ERWF - March Newsletter (2018)


MARCH 2018





MARCH 28, 2018

I am a member and official with Local 1613, National Border Patrol Council (NBPC), AFGE –

which is in and represents our membership in the San Diego/Riverside/Orange (San

Bernardino) Counties area. My current position with the Union is that of Secretary of the

Local 1613 Executive Board, and Director of Legislative & Political Affairs for the same. Most

of my work now occurs in the legislative & political arena (federal, state, and local level),

with some media involvement. A lot entails working with various business groups, labor/

union organizations, community groups and activists, NGO’s, and other disparate entities

(including foreign governments, ex. Mexico). Our goal is to build bridges and foster

working relations with the various and disparate groups and organizations we encounter.

My career for over 34 years has been as a sworn officer of one sort or another (correctional

officer, police officer/detective, federal officer, and federal agent) at the local (municipal),

state, and federal levels - in both New York and California. I started my law enforcement career

at the age of 18 in NY (September 13, 1982), and have also served my community (NY)

as a volunteer firefighter.

My family and I moved to California in 1997 for the US Government, as a federal agent of the

US Border Patrol – first for the US Department of Justice, and now with the Department of

Homeland Security. I had previously worked for the US Government as a federal officer with

the US Treasury Department, and am currently employed by the US Border Patrol as a Border

Patrol Agent (Senior Patrol Agent), and have been for the last 20 years.

I have worked on the border throughout my Border Patrol career - having been permanently

assigned to the Imperial Beach Border Patrol Station in San Diego. My work on the border

has included assignments to El Centro (CA), Douglas (AZ), Ajo (AZ), and Campo (CA). Like

many other agents, I have been assaulted numerous times, including being struck in the

head with a rock by a smuggler – causing several years of medical problems and treatment.

I am a widower (Kimberly Harris 1962-2002), who is currently married to a lovely young

woman (Norma Gaspar) from Mexico, whom I was proud to watch take the oath to become

a US Citizen in 2013.

I have two adult daughters, with six grandchildren between them, married and living in New

York and Georgia. I currently reside in the City of San Diego.



For Reservations

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Alice Miguel (760) 533-5834

Linda Lopez-Alvarez

ERWF, President

(760) 224-9281

Happy St. Patrick’s Day ERWF!

This month we had our Annual Membership Tea and if you missed it we had a great time. Our

servers included Ernie Dronenburg (Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk), Summer Stephan (San Diego

District Attorney), Jim Desmond (San Marcos Mayor) and Phil Graham (candidate for 76th AD). Each

one mingled with guests and provided an update on the happenings in our county. I would like to

thank our Tea Party committee for a successful event. You each worked very hard to provide a

lovely event. We look forward to another success event next year.

I look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, March 28th as Christopher Harris will be speaking to us.

On behalf of ERWF, I wish you a Happy Easter.




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Gayann Greene

ERWF, Homeland Security

(619) 708--1957

The purpose of this month’s article is to provide the reader with the range of the operations of the Department of Homel

ders of the United States and weeding out criminal activity within all the states within our borders.

The Department of Homeland Security has been extremely busy protecting our great nation. DHS is the youngest cabinet

is relatively young it is the third largest U.S. Cabinet headed by Kirstjen Nielsen. The department comprises: US Citizenshi


It is with constant vigilance these agencies within DHS keep our borders and communities safe. And, these men and wom

of the land.

ICE agents were placed under undue risk by a California mayor in the city of Oakland when she tweeted of a forthcoming

were arrested. Of those arrested 180 individuals were convicted of violent felonies ranging from child sex crimes, assault

San Diego Border Patrol agents are experiencing health problems as they work near and sometimes in the Tijuana Rivers’

resulting in breathing problems, rashes, headaches and infections. This unfortunately is all part of a day’s work for many

The list is almost endless of the crimes prevented, and the criminals taken off our streets by DHS. In February MS-13 gang

of sex offenses and murder. MS-13 is real and very much alive in the United States.

Numerous arrests have been made for child exploitation all across the US from New York to California from Montana to F

Diego horse rancher living in an affluent North County suburb shows child exploitation also crosses over socio/economic

A Dominican National plead guilty to conspiracy to sell US identity documents to illegal aliens in Washington DC, a Dallas

government officials were arrested in Houston for money laundering, a Brazilian national was arrested in Boston for a 20

$530. Thus far in 2018 Border Patrol has seized 73.24 pounds of cocaine, 42.55 pounds of heroin and there have been nu

As the men and women of the agencies of the Department of Homeland Security fight crime and do their very best to uph

from the liberal media, liberal politicians, liberal teachers and liberal groups. It is mystifying that liberalism has lost the va

ism trying to dismantle the United States from “WITHIN”? This suggestion gives pause to stop and ponder or as the sayin


and Security. The scope of the many agencies within DHS reach far and wide. The goals comprise of protecting the bordepartment

of the United States federal government. It’s mission is to protect the United States “WITHIN”. Though DHS

p and Immigration, Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE), Border Patrol, TSA, FEMA, Secret Service and the US Coast

en risk their lives, safety and health to perform their duties. Sadly, Governor Brown of California defies the federal law

raid. In spite of this Democratic mayor’s desire to thwart the efforts of ICE to enforce US immigration laws, 232 violators

, firearm violations and various misdemeanors.

polluted waters. As toxic raw sewage flows through the river, agents are routinely exposed to the water and the dust

of our hard working agents.

members have been arrested in Indiana, Texas, Washington D.C. and New York, many of these individuals had histories

lorida. Sex crimes against children has no boundaries. In fact, San Diego is a hotbed for sex trafficking. An arrest of a San

lines. Christian Clews recently pleaded guilty to two counts of child pornography.

attorney and a Pakistani national pleaded guilty to running a marriage fraud scheme in Dallas, five former Venezuelan

million dollar international money laundering scheme and in Las Vegas ICE dismantled cybercrimes that costs victims

merous arrests for trafficking in methamphetamine.

old the law of our great land and protect citizens from subversive activities, they come under fire. They come under fire

lue of social order. DHS was formed after September 11th to protect the US from within its borders. Is the new liberalg

goes, “food for thought”.



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The Capitol “We Said Enough” movement, spurred by a letter signed by 140 women working in and around

the legislature, has denounced abusive and harassing behaviors they’ve experienced from political elites in

Sacramento and demanded reforms to protect victims.

The momentum that “We Said Enough” created lead to the successful passage of Asm. Melendez’s AB 403,

the Legislative Employee Whistleblower Protection Act. The Assemblywoman fiercely advocated for this

measure the past four years but was sidelined each time by the majority party. With Governor Brown’s

recent signature on AB 403 this year, Capitol employees now have the same rights and protections as other

state employees do against retaliation if they come forward about abuse or harassment.

However, serial harassers have been enabled to continue their bad behavior under a shroud of secrecy,

through confidentially agreements negotiated by capitol insiders. In order to settle claims of sexual

harassment quietly and without embarrassment to “the Institution,” the Rules Committee staff of each

house of the legislature, under their respective leadership, have entered into “non-disclosure agreements”

(NDAs) to prohibit either the accuser or the accused from publically discussing the allegations.

I introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 102 in February to remove this veil of secrecy and prohibit

the Senate or Assembly Rules Committees from negotiating or signing confidentiality agreements, including

a severance agreement settling a claim for sexual harassment or abuse that contains a confidentiality


SCR 102 would also prohibit the use of taxpayers’ money to enforce this type of confidentiality provision

contained within a previously-executed settlement agreement.

Past non-disclosure agreements made it nearly impossible to discipline predators and helped create an

environment that lead to even more victims of sexual harassment. We must hold our institution to a higher

standard and stop practices designed to sweep this grievous conduct under the rug.

The public has a right to know about any new harassment investigations and their outcome, and not one

more dime of public money should go into enforcing previous NDAs. The Rules committees will no longer be

allowed to police those agreements. If you want to express your support for SCR 102, please send me an

email at


Our California Dams

By Assemblymember Marie Waldron

Last week I toured Oroville Dam in Northern California, with other legislators to get a firsthand look at repairs

underway. Fortunately, though almost 200,000 people downstream were evacuated, a major disaster was

averted. Escondido has two dams, one at Lake Dixon and one at Lake Wohlford. My district also includes parts of

Lake Hodges which has a dam we see from Via de la Valle.

Dams in California are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams. In

the aftermath of the Oroville spillway failure, the Division has ordered spillway inspections at 93 high-risk dams.

The need for more water storage capacity was obvious to voters in 2014 when they passed Proposition 1, a $7.2

billion water bond that included $2.7 billion earmarked for new dams and reservoirs. But proposals for them are

being delayed by the California Water Commission, the agency tasked with dispersing funds under the provisions of

Proposition 1.

I joined a bipartisan group of legislators criticizing these delays in building 11 water projects, including the Sites

Reservoir in Colusa County and the Temperance Flat Dam east of Fresno. In light of what may be a recurring drought

and deep federal cutbacks on water allocations for California farmers, more water storage projects must be

approved. It’s been almost four years since passage of Prop. 1 and to date, no new water storage projects have been


A four year delay on new water projects was clearly not what 67 percent of California’s voters had in mind when

they passed Prop. 1. We need to expand our water storage capacity statewide, including our southern California

region now -- further bureaucratic delays cannot 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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California Federation of Republican Women

A Affiliated with the National Federation of Republican Women

TO: CFRW Members

FROM: Nam-Yong Horn, President California Federation of Republican Women

DATE: February 23, 2018

RE: Update 1 – Implementation of CFRW Bylaws in 2020

Dear Members:

The delegates at the CFRW Convention on October 7, 2017 approved the restructuring of the California Federation of

Republican Women with the passage of the CFRW Bylaws that will go into effect at the opening or closing of the 2019 CFRW

Convention (depends on the agenda and bylaws).

I have formed an Ad Hoc Implementation Committee and appointed Immediate Past President, Shirley Mark, as Chairman and

Claire Sirchia Plotner, Past San Diego County President and current CFRW Financial Review Officer as Co-Chairman. This

committee has been tasked with “defining the duties of the CFRW elected officers for 2020 and the allocation of the County and

Division treasuries and to investigate any tax consequences with the disbanding of the County and Division structure”.

I want to assure you that NO CLUBS are being dissolved and no club monies will be confiscated.

We have received questions about the Division and County treasuries: Some of the monies in the Division treasuries are held

in trust for 5 years when a Division club disbands. If the club reestablishes during the 5 years those monies, held in trust by the

Division for the clubs, are returned to the club to help them reestablish. If after 5 years the club does not reestablish then the

monies are used by the Divisions as per their bylaws. When the Divisions disband, at the end of 2019, the monies held in trust

will then be held in trust by CFRW for the 5 year requirement. At the end of the five years the CFRW BOD will decide how that

“trust” money will be used. The balance of the monies in the Division and County treasuries, after all debts are paid, will be part

of the discussion of the Implementation Committee with input from the membership. It was suggested by the Advisory

Committee on Restructure that the balance of the monies go back to the clubs on a per capita basis as of December 31, 2019.

But, we have to make sure that there are no tax consequences/liabilities before a final decision is made.

Again, the club treasuries will not be confiscated by CFRW or NFRW. If the club decides to pull out of the Federation

(dissolve) the NFRW and CFRW bylaws address this issue. Each club agreed to follow the bylaws of the upper levels of the

Federation when they were chartered by NFRW. The NFRW bylaws state “Upon dissolution or removal of a state federation

or a local club, all of its assets shall be distributed to the superior body. None of the assets shall be distributed to any

individual officer or member of the organization.”

If your club has paid their Service Charge and is forwarding the dues as required by the bylaws for ALL your members then

your club is considered a “club in good standing”.

Nine Regions: Like the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) that is divided into 9 Regions across the county;

CFRW, in 2020, will be divided into 9 Regions. Each Region will elect a Regional Director. That Regional Director will be a voting

member of the CFRW Executive Committee. It was very important to the Advisory Committee on Restructure that the Clubs

have a representative on the Executive Committee to directly communicate the problems, concerns and successes and ideas of

the clubs.

The Ad Hoc Implementation Committee, as of this date, has created 7 committees 6 of which will be writing job descriptions,

the 7th committee will investigate IRS requirements and write a report. It will receive and write up suggestions for the allocation

of the remaining Division and County treasuries. Additional committees will be created as needed. The job description

committees are:

1. President

2. 1st Vice President, Programs, CRP Liaison, Advocacy Workshop Chairman

3. 2nd Vice President, Membership

4. 3rd Vice President, Achievement Awards, Voter Registration, Bounty, Campaign Activities, Election Integrity

5. 4th Vice President, Ways and Means and Ambassadors Program

6. Regional Directors

These changes are to help streamline the state and to create a closer relationship between your Club to your CFRW. The original

purpose of the Divisions and Counties was “for purposes of administration and communications”. With the advancement

of electronic communication, videoconferencing, teleconferencing, the internet, and webinars we no longer have a delay in

communicating with our members. We no longer have to depend on the post office or telephone calls to communicate with

our members we can now, with a click of a button, communicate with thousands of our members instantly. Our Republican

philosophy is smaller government. We are now at a time in our existence that our organization can govern with fewer levels.

Let us all work together to grow our membership to the levels of the 50’s and 60’s, get back to educating our members by

using new tools like the internet, videoconferencing, emails, webinars and of course we need to continue to attend our regular

meetings. But for those who cannot attend in person we now have new ways of meeting. This will give us more time to elect

Republicans to office and help change our state from blue to red.

Your Executive Committee and Board of Directors are very excited about this new structure and working with all of you for a

better and stronger and more effective CFRW.

As additional questions and concerns come to the Implementation Committee I will provide updates so that all of you will

feel part of this important change.

Resources at

Located in the Members Center under Restructure you will find:

• Restructure Bylaws

• Regional Map

• Flow Chart

Email: – this will go directly to CFRW President, Implementation Chairman and Co-chairman

To request your password go to Members Center; Request Password

I look forward to serving as your President for the next two years. I am so proud to represent this wonderful organization on

your behalf.

Warm regards,


Nam-Yong Horn, CFRW President

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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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Click for Regions Map

Doug Paulson (D), Region 1

Click to Email

Joan Gardner (R), Region 2

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


Click to Email

Dr. Joe Muga (D), Region 3


Click to Email

Zesty Harper (R), Region 4

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