Court Seeks Candidates for Public Watchdog Agency

Court Seeks Candidates for Public Watchdog Agency

Recruitment begins for 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury panel

SAN JOSÉ, California (January 2, 2020): Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan has announced that the Superior Court of California, County of Santa Clara, is seeking volunteers to serve on the 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury.

The Civil Grand Jury, an arm of the Superior Court, is a part of the judicial branch of government.  It serves as the county’s civil watchdog agency and may examine all aspects of county and city government, special districts, and school districts.  It is authorized to inspect and audit books, records, and financial expenditures, to ensure accountability of public funds.   The Grand Jury may also inspect jails and juvenile detention facilities.

Grand Jury service affords citizens the unique opportunity to contribute to the efficiency of local government and to play an integral part in ensuring that government officials are accountable to residents.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, United States citizens, and residents of Santa Clara County. Service on the Grand Jury does require a time commitment of an average of 25 hours per week, or as determined by the Grand Jury. Candidates must be willing to dedicate this year of service to keep careful watch over various aspects of County government, and the one-year term of the 2020-2021 panel will begin on June 18, 2020.

“The Civil Grand Jury plays an important watchdog function for Santa Clara County.  It is vitally important that we have a diverse group of people with different experiences, skills and abilities who are willing to assume the important task of serving on the grand jury,” said Presiding Judge Deborah A. Ryan. “We need civic minded citizens willing to critically assess the operations of local governmental entities and to recommend improvements, as necessary, to benefit our community. We are grateful to past and present grand jurors for their tremendous service and seek others who are similarly interested in serving this capacity for the 2020-2021 Civil Grand Jury.”

Persons interested in applying may obtain an application online at www.scscourt.org under “Civil Grand Jury”. Questions about informational events or about the Grand Jury may be directed to CGJ@scscourt.org or by contacting Britney Huelbig, Deputy Manager for the Civil Grand Jury, at 408-882-2721.

The deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2020.

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SVARW Meeting–February 26th–Trump’s 2016 Photographer–Gene Ho

Gene Ho, Trump Photographer

Witness to History in the Making

What photographers see is often overlooked by everyone else. Gene Ho, a successful Chinese-American photographer who was not at the time a Trump supporter, was catapulted into the national limelight as an innocuous fly-on-the-wall witness to history, a view that few people get to experience.

Because he was so close to Donald Trump over the course of the entire 2016 campaign (and will be on the 2020 campaign as well!), Gene Ho got to have and view countless interactions with candidate Trump and his family, and can speak to a few media myths better than most.

Gene offers a first-hand account of the campaign, with one-of-a-kind behind-the-scenes anecdotes as seen through the eyes and lens of Donald Trump’s personal campaign photographer from its earliest days when Trump’s audiences were as small as 50 people to the end of the entire two year campaign where that first trickle soon became a river of enormous stadiums full of common Americans, brimming with enthusiastic energy.

These common men and women had long been held in wanton disregard by the Globalists, abandoned by the political establishment, and mischaracterized by the media. In Donald J. Trump they saw a champion for the working person and a beacon of hope in lifting their prospects, rejecting the endless wars, and bringing American Greatness into full bloom.

Not only does he share the view from this unique vantage point but he also shares some of his own highs and lows in his personal struggles during the campaign, the complete transformation of his own political views, and how he used Old Testament parables as guideposts of inspiration in order to bring to his life and to the life of his readers, a path to personal freedom. He who has ears, let him hear.  Matthew 13:9

After his presentation, Gene will offer for sale autographed copies of his award-winning book, TRUMPography. This book reveals the principles that drove the campaign and empowered Trump to become the 45th President of the United States of America. Gene shares a great number of personal anecdotes about Donald Trump and those in his close circle during the campaign as well as many of his positive personal qualities and character traits and Gene shines a blinding light on many of the disparaging narratives espoused by the mainstream media.

Date:  Wednesday, February 26th

Time:  Check in 9:00 AM, Program begins at 9:30 AM

Location:  Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave.  San Jose, CA  95125

Cost:  $15 includes breakfast.  Free to Premium Members (Reagan, Patriot Gold and Sponsor)   Click here to purchase tickets or RSVP. 

January 29, 2020–First SVARW Meeting for 2020

Brad Dacus

First-time guests are FREE for the first meeting of the year!

The Importance of the 2020 Election for Religious Freedom, the Supreme Court and Parental Rights

One of SVARW’s favorite speakers, Brad Dacus, Founder and President of Pacific Justice Institute returns to set the stage for the importance of the 2020 election.

Pacific Justice Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) legal defense organization specializing in the defense of religious freedom, parental rights, and other civil liberties. Pacific Justice Institute works diligently, without charge, to provide its clients with all the legal support they need.

Brad Dacus served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, and went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Texas, School of Law.  Brad coordinated religious freedom and parental rights cases throughout the Western States for five years prior to founding Pacific Justice Institute in 1997.  PJI has a network with hundreds of volunteer affiliate attorneys and handles more cases on the West Coast than any other organization of its kind.

Brad Dacus can be heard weekly on The Dacus Report on more than 170 radio stations across the country and also as a guest speaker on numerous radio and television programs across the nation.  He has appeared on America Live, CBS Evening News, CNN, Dateline NBC, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NBC News, News Talk TV, and The Today Show and numerous times on FOX News.

Mr. Dacus’ varied public speaking opportunities include public debate and testifying before the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.  He has also testified numerous times before the California State Legislature on legislation affecting religious freedom and parents’ rights. Mr. Dacus continues to speak regularly at churches, conferences, graduations and conventions throughout the United States and was presented an honorary Doctorate of Religious Freedom and Family Rights degree from California Baptist University in recognition of his commitment to faith and justice and his work protecting parental rights and religious freedom through the Pacific Justice Institute.

Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Time:  Check in is 9:00 AM, Program begins at 9:30 AM

Location:  Three Flames Restaurant, 1547 Meridian Ave, San Jose, 95125

Cost:  $15 includes buffet breakfast —FREE to Reagan, Patriot Gold and Sponsor members.  Bring a first-time guest for FREE.  First-time guests must RSVP and provide email address.

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Trumps Top 10 Accomplishments

Top Trump Administration Accomplishments

 October 5, 2019

Economy

President Trump’s policies have put the American economy into high gear.

  • Since President Trump was elected over 6.5 million jobs have been created.
  • Over 500,000 manufacturing jobs have been created.
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years.
  • This year, the economy has averaged 161,000 new jobs each month.
  • Wage growth has remained at a consistent 3% during President Trump’s administration.

Foreign Policy

President Trump has restored our nation’s standing in the world

  • President Trump has negotiated better and fairer deals for the American people.
  • President Trump has kept his promise to deliver a modern and rebalanced trade deal to replace NAFTA.
  • A new United States-Japan trade deal was negotiated.
  • President Trump withdrew the United States from the flawed Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • President Trump has forced our allies to recommit to NATO.
  • The United States has successfully decimated ISIS.

Judicial

President Trump continues to reshape the Federal Judiciary at a record pace and is following through on his promise to appoint judges who will uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

  • President Trump has nominated, and the Senate has confirmed a grand total of 150 Article III judges:
  • 2 Supreme Court Justices – Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh.
  • 43 Circuit Court judges
  • 105 District Court judges

Health Care

President Trump has reduced the cost of health care and taken significant steps to fight the opioid epidemic.

  • President Trump has prioritized fixing our broken health care system and worked with Congress to implement a system that works for all Americans.
  • The President has made it clear patients with preexisting conditions will be protected.
  • The individual mandate penalty has been eliminated.
  • Association Health Plans have been expanded.
  • Short-term, limited duration insurance plans have been extended.
  • President Trump is working to implement his plan to lower prescription drugs.
  • The President signed an Executive Order to improve seniors’ healthcare and improve the fiscal sustainability of Medicare.
  • Reforms to expand Medicare Advantage options and Health Reimbursement Accounts have been expanded.
  • President Trump mobilized his entire administration to address the drug addiction and opioid abuse by declaring a Nationwide Public Health Emergency.

Environment

President Trump is promoting a clean and healthy environment for all Americans.

  • The President and the Administration are continuing to pursue policies that encourage environmental protection while promoting economic growth.
  • Since 2005, our energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country. This is expected to decrease in 2019 and 2020.
  • Our nation’s environmental record is one of the strongest in the world.
  • According to the White House, from 1970 to 2018, the combined emissions of the most common air pollutants fell 74% while the economy grew over 275%.
  • We have the cleanest air on record and remain a global leader for access to clean drinking water. The President has taken important steps to restore, preserve, and protect our land, air, and waters.

Energy

President Trump’s policies have begun to unleash our nation’s energy potential.

  • President Trump signed an Executive Order to expand offshore oil and gas drilling and open more leases to develop offshore drilling.
  • The Administration acted aggressively to increase exports of energy resources to the global market and allowed financing for coal and fossil energy projects.
  • President Trump has approved the infrastructure and provided the resources needed to unleash Oil and gas production in the U.S.

Military and Veterans

President Trump is protecting America and our allies by rebuilding our military and ensuring our veterans receive the care they deserve.

  • President Trump has restored American military strength.
  • Under President Trump’s leadership, Congress passed two historic National Defense Authorization Acts (NDAA) which allocate almost $1.5 trillion combined to rebuild and grow our military.

Women

Under President Trump’s administration, women have been empowered to reach their economic potential.

  • Women have experienced record low unemployment under President Trump.
  • In September, the unemployment rate among women was at 3.1%, the lowest in 66 years.
  • During the President’s first year in office, the number of American women in poverty fell by nearly 600,000.

 African Americans

The African American community is benefitting thanks to President Trump’s leadership and the booming economy.

  • Under the Trump Administration, African American unemployment has reached record lows to 5.5%

Latino Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership the Latino American community has thrived.

  • Under President Trump, Latino Americans have experienced record low unemployment.
  • More than 2.7 million jobs have been created for Latino Americans.
  • The Latino American unemployment rate is at a historic low of 3.9%.

Asian Americans

Under President Trump’s leadership Asian American unemployment has reached record lows.

  • Asian American unemployment hit a near record low of 2.5% in September.