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Thursday, March 20, 2014 – LPC proudly announces that Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico Governor who was chosen as the Libertarian Party’s nominee for their 2012 presidential campaign, will address this month’s annual convention via webcast.

Johnson, who was Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2003, started a door-to-door handyman business to help pay his way through college. In twenty years, he grew that business into one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico, employing more than 1,000 workers. Johnson brings a well-honed business mentality to governing, believing that public policy decisions should be based on costs and benefits rather than strict ideology.

Gov. Johnson vetoed more than 750 bills during his time in office – more than all other governors combined, which earned him the nickname “Governor Veto.” He cut taxes 14 times while never raising them. When he left office, New Mexico was one of only four states in the country with a balanced budget. Term-limited, Johnson retired from public office in 2003.

Governor Johnson formed the Our America Initiative, a 501(c)(4) non-profit that promotes fiscal responsibility, civil liberties, and rational public policy. He traveled to more than 30 states and spoke to more than 150 conservative and libertarian groups during his time as the Party’s Honorary Chairman. In the 2012 presidential election, Johnson garnered more votes than any other Libertarian candidate in history. To participate in Gov. Johnson’s webcast at our convention, please visit LPC’s 2014 convention website and plan to be at the convention March 28-30 at the Holiday Inn in Visalia, California.

Three-time Olympian to Appear at Convention!

Monday, March 3, 2014 – The 2014 Winter Olympics may be over, but the winning Olympic spirit lives on in Visalia, CA.

LPC proudly announces that Bill Schuffenhauer, Olympic Silver Medalists and three-time Olympian, will speak about his perseverance and triumph. Following his retirement from the Olympics, Schuffenhauer’s entrepreneurial aspirations kicked in and he is now the President and CEO of Silver Retreats, a company that focuses on group and team building retreats for companies and executives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Love Of Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that supports and advocates for people affected by cancer and other illnesses. His career led to his participation in national and international fundraisers, charity events, keynote speaking opportunities, entertainment, and product promotions.

Schuffenhauer’s devotion to helping others led him to work with local and national youth groups, too. He continues to travel the world as a motivational speaker and has worked with companies and organizations such as Budweiser, Special Olympics, United Way, Adecco, Glaxo Smith Klein, and Procter & Gamble.

Schuffenhauer’s childhood was filled with adversity. His mother was a prostitute and his father a drug addict, and they usually left him to fend for himself, even for his food. However, in high school, he discovered his love for track and field. After he spoke to his grandmother, he had a dream to become a track and field Olympian. However, that dream was crushed by a near-debilitating ankle injury while training in Sydney. But only 18 months later, Schuffenhauer had a new Olympic dream that motivated him to try for the 2002 Winter Olympics, where he qualified and placed in the 4-man bobsled team. They won the Silver Medal at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, right behind Germany, the second time in history that a U.S. bobsled team placed in that event.

Bill will share his remarkable story of hardships, pain, agony, love of life, triumph, and sweet victory at the LPC convention in Visalia, California, which is scheduled for the last weekend of March. Read more about it and make your reservations to spend that weekend with others who, like Bill Schuffenhauer, constantly struggle to achieve their dream of success.

Room Discount Deadline

If you need overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn Visalia for LPC’s 2014 convention, the hotel will guarantee our special discounted room rate through this Wednesday, March 5. Although the discount may still be available after that date, the hotel can’t promise it. And we know that there are two other events taking place at the Holiday Inn Visalia that weekend, so be sure to make your reservation early this week!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 – With the drought now officially declared in California, various levels of government are implementing public policy that affects all Californians in a variety of ways.

What is the Libertarian stand on public water policy?

Come to the LPC Convention in Visalia and find out. This year’s annual convention will be in the heart of the Central Valley, one of the areas most affected by drastic water delivery scenarios. Three Libertarian water district members from different parts of the state will come together to discuss a Libertarian perspective on water supply.

The members of the panel are:

  • Brian Holtz, member of the Purissima Hills Water District in Los Altos Hills
  • Jim Hoerricks, member of the West Valley Water District in Los Angeles County
  • Jonathan Hall, member of the Tehachapi-Cummings Water District Board of Directors

They will discuss the Libertarian take on water policy and will address some or all of the following questions.

Are the solutions proposed from Sacramento helpful or harmful?

Do pricing policies exacerbate the drought situation?

Are large-scale bond funded projects the way to solve the long-term water supply in California?

How are local districts affected by state and Federal water policies?

Join us in Visalia for an engaging discussion on a vexing public policy issue that is sure to be front and center in this election year.

Monday, February 24, 2014 – The Libertarian Party of California proudly announces its endorsement of Calimesa City Council member Jeff Hewitt’s campaign to fill the State Senate District 23 seat, which covers parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles Counties. This endorsement includes financial support through LPC’s Candidate Support Committee.

Hewitt is currently the Vice Mayor of the City of Calimesa in Riverside County. He has served on the council for four years in addition to previously serving on the city’s planning commission.

Hewitt is a small business owner and has a family of six children and six grandchildren.

The Special Primary Election is on March 25, 2014.  If no candidate reaches the requisite 50% + 1 vote threshold, then the first two finishers will be put into a runoff scheduled for June 3rd.

Hewitt needs our support. Donate to his campaign at his website, or contact his campaign to assist in other ways.


The Libertarian Parties of Riverside County and San Bernardino County have also endorsed Hewitt’s campaign.

For more information about this Special Primary Election, visit the following websites.



Primum non nocere, latin for “first, do no harm,” is the principle that providers of healthcare are morally and ethically obligated to pursue in treating a patient.

However, the rollout of Affordable Care Act, (aka ObamaCare) has proven to be anything but harmless.

Ask yourself or those around you, these questions:

  • Did you get to keep your policy as you were promised or was your single-policy insurance cancelled because it was considered “inferior” by someone other than you?  
  • Did your premiums go up higher instead of go down?
  • Were you able to get to the enrollment website?  
  • Were you lucky enough to keep your doctor?
  • Is your hospital on the list available to you or did it refuse to work with ObamaCare?

The nightmare scenario for ObamaCare is that fewer people are covered by insurance at the end of next year, than they were this year thus undermining the whole basis for passing this legislation in the first place.

Rather than fix the root causes of expensive healthcare, the unintended consequences of ObamaCare trying to cure what was a flawed, but working model for some, threatens to overwhelm the system for us all.

Leave curing and mending to the healthcare providers who want to do us no harm, not to the politicians who apparently are causing us great harm.

It’s time we end ObamaCare not mend it.  

Only the Libertarian Party wants to do so.  Please join us today.

December 19, 2013 – The Libertarian Party of California welcomes the Hon. Jeff Hewitt, Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Calimesa in Riverside County, to its ranks of elected officials.

Born and raised in California, Hewitt has served on the city council of Calimesa since 2011, spending several years on the planning commission, and rising to become Chairman before his election to the council.

Hewett expressed his intentions for joining the Party by stating, “I have been a supporter of the Libertarian Party for quite some time, having voted for Harry Browne. I believe in its principles of limited government.”

He joins our growing ranks of elected officials who are committed to preserving the choices for Californians that make this state a prized place to live.

Hewitt is a small-business owner, is married and the proud father of six children and has several grandchildren. He lives with his wife, Wendy and family.

November 28, 2014 – LPC proudly announces its next annual convention of delegates, Friday through Sunday, March 28-30, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Visalia, 9000 W. Airport Avenue, Visalia 93227. Please bookmark our Convention 2014 page and visit it frequently to plan your participation and to take advantage of early admission discounts! All known deadlines are listed on the convention’s Deadlines page. If you don’t find answers to your questions on the convention website pages, please contact the state Party’s office at (916) 446-1776, or office@ca.lp.org.


The Holiday Inn Visalia hosted LPC’s annual convention in 2009, and so impressed delegates with its service, food, and elegant surroundings that many wished to return for our 2010 annual convention. The City of Visalia is the center of lively and friendly nightlife between Fresno and Bakersfield, as well as being a major gateway into the gorgeous Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park.


Holiday Inn Visalia is located just off Highway 99 in Tulare County, and is less than 200 miles from Los Angeles, less than 220 miles from Sacramento, and less than 240 miles from San Francisco, and so is easily reachable by car. Holiday Inn Visalia offers free parking for guests.

If you wish to fly your airplane to the convention, Holiday Inn Visalia is almost across the street from Visalia Municipal Airport (IATA: VISICAO: KVISFAA LID: VIS).

If you enjoy the comfort of traveling by rail, Amtrak serves the City of Hanford, 15 miles west of Holiday Inn Visalia. Shuttles and public transit are available from Hanford’s Amtrak station.


Platform and Bylaws Committees are scheduled to meet on Friday, March 28, 2014, from Noon until 6 p.m. To serve on the Platform Committee, please contact your county Party officers or your Regional Vice-chair now.

On-site registration opens at 6 p.m. Friday, March 28, along with the Friday evening reception.

On Saturday and Sunday, delegates can deliberate and vote in the convention’s business sessions. Delegates will nominate and elect California delegates to the upcoming national Libertarian Party convention [new rules in effect: see Bylaws and Convention Rules, Rule 12: Election of National Convention Delegates, (page 23, paragraphs 1-6)], choose new Executive Committee representatives, adopt or reject proposed changes to our Platform and Bylaws, endorse or reject candidates for California’s public offices, and deliberate other resolutions presented from the floor. As well, the convention will feature speakers on various topics of interest to liberty-lovers (speakers and topics to be announced as they confirm).

Delegate Eligibility

The deadline for new LPC members wishing to be delegates is Sunday, December 29, 2013. Please join LPC before then if you wish to be a voting delegate at the convention.

There’s more information about being a delegate on our Delegate Eligibility page. Information about our block of rooms at Convention rates will be on the Accommodations page. You’ll find other convention information in the drop-down menu under “Convention”, or from the links on the Convention page.

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