Frank: Does the California Republican Party REALLY Support Prop. 13?

In politics you need to learn a single lesson—it is not what they say, it is what they do. Last week the California Republican Party held its Initiatives Committee.  A couple of days before the California Political News and Views published its recommendation for the measures on the November ballot. I am pleased to note the CRP followed all my recommendations but one. And that is a shock!

There are two measure on the November ballot that amend Prop. 13.  Prop. 15 is the Split roll and the CRP voted to oppose it. Good choice.  Prop. 19 also deals with amending Prop. 13 — and it changes how assessments are made after a property passes to family members.  Even the Pro Prop 19 representative admitted it would harm farmers.  But the Committee appointed by the Chair recommended a NO POSITION on the measure — that is as good as supporting it. If the GOP is not against it, then it must be OK.

Does the California Republican Party REALLY Support Prop. 13%

Stephen Frank, Exclusive to the California Political News and Views,  7/27/20

Is the California Republican Party bipolar?  Looks like it.  At this point it opposes thr Split Roll, Prop. 15.  Yet, it does not take a stand against Prop. 19—a real victory for the Democrats!  It should be noted that ALL members of the Committee are appointed by one person—the Chair, Jessica Patterson.  So they decision is actually hers—she appointed the people.  This is the first time since 1978 the State Party has not supported Prop. 13.

Most importantly it sends a message to those who are registered Republicans or thinking of registering GOP that the Party does not want to protect their home, farm or business.  At the meeting, a Committee Member, Sam Blakeslee noted it was confusing for the Party to support Prop. 13 on one measure and oppose it on another.  A senior leader of the Party announced, while they can do it the optics are bad.  Have you been told before this what the Patterson appointed Committee did?

There is a way out of this.  Prior to the recommendations going to the delegates for a final vote, the Chair and every Board member should sing a letter asking for a NO vote on Prop./ 13.  Under CRP rules it will take a 2/3 vote to overturn the Patterson Initiative Committee recommendations.  If the Party truly supports Prop. 13, this is the least they can do.

At the same time our Assembly and State Senate office holders need to sign a letter and send it to the delegates, asking for a NO vote as well.  Leaders lead.  You know I will send a message to all delegates asking the, to over turn the vote.  I bet GOP organizations will do the same.  If we do not stand up to protect Prop. 13, what do we stand for?

While all this is going on, we have a GOP member of the Assembly that does not want to be on the same slate as President Trump.  He has been told that if he continues to hold that position, the Trump voters will not vote for him—and he will lose.  It is his decision to win or lose. But Trump supporters are getting nervous.  They see the CRP raising money using the name of the President—but the effort to elect him is Trump Talk run by the Trump for President campaign.

Finally, in January and February, the CRP Board of Directors endorsed candidates for legislative office.  Now they are unendorsing the candidates.  So far three Congressional candidates have been unendorsed and a attempt made to unendorsed=a State Senate candidate.  One Board member complained that all these unenodrsement had less than ten hours notice.

So, the State Senate had a postponement on her unendorsement.  In the meantime, staff has told me there are at least four more congressional candidates to be unendorsed.  The real question is, if these are such bad people why did the CRP Board endorse them in the first place?  Obliviously no one did the proper vetting.

The question is why denounce these people now.  Simple answer.  By unendorsing it cuts off all funding and support, volunteers will go elsewhere and their vote total in November will be down.  That is important because under the CRP formula the more votes you get in November, the more delegates you get to appoint.  Please note all those that have been unendorsed—

Looks like the California Republican party is as chaotic as the streets of Portland or Seattle. And those on the waiting list for the guillotine, are conservative.  What do you think we should do?

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.


  1. Really??? says

    As a former County Ex. Dir. and property owner I have been waiting to see what position on these issues will be. No Position on the split roll made me close my wallet.

    If they do not get rid of the pro Biden anti Trump people it will be permanently closed.

  2. John Steele says

    The CA GOP is worthless and non functional. They NEVER oppose anything except on paper

  3. Richard Cathcart says

    “Prop. 13” today is merely a fading effectiveness slogan. “Amendment 13” is an accurate designation for this topic. Political realists have known for awhile that both the CA Republican Party and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association (HJTA) have become stale with time’s passage since the Golden State Year 1978, both nowadays merely mouthing the usual platitudes, jargon, lawyerese and fund-raising language to support their essentially much-diminished purposes. Old-laws remain on the books in their thousands, old CA Constitution Amendments do too. With the radical re-evaluation of ALL real-estate owing to 2020’s Covid-19 onslaught, as well as the likelihood of additional Statewide virus plagues, the entire landscape of property-law and property taxation is now up for grabs by opportunists and others. Perhaps the CA Republican Party’s current leaders are confused just as so many other CA taxpayers are? With respect to Amendment 13, various Court’s have chipped away at its effectiveness and with the prospect of a continuing WOKE CULTURE prevailing in our State’s institutions of higher learning (Leftist propaganda)–since is is composed of 20ish youths years will pass before they age intellectually–there will certainly be more erosion of the Amendment’s force and impact. So, maybe this is perfect time–perhaps considerably overdue–for property owners/property taxpayers–to reorganize a new protective association succeeding the CA Republican Party as well as HJTA. Just take a look at website photographs of the organization leaders beavering away at the top of the CA Republican Party and HJTA. What’s your impression of their intelligence and energy level?

    • Stan Sexton says

      Dump the ineffective and corrupt two-party system. The billionaires in each party rig the game.The Top 1% own 53% of all the assets. The Top 10% own 88% of the assets. After the economy crumbles, they have the money to buy up the rest. It will be the greatest transfer of wealth in history. So what we need is a Middle-Class Party to represent our values before we are taxed to death and everyone except the Top 10% and State Employees own everything.

  4. Has the State Repubs EVER backed a :Recall Newsom” Petition? Have you heard any of them decrying the looting/pillaging by the antifa/BLM thugs? Not that I remember. Another reason not to send them any money.

  5. Mando saens says

    It seems to me that the CA GOP is just as bad as most of the rhino republicans in the house and senate. They are just republicans in party name but operate as radical democrats.

  6. Pat Shuff says

    As a former delegate to the CRP Central Committee for nearly 20 years, I am really sorry to see so many negative comments. But, I agree with them. I’m not sure I agree with changing HJTA, but how can we fix CRP? Are there any qualified people who could or would replace Chairwoman Patterson?

    • It will soon be no one can afford to own real estate in California as your property tax is just the beginning. Start adding up all utility and county tax. Democrats have controlled California for 20 years and until people wake up they will use the Mail In Ballot to win the 2020 election. No one will even need to vote, in the pocket of the Marxist social party.

  7. It’s a shame. I listened to the meeting. The reason some delegates didn’t support was that for farmers the law will apply to houses only, but not land. They want the farmland included.

  8. The leadership of the CA Republican Party has been a trojan horse for democrat agendas for some time. I have decided long ago that if a person is a republicrat, then why vote for them. Why reward their corruption and bad behavior with my vote. Why position them to misrepresent and stab us in the back over and over on the off chance they will do the right thing. They have over the years voted things the way they are to insulate their jobs from too much retribution at the polls. The only way to make a change is to make a change. The way this happens is for people to know the truth about the people they elect. Democrats will vote for anything as long as it has a D behind the name. It’s ignorant and shameful. Also, it’s supporting crime, as many of them are criminals or aid in criminal endeavors or causes. At least republicans tend to at least TRY to pay attention to who they vote for. We don’t give the party money if it’s corrupt, and the CA GOP IS! Instead it goes to candidates directly.
    As for this matter, they need to hear from those who can affect them the most. Also voters, committee members, people of direct influence and who understand all the angles. I don’t always get all the subtleties of central committees, GOP game playing, posturing, If there is a mechanism in place to remove the chair then do it. If they are hell bent on destroying the state, they have to stand in line behind the dems! they have dibs on it.

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