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.
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 who is changing the face of Republican 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 meeting!
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
Coming up for your listening and dining pleasure:
You may feel a few pangs in July as you head out of town for your annual summer vacation. That could be California you'll be missing as you wing your way to fabulous places ... but it may also be SPARC as we take our annual break in July.
But, never fear, we have a wonderful picnic in the planning stages for August. 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. Watch this space for more information!
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.
In October Sparc hosts 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. Please join us for our meeting Wednesday, October 21, 2015.
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!
Don't miss Marty Kropelnicki, when he speaks to SPARC in November.
SPARC (the South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition) is a Bay Area grass-roots political organization founded in 2000 and chartered by the California Congress of Republicans (CCR). Our membership comprises many dedicated individuals that come together to learn, have fun, and work to bring positive change to our local, state, and federal politics.
SPARC's mission is to energize the Republican base in support of the overall goals and ideals of the Republican Party:
- Low taxes
- Limited government
- Individual liberty and responsibility
- Strong national defense
- Leadership in world freedom
SPARC members host several local events and educational forums throughout the year and actively participate in grass-roots campaigning. The organization focusses primarily on matters of political interest in Santa Clara county and San Mateo county but keeps the membership well informed on state and national issues as well.