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Lots of upcoming GOP fundraisers in Bay Area

A slew of Republican fundraising events are scheduled all over the Bay Area in coming weeks.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will headline a fundraiser for Long Beach mayoral candidate Damon Dunn, the NFL-player-turned-businessman who was the 2010 Republican nominee for secretary of state. Tickets to the 6 p.m. reception at Sharon Heights Country Club in Menlo Park start at $250 each.

Next Tuesday, May 7, John Herrington – U.S. Secretary of Energy during the Reagan administration and a former state GOP chairman – and Contra Costa Republican Party Chairwoman Becky Kolberg will co-host a reception honoring California Republican Party Chairman Jim Brulte. Tickets for the 5:30-to-7:30 p.m. event at Vic Stewart’s, 850 S. Broadway in Walnut Creek, cost $25 each and are available online.

Brulte has more Bay Area appearances coming in May.

Jim BrulteOn Friday, May 10, Brulte will keynote the San Mateo County Republican Party’s Lincoln Day Dinner, joined also by Ruben Barrales of Grow Elect – a GOP Latino outreach entity. Singer Diana Nagy will provide musical entertainment for the 7-to-9 p.m. event at the Elks Lodge, 229 W. 20th Ave. in San Mateo. Tickets for the dinner cost $49, or $250 with a VIP reception, and are available online; sponsorships range from $1,000 to $5,000.

On Wednesday, May 15, Brulte and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Visalia, will headline the Santa Clara County Republican Party’s Lincoln Reception at Lexus of Stevens Creek, 3333 Stevens Creek Blvd. in Santa Clara; other special guests include former Lt. Gov. Abel Maldanado, former Rep. Ernie Konnyu, former Assemblyman Jim Cunneen and various county and local officials. Tickets to the 6 p.m. VIP reception cost $250, while tickets to the 7 p.m. general reception cost $45; all are available online. Sponorships cost from $1,000 to $10,000.

And on Thursday, May, 16, Brulte and California Republican Party Vice Chair Harmeet Dhillion will be at the Alameda County Republican Party’s leadership dinner, also joined by Barrales and honorary co-host Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne. The event will be at the Pleasanton Marriott Hotel, 11950 Dublin Canyon Road; tickets including admission to a 6 p.m. VIP reception cost $150 while the 7 p.m. dinner by itself is $60, and all are available online.

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GOP foes will appear together Saturday

Del Beccar

Del Beccaro

Houston

Houston

The two candidates vying for the chairmanship of the California Republican Party will appear together Saturday at the Republican Round-up, a gathering of GOP candidates at the Livermore ranch of Robert Rao.

California GOP Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and former Assemblyman Guy Houston, both running for the party’s top job, are scheduled to speak on the future of the GOP.

I suspect the men will hold hold hands and sing Kum Ba Ya, though. Del Beccaro has been running for the chairmanship for several years, while Houston only recently announced plans to usurp the vice chairman’s presumed ascension.

Rao, an entrepreneur who made his money in the automobile sales business, will host the bash at his spectacular spread in Livermore. (I interviewed Rao at his ranch when he ran, unsuccessfully, in 2008 for the GOP nomination in the Assembly District 15 primary race. And it is a lovely place.)

The event is open to the public. Read on for details and the list of confirmed attendees, per the Alameda County Republican Party.

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Political events roundup

Here is a roundup of political events and news:

Concord

Buchanan

Buchanan

Wilson

Wilson

The two candidates vying for California’s 15th Assembly District, Democratic Assemblywoman Joan Buchanan and GOP challenger and San Ramon Mayor Abram Wilson, have agreed to debate on Sept. 10.

Organized by the Contra Costa Council, the candidates will answer questions from a moderator and the audience at a luncheon set for 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Round Hill Country Club, 3169 Round Hill Road, in Alamo.

Lisa Vorderbrueggen, political columnist and reporter for the Contra Costa Times, will moderate the discussion.

Event co-hosts are the Engineering and Utility Contractors Association and IBEW Local 302, and the sponsor is AT&T.

The cost is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers.

For reservations, call 925-246-1880 or fax 925-674-1654 by noon on Sept. 7. Visit www.contracostacouncil.com for more details.

The Contra Costa Council is a nonpartisan private sector, public policy organization with a membership that includes business, government, education and labor.

Livermore

Robert Rao

Robert Rao

GOP candidates invited to meet-up: All Republican Candidates for federal, state and local offices have invited to a Livermore ranch for a Sept. 25 meet-and-greet and fundraiser sponsored by the Alameda County Republican Party.

The 2010 Republican Roundup features a barbecue and live music on a working cattle ranch overlooking the Livermore hills. Invited candidates, who have not necessarily confirmed their attendance, include all GOP nominees from the U.S. Senate to governor and other statewide offices, along with Congress and the California Legislature.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the Rao Ranch on Mines Road in Livermore. Owner Robert Rao ran for the Assembly in 2008.

To RSVP, contact the Alameda County Republican Party at 510-638-3414 or info@alamedagop.org.

Pleasanton

The office of Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, is accepting internship applications.

Students interested in public policy, civics and government are encouraged to apply for the unpaid positions in his Stockton, Pleasanton and Washington, D.C., offices. Interns may also be eligible for academic credits.

College and postgraduate students are eligible to apply for any of his three offices. Applications from high school students are considered on a case-by-case basis for internships in the Stockton and Pleasanton offices.

To apply for a position in either the Stockton or Pleasanton office, mail or fax a cover letter and resume to the respective office. Mail delivery to D.C. is delayed due to security, so applicants are encouraged to fax a cover letter and resume.

The addresses and telephone numbers are as follows:

Stockton Office, Attn: Staff Assistant, 2222 Grand Canal Blvd., No. 7, Stockton, CA 95207. Phone 209-476-8552 or fax 209-476-8587.

Pleasanton Office, Attn: Staff Assistant, 5776 Stoneridge Mall Road, No. 175, Pleasanton, CA 94588. Phone 925-737-0727 or 408-744-0727 and fax 925-737-0734.

Washington, D.C., Attn: Staff Assistant. Phone 202-225-1947 and fax 202-225-4060.

Richmond

Gioia

Gioia

Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia, of Richmond, seeks volunteers for the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup at Richmond’s Marina Bay on Sept. 25.

Gioia has volunteered since 1990 and his office reports that in 2009, hundreds of volunteers helped pickup everything from tires to cigarette butts and plastic bottles along the shoreline and marsh areas.

Other event sponsors include The Watershed Project, city of Richmond, and Citizens Shoreline Response Team.

The cleanup starts at 9 a.m. and free lunch will be served to the volunteers at noon. Meet at the Shimada Friendship Park at the end of Marina Bay Parkway.

For more information, contact Kate Rauch at 510-374-3231 or kate.rauch@bos.cccounty.us.

California

September is National Voter Registration Month and voters are reminded to check their registrations or send in their applications and vote.

The registration deadline is Oct. 18 in order to vote in the Nov. 2 general election.

To be eligible to vote, a California resident must be a United States citizen, reside in California, at least 18 years old by Election Day, not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction, and have not been judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.

A voter must re-register to vote after changing names, permanent residence or political party choice.

To check registration status, take advantage of a new feature on the Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/index.htm for a list of county Web sites and phone numbers dedicated to registration verification.

People who would like to register to vote can download a form online at www.sos.ca.gov/nvrc/fedform/, print, sign and mail it. Californians can also pick up a voter registration form at any county elections office, public library or U.S. post office.

Voter registration forms, vote-by-mail applications and the Secretary of State’s “Guide to Voting” can be found in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Tagalog and Vietnamese at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_multi.htm.

The last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot is October 26. Use the application printed on the sample ballot booklet mailed by his or her county elections official or go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/vote-by-mail/pdf/fill-in-vote-by-mail-app-instruct.pdf.

Sacramento

Bob Stern

Bob Stern

Center for Governmental Studies President Bob Stern, the former state political watchdog agency counsel who helped write the California Political Reform Act, will serve as co-chairman of a panel that will recommend changes to campaign finance laws.

Stern was appointed to the 25-member panel by the Fair Political Practices Commission to the Chairman’s Advisory Task Force.

He will lead in the panel with Republican political attorney Chuck Bell.

The panel has been asked to make the state’s complex 1974 Political Reform Act clearer and more accessible for candidates and the public, according to the FPPC.

Stern, who leads the nonpartisan Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies, is the co-author of a number of campaign reform proposals, including the initiative that established the Fair Political Practices Commission. He was the commission’s first general counsel, from 1975 to 1983, and previously served as an attorney for the Assembly Elections and Reapportionment Committee and the Secretary of State’s office.

Co-chairman Chuck Bell is the senior partner of Bell, McAndrews and Hiltachk, LLP. He has practiced election and campaign law for over 30 years, and was the founding chairman of the California Political Attorneys Association.

The task force is scheduled to unveil its recommendations January and the commission hopes to place its suggested revisions on the 2012 ballot.

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Upcoming political events: Pelosi, Newsom, Dunn

Nancy Pelosi Fresh from her win on health-care reform, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, will address the Commonwealth Club of California at noon on Tuesday, April 6 in the Peacock Court of the Mark Hopkins Intercontinental Hotel, at 1 Nob Hill in San Francisco. She’s expected to explain the financial ramifications of the new law and describe how it will affect the future of American health care. Tickets are available online at a cost of $20 for club members, $35 for non-members and $7 for students with valid ID, or for premium seating in the first few rows, $45 for members and $65 for non-members.

San Francisco Mayor and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Gavin Newsom will chat with Commonwealth Club of California President & CEO Gloria Duffy at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 7 in the club’s offices on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets are available online at a cost of $15 for club members and $25 for non-members, or for premium seating in the first few rows, $30 for members and $45 for non-members. Newsom today announced his endorsement by the California Teachers Association; on Friday he’d announced endorsements from Bay Area Assemblymembers Mary Hayashi, Jerry Hill, Jared Huffman, Ira Ruskin and Sandré Swanson.

Arthur RosenfeldRenowned physicist and energy efficiency expert Arthur Rosenfeld will speak on efficiency and conservation at the Lamorinda Democratic Club’s meeting on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Orinda Community Church, 10 Irwin Way. Rosenfeld began his physics career at Cal and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the 1950s and chose to focus on energy conservation after the 1973 Arab oil embargo. In 1975 he founded the Center for Building Science for development of energy-efficiency standards and technologies; from 1994 to 1999 he served as Senior Adviser for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; and now, after 10 years on the California Energy Commission, he’s returning to the Berkeley Lab to continue working on energy efficiency projects. “The Rosenfeld” was recently proposed as the name for “electricity savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours per year,” the amount needed to replace the annual generation of a 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Tickets to this event cost $5 per person but are free for students with valid ID.

Damon DunnThe Alameda County Republican Party will host a tribute to Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, with GOP Secretary of State candidate Damon Dunn as the guest of honor from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8, at a home in Piedmont; tickets cost $50, and reservations and directions are available by calling 510-665-7886. All Republican candidates for governor, state and local offices have been invited; California Republican Party Vice Chairman Tom Del Beccaro and Bay Area Regional Vice Chairman Morgan Kelley will attend.

(UPDATE @ 4:13 P.M. TUESDAY: The Alameda County GOP’s Jeff Wald tells me tickets for the event with Dunn are available online.)

The Northern California American Political Items Collectors show returns to Berkeley from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 in the Finnish Brotherhood Hall at 1970 Chestnut St. Thousands of new and vintage political buttons, posters and ephemera will be on sale from a variety of dealers; free appraisals are available. Admission costs $3, but is free for children or students with valid ID.

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A few upcoming political events

…and by a few, I mean: Wow.

Wednesday, May 13 – State Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is inviting constituents of his 11th State Senate District to take part in what he says is that chamber’s first-ever live online streaming town-hall meeting from the State Capitol, from 7 to 8 p.m. on his Web site. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell will join Simitian to help field education questions, but all topics will be open for discussion. Questions can be sent in advance through Simitian’s Web site, and he says everyone who submits a question will get an answer.

Thursday, May 14 – Just five days before voters decide whether to approve a package of special-election ballot measures he advocates to patch up the beleaguered state budget, California State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, will share his ideas for putting the Golden State on a course for success with the Commonwealth Club of California at 6 p.m. in the club’s office, on the second floor of 595 Market St. in San Francisco. Tickets cost $12 for club members, $18 for non-members and $7 for students with valid ID, and are available through the club’s Web site.

Thursday, May 14 — The Tri-Valley Republican Women Federated will host guest speaker Steve Giraud, Director of the NorCal Minutemen Defense Corps, at a 6:30 p.m. dinner meeting at Cattlemen’s Restaurant, 2882 Kitty Hawk Road in Livermore. “Discussion will focus on the Minutemen’s efforts to secure our borders and coastal boundaries against the unauthorized entry of individuals and contraband,” the news release says. Tickets cost $26 for members, $30 for nonmembers, and reservations – required no later than Saturday, May 9 – can be made by calling 925-846-5944.

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Lunch with Pete Stark

Every year or two, Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, sits down to lunch with reporters in his district for a chat; we broke bread today at Paradiso in San Leandro.

Stark held one of his monthly town-hall meetings Monday night in Fremont, and he has another tonight in San Leandro. Constituents aren’t happy that we still have troops in Iraq, he said, or about all the money that’s getting funneled to Wall Street to bail out the banking system. Stark, an outspoken opponent both of the war and of the bailout, said he’s telling them “I didn’t vote for it … Talk to the other guys.”

I told him I’m working on a story about bipartisanship (probably coming in this Sunday’s editions), and Stark, 77, promptly whipped out an iPhone to read some words of praise he received from the Alameda County Republican Party for having opposed the banking bailout; the local GOP also urged him to sign onto Rep. Ron Paul’s HR 1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2009, which he did. “How about that for bipartisanship?,” he laughed, adding he feels as if he should put the GOP’s rare praise for him on a billboard somewhere in the district.

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