Bob L. Vice

Senior Advisor to the Board of Trustees

Bob Vice joined the Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) in January of 1998. His first assignment was to chair the 25th Anniversary Committee.  Bob learned the importance of a strong, well-funded PLF while President of the California State Farm Bureau. PLF was dealing with issues that effected farmer’s and rancher’s ability to operate their businesses and use their land. He found that agriculture and related industries were not fully aware of the key role that PLF played in the protection of their Constitutional rights. On his retirement from Farm Bureau he joined the development team at PLF to spread the word and help raise additional operating capital.

Bob enjoys meeting current donors and cultivating potential new donors. He says “PLF has a great story to tell and a very impressive record of accomplishments and more people need to be aware of that.”

Bob and his wife Carilyn met at San Jose State, where he majored in engineering. They were married in 1969. In the early 70’s they moved to Fallbrook California to take over the family farming and nursery business. He witnessed, first hand, the heavy burden that government regulations can be for small businesses. He became active on groups that were trying to counter the ever growing, and often needless, regulations at the State and Federal level. Bob spent 20 years serving the California and American Farm Bureau Federation, 18 years on the Board of the State’s 22nd Agricultural District and 8 years on the Federal Reserve Bank Board, Eleventh District of San Francisco. Bob and family have raised Avocados for over 40 years.

Bob is partially retired, except when it comes to his 6 grandchildren, that’s full time. He loves to fish, play golf and restore and show 1960’s and 70’s muscle cars. Bob is active in his church, Zion Lutheran Church, where he is an Elder.

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December 01, 2016

Government’s crazy game of whack a mole

Good intentions. Horrible execution. Disastrous results. That pretty much sums up the federal government's mismanagement of water supplies in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to help Delta smelt and salmon species. Water diverted to help declining populations of fish listed under the Endangered Species Act has created severe collateral damage to th ...

March 16, 2016

It’s a good day to honor our farmers

Unless you happen to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or some other life milestone event, — March 16 — will pass as just another day on the calendar. Today holds significance for every one of us. Today is being celebrated as National Agriculture Day at the state capitol in Sacramento, one day out of 365 days of ...

March 18, 2015

Thank a farmer today

The vast majority of Americans aren't farmers or ranchers. It's safe to say that most people don't know one, either. But most assuredly, every American benefits immensely from the contributions of farmers, ranchers, and foresters. Today is a good day to thank a farmer. It's National Agriculture Day. For me, it's also an early Father's ...

November 26, 2014

2014 — a year of rescuing liberty from coast to coast

Even with a month to go, Pacific Legal Foundation is celebrating one of our most successful years ever in the nation's courtrooms. This year, PLF's litigation team has defeated Kentucky's moving-business cartel, giving our client, Raleigh Bruner, the opportunity to keep his employees and trucks on the road, serving customers. Through the efforts of ...

October 31, 2014

Government plays all kinds of tricks

Halloween is the perfect time to highlight some of the ways overreaching government plays dirty tricks on unsuspecting Americans. In Pacific Legal Foundation's portfolio of more than 120 cases, regulators can get quite creative — and destructive — in putting a scare into freedom-loving citizens. For example, one of the quickest and surest way t ...

September 17, 2014

A day to celebrate the Constitution

You won't find a Hallmark card about it, but today, September 17, is the day to celebrate our nation's Founding Fathers and our fundamental freedoms. It's Constitution Day, which commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine men on September 17, 1787. At Pacific Legal Foundation, we consider every day to be ...

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