Stephen Frank, California Political News and Views, 2/20/20      

“A people that wants to remain ignorant and free … wants what never has been and never will be” ~ Thomas Jefferson.”


The Big Story


  1.  L.A.: Lack of candidates for Central Committee
  2. OC GOP opposes Prop. 13—waiting for CRP to take position
  3. Another firm leaves L.A. and California—for Manila!
  4. Status of voting

1 The Los Angeles Central Committee consists of Assembly District Caucuses.  Sadly, there are five districts in which NO ONE is running for Central Committee.  That is how bad the situation is in L.A.  Of course it takes leadership, projects, candidates and promotion to get people involved.  We will keep a watch on this.  Oh, I understand that Tehema County is the only County without anyone running for Central Committee.  Two years ago I believe it was eight counties—leadership counts.,

2. As best as can be told no GOP County Committee has taken a position in favor of Prop. 13 on the March ballot.  We are still waiting for the California Republican Party to take a position.  But in an email we received the following:

Last night the Republican Party of Orange County Central Committee voted unanimously to pass a resolution opposing Proposition 13. 

Let’s set the record straight on what Proposition 13, the School and College Facilities Bond, on your March Primary ballot. Most of you have received a slate mail piece suggesting the Republican Party supported Proposition 13 – do not believe it.

Here are the facts on Proposition 13:

  • Republican Party of Orange County is strongly opposed to new school bonds as they place an undue burden on taxpayers without the guarantee of improved schools
  • the School and College Facilities Bond Proposition 13 would cost taxpayers $15 billion plus interest, with an estimated total cost of $26 billion over the next three decades, potentially paid for by statewide property tax increases
  • a provision within the proposed bond measure would allow School Districts to double their bonded indebtedness and lower the vote threshold for local bonds – making property tax increases a near certainty
  • the ballot designation of “Proposition 13” has caused confusion among California’s electorate while paving the way for property tax increases that the original Proposition 13 has protected California residents against
  • the School and College Facilities Bond Proposition 13 has received major funding from the California Teachers Association and the California Democratic Party

3.  Another 80 jobs lost:  Uber shuts downtown LA office, laying off about 80

 LA Times’s JOHANA BHUIYAN: “Uber has closed a customer support office in downtown Los Angeles, laying off about 80 employees, The Times has learned.”

 “Without advance notice, staffers were informed Thursday their jobs would be shifted to a large customer support office the company maintains in Manila, according to sources who asked to remain anonymous for fear of losing severance.”

 “In a recording The Times obtained, Uber manager Ruffin Chevaleau acknowledged that the meeting was called on short notice before delivering the news.”

4.  Status of voting as of 2/19/20—From the Nooner:


  • Ballots mailed: 16,023,962
  • Ballots returned: 1,152,061 (7.2%)
  • Of all mail-in ballots distributed, they have been returned as Dem. 6%, Ind. 5%. Rep. 12%.
  • In raw numbers:  Democrats: 439,590
  • NPP/Other: 243,362
  • Republicans: 469,109 


 (Periodically the California Political News and Views will publish tidbits of political news, to keep you in the loop of what the pooh bahs know.  The phrase “tom/tom’s” comes from my mentor, Lorelei Kinder who never passed a rumor, just called to tell me what she heard on the “Tom/Tom’s”.  This column is named in her honor.)

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. West Walker says

    Curious if anyone knows why the CRP has not endorsed the president? When pulling up the CRP Voter Guide president does not who up: https://www.cagop.yourvoter.guide/

  2. Terry L Gherardi says

    It is my understanding they have not, in fact when one thinks about all the issues, measures that will be on the ballot, and important races, the CRP has been pretty silent. What are they doing for us and County Committees, to help get the word out, for instance all the information about Prop 13, that Steve and so many of our county RCC’s have been broadcasting.

  3. Even the California Republican Party needs to be rebuilt and supported by the Trump Administration.
    Nothing of value is coming from within California, and we must wait for justice to come from the Federal Government, and I believe it definitely must and will.

  4. Traditionally the SFGOP has deferred to the CAGOP on state issues. It’s baffling that the CAGOP hasn’t taken a position on the new Prop. 13.

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