Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 27, 2019
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • IHOP, Santa Clara (private room)
    Lawrence McQuillan portrait, wearing smile suit tie glasses and with grey backdrop (color photo)

    The Department of Motor Vehicles—ever the butt of jokes about the bureaucratic idiosyncrasies of government agencies—has in 2019 earned the California Golden Fleece Award.  Dr. Lawrence McQuillan of the Independent Institute will tell us the all-too-serious reasons why.

    Please join us the evening of Thursday, June 27 for dinner, mingling with fellow taxpayers, and to learn how to help bring wasteful government agencies to account.

    WHERE: IHOP Restaurant (private room)
    4200 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara

    WHEN: Thursday, June 27
    6:30 P.M. - Registration and dinner
    7:00 P.M. - Program

    Member: $20 individual ($35 couples) 
    Nonmember: $25 individual ($45 couples)
    Registration includes dinner and a beverage.

    About the Speaker

    Lawrence J. McQuillan is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Center on Entrepreneurial Innovation at Oakland's Independent Institute. He received his Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University, and he has served as Chief Economist at the Illinois Policy Institute, Director of Business and Economic Studies at the Pacific Research Institute, Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He's the author of California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America's Public Pension Crisis

    Dr. McQuillan created the California Golden Fleece Awards to highlight a state or local spending program or regulation that fleeces California taxpayers, consumers, or businesses. He has been an advisor for the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee, Socioeconomic Council of Madrid, Colorado Governor Bill Owens, Heritage/Wall Street Journal Index of Economic Freedom, California State Senator Tom McClintock, and many organizations worldwide.

Past events

Monday, May 20, 2019 Taxpayer Toolkit: Take charge & speak out on changes in the law, with Stephen Frank
Monday, April 22, 2019 Taxpayer Toolkit: Practical ways to fight for taxpayer rights featuring Eric Eisenhammer
Monday, March 18, 2019 Taxpayer Toolkit: Income Tax truths from a former IRS special agent
Monday, January 14, 2019 Taxpayer Toolkit: It's 2019! What Californians Can Expect with Republicans Out of the Picture, featuring Steven Greenhut
Monday, November 19, 2018 Taxpayer Toolkit: Romance of the Rails, with Randal O'Toole
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 Taxpayer Toolkit: Pension Reform Update, with Pete Constant
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 Taxpayer Toolkit: Anniversary celebration with David Wolfe of HJTA
Monday, May 23, 2016 Almaden Valley Candidate and Issues Forum
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Ro Khanna, David Wolfe
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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