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In This Issue
Featured Speaker - Michael Patrick Leahy
Proposition 1A - Should CRP Take a Position?
Tax Day Tea Party - April 15th
New Young Republican Group
41st AD Special Event - Tom Campbell
New Location for RPLAC
AB32 - Health Insurance Bill
Poltiical Memorabilia Show - April 19
Do business with fellow Republicans
SFVRC Calendar of Events
Quick Links
March 24, 2009 
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club will be on

Tuesday, April 7 2009
Galpin Ford, 2nd Floor Meeting Room
15555 Roscoe Blvd (just east of the 405)
North Hills. 


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

Our featured speaker will be Michael Patrick Leahy.

See information our featured speaker and about upcoming activities below.
  There is a lot of important and relevant information contained in this newsletter.  Please read the items below.
Featured Speaker - Michael Patrick Leahy  
Michael Patrick Leahy Top Conservatives on Twitter (TCOT)
Michael Patrick Leahy is a conservative author and Republican strategist.

He is one of the co-founders of TCOT, is the publisher and managing editor of the TCOT Report, and is the founder of TCOT Action Projects, and a principal organizer of the national Tea Party protests.

Michael Patrick Leahy, a descendant of Civil War and Revolutionary War enlisted soldiers, was born in 1955 in Oswego, New York. He grew up in upstate New York , graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977, and received an MBA from Stanford in 1981.

His professional career started as a management consultant with Arthur D. Little, and included management roles with Businessland, Tejano Syndications, and Glamour Shots of Canada. From 1993 to 1999 he was an adjunct professor of management at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, where he taught the Entrepreneurship course. Since 2000, he has operated Guerrilla Enterprise Management, which provides technology marketing services to software companies and other clients.

Controversy over Proposition 1A  
CRP Should the CRP take a position on Proposition 1A?

There are some differences of opinion in the California Republican Party about whether the CRP should take a position on the Propositions on the May ballot, particularly Proposition 1A.

Proposition 1A provides spending caps, although some argue that the language gives too many exceptions, but the kicker with 1A is that if it passes, it extends the "temporary" tax increases for an additional two years.  That means four years of excess taxation instead of the two which is now law.  So, if you like spending caps and you want to vote for it, you are also voting for an additional two years of the additional taxes that were just voted in by the legislature.

The Governor is a Republican.  He and his supporters provide funds to the CRP.  If the CRP takes a position against Prop. 1A they are taking a position against the Governor, and against the Governor's financial supporters - the Dream Team.  That means that the CRP may be hurting itself financially by taking a stand against the propositions. 

The issue is going to come before the CRP Executive Committee.  The Board of Directors of the CRP which met a couple of days ago voted to urge the Party's Executive Committee to oppose Proposition 1A

Steve Poizner
Steve Poizner, candidate for Governor in 2010, also urges the CRP Executive Committee to take a stand against Proposition 1A.  Here is the message from Steve Poizner:

Poizner Calls on California Republican Party to Oppose Proposition 1A
Steve Poizner today sent the following letter to California Republican Party Chairman Ron Nehring. Steve called on the CRP to formally oppose Proposition 1A on the May 19 ballot. 
Steve is vigorously campaigning against Proposition 1A because its passage would result in $16 billion in higher car, income, and sales taxes for an additional two years. A copy of the letter follows: 
March 24, 2009
Mr. Ron Nehring
Chairman, California Republican Party
1903 W. Magnolia Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91506
Dear Chairman Nehring:
I am writing to publicly urge that the Executive Committee of the California Republican Party formally place the CRP in strong opposition to Proposition 1A on the May 19 ballot. 
Proposition 1A is an outrageous attack on hard-working Californians and their families. Prop 1A does nothing to change the fiscally irresponsible approach that is the cause of our chronic budget deficits.  Instead, it will cost Californians jobs and hurt small businesses at a time when the state's unemployment rate is already at a staggering 10.5 percent. Proposition 1A is the latest example of self-destructive policy that will further damage California's ability to compete with neighboring states and in the global economy. 
Worst of all, Proposition 1A is a cynical trick: it seeks to fool the voters into approving a two-year extension of higher car, income and sales taxes that will cost the average California family over $1,000 and total an estimated $16 billion. The Legislature's leadership specifically wrote a slanted ballot description so that there is no mention of the tax increase. The legislators stacked the deck in the hopes of fooling the voters.  For this reason alone, the California Republican Party should speak out clearly on Proposition 1A.
Instead of raising taxes, Republicans must come together to support real, pro-growth reforms. In the midst of this recession, state leaders should be laser-focused on creating jobs, not raising taxes that cost jobs.  With bold action and pro-growth reforms, we can rebuild California's economy and provide jobs for California families.   
It would be a betrayal of core Republican principles - opposition to higher taxes, support for fiscal responsibility and a commitment to accountable and open government - if the CRP did not oppose Proposition 1A.  I look forward to the California Republican Party's Executive Committee vote to place the party in aggressive opposition to this misleading ballot measure.
Steve Poizner 
California Insurance Commissioner

While the SFVRC hasn't yet voted on the issue, I am confident that our club will choose to take a position opposing Propositions 1A through 1F since it seems clear that those Propositions are not in the best interests of the taxpayers of the State of California. 
Tax Day Tea Party - Van Nuys
Tax Day Tea Party Van Nuys Civic Center Plaza - 7:00pm - April 15th

We are co-sponsors of the Tax Day Tea Party on April 15th.  The Tax Day Tea Party will take place on the Van Nuys Civic Center Plaza at 7:00pm.  Bring American flags and signs.

The Tax Day Tea Party is a protest against the huge spending package that the Obama administration is promoting and the mortgage bailout plan, which will have the effect of substantially increasing taxes for a large number of Americans.

Newt Gingrich's American Solutions Movement comes to the Tea Party. 

Read here about Newt Gingrich's support of the Tea Party movement.
Newt GingrichHere is a part of the announcement from Gingrich's American Solutions:

March 17, 2009

Washington, DC--American Solutions for Winning the Future today announced their endorsement and support of the Nationwide Tax Day Tea Party, an event spanning the nation in over 150 cities and towns across America on April 15. In addition to supporting the Tax Day event, American Solutions has joined the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition (NTPC), the coordinator of both this and the prior Nationwide Chicago Tea Party held February 27, 2009.

"The American people are fed up with Washington's irresponsible spending spree," said Newt Gingrich, General Chairman of American Solutions. "There are better solutions than big government and higher taxes to create jobs and get the economy moving again."

"American Solutions is proud to partner with the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition to communicate this message to our elected officials," Gingrich added.

The NTPC was formed February 20, 2009 by three grassroots organizations: Dontgo Movement (Dontgo), Top Conservatives on Twitter (TCOT), and Smart Girl Politics (SGP).

"These Tea Party events offer a highly visible point-of-focus for the burgeoning movement of spontaneous public demonstrations. Whether people live in New York or Wichita, they can find an April 15th event nearby and come out to voice their opposition to the irresponsible spend-borrow-tax policies of the Obama Administration and politicians in Congress," said Michael Patrick Leahy, founder of TCOT.
Young Republicans  
 San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley Young Republicans

Ashley Ingram and Justin Smith have started up a Young Republican Group which will encompass the San Fernando Valley, the Santa Clarita Valley and the Antelope Valley.  They now have approximately 30 members.  If you know young Republicans between the ages of 18 and 40, send the names to Ashley ( or Justin at (
Special Event - 41st AD Central Committee  
Tom Campbell The Propositions on May 19 Ballot
Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Campbell - April 11

The 41st Assembly District Central Committee is having a special event on Saturday, Aprill 11 at the Sagebrush Cantina located at 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas.  (11:30am - 1:30pm).

The topic will be the May 2009 California Budget Propositions.  Tom Campbell will give an analysis of the Propositions and what they mean to California taxpayers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to by April 8th.

New Location for RPLAC  
RPLAC The San Fernando Valley new home to the Republican Party of Los Angeles County

Effective April 1, 2009, the new home of the County Republican Party will be 7120 Hayenhurst Avenue, Suite 308, Van Nuys, CA 91406.

We will get you the new phone number as soon as we have it.

New Health Insurance Bill  
 AB23 - Fletcher - Jones

The following bill co-sponsored by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, and supported by Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner is a bill which should be supported by all.  It provides important benefits to Californians.  Let you legislator know that you support AB 23.

New legislation would pave the way for Californians who are laid off from small businesses to obtain financial assistance for health-insurance premiums.

Assembly Bill 23 was unveiled at a news conference Tuesday by Assemblyman Dave Jones, D-Sacramento, and by Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, R-San Diego, with state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner participating by telephone.

"Quick passage of this bill is critical in order to meet the health care needs of California families," Jones said.
The federal government currently offers to pay 65 percent of the premium for workers who were laid off after Sept. 1, retained health-care benefits formerly provided by their employer, and who worked for businesses with a work force of 20 or more. The aid is available for nine months.

AB 23 would allow workers laid off from smaller firms, employing two to 19 employees, to be eligible for the subsidy. The state would not be required to continue the program once federal stimulus funds run out.
The bill also requires health-care providers and insurers to notify eligible families about the federal aid.
Fletcher said the legislation is crucial in a year of economic recession, with the state's unemployment rate topping 10 percent.

"Californians are hurting right now," he said. "Everybody knows somebody who has been laid off," he said.
"It's just good economic policy to make sure that as many people as possible have access to health insurance," Poizner added.

Jones and Fletcher are chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Assembly Health Committee, which approved AB 23 without a dissenting vote Tuesday afternoon.

To take effect immediately, AB 23 must be passed by two-thirds of each legislative house and signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose office said Tuesday that he has not taken a position on the bill but supports using federal stimulus funds to help unemployed Californians retain health insurance.
Political Memorabilia Show - April 19  
 Political Memorabilia Collectors

For those of you who collect political memorabilia, there will be a show on April 19th at 10100 Balboa Blvd in Granada Hills, CA, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

Political memorabilia is very hot. Lincoln memorabilia from the 1860's as well as 1909 are very popular.  This year marks the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth. We will also have many items from other Republican candidates including US Grant, Benjamin Harrison,  Wiliam McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Taft, Calvin Coolidge, Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and the Bush's.  We will have 30+ sales and display tables.
SFVRC Business Roster  
Do Business with fellow Republicans

In these tough economic times we have decided to help each other out economically.

We are preparing a business roster of Republicans for SFVRC members.  This will be merged with a county-wide business directory that is being prepared by LA County Republican Clubs.

We are encouraging all of our members to patronize the businesses of our fellow members and Republicans.  If you need goods and services, why not have them provided by your fellow Republicans?

For those of you who would like to have your business listed in our business directory, please send an email to:
BUSINESS@SFVRC.ORG .  Provide your name, the name and street address of your business, your business phone number, your business web site address, and your email address.  Also provide a description of the services you provide or the type of goods you sell.

We would like to publish this directory by May, so please send in your information.  Send an email to with the above information.
SFVRC Calendar of Events
New Active Calendar of Republican and Club Events

Google CalendarWe have now set up a Google Calendar on our club web site.  The calendar is regularly maintained and includes not only events of SFVRC but many other Republican events in the area.  Organizations wanting their information included, please send the info to me by email.

To access the calendar, go to and click on "Calendar" on the menu, or go to:

The calendar is in monthly mode by default, but you can click on "week" to see the calendar by the week.  If you click on any event it will open up and give you details.  The calendar can also be printed.
The San Fernando Valley Republican Club has a Facebook Group Page.  Join us at:

We expect to have another great meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday, April 7th.  I hope to see you there.


Gary Aminoff

Gary Aminoff
San Fernando Valley Republican Club