Based in Pasadena in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, TEAPAC is a non-partisan organization born out of the Tea Party movement of 2009. Our mission is to restore California by restoring limited, constitutional government, fiscal responsibility (with a special focus on public employee pension debt and municipal finance) and education reform.
Our non-partisan organization is comprised of business owners, professionals and grassroots citizens who understand that uncontrolled growth in the size and cost of local and state government threatens California’s future, who understand that our current legislative process is broken and who acknowledge that Californians have no choice but to employ the local and statewide initiative process to reduce the size of government and restore fiscal discipline. California’s trajectory is fiscal and economic collapse. If we act now, we can change the political debate and create a genuine consensus for fiscal sanity, smaller government and economic prosperity in our Golden State.
In California, the political establishment in both major parties is heavily invested in the status quo. If the politicians were willing or able to fix our problems, they would have done so. Reforming our legislature is going to take time, patience and tenacity. If this alone is our strategy, it will be too little too late. Our only option for immediate and effective intervention is to use the initiative process to reform and re-engineer California for the 21st century.
We know there is considerable bipartisan support within the electorate for initiatives that address specific California problems. We’re confident that a legislative agenda implemented through the initiative process is California’s only chance for survival. We recently qualified municipal tax repeals in four cities in the San Gabriel Valley, two of which are coming up in 2018. And we are currently supporting pension reform and school choice initiatives for the California 2018 statewide ballot.
TEAPAC Flow Chart
- Limited, constitutional government
- Fiscal responsibility, especially municipal finance
- Education reform
Project 1: California Center for the 21st Century (Cal21)
Agenda: Fix the top issues facing California through the statewide initiative process. Statewide Initiatives for 2018:
- Pension Reform
- School Choice
Project 2: California Tax Limitation Committee (CTLC)
Agenda: Tax reform and reduction with a focus on debt and income inequality between public employees and taxpayers.
- Arcadia (April 2016)
- Glendale (June 2016)
- Sierra Madre (April 2018)
- South Pasadena (November 2018)
President – Michael T. Alexander
A native Californian, Michael Alexander grew up in Huntington Park and served in the United States Marine Corps before graduating from U.S.C. Law School. Mike has a broad background in law, business and finance. Together with his wife, Patricia, he is a founder and managing principal of Private Trust Management Group based in Pasadena. The firm provides private trust services and investment counsel to trusts, individuals, families and retirement plans. He is involved in a number of community organizations, and together with his wife Patricia, helped to found St. Monica Academy in Montrose, California. He and Patricia live in Pasadena where they raised their four sons.
Board of Advisors
Robert De Pietro
Mr. Robert De Pietro is a Partner at De Pietro Holdings LLC, a real estate investment company based in Los Angeles that currently owns more than 545,000 square feet of office, medical office, industrial, and retail properties in the greater Southern California, Phoenix, and Denver areas, and more than 30 acres of developable land in California.
As part of senior management, Mr. De Pietro oversees the daily operations of the company with a focus on building engineering, asset management, construction & renovation. Robert also oversees property management of the company’s portfolio, including leasing activity, contracted services, building operations and property maintenance & renovations.
Mr. De Pietro holds a Master of Science degree in Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics from the University of California, Berkeley, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and attended Loyola High School in Los Angeles.
De Pietro served as a Public Member & Past President of the California Architects Board, is currently a member of its Regulatory and Enforcement Committee, is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, and is a past member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s Professional Conduct Committee.
He also serves on the Harvey Mudd College Alumni Board of Governors and is a former member of the Harvey Mudd College Board of Trustees.
In addition, he serves on the Boards of the Eagle Rock Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, the Ferrari Owners Club as Secretary, the Patrons of Italian Culture as Secretary, the Foundation Board of Glendale Adventist medical Center as Secretary, the Boards of the Historic Italian Hall Foundation, and the L.A. Railroad Heritage Foundation, the South Lake Business Association and is Chair of its Streetscape Committee.
Mr. De Pietro is a member of the Jonathan Club of Los Angeles, the Italian Catholic Federation, the Garibaldina Society of Los Angeles and the Kiwanis Club of Eagle Rock.
He is a supporter of Hillsdale College, the Claremont Institute, the Heritage Foundation and Saint Monica Academy in Montrose, California.
Mr. Thomas Sullivan is president of Ultimate Recycle, LLC, an innovative company which manufactures cold mix asphalt composed primarily of recycled industrial waste. He is also a member of the board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College since 1973, where he served as the Chairman of the Board from 1975 to 1985. He is a board member of the Right to Life League, and is vice president of the Salvation Army Board.
Mr. Sullivan was formerly president of Jefferson Development Corp based in San Marino, CA. He has served as president of the Pasadena City College Foundation and was president of the Los Angeles Rotary Club No. 5 from 1987-88. He is past chairman of the Los Angeles County Productivity Commission. He attended Fairmont State College, West Virginia and the University of California at Los Angeles.
936 E. Green Street, Suite 100
Pasadena, CA 91106