SACRAMENTO, CA. – The office of Assembly Member Jeff Gorell today honored Jacqui Irwin as the 2012 Woman of the Year for the 37th Assembly District during a special Assembly ceremony at the State Capitol. Jacqui Irwin is currently serving her second term as mayor of Thousand Oaks, where she has been a city Councilmember since 2004. Mayor Irwin’s tireless involvement with community groups, non-profits, schools, and PTAs have made her a highly successful role model for women in Ventura County and throughout California.

“I am delighted that we were able to honor Mayor Jacqui Irwin as our Woman of the Year for 2012,” said Ernie Villegas, District Director for Assemblyman Gorell. “In choosing a candidate for this honor, we look to find the person who has given generously of their personal time to public service. The person must be outstanding in their dedication to the community.”

“It was a privilege to be in the company of the outstanding California women that were chosen to represent their communities,” stated Mayor Irwin. “I’m also very happy that Assemblyman Gorell is on his way home from Afghanistan, and I look forward to working with him on the many challenging issues that are facing our county.”

Held annually, the Woman of the Year ceremony celebrates California’s extraordinary women. Started in 1987 to help commemorate Women’s History Month, the event has become an annual Capitol tradition to salute community service. Honorees are presented with a framed certificate from the State Assembly recognizing their outstanding contributions during a special ceremony in the Assembly chambers.

A third generation naval officer, Assembly Member Jeff Gorell was called back to active duty by the U.S. Navy a year ago for deployment to Afghanistan. He currently holds the rank of Lt. Commander with the Navy (Reserve) as an intelligence officer and has previously served a tour of duty in Afghanistan shortly after the events of 9/11.

Mayor Irwin has an impressive list of public service and community involvements that include serving as President of the Thousand Oaks Titans Football Association, and Chair of the American Diabetes Association Bike Ride. She has also worked with the Conejo Schools Foundation. She is on the executive board for the Ventura County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the Ventura County Boy Scouts, the CSUCI Arts and Sciences Leadership Council, fundraising committee for the Girl Scouts of the Central Coast, and named 2011 Girl Scout Woman of Distinction. She has been chair of the American Cancer Society’s Bugatti Ball in 2011, and 2012 Gala event.



As the office of Assemblyman Jeff Gorell prepares for his return home after serving overseas in Afghanistan for the past year, Assembly Republicans stood together today to present legislation designed to help veterans return to a productive civilian life.

“From Pearl Harbor and Vietnam to Afghanistan and Iraq, our veterans were there when our country needed them,” said Assembly Member Paul Cook, (R-Yucca Valley), the chair of the Assembly Veterans Affairs Committee and a retired Marine Corps Colonel. “Now it’s our responsibility as legislators and grateful Americans to be there for them when they return home. That is why we are introducing proposals to ensure that veterans receive the services and benefits they deserve.”

Gorell’s office has worked to prepare five bills addressing veterans’ issues that have been raised in his absence. All five bills have been introduced by Assemblyman Cook to meet legislative deadlines, but will be advanced through the legislature by Assemblyman Gorell upon his return in just a few weeks. These bills are:

• Making it easier for our troops to vote (AB 1929)

• Helping veterans obtain state employment (AB 1930)

• Creating a “one-stop shop” for veterans to access services and benefits (AB 1931)

• Making sure military training counts for licensure of health care jobs (AB 1932)

• Allowing former military police officers to more easily qualify as local police officers (AB 2130)

A third generation naval officer, Assembly Member Jeff Gorell was called back to active duty by the U.S. Navy a year ago for deployment to Afghanistan. He currently holds the rank of Lt. Commander with the Navy (Reserve) as an intelligence officer and has previously served a tour of duty in Afghanistan shortly after the events of 9/11.


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"Maybe the copy key got stuck on the presidential speechwriter's keyboard."


Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode. "Obama used a metaphor from boxing to explain Denmark's role in the world," says Buch-Andersen, introducing the segment.

He then rolls the tape. "That's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs," President Obama says at a press availability in the Oval Office with Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt of Denmark.

"It's nice to be praised," Buch-Andersen remarks. "We punch harder than our weight class would suggest. But how much should we read into his words? According to Obama, are we doing any better than, say, the Norwegians?"

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George Runner today called upon state lawmakers to limit fuel taxes Californians pay at the pump to the first $4.00 per gallon.

“While taxes aren’t the only reason for rising fuel prices, they are part of the problem,” said Runner. “As fuel prices rise, California consumers are paying more tax for less gas.”

According to the latest Energy Information Administration numbers, California consumers are paying $4.38 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel, the highest price anywhere in the continental United States. Only residents of Hawaii pay more.

“These sky-high fuel prices contain hidden taxes that drive up the price we pay at the pump. Each and every time fuel prices rise, our taxes go up too,” said Runner. “It’s time we draw the line on any further increases.”

According to the American Petroleum Institute, California's gasoline taxes and fees, averaging 67 cents per gallon, are tied with Connecticut’s as the second highest in the nation. California’s diesel taxes, averaging 75.9 cents per gallon, are the highest in the nation.

Among these taxes and fees are a federal excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, a state excise tax of 35.7 cents per gallon and a sales tax of 2.25% plus applicable local taxes. Notably, the sales tax is calculated on the total price of the fuel sale including excise taxes, resulting in double taxation—California consumers pay a tax on a tax.

For diesel, the federal excise tax is 24.4 cents per gallon, the state excise tax is 13 cents per gallon and the sales tax is 9.12% plus applicable local taxes.

According to Runner, since the sales tax is calculated per dollar spent rather than per gallon of fuel, government coffers receive an unanticipated windfall when fuel prices rise.

The latest official numbers support Runner’s case. Even with lower levels of consumption, rising fuel prices have spurred fuel tax revenues to record levels. For instance, due to rising fuel prices the state collected $61 million more in fuel tax revenues during second quarter of 2011 than during the second quarter of 2010 even though fuel consumption fell by 127 million gallons.

In 2010 the Legislature enacted a law requiring the State Board of Equalization to lower the sales tax on fuel and raise the excise tax by a corresponding amount. As a result the excise tax for motor vehicle fuel is currently 35.7 cents per gallon, but the BOE must readjust it annually to ensure “revenue neutrality.” The rate is currently set to increase to 36 cents effective July 1.

Runner’s proposal would cap the excise tax on motor vehicle fuel at 35.7 cents and limit sales tax to the first $4.00 per gallon of gasoline. It would also cap diesel taxes at current levels.

Lew Uhler, founder and president of the National Tax Limitation Committee, endorsed Runner’s proposal, saying, “Without limits, government always tries to take more and more of our money. It’s time we said ‘Enough is enough.’ The double tax on gasoline – geared to price changes – creates a perverse windfall for the government big spenders precisely when rising gas prices hurt consumers most. Capping the gas tax will help California taxpayers keep more of their hard-earned dollars where they belong—in their own pockets.”

Runner concluded, “Capping fuel taxes could keep hundreds of millions of dollars in the pockets of California consumers, help consumer confidence and bolster California’s economy. Even so, the state would still receive all of the fuel tax revenue the Governor was counting on in his January budget.”

Governor Jerry Brown’s budget projects average quarterly fuel prices of no greater than $3.82 during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Runner indicated his office is preparing urgency legislation for possible consideration by the Legislature in the coming weeks.

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



Ethics askew when dispatching babies seen as morally equivalent to abortion

Written By Rep. Christopher H. Smith

Late last month, two bioethicists - Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva - published an outrageous “paper” in the Journal of Medical Ethics justifying the deliberate, premeditated murder of newborn babies during the first days and weeks after birth.

Mr. Giubilini and Ms. Minerva wrote “when circumstances occur after birth such that they would have justified abortion, what we call after-birth abortion should be permissible.”

If a newly born child poses an economic burden on a family, is disabled or is unwanted, that child can be murdered in cold blood because the baby lacks intrinsic value and, according to the professors, is not a person.

Mr. Giubilini and Ms. Minerva wrote, “Actual people’s well-being could be threatened by the new (even if healthy) child requiring energy, money and care which the family might happen to be in short supply of.”

As any parents - especially moms - will tell you, children in general and newborns in particular require enormous energy, money and boatloads of love. If any of these are lacking or pose what the authors called a “threat,” does that justify a death sentence?

Are the lives of...


Written By Liz Klimas

In the heart of Utah’s desert, the National Security Agency is well underway on a project that has been called the nation’s largest, most expensive cyber-security project. Naturally, almost all details about the building’s soon-to-be inner activities are highly classified and no one is talking — officials in Bluffdale where it is being built and the nearby Salt Lake City are kept in the dark. Still, Wired’s Threat Level has gotten some details on the building and provides analysis on some of its expected activity.

Wired describes that the building is ironically and “blandly” named the Utah Data Center. When completed in Sept. 2013 it will house four 25,000 square foot halls of servers, among other things. Wired states that the cost for the project is estimated at $2 billion.

Here‘s some of the data center’s purpose:

Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”

Wired reports that...

Pat Buchanan describes how offending PC culture 'gets you hauled before an inquisition'

Written By Patrick J. Buchanan

The original “Hollywood blacklist” dates back to 1947, when 10 members of the Communist Party, present or former, invoked the Fifth Amendment before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

The party was then a wholly owned subsidiary of the Comintern of Josef Stalin, whose victims had surpassed in number those of Adolf Hitler.

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No one should write off the Golden State. But it will take massive reforms to reverse its economic decline...


Long a harbinger of national trends and an incubator of innovation, cash-strapped California eagerly awaits a temporary revenue surge from Facebook IPO stock options and capital gains. Meanwhile, Stockton may soon become the state's largest city to go bust. Call it the agony and ecstasy of contemporary California.

California's rising standards of living and outstanding public schools and universities once attracted millions seeking upward economic mobility. But then something went radically wrong as California legislatures and governors built a welfare state on high tax rates, liberal entitlement benefits, and excessive regulation. The results, though predictable, are nonetheless striking. From the mid-1980s to 2005, California's population grew by 10 million, while Medicaid recipients soared by seven million; tax filers paying income taxes rose by just 150,000; and the prison population swelled by 115,000.

California's economy, which used to outperform the rest of the country, now substantially underperforms. The unemployment rate, at 10.9%, is higher than every other state except Nevada and Rhode Island. With 12% of America's population, California has one third of the nation's welfare recipients.

Partly due to...


By Larry Klayman

Andrew Breitbart still lives. That heroic and fearless Internet guru who collapsed recently is perhaps even bigger in death than he was in life. During his time on earth and now from his grave, Breitbart was and is not afraid to report on issues involving Barack Hussein Obama’s association with black supremacists and fraudsters and racial politics in general.

I got to know Andrew about a year and a half ago when we met to discuss the burgeoning, but thus far “under the radar” African-American agricultural loan scandal, which he was one of the first to have reported. Spurred by Andrew’s new revelations about the scandal, in an editorial earlier this year, the Washington Times, described it this way:

“Race hustlers are shaking down taxpayers for payoffs, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is falling for the scam. The controversy involves discrimination claims against the USDA for allegedly denying loans because of race. A federal judge approved payments of $50,000 or more based on low levels of proof. This encouraged a mad scramble for cash based on false claims.

“The ‘Pigford Settlement,’ an agreement that came out of the original 1997 lawsuit by Timothy Pigford and 400 southern black farmers, resulted from some apparently legitimate instances of discrimination. However, plaintiffs’ lawyers got involved, and the number of supposedly aggrieved farmers grew exponentially. Eventually, more than 94,000 claims were filed even though the U.S. Census Bureau never counted more than 33,000 black farmers in America during the years in question.

“In 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama began working to pass legislation providing even more money for a whole new class of claimants via ‘Pigford II.’ This push ignored fraud in and several convictions over the original settlement, but Mr. Obama was advised his legislation could help him in a Democratic presidential primary fight against then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. As president, Mr. Obama rammed this new, $4.6 billion boondoggle through Congress during last year’s post election, lame-duck session.” See “Editorial: USDA’s Pigford Fraud – Obama Initiative Ignores Corruption to Redistribute Wealth.” [Washington Times, Feb. 2, 2011]

In essence, the Pigford scandal – appropriately named for its pork-laden largess on behalf of alleged black farmers – constitutes reparations for over a century of alleged white discrimination. The court settlement – rubber stamped by a liberal Democratic federal judge in the predominantly black District of Columbia, Paul Friedman, who paid little attention to its proclivity to create “open season” for fraudulent claims – has been misused as a back door way to get “whitey” to pay reparations to blacks without regard to whether or not each individual black claimant indeed has a claim to the settlement money. Even worse, this scam of the American taxpayer – so cash-strapped these days with the continuing deep recession – has soldiered on without any real scrutiny by Congress, save just a few lawmakers like Michele Bachmann and Stephen King, because the establishment Republican leadership is afraid to touch on issues that involve African-Americans and race, particularly during an election cycle. Ironically, however, the Obama administration’s continuing support of the Pigford settlements amounts to little more than solidifying and buying black votes to re-elect the president and his leftist, socialist minions to office in 2012 – at a time when many black voters are dissatisfied with the Democrats’ efforts to give them the bigger “piece of the pie” they were promised during the prior 2008 election cycle.

But the Pigford fraud cannot just be explained as a cold and calculated effort by Obama and his comrades to buy votes. Recent revelations by Breibart’s still vibrant websites manned by his gifted surviving partners and staff have disclosed videos linking Obama to black supremacists and anti-Semites like former and recently deceased Harvard law professor Derrick Bell. Coupled with the president’s past association with the likes of radical anti-white and anti-Semitic Reverends Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrahkan, among many other bigoted black “leaders,” this more than explains Obama’s penchant to pay reparations under fraudulent pretenses. The old proverb that “you are who you associate with” applies.

Bell’s racial view of whites and Jews in particular can be boiled down to two of his quotes. As WND reported recently, Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro commented, “This is a man so extreme that … he wrote a story in 1993 in which he posited that white Americans would sell black Americans into slavery to aliens to relieve the national debt, and that Jews would go along with it.” Adopting a statement from an older black lady who lived in the South and allegedly suffered discrimination, Bell’s motto became, “I lives to harass white folks.”

WND has also reported on Bell’s multiple visits to the Obama White House, once (and perhaps not coincidentally) on the day the president was to give his 2010 State of the Union address.

Months ago I wrote a column about Obama entitled “A president of ‘His People,’ not ‘We the People.’” This characterization has certainly been borne out even more with the Bell revelations and the president’s penchant to further the Pigford fraud.

The Breitbart videos linking Derrick Bell to Obama, showing the president as a Harvard law student leader asking his black compatriots to open their hearts and minds to this racist and anti-Semite, and then hugging Bell, more than unmasks who Obama really is. Whether it is Pigford black reparations or his disdain if not latent hatred for the Jewish state of Israel and his endorsement of the Ground Zero mosque – or a host of other similar outrages toward whites, Jews and Christians – this president certainly does not represent “We the People” but instead “his own people.”

That is why we must use all legal means to remove Obama and his racist, anti-Semitic comrades from access to the White House, and we must do so in short order before the country devolves further into a racial and religious civil war, and our nation and Israel are destroyed, by virtue of the president’s actions.

Larry Klayman is a former Justice Department prosecutor and the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. His latest book is "Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment."


WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties) today introduced a bill that will protect the Navy’s ability to test weapon systems at Naval Base Ventura County’s San Nicolas Island and other testing areas in the wake of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failed sea otter translocation program.

Gallegly’s Military Readiness and Southern Sea Otter Conservation Act will create new military readiness areas around all testing grounds off the Southern California coast, so as sea otters migrate into these waters the Navy will be able to continue its current activities while still offering protections for the animals.

“This bill will allow the Navy to continue testing and exercises off the Southern California coast, which is vital to our national defense, while also allowing the southern sea otter to expand its habitat to wherever it wants,” Gallegly said. It also protects endangered abalones and Southern California commercial shellfish fishing industry.

Sea otters were placed at San Nicholas Island in 1987 in hopes that they would establish a population there and stay out of the FWS’s no-otter zone south of Point Conception. The otters did not cooperate, however, and repeatedly violated the no-otter zone.

While the program was abandoned in 1993, it is only now being officially terminated.

Under the program, the Navy was allowed to treat the sea otters as a threatened species. With termination of the program, any sea otters that remain on San Nicholas Island would have to be treated with the more restrictive endangered classification.

If the Navy is forced to treat the sea otters as endangered it could jeopardize all testing and other activities around San Nicolas Island.

Gallegly’s bill directs FWS to take into account the recovery of endangered black and white abalone, along with the commercial harvest of shellfish fisheries, when enacting a new management plan for the recovery of southern sea otters. Both abalone and shellfish are prime food sources for the southern sea otter.


There’s an old adage that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. When it comes to politics, it nearly always is.

Say for instance a politician told you he could lower the cost of sending your kids to college by 2/3rds. You’d probably respond, “Great. What’s the catch?”

Your caution would be warranted. If a recent proposal by Speaker John Pérez becomes law, you might get some help with those soaring college fees, but don’t count on your kids finding jobs once they get that diploma.

The Speaker’s proposal, which he’s dubbed the “The California Middle Class Scholarship,” would impose a $1 billion dollar tax hike on “out-of-state” businesses to provide financial aid for college students. The plan targets a 2009 tax formula change that only became effective last year—after California voters rejected a November 2010 ballot measure that aimed to repeal it.

In his own words, the Speaker claims: “We're closing that loophole that only benefits out-of-state corporations at the expense of the rest of us in the state. And we're taking that benefit and directing it to middle-class families who are struggling to put their kids through college.”

Sounds good, right?

But there’s always a “catch.” This time there’s at least three:

First, many “out-of-state” companies, including manufacturers, retailers and others, have significant investments in California and employ millions of Californians. Like it or not, imposing a billion dollars in new taxes—without offsetting tax cuts—will tempt these companies to downsize their California presence, costing countless jobs. Given that California already has the second highest unemployment rate in the nation, that’s not the brightest idea.

Second, college costs aren’t fixed. When Californians lack jobs, revenues fall. When revenues fall, politicians raise college fees. Imposing new taxes on struggling job creators will only make this cycle worse, increasing college fees further. Plus, if the state’s revenue picture gets worse, the Speaker’s program could be cut too.

Third, taxpayers are footing the bill, but California’s hostile business climate increasingly means college graduates must leave California in order to find jobs. The Speaker’s “middle class scholarship” won’t create middle-class jobs in California; instead, the tax hike will educate the future workforce of Arizona, Oregon and Texas, to name a few.

Don’t get me wrong. Education is vital to the future of our state and a college education significantly improves one’s prospects of finding a job. California’s problem, which stems from our high tax and onerous regulatory climate, is that there simply aren’t enough jobs.

This scarcity means that college students with significant debt end up with jobs that only require a high school diploma. They displace the kids who only have high school diplomas. So now those kids must also go to college to have a chance of getting a job that only requires a high school diploma.

For California to succeed, our politicians need an education too. Even a basic understanding of economics would help them understand that rising college fees are a symptom, not the source of California’s problems. To solve the real problem, we need to attract middle-class jobs back to California, rather than drive them away. A billion dollar tax increase is not the solution.

And who knows? With good jobs, Californians might even be able to afford to send their kids to college without Speaker Pérez’s help.

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

Governor’s Plan Would Also Destroy $267 Million in Business Investment

George Runner today criticized the Governor’s plan to impose higher taxes on working Californians. He released an analysis showing that a half cent sales tax increase would cost California thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost investment.

“Tax policy has consequences” said Runner. “As this analysis shows, a higher sales tax rate would take money out of the pockets of working Californians, destroying more than 23,000 jobs and $267 million in business investment. The projected job losses would be equivalent to every worker in a medium-sized California city like Glendora or West Sacramento losing their jobs.”

When considering tax increases, policymakers rely on static analyses that ignore behavioral changes by consumers and business owners. A dynamic analysis, like the one released by Runner, estimates the likely behavioral changes that could result from a higher tax rate.

The analysis, conducted by the State Board of Equalization, projects that nearly all of the proposed sales tax increase would be passed along to consumers. The state would receive $222 million less in revenues than projected by a static analysis, an 8% loss in potential revenue.

Runner added, “Since July of last year, lower tax rates have enabled Californians to keep more of their hard-earned dollars, and our economy is growing stronger. Let’s not rewind our progress by reinstating even a portion of the tax burden Californians endured during the Great Recession.”

The full analysis is available online at

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

Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement H.R. 3808, Scott Gardner Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Drunken driving is a serious crime that resulted in 10,839 deaths in 2009. Yet, there are numerous documented cases of illegal immigrants who receive convictions for drunken driving and then are not deported. Although these illegal immigrants have no right to be in our country, they remain in the United States. They are simply released and often go on to drink and drive again. This problem can’t continue to be ignored.

In a recent and egregious example, Carlos Martinelly-Montano drove while drunk, crashed into an oncoming car, killing one passenger and critically injuring two others. According to an ICE report, Montano had been arrested for drunken driving twice and reckless driving once. In two of the three cases, his immigration status was never checked – even though he was convicted and sent to jail for the first offense.

Even when he was placed in ICE “custody” after his second DUI arrest, he was released into the streets with a GPS device. However, GPS monitoring doesn’t prevent a released criminal from driving drunk. And we know that drunken drivers involved in fatal crashes are eight times more likely to have a prior drunken driving conviction than other drivers.

On August 1, 2010, Montano got behind the wheel of his vehicle yet again after he had been drinking heavily. This time, tragically, he plowed into a car with three Catholic nuns inside, killing one and severely injuring the two others. Montano was subsequently convicted of felony murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The report claims that Montano would have been detained under subsequent ICE guidelines because he was a repeat offender and he demonstrated himself to be a danger to public safety. However, an anonymous ICE official stated that two drunken driving incidents by an illegal immigrant “aren’t enough to warrant detention.” There is absolutely no reason for the administration’s outrageous policy.

Montano is not an isolated case. In June 2011, an illegal immigrant and habitual drunken driver named Saul Chavez ran over and killed Dennis McCann of Chicago. Chavez had recently finished a sentence of two years of probation for an earlier aggravated drunken driving offense. Chavez was apprehended at the scene of the crime and booked in a Cook County jail. ICE issued a detainer on Chavez, who already had a prior criminal record. The Cook County Jail ignored the detainer and allowed Chavez to post bond. Chavez has since failed to appear in court.

How many people must die before illegal immigrant drunken drivers are detained and removed? Why is it that they are not a priority for our administration? Congress has no choice but to act since the administration apparently is not going to. Rep. Myrick’s bill solves the problem and ensures that illegal immigrants who drink and drive are detained and processed by ICE.

The bill contains common sense measures that:
• Requires the detention of illegal immigrants who are apprehended for drunken driving after they are released from custody by local law enforcement,
• Instructs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of an illegal immigrant who is convicted of drunken driving,
• Requires a state or local law enforcement officer to verify with federal databases the immigration status of a person who the officer has apprehended for drunken driving and has reasonable grounds to believe is an illegal immigrant,
• Gives local law enforcement the authority to issue a federal detainer to keep an illegal immigrant arrested for drunken driving in custody until he or she is convicted or transferred to a federal facility.
I strongly support this bill. It ensures that public safety is maintained, that the law is enforced, and that dangerous killers are removed from our communities.

City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012 6:30 P.M.


1. Call to Order: 6:30 P.M.

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Conaway, Gonzalez, Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Brooks and Mayor Washburn

4. Approval of Agenda

5. Presentations and Announcements

6. Public Comments

7. Consent Calendar

Recommendation for Items A. through B. is to Approve.

A. Warrant List for MARCH 13, 2012.
B. Minutes of FEBRUARY 14, 2012, Regular Meeting.

8. Department Reports

City Manager


Recommendation: 1). Waive further reading and adopt by title only Ordinance No. 12-833 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF FILLMORE REPEALING SECTION 3.08.090 OF THE FILLMORE MUNICIPAL CODE

Community Development Department

B. Consider Information and Provide Direction to Staff Concerning whether the City should submit a Revision Request to Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) in order to reduce Regional Housing Needs Assessment by 271 units for the period of 2014 through 2021
Recommendation: Provide direction as to whether City staff should submit a Revision Request by March 15th to SCAG for a reduction in the Very Low-Income and Low Income categories to request realistic and attainable figures. Although the City accepted the Housing function role when the Successor Agency was created, the State did not make any housing funds available.

9. Committee, Commission, and Board Reports

10. City Council Reports, Recommendations, and Comments

A. City Councilmember Travel Requests/Brief Reports

B. Any Councilmember May Propose Items for Placement on Future Agenda

C. Council Referrals/Brief Comments

11. City Manager

A. Follow-Up on Requests from the Public/City Council

12. Closed Session

A. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation [Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9]. Peter Egedi v. City of Fillmore, Fillmore City Council and Fillmore Fire Department; Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2010-00370737-CU-NP-VTA.

B. Conference with Labor Negotiators: (Government Code Section 54957.6) Agency Designated Representatives: City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Finance Director Glenda Jay, Jack Hoffman, Hoffman & Associates; and City of Fillmore Unrepresented Employees: Municipal Services Director, Finance Director, Fire Chief, Interim Community Development Director, Interim Civil Engineer, Community Services Supervisor, Fire Captain, Senior Planner, Public Works Supervisor, Assistant to the City Manager, Deputy City Clerk/Administrative Assistant, Information Technology Technician, Finance Administrator and Accountant.

C. Conference with Labor Negotiators: (Government Code Section 54957.6) Agency Designated Representatives: City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Finance Director Glenda Jay, Jack Hoffman, Hoffman & Associates; Employee Organization: Union of Operating Engineers Local No. 501.

D. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation [subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9]: City of Industry and City of Livermore v. City of Fillmore, et. al. Case No. BC411865, Los Angeles County Superior Court.

13. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.

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Agenda Posted: March 9, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

Blogger exposes loophole in $1billion fleet

Jonathan Corbett claims he could easily smuggle explosives onto a plane

Strip-search scanners banned in Europe over cancer fears

Written By Lee Moran

Controversial nude body scanners used at U.S. airports have come under fire again - after a blogger claimed he could easily smuggle explosives through them onto a plane.

Engineer Jonathan Corbett has published a video where he shows how he took a small metal case through two of the TSA's $1billion fleet in a special side pocket stitched into his shirt.

This is because, he suggests, the scanners blend metallic areas into the dark background - so if an object is not directly placed on the body, it will not show up on the scan.

The metallic box, he claims, would have set off an alarm had he passed through the old detecting system.

His revelation comes just weeks after Europe banned the 'airport strip-searches' over fears the X-ray technology could cause cancer.

MailOnline has decided not to publish the video because it details exactly how to circumvent the safety procedure - but it is freely available to watch online.

Corbett, standing in his living room as he speaks to the camera in the video for his 'TSA Out of Our Pants' blog, acknowledges the technique could be used by terrorists.

But he believes...


WHO: Sen. Tony Strickland and his constituents

WHAT: This event is open to the public and provides an opportunity for local constituents to hear the latest news in state government, as well as provide input of their own and ask questions about state-related matters. The Senator will also discuss the services and resources his Senate Office provides.

WHEN: Saturday, March 10, 2012 ~ 8am – 9am

WHERE: Marie Callender’s ~ 185 East Daily Dr., Camarillo, CA 93010

VISUAL: Sen. Strickland and “Meet your Senator” signage


Only 10 days after undergoing a successful double lung transplant, State Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) is being released today by her doctors at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

“The medical team led by Dr. Abbas Ardehali and Dr. David Ross at UCLA has been amazing,” said Runner. “There are not enough words to express my gratitude to this group of surgeons, doctors, nurses and health care professionals for their care and professionalism. These dedicated individuals give their patients the best medical care each and every day.”

“As much as I am grateful for the care I’ve received, I am glad to be leaving,” Runner added.

Dr. David Ross, Medical Director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Program, praised Runners’ recovery.

"We are thrilled with Sharon's rapid progress. Her new lungs will enable her to resume normal activities and responsibilities soon."

A limited scleroderma patient, Runner caught several lung infections in December which led to her reenlistment on the organ transplant list. There are an estimated 300,000 people living with scleroderma; and nearly 80 percent are women.

Placement on the transplant list is determined by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) organization’s national centralized computer.

Over the next few weeks, Runner will be required to make daily visits to her doctors and therapists for pulmonary rehabilitation. Following a series of successful rehabilitation programs, Runner is expected to return to the Capitol by late spring.

Runner expressed appreciation to the anonymous donor for their final act of humanity.

“Without this person’s generosity, I would not be able to continue my community activism and public service. This person’s family and friends will always be in my prayers.”

About Scleroderma
Limited scleroderma, or CREST syndrome, is an autoimmune condition affecting the body’s connective tissue. The purpose of the body’s immune system is to fight infection and disease; however, with limited scleroderma, the immune system attacks the healthy connective tissue as well. For more information, please visit the Scleroderma Foundation’s website at

About United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) is the private, non-profit organization that manages the nation's organ transplant system under contract with the federal government.

Each day, an average of 75 people receive organ transplants according to statistics from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Over 8.7 million Californians are registered donors. To give the gift of life, residents can sign up at or simply mail in the pink donation registration card in their DMV renewal packet.

About the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
The UCLA lung transplant program provides comprehensive care and develops an individualized strategy to improve the quality of life for patients. The UCLA lung transplant program is Medicare certified.

About Senator Sharon Runner
Senator Sharon Runner represents the residents of the Seventeenth Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern and San Bernardino Counties. Contact her office at 916-651-4017, or via email at


The date of Jeff Gorell's homecoming event has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 4th. Time and location have not changed. In case you missed the initial invitation, please see event details below.

"Welcome Home Jeff Gorell" event:
Wednesday, April 4th
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

California Lutheran University's Gilbert Sports and Athletic Center Arena
60 W. Olsen Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Please RSVP for this event at:

For more information, contact Amanda Broggie at (805) 651-9618 or

Uncle Sam doesn’t need to do more, he needs to do less

The government has grown so large that nobody really knows where its $3.8 trillion in annual spending goes. Each year, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) tries - and fails - to make sense of federal-agency ledgers. On Thursday, GAO refused once again to certify the official balance sheets because they are so shoddily kept.

The green eyeshades complained that Defense Department books are so bad they can’t be audited. Throughout the rest of the government, there are “hundreds of billions” in unreconciled funds. These are the same conclusions the GAO has come to year-after-year for the past 15 years, and yet Uncle Sam still refuses to get his act together.

Private companies would never be allowed to get away with maintaining ledgers this sloppy, but Washington gives itself a pass. The numbers don’t add up for a simple reason: The bureaucracy doesn’t care about spending your money wisely. Bureaucrats don’t even care enough to keep track of it.

Instead of replacing...