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VCRP Endorses Brulte & Olsen for Chair & Vice-Chair of CAGOP
Ventura County, CA – January 25th, 2017 – Tonight, during a meeting of the general membership, the Ventura County Republican Party (VCRP) Central Committee unanimously endorsed Jim Brulte for re-election as Chairman of the California Republican Party (CAGOP), and Kristen Olsen as Vice-Chair.
Chairman Brulte, who served as party leader in both houses of the California State Legislature, took over as Chairman of the CAGOP in 2013 successfully leading the party out of massive debt and disarray.
Chairman of the VCRP Mike Osborn spoke highly of the leadership and stability that Chairman Brulte has brought to the state party.
“Jim Brulte has set forth and executed the right plan for Republicans in California,” said Mike Osborn.
Kristen Olsen was appointed to fill the CRP’s Vice Chairman’s post vacared by Harmeet Dillon’s election as National Committeewoman. Olsen recently won a seat on the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors after leaving the State Assembly due to term limits where she also served as Assembly Republican Leader from 2014 to 2016.
“Kristen is an experienced leader from the California State Legislature,” said Osborn. “Jim and Kristen are the right choices to lead the state party moving forward.”
JOE ARMENDARIZ • THURSDAY APRIL 7, 2016
So, Das Williams, Carpinteria's newest tax and spend politician, a former Santa Barbara City Councilman turned State Assemblyman, who is now running for County Supervisor as part of his excellent adventure to the State Senate, and then Congress, President, and then, who knows, maybe President of the UN, has recently used the legislative committee he chairs up in Sacramento to oppose sensible legislation that, if passed and signed by the governor, would have made it easier for local and state transportation agencies to maintain California's battered freeway, highway, and roadway system...which as every California motorist knows is in a continual state of disrepair (no pun intended).
The proposed legislation (AB 1569), authored by Marc Steinorth, Republican Assemblyman from Rancho Cucamonga, and opposed by Williams and his cadre of committee Democrats, would exempt road maintenance from the strangling green tape of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). So far so good. The legislation died in committee...indeed it was effectively strangled in the crib by Mr. Williams.
Keep in mind we aren't talking about new freeway, highway, or roadway construction projects, where potentially sensitive environmental habitat might be threatened or otherwise impacted thereby requiring mitigations. We are talking about already existing infrastructure, which, it's important to point out, has already been subjected to layers upon layers of onerous and tedious environmental review.
Rather than being open and sympathetic to the hard working families in California who must rely on these roads to get to and from their jobs, and who are often prevented from doing so because of the horrendously poor condition of many of California's roads, causing severe wear and tear on people's automobiles, Williams' solution is, wait for it, higher taxes.
Das Williams' view is it isn't utterly insane bureaucratic red and green tape, or CEQA for short, that is to blame for California's crumbling infrastructure, rather it is because California's working families are undertaxed and because land-use projects in California are apparently under-regulated. Indeed it would appear that in Williams' mind, it is a lack of taxes being confiscated, I mean collected up in Sacramento that is to blame for California's third world infrastructure.
Well...I will grant Das the following point, there will never be enough taxes collected up in Sacramento to make him and his friends in the tax and spend lobby content. And there will never be enough political offices to make him happy. It's not unlike a California Black Bear who is never satisfied with the amount of honey it finds in a honey pot. More will never, ever be enough to satisfy the voracious appetite of the California bear, or the California politician who is addicted to power and spending other people's money.
Must be something in the water...
Will the 2016 convention be your first convention? Read below for what to expect.
CRP conventions are a first and foremost a business meeting of the state Party, but they are also a chance to reconnect with friends and activists from around the state, talk with your Republican elected officials, learn new skills, and hear from inspiring speakers.
Most attendees will wear business casual clothing, but come in whatever makes you comfortable! Families are welcome, although make sure you take a look at the agenda to decide if there’s enough programming to keep your young kids interested. The agenda in your registration packet, on the convention website, and mobile app, will be your guide for the weekend.
Your first stop at convention will be the registration area to get your credentials. When you pick up your registration badge, it will give you access to all of the convention trainings, workshops, and meetings. There are typically up to a dozen committee meetings throughout the weekend, plus 4-6 trainings and workshops, all open for registered attendees.
As you walk through the convention halls on Friday and throughout the weekend, you’ll see lots of exhibitors. From jewelry vendors to mail production shops to advocacy groups, make sure you visit the exhibitors throughout the weekend.
Convention kicks off on Friday with the CRP Board of Directors Meeting in the morning, and the Executive Committee lunch. This working meeting of the Executive Committee is open to all, although non-members will be asked to leave when the Committee begins its closed session work.
You don’t want to miss the Welcome Reception on Friday evening, which is included in your registration price as well! The VIP Receptions and Banquets throughout the weekend do require separate ticket purchases. If you’re not attending the banquets, there are lots of dining options in the convention area.
Throughout the weekend you’ll see hospitality receptions listed on the agenda. These are typically open to all attendees, and hosted by various candidates and organizations. There are receptions throughout the weekend, but many of them take place on Friday and Saturday night, after the banquets end at 9 p.m. The receptions are a chance for socializing, and many attendees attend some or all of them!
On Sunday morning, General Session is the highlight of the convention. CRP Delegates sit in assigned seating by their county, while guests sit in marked areas. Committee reports are voted on, and Delegates hear reports from the Party’s officers.
When the gavel comes down at the end of General Session, convention is over…until we see you next time!