SPARC Picnic Slated for August 23: Catharine Baker Keynote Speaker!
Historic Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills, California, will be the setting for this summer's SPARC Picnic.
The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition has now scheduled its annual picnic for Saturday, August 23, 2015, at the Morgan Manor Estate in Los Altos Hills. The keynote speaker will be Bay Area GOP Assemblywoman, Catharine Baker. With the picnic comestibles once again provided by Armadillo Willy's BBQ® and the weather in Los Altos Hills guaranteed to be perfect on any given August in the early evening, we predict it will be impossible to beat a combination like this one. To add to the fun, Laura Bajuk, the Executive Director of the Los Altos History Museum, will treat guests to a brief talk on the historic home itself.
The estate was built by businessman and Stanford trustee Percy Morgan in 1914 and is one of the most beautiful examples of Tudor and Jacobean Revival in Northern California. Now in private hands, the home's owners have graciously allowed SPARC use of the location for this remarkable event. Music will be provided by Michael Carter and his group "Vintage Noise."
Speaker Catharine Baker is a special attraction in her own right. A California native, she's an experienced attorney who is the Bay Area's only Republican legislator. Representing California's 16th district--encompassing Lamorinda and the Tri-Valley Area--she's a much-in-demand speaker. A former legislative assistant to Congressman Sonny Bono, she was his go-to advisor on transportation, natural resources, Medicare and Social Security.
We'll post a link soon so you can make your reservation. We expect a big crowd and we would love to see you there!
SPARC is in the News! Check it Out!
Former California GOP chair Duf Sundheim is testing the waters for a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat in California.
He was SPARC's guest speaker in April.
Have you caught SPARC in the news of late? SPARC has been making headlines all over the Santa Clara Valley
with our timely speakers on lively subjects.
Missed the last meeting? Want to know more about why those in the know prefer SPARC to all other brands?
Well click the link and find out!
Local Attorney Eyes U.S. Senate Seat
Quentin Kopp Tells SPARC of the Boondoggle That is California High Speed Rail
If you missed our May 20 SPARC dinner at the Fremont Hills Country Club you missed a terrific talk from the bane of budget boondogglers, the independent-minded Judge Quentin L. Kopp. Kopp, once the Chairman of the High Speed Rail Commission in California is now a critic of the plan and says he will be an expert witness in at least one of the lawsuits against it.
"It isn't the plan approved by California voters," said the long-time California legislator and former San Francisco County Supervisor. "This so-called blended system to use non-dedicated tracks is not high speed rail at all. It is low speed rail and it shouldn't get to use high speed rail funding."
No wonder this man who calls it as he sees it left the Democratic party and now calls himself an Independent! He spoke to an overflow gathering of local elected officials and SPARC members and guests (not to mention several local reporters and editors) with his frank talk. He's been a fan of high speed rail since he first rode one of the super fast trains in France. Now he's a critic of California's compromised and much-legally-challenged plan. And critical of the politicians who made it so. The former superior court judge knows the law and, as former chairman of the California High Speed Rail Commission, also knows his subject.
Want to read about this event in the local media? Just click the link:
Kopp Calls CA High Speed Rail Very Low Speed!
Don't miss another one of our timely, controversial, intellectually stimulating dinner meetings! Up next we'll be featuring the mayor of Hollister, California, the Honorable Ignacio Velazquez, a businessman and a Republican--a future star of GOP politics in the the Golden State!
Eighty-six-year-old Judge Quentin Kopp salutes the gift of Sees chocolates, presented to him by SPARC board member Marsha Robertson, at SPARC's May 20 dinner meeting. Don't miss our next event!
A "SPARC"-ling Schedule of Speakers Coming Up!
SPARC has a great line-up of speakers scheduled for the coming year.
You won't want to miss any of them!
We meet on the third Wednesday of each month at:
The Fremont Hills Country Club
12889 Viscaino Place
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
SPARC takes a summer break in July. Enjoy your holiday! But wait 'til you see what we have on tap for August ...
Morgan Manor at 12335 Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills, is the setting for SPARC's annual summer picnic.
Now on the calendar for Sunday, August 23, 2015, our annual summer picnic will feature the elements you've come to expect from SPARC: good food, great location, perfect Santa Clara County weather and scenery, and an absolutely fabulous speaker who will distill for you all the reasons it is great to support the GOP. This year, we host California GOP Assemblywoman Catharine Baker of the 16th Assembly District. She'll be speaking as we picnic at historic Morgan Manor in Los Altos Hills. Our summer events, with food from Armadillo Willy's BBQ, are legendary and always attract a big crowd. Dining al fresco at a glamorous estate, surrounded by fellow Republicans: you'll think you landed in heaven. (But it's not heaven. It's California.)
Catharine Baker of California's 16th Assembly District.
Back to our regular schedule in September: On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, We will be hosting David Crane, of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research. Crane is the president of Govern for California. He's also a former special advisor to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and serves as director of the Volcker-Ravitch Task Force on the State Budget Crisis. His topic will make you lose your taste for deficit spending entirely (not that you had any!) as he discusses: "Some Things Just Don't Add up: Pension Reform by the Numbers."
David Crane, Stanford Scholar speaks to SPARC in September.
Please join us for our meeting Wednesday, October 21,2015, when we host Mr. Nan Su, with his talk: "The Secrets Behind China's Business Model." Educated as an engineer, Mr. Nan Su is an experienced broadcaster for SOH, the Chinese Radio Network and more recently for NTD, the International Television Network. An activist for Chinese human rights, this longtime resident of Silicon Valley has observed and reported on the boom in China's economy, especially as it relates to the world of high tech. That boom has begun to stall of late and that's what our speaker will analyze in his forward-looking talk.
Who knows how our water supply will be faring when November rolls around in the Golden State? What we can predict is that water will be the timely topic of our meeting, Wednesday, November 18, 2015, when SPARC hosts Marty Kropelnicki, President and CEO of the California Water Service Group. His topic is one that will touch us all--after our our summer of careful rationing: "Finding H2O For a Thirsty California." As the chief of this important utility, Mr. Kropelnicki heads what is the third largest investor-owned water company in the United States. With a speaker like Marty, we expect an excellent forecast for SPARC in November.
Marty Kropelnicki of Cal Water.
On Wednesday, December 16, 2015, beginning at 6:00 we'll be hosting our annual Holiday Party event at the Fremont Hills Country Club. Plans are underway for music, treats, and for Santa Claus himself to put in an appearance. Put that event on your calendar today, since December calendars can fill up pretty quickly.
This year we are asking Santa Claus for a wonderful, new, Republican POTUS in 2016. Come kiss Santa under our mistletoe and help us make it happen.
2016 promises to be a great year ahead!
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