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San Fernando Valley Republican Club
Meeting Notice and Newsletter
In This Issue
Featured Speaker - Martin Sherman, Ph.D.
June 8 Ballot Propositions
June 8 Judicial Recommendations
Message from the Chuck DeVore Campaign
July 22 - Newt Gingrich
SFVRC Calendar of Events
San Fernando Valley Job Board
Do business with fellow Republicans
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May 29, 2010
Dear Gary,

The next meeting of the
San Fernando Valley Republican Club
 will be on
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
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 Dr. Martin Sherman, a visiting USC professor who will talk on the relationship between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs.

See our June 8 Ballot recommendations below.  Also, check out the upcoming events notices below.  RPLAC will have Newt Gingrich at a dinner in July - see below.

There is about ten days remaining until the primary election. Please vote.  Either by Mail-in ballot, or at the polls on election day.  Please get your friends and neighbors to vote.  We need your assistance in getting a good turnout at the polls.  Find a favorite candidate and volunteer to work the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) program for that candidate.
Featured Speaker:  Martin Sherman, Ph.D.
Martin Sherman, Ph.D.
Addressing the Divide

Israel is a nation of many conflicting views and contrasting hues-radical secularism alongside religious orthodoxy; stern eastern traditionalism adjacent to indulgent western hedonism; socialist egalitarianism juxtaposed to free wheeling market enterprise; the customs of the Baltic abutting the norms of the Mughrab...

In general, these are lines of dissension that infuse a vibrancy and vitality into Israeli society and imbue it with a remarkable resilience.

There is, however, one divide that has had-and is having-a devastating effect on the country. It a divide that threatens to undermine the very fabric of its society and hopelessly distort the conduct of its national policy. This is the divide over the issues of land and of borders. It is the divide between:

  • those who believe Israel should offer territorial concessions in the quest for regional peace-and those who do not;
  • those who believe in the two-state solution-and those who do not.
Dr. Sherman is a visiting professor at USC and Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles.  He is the academic director of the Jerusalem Summit and research fellow in Security Studies Program at Tel Aviv University. He is also a research fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT).  He served for seven years in operational capacities in the Israeli intelligence community.

Find out more about Dr. Sherman on his website.
June 8, 2010 - Ballot Propositions
Ballot Propositions

SFVRC has taken positions on the Ballot Propositions which will be on the June 8th Ballot.  The CRP, CRA, Tom McClintock and other conservative leaders are in agreement with these positions on the Statewide Measures:


Prop. 13.  Seismic Retrofits. YES:  Earthquake proofing your house shouldn't trigger a tax increase until you're ready to sell.  Any questions?

Prop. 14. Distorted Primary. NO
: (Note: Beware of the deceptive language in the title of this Proposition) Instead of voters of each party putting their best candidate forward, this jerry-rigged system is designed to disguise the difference between the parties and force those pesky third parties off the general election ballot entirely.  It could result in run-off elections between two Democrats rather than a Republican, a Democrat and other third parties.  Political parties should have the right to choose who their candidate is.  This is a bad proposition for the possibility of electing Republican (or third party) candidates in the future.

Prop. 15. Taxpayer Funded Elections. NO
: The real purpose of this measure is to allow the legislature to tap taxpayers to finance political campaigns.  Jefferson said it best: "To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

Prop. 16. Utility Elections. YES: Cash-guzzling city governments have been taking over the territory of utilities through eminent domain and PG&E wants to put it to a vote.  This measure gives you the choice upon whose mercy your future electricity bills will depend: the monopoly of city hall or the monopoly of your utility.  Here's a better idea: restore the freedom of individual consumers to choose among competing providers who actually have to earn their business.  Alas, that part was left out by the suits at PG&E.

Prop. 17.  Insurance Rates. YES: A simple question: should drivers be able to take their "continuous coverage" discount with them when they change insurance companies?  A simpler question: why are our laws such a micro managing mess that we have to vote on something as self-evident as this in the first place?


Prop. E. LAUSD Parcel Tax.  NO:  The LAUSD is proposing a parcel tax of $100.00 per household for additional school funding.  LAUSD has been unable to manage its funds efficiently, has made no efforts to significantly decrease its wasteful spending.  We believe that no parcel tax should be imposed on already over-burdened homeowners.  Let LAUSD do the work of reducing spending before it asks homeowners to bail it out.
June 8, 2010 - Judicial Recommendations  
The following are our recommendations for Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges.  This is based, for the most part, on the recommendations of Craig Huey on his site, Judge Voter Guide.

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 28

Kim Smith

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 35

Soussan G. Bruguera

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 73

Laura A. Matz

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 107

Tony De Los Reyes

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 117

Pattricia M. Vienna

Judge-Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 131

Maren Elizabeth Nelson

Messages from the Chuck DeVore Campaign  
Chuck DeVore
Chuck DeVore
How you can help

I have been asked by the Chuck DeVore for Senate campaign to make an announcement.


For those of you willing to make phone calls from the comfort of your home, please send an email to:

Just let them know you would like to make some phone calls for Chuck and they will set you up and show you how.

You can go to this web site to sign up to receive a free yard sign.  You can also contact Linda Payne Sheffield. Her email address is: She has signs, bumper stickers and flyers.
Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich
Hold the Date! July 22, 2010

The Republican Party of Los Angeles County
is having a dinner
honoring former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich.  The date is July 22, 2010 at 6:30pm.  The location will be announced soon. 

Please hold the date.  This will be an important talk by Newt Gingrich.

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.
There are several events occurring during the next few weeks.  Be sure and check the calendar to find out when and where.
Looking for Work?  
 San Fernando Valley Job Board

Gary Starr has formed a job board.  Those looking for work can post their resumes and information on the job board for free.  Employers posting jobs will pay a nominal fee.  We are providing this job board as a service to the community and especially our members to assist you in finding a job.

To post your information go to the San Fernando Valley Job Board.
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.
The San Fernando Valley Republican Club has a Facebook Group Page.  Please join us at: us on

We expect to have another great meeting of the San Fernando Valley Republican Club on Tuesday, June 1st.  I hope to see you there.



Gary Aminoff
San Fernando Valley Republican Club

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