"We've got four Latinos. We've got a Taiwanese immigrant as our Vice Chairman. We've got a kick ass Punjabi attorney as our national committeewoman. We've got an African-American and two openly gay men," Patterson said. "Our board, our leadership is very reflective of not what I just believe California is, but what I believe California Republicans are."
But GOP consultant Stutzman said whatever the party does in terms of its leadership, state Republicans will be hamstrung because the GOP has embraced Donald Trump, who is so unpopular in California.
"The California Republican Party needs Trump out of the way in order to move forward," Stuztman said. "That means a Democrat in the White House after the 2020 election."
However, this weekend's Republican gathering will feature speeches from key Trump surrogates, including his 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale and Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
GOP Chair Patterson argued that voters will be receptive to Republican solutions — especially ones that don't include more regulation or higher taxes.
"Californians are waking up to what these failed Democrat policies have brought them. And I think we have a huge opportunity here," she said. "But we need to be prepared. And that's what our convention is about."
Scott Shafer co-hosts Political Breakdown, a weekly podcast and radio program on California politics. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts.