Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    • 6:15 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Harry’s Hofbrau (banquet room), 390 Saratoga Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129

    September 18th 2014 at 7:00 P.M.: 

    Ro Khanna - Candidate for California's 17th Congressional District

    7:45 P.M.: 

    2014 Ballot Review with David WolfeLegislative Director at the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association

    Third Thursday Taxpayers Toolkit Meeting

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    Ro is running for Congress in California’s 17th Congressional District, which encompasses the heart of Silicon Valley. All major newspapers in the Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News, San Francisco Chronicle, and Milpitas Post, have endorsed his candidacy.


    Ro was born in Philadelphia and has lived in the Bay Area for many years. Having inherited a passion for teaching from his mother, Ro is currently visiting Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Stanford University and an Adjunct Professor at Santa Clara Law School. Prior to returning home to the Bay Area, Ro served for two years in the in the Commerce Department, where he took a practical, hands-on approach to public service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary. He was also named to the White House Business Council, where he partnered with businesses and labor groups across the country to pursue policies to promote America's economic growth.


    Ro’s book on manufacturing, Entrepreneurial Nation: Why Manufacturing is Still Key to America's Future, has won widespread praise for its strategies for keeping the best companies, jobs, and opportunities in America.

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    David Wolfe has worked for five years with Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. In this capacity, he monitors the California legislature closely, writing position letters and testifying on hundreds of bills. At least ten of these would have severely undercut Propositions 13 and 218, the main priorities of the Association. His other responsibilities include writing the California Piglet Book (available for PDF download here), detailing wasteful spending, fraud, and abuse in state and local government, putting together an annual Report Card for all 120 legislators, and contributing to the HJTA quarterly publication "Taxing Times." He has also worked on a variety of initiative campaigns including to defeat taxes and advocate for property rights. Having sat through hundreds of hours of budget hearings, he also can speak broadly on Sacramento’s spending habits.

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    SVTA members: Free
    Non-members: $10 for individuals, $15 for couples

    6:15 P.M.: Registration and no-host dinner
    7:00 P.M.: Program

    We encourage you to come early to dine at Harry’s Hofbrau before the speaker begins. Please deposit your dinner receipt in the bucket marked “SVTA” at the cashier’s desk.

Past events

Thursday, June 19, 2014 Loren Spivack, Free Market Warrior
Thursday, March 20, 2014 San Joaquin Taxpayers Association: Of Mosquitoes and Pensions
Thursday, February 20, 2014 State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, Candidate for Governor
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Lawrence Samuels, Author, Activist
Thursday, November 21, 2013 Michael Shaw: One Bay Area -- Globalism has Arrived
Thursday, September 19, 2013 David Welch, Tax activist and author
Thursday, August 15, 2013 Johnny Khamis, SJ Councilman & Entrepreneur, on the City Budgeting Process
Thursday, July 18, 2013 David Wolfe, Legislative Director of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 John Inks, Mayor of Mountain View
Thursday, May 16, 2013 America: Freedom to Fascism - Joe Banister, former IRS Special Agent
Thursday, April 18, 2013 Steven Greenhut of Franklin Center for Gov't & Public Integrity
Thursday, March 21, 2013 Tyler Shewey on Changes in the Tax Code
Thursday, February 21, 2013 Do Economists Make Good Politicians? featuring Tom Means, SJSU Economics Professor & former Mayor of Mountain View
Thursday, January 17, 2013 Mimi Steel | Property & Liberty: The Threat to Wealth & Freedom in Modern-Day America
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Randal O'Toole on Housing in America
Thursday, October 18, 2012 Election special meeting
Thursday, September 20, 2012 Election special meeting, guest David Wolfe of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn.
Thursday, August 16, 2012 Aaron Neighbour on The Top 10 List of Dumb Laws
Thursday, May 17, 2012 San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Pension Reform (Measure B)
Thursday, February 16, 2012 David Wolfe from the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assn
Thursday, October 20, 2011 Jim Donnell on the Fair Tax Bill (US HR25 / S13)
Thursday, August 18, 2011 Bernie Vogel on Prop 8 and Prop 13
Thursday, June 23, 2011 Annual Meeting & Election
Thursday, April 21, 2011 SVTA's First Members' Meeting of 2011
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 General Meeting: "Election 2010"
Thursday, May 06, 2010 SVTA Annual Meeting & Election of Board of 2010 Directors
Wednesday, August 05, 2009 SVTA Annual Meeting & Election of Board of 2009 Directors
Wednesday, September 17, 2008 SVTA Annual Meeting & Election of Board of 2008 Directors
Wednesday, August 29, 2007 General Members' Dinner Meeting, featuring Jon Coupal, President of HJTA
Tuesday, June 26, 2007 SVTA Annual Meeting & Election of Board of 2007 Directors
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 South Bay Transit Decongestion, featuring Randal O'Toole
Wednesday, April 18, 2007 The Right to Earn a Living, featuring Tim Sandefur of Pacific Legal Foundation
Wednesday, January 31, 2007 Curing California Health Care: 5 Steps to Universal Choice in 2007, featuring John Graham, Director of Health Care Studies at Pacific Research Institute
Thursday, November 02, 2006 Quarterly Members’ Dinner Meeting, featuring Andre Charles, Campaign Manager for "No on Measure A"
Wednesday, June 28, 2006 Annual Members' Meeting, featuring Greg Perry, Vice Mayor of Mountain View
Thursday, April 20, 2006 Eminent Domain in California and What You Can Do About It
Thursday, October 27, 2005 Importance of the Special Election: Getting Out the Taxpayer Vote, featuring Jerry Sorensen of the National Tax-Limitation Committee
Thursday, June 02, 2005 The Taxpayers' Side of the "BART to San Jose" Debate, featuring Greg Perry, Mountain View City Councilman and VTA Policy Advisory Board Member

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