SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to a class action lawsuit filed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association:

“As one of California’s elected tax officials, it’s my responsibility to use my elected office to ensure that taxpayers are treated fairly.

“Accordingly, I commend the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for bringing together Californians from every walk of life and region of our state to right the wrong that is the fire tax.

“The Governor and Legislature’s willingness to impose such an unfair and regressive tax in direct violation of the Constitution should serve as a wake-up call for all freedom-loving Californians.

“I am pleased to lend my full support to this lawsuit, and I look forward to seeing it prevail.”

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. To help inform California taxpayers, Runner has established a website, calfirefee.com, providing the latest fire tax news and information.

 


 

Sacramento, CA – The California Taxpayers Association has given Sen. Strickland (R-Moorpark) a 100% on their annual Legislative Voting Record.

“I’m honored to have once again received a perfect score from the California Taxpayers Association – I have always been and will continue to be an advocate for taxpayers throughout California,” Sen. Strickland said.

“One of my top priorities is making sure we maximize the precious tax dollars that come to Sacramento and stop reaching into the pockets of hardworking Californians every time we run out of cash,” Sen. Strickland added. “Instead of raising taxes yet again, we need to focus on job-creation and putting people back to work.”

Founded in 1926, the California Taxpayers Association has protected taxpayers from unnecessary taxation and has been a proponent of fiscal responsibility, standing firm against government inefficiency and mismanagement. Their 2012 Legislative Voting Record is based on the bills which would most affect California’s taxpayers and economy.

A copy of the California Taxpayers Association’s 2012 Legislative Voting Record can be found here.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012 6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA, 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Presentations and Announcements
A. Recognition of Officer Petersen on His Retirement
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for OCTOBER 9 2012.
B. Minutes of JUNE 19, 2012 Regular Meeting.
C. Adoption of City CONTINUED »

 

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BURBANK, CA - The California Republican Party today made the follwing statement regarding California Governor Jerry Brown signing Assembly Bill 2026, which extends the $100 million annual tax break for California motion picture companies:

"Gov. Brown just signed the bill that extends tax breaks for the film industry. Presumably, the Governor believes that the lower tax rates will provide incentives for more films to be made here, resulting in more jobs. More jobs will result in more tax revenue because working people pay more taxes.

"Someone needs to ask the Governor why that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy. We need to ask Gov. Brown why he wants want to raise taxes on small businesses through Prop 30 but lower them for the film industry?"

 


 

Moorpark, CA — The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning Announces that California State Senator Tony Strickland will be the featured speaker at their regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, September 27. Senator Strickland will be providing an update on his work representing Moorpark in the California State Senate.

The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club meets on Thursday Mornings from 7:00 to 8:15am at The Grinder Restaurant at 1 West Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark. Meetings are open to the public.

Howard Yaras, President of the Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning had the following remarks: “We are very excited to be hosting Senator Strickland at our meeting this Thursday. Moorpark Morning Rotary enjoys providing a platform by which all of our community’s leaders can communicate with their constituents and receive feedback.”

Senator Strickland’s visit follows a recent visit by California State Senator Fran Pavley.

The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning is a Moorpark Chapter of Rotary International. The organization raises money for community organizations and promotes local volunteerism. For more information, visit http://www.moorparkmorningrotary.org

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012 6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA

1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Presentations and Announcements
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for SEPTEMBER 25, 2012.
B. Authorization to the Interim/Acting City Manager or Designee to Process a Contract Extension with E.J. Harrison for Street Sweeping and a Franchise Agreement for Solid Waste Services and Authorize the Interim/Acting City Manager to take any Necessary Actions to Achieve the Intent of the City Council.
C. Consideration and Adoption of City Council Resolution No. 12-3361 Which Approves the Legal Services Agreement with the Law Firm of Myers, Widders, Gibson & Jones LLP
D. Approval of a Refund to the Ken Wright Family Limited Partnership of Development Impact Fees Paid for 870 and 880 Central Avenue that Have Not Been Expended in the Amount of $3,304.14 (cont’d from August 28, 2012).
8. Department Reports
Finance
A. Consideration of the CONTINUED »

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) announced that he is proud to have supported the passage of Senate Bill 863 which offers significant reforms to California’s expensive Worker’s Compensation system, and Senate Bill 1186 which seeks to reduce the predatory ADA lawsuits that burden small businesses with expensive legal shakedowns over workplace accessibility issues.

“While I’m disappointed that other business reforms did not pass the legislature this year, these repairs to the highly criticized and costly state system of worker’s compensation is a step in the right direction,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “The response we have received from the business community for our recently launched economic development ‘Gold Team’ consistently identifies the very high cost of workers compensation as a major impediment to the growth of their business. This important reform will be a real benefit to our local and state businesses when they need it most.”

“Additionally, lawsuit abuses have made California extremely hostile to the small businesses which are the backbone of the state’s economy. SB 1186 takes aim at the predatory lawyers while still working to protect the needs of the disabled.”

SB 863 has received the support of both business and labor groups and has been designed to both increase long term disability benefits and cut costs by reducing inefficiency, fraud, and the excessive litigation that has caused worker’s compensation premiums to skyrocket over the past few years.

SB 1186 seeks to ban “demand for money” letters, where predatory lawyers order businesses to pay them money or face lawsuits over potential Americans with Disabilities Act violations. Nearly 40 percent of ADA lawsuits in the nation are filed in California.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) commented on the passage of Assembly Bill 1478, a measure which passed the Assembly yesterday, to fund for two years the State Parks that were previously on the closure list:

“Only a few months ago we were all facing the fear of seeing many of our treasured state parks threatened with closure, notably Ventura County’s McGrath State Beach. Through the tireless efforts of the local community, funds were raised to save the park, and we celebrated their success.

“However, shortly thereafter we found out that the State Parks Department failed to report $54 million that it secretly held in a separate ‘slush fund’ while engaging in unethical self-serving accounting practices instead of keeping our parks open.

“I supported AB 1478, which guarantees that our parks, including McGrath State Beach, remain open through 2014 by appropriating millions of dollars from the department’s former slush funds to the fund’s originally intended purpose. Notwithstanding this action, I am committed to ensuring that investigations and audits of the Parks Department continue to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent ethically and consistent with the wishes of taxpaying Californians.”

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL, CENTRAL PARK PLAZA, 250 CENTRAL AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA

1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Presentations and Announcements
A. Recognition of David Smallwood and Mark Jones for Aquatics Center Maintenance Efforts
B. Recap of Public Safety’s Annual September 11th Observance
C. Drug Enforcement Agency Take Back Day, September 29, 2012, 10am - 2pm
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for SEPTEMBER 11, 2012.
B. Minutes of JULY 5, 2012, Special Meeting.
C. Minutes of JULY 17, 2012, Special Meeting.
D. Minutes of JULY 18, 2012, Special Meeting.
8. Department Reports
Finance
A. Consideration of the CONTINUED »

 
Pledges to repeal Pelosi's plan to take $741 billion from medicare

Oxnard, CA - Today, Senator Tony Strickland signed the Social Security and Medicare Protection pledge to oppose all efforts to change the sacred promise to Ventura County and American seniors.

“Ventura County seniors have worked hard and have paid for their Social Security and Medicare benefits” said Strickland. “As Congressman, my first priority will be to repeal the plan that steals over $700 billion from Medicare and restore that money. Medicare is going broke and by taking $741 billion from this very important program, Julia Brownley is making it worse. I’ll put Ventura County first and protect the benefits my neighbors and my parents depend on.”

The Social Security and Medicare protection pledge can be viewed by clicking here.

“Nancy Pelosi convinced Julia Brownley to move here from Los Angeles, and together with their liberal allies, immediately spent nearly $1 million distorting Ventura County leader Linda Parks’ position on Medicare,” added Jake Parsons, Strickland’s campaign manager. “Brownley’s dishonest and shameful attacks hide the fact that she supports devastating cuts to programs Ventura County seniors depend on.”

Tony Strickland’s first job was washing wheelchairs at a nursing home, instilling him with a deep passion for America’s greatest generation at a very young age. During an interview with Timm Herdt, State Editor of the Ventura County Star, Strickland indicated that he would have voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan Plan.

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is married to his wife of 14 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.

 

Sacramento, CA – Senate Joint Resolution 19, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark), passed the Assembly floor on a bipartisan vote and now moves to the Governor’s desk for signature.

“California’s military bases are incredibly important to both our state as a whole and to the communities where they’re located,” Sen. Strickland said. “In Ventura County, Naval Base Ventura County is the largest employer, providing over 17,000 jobs for both servicemembers and civilians alike.”

“In addition to the hundreds of thousands of jobs military bases across the state provide to hardworking Californians, they also provide a strong national security presence and help ensure our ongoing safety,” Sen. Strickland added. “I’m glad my colleagues stood with me in sending a strong message to Congress to let them know just how vital our military bases are.”

SJR 19 encourages CONTINUED »

 
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

A fire tax bill is coming soon to a mailbox near you. It's not fair; it's not constitutional, but thanks to Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature, the bills are coming all the same.

On Aug. 13, the state of California began mailing the first of more than 825,000 "Fire Prevention Fee" bills to Californians who own property with a habitable structure in a State Responsibility Area (SRA)- those 31 million acres where CalFire has primary responsibility for fire prevention and suppression.

It doesn't matter whether you've invested time, sweat and money to meet the state's ever-evolving fire standards. It doesn't matter whether you experience any benefit from CalFire's prevention activities. It doesn't even matter whether you already pay for local fire service - though if you do, you'll get a $35 discount.

Like it or not, if you live in an SRA, the state is going to start billing you $150 each year. And if you don't pay within 30 days, you'll face steep penalties and interest.

The bills are CONTINUED »

 

Sacramento, CA – Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) has joint-authored Senate Bill 301, which seeks to reinstate the successful Healthy Families Program.

“Many of my constituents were devastated by the elimination of the Healthy Families Program and their access to healthcare was threatened. I am honored to be a joint-author of SB 301, which will reinstate this program,” Sen. Strickland said. “Healthy Families has been incredibly successful in providing access to healthcare to over 800,000 California children across the state.”

“I’ve worked in the past to get my constituents enrolled in the Healthy Families Program to make sure they receive quality healthcare,” Sen. Strickland added. “I’m hopeful the Governor will work with legislators on both sides of the aisle and reinstate a program that’s been a positive alternative for so many kids in California.”

Note: A similar bill, Assembly Bill 826, of which Sen. Strickland is a principal co-author, is also making its way through the legislature.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 5:30 P.M. FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Public Comments
5. Closed Sessions
A. Conference with Labor Negotiators: [Government Code Section 54957.6] Agency Designated Representatives: City Manager Yvonne Quiring, Finance Director Glenda Jay, and City of Fillmore Unrepresented Employees: Municipal Services Director, Finance Director, Fire Chief, Assistant to the City Manager, Interim Community Development Director, Deputy City Clerk and Administrative Assistant, Building Official, Interim City Engineer, Community Services Supervisor, Fire Captain, Information Technology Technician, and Public Works Supervisor.
B. Conference with CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 6:30 P.M. FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Presentations and Announcements
A. Recognition of Senior Center Volunteer Vivian Johnson.
B. Commendation of Fillmore Girls Softball 10U All-Stars.
C. Teresa Robledo-Ari Larson Donation to Sheriff’s Explorers.
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through G. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 4:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Public Comments
5. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A through C is to Approve.
A. Minutes of MAY 8, 2012, Joint Meeting with the Film Commission.
B. Minutes of JUNE 5, 2012, Special Meeting.
C. Approval of the Refinance and Subordination Agreement for 351 Glen Way; and Authorize the City Manager, or her designee, to take all necessary actions relating to the execution and recordation of the Subordination Agreement.
6. Closed Session
A. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
7. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, AUGUST 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: August 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

 

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012, 5:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL, CENTRAL PARK PLAZA, 250 CENTRAL AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Public Comments
6. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Item A is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for AUGUST 1, 2012.
7. Department Reports
City Manager
A. Mayoral Appointments to the Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board
Recommendation: 1) It is recommended that the City Council provide input to the Mayor regarding the appointment of a representative to the Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board; and
2) That the Mayor appoint a representative to the Oversight Board.
8. 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
9. Closed Sessions
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 LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9) City of Livermore and City of Industry v. Fillmore
C. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9) Mariposa Landscape, Inc. v. Pima Corporation and City of Fillmore)
D. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
10. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, AUGUST 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: July 27, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – California AMBER Alert author George Runner today joined California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and others at an event marking the ten year anniversary of the life-saving program.

“The AMBER Alert is government at its best,” said Runner. “It protects Californians, which is the first priority of government, and it’s done efficiently and effectively.”

Runner noted that California’s AMBER Alert program has not only saved the lives of hundreds of abducted children, but has also captured abductors before they could commit further crimes.

“The State of California needed a mechanism in place to assist in recovering our children safe and sound,” said Runner. “I’m pleased to have been instrumental in the success of California’s AMBER Alert network.

Runner shared the story of how he came to author the legislation ten years ago based on a suggestion from a constituent who had learned of the idea during a visit to Texas, where the first AMBER Alert law was enacted.

He also recalled the very first California AMBER Alert, which ironically was issued in the summer of 2002 near his home in the Antelope Valley area. In that instance, two young ladies were successfully rescued after a Cal-Trans worker reported a vehicle matching the alert’s description.

According to CHP, the AMBER alert program has led to the safe recovery of 234 children since it was first implemented statewide in July 2002.

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

 

As seen in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Ventura County Star, California Political News & Views and Fox & Hounds Daily

If you fall for an opponent’s head fake in sports, you risk losing the game. The stakes are much higher for taxpayers. If they fall for the Governor’s head fake this November, the price tag could be as high as $50 billion dollars by 2019.

Don’t be fooled. The Governor and Legislature have for months been carefully orchestrating a head fake of massive proportions designed to scare Californians into voting for higher taxes.

At the center of this head fake are $6 billion dollars of “trigger cuts” contained in this year’s recently signed budget.

The budget hopes voters will approve raising taxes by $8.5 billion a year. The trigger cuts kick-in only if voters reject higher taxes this November.

There’s no good reason for CONTINUED »

 
Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement

Hearing on: The Aftermath of Fraud by Immigration Attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unscrupulous notary publics, immigration consultants, and immigration lawyers have increasingly utilized fraudulent tactics to obtain immigration benefits for their clients. Unfortunately, this type of immigration fraud is usually identified after the fact, when an immigrant has already fraudulently obtained the benefit.

In order to combat this fraud, on June 9, 2011, the executive branch unveiled a multi-agency nationwide immigration service scams initiative.

As part of the initiative, the Department of Justice works with ICE and USCIS investigators to secure convictions – with sentences up to eight years in prison and forfeiture and restitution of over $1.8 million – for those who commit fraud on the immigration system as legal representatives.

But what of the immigrants who received immigration benefits based upon fraudulent applications? On its ICE website, ICE boasts of numerous instances where Homeland Security Investigations charged, and the Department of Justice has gone on to prosecute and convict, attorneys committing fraud. In one of the largest cases of immigration fraud in history, Earl Seth David and his law firm submitted fraudulent claims to labor and immigration authorities concerning tens of thousands of immigrants sponsored for immigration benefits. Davis pled guilty and faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. To date, the government has identified at least 25,000 applications submitted by his firm.

In another example, Maryland lawyer Patrick Tzeuton was convicted of conspiracy to prepare false asylum applications, immigration fraud, and obstruction of official immigration proceedings. Tzeuton prepared over 1,100 asylum applications, many of which are believed to be fraudulent. In support of these applications, he and his assistant submitted fraudulent supporting affidavits such as fake medical certificates demonstrating that an immigrant had been beaten and tortured in Cameroon. So far, of the 1,100 plus cases he handled, only 40 have been identified to date for “further action” by ICE and referred to USCIS. Although Tzeuton was convicted in 2009, none of the immigrants involved have been removed as of this date.

The jury is still out on whether DHS makes a concerted and vigorous effort to go back and revoke immigration benefits after attorneys have been found to have engaged in fraud. In some instances, DHS has apparently revoked thousands of benefits. In other cases, little seems to have been done, even where attorneys were convicted years ago and DHS boasted of uncovering the fraud. Clearly, how DHS responds to the David case will be the acid test of its commitment.

Immigrants who obtain benefits by fraud with the assistance of counsel make a mockery of our immigration system, which is the most generous of anywhere in the world. We must hope that at the very least when DHS proclaims that it has uncovered immigration attorney fraud it will conduct a thorough case-by-case review of the immigrants that the attorney represented.