LINCOLN LETTER Newsletter of the Ventura County Lincoln Club Volume 3, No. 1, June 1, 2001 Save the date! “August 26th” Assemblyman Keith Richman Addresses April Meeting Lincoln Club Meeting & BBQ The Honorable Dr. Keith Richman, newly elected The Ventura County Lincoln Club will hold its Assemblyman for the 38th Assembly District annual General Membership Meeting and election of representing Simi Valley, Fillmore, Piru and the West members of the Board of Directors on August 26, 2001 San Fernando Valley, was the guest of honor at the April at the beachfront home of Paul and Carolyn Leavens. meeting of the Ventura County Lincoln Club. The Lincoln Club will be celebrating its first Richman thanked the Ventura County Lincoln Club anniversary since reforming and restarting in August, for its support for his campaign and for supporting other 2000 and will be reaching for Membership Chairman, Mainstream Republicans. He pointed out that his Paul Leaven’s, goal of 100 members in 2001. margin in Ventura County enabled him to win the 38th Invitations and directions as well as a program will be Assembly seat and that he was most appreciative of the forthcoming. Save the date! support of the Lincoln Club. Richman talked at length about the background and Lincoln Club Supports Mainstream current problems in the electrical energy crisis in Republicans in 2000 election California. He was appointed to the joint Assembly and Senate Committee on energy and admitted that he was Although the Ventura County Lincoln Club was only on a rapid learning curve on the states electrical system. reorganized and restarted in September, 2000, it made In the final analysis, he said that the original some sizeable contributions to Republicans running for deregulation law was flawed but that Governor Davis both partisan and non-partisan offices. and the PUC had dozens of opportunities to fix it, but In the very first meeting, the club committed $1000 failed to do so, for which we are all paying dearly. each to County Supervisor Candidates, Jim Monahan and Mike Morgan. In the general election, a total of Ventura County Central Committee $3000 in contributions were authorized for Dr. Keith Richman and Robin Sullivan, with Dr. Richman Honors Frank McDonald ultimately winning his Assembly seat by virtue of the Long time Ventura County Republican volunteer strong showing he made in Ventura County. and contributor, Frank McDonald of Thousand Oaks, was inducted into the Ventura County Republican Hall Holiday Party Supports “Casa Pacifica”. of Fame at the annual dinner of the Ventura County Republican Party on May 31, 2001 at the Wood Ranch About 75 Ventura County Republicans joined the Country Club in Simi Valley. Lincoln Club to celebrate the holidays at the Tower Club The Honorable Bob Lagomarsino, Congressman in Oxnard in December, 2000. Members celebrated the Elton Gallegly, Assemblyman Tony Strickland, victory of President Bush in November and looked District Attorney Mike Bradbury and a host of forward to winning elections in California. Republican elected officials, party members and Each guest brought a present for the youngsters at volunteers turned out to honor McDonald. He worked Casa Pacifica, the county’s facility for children from on nearly every Republican campaign in the county from dysfunctional families and homes. before Ronald Reagan's campaigns for Governor in Firestone Keynotes Lincoln Day Dinner 1966 and President in 1980, until the present. The Honorable Brooks Firestone, former Ventura County Lincoln Club Assemblyman and candidate for Congress, was the guest Web Page speaker at the Lincoln Club, Lincoln Day Dinner held in February at the Wedgewood Banquet Center in Ventura. The Ventura County Lincoln Club authorized the Firestone, at the time a candidate for Chairman of the expense of creating its own web page at the May California Republican Party, thrilled the guests with a meeting of the Board of Directors. Interested parties background of events leading up to Lincoln’s Gettysburg will soon be able to access the web page by looking up: address and then delivering as good a rendition of the www.VenturaCountyLincolnclub.org speech as most of the guests had ever heard. (Todey Lincoln-Mercury of Oxnard, Corporate Sponsor) Firestone then addressed the plight of the California Republican Party which had just suffered its third, Ventura County Republican Central devastating defeat in a row. He pointed out that the Committee Struggles party had gone from near parity in partisan offices in California in 1994 to almost two thirds Democrat in For the first time in over 25 years, the Ventura 2000. He blamed the demise of the party on the County Republican Party has no paid office help, no one leadership that had worked to exclude, rather than updating the party roster, the mailing list or other routine include, all Republicans. reports. Recent fund raising projects have broken even Brooks said he was running for Chairman of the CRP or lost money. Had it not been for the generous support to try to mainstream the party and win back the millions of the state party in the 2000 election, the county party of women and minorities that had left and registered as would have long since been bankrupt. Democrats or Decline to State. Although he lost by 84 Lincoln Club members who serve on the Central votes, he caused the party, its members, and its Committee are concerned and hope to help elect contributors to rethink the direction of the CRP. (The members in 2002 that will unite and support the party in V.C. Lincoln Club donated $1000 to Brook's campaign.) the future.