Catharine Baker Has Earned Reelection
- But It's Not Assured
East Bay Assemblywoman Catharine Baker has done an excellent job in her first term and deserves reelection. However, she is under serious and deceptive attack and needs continued support.
Baker's votes with the Republican Caucus against tax increases have been vital to defeating $29 billion worth of tax increases proposed by Democrats. Baker's 2014 victory from a swing district was key to breaking the two-thirds supermajority of the Democrats in the state Assembly.
Catharine Baker has had tremendous legislative success. She introduced
that received bipartisan support and were signed by the governor. Here are a few of them:
- AB1284: Bringing transparency to the Bay Bridge - Requires the Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee to comply with the Open Meetings Act.
- AB1058: Child abuse prevention training - Requires the Dept. of Education to establish guidelines and best practices for child abuse prevention in schools.
- AB1401: Supporting veterans in higher education - Provides California National Guard and some other veterans with greater access to college financial aid after active duty.
- AB2486: Fighting scams - Makes it easier for consumers to check a contractor by
requiring the Contractors State License Board to update its website to allow consumers to
search for licensed contractors by zip code, not just by license number or exact name.
- AB2295: Ensuring crime victims are allowed full restitution - Dissolves any ambiguity in California law to ensure convicted criminals are required to provide full restitution to their victims.
Baker also authored important bills to prohibit BART strikes and to remove the cap on
school district reserve funds.
The newspapers endorse Catharine Baker. The East Bay Times said: "In her freshman term, she's proven to be smart, articulate, discerning and refreshingly independent."
However, the Democrats see things differently. Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon
the 16th Assembly District "the top pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the Assembly" and promised Baker's opponent, Cheryl Cook-Kallio, "all the support she needs".
Cook-Kallio has received over $500,000 from the California Democratic Party just in October. Deceptive mail and TV ads have been hammering Catharine Baker.
The SF Chronicle said "The California Democratic Party seems to have concluded that it
can't defeat Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, on the merits. So it's gone to desperate means to distort the voting record of a Republican legislator ... ."
The Chronicle also said that voters who receive the slick mailers misrepresenting Baker's positions should do the right thing: "Drop them in the recycle bin. They're garbage."
Baker supporters still have time to help. One can donate or volunteer on the Baker for
. One can tell friends in the district about Catharine Baker.
The campaign HQ is at:
2303 Camino Ramon, Suite 260, San Ramon and is open for walking and phoning every day until Election Day.
. Let's work to keep Catharine in the
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Lincoln Club Endorses Local Candidates
The Lincoln Club of Northern California has endorsed 36 candidates for local office around the greater Bay Area, the most in recent years. These prestigious endorsements normally come with financial support as well.
Club Executive Director Megan Range says that, in the Bay Area, other than the priority of reelecting Assemblymember Catharine Baker, "We prioritize non-partisan races. We understand that that's where we can win and where our resources can have the most impact."
Top club priorities include
, candidates for San Jose City Council in Districts 2 and 6, respectively. San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area, and council member is a full-time job.
Two other top candidates are
in Contra Costa County. Barr is running for county supervisor in District 3, seeking a seat where a Republican is retiring. Allen is running for BART director in District 1, a board where she would have regional responsibilities.
The club considers candidates from several sources. They seek Republican "candidates that strengthen fiscal and personal responsibility and free enterprise," and have a reasonable chance to win. Endorsements must be approved by their region, by a screening committee, and by the board.
You can see the
full list of candidates
, including many Bay Area city council and school board candidates, with additional information.
BayAreaGOP Provides GOP Voter Information
Campaign Volunteer Activities
Thursday-Tuesday, November 3-8, 2016 / 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Santa Clara Trump Headquarters, 1133 Sonora Court, Sunnyvale
Volunteers are requested for phone calling. The Trump headquarters in Sunnyvale has extended their hours till 7pm daily up until Election Day. Don't worry if you are new at this. 99% of the volunteers have never participated in a political campaign. There is an easy to follow script, no selling is required, and they don't try to convince anyone on the phone. It's a simple courtesy call, asking to vote and participate in a quick survey.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it"
- Abraham Lincoln
Office hours: Mon-Sun 11am - 7pm. Walk-ins welcome! Questions? Contact County Captain
Thursday, November 3, 2016 / 4:30 pm
Staging Area, 6191 Santa Teresa Blvd., San Jose
Join the Steve Brown for San Jose City Council campaign and the Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women for a "sign waving" party. This grassroots idea is a successful means of getting a candidate's name out there and recognized. This is a family friendly event so please bring your kids as well. After sign waving, we will head over to Mountain Mike's Pizza. SVARW will be treating the volunteers with Pizza & Refreshments.
. Please park at Mountain Mike's or KFC and walk to the corner.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 10:00 am
Sonoma County GOP Headquarters, 1421 Guerneville Road, Suite 110, Santa Rosa
Make Get Out The Vote calls for Assembly candidate Charlie Schaupp between 10am and 5pm. See
you can help
Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 10:00 am
Panera, 5720 Cottle Road, San Jose
Come out and help San Jose City Council District 2 Candidate Steve Brown walk precincts. There will be two shifts (10am - Noon and 4pm - 6pm.) All walkers should meet at Panera (near the newer Target in Village Oaks Plaza), where you will disperse in teams.
If you can participate, reply to
. You may also
to volunteer to receive the latest news and schedules.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 1:00 pm
Location to be announced, Address available upon RSVP, Alameda or Santa Clara County Location
A jointly sponsored superwalk, organized by the Alameda and Santa Clara County GOP, and the Bob Brunton for Assembly campaign, will take place on Saturday. The exact locations to be walked will depend on the turnout. Materials will be provided that support all GOP candidates. Participants can select the materials they wish to distribute.
RSVP: Contact your County Chairmen Dave Erlich (Alameda) at (510) 798-1359, or Bob Nunez (Santa Clara) at (408) 598-6101; or Lori Drake (Bob Brunton for Assembly) at (510) 709-5373 by call or text. Everyone will gather at 1pm, begin walking at 1:15pm, and have an afterparty at an area restaurant beginning at 4pm.
Saturday, November 5, 2016 / 2:00 pm
Address provided upon RSVP, Los Gatos
You are invited to participate in another Trump Sign Wave Day on a footbridge above Hwy. 17. Bring American flags and/or patriotic pro-Trump signs (homemade is ok). There will be spare signs on hand.
for location details and to let them know that you plan to attend.
Assembly District 16 Assemblywoman Catharine Baker needs volunteers between now and Election Day!
Opportunities include calling between 2:30-8pm from Baker Headquarters and GOTV starting Saturday, November 5 through Election Day.
to Campaign Manager Scott Borges at (916) 753-5282 or email
Baker for Assembly Campaign Office, 2303 Camino Ramon, Ste. 260, San Ramon
Trump-Pence Home Phoning Program
Sign up for the Trump Talk home phoning program
. Training sessions will take place 12Noon - 12:30pm on Sundays, 2pm - 2:30pm on Tuesdays, 3pm - 3:30pm on Thursdays, and 3pm - 3:30pm on Fridays.
Calls will be going out to battleground states such as Arizona. For more details, contact Mac Young, Technology Director at (408) 669-3300.
Monterey County GOP GOTV
HQ, 1098 Del Monte Avenue #C, Monterey
Monterey County GOP needs volunteers for Get Out The Vote phone banks and precinct walks now through Election Day. Contact (831)324-0617 or
for more information.
San Mateo County Republican Phone Banks
Republican HQ, 875 Mahler Road, Ste. 120, Burlingame, CA
Monday-Friday 9am - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 7pm
Sunday 1pm - 7pm
Local Election Phone Bank: Contact Jonathan Madison at (415) 312-9047 or email
Trump Campaign Phone Bank: Contact Shyama Steiner at (650) 283-8962 or email
Marin County Trump GOTV
Marin GOP/Trump Headquarters, 20 Pimentel Ct, Bldg A, 2nd Floor, Novato
To volunteer at Marin Election Headquarters for Donald Trump contact Karen Molden at
or call (415) 902-6200. You can also work for Congressional Candidate Dale Mensing at the same location (in Novato off Bel Marin Keys Blvd.; at the end of Pimentel Court, first building, second floor.) Hours are 9am - 8pm every day until Election Day.
Doris Gentry for City Council Walking and Calling
Doris Gentry for Napa City Council will be walking and calling voters every day until November 8th. Please let Doris know if you can help by emailing
or call (707) 483-6811.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 / 11:30 am
Blue Pheasant Restaurant, 22100 Stevens Creek Blvd., Cupertino
The Silicon Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their November meeting that will include the election of 2017 officers, a donation for the Palo Alto Veteran Hospital and saluting our veterans. Please bring your checkbook! Also, they remind you there are many opportunities to volunteer with phone banks, home phoning, and strike teams just prior to the election. Get involved!
RSVP: Please contact Ellen Longworth at (408) 354-0419 or go online at www.svrwf.org to make your reservations for lunch. Cost: $24. Social begins at 11:30am; Lunch at Noon.
Sonoma County GOP Election Party
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Union Hotel Restaurant, 280 Mission Blvd., Santa Rosa
Join with fellow Republicans from Sonoma County to watch the election returns. They will be in the Patio that is totally enclosed and has three televisions. You will have an opportunity to order food upon arrival.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Runway at Twitter, 1355 Market Street, San Francisco
Join San Francisco Republicans for an election night "victory" party. They will be watching results live at Runway in the Twitter Building. Bring your American spirit, good luck charms, and appetite as food and beverages will be provided.
RSVP: Reply online. Cost: $25, or $35 at the door. Please bring ID for security. Media should RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SVGOP Election Night Party
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Private Residence, Address available upon RSVP, Cupertino
Come watch the Election returns with the Santa Clara County Republican Party. It will be a fun evening celebrating victories with fellow Republicans, elected officials and candidates.
for this free event.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Bay Commercial Bank, 960 School Street, Napa
Join Napa City Council Candidate Doris Gentry and friends on Election Day. Doris would like to say "thank you!" and invites you to enjoy great local food and wines with music by Full View.
. For more information email
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 7:30 pm
Monterey Marriott, 350 Calle Principal, Monterey
Join with the Monterey County GOP for an Election Night Victory Party. Space will be limited, and payment must be made in advance. View
or call (831) 324-0617. Cost: $50 per person with sponsorships available.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 8:00 pm
San Ramon Golf Club - Wedgewood Banquet Rm., 9430 Fircrest Lane, San Ramon
Join the Contra Costa County Republican Party, candidates, and elected officials for their Election Night Watch Party. Light appetizers and a no-host bar will be available.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 / 11:30 am
Spinnaker Restaurant, 100 Spinnaker Drive, Sausalito
The Marin Republican Women Federated will host their next luncheon with guest speaker and political journalist Katy Grimes. Her topic will be "The Impact of the Presidential Election and California Politics."
RSVP: Email reservations to email@example.com by November 4. Or, mail reservations to Kathryn Thompson, 821 Albatross Drive, Novato, CA 94945. Cost: $35. Make check payable to MRWF.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 / 11:30 am
San Mateo Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo
The Mid-Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host their monthly luncheon with Aaron Negherbon of Troops Direct. This non-profit supplies American military units with needed equipment anywhere in the world.
RSVP: Contact Karen Kennedy for reservations and more information at (650) 573-5939. Social begins at 11:20am; Meeting at 11:45am.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 11:30 am
Rancho Canada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Rd., Carmel
The Monterey Peninsula Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with special guest Jim Brulte, Chair of the California Republican Party, who will discuss the results of the election and what's next for California.
RSVP: Call Sylvia at (831) 484-1104 or email Cindy at firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7th to make reservations. Cost: $22 for members; $25 for non-members.
Blackhawk RWF Evening Featuring Jim Brulte
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Blackhawk Country Club - the Grille, 599 Blackhawk Club Drive, Danville
The Blackhawk Republican Women Federated invite you to an evening featuring Senator Jim Brulte (ret.), Chairman of the California Republican Party. Elected as Chairman of the California GOP with 25 years of experience in politics and government, he was the only freshman ever elected leader of his party in both houses of the legislature. He will provide an election wrap-up. View the invitation.
RSVP: To Jane Parish at email@example.com or 925-216-6663. Mail Jane your check for $25 made payable to "Blackhawk Republican Women" to arrive by Monday, November 7 at 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506-2125. Check-in and hors d'oeuvres at 5:30 pm; Speaker at 6:00 pm.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 6:30 pm
Beeb's Restaurant Banquet Room, 915 Clubhouse Drive, Livermore
The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated invite you to their dinner meeting with guest speakers Rohit Joy and Hayden Padgett who will discuss the results of the November Election. Rohit Joy is the former Chair of the Contra Costa Republican Party (2015-16), and Hayden Padgett is the President of the East Bay Young Republicans.
RSVP: Call Linda Krikorian at (925) 426-1474 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by November 8. Cost: $30 for TVRWF Members; $34 for Guests.
Friday, November 11, 2016 / 11:00 am
Cupertino Memorial Park, 10100 Mary Avenue, Cupertino
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Cupertino Veterans Memorial with the Cupertino Chamber of Commerce. In addition to Military, Fire and Sheriff's Honor Guards, there will be military speakers and a Coast Guard Helicopter Fly-Over.
The public is invited to salute our veterans, active duty military and first responders who make our world a safer place. Learn more.
Friday-Saturday, November 11-12, 2016
Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova, 11211 Point East Drive, Rancho Cordova
The Northern Division of the California Federation of Republican Women holds its Fall Conference Fri-Sat, November 11-12 with the theme "Thank You For Your Service". Hosted by the South Coast Region Clubs.
- Rod Eccles, host of "The Rod Eccles Show", and described as "The Coolest, Most Politically Incorrect, Conservative Black Man on the Planet".
- Tommy Tunson, Department Chair for the Criminal Justice Department at California Southern University, Irvine; retired Police Chief and retired Army Officer.
Find out more ...
Santa Rosa RWF Luncheon with Susan Tully
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 11:15 am
Flamingo Hotel, 2777 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa
The Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon meeting with featured speaker Susan Tully, National Field Director for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR.) She will present an overview of our entire immigration system, including legal and illegal immigration, refugee resettlement, drug cartels, sex trafficking, and the actions needed to resolve the issues.
RSVP: Call (707) 538-9804 for reservations and information. Cost: $24 in advance; $27 at the door.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 11:30 am
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive, Novato
The Novato Republican Women Federated will host a luncheon with guest speaker Senator Jim Brulte (Ret.), Chairman of the California Republican Party. He was elected to the state Senate and Assembly from the Inland Empire area for a combined tenure of 14 years, and became Minority Leader in both the California State Senate and Assembly. Senator Brulte will address the results of the November presidential election, the California ballot measures that have passed and how it all affects the California GOP.
RSVP: Reserve your seat online by 5pm on Wednesday, November 9. Cost: $33. Check-in begins at 11:00am, Speaker at 11:30am, Lunch at 12:15pm.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 6:15 pm
IFES Portuguese Hall, 432 Stierlin Road, Mountain View
The Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley welcomes as their next speaker Charlie Self, also known as "Dr. History" on KSFO 560AM Talk Radio. His topic will be "Back to the Future - The Meaning and Hope of the 2016 Election."
RSVP: Register online. Cost: Members - Free; Non-Members - $15; Students and Active Military - $1. Doors open at 6:15pm; Program begins at 7:00pm. More information will be published on their website.
SVARW Breakfast Meeting Featuring Jim Brulte
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / 9:00 am
Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Avenue, San Jose
The Silicon Valley Association of Republican Women will host their breakfast meeting with guest speaker Jim Brulte, Chairman of the California Republican Party. Brulte brings more than 25 years of experience in politics and government, including 14 years in the California State Legislature, most recently as Senate Republican Leader. He will review the General Election results and discuss trends that speak to the future of California. Learn more.
RSVP: Purchase tickets online. Cost: $15 (includes buffet breakfast.) Check-in opens at 9:00am; Program begins at 9:30am.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / 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 Roseann Slonsky-Breault, Candidate for State Assembly District 18. Please bring stuffed toys, blankets or books for children to be added to "Project Night-Night" bags.
RSVP: Contact Terri at email@example.com or call (925) 766-4603 by Friday, November 11. Cost: $26.
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / 5:30 pm
Fremont Hills Country Club, 12889 Viscaino Place, Los Altos Hills
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) November dinner meeting will feature political and public relations strategist Tab Berg. He is the founder and president of TABcommunications, Inc., where he has managed or directed numerous successful and award-winning political and public relations campaigns. Tab will provide an analysis of the General Election results.
For more information and to make your reservation, visit
. Cost: $40 for members; $45 for non-members, $25 for Students with ID.
Thursday, November 17, 2016 / 11:30 am
Holder's Country Inn, 998 So. De Anza Blvd., San Jose
Join the West Valley Republican Women Federated for their November luncheon meeting with radio talk show host Georgia Beardslee. View the invitation for more information.
RSVP: Reserve your seat by sending your check by Monday, November 14 (made payable to West Valley RWF) to Grace Russo at 2393 Karen Drive, #3, Santa Clara, CA 95050. Questions? Call Grace at (408) 244-0280. Cost $24.
PRI Gala Dinner with Charles Krauthammer
Friday, November 18, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton Street, San Francisco
The Pacific Research Institute's Annual Gala Dinner will again feature Pulitzer Prize winner Dr. Charles Krauthammer. He will address the "Future Direction of America after the Election." PRI will also be celebrating Sally Pipe's 25th year as President and CEO of the organization.
RSVP: Reserve tickets online - last year sold out quickly! Cost: $500 with sponsorships available. For more information, please contact Laura Dannerbeck at (415) 955-6110 or Ldannerbeck@pacificresearch.org.
This section contains information on county committee meetings, club meetings without a speaker, grassroots activities, etc.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 / 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.
Napa County Republican Central Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 8, 2016 / 6:00 pm
Round Table Pizza, 3331 Solano Ave, Napa
The Napa County Republican Party looks forward to seeing you at their monthly meetings, normally held on the second Tuesday of the month. Come early and order a great pizza or salad. Contact: Glenn Ellen Smith by
or call 707-255-1097.
Santa Clara County Republican Party Committee Meeting
WWednesday, November 9, 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 (usually at Casino M8trix). Questions? Contact HQ at
San Mateo County GOP Committee Meeting
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 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
Thursday, November 10, 2016 / 7:00 pm
Location To Be Announced
The Marin County Republican Central Committee will hold their monthly meeting. Meetings are usually held on the last Thursday of each month. Members of the public are welcome. Call 415-446-4111 for more information.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 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.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 / 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, November 23, 2016 / 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.
Save the Date!
Thursday, December 1, 2016 / 11:30 am
Sequoya Country Club, 4550 Heafey Road, Oakland
The Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated invites you to a luncheon featuring Cassandra Pye, President of California Women Lead, the state's largest nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of women whose mission is to inform its constituencies, as well as encourage women to seek public office. She is also the founder of 3.14 Communications, LLC, and has more than 30 years in communications, government, politics and advocacy. Her topic will be "What Next? And Why Republican Women Need to Lead."
before Monday, November 28. Cost: $35 per person. Make checks payable to PARW and mail to Helen DeVol, PO Box 11079 - Piedmont Station, Oakland, CA 94611.
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 affecting Santa Clara County. Salvation Army representatives will make a presentation and provide an opportunity to make a donation. Learn
by Friday, December 2nd. Cost: $40; free to sponsor members.
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.
Reservations Required. Contact Joan Leone at
or (415) 567-7424. Cost: $125. Reception starts at 6pm; Dinner at 7pm.
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, contact the CRP Convention Team at
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