10,000 in Plesanton say Bailouts Are Not The Answer

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

In 2000, I did a rally at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds as Bay Area Chairman for Bush-Cheney that drew 5,000 people. I remember at the time, Bush Chairman Gerry Parsky told me that the soon-to-be-Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney “felt like a rock star” speaking before such a large crowd in the Bay Area.

My estimates when I spoke at Thursday’s rally was about 1,000 attendees, but according to the Contra Costa Times, the rally drew 10,000 throughout the day. Those are police estimates – not organizers’ estimates.

The Pleasanton TEA Rally received statewide press this week in the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle due to organizer Bridget Melson’s un-invitation to “birther movement” leader Orly Taitz, who believes President Obama is not constitutionally qualified to be president. This is crazy talk, and the organizers did the right thing in ousting her from the program. Dr. Melson held an orderly rally – complete with radio talk show hosts, comedians, bands, and oh yeah – political speeches.

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Bi-Partisan Support Continues for Chelsea’s Law in the Assembly

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Yesterday, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher (R-“Rock Star”-San Diego) introduced “Chelsea’s Law” – targeted legislation that would provide a new one-strike life without parole penalty for those sexually violent predators who commit the most heinous of violent sex crimes against a child. The law includes lifetime parole with active GPS monitoring for those convicted of felony sex crimes involving physical contact with children and “safe zones” where sex offenders may not go.

Fletcher calls the legislation “a first step in a long term commitment to better protect our children…focused on the worst of the worst, the most dangerous and most likely to re-offend…the ones likely to pose the greatest risk to our children.”

Fletcher’s law, AB 1844, is a disciplined legislative proposal named for 17-year old Poway High School student Chelsea King, who disappeared on March 25th after going for a run in a local park. Law enforcement and thousands of volunteers searched for days until they finally found her in a shallow grave at Lake Hodges – a victim of unspeakable terror having been raped and murdered.

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Girls Gone Wild: The Curious Campaigns of Meg and Carly

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

The curious campaigns of Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have been a topic of discussion among women’s organizations and GOP activists for several weeks. Both were prominent at this weekend at the California Republican Party Convention in Santa Clara, where people wonder what’s more relevant – tactics or talk?

I don’t think women are the best fit in every case, nor do I back a woman only because she is female. Unlike Democrat primaries where they heavily recruit women, gender works against women in GOP primaries. Women are portrayed as less ideological and challenged at the bargaining table. This tactical strategy has been used dozens of times to convince Republican voters that women aren’t prepared.

In the case of Meg and Carly, this strategy will backfire as both have business credentials that are far and above most who have ever sought the offices of Governor and United States Senator.

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Is Carly Fiorina the Real Deal for California?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

This past Friday, I had the opportunity to meet with 40 innovators and entrepreneurs at a 1.5 hour innovators roundtable with Carly Fiorina, candidate for the United States Senate from California.

Among the discussion points was the President’s stimulus package, the need to educate our children for 21st century jobs, access to capital for small businesses, health care and immigration policy. Carly was engaging, energetic, charming, articulate, and appears to be a real problem solver.

Among attendees was Saman Dias, who was named head of “Entrepreneurs and Small Business” for Carly. Saman is a dynamic young entrepreneur and friend who cares deeply about the state of our economy in California. I’ve never known her to be involved in politics before – but Carly inspired her – and now she’s engaging.

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Schwarzenegger Should Pick Tom Campbell to Replace John Garamendi

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Last night, California’s Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi became the Member of Congress in CD-10. That means that Governor Schwarzenegger has the opportunity to name a replacement for Garamendi as Lt. Governor. He should pick Tom Campbell.

I say this not as someone who has chosen another candidate in the race for Governor – but as a Californian who would like to see the “right direction/wrong track” numbers reverse and our state get its fiscal house in order.

An overwhelming 75% of Californians say the state is on the wrong track. This, coupled with the legislature’s unsatisfactory approval ratings, shows that people want our elected leaders to work together to solve problems and provide a more welcoming environment for business.

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Bay Area Conservatives Rally

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Over the last week and a half, four packed events have taken place with economic free market conservatives in the Bay Area.  One can only guess if this is a "new beginning" for those who care about affordable health care, economy and jobs – or a blip on the screen.

In San Francisco, Steve Forbes, recognized that Californians helped to create this high tech age and that people have now used those tools to organize politically when they feel something is wrong.

The President & CEO of Forbes, Inc. and one-time presidential candidate, told 350 paying attendees at the Pacific Research Institute Annual Gala how normal, everyday Americans used this new media to organize tea parties and town halls.  They are using the Internet to find their voice and organize themselves – not just as individuals – but as community activists who are working to preserve economic freedom.

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Reflections from the Right Coast – Olympics, Health Care, and Women Dominate in Washington, D.C.

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

I’ve always viewed Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley in a similar way. Both places are more a state of mind than an actual region. The area on the left coast is focused on innovation and making money. The one on the right coast is focused on power and spending money.

Last week, I spent four days in Washington, D.C. with Women Impacting Public Policy, a national organization of more than half a million women business owners. I arrived on Wednesday for two conferences and Capitol Hill briefings aimed to increase awareness of women-owned businesses and their impact on the U.S. economy.

Statistics released in a study commissioned by WIPP, the National Women’s Business Council, the Center for Women’s Business Research and Wal-Mart showed women-owned businesses produce employment for more than 23 million people in the United States. If women-owned businesses were their own country, they would have a greater GDP than Canada, India, and Vietnam combined – the 5th largest GDP in the world – ahead of France, the U.K. and Italy.

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Health Care Prescriptions – West to East, What’s Next?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

I’m hosting a health care forum in the East Bay this coming Tuesday which is part of the Lincoln Club of Northern California’s educational series. “Health Care – What’s Next” will feature the talented Sally Pipes, President of the Pacific Research Institute and author of The Top Ten Myths of American Health Care – A Citizens Guide. About 50 local doctors, venture capitalists, and small business owners will participate in the dialogue and hear Pipes philosophy – one that focuses on the free market and competition options rather than the “public option”.

Fox and Hounds Daily readers who don’t subscribe to the Contra Costa Times will find their Q&A with Dr. Scott Atlas, a professor and chief of neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center of interest. It is an enlightening, quick read that small business owners and citizens who are confused by the chatter will enjoy.

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Trashing Chevron in the Amazon Court – Part Deux

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Bay Area newspapers have been a buzz over the past week regarding the latest video of Ecuador Judge Juan Nunez, the key legal figure in the Chevron Ecuador environmental damage case, who has been captured in a video stating that he plans to rule against the oil giant and for an award of $27 billion "more or less".

The San Francisco Chronicle’s blog covered it here.

The San Francisco Examiner weighed in with an editorial, “Video from Chevron reveals corruption in Ecuador lawsuit,” here.

The Chronicle carries the full text and videos. A picture is worth a thousand words so take a look. Here is the text of what Judge Nunez said to Wayne Hansen and Diego Borja who are environmental remediation contractors –

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Will Garamendi Hold On in CD-10?

Judy Lloyd
President of Altamont Strategies

Today
is "Game On" for the Primary in Congressional District 10 where 14 candidates
vie to be our next Member of Congress. 
This is the "old" Bill Baker seat – once Republican – where Democrats
now hold a startling 18-point registration advantage.

All
candidates run off against one another today.  The top vote getters of each party run
off on November 3rd if no candidate gets 50% +1.

On
the Democrat side, it could be a "toss up" if primary turnout is below the
predicted 35% to 38%.  If turnout
is high, Gov. Schwarzenegger will have the opportunity to appoint a new
Lieutenant Governor.

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