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Meeting Notice and Newsletter
In This Issue
Featured Speaker: Steve Kinney
Bill Christensen - Victory '08 Campaign
Propositions on November Ballot
McCain and Obama in Orange County
RJC - September 9th
Analysis of Obama Berlin Speech
Quick Links
July 14, 2008 
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club will be on Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 7:00pm at Galpin Ford, 15555 Roscoe Blvd (just east of the 405), 2nd Floor Meeting Room, North Hills. 

There is a $5.00 event fee, except for first time visitors, students and guest speakers who may attend at no cost.

We originally had scheduled Senatorial Candidate Tony Strickland to speak at our August meeting, but I got a call from Tony and he had to cancel due to a conflict.  We will have Tony at a future meeting.

In his place we have an equally interesting speaker.  Steve Kinney, of Public Opinion Strategies will be our featured speaker.

Steve Frank will also talk to us about one of the most important propositions that will appear on the November ballot - redistricting.

Bill Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer of the California Republican Party, along with the Victory '08 CRP Leadership will also be at the meeting to talk about the campaign.
Featured Speaker:  Steve Kinney - Public Opinion Strategies

 Election Research and Analysis
Steve Kinney
Stephen M. Kinney is a partner of Public Opinion Strategies, L.L.C., one of the nation's premier political and public affairs survey research firms. His institutional knowledge, critical insight, and expertise in survey analyses contribute to his reputation as a highly respected pollster and strategist on the current scene.

In his home state of California, Kinney's political clients include or have included former Governor Pete Wilson, former State Treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Matthew K. Fong, Congressman Doug Ose, Senate Republican Leader Jim Brulte, Assembly Republican Leader Dave Cox, and LA County Supervisor Don Knabe.

In the Corporate/Public Affairs realm, Kinney's California clients include the Association of California Insurance Companies, the California Farm Bureau Federation, the California Restaurant Association, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. Kinney works extensively with statewide candidates, legislative candidates, and local and statewide initiative campaigns. Since 1992, Steve Kinney has conducted research in 48 of the state's 80 assembly districts and 22 of the state's 40 senate districts. Whether on behalf of individual candidates, the Republican caucus, or independent organizations concerned with the outcome of the elections, we have been involved in virtually every competitive state legislative race in the last decade.

Victory '08 Campaign
Bill Christiansen Bill Christiansen, CRP COO

Bill Christiansen, Chief Operating Officer of the California Republican Party will do a presentation on the Victory '08 Campaign.

The campaign is starting to get into high gear.  We are determined to win California for John McCain and we are determined to see that all of our Republican candidates for Congress, State Senate and Assembly receive our support.

We need your participation if Republicans are to win in November.

We need volunteers to walk precincts or to make phone calls.  For those that haven't done it before, we will train you.  It is very easy.

Please send me an email indicating your willingness to participate in the Victory '08 campaign in some capacity, to assure that we achieve Victory in '08.
Propositions on the November Ballot  
 Propositions Information

At our September meeting we will have a full presentation and discussion of all the propositions - state, county and city, on the November ballot.  We won't have time at the August meeting for a full discussion of all measures, but we will discuss the Redistricting Proposition (Proposition 11) and the Safe Neighborhoods Act (Proposition 6)Steve Frank will talk to us about them.  You can find the summary of Proposition 6 (Safe Neighborhoods)  here and the full text here.  You can find the summary of Proposition 11 (Redistricting - known as Voters First) here and the full text here.

The September meeting will be devoted entirely to full discussion of each of the Propositions.  We expect to have a speaker for the September meeting who will speak on the Marriage Amendment (Proposition 8).

We have put up on the SFVRC web site here a listing of the Propositions and our recommended positions.  You can also get there by going to and clicking on "Talking Points" in the menu on the left side of the page.

You will also find there a slide show presentation prepared by the Republican Assembly Caucus (thanks to Raffi Najarian, President of the Glendale-Burbank Republican Assembly) which lists all the Propositions, the arguments for and against and the recommendation of the Republican Assembly Caucus.  We agree with their decision on each Proposition.
John McCain and Barack Obama Together
Rick Warren The Candidates will appear at the Saddleback Church in Orange County.

Sens. John McCain and Barack Obama, respective presumed Republican and Democratic presidential nominees, will end the primary season by making their first joint appearance of the 2008 campaign at Saddleback Church on Saturday, Aug.16 at the Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. Dr. Rick Warren, founding pastor of the 22,000-member Orange County, Calif. mega church and moderator for the event, made the announcement today upon confirmation by both campaigns.

"We're honored that the candidates chose The Saddleback Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion for their first joint appearance, an unprecedented opportunity for America to hear both men back-to-back on the same platform," Warren said. "This is a critical time for our nation and the American people deserve to hear both candidates speak from the heart - without interruption - in a civil and thoughtful format absent the partisan 'gotcha' questions that typically produce heat instead of light.

Warren confirmed that, at the candidates' request, this two-hour event from 5-7 p.m. (PDT) will be held in a non-debate format and open to all media. Both candidates also requested that questions be posed exclusively by Warren, instead of a panel or members of the audience. Each will converse separately with Warren for approximately one-hour, beginning with Sen. Obama as determined by a coin toss. This historic forum will be the only joint campaign event prior to each party's national convention.

Go here for more information.
RJC - September 9th

Republican Jewish Coalition Grass-Roots Valley Event

Hold the Date!! On September 9, 2008 the San Fernando Valley  Republican Club will join with the  Republican Jewish Coalition to present a joint event at the Sportsmen's Lodge. 

It will be a RJC/GOP grass-roots educational event with political expert Arnold Steinberg and an ice cream party!


We look forward to seeing you on August 5th.

For those of you who might be interested, I have written a post on my blog that analyzes Barack Obama's speech in Berlin.  It has gotten a lot of attention, so I thought you might want to read it.  You will find it here.
You can also find it by going to Bear to the Right.

As the campaign for Victory in 2008 gears up, I hope you will all find a way to participate in the process.


Gary Aminoff
Gary Aminoff
San Fernando Valley Republican Club