’t class and racially divisive enough, you’ll be asked three questions: your place of birth, your phone number and your RACE/ETHNICITY. That’s right, I’m not making this up.  You thought the issue of one’s race or ethnicity is a relic of the past?  It’s not.  Apparently California Democratic Lawmakers believe one’s race and ethnicity is an important data point when deciding to provide Californians access to a Constitutional right. Additionally, be prepared to wait a few weeks to find out if they will allow you to partake in the privilege.

Of course, the website provided by the California Department of Justice (“Bureau of Firearms”) is obscure, so best of luck determining whether you’ve been approved.  Want to check on your status with the retailer?  You’ll need to speak specifically with the “approved” clerk who can help with ammunition sales and who attended to you initially.  He’s not in or on vacation?  So sorry.  Would you please re-book your hunting trip and call back at another time?

For more information:

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displaySection.xhtml?lawCode=PEN&sectionNum=30370.

https://www.cagunrights.org/

https://crpa.org/

https://home.nra.org/

https://www.gunownersca.com/2019/05/29/ready-not-need-know-cas-new-ammo-registration-scheme/

[i] https://www.big5sportinggoods.com/store/details/Winchester+.38-Special-Ammo/0320133080058/_/A-4151320

The Follies of Gavin Newsom

The Follies of Gavin Newsom

(Photo credit: Peter Verbica)

The Follies of Gavin Newsom

By Peter Verbica
President, CA Congress of Republicans

Merriam-Webster defines “folly” as “lack of good sense or normal prudence and foresight” and “criminally or tragically foolish actions or conduct.”  It’s a word which comes to mind when one examines the antics of hapless Governor Gavin Newsom (the reported darling of nest-featherers Pelosi, Feinstein, Brown and Getty[i]).

Lately, he has been busier than an arsonist with a fresh pack of matches.  To wit:

  • signing over 1,000 new bills[ii], ensuring businesses and taxpayers will continue to leave California in droves,
  • shoe-horning statewide rent control into law, despite clear-eyed economists who warn that such wrong-headed policies will drive up costs to renters and lower supply[iii],
  • blaming utility companies for turning off electricity rather than looking at the foolhardy policies of radical environmentalists[iv],
  • raising taxes and fees on the backs of the poor and the Middle Class (including helping California to outstrip Hawaii for highest gas prices in the country[v]),
  • frittering away precious time while not advocating for much-needed dramatic pension reform[vi], and
  • fighting two recall petitions which seek to dethrone him.

You know that you have to be despised to attract not one, but TWO recall initiatives!  (Go to https://recallnewsom.us/ and https://ranaf.org/full-recall-info-page for more information.)

Will the California taxpayer finally wake up and throw these Sacramento bums out?  Only time will tell, as our state devolves into Venezuela II.

Let’s hope that Gavin has a cousin who owns a truck who can help him and his new wife Jennifer (an expert on “toxic” masculinity[vii]) pack their bags.

[i] https://calmatters.org/commentary/gavin-newsoms-keeping-it-all-in-the-family/

[ii] https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/In-acting-on-1-000-new-bills-Newsom-shows-he-s-14521572.php

[iii] https://reason.com/2019/09/12/california-passes-statewide-rent-control-despite-a-massive-housing-shortage/

[iv] https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/12/california-wildfires/

[v] https://gustancho.com/california-gas-prices

[vi] https://www.hoover.org/research/real-pension-reform-california-design

[vii] https://fox40.com/2019/10/01/patterson-parent-says-daughter-was-shown-pornographic-images-in-classroom/

Gloves Off

Gloves Off

Why California Politics Have Changed

by Peter Coe Verbica, President
California Congress of Republicans

California politics have changed, but not for reasons that you might think.  If boxing is a tough sport, welcome to the MMA cage match known as California politics.  If you don’t have time to finish this article, I’ll cut to the punch line: Higher housing prices and higher rent equals less Republicans. The number of Republicans in California is inversely correlative to the price of housing.  As more and more Californians become oppressed renters, due to a lack of housing supply, they’re more prone to vote for policies which penalize owners.  Interested in more Republicans in California?  Reform land use!  The rest is hogwash.  Today’s problem has only been 80 years in the making.

(Chart source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_housing_shortage.)

For years, boxing was bound by the bare-knuckled “London Prize Ring Rules.”  These were subsequently replaced by the “Marquess of Queensberry Rules,” first written by John Graham Chambers in 1865, and endorsed by boxing patron and sportsman John Douglas, the Ninth Marquess of Queensberry.  Thanks to California’s governor, raised by the silver-back political wolves by the names of Pelosi, Brown and Feinstein and an unbridled Democrat-run legislation, the gloves are off.  It’s pure blood sport and not for faint of heart.  Who would have thought that so many aging hippies who hated “the man” would be such rabid advocates for the degradation of basic liberties?
While the rules of boxing have evolved, the rules of California politics have devolved.  If the stakes of boxing matches are high, the stakes in politics are higher.  A single fighter may fall to the canvas, but in politics, generations are either damned or liberated by who wins or loses.  The California Republican Party is in a death-match.  The old rules have been scuttled.  The greatest irony: California Republicans wear the white hat and sit high in the saddle.  California Republicans, male or female, gay or straight, old or young, of color or white as a lily, are the “good guys.” Why?  These brave souls stand for principles such as lower taxes, cheaper housing, quality jobs, better education and, the strangest concept of all — reason.  Californian Republicans demand their tax money is spent on outlandish projects normally under the purview of government: roads, water, fire protection.  Not slow trains to nowhere.  Welcome to the Alice in Wonderland looking glass world where up is down and down is up.

As Reagan reminds us, “Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”  Great wisdom and yet, it’s a fact that Republicans don’t get a fair shake in the press; even back in 2014, the Washington Post announced, “Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That’s far fewer than even a decade ago.”[i]

So, as the California Democrat Party refuses to build any new reservoirs, despite its population boom, and builds boondoggle trains to nowhere, and chokes housing supply despite demand, we could compile a quick list of some of their dirty tricks; lately, that’s an easy thing to do.  Here are just a few examples:

  1. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nefarious mislabeling of Proposition 6’s repeal of the gas tax initiative.[ii]
  2. Sacramento’s change of law allowing for ballot harvesting, which greatly favors Democrats.[iii]
  3. Widespread voter fraud in California and lax enforcement of the rule of law (“LA County Admits Number of Registered Voters At 144% Of Resident Citizens Of Voting Age”).[iv]
  4. The California Teachers Union’s outsized spending on Democrat campaigns and liberal initiatives which in five and a half election cycles spent ~$118 million as reported back in 2012.[v]  According to the The Atlantic, “The Supreme Court Wednesday dealt a huge blow to public-sector unions and the labor movement in general, ruling in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees do not have to pay fees to unions to cover the costs of collective bargaining.”[vi]  It’s a sad day when teachers have to go all the way to the US Supreme Court to secure their First Amendment rights.
  5. Democrat campaign workers stealing Republican political flyers in Riverside County.[vii]
  6. The so-called fair redistricting measure which uses diabolically subjective tests which can be easily abused. As a friend eloquently states: “And let’s not fool ourselves with this redistricting commission —  we cannot win because the criteria was skewed to put “Communities of Interest” as top criteria – that means lines  can be gerrymandered and still be legitimate because the definition of communities of interest includes sharing the same transportation systems, same media outlets – etc. —  basically the court  can’t rule on a gerrymander because there’s no way to prove the lines violate the rules.”
  7. SB27 which, if unchecked, disallows California voters the right to vote for a Presidential or gubernatorial candidate who doesn’t submit her taxes.[viii]

Dastardly examples to be sure, but I will argue to you that none of these is the main impetus.  Termites have been working on the wood of the structure of the California Republican Party for years.  Let me explain.  The answer is shockingly simple, but the solution will be anything but easy.

Re-Branding is a Fool’s Errand

Before we dig into the problem, let me assure you that re-branding the California Republican Party is a fool’s errand.  Time and time again, one hears about it; pollsters are engaged; consultants do focus groups.  The CAGOP isn’t green enough.  It lets down soccer moms because it’s tone-deaf.  It doesn’t care about diversity or inclusion.  It doesn’t care about seniors.  This is pure, unmitigated hooey.  Don’t fall for any of these.  The overwhelming majority of California Republicans are generous, broad-minded, reasonable, neighborly and want to preserve our great outdoors.  So, while one hears arguments that the California Republican Party needs to be re-branded, don’t be fooled.  Unfortunately, the real issue is more complicated than replacing the shape of CAGOP bottles and spiffing its package design.  This isn’t a Coca-Cola® versus Pepsi® issue.  If only life were that easy.

Middle Class Californians are Leaving in Droves

We hear of middle-class Californians leaving in droves; without a doubt, many of them are Republicans; Len Ramirez reported this trend in his report, “San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus of Residents” on KPIX, a CBS affiliate.  U-Haul franchises are having trouble getting their trucks back because most of the traffic seems to be one-way; cities of choice are reportedly Las Vegas, Phoenix, Atlanta and Nashville.  Those leaving cite crowding, the cost of housing and increased crime.[ix]

Density as a Predictor

Back to the people voting Republican or Democrat.  Let’s step back for a moment and look at one of the major predictors of how someone is going to vote: density.  A rural voter will typically vote Republican and an urban voter will typically vote Democrat.  It’s a high correlation, as explained by Justin Davidson in his article, “Cities Vs. Trump, Red state, blue state? The urban-rural divide is more significant.”[x]

Epiphany!  The High Cost of Housing and the Subsequent Decline of Ownership

Why is density such a great predictor of how someone is going to vote?  Is it race or education?  Those red neck “deplorables” referred by the urbane and gentile Obama?  The real reason for the decline of the Republican Party struck me with unnerving clarity this past year, like a sledgehammer to a bronze church bell.  The reverberations of the revelation animated my being.  It was extraordinarily obvious, but like most California Republicans, I’ve been a lobster in a pot.  The heat of the water had gradually increased to a boil, but I was too busy swimming to notice.  Take a look at the chart at the beginning of this article on California housing affordability: it’s only been 80 years in the making!  Behold the obvious: those who live in rural areas are more apt to own their residence.  Entitlement subsidies and regulation compliance are more likely to fall upon an owner’s back.  The issue is compounded in California.  Ironic that a state which seeks to lowers barriers to immigration also makes little effort to address the supply side imbalance, isn’t it?

As the number of Republicans have declined in Californian, so too have the number of homeowners.  The trend is well-documented in a ftJournal article entitled, “California’s low homeownership rate to continue,” which came out on March 28, 2019.  The article notes that “California’s homeownership rate typically falls around 10 percentage points below the national average…”[xi]

The article continues to explain how in major metropolitan areas, the percentage of homeowners can be dramatically less.

And, the trend is nationwide for large urban areas.  According to an article in RentCafe, “The population of almost a quarter of the 100 largest US cities has changed from homeowner- to renter-majority between 2006 and 2016.”[xii]  Articles in the US, Canada and Australia are sounding alarm bells that these nations are transitioning from a nation of owners to a nation of serfs.

To reiterate, the epiphany is this: as the number of homeowners in California has dropped, so too have the percentage of Republicans; the low number of Republicans is, therefore, inversely correlative to the high cost of housing in the State.  While politicians virtue-signal with “living wage” regulations, what isn’t addressed is the biggest drain on the majority of Californians’ budgets: the cost of housing.  According to the California Budget and Policy Center, “Californians in All Parts of the State Pay More Than They Can Afford for Housing;” a huge percentage of these households have housing expenses in excess of 30% of their budget (also known as “cost burdened”).[xiii]

Wonder why other urban areas vote Democrat across the country?  Here’s why: they’ve flipped from a majority owning their homes, to a majority renting their homes!

Let Us Take Off our Gloves and Pick Up a Lance

In California, the supply problem is exacerbated by two main factors: the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) and onerous zoning regulations.  It’s time to face these demons head on, the way St. George might seek to slay a dragon.  Unless we do, the number of Republicans will continue to dwindle in California as the opportunity for ownership wanes.  Re-branding the CAGOP won’t help.

CEQA and Abuse of Process

Jennifer Hernandez, Esq. is an attorney who specializes in CEQA litigation and has done extensive review of cases which have obstructed new construction projects; she explains that even avowed liberals recognize the harm CEQA has done to the State of California:

“As CEQA critic Governor Brown has explained, over the past four decades the courts have issued hundreds of judicial interpretations of CEQA that have morphed this great environmental law into a “blob” of contradictions and uncertainty—often misshapen, misused, mismanaged and, as shown by this study, used to thwart important environmental policies like climate change.”[xiv]

The impact of the problem was documented in “California’s High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences” by legislative analyst, Mac Taylor:

“We also find that building activity in California’s coastal metros has been significantly lower than in metros outside of California that have similar desirable characteristics—such as temperate weather, coastal proximity, and economic growth—and, therefore, likely have similar demand for housing.”[xv]

In the report, he observes that among the hardest hit are lower income families who are burdened with exorbitant rents; these individuals are those who the Democratic party successfully panders too, despite tax and regulatory policies which oppress these constituents.  A cruel irony indeed.

Zoning Laws and NIMBYs

The New York Times’ opinion columnist, Farhad Manjoo, in his article, “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals.” states that restrictive zoning laws and NIMBY-ism is a “sort of nakedly exclusionary urban restrictionism is a particular shame of the left.”  He chronicles “increasingly unlivable cities” and castigates liberal Democrat State Senator Anthony Portantino for shelving SB 50, which would reportedly create more housing by loosening zoning restrictions.[xvi]

Municipalities have used zoning restrictions to keep down new housing inventory which would drive down housing prices and rents; these bureaucracies have also perfected a rarely checked practice of extorting developers out of high fees, rather than seek to balance their own city, county and school budgets, and migrate away from high cost defined benefit retirement plans to defined compensation plans which are utilized now by a majority of private and public companies.  Of course, higher fees are always passed down to the consumers – the buyers and renters of the housing inventory.

One of the few exceptions to this unchecked and unbridled ad hoc administrative usury was Chop Keenan’s win against the town of Half Moon Bay which was hit with a $36.8 million dollar judgement for its unsavory practices.

For the California Republican Party to succeed, it needs to be part of the solution which cracks open the ownership opportunity for more Californians.  Examples of white knights which come to mind are the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and Fair Education Santa Barbara Inc.

The California Republicans need to take on the forces which are choking housing supply and demand the reformation of CEQA and zoning laws in the state.  The State of California’s government should focus on improving its infrastructure, including reservoirs, bridges, aqueducts and roads, as well as reforming its strategies of fire prevention (controlled burns, grazing, intelligent timber harvesting).   As Reagan eloquently states, “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.”

Republicans!  The gloves are off.  What are you doing about land use?  How are you helping more Californians have access to affordable home ownership?  What are you doing to increase supply?


[i] “Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans. That’s far fewer than even a decade ago” by Chris Cillizza (Washington Post, May 6, 2014).

[ii] “Gas Tax Opponents Target California’s Anti-Trump AG Over Ballot Manipulation” by Chris White (Daily Caller, October 29, 2018).

[iii] “Exclusive–Election Fraud Expert: California’s Ballot Harvesting Favored Democrats” by John Binder (Breitbart, November 30, 2018).

[iv] “LA County Admits Number Of Registered Voters At 144% Of Resident Citizens Of Voting Age” by Tyler Durden (ZeroHedge, August 6, 2017).

[v] “Top 100 donors influence California campaigns most” by Coulter Jones and Elizabeth Titus (SFGate, June 4, 2012).

[vi] “Is This the End of Public-Sector Unions in America?” by Alana Semuels (The Atlantic, June 27, 2018).

[vii] “Assembly Member Sabrina Cervantes Campaign Worker Caught on Video” (Republican Club of Riverside County, June 3, 2018).

[viii] “California to Trump: Release your taxes or you’re barred from the primary ballot,” by Alexei Koseff (San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2019)

[ix] “San Francisco Bay Area Experiences Mass Exodus Of Residents” by Len Ramirez (KPIX, CBS affiliate, February 8, 2018).

[x] “Cities Vs. Trump, Red state, blue state? The urban-rural divide is more significant” by Justin Davidson (NY Magazine, April 17, 2017).

[xi] “California’s low homeownership rate to continue” by ftJournal editorial staff (ftJournal, March 28, 2019).

[xii] “Renters Became the Majority Population in 22 Big US Cities” (RentCafe, January 25, 2018).

[xiii] California Budget and Policy Center, Fact Sheet, September 2017.

[xiv] “New CEQA Study Reveals Widespread Abuse of Legal Process by ‘Non-Environmentalists’” by Jennifer Hernandez, Esq., December 21, 2015.

[xv] “California High Housing Costs: Causes and Consequences” by Mac Taylor, March 17, 2015.

[xvi] “America’s Cities Are Unlivable. Blame Wealthy Liberals.” by Farhad Manjoo (New York Times, May 22, 2019).

Message From The President

Message From The President

“No entity is singularly better equipped or robustly funded to efficiently administer terror than an unchecked government. Mao, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Castro, Maduro, Amin, Hussein, Jong-il, Ceaușescu.  The list is a lengthy one.

Please think long and hard before running into the arms of those who promise you security in exchange for your personal liberties.  It is political opportunism of the ugliest variety and insults those who’ve fought for your freedom.”

Peter Coe Verbica
President
The California Congress of Republicans