February 14 Luncheon Meeting Program
“California Water -- Priceless?”
K. Lloyd Billingsley
Policy Fellow and Communications Counsel
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 | 11:30 - 1:30
Marin Country Club, 500 Country Club Drive
Members and their guests $28 | Non-members $33
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Program: Businesses have moved out of California or shut down because of the water shortage. Millions of acres of farmland went uncultivated last year while in other areas, the cost of the water to grow a crop equaled the value of the final product. Homeowners saw their costs shoot up even though their consumption dropped. In the 1970’s when California faced a major drought, 20 million people lived here; today there are 40 million people. Competition for this life-giving resource can pit agricultural, environmental and urban groups against each other. Even with conservation efforts, Californians are using more ground and surface water each year than is replaced by rainfall. When visiting Fresno this past summer candidate Trump told farmers, we are going to solve your water problem. Surely the next candidate for governor in this state will have to offer creative ideas and prioritize the issue as well.
K. Lloyd Billingsley, a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller will offer an overview of the issue of water in California and will offer ideas for improvement. He will discuss the need to change the pricing system. In his recent briefing, California Water: A Case Study of Bureaucracy Versus Tradable, Private Water Rights, Mr. Billingsley suggests, “In times of scarcity or abundance, the best solution is to replace California’s bureaucratic allocation system with market pricing, and to empower water users to engage in mutually beneficial trades.” Mr. Billingsley is an author of books on a variety of topics; his articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Reason, National Review, San Francisco
Chronicle, Los Angeles Daily News, San Diego Union-Tribune, Orange County Register, Detroit News and many other publications. Before joining the Independent Institute, he was Editorial Director at the Pacific Research Institute where he managed the weekly Capital Ideas column and authored studies on charter schools, Internet neutrality, e-commerce and homeless policy
Novato Republican Women
“Election Law -
Who Votes and How Does it Count?”
Managing Partner, The Sutton Law Firm
WEDNESDAY, January 18, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Members & their guests $28 | Non-Members $33
Marin Country Club
500 Country Club Drive
PROGRAM: Critics from both sides of the political spectrum have raised questions about our election process this year. By the time November 8, 2016 rolled around, everyone seemed to be in agreement that the end of this election cycle was welcomed. So, is our election system broken? Questions about our voting process were raised in the Presidential campaign by Donald Trump followed, after his win, by Democrats’ demands for recounts. Hillary Clinton’s Campaign raised over $1 billion. Laws across the country allowed longer periods of time and ways to vote. Who votes and how are these votes counted? How can we work now to prevent election fraud? If we curb election donations, does that limit free speech? What laws could improve our election process?
One of the leading political and election law attorneys in California, Jim Sutton, will discuss these issues. In 2003 Jim founded the Sutton Law Firm after being a partner at another election law firm. The Sutton Law Firm specializes in political and election law and litigation, representing businesses, individuals, candidates, ballot measures, PACs, and nonprofit organizations involved in the political and legislative processes
on the local, state and national levels. Jim has represented clients before the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley and San Jose Ethics Commissions, as well as the California Fair Political Practices Commission and the Federal Election Commission. He teaches Elections Law at Hastings College of the Law, and has argued numerous political and election law cases in state and federal trial and
Jim graduated cum laude from Pomona College, and was Associate Managing Editor of the Law Review and a Moot Court finalist at Stanford Law School.