News Release

June 19 SPARC Dinner
Nina Salarno Besselman to Present Public Safety Ballot Measure

Los Altos Hills, California:  The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) will hold their Monthly Speakers Series Dinner at the Fremont Hills Country Club on Wednesday, June 19, 2019. The featured speaker will be crime victim’s advocate Nina Salerno Besselman.

Nina Salarno Besselman is an attorney, and victims’ rights advocate since the age of 12. She became involved after her sister was murdered in 1979. Her family’s experience with the legal process following this tragedy brought even more pain as they found they had no voice and no rights as victims. This forged her lifelong commitment to serving crime victims and their families. 

After law school she became a prosecutor, including in Placer County where she was responsible for all sexual assault cases. From 1995-1999, Nina worked for Sacramento County and specialized in domestic violence cases. During her career as a prosecutor, she never lost a case.

While working in the California Attorney General’s office directing the first state Office of Victim Services, Nina authored “The Death Penalty Handbook: A Guide for Crime Victims.” She left that office in 2002 and went into private practice, handling complex family law, criminal cases, and parole hearings.

She also expanded her political role, authoring the Amber Alert to publicize child abductions and enable the public to assist law enforcement in locating missing children. More than 200 children have been recovered as a result. She now serves as Executive Director for Californians United for Public Safety, and as an Executive Board Member for Crime Victims United.

In a recent guest article on CALmatters, Salarno Besselman said, “Until California goes on record that assaulting an unconscious woman, beating up a spouse or sexually abusing a child are in fact unacceptably violent crimes, one wonders how serious the state is about stopping them.” She will discuss efforts underway to promote public safety, including a ballot measure that has qualified for the 2020 November Ballot called the “Reducing Crime and Keeping California Safe Act of 2020.” The measure fixes the flaws in Proposition 57 by reclassifying several crimes that are no longer considered violent under the law. As a result, inmates convicted of these crimes would not be eligible for early release and would instead be required to serve their full sentences.

The event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at

Nina Salarno Besselman Photo


The South Peninsula Area Republican Coalition (SPARC) is affiliated with the California Congress of Republicans, a chartered organization of the California Republican Party. Our regional focus is San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and we attract members and speakers from all over the Bay Area region. SPARC hosts a dozen events a year that are open to the general public. SPARC was founded in the year 2000 and has been built on the historic Republican principles of limited government, low taxes, and a strong national defense. As a group, we work to extend our support for Republican candidates who will work at all levels to help make these goals come true. Link to SPARC Logo