ERWF - February Newsletter (2018)






Michael Ramirez is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, in 1994 and 2008, winner of the prestigious

Reuben Award, and a three-time Sigma Delta Chi, Society of Professional Journalism Award winner.

Michael Ramirez is America's Premier Editorial Cartoonist.

Ramirez is a Lincoln Fellow, and an honorary member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science

Honor Society. He has won almost every major journalism award in America including the 2005

National Journalism Award, the 2008 Fischetti Award, the H. L. Mencken Award and is a five-time

National Cartoonists Society editorial cartoon division winner.

Michael is the recipient of the prestigious UCI Medal from the University of California, Irvine, a 2004

Lincoln Fellow of the Claremont Institute, an honorary member of Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political

Science Honor Society, and is the author of the book, Everyone Has the Right to My Opinion and a

new book, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare," by Simon & Schuster’s Threshold Editions.

“An editorial cartoon is not just a funny picture,” says internationally known editorial cartoonist

Michael Ramirez. “It is a powerful instrument of journalism, sometimes sharp and refined, its

message cutting quickly to the point, and other times, blunt and overpowering, seizing the readers’

attention with its dark imagery.”

In a world of textual information, Ramirez combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the news with a

captivating drawing style to create consistently outstanding and highly incisive satirical cartoons. His

commentary on everything from the economy and markets to politics and international affairs offers

a unique perspective on today’s issues. They take a humorously insightful look at the world around

us, making readers laugh while informing them on the issues of our times.

Michael Ramirez’s work is seen world-wide in over four hundred newspapers and magazines

through Creators Syndicate. Ramirez is the editorial cartoonist for The Weekly Standard Magazine

and The Daily Signal. He was a member of the A-Team on the “Lou Dobbs Tonight” show on the Fox

Business Network. He has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, CNN, CNN International, Fox News, Fox

News Sunday, America Live, Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business, Mornings

with Maria, The Lou Dobbs Show, C-Span Q&A, BBC Television, BBC Radio, NPR, and was a regular on

the News Hour with Jim Lehrer.

The former editorial cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times and former Senior Editor and Editorial

Cartoonist for Investor's Business Daily, Ramirez’s cartoons have been featured on CNN, Fox News,

Fox Business, The Bill O’Reilly Show, and The Rush Limbaugh Show. His work can be seen in such

publications as the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, the New York Post, Time

Magazine, National Review and US News and World Report. Ramirez co-managed the editorial pages

at Investor’s Business Daily and is a highly acclaimed international speaker. His work is featured

online at, on Facebook under Michael Ramirez-Political Cartoonist and on

Twitter @Ramireztoons.



FEBRUARY 28, 2018


Click here to watch Michael Ramirez’s Cartoon Collection

“Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare”

For Reservations

Please join us on Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Registration begins at 11:00 AM

Cost is 16.00

Cocina Del Charro Mexican Restaurant

890 West Valley Parkway

Escondido, CA

For Reservations Click Here

or call

Alice Miguel (760) 533-5834




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Linda Lopez-Alvarez

ERWF, President

(760) 224-9281

Happy Belated Valentine’s and Presidents Day!

We have an exceptional speaker scheduled for you this month, two-time Pulitzer winner, Michael

Ramirez. We’ve shared some of his work throughout this month’s newsletter for your enjoyment

and Michael will be selling and signing books at our meeting as well. Don’t miss out on purchasing


This month I attended the CFRW Winter Board of Directors meeting in Long Beach with our

Recording Secretary, Mary Lopez (Mom), Parliamentarian, Darlene Hansen, Legislation Chair, Claire

Plotner Americanism, Margaret Baricevi and our Historian, Karen Wisdom. It was well attended and

the speakers included, CRP Chairman, Jim Brulte, State Senator, Janet Nguyen, Anna Khait and author

James O’Keefe. Our club donated a picnic basket and candies for the tables for the meeting.

Your Executive Board met early this month to continue to work hard to ensure a productive and fun

year. I’m proud and humbled to be the leader of this large group of women.

Next month is our annual membership drive Tea Party. You should have received an email

invitation, if you did not please contact us to ensure we have your proper contact information.

Please feel free to invite any prospective members.

Last year we had a sold out crowd of 70 people

attend. To secure a seat, please send in your check

or purchase online as soon as possible. (see invite

on pages 13-14). This year we’ve invited local

officials to attend and serve as attendants to each

table. So far, I’m proud to announce the following

hosts: Ernie Dronenburg (Assessor/Recorder/

County Clerk), Summer Stephan (San Diego District

Attorney), San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond, Phil

Graham (Candidate for 76th AD - Governor Pete

Wilson’s son) and Carl Demaio (600 KOGO & Stop

the Car Tax). More to come, keep an eye on your

emails. Don’t miss out on this one!





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Gayann Greene

ERWF, Homeland Security

(619) 708--1957

Operation Team Player

There is more to the Department of Homeland Security than just guarding our borders, immigration, keeping us

safe from terrorists, customs enforcement, cyber security, and emergency response to name a few. In fact there

are over 240,000 employees with one goal in mind - keeping America safe.

Minneapolis February 2018 Super Bowl 52 Operation Team Player

ICE was at Super Bowl 52 and played a great defense by protecting unsuspecting fans and consumers from

purchasing counterfeit sports memorabilia.

This was a collaborative effort by ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement), CBP (Customs and Border Protection)

HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) and MPD (Minneapolis Police Department).

ICE crack downed on warehouses, online vendors, flea markets, and street vendors who were selling illegally

imported FAKE sports products. ICE netted over $15 million in counterfeit sports merchandise. This also led to 65

arrests and 24 convictions.

This is not a victimless crime. Unsuspecting customers are buying illegal counterfeit goods. These products are sub

standard. In addition, customers’ personal and financial information is put at risk, not to mention US jobs that are

being jeopardized.

Counterfeiting is a worldwide problem. It impacts US businesses and cheats customers. Many times there are

health and safety concerns. A criminal was sentenced to three years in prison for selling counterfeit goods to the

military which would have cost lives. Many times these illegal products fund criminal organizations. Intellectual

Property protection is improving, but with the internet there are numerous opportunities to deceive customers.

It is important that at least at this years’ Super Bowl the joint investigations and efforts of Operation Team Player

lead to the seizures and arrests that were responsible for US businesses brands being protected.


Karen Williams

ERWF, Caring for America

(858) 353-2940

The Escondido Federated Republican Women (EFRW) will be working with Community Cares of Rancho

Cucamonga to send care packages throughout the year to military members who are serving overseas. We will

be gathering items to put in the care packages and helping pack the boxes for shipping. According to Ryan Orr,

the coordinator for Community Cares, the items most in need are socks, bandanas (in hot weather locations),

chapsticks, sugar drink mixes (Crystal Lite, Tang, teas, etc. that mask the heavy chlorinated taste of the water),

knitted hats (in cold weather locations), and reminders of home and notes. We are asking for donations of

everything but the socks; for the socks, we are looking for cash donations because we will have to purchase

socks that are in accordance with military regulations. Also, if you have a friend or relative who is deployed

and would like them to receive a care package, please let me know their name and address and Community

Cares will add them to the mailing list.

You may reach me at



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Claire Plotner

ERWF, Legislation

(760) 484-8325

As there are varied topics of political interest to our members, I thought that it would be interesting to have a tour

of important available internet resources. Our Escondido RWF newsletter is a monthly publication and legislation

changes frequently, therefore, it is important to follow the latest available information. There are many sources

for current updates on the schedule of proposed legislation.

You are able to sign up for updates by email on many of the following resources. Some of the following links

contain televised floor discussions, contact information, lists of legislation, role calls of votes, etc.

This is a short survey of available online sources for the nation and the state:


Texts of Bills for the week:

U.S. Congress House of Representatives:

U.S. Senate:

California Governor:

California Senate:

California Assembly:

Ballot Measure updates:



Feb 15, 2018

Washington, DC -- Congressman Duncan Hunter (CA-50) today voted in favor of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and

Reform Act of 2017, when it passed the House by a margin of 225-192. Congressman Hunter is a cosponsor of this

bill, which will now be referred to the Senate for consideration. The following are Congressman Hunter’s remarks in

support of its passage from the Congressional Record:

Mr. Speaker: I rise today in support of H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017. This is overdue

legislation that will increase protections for individuals with disabilities while providing business and property

owners the opportunity to remedy ADA infractions before unnecessary lawsuits and the costs that accompany

litigation. Under the current ADA law, lawyers may collect fees when suing businesses or property owners, but

plaintiffs cannot collect damages. The current system has created “drive-by” demand letters sent by lawyers, like

a bulk mailer, to every location on Main St. or at a small mall. In some cases it was not clear that the plaintiff had

even attempted to access the property or had even gone inside. The emphasis was on filing the lawsuit and

collecting fees without regard for increasing accessibility for the disabled. Sometimes the infractions are easily

corrected: signage, soap dispenser heights.

In my district in east San Diego County we have quaint, older towns that are notable for their historical structures

dating back to the 1800s. These communities are proud of their heritage and these buildings are a source of local

pride and tourism. In Julian, an old gold mining and apple growing town, the Julian Town Hall was threatened by a

lawsuit. A public relations stunt was held there where someone crawled up the steps of the town hall, cameras

rolling, despite the fact that a handicap accessible ramp was located on the side of the building. In Ramona, a

predatory lawyer targeted every business on Main St. with various and frivolous claims. It is for these and other

reasons I introduced similar legislation, H.R. 777, the ADA Notification Act of 2013.

With the “notice and cure” provision in H.R. 620, drive-by lawsuits will be eliminated, business will have an

opportunity to remedy any deficiency, and there will be increased compliance and correction because property

and business owners cannot defer the corrections.



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Valerie Pilgrim

ERWF, 2nd Vice President - Membership

(760) 402-2864

Your 2018 ERWF Renewal Fee are now due.

Please turn into Valerie Pilgrim as soon as possible.

We thank you in advance for choosing ERWF as your unit club.

Our deepest condolences to Joe

Garcia and his family on the death

of his wife Maria Garcia. May you

be comforted by the outpouring of

love surrounding you.

Memorial Service will be help on

March 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the

Escondido Church, 1305 Deodar

Road in Escondido. A graveside

service is scheduled for March 5 at

the Oak Hill Memorial Park

Cemetery, 2640 Glenridge Road in

Escondido at noon. Page 11


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Carolyn Wiggins & Jenny Cole

ERWF, 3RD Vice President - Way & Means (Co-Chair)

(858) 382-9261 or (760) 715-9553 or

Thanks to the generous participation of our members and guests in the prize raffle and Opportunity Drawing at

ERWF’s January General Meeting, our Club is off to a prosperous start for 2018.

Your Board is in the midst of planning ERWF’s major annual fundraiser for March, which will be based on a reprise

of last year’s fabulous Tea Party theme. A silent auction will be a key part of the event’s fundraising effort and we

have already started collecting exciting items to feature, but as always, we welcome donations from our

generous members. Since this is our primary annual fundraiser, we are looking for new, unused items valued at

$50 and up (re-gifted items are fine, as long as they are new and in perfect unused condition). Always popular

and welcome are gift certificates for services and restaurants.

If you would like to donate silent auction prizes, Ways & Means needs to know as soon as possible, but no later

than Friday, March 2nd. Please contact either Jenny Cole (760)715-9553 or Carolyn Wiggins (858)382-9261 by or

before that date so we can arrange to pick up your donation prior to the day of the event and have everything

properly displayed and labeled the day of the Tea Party.

We are excited to host our

2nd Annual

if you are interested in being

on the planning committee

please contact

Carolyn Wiggins & Jenny Cole

Click for More information

Click to buy your ticket(s)

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Linda Lopez-Alvarez

(760) 224-9281

1st Vice President, Programs

Kathleen Crusing

(760) 822-7335

2nd Vice President, Membership

Valerie Pilgrim

(760) 402-2864

Corresponding Secretary

Gina Roberts

(619) 992-5328

3rd Vice President, Ways & Means

Carolyn Wiggins

(858) 382-9261

Jenny Cole

(760) 715-9553

Recording Secretary

Mary Lopez

(760) 420-8177


Marta Hoyt

(760) 519-2219


Darlene Hansen

(760) 807-7807

Public Relations

Lauri Miville

(858) 248-5118

Achievement Awards

Ivy Johnson-Moes

(760) 828-6623


Margaret Baricevic

(503) 329-5223

Armed Forces

Debbie Young

(760) 505-0171

Budget & Finance

Marta Hoyt

(760) 519-2219

Bylaws & Standing Rules

Darlene Hansen

(760) 807-7807

Campaign/Political Activities

Legislation/Action Alert

Claire Plotner

(760) 484-8325


Joy Edwards

(760) 421-4380

Community Involvement

Lauri Miville

(858) 248-5118


Paulette Donnellon

Financial Review

Therese Thomas

(760) 751-2542


Karen Wisdom

(858) 735-5490

Homeland Security

Gayann Greene

(619) 708-1957


Susan Alves

(760) 839-5270


Linda Lopez-Alvarez

(760) 224-9281


Alice Miguel

(760) 533-5834



Social Media

Valerie Pilgrim

(76) 402-2864

Teenage Republicans (TARS)

Karen Garcia

(760) 504-4880

Voter Registration

Ardie Burrows

(760) 504-4040

Volunteer Hours

Lynda Killingsworth

(760) 888-7041

Web Site

Linda Lopez-Alvarez

(760) 224-9281


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CONTACT: Lea Park-Kim (Anderson)

Office 619-596-3136 or

Governor Brown’s historic 16th State of the State address took place on January 25. I had the

opportunity to share my reaction with KUSI, where we discussed the Governor doubling down

on the gas tax and the high speed rail. I also shared some incredible numbers about our state

budget: looking back seven years ago, our budget was eighty-six billion. Today, it’s one hundred

and thirty-one billion. That is a sixty five percent increase over a seven year period. The state

government is spending more than we ever have in the history of our state.

Here is an excerpt from that interview:

“When you look at this, it’s really two philosophies. One party believes we need more

government intervention so that we can tax our way to prosperity. And the other party believes

that we need more liberty so that the markets can work—morehouses, more supply means lower

prices. And so that’s the two fights that are going on.”

To watch the full interview, click here.


No Drugged Driving Allowed

By Assemblymember Marie Waldron

California’s new law legalizing the use of recreational marijuana went into effect January 1 st .

Hopefully, the negative impacts on highway safety experienced in some other states with similar

laws will not be repeated here.

Using marijuana while driving remains strictly prohibited in California. The law prohibits smoking

or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle.

Marijuana being carried in an automobile must be in a sealed container, or locked in the trunk.

And obviously, impaired driving caused by drugs or alcohol is illegal, and any accidents resulting

from impaired driving that involve death, injury or property damage will result in severe legal penalties.

According to data compiled by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the

state of Colorado, which legalized recreational marijuana use in 2012, experienced a 40 percent

increase in the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for marijuana use

from 2013 to 2016. Despite a public awareness campaign by the Colorado Department of

Transportation, 55% of Colorado’s marijuana users reported they believed it was safe to drive

while high. Among people who reported using marijuana in the last 30 days, half said they had

driven high. And in Washington State, which also legalized marijuana in 2012, the AAA reported

the number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled

between 2013/14.

I expect clarifying legislation to be passed this year to help law enforcement deal with drugged

driving and will support giving law enforcement the necessary tools to address this serious

issue. We take our lives and the safety of our loved ones in our hands every time we get behind

the wheel. We should all agree that impaired driving, whatever the cause, will not be tolerated.

Minority Floor Leader Marie Waldron, R-Escondido, represents the 75 th Assembly District in the California Legislature,

which includes the communities of Bonsall, Escondido, Fallbrook, Hidden Meadows, Pala, Palomar Mountain, Pauma

Valley, Rainbow, San Marcos, Temecula, Valley Center and Vista.

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Contact Your Elected Officials

U.S. President

Donald J Trump (R)

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW:

Washington, DC 20500

(202) 456-1414

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

U.S. Senate

Kamal Harris (D)

112 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3553

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

Dianne Feinstein (D)

331 Hart Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20510

(202) 224-3841

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

U.S. Representatives in Congress

Duncan D. Hunter (R) 50th District

Washington, DC Office

2429 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-5672

(202) 225-0235

El Cajon Office

1611 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste 310

El Cajon, CA 92020

(619) 448-5201

FAX (619) 449-2251

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

Darrell Issa (R) 49th District

Washinton, DC Office

2269 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515

(202) 225-3906

FAX (202) 225-3303

Vista District Office

1800 Thibodo Road, #310

Vista, CA 92081

(760) 599-5000

(760) 599-1178

Click for Web Site

Click to Email


Edmund G. Brown (D)

State Capitol, Suite 1173

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 445-2841

FAX (916) 558-3160

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

State Board of Equalization, 4th District

Diane L. Harkey (R)

Sacramento Office

400 Capitol Mall, Suite 2580

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 323-9794

FAX (916) 323-0546

Irvine Office

16715 Von Karman Ave, Suite 150

Irvine, CA 92606

(919) 724-2578

FAX (949) 724-2805

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

California State Senate

Joel Anderson (R) 38th District

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 5052

Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 651-4038

FAX (916) 651-4938

San Marcos District Office

1 Civic Center Drive, Suite 320

San Marcos, CA 92069

(7602) 510-2017

FAX (760) 510-2695

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

Pat Bates (R) 36th District

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Room 305

(916) 651-4036

FAX (916) 651-4936

San Diego County Office

169 Saxony Road, Suite 103

Encinitas, CA 92024’

(760) 642-0809

FAX (760) 642-0814

Click for Web Site

California State Assembly

Marie Waldron (R) 75th District

Capitol Office

State Capitol, Suite 4130

Sacramento, CA 94249

(916) 319-2075

District Office

350 W. 5th Ave, Suite 110

Escondido, Ca 92025

(760) 480-7570

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

San Diego County Board of Supervisor

Bill Horn (R)

County Administration Center

1600 Pacific Hwy, Room 335

San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 531-5555

FAX (619) 685-2662

North County Office

325 S. Melrose Ave., Suite 5200

Vista, CA 92081’

(760) 806-2400

FAX (760) 806-2404

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

San Diego County District Attorney

Summer Stephan

Main Office

Hall of Justice

330 W. Broadway

San Diego, CA 92101

(760) 531-4040

FAX (619) 237-1351

Vista Office

North County Regional Center

325 S. Melrose Drive, Suite 5000

Vista, CA 92081

(760) 806-4004

FAX (760) 806-4162

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

City of Escondido Mayor

Sam Abed (R)

201 North Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 839-4610

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

Escondido City Council

201 N. Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025

(760) 839-4638

Click for Web Site

Click for Districting Plan Map

John Masson (R) District 2

Deputy Mayor

Click to Email

Ed Gallo (R) District 1

Click to Email

Michael Morasco (R) District 4

Click to Email

Olga Diaz (D) District 3

Click to Email

San Diego County Board of Education

Paulette Donnellon (R) District 4

Vice President

6401 Linda Vista Road

San Diego, CA 92111-7319

(858) 292-3500

Click for Web Site

Click to Email

Escondido Union High School District

Board of Education

302 North Midway Drive

Escondido, CA 92027

(760) 291-3200

Click for Web Site

Click for EUHSD Trustee Areas

Jon Petersen (R), Trustee Area 5


Click to Email

Bill Durney (R), Trustee Area 2

Vice President

Click to Email

Dane White (R), Trustee Area 4


Click to Email

Tina Pope (R), Trustee Area 1


Click to Email

Christi Knight (R), Trustee Area 3


Click to Email

Carolina Flores

Student Board Member

Escondido Union School District

Board of Education

2310 Aldergrove Avenue

Escondido, CA 92029

(760) 432-2400

Click for Web Site

Click for Regions Map

Doug Paulson (D), Region 1

Click to Email

Joan Gardner (R), Region 2

Click to Email

Dr. Gary M. Altenburg (R), Region 5


Click to Email

Dr. Joe Muga (D), Region 3


Click to Email

Zesty Harper (R), Region 4

Click to Email

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