February Newsletter 

Sue Caro for Bay Area Regional Vice Chair

Sue Caro, an experienced Republican leader and the Republican Chair for Alameda County, is an excellent choice to serve as the new Bay Area Regional Vice Chair.

Sue is a life-long Republican, who led her Republican Women's club as its president,
chaired her county Republican Party for three years, carried the Party's banner in a
congressional race, and worked successfully as a key supporter to elect a new Republican

"My vision for the CRP Vice Chair Bay Region position is one of information sharing and
communications to connect the dots of our web of Bay Area Republican organizations,
especially the county parties," Sue Caro explained.
Addressing delegates, she said, "The role is one of messenger to the CRP Board about what the Bay Region Republican community cares about and wants to accomplish. It is also a conduit to you about the priorities of the state party and the potential resources
available to help your efforts."

The Regional Vice Chair represents the counties of the Bay Area Region on the California Republican Party's Board of Directors. The CRP bylaws define the Bay Area Region to include Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Marin Counties. In addition, the regional vice chair works in the region to support county central
committees, build Republican strength, and elect Republican candidates.
CRP Delegates from the region will elect the new regional vice chair at the regional caucus on Saturday, February 25, at the state convention. The position is open, as incumbent Kevin Krick is completing his second term, reaching the term limit.

Sue Caro grew up in Akron, Ohio. As a teenager she worked on local campaigns. She attended Kent State University for two years and then, seeking travel and broader experiences, got a job as a flight attendant with United Airlines.

While working at United, Caro moved to Washington, D.C. and completed her degree in
Business and Finance at the University of Maryland. She met her husband Jim on a United flight. They married and moved to Oakland, where they raised a son and daughter.

In her career, Caro has worked as a financial planner, then as Director of Business Operations for a school, and finally as a residential real estate agent.

Sue joined the Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated and eventually served as the
club's president. She chaired the Alameda County Republican Party from 2012 to 2015.  During that period she was a strong supporter of the effort to elect Catharine Baker to the state Assembly.

Caro understands the challenges of Republican candidates in the Bay Area well. In 2016, wanting to offer a voice for conservatives, she took on the job of running for Congress against Rep. Barbara Lee in a 6% Republican district.

Sue Caro lives in Oakland with her husband, Jim McPhee. They enjoy golf and Oakland
Athletics baseball. 
Sue enjoys the support of many Republicans in the Bay Area.  Check out her Facebook page here.  If you would like to endorse Sue in her campaign, contact her at

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Hugh Hewitt and Rep. Devin Nunes Headline CRP Convention
Hyatt Regency Sacramento, Feb. 24-26

Talk show host Hugh Hewitt and U.S. Representative Devin Nunes will speak at the Friday and Saturday night dinners at the California Republican Party Organizing Convention.

Hugh Hewitt is a radio talk show host, a TV commentator, an author, and a Chapman University law professor. He worked under President Reagan as Deputy Director of the Office of Personnel Management, Assistant White House Counsel and other positions.

Devin Nunes recently served on the executive committee of the Trump transition team. A seven-term congressman from Tulare, he is Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and also serves on the Way and Means Committee.
BayAreaGOP will host receptions and convention briefings following the dinner banquets on Friday and Saturday evenings. Location information will be posted on the BayAreaGOP Convention page when it is available.

You can book a room at the Hyatt at the CRP's discount rate of $159 at the link here if rooms are still available. The deadline is TODAY, February 1st! You can also pre-register for the convention here.

Return Brulte, Olsen, Wilder and Guerra as CRP Officers
A key activity at the California Republican Party Convention is the election of statewide officers, where Chairman Jim Brulte, Vice Chair Kristin Olsen, Secretary Deborah Wilder, and Treasurer Mario Guerra all have served well and should be returned to office.

During his tenure, Chairman Jim Brulte has erased the previous debt, developed excellent cooperation with the Republican Legislative Leadership, and energized the grass roots. He led the effort to purchase the new CRP headquarters in Sacramento, financing it with the sale of the old, obsolete office. Brulte previously served in the State Senate and Assembly and was Republican Leader of both chambers.
State Vice Chair Kristin Olsen just took office in December to fill a vacancy.  She represented the Modesto area previously in the Assembly and now as a county supervisor.  She served as Assembly Republican Leader, where she enhanced the communications capabilities of the Republican Caucus.  See her Facebook page here - you can like her and receive updates or send a message of endorsement.

In addition to taking notes and serving on the state Board of Directors, Secretary Deborah Wilder worked on the CRP Building Committee to develop the new state-of-the-art CRP headquarters. She served on the Personnel Committee, using her experience as a labor law attorney to update Party employment policies. She chaired the platform committee, producing a platform which passed overwhelmingly. She also chaired the Nevada County Republican Party. Email to endorse
Treasurer Mario Guerra deals with the complexities of multiple political accounts that must follow both state and federal regulations. He came to the U.S. as a refugee from Cuba at age six, served as mayor and council member in Downey, and continues to serve as a Deacon of his church.   Contact
BayAreaGOP endorses Brulte, Olsen, Wilder and Guerra and encourages you to send them your own endorsement.

February Events

Commonwealth Club Explores Future of Political Parties
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Outdoor Art Club, One West Blithdale, Mill Valley

The Commonwealth Club North Bay will host a discussion on the Future of America's Political Parties, featuring David Brady, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Professor of Political Science, Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Melissa Caen, Political Analyst, CBS San Francisco, who will serve as Moderator.

RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $55 for Non-member General Admission. The program includes complimentary light hors d'oeuvres 7:00-7:40. Conversation begins promptly at 7:45pm and ends at 9:00pm.

Silicon Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring Shane Patrick Connolly
Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 11:30 am
Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino

The Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their February meeting with guest speaker Shane Patrick Connolly, Chief of Staff for San Jose Councilmember Johnny Khamis. His topic will be "A View form the 18th Floor - An Insider's Scoop on What's Happening at City Hall in the Bay Area's Biggest City." Learn more.

RSVP: Please call Doris Sloniker (408) 705-2904 or go online at to make your reservations for lunch. Cost: $24. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.

Southern Monterey RWF Luncheon Featuring Cliff Williams
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 / 11:30 am
Lawrence's Restaurant, 611 Canal Street, King City

The Southern Monterey County Republican Women Federated will hold their monthly luncheon meeting. Their guest speaker will be Cliff Williams, committee member of the Friends of the National Rifle Association. He will discuss the upcoming FNRA banquet on February 25th and the local programs that benefit from this fundraiser.

RSVP: For more information and to make reservations, email or call Karen at (831) 385-1333. Cost: $15.

Monterey Peninsula RWF Luncheon Featuring Michael Ramirez
Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 11:30 am
Rancho CaƱada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel

The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with special guest Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist Michael Ramirez. His topic will be "Political Cartooning in an era of Hope and Change - the satirical history and absurdities of the Obama years."

RSVP: Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at by Monday, February 6 to make reservations. Cost: $25 for members; $28 for non-members. Social begins at 11:00am; Lunch at Noon.

Blackhawk RWF Evening Featuring Commander John Hatten
Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 5:30 pm
Blackhawk Country Club - the Grille, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville

The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to an evening featuring U.S. Navy Commander John "J.R." Hatten (ret.) speaking on "Homeland Security - What is our country doing to protect the U.S. from terrorist threats?" Learn more.

RSVP: Email or call Jane Parish at or 925-216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $25 made payable to "Blackhawk Republican Women" to arrive no later than Tuesday, February 7th at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Speaker at 6:00 pm.

Novato RWF Luncheon with K. Lloyd Billingsley
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 / 11:30 am
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato

The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with guest speaker K. Lloyd Billingsley, Policy Fellow and Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute, and columnist at The Daily Caller. His topic will cover the trading of private water rights and the need to change the pricing system. View the announcement.

RSVP: Reserve your seat online by 5pm on Friday, February 10th. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am, Speaker at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:15pm. Guests are encouraged to bring practical and non-perishable items for care packages for servicemen and women from Marin County stationed in Afghanistan.

Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Presents Jason Riley
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 / 6:15 pm
IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View

The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker Jason Riley. He is a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. In 2008 he published Let Them In, which argues for a more free-market oriented U.S. immigration policy. His second book, Please Stop Helping Us, is about the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass. Topic: "The State Against Blacks".

Mr. Riley earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY Buffalo. He lives in suburban New York City with his wife and three children.

RSVP: Register online. Cost: 2017 Premium Members - Free; 2017 Members - $20 online or $25 at the door; Non-members - $40 online or $45 at the door; $10 for active military and full-time students (show ID at door). Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. More information will be published on their website.

Ygnacio Valley Republican Women Luncheon with Allison Olson
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 10:00 am
Oakhurst Country Club, 1001 Peacock Creek Drive, Clayton

You are invited to the Ygnacio Valley Republican Women's General Meeting and Luncheon. The speaker will be Allison Olson, CFRW Advocate with the California Legislature.

RSVP: Contact Terri at or call (925) 766-4603 by Friday, February 10. Cost: $30.

SPARC Dinner Featuring Captain Ronald Fry
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 6:00 pm
Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills

The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) February dinner meeting will feature U.S. Army Captain and author Ronald Fry. As the leader of "Hammerhead Six" this Green Beret learned skills that he now shares with the private sector to achieve effective and innovative strategies. His topic will be "Think Like a Green Beret, Lessons for Military and Business."

RSVP: For more information and to make your reservation, visit Early-bird Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID. After February 12, $45 for members; $50 for non-members.

State of the Valley Conference with David Brooks
Friday, February 17, 2017 / 8:00 am
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 West San Carlos, San Jose

The Joint Venture Silicon Valley State of the Valley Conference will feature keynote speaker David Brooks. Known for his New York Times columns and his "comic sociology" books, Brooks is also a regular analyst on PBS NewsHour and NPR's All Things Considered. He will present his view of Silicon Valley's relationship with the new political order in Washington, D.C. under Donald Trump's presidency. Learn more.

RSVP: Register online. Registration Cost: $150. Nonprofits may register at a reduced rate of $75 (use code NONPROFIT).

Santa Cruz Lincoln Day Dinner with Kristin Olsen
Saturday, February 18, 2017 / 5:30 pm
Seascape Golf Club, 610 Clubhouse Drive, Aptos

The Santa Cruz Republican Women Federated, in conjunction with the Santa Cruz County Republican Party, will host a Lincoln Day Dinner. This black tie dinner will include dancing, a silent auction and entertainment. The featured speaker will be Kristin Olsen, former Assembly Republican Leader and Vice Chair of the California Republican Party.

RSVP: Reply here or email Donna at Cost: $85 per person or $150 per couple; VIP Cocktail Hour with Kristin Olsen $135 per person or $250 per couple.

Commonwealth Club Presents Hon. George Shultz
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco

The Commonwealth Club will host a presentation by The Honorable George Shultz, Distinguished Fellow, Hoover Institution; Former U.S. Secretary of State, Labor, and Treasury; author, Learning From Experience. He will be joined by Dr. Gloria Duffy, President and CEO, The Commonwealth Club. The topic will be "Lessons from Government, Business and Life."

RSVP: More information and tickets are available online. Cost: $35 for General Admission Nonmember. Check in begins 5:30pm; Program at 6:30pm; and Book Signing at 7:30pm. Note the new location.

California Republican Party Organizing Convention
Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2017
Hyatt Regency Sacramento and Convention Center, 1209 L Street, Sacramento

The California Republican Party State Convention will take place Friday-Sunday, February 24-26, 2017. This is the CRP's organizing convention, where new officers will be elected by the delegates. There will also be speakers, workshops, hospitality suites and a general session. For more information, see the articles above and the BayAreaGOP Convention page.

BayAreaGOP will host receptions and Convention briefings following the dinner banquets on Friday and Saturday evenings. Stop by and visit with Bay Area Republicans.

Check here to reserve your room at the Hyatt by February 1, 2017 to receive your CRP discounted rate of $159 plus tax per night. Rooms may sell out prior to the above date. If you prefer to make your reservation by phone, please call the Hyatt at 888-421-1442 and refer to the California Republican Party.

San Ramon Valley RWF Luncheon Featuring Debbie Bacigalupi
Monday, February 27, 2017 / 11:30 am
Crow Canyon Country Club, 711 Silver Lake Drive, Danville

Join the San Ramon Valley Republican Women Federated as they host a luncheon featuring Debbie Bacigalupi, cattle rancher and tireless fighter for property rights, water rights and elimination of draconian business regulations. She will discuss problems with California and what she feels can be done to get our state back on top.

RSVP: Reply by Tuesday, February 7 to or call (925) 216-6663. Cost: $27 per person. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch and Program at Noon.

Santa Rosa RWF Luncheon with Tom Schwedhelm
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 / 11:15 am
Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street , Santa Rosa

The Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with featured speaker Santa Rosa City Councilman Tom Schwedhelm. The Councilman serves on the Santa Rosa Homeless Collective. He will provide an update on the actions to be taken to address homelessness, as well as the cannabis law, Courthouse Square reunification, sanctuary city status and rent control. More details...

RSVP: Call (707) 538-9804 for reservations and information. Cost: $26 in advance; $30 at the door.


This section contains information on county committee meetings, club meetings without a speaker, grassroots activities, etc.


SFGOP Central Committee Meeting
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco

Monthly meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month. They sometimes have a featured speaker.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Republican Headquarters, 625 Jackson Street, Fairfield
The Republican Party of Solano County normally meets on the first Thursday of every month. This is an open public meeting, so bring a friend. Contact them at 707-422-5000.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 / 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 (usually at Casino M8trix). Questions? Contact HQ at or 408-246-6600.

San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 2017 / 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. For more information, contact or 650-931-4596.

Monthly Meeting of the Sonoma County Republican Party
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / 7:00 pm
Sonoma County GOP HQ, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
Attend the monthly meeting of the Sonoma County Republican Party, normally held on the third Wednesday.  All registered Republicans are welcome to attend. Contact:

SFYR Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 6:00 pm
Patriot House, 2 Embarcadero Center, Level P, 3rd Fl., San Francisco

Join the San Francisco Young Republicans at their monthly third-Tuesday Happy Hour.

Alameda County Republican Party Leadership Meeting
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 / 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.

San Francisco Log Cabin Republicans Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 / 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. 
RSVP: Questions? Contact: Larry Lacko.

Save the Date!
SFGOP Central Committee Meeting
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 / 6:30 pm
Hiram Johnson State Building (downstairs meeting rooms), 455 Golden Gate Avenue (between Polk and Larkin), San Francisco

Monthly meetings are usually held the first Wednesday of each month. They sometimes have a featured speaker.
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