CAMARILLO, CA - Today, Jeff Gorell, Republican nominee for Congress in California's 26th Congressional District and Navy Commander announced the leadership and formation of the Veterans for Gorell coalition.

Veterans for Gorell will be led by former Mayor of Port Hueneme, Brig Gen Tony Volante (Ret.), and 3-time Purple Heart recipient, CAPT Jon Williams (Ret.). "We are honored to join so many of our fellow veterans in supporting Jeff Gorell for Congress," said Volante. "With so much going on in the world today, we need someone like Jeff, with his military acumen, representing us in Washington, D.C. We need a leader who will make sure that our veterans are taken care of when they return, and for years afterwards. The current state of our Veterans Administration is a disgrace and disservice to those that have served. Veterans in the 26th District demand a stronger voice - one that knows where they come from."

"I could not ask to be surrounded by a more prestigious group of American heroes than those that have joined my campaign today," said Gorell. "When elected to Congress, I will fight everyday to protect our men and women in uniform, make sure our veterans are given the care and attention they deserve, and ensure that Naval Base Ventura County is protected as one of our area's biggest assets."

Those joining Veterans for Gorell include:

Tony Volante - Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)
Dr. Jon Williams - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Daniel Pemberton - Brig Gen, USAF (Ret.)
Dr. Eugene Fussell - RDML, USN (Ret.)
Robert Miller - CAPT, USN
Brick Conners - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Stewart Fisher - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Roman Gonzales - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Paul Grossgold - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Steve Huber - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Jim McHugh - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
David Sasek - CAPT, USN (Ret.)
Ed Bellion - Col, USAF (Ret.)
Paul Heron - CDR, USN (Ret.)
Ike Ikerd - CDR, USN (Ret.)
Ronald Boll - Lt Col, USAF (Ret.)
Matt Bromund - LT, JAGC, USNR (Ret.)
Steven Hintz - LT, JAGC, USN (Ret.)
Ron Van Dyck - CMDCM, USN (Ret.)
Jim Daniels - EQCM, USN (Ret.)
Tony Grey - MCPO, USN (Ret.)
Ronald Pekkala - MCPO, USN (Ret.)
Ken Devore - CPO, USN (Ret.)
Dan Dolby - CPO, USN (Ret.)
Patrick Phillippe - BUC(SCW), USN (Ret.)
Bennie Roberts - MSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Cary Verstynen - MSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Stacy Cachero - PO1, USN
Erick Brockway - EO1, USN (Ret.)
Mark Higgins - PO1, USN (Ret.)
John Klopfstein - PO1, USN (Ret.)
Henry Soria - TSgt, USAF (Ret.)
Reyna Castle - PO2, USN
David Castle - PO2, USN
Amber Chambliss - PO2, USN Norman Griffaw - PO2, USN (Ret.)
Reymundo Parra - PO2, USN (Ret.)
Danny Molina - SGT, USA (Ret.)
John Ortiz - SGT, USA (Ret.)
Ken Preciado - SGT, USA (Ret.)
Victor Westerberg - SGT, USA (Ret.)
Neil Obnillas - PO3, USN
Cecilia Roberson - PO3, USN
Robert Rublacava - SPC, USA
Ben Host - PO3, USN (Ret.)
John Pressey - CPL, USA (Ret.)
Jim Monahan - SPC, USA (Ret.)
David Moodie - SPC, USA (Ret.)
John Ramirez - SPC, USA (Ret.)
Court Conaway - SN, USN
Marcella West - SN, USN
Bob Landman - A1C, USAF (Ret.)
Doug Breeze - SR, USN (Ret.)
Max Blum - US Navy Veteran
Lewis Delacruz - US Navy Veteran
Mike Duckett - US Navy Veteran
Ed Hogan - US Navy Veteran
Terry Howard - US Navy Veteran
Dan LaManno - US Navy Veteran
George Lange - US Navy Veteran
Len Newcomb - US Navy Veteran
Denny Rice - US Navy Veteran
Robert Lenham - US Marine Corps Veteran
Shawn Benavente - US Army Veteran
James Cornell - US Army Veteran
Owen Francis - US Army Veteran
Paulino Romero - US Army Veteran
Ernie Villegas - US Army Veteran
Chuck Bauman - US Air Force Veteran

Gorell is a Navy Commander and third-generation Navy war veteran who most recently served in Afghanistan as an intelligence officer in support of Marine Corps forces in Helmand Province. He is currently training with joint U.S. forces in Colorado and will return home August 1st.

 


 

CAMARILLO, CA - Jeff Gorell, a California State Legislator, active Commander in the Navy Reserve, and candidate for California's 26th Congressional District, is proud to announce that he has been endorsed by the Combat Veterans for Congress. Gorell is currently meeting his annual reserve training obligation while training for three weeks with joint military forces in Colorado.

"The Combat Veterans For Congress PAC is pleased to endorse Commander Jeff Gorell, USNR, Esq. who will bring to Congress private sector skills and wisdom to better solve problems in government and represent the 26th Congressional District of California and the Republic," said Captain Joseph John, USN (Ret), Chairman of the Combat Veterans for Congress . "We look forward to working with Commander Gorell, and are pleased that a Combat Veteran of his caliber is running for Congress."

"I am proud to receive The Combat Veterans for Congress endorsement, and honored to be listed amongst the ranks of our nation's finest leaders and heroes like John McCain, Paul Cook, and Jeff Denham" stated Gorell. "These individuals are dedicated to fighting for the needs and interests of America's veterans - at a time when veterans and their families need our support more than ever."

"When elected to Congress, I will always keep the military service members and veterans of the 26th District at the front of my mind. As a third-generation member of the United States Navy, there is no more sacred duty our country can perform than protecting the welfare of our veterans."

The number of veterans continuing their service to our country as a Member of the House of Representatives has been on a steady decline the last 40 years and currently, there are the fewest number of veterans in Congress since World War II.

According to the organization's mission statement, "Combat Veterans For Congress Committee is dedicated to supporting the election of fiscally conservative Combat Veterans to Congress . . . who believe in limited government, will rein in the out of control spending of Congress, are committed to preserving and defending the US Constitution, and will support the independence and freedom of the individual as outlined in the Bill of Rights."

Assemblyman Gorell was elected to the legislature in 2010 and currently serves as vice chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. Gorell is also an Intelligence Officer in the Navy Reserve. A decorated veteran of two tours to Afghanistan, Gorell was recently promoted to Commander.

 

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SACRAMENTO – George Runner today announced a new Board of Equalization heat map showing varying sales tax rates across California.

“California has more than two hundred sales tax rate jurisdictions, which can be confusing for taxpayers,” said Runner. “Our new map provides a picture of these rates and should serve as a helpful visual aid for taxpayers.”

The map complements the Board’s tax rate lookup tool that enables taxpayers to find a sales tax rate for a specific address.

“It’s important to know the correct tax rates to make sure you’re not being overcharged,” said Runner. “In some parts of California you’ll pay 7.5 percent on purchases while in some cities you will be charged up to 10 percent.”

Only cities and counties can impose a higher local sales tax. Legislation on the Governor’s desk (AB 2119) could allow voters to extend higher city tax rates to unincorporated portions of counties.

The highest sales tax rate of 10% can be found in the incorporated cities of La Mirada, Pico Rivera and South Gate located in Los Angeles County.

Taxpayers who believe they have been charged an incorrect rate should contact the retailer to request a refund. In addition, they can report the incorrect charge to the Board of Equalization by calling 1-800-400-7115.

More information on California sales tax, including the latest county and city rates, is available at boe.ca.gov/knowyourrate.

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 


 

Camarillo, CA – Due to the high volume of constituent questions and concerns related to the temporary housing of undocumented immigrant children at Naval Base Ventura County, State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, whose district includes the base, released the following statement today:

Shortly after national stories broke that hundreds of undocumented immigrant children were being held at Navy Base Ventura County (NBVC) under the supervision of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Assemblyman Jeff Gorell contacted the Commander of the Base and continuously reached out to HHS officials requesting a briefing and tour of the facility. After several weeks and almost a dozen calls and e-mails, his Assembly office and several other elected officials were finally granted a tour this afternoon.

Three primary concerns have been raised regarding the facility: (1) the condition and health of the children; (2) public health concerns; and (3) the timeline and Administration’s strategy for the use of NBVC for housing undocumented immigrants, which is not the intended use for a military base.

From our discussions with local health officials and what we observed at the facility today, our office believes that the facility is operating in a manner that does not compromise the health of children and the public. The overall conditions for the children are very good at this time. Furthermore, HSS officials confirmed that they intend to use NBVC for a total of 120 days, of which 30 days have currently been used.

“Currently, the situation at Navy Base Ventura County has satisfactorily met our priority concerns regarding the health of the children and the local community,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “We will continue to closely monitor and communicate with base leadership and HHS officials to ensure the best interests of the children and local residents are met.”

A number of very relevant concerns have been raised by local residents regarding the Department of Health and Human Services’ program. NBVC is neither a prison, nor a medical quarantine facility, and the local community should be made aware of everything that is being done to minimize the very real public health threat that exists from housing refugees in a busy military facility that is located within an urban area.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, represents the 44th Assembly District in the California Legislature, which includes, in part, Navy Base Ventura County, and the Cities of Port Hueneme and Oxnard.

 


 

Camarillo, CA – With the California state legislature out of session for the July recess, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be spending most of the month performing his obligatory annual reserve training with the U.S. Navy. Recently promoted to the rank of Commander, Gorell serves as an intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve and his upcoming joint service training in Colorado from July 9 to August 1 will help hone his expertise in space-based intelligence operations.

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has completed two one-year tours to the Middle East and Afghanistan and was decorated for his leadership in a combat zone. In 2002, Gorell led a combat camera team in Bagram, Afghanistan; and from 2011-2012, he commanded a targeting cell embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Gorell is the grandson of a Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific during World War II, and the son of a career naval officer and Vietnam veteran.

Gorell will be returning to his legislative duties in Sacramento when the Assembly reconvenes from summer recess on August 4th.

 

Camarillo, CA – Assemblyman and U.S. Navy Officer Jeff Gorell today offered congratulations to Admiral Michelle Howard as she become the first woman in the history of the U.S. Navy to be promoted to the rank of four-star admiral. Admiral Howard now assumes the duties of Vice-Chief of Naval Operations, the second highest position in the Navy.

“I’m proud to see Navy leaders shattering these glass ceilings,” stated Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, who was recently promoted to Commander in the Navy Reserve and serves as an intelligence officer. “Admiral Howard has made a career of showing that military leadership should never be restricted by gender, and her promotion makes me even more honored to be a Navy officer myself.”

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has completed two one-year tours to the Middle East and Afghanistan and was decorated for his leadership in a combat zone. In 2002, Gorell led a combat camera team in Bagram, Afghanistan; and from 2011-2012, he commanded a targeting cell embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Gorell is the grandson of a Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific during World War II, and the son of a career naval officer and Vietnam veteran.

 

Written By George Runner

Drop by the California State Capitol at just the right moment and you might be surprised to hear liberal legislators sounding like tax-cutting conservatives.

In support of a multi-million dollar tax cut for business, one liberal lawmaker argues, “We need to send a message to New York… and other states competing for our jobs and say, ‘It stops here.’”
Adds another: “We can't afford to let any more jobs abandon our state.”

One more chimes in: “Right now we’re getting our lunch handed to us by these other states.”

You’d be right to scratch your head. For years lawmakers have voted for tax hikes and burdensome regulations that drive jobs away from our state. As a consequence, Californians pay some of the highest tax rates in the nation.

Given this grim reality, any sign that tax-and-spend lawmakers might see the error of their ways is cause for hope, if not outright celebration.

A few recent developments are encouraging:

• In May, Governor Brown signed legislation to help boost California’s economy and create more opportunity for job growth in our aerospace industry. AB 777 updates the tax code to return spaceflight vehicles to their original classification of business inventory, keeping California competitive in a budding multi-billion dollar industry.

• In July, a new sales tax exemption for qualifying manufacturing, research and development equipment takes effect. The Governor and Legislature approved the changes last year as part of an overhaul of economic development policies. After years of losing good-paying manufacturing jobs to other states, California can finally compete with states that have offered this commonsense tax break for years.

• The Assembly unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to expand funding for California’s film tax credit. AB 1839 would increase funding for tax credits aimed at keeping production of films and TV series in California. Although the California Film Commission received 497 applications for the tax credit this year, due to limited funding only 23 projects were selected.

• The Governor and legislators are scrambling to find incentives that might encourage Tesla Motors to locate a new factory for its electric car batteries and 6500 jobs in California. The legislative effort, embodied in SB 1309 came after Tesla founder Elon Musk called California’s chances “improbable” given our state’s “complex and lengthy” permitting process.

In supporting these targeted measures, Democrats are agreeing with Republicans that California tax policy directly impacts our state’s ability to compete for jobs and investment. They also are finally acknowledging that California is on the losing end of this competition in at least some industries.

This admission is significant because it shows California’s great weather and natural beauty are not enough to keep us competitive and ensure our state’s continued growth and prosperity.

Many of the lawmakers who recognize the value of targeted tax relief often ignore the broader implications of their statements. When California loses jobs due to high taxes and regulations, the problem isn’t confined to select industries.

Yet rather than craft inclusive tax policies that benefit all job creators, the Democrats in the Legislature are picking winners and losers. As a result, job creators with broad appeal, political clout or media attention get tax relief; others, like many small businesses, facing similar competitive pressures get left out.

We should want all California entrepreneurs and businesses to be successful, because their success benefits all of us. Accordingly, we must recognize that high tax rates and regulatory costs undermines economic activity we can and cannot see.

If targeted tax relief is good for jobs, wouldn’t broad-based tax relief be better?

George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 

Port Hueneme, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) was promoted today to the rank of Commander (O-5) in the United States Navy (Reserve Component) at a ceremony held at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme. Commander Gorell, an intelligence officer and third-generation navy veteran, was selected for promotion last year by the Navy’s annual Commander (O-5) promotion board.

Commander Gorell’s military service was previously highlighted in 2011 when he became the first sitting member of the California State Legislature to be called to active military service since World War II. Half of his first two-year term was spent on an unpaid leave of absence from the legislature while he was embedded as a targeting officer with the U.S. Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. He earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for leadership in a combat zone.

“We congratulate Commander Gorell and thank him for his continued service both as a military officer and as a state legislator,” said Pete Conaty, who serves as Governmental Advocate for veterans groups. “Whether it’s in Afghanistan or in Sacramento, it’s important that we have experienced leaders who understand veterans’ issues, military life, and the unique challenges placed upon the families of service members.”

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has completed two one-year tours to the Middle East and Afghanistan and was decorated for his leadership in a combat zone. In 2002, Gorell led a combat camera team in Bagram, Afghanistan; and from 2011-2012, he commanded a targeting cell embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Gorell is the grandson of a Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific during World War II, and the son of a career naval officer and Vietnam veteran.

Since 2009, Commander Gorell has served as executive officer of NR STRATCOM JFCC SPACE, a reserve unit that supports military joint space operations. Gorell is a member of American Legion Post 502 in Moorpark, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9791 in Ojai, and the Past Commander of the Military Order of World Wars in Conejo Valley.

 
Holden Joins a Growing Number of Top Democrats Supporting republican Gorell in House Race

VENTURA COUNTY, CA - Former Mayor of Oxnard Dr. Thomas E. Holden, a Democrat, announced today he has endorsed Jeff Gorell, a Republican, in his bid for House of Representatives in California's 26th District, a seat currently held by Rep. Julia Brownley, a Democrat.

"My family has called Oxnard home for 108 years," said Dr. Holden, a local optometrist and 18-year member of the Oxnard City Council. "What is most important to me is supporting a candidate who understands, appreciates, and is responsive to my community, regardless of political party association. In this race for Congress, that candidate is Jeff Gorell. Whether as our Assemblyman, as a local small business owner, or as a county prosecutor, Jeff has made a commitment to supporting public safety and sound fiscal policy. He has proven in Sacramento to be a bi-partisan problem solver and gets things done."

Democratic leaders from across Ventura County have forgone partisan politics to endorse Republican Jeff Gorell for U.S. Representative in California's 26th District, and join "Democrats for Gorell" coalition.

"Jeff is a leader. As our State Assemblyman, he has delivered results for our communities because he is a part of this community." said Former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Andres Herrera. "We need his leadership in Congress."

"I'm proud to support Jeff Gorell for Congress. He knows how to break the gridlock in Washington," declared retired Thousand Oaks Mayor Frances Prince.

"Jeff Gorell is a leader who is accessible and delivers on his commitments. Our community deserves a champion like him in Congress." stated former Oxnard Mayor Pro Tem Irene Pinkard. "My husband and I both support Jeff because he is 'the Real Deal'". Her husband, former Mayor Pro Tem Bedford Pinkard , also serves as Chairman of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee of Ventura County and was the co-founder of the Ventura County Black American Political Action Committee.

"The people of Ventura County are tired of the partisan excuses and failed leadership in Washington," said Gorell "Our incumbent Julia Brownley has lost touch with the people she was elected to represent."

"Democrats, Independents and Republicans alike want results, not rhetoric, from their elected Representative in Congress," continued Gorell. "Incumbent Brownley has failed to deliver jobs for local families or to protect our Veterans from the shameful treatment they are receiving at the hands of VA bureaucrats. It's time for a fresh voice in Congress."

"I am honored to earn endorsements from these outstanding Democratic leaders. Their willingness to cross party lines demonstrates the growing bipartisan wave of support that is building behind my candidacy," concluded Gorell.

Surging list of members of the "Democrats for Gorell" coalition include:
• Dr. Tom Holden, Former Mayor of Oxnard
• Dr. Irene Pinkard, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Bedford Pinkard, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Andres Herrera, Former Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard
• Frances Prince, Former Mayor of Thousand Oaks
• Sandy Smith, Former Mayor of Ventura
• Fred Robinson, Former Santa Paula Councilmember
• Dick Jaquez, Former Trustee of Oxnard High School District
• Steve Carlson, Former Chair of Moorpark Democratic Club
• Bob Taylor, Former Chair of the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce
• Cindy Diaz Telly, Former President of Ventura County Coastal Association of Realtors
• Real Admiral Dr. Eugene "Gene" Fussell, US Navy (Ret.)
• Priscilla Herrera, Community Leader
• Mike Barber, Community Leader & Former El Rio School District Trustee
• Linda Barber, Small Business Owner
• Tila Santana-Estrada, Oxnard Business Owner
• Angel Estrada, Retired Business Owner
• John Ramirez, Oxnard Business Owner
• Maria Elena Ramirez, Community Advocate
*All titles used for identification purposes only.

 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be promoted to the rank of Commander (O-5) in the United States Navy (Reserve Component) at a ceremony on Friday, June 20 just outside Naval Base Ventura County. Commander-select Gorell, an intelligence officer and third-generation navy veteran, was selected for promotion last year by the Navy’s annual Commander (O-5) promotion board.

Cmdr. Gorell’s military service was previously highlighted in 2011 when he became the first sitting member of the California State Legislature to be called to active military service since World War II. Half of his first two-year term was spent on an unpaid leave of absence from the legislature while he was embedded as a targeting officer with the U.S. Marines at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan. He earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal for leadership in a combat zone.

The ceremony will occur at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme, and will be officiated by senior Navy officers in his chain of command.

What: U.S. Navy Promotion Ceremony for Commander Jeff Gorell

When: Friday, June 20, 2014
12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. Brief ceremony, followed by luncheon

Who: Jeff Gorell, family, community members, Navy leadership

Where: U.S. Navy Seabee Museum at Naval Base Ventura County
1001 Addor Street, Port Hueneme, California

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has completed two one-year tours to the Middle East and Afghanistan and was decorated for his leadership in a combat zone. In 2002, Gorell led a combat camera team in Bagram, Afghanistan; and from 2011-2012, he commanded a targeting cell embedded with the U.S. Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Gorell is the grandson of a Navy Seabee who fought in the Pacific during World War II, and the son of a career naval officer and Vietnam veteran.

Since 2009, Commander Gorell has served as executive officer of NR STRATCOM JFCC SPACE, a reserve unit that supports military joint space operations.

 

SACRAMENTO – Board of Equalization Member George Runner will host a telephone townhall for California’s manufacturers on Tuesday, July 1 at 10:00 a.m. The free event, co-hosted by the California Manufacturers and Technology Association, will provide information on tax issues specific to the manufacturing industry, including the new manufacturing sales tax exemption that takes effect July 1, 2014.

“The manufacturing sector employs more than one million Californians and adds more than $200 billion to our economy every year,” said Runner. “My goal is to help manufacturers understand California’s complicated tax laws and ensure they are aware of the valuable new tax incentive available to them.”

Those wishing to participate may register online at www.boe.ca.gov/townhall or by calling 916-445-3032.

Individuals who pre-register will receive a telephone call at the start of the event inviting them to connect to the townhall. During the event, callers will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 
CLU professor’s research published in SAGE Open

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - The citizen-designed redistricting plan for the Ventura County supervisorial districts has brought fairer representation, according to a study by a California Lutheran University professor published June 19 by SAGE Open, an open-access journal by SAGE Publications.

Gregory Freeland, chairman of the Department of Political Science, compared Ventura County supervisors’ decisions to their constituents’ votes on state propositions and local measures and interviewed politicians and community activists to draw conclusions that could have implications for other redistricting efforts.

The 2000 census showed that representation for different cities on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors did not reflect changes in population. Rather than relying on political staffs and consultants to redraw supervisorial districts to make the electoral process more representative, the board in an unusual move delegated the job to a citizen task force. Supervisors approved the new districts in 2001.
Freeland’s report, “Community Members Draw the Line: Redistricting by a Ventura County Task Force,” shows that supervisors were elected or re-elected to office based on their responsiveness to their constituents’ concerns after the plan went into effect. Most of the incumbent supervisors were re-elected, but a notable defeat occurred in the predominantly Latino District 5 covering most of Oxnard, where previously unbeatable John Flynn lost to John Zaragoza in 2008. In addition, the district’s voter turnout has improved and nonprofit leaders and activists report increased responsiveness from officials since the redistricting.

The addition of the Ojai Valley strengthened an already solid base of support for environmental protections and liberal social policies in District 1, which also includes Ventura, according to Freeland. Environmentalist Steve Bennett won 76 percent of the vote in 2004 and ran unopposed four years later.

According to Freeland’s research, supervisors’ stands on issues such as environmental policy, education and campaign finance generally aligned with the opinions of the majority of the residents of their districts. For instance, a proposition dealing with clean water and air and coastal protection passed 61 to 39 percent in Bennett’s district in 2002. The proposition failed only in District 4, which includes Simi Valley and Moorpark and is represented by Peter Foy, who voted against a bill by Bennett to allow homeowners to borrow money from the county to invest in environmentally friendly energy systems.

SAGE Open can be found online at http://sgo.sagepub.com/latest.

 

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to the Legislature’s approval of an on-time budget:

“Legislators can congratulate themselves on approving an on-time budget. Although this budget contains large spending increases, thankfully it does not raise taxes.

“What’s missing is the broad-based tax relief we need to spur jobs and stimulate growth across our entire economy.

“In addition, the Legislature missed yet another opportunity to defund the bullet train and eliminate the fire tax.

“The Governor should wield his veto pen aggressively to trim wasteful spending. We can and should do more to pay down debt and bolster our rainy day fund.”

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 

SACRAMENTO – In the wake of the Budget Conference Committee voting Thursday to reject the restoration of Medi-Cal provider rates, Assembly Budget Committee Vice-Chair Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) today sent a letter to Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Speaker Toni Atkins urging them to reconsider this action and restore efforts to raise reimbursement rates.

“The shortage of doctors that our state currently faces will have a devastating effect for Medi-Cal patients,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “With many doctors already choosing not to accept Medi-Cal patients, this decision will result in even fewer health care options for low income California families.”

“At the end of the day, it is irresponsible to jeopardize California’s health care system by rejecting the provider rate restoration,” stated Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway. “Reverse this penny wise and pound foolish decision, and instead work with us across party lines to restore the Medi-Cal provider rate within the over $10 billion in new funding.”

The refusal to raise the Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rate is considered surprising since both the Senate and the Assembly had previously proposed restoration of the provider rate, and there has been bipartisan support for the restoration. The Senate proposed restoring the Medi-Cal provider-rate reduction prospectively for most providers starting July 1, 2014. The Assembly proposed to forgive retroactive payment reductions starting July 1, 2014, and eliminate the rate reduction for all providers starting April 1, 2015.

 

Sacramento, CA – Assembly Budget Vice-Chair Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today voted against a state budget proposed by Governor Brown and legislative Democrats which increases state spending to a record level, undercuts local control of schools, and contains a number of legally questionable practices including the use of cap and trade funds to pay for high speed rail and locking in long-term spending increases.

“We had a real opportunity this year to create a state budget which embodies the lessons we learned during this past recession,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “However, while we made some progress in agreeing to a stronger California Rainy Day fund, the majority party has failed to make education our greatest priority, and continues to waste our limited funds irresponsibly on high speed rail and entitlement programs.”

While the final budget relies on the Governor’s more realistic revenue estimates, total spending will grow by $12 billion to a record $108 billion. The budget regrettably sets the state up for significant future spending obligations, such as the proposal to increase welfare grants by five percent starting next year. It also spends money on pet projects, such as $2.7 million for a new swimming pool in Calexico and $2.5 million to remodel the old Governor’s Mansion.

On K-12 education, the Democrat budget will cap school district reserves – which could push many districts into bankruptcy and make it less likely that those students in low-performing schools will learn from a quality teacher. In 2009, school districts that had strong reserves were able to avoid devastating cuts. With their reserves now limited by this budget, they may not have enough money to stave off cuts in future economic downturns.

The budget also fails to fulfill the promise of Proposition 30, which California voters approved in 2012 to protect education. The budget uses the higher taxes from Proposition 30 that would have gone to higher education to fund social services instead. Furthermore, the budget rejects a bipartisan request to increase funding for the California State University by $95 million.

 

Sacramento, CA – Citing the past decade of recurring tuition and fee increases in the CSU and UC systems that have increasingly pushed the costs of a college education out of reach of disadvantaged students, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today announced his disappointment over the continued underfunding of the California State University budget after the bicameral budget conference committee voted tonight 6-2 to abandon efforts to augment appropriations to the California State University system.

“In adopting Proposition 30, California’s voters were promised that this massive tax increase would go to public education including reinvestment in our public universities,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “The California State Universities are the pillars of our state’s economy and culture. Moreover, education provides our next generation with the opportunity to achieve personal and professional goals, and those opportunities provided by our institutions of higher learning are often the way by which our underprivileged youth can escape a cycle of hardship and greatly improve their lives.”

Assemblyman Gorell circulated a bipartisan letter to express support to the Governor and legislative leadership advocating an increase of $95 million over Governor Brown’s level of funding sought by the CSU system to increase access. The letter was signed by 33 members of the legislature.

“The vitality of our state’s economy comes from our ability to produce highly educated workers from a world-class public university system. By not properly funding higher education, we are undermining our future.”

Half of California’s new teachers come from the CSU system, along with half of our engineering graduates. In high demand career fields such as agriculture, criminal justice, public administration and business the California State University system awards more Bachelor’s degrees than all other universities in the state combined.

A study by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) in 2012 found that during the recession the UC and CSU enrollment rates have fallen by one fifth, pinning the blame firmly on the increased tuition and fees at these campuses caused by the state’s underfunding of higher education. The PPIC study additionally projected that California will end up falling one million college graduates short of the state’s economic needs by 2025 unless these enrollment and graduation rates improve.

 

Camarillo, CA - Veteran of the War in Afghanistan and 26th Congressional District Candidate Jeff Gorell today called for bi-partisan action to end disgraceful bureaucratic incompetence that has cost the lives of at least 40 military veterans at VA medical facilities.

"America's veterans deserve better treatment than they are receiving from the VA and this Administration. That's why I strongly support the legislation being proposed by House Veterans Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Florida) which will guarantee that any Veteran who has to wait more than 30 days for an appointment at a VA clinic or hospital can seek outside care at the department's expense," stated Gorell.

"I call upon Julia Brownley to join me in supporting this common sense proposal to give our Veterans the quality medical treatment that they have earned," continued Gorell. "It's time for action, not empty rhetoric to get this issue resolved."

 

SACRAMENTO – A George Runner-sponsored proposal to protect California’s disabled veterans cleared the Senate this week with unanimous, bipartisan support. Senate Bill 1113, authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), would help ensure that disabled veterans who encounter bureaucratic delays can still claim a key property tax exemption.

“Disabled veterans should not miss out on tax benefits to which they are entitled just because the federal government, for whatever reason, is unable to give them their 100% disability rating in a timely manner,” said Runner.

Under California law, veterans who receive a 100% disability rating from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) may be eligible for a property tax exemption on the value of their home up to $124,932 or $187,399 in 2014 and equivalent amounts adjusted for inflation in future years. The exemption starts on the date of disability and disabled veterans may claim a refund for up to four years of back taxes paid.

Unfortunately, due to VA backlogs, some veterans have had to wait more than four years to receive their disability rating certifications. As a result, they’ve missed out on thousands of dollars in property tax refunds to which they were entitled and anticipated receiving.

SB 1113 would increase the availability of refunds on taxes previously paid from four years to eight years, allowing veterans to receive the full benefit of their exemption, even if the rating process takes more than four years to complete.

“Veterans who are disabled as a direct result of serving our country shouldn’t be penalized for delays over which they have no control,” said Knight. “I commend my colleagues for backing SB 1113 to ensure disabled veterans have access to the tax benefits they deserve.”

The full Board of Equalization voted to support SB 1113 at its March 25 meeting, and the measure has also received support from the California Assessors’ Association, California Taxpayers Association, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and a broad coalition of veterans’ organizations.

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 

Sacramento, CA – Legislation giving California’s military bases the ability to invest in cleaner renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power was approved today on the Assembly floor in a bipartisan vote. Assembly Bill 2649, co-authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will allow military bases to surpass the current one megawatt limit for uploading excess electricity from renewable sources to state’s utility grid. The one megawatt limit has been cited as a major reason preventing California military bases from investing in renewable energy.

“The current 1 megawatt limit for renewable energy generation on military bases makes it difficult for California bases to compete with bases in states like Hawaii, Arizona, Colorado and Texas, which do not have these caps,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “This competitive disadvantage is a very important factor as we face a potential BRAC round in 2017, where bases will be evaluated for potential closure. This bill allows our bases throughout California to embrace new technology as global leaders and become more competitive.”

“Additionally, AB 2649 will create good job opportunities at military bases, developing and installing green energy. This bill is good for our economy, good for the environment, and good for the military.”

In current California law, military bases are considered a “single location or premises”, limiting their ability to generate renewable energy like solar and wind power to only 1 megawatt, a small fraction of the actual power needs of a modern military base.

 

Jeff Gorell, candidate for Congress (CA-26), will be hosting an election night results party at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, June 3 at the Gorell Campaign headquarters.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 3
7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

WHERE: Gorell Campaign Headquarters
1305 Del Norte Road, Suite 105
Camarillo, CA 93010

For more information, please contact the campaign at (805) 910-7121 or visit www.jeffgorell.org.