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.

 


 

"As a proud third generation war veteran and member of the Naval Reserve, I am appalled by the daily stories coming out of the Veterans Administration. To treat those who have given so much to protect our freedom so poorly - with such little humanity and even basic consideration is wholly unacceptable. The President should immediately relieve Secretary Shinseki of his duties and begin the process of repairing what is so clearly a broken system and apologize to the millions of veterans who rely on the VA for their basic medical service. They earned our gratitude and they earned the right to the best care we can provide. Right now we're giving them neither, and that is both shameful and unacceptable."

 


 
Calls on Governor to Back New Headquarters for Tax Board

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today released security camera footage [view video] showing a pedestrian nearly struck by falling glass in a January 2012 incident at the Board of Equalization’s downtown Sacramento high-rise.

“As the video shows, this building is a safety risk for both state workers and the public,” said Runner. “In addition to falling glass, we’ve experienced toxic mold, leaking sewage pipes, methane gas, water leaks and more. It will cost millions more to address these problems, and it’s impossible to do so expeditiously while the building is occupied.”

Runner also called on Governor Jerry Brown to back an effort to move the Board of Equalization out of its problem-plagued headquarters in downtown Sacramento.

“The state has been wasting millions of taxpayer dollars throwing good money at a bad building,” said Runner. “It’s time for the Governor to finally solve this problem by moving everyone out of that building to a new location.”

Located in Runner’s district, the 24-story headquarters building at 450 N Street is designed to house 2,200 employees, while BOE requires space for 3,150 employees in order to carry out the legislative mandates for revenue administration, collection and enforcement efforts. To address these overcrowding concerns, approximately 700 employees and more than one million taxpayer records have been relocated to four annex facilities, disjointing staff, disrupting business functions and increasing operational costs.

Additionally, since moving into the building in 1993, the state has spent approximately $59 million on remediation and modernization costs—an unusually high amount for a building of its age. Unfortunately, the state could be forced to spend in excess of $40 million over the next few years to address outstanding projects including the replacement of 2,070 spandrel glass panels ($7M), the replacement of waste water pipes ($10M), and the cleaning of mold from HVAC ducts.

Runner is supporting legislation (AB 1656) by Assemblyman Roger Dickinson to authorize a new consolidated Board of Equalization headquarters. Runner co-authored a similar measure (AB 151) in 2010 that was vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger due to the state’s fiscal condition at the time.

A Runner-backed state audit is in progress and aims to determine the best approach to address problems with the Board of Equalization’s headquarters. A report is expected by the fall.

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.

 


 
(l-r) Gabe Gardner, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Volleyball; Assemblyman Jeff Gorell; Starr Walton Hurley, 1960 Winter Olympian; Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field.
(l-r) Gabe Gardner, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Volleyball; Assemblyman Jeff Gorell; Starr Walton Hurley, 1960 Winter Olympian; Stephanie Brown Trafton, 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist in Track and Field.
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Sacramento, CA – Legislation to exempt gold, silver, and bronze Olympic medalists from paying taxes on those achievements today passed out of the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee on a bipartisan vote. Assembly Bill 2323 by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) would exempt California Olympians and Paralympians from state taxes on awards by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) for their success in the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The exemption does not include sponsorship deals and other endorsement income.

“Most countries compensate their Olympic athletes, but athletes representing the United States do so typically without reward unless they win a medal,” stated Assemblyman Jeff Gorell. “Upon being welcomed home these athletes who wear the red white and blue Olympic uniform of the United States are then subject to federal and state taxes on their achievements. This is wrong.”

“As an athlete who has dedicated my life to the Olympics, I’m very aware of the financial struggles that fellow athletes face to become Olympians,” stated Stephanie Brown Trafton, Olympic gold medalist in track and field. “I’ve been in three Olympics representing 20 years of dedication for my country. We pay a financial price, time spent away from our families, and the reward we receive represents only a small fraction of the work that is put into competing.”

In addition to the physical medal earned by Olympic and Paralympic athletes finishing first, second, or third in their respective events, the USOC, which receives no regular government funding, provides honoraria to medaling athletes. Athletes are generally awarded $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze. This amount, in addition to the value of the medal itself, is fully taxable. In 2012, some bronze medalists were levied a tax of $3,500, silver medalists a tax of $5,385, and gold medalists a tax of $8,986.

Most American Olympians and Paralympians are amateur athletes with modest incomes, earning nothing for Olympic and Paralympic competition. For instance, only half of the country’s track and field athletes ranked in the top ten in the nation make more than $15,000 a year from the sport. This bill will provide tax relief to California’s medalists, many of whom have made enormous sacrifices in pursuit of Olympic success.

 


 

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s proposed budget revision:

“The Governor is on the right track in proposing a budget that has no new taxes, contains ongoing expenses, pays down debt and begins to address the state’s growing pension costs.

“I just wish the Governor would repeal the fire tax and stop the bullet train.

“In addition, California continues to rank as the worst state to do business in an annual survey of business leaders.

“The next test for the Governor will be how he deals with legislators who want to raise taxes and spend billions more. Will he hold the line?”

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.

 


 
Ventura County Pet Adoption Drive Finds Homes for 100 Shelter Pets in Just 5 Days

Camarillo, CA – Working with Ventura County Animal Services and the Humane Society of the United States, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today announced that they were able to find permanent homes for 100 shelter pets to reduce critical overcrowding in Ventura County shelters in Camarillo and Simi Valley.

“Assemblymember Gorell took this from idea to execution to success in just a week,” said Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States. “What a wonderful experience to all pull in the same direction to save the lives of so many homeless animals in Ventura County.”

Last week Assemblyman Gorell announced that he would cover the adoption fees for the next 100 pets adopted from the shelter. The program was met with overwhelming response. A caring community poured its heart out and all 100 pets were adopted in less than 5 days.

“Partnering with advocates and my local shelter to save these 100 animals was one of the most heartwarming experiences I have had since I was elected to the Legislature,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “I salute the community for stepping up and adopting these pets. It’s been a joy to help Ventura County Animal Services reduce the critical overcrowding in their local facilities.”

Assemblyman Gorell also encourages everyone to support Assembly Bill 2326, which will allow people to receive a state income tax deduction for pet adoption fees.

 

Camarillo, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be joining representatives from The Humane Society of the United States at the Ventura County Animal Shelter in Camarillo to promote the adoption of animals from the shelter. Assemblyman Gorell will be live tweeting and posting to Facebook with photos and information about the great pets currently available for adoption.

Assemblyman Gorell has also joined with The Humane Society of the United States to cover all adoption fees for the first 100 people to adopt pets from the Ventura County Animal Shelter.

The adoption drive will be followed on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #Gorell100.

Assemblyman Gorell’s official Facebook page can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/jgorell and his Twitter username is: @JeffGorell

Help us save some animals by making one part of your family today, and do so Fee-Free!

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Who: Assemblyman Jeff Gorell

Where: Ventura County Animal Shelter
600 Aviation Drive
Camarillo CA 93012

The Ventura County Star recently reported recently that the Ventura County Animal Shelters are nearly at capacity, and usually expect a greater number of incoming animals during the spring months.

 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will be joining local community groups for “Helping Hands: A Day of Community Service” this Saturday, April 26th. The event brings together community service organizations, churches, civic groups and other community partners to help restore and beautify California.

Assemblyman Gorell will be speaking to the group and participating in the Stage Coach Inn Fire Hazard Project in Newbury Park, where 100 volunteers will be working in conjunction with the Conejo Valley Historical Society to clear a section of overgrown waterway on the grounds that presents a fire hazard to the Museum. Volunteers will clear wood and brush into large waste bins.

Long pants and sleeves recommended. Volunteers are to meet at the chapel on 1600 Erbes Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA for instructions and directions no later than 7:30AM. Many hands make labor light! All volunteers welcome. Come protect and preserve a little piece of our local history!

This annual event began in 1998, when leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints asked local South American Church leaders to reach out to their communities through service. Responding to the call, leaders set out to establish an annual Day of Service. Today, similar Mormon Helping Hands “Day of Service” projects are organized in every corner of the globe. Hundreds of thousands of members and friends of the Church participate.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – A George Runner proposal to protect California’s disabled veterans won backing from a key legislative panel today, when the Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted 7-0 to back SB 1113. The measure, 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. [View video of Runner testimony]

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 measure also won unanimous support from the Senate Veterans Committee at its April 8 hearing. In addition, the full Board of Equalization voted to sponsor SB 1113 at its March 25 meeting, and the measure has also received support from the California Assessors’ Association, California Taxpayers Association and Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

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.

 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will be continuing his series of “Sidewalk Office Hours” where he looks forward to meeting with constituents and discussing their concerns. Informational material will be provided and a constituent affairs representative will be available to address specific concerns about working with state and local agencies.

The next public event will be on Friday, May 2nd in Moorpark inside of the Grinder Restaurant on West Los Angeles Avenue from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please come by and share your opinions and ideas with Assemblyman Jeff Gorell in person at:

Grinder Restaurant
1 West Los Angeles Avenue
Moorpark, CA 91321

Grinder Restaurant is located near the corner of West Los Angeles Avenue and Moorpark Avenue in the city of Moorpark. For complete directions you can visit GoogleMaps at: http://g.co/maps/u73cq

For additional information, please call Jeff's district office at (805) 482-1904.

 
Forum participants running for Congress, Assembly

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - Candidates vying to represent Ventura County in the U.S. House of Representatives and the California Assembly will participate in a public forum on Saturday, May 10, at California Lutheran University.

The event, presented by the Acorn Newspapers and CLU, will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Three of the four candidates on the June 3 primary ballot for the 26th Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives plan to participate. They are state Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, Republican businessman Rafael Dagnesses of Santa Rosa Valley and independent Douglas Kmiec, a Pepperdine University law professor from Malibu. The incumbent, Julia Brownley, D-Thousand Oaks, declined to participate.

The 26th District includes all of Ventura County except for most of Simi Valley and a coastal strip on the north end of the county, and extends into sections of Los Angeles County. Closely divided between Democrats and Republicans, it is considered one of the most competitive districts in California.

All of the candidates for the 44th Assembly District plan to participate in the forum: Thousand Oaks Councilwoman Jacqui Irwin, a Democrat, and Thousand Oaks pastor Rob McCoy and Camarillo businessman Mario de la Piedra, both Republicans. The 44th District includes most of Ventura County including Camarillo, Oxnard, Moorpark, Port Hueneme, Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village and parts of Simi Valley.

The first- and second-place finishers in both races, regardless of party, will advance to the general election ballot.

CLU political science professor Herb Gooch will introduce the candidates. John Loesing, managing editor of the Acorn Newspapers, and Kyle Jorrey, editor of the Thousand Oaks Acorn, will ask questions that were composed with Gooch’s assistance.

The event will be streamed live at ustream.tv/channel/cal-lutheran.

The forum is free and open to the public. Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center is located at 130 Overton Court. For more information, contact Gooch at gooch@callutheran.edu or 805-493-3348, or Jorrey at tonewstip@theacorn.com.

 
California Congressional Candidate Joins Seven Others in Taking Second Step In NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ Program

WASHINGTON - Today, the National Republican Congressional Committee announced that Jeff Gorell has been elevated to ‘Contender’ in the NRCC’s ‘Young Guns’ program. The program helps to provide candidates and their campaigns the tools they need to run effective, successful and winning campaigns against their Democratic opponents. Originally founded in the 2007-2008 election cycle by Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the Young Guns program supports and mentors challenger and open-seat candidates in races across the country. Gorell is running in California’s 26th Congressional District.

“Voters believe strongly that the country is on the wrong track because of President Obama and Nancy Pelosi’s failed legislation, like ObamaCare. Jeff Gorell has reached the ‘Contender’ status because he is exemplary of the new leadership needed in Washington D.C. to turn our country around and provide a check and balance in Washington,” said NRCC Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR). “I am confident that Jeff will continue to work hard for his district and bring sound, conservative principles to Congress.”

Jeff Gorell is a military veteran, educator, and legislator. He is currently a Commander-Select in the United States Navy Reserve. After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Jeff was deployed to the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan and has been decorated for his leadership in combat. He currently serves as a member in the California State Assembly and holds a teaching post at California Lutheran University. Jeff and his wife Laura have three children.

 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be hosting a resources fair for seniors in Ventura County. The event will bring community groups together at the Padre Serra Parish on Upland Road in Camarillo to offer information about their services to senior citizens, family members, and caregivers. State constituent affairs representatives will also be on hand to help seniors with government programs and support.

Assemblyman Gorell will start the event by providing a legislative update on senior issues. The remainder of the event will be open for attendees to explore the resource fair. More than 40 senior-serving organizations throughout the county will be hosting tables and making presentations at the resource fair, providing awareness about resources available to local seniors.

Among the organizations participating include: Ventura County Area Agency on Aging; Camarillo Health Care District; El Concilio Family Services; and Senior Concerns.

When: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Padre Serra Parish
5205 Upland Road
Camarillo, CA 93012

The event is open to the public, and anyone wishing to attend should RSVP with Amanda Broggie at Assemblyman Gorell’s district office by calling (805) 482-1904 or via email at Amanda.Broggie@asm.ca.gov.

 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will be continuing his series of “Sidewalk Office Hours” where he looks forward to meeting with constituents and discussing their concerns. Informational material will be provided and a constituent affairs representative will be available to address specific concerns about working with state and local agencies. Spanish language speaking staff members will also be available.

The next public event will be on Friday, April 18th in Oxnard in front of Assemblyman Gorell’s Oxnard Office, across the street from Plaza Park from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. This is also an opportunity for anyone who hasn’t yet seen the new Oxnard office to come visit.

Please come by and share your opinions and ideas with Assemblyman Jeff Gorell in person at:

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell's Oxnard District Office
519 S C St
Oxnard, CA 93030

For complete directions you can visit GoogleMaps at: https://goo.gl/maps/qejEF

For additional information, please call Jeff's district office at (805) 482-1904.

 

Sacramento, CA – Citing the recent suspension of three California State Senators facing separate felony criminal charges including perjury, voter fraud, bribery, corruption, and gun trafficking, Assemblymembers Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) and Melissa Melendez (R-Lake Elsinore) today announced legislation to provide whistleblower protections for legislative staff members who report illegal and unethical behavior of their superiors.

“Corruption must never be tolerated. The legislature should be doing everything in its power to ensure this government is one of honor and integrity,” said Assemblywoman Melendez. “Providing whistleblower protections to legislative staff is a first step in the fight to eradicate corruption and begin the process of restoring the public’s trust.”

“We can encourage a greater level of accountability and transparency by giving legislative staff members the confidence to report this type of criminal behavior in the future,” stated Assemblyman Gorell, a former Ventura County prosecutor. “Staff members have the greatest visibility over activities in and around the Capitol, and they are likely to have the most immediate knowledge of unethical or criminal behavior. We must create an environment where employees feel more comfortable reporting bad behavior.”

While most state workers in California are currently covered by the Whistleblower Protection Act, those rights are protected by the State Personnel Board, an agency which has no authority over legislative staff. The bill establishes a clear process in which legislative staff can bring allegations of improper acts to the Committee on Rules of the Assembly or Senate for investigation.

The language of the whistleblower protection bill will be amended into AB 2065.

 
Achieves United Support from Grassroots Republican Volunteers

Thousand Oaks, CA - The Ventura County Republican Party today announced its endorsement of Jeff Gorell for Congress in District 26.

"The Republican Party of Ventura County is proud to endorse Assemblyman Jeff Gorell to be our next Representative in Congress," declared Party Chairman Mike Osborn. "Jeff Gorell has the background and the proven winning record to deliver victory for the Republican Party in November."

"Jeff has worked successfully to unite Republican volunteers-earning endorsements from the California Republican Assembly, the Young Republican Federation of California and the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. The Republican Party of Ventura County is proud to join these grassroots Republicans in endorsing Jeff's candidacy for Congress," continued Osborn.

"Ventura County Republicans are greatly impressed with Jeff's experience as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves where he served two tours of duty overseas in Afghanistan and the Middle East," continued Osborn.

"Assemblyman Gorell is a strong advocate for fiscal responsibility and Republican values," stated Osborn. "As our Republican Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee, he is leading the fight against high taxes, wasteful spending and job-killing government bureaucracy."

"Jeff is earning increased national recognition for his campaign. His candidacy provides Republicans with our best opportunity to win back the Congressional District long held by our respected former Representative Elton Gallegly," concluded Chairman Osborn.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bills 1519 and 1954, two pieces of George Runner sponsored legislation relating to the Fire Prevention Fee, will have their first committee hearings Monday.

AB 1519, authored by Assemblyman Donnelly (R-Twin Peaks), would eliminate the burdensome penalty placed on taxpayers who appeal their Fire Prevention Fee bill and are denied. Under current law, taxpayers who unsuccessfully appeal their Fire Prevention Fee bills are charged an egregious 20% monthly penalty if they fail to pay within 30 days, even if the taxpayer has agreed to an installment payment arrangement.

AB 1954, authored by Assemblywoman Harkey (R-Dana Point), would give taxpayers an additional, unbiased, level of protection by allowing them to appeal their Fire Prevention Fee bills to the Board of Equalization if they are denied by CAL-FIRE.

“The confusing and controversial fire fee is tax policy at its worst,” said George Runner. “It should be eliminated entirely, but until then AB 1519 and AB 1954 are helpful steps to provide some relief from this burdensome tax.”

AB 1519 will be heard in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee, while AB 1954 will be heard in the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee. Both hearings begin at 1:30 p.m.

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 or calfirefee.com.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner announced today he is sponsoring legislation to enhance tax benefits for California’s disabled veterans. SB 1113, authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), will help ensure that disabled veterans who encounter bureaucratic delays can still claim a key property tax exemption.

“These brave men and women have sacrificed greatly for our country and should not be penalized by a slow bureaucratic process,” said Runner. “This legislation is necessary to give veterans better access to the full benefit offered to them by a grateful state.”

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 wounded in the defense of our country have earned more than our appreciation and respect,” said Knight. “I am proud to author SB 1113 to ensure they have access to the tax benefits they deserve.”

SB 1113, currently sponsored by Runner, will be considered for sponsorship by the full Board of Equalization at its March 25 hearing.

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 – George Runner announced today he is sponsoring legislation to enhance tax benefits for California’s disabled veterans. SB 1113, authored by Senator Steve Knight (R-Antelope Valley), will help ensure that disabled veterans who encounter bureaucratic delays can still claim a key property tax exemption.

“These brave men and women have sacrificed greatly for our country and should not be penalized by a slow bureaucratic process,” said Runner. “This legislation is necessary to give veterans better access to the full benefit offered to them by a grateful state.”

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 wounded in the defense of our country have earned more than our appreciation and respect,” said Knight. “I am proud to author SB 1113 to ensure they have access to the tax benefits they deserve.”

SB 1113, currently sponsored by Runner, will be considered for sponsorship by the full Board of Equalization at its March 25 hearing.

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.

 
Millions More in Cash Refunds Will Mail Next Month

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today announced that the Board of Equalization is making good progress in getting millions of dollars in security deposits back to California businesses.

“We’re currently writing to more than 4,000 taxpayers who made non-cash security deposits, like bonds and TCDs, to let them know they are no longer required to post security,” said Runner. “These non-cash deposits exceed more than $40 million statewide.”

The Board is authorized by state law to collect security deposits from new and existing businesses in case a business defaults on tax payments to the Board. However, of the nearly $300 million in security on deposit with the state, only a small percentage was drawn down each year—making the program no longer cost effective for the state.

Runner provided the following partial list of numbers for non-cash security deposits released to businesses in cities throughout the southern portion of the district he was elected to represent:

City Accounts Non-Cash Security Amount
VENTURA 22 $193,725.00
THOUSAND OAKS 10 $178,000.00
SANTA CLARITA 17 $93,415.00
OXNARD 7 $85,000.00
ONTARIO 4 $67,175.00
MOORPARK 4 $64,025.00
VALENCIA 12 $59,700.00
PALMDALE 9 $59,155.00
SIMI VALLEY 10 $50,462.00
SAN BERNARDINO 1 $50,000.00
LANCASTER 13 $49,600.00
POMONA 7 $48,975.00
MANASSAS 1 $48,000.00
CAMARILLO 7 $47,762.50
GLENDALE 1 $35,000.00
AZUSA 8 $33,455.00

Depending on the type of security released, taxpayers may need to contact their financial institution, insurance agent or broker to complete the process of cancelling their deposit.

“I’m thrilled California’s security deposit shake-down is finally over for new business owners trying to get started in our state,” added Runner. “Next month we’ll begin the process of returning cash deposits. Getting an unexpected check in the mail should prove to be a pleasant surprise for many small business owners.”

In December 2013, at Runner’s urging, the Board of Equalization voted unanimously to end the sweeping security deposit requirements the Board had previously imposed on new California corporations and LLCs.

The required security had typically equaled half a year’s worth of expected taxes and ranged from $2,000 to $50,000 per company.

The Board’s December action immediately ended deposit requirements for nearly all new businesses. Under the new policy, the Board will require security only when a business has a history of non-payment or poses a high compliance risk.

Most states do not impose automatic security requirements. In fact, California’s requirements had been among some of the most sweeping in the nation, catching many new business owners by surprise.

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.