The Ventura County civil Grand Jury is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 year. If you are interested in serving, you will have until April 15, 2013 to submit your application.

To get more details about the mission of the Grand Jury, and to view previous years’ reports, please visit our website: http://grandjury.countyofventura.org. You can also get an application at this site and fill it out on-line. If you would prefer to fill out a paper application, please call us at 805-477-1600, and we will mail you one.

The Grand Jury is an investigatory body created for the protection of society and the enforcement of the law. Its goal is to ensure government agencies within our County are doing their best to serve the public in a cost-effective manner. If you have ever wondered about how you might contribute to your County, now is your opportunity to participate.

The Grand Jury is available for speaking engagements throughout the County. If you would like to request a speaker for your organization, please contact: Judith Cohen at 805-477-1600.

 


 

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell will be continuing his series of “Sidewalk Office Hours” where he looks forward to meeting with constituents and discussing their concerns.

The next public event will be on Friday, March 15th in Oxnard in front of the Sugar Beets Restaurant on South A Street from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. Please come by and share your opinions and ideas with Assembly Member Jeff Gorell in person at:

Sugar Beets Restaurant

455 South A Street

Oxnard, CA 93030

For complete directions you can visit GoogleMaps at: http://goo.gl/maps/Q8FY3

For additional information, please call Jeff's district office at (805) 230-9167.

 


 

Oxnard, CA - Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today introduced Assembly Bill 248 that directs appropriate state agencies to collaborate with local authorities to study, evaluate and report back options related to the future of the two natural-gas-fired electrical power plants located at Mandalay Bay and Ormond Beach in Oxnard, California.

“Over the next few years, there may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the people of California to acquire and preserve precious property along the coast in Oxnard,” said Assemblyman Gorell. “I have authored this bill to ensure that government, community and corporate stakeholders all come to the table to determine whether there is a path to consensus to decommission at least one of the Oxnard power plants and convey the property to the public for preservation.”

The bill would also evaluate options related to replacing one or more of the plants with a modern, low profile, low carbon footprint facility.

“The City of Oxnard will be at the table with stakeholders on this important study,” said Mayor Tim Flynn. “We have an interest in providing reliable power to our constituents while pursuing possible opportunities to reclaim and improve our coastal resources. If there’s a path to consensus on retiring one or more of these coastal plants, we will endeavor to find it.”

“This is not an affront to the company which owns the plants, or its shareholders,” said Gorell. “We want to forge a path forward by consensus with them at the table.”

Built in the 1970s, the power plants at Ormond and Mandalay Bay are among the oldest and most outmoded natural gas-fired power generators in the state. While recognizing the top priority of the community is to preserve energy reliability and maintain regional system integrity, the bill’s stated intention is to determine what policies, legislative actions and other federal, state and local incentives, if any, could synchronize with the interests and contractual obligations to the current facility owners/operators, to effectuate the ultimate retirement of one or both of the two power production facilities and return the property to control of the City of Oxnard, County of Ventura, State of California, or some other responsible entity for preservation as a natural resource in the California Coastal Zone.

The bill requires that the report is to be completed and returned to the Chair and Members of the Assembly Committee of Utilities and Commerce by January 1, 2015.

 

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Ventura County, CA – At the request of local veterans groups and Seabee boosters, Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today introduced Assembly Concurrent Resolution 18 to rename a segment of Pacific Coast Highway 1 as “Seabee Memorial Highway”. The section of highway between Mugu Rock and the City of Ventura would be designated in honor of the men and women who have served and sacrificed throughout history while serving in the U.S. Navy Seabees.

The Navy Construction Battalions or “Seabees” have a history of building bases, bulldozing and paving thousands of miles of roadway and airstrips, and accomplishing a myriad of other construction projects dating back to World War II. They also served in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Afghanistan, Iraq, and have provided relief to disaster victims, such as those from Hurricane Katrina and the Indonesian Tsunami. Seabee moxie and heroism during the war in the pacific was portrayed in the 1944 John Wayne movie “The Fighting Seabees.”

Gorell will be working with the Navy Base, supporters of the local Seabee Museum, and the local community to bring attention to the heroism of our Navy Seabees and the role of Ventura County and its Navy bases in training and deploying Seabees. Port Hueneme has been the home of the Pacific Seabees since World War II; and the local Navy bases are the largest employer in Ventura County.

“My grandfather, Fred Gorell, was a Navy Seabee in the Pacific in World War II and served with distinction embedded with the U.S. Marines”, said Assemblyman Gorell, a Navy Reserve Lt. Commander and two-time veteran of the War in Afghanistan. “Navy Seabees fought and died to build, dig, detonate and dredge their way to victory. It’s fitting that we do what we can to honor them for their sacrifice.”

Seabees continue to play a major role in the war on terrorism. In support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Seabees repaired runway facilities at Camp Rhino and Kandahar in Afghanistan. Seabee battalions have rotated deployments through Helmand Province Afghanistan to work with Marines to build roads, clinics, schools and other infrastructure that will help provide independence and transition farmers off the opium industry that fuels Taliban and insurgent operations.

The cost of renaming and signage to dedicate the “Seabee Memorial Highway” will come entirely from independent, private funds, and not from public sources.

 


 

CAMARILLO, CA - Ventura County Supervisor Kathy Long will serve as the Economic Development Collaborative-Ventura County’s 2013 board chair with Sim Tang-Paradis of City National Bank as vice chair. The two were installed at EDC-VC’s 16th Annual Meeting on Jan. 17.

As a public-private partnership, EDC-VC connects the two sectors to promote communication and shared agenda for a prosperous Ventura County. The organization annually alternates its board leadership between a public-sector representative and private-sector one.

“It’s my great honor to serve as the chair of EDC-VC’s board for 2013,” said Long. “Over the years, I’ve worked with EDC-VC as it developed into an important business resource, whose deep community investment is built upon engaged public and private stakeholders. I look forward to working with Sim to help EDC-VC continue making significant contributions to our region’s economy.”

“Our board is fortunate to have such high-caliber leaders steering our organization,” added Bruce Stenslie, EDC-VC’s president and CEO. “They are passionate about helping EDC-VC continue creating and saving jobs, and helping businesses be more competitive through a skilled workforce and access global opportunities.”

Ventura County Supervisor Long is currently in her fifth term as the Third District representative, serving as chair in 2000, 2005 and 2010. She has been on EDC-VC’s board since the organization’s inception in 1996, and served as board chair in 2001. She is a former small business owner and is an active member of several community service and business organizations, co-chairing RDP-21, the Regional Defense Partnership for the 21st Century at the Naval Base Ventura County.

Tang-Paradis joined EDC-VC’s board in 2010. As vice president and manager of City National Bank’s Oxnard banking office, she oversees delivery of the bank’s financial products and services, including commercial, consumer and real estate loans; cash management; international banking and foreign exchange.

EDC-VC is a private, nonprofit organization that serves as a business-to-government liaison to assist businesses in Ventura County by offering programs that enhance the economic vitality of the region. For more information about the Small Business Development Center and loan, manufacturing outreach and international trade programs, contact Bruce Stenslie at 805-384-1800 ext. 24, or bruce.stenslie@edc-vc.com. Or visit www.edc-vc.com.

 

Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, announced today that he has introduced Assembly Bill 208, which will prohibit state employees from receiving a full-time state salary while also concurrently accepting hourly employment positions within the same department. This specific practice to augment pay for state employees was revealed at CALPERS after a recent Sacramento Bee news story and follow up investigation by the Department of Finance.

“This practice, which I believe is pervasive throughout state government, is a back door way to provide salaried employees overtime pay where overtime for those on salary is prohibited,” said Assemblyman Gorell. “Not only does this practice circumvent the state’s compensation policies, but by assigning an employee two job classifications it takes away employment opportunities for the state’s unemployed job-seekers.”

Recent investigations by the Sacramento Bee newspaper staff and the department of finance of payroll data revealed that state workers in nearly a dozen departments hold both a salaried position and another hourly-wage position in-house.

Gorell further stated: “The state controller’s office confirmed yesterday that hundreds of managers, supervisors and other non-hourly state workers in nearly a dozen state departments are using this loophole to receive additional hourly wages above their existing salary. This practice appears to be an inappropriate, and perhaps abusive, use of taxpayer dollars to overcompensate employees for their existing responsibilities.”

 

SACRAMENTO – George Runner today urged the Franchise Tax Board to reverse a controversial staff decision seeking millions in retroactive taxes from California entrepreneurs and small businesses.

“As an elected official and taxpayer advocate, I cannot remain silent while state tax officials punish California taxpayers who in good faith followed our laws,” said Runner.

In a letter to the three members of the Franchise Tax Board, Runner calls FTB’s December 2012 staff action “unwarranted and unfair to taxpayers.”

In his letter, Runner explains that the Second District Court of Appeal’s decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board does not require FTB to take this action. He warns that it “sends entirely the wrong message to investors, entrepreneurs and job creators doing business in our state.”

Runner joins a growing CONTINUED »

 

Oxnard, CA - Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today introduced Assembly Bill 248 that directs appropriate state agencies to collaborate with local authorities to study, evaluate and report back options related to the future of the two natural-gas-fired electrical power plants located at Mandalay Bay and Ormond Beach in Oxnard, California.

“Over the next few years, there may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the people of California to acquire and preserve precious property along the coast in Oxnard,” said Assemblyman Gorell. “I have authored this bill to ensure that government, community and corporate stakeholders all come to the table to determine whether there is a path to consensus to decommission at least one of the Oxnard power plants and convey the property to the public for preservation.”

The bill would also evaluate options related to replacing one or more of the plants with a modern, low profile, low carbon footprint facility.

“The City of Oxnard will be at the table with stakeholders on this important study,” said Mayor Tim Flynn. “We have an interest in providing reliable power to our constituents while pursuing possible opportunities to reclaim and improve our coastal resources. If there’s a path to consensus on retiring one or more of these coastal plants, we will endeavor to find it.”

“This is not an affront to the company which owns the plants, or its shareholders,” said Gorell. “We want to forge a path forward by consensus with them at the table.”

Built in the 1970s, the power plants at Ormond and Mandalay Bay are among the oldest and most outmoded natural gas-fired power generators in the state. While recognizing the top priority of the community is to preserve energy reliability and maintain regional system integrity, the bill’s stated intention is to determine what policies, legislative actions and other federal, state and local incentives, if any, could synchronize with the interests and contractual obligations to the current facility owners/operators, to effectuate the ultimate retirement of one or both of the two power production facilities and return the property to control of the City of Oxnard, County of Ventura, State of California, or some other responsible entity for preservation as a natural resource in the California Coastal Zone.

The bill requires that the report is to be completed and returned to the Chair and Members of the Assembly Committee of Utilities and Commerce by January 1, 2015.

 
State has ‘one of the longest constitutions in the world’

Three “Thought Leaders” will be featured at a major speaker panel and discussion from 9:30 a.m. to noon Sat., Feb. 9, hosted by the League of Women Voters of Ventura County.

The public is invited “to bring friends, listen to Thought Leaders, and discuss the issues,” said Nell McCombs of Ventura, League representative. This event will be in the Santa Monica Room at Courtyard by Marriott, 600 S. Esplanade Dr., Oxnard 93036. The $5 donation includes a Continental Breakfast. No reservations are needed. Moderator will be Barbara Doyle of Santa Paula.

Speakers featured will be:
JOE MATHEWS, Co-author of “California Crack Up: How Reform Broke the Golden State and How We Can Fix It,” on how we got here, with one of the longest constitutions in the world, and what can be done.
. CA Editor of Zocalo Public Square and Founder of Global Direct Democracy Academy
at ASU;
. Former reporter at the LA Times, the WSJ, and Baltimore Sun; and
. Now a contributing writer for LA Times and other prominent media outlets.

CAMERON SMYTH, Former Assemblyman (R-38th), who represented Eastern Ventura County, on the role of the Legislature in the initiative process: why do so many issues end up on the ballot and what can be done?
. Smyth was named chair of the Local Government Committee by the Speaker, a
rare honor.
. He served on the Santa Clarita City Council and as Mayor prior to his election in 2006
to the Assembly.

KATHAY FENG, Executive Director of California Common Cause (CCC) and a civil rights attorney, on the process of qualifying propositions for the ballot and ideas for reform.
. Under her leadership, CA Common Cause has been active in championing election
and redistricting reforms, voting rights including on line registration and same day
registration, campaign finance reforms, among other good government issues.

 

Sacramento, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), Vice-Chairman of the Assembly Budget committee, announced today that he has introduced Assembly Bill 208, which will prohibit state employees from receiving a full-time state salary while also concurrently accepting hourly employment positions within the same department. This specific practice to augment pay for state employees was revealed at CALPERS after a recent Sacramento Bee news story and follow up investigation by the Department of Finance.

“This practice, which I believe is pervasive throughout state government, is a back door way to provide salaried employees overtime pay where overtime for those on salary is prohibited,” said Assemblyman Gorell. “Not only does this practice circumvent the state’s compensation policies, but by assigning an employee two job classifications it takes away employment opportunities for the state’s unemployed job-seekers.”

Recent investigations by the Sacramento Bee newspaper staff and the department of finance of payroll data revealed that state workers in nearly a dozen departments hold both a salaried position and another hourly-wage position in-house.

Gorell further stated: “The state controller’s office confirmed yesterday that hundreds of managers, supervisors and other non-hourly state workers in nearly a dozen state departments are using this loophole to receive additional hourly wages above their existing salary. This practice appears to be an inappropriate, and perhaps abusive, use of taxpayer dollars to overcompensate employees for their existing responsibilities.”

 

Sacramento, CA – Statement by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) Vice Chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee on bi-partisan immigration reform proposal at the U.S. Senate:

“I am very encouraged to see bi-partisan action on immigration reform in the U.S. Senate. The details I have read so far appear to be thoughtful reflection of the reality that we need to create a pathway to citizenship, while embracing common sense requirements of border security and an employment verification system going forward. A comprehensive plan is likely to bring tremendous relief to families in California caught in legal uncertainty while laying the foundation for renewed economic vitality for the struggling economy in California.

I call upon the U.S. House of Representatives to follow the example laid out in the Senate and work toward bi-partisan consensus on this important issue. Now is the time for governance and leadership in Washington.”

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State Address:

“The Governor struck a conservative tone today when he spoke of fiscal discipline, local control and regulatory reform.

“But the challenge before California remains the same: growing private sector jobs. If we want to solve our long-term budget problems, we need more taxpayers, not less.

“Despite some job gains, California’s unemployment rate remains among the highest in the nation—many California counties still have double-digit unemployment rates ranging as high as 25%.

“Many entrepreneurs, small business owners and even athletes are considering leaving our state due to rising taxes.

“And while certain government-favored industries are growing, most job creators are struggling to survive under a growing weight of new regulations, taxes and fees.

“It’s far too early to celebrate California’s recovery. Millions have yet to experience it.”

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 – Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today introduced legislation to clarify the way write-in candidates qualify for the general election under California’s “Top Two” election system. Assembly Bill 141 reestablishes the 1% minimum vote requirement, allowing greater legitimacy for the write-in process. The bill would remedy a significant flaw in state election procedures initially brought to light through investigative journalism by Timm Herdt of the Ventura County Star.

“The 1% minimum established a degree of legitimacy for write-in votes by assuring that an individual would not appear in a general election solely by writing in their own name,” stated Assemblymember Gorell. “It makes sense that we would want to continue that requirement under the new system of state elections.”

In 2010, public approval of Proposition 14 dramatically changed the way Californians choose their candidates for elected office. The new “Top Two” general election format was designed so that the two candidates who received the most votes in the state’s primary election would face each other in a November general election, regardless of their own party registration. Unfortunately, the language necessary to maintain a minimum threshold for write-in votes was not included in Prop 14, unintentionally abandoning the longstanding requirement that write-in candidates must receive at least 1% of all votes cast to advance to a general election. AB 141 corrects this oversight by reestablishing that 1% minimum.

 

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

“I commend the Governor for championing fiscal discipline, which is a foreign concept to most Democrats in the Legislature. The Governor has his work cut out for him.

“However, I’m disappointed that we’ve heard virtually nothing from the Governor about spurring job creation and economic growth.

“California’s budget challenges will not be solved by higher taxes, which only serve to chase investment and jobs out of our state and make revenues more volatile.

“If the Governor and Legislature want to ensure California’s solvency, they need to help the private sector succeed in our state. That means fewer taxes and regulations, not more.

“California’s unemployment rate is still too high. We need more jobs.”

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 – Assemblymember Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today introduced legislation to clarify the way write-in candidates qualify for the general election under California’s “Top Two” election system. Assembly Bill 141 reestablishes the 1% minimum vote requirement, allowing greater legitimacy for the write-in process. The bill would remedy a significant flaw in state election procedures initially brought to light through investigative journalism by Timm Herdt of the Ventura County Star.

“The 1% minimum established a degree of legitimacy for write-in votes by assuring that an individual would not appear in a general election solely by writing in their own name,” stated Assemblymember Gorell. “It makes sense that we would want to continue that requirement under the new system of state elections.”

In 2010, public approval of Proposition 14 dramatically changed the way Californians choose their candidates for elected office. The new “Top Two” general election format was designed so that the two candidates who received the most votes in the state’s primary election would face each other in a November general election, regardless of their own party registration. Unfortunately, the language necessary to maintain a minimum threshold for write-in votes was not included in Prop 14, unintentionally abandoning the longstanding requirement that write-in candidates must receive at least 1% of all votes cast to advance to a general election. AB 141 corrects this oversight by reestablishing that 1% minimum.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s January budget proposal:

“I commend the Governor for championing fiscal discipline, which is a foreign concept to most Democrats in the Legislature. The Governor has his work cut out for him.

“However, I’m disappointed that we’ve heard virtually nothing from the Governor about spurring job creation and economic growth.

“California’s budget challenges will not be solved by higher taxes, which only serve to chase investment and jobs out of our state and make revenues more volatile.

“If the Governor and Legislature want to ensure California’s solvency, they need to help the private sector succeed in our state. That means fewer taxes and regulations, not more.

“California’s unemployment rate is still too high. We need more jobs.”

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 – Assembly Budget Committee Vice-Chair Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) today commented on Governor Jerry Brown’s 2013-14 budget plan:

“I think the Governor deserves credit for advancing a budget plan that imposes fiscal restraint at a time where we absolutely need to do that. It obviously resists the urge to spend money that we don’t have, and it also hopefully resists the urge to levy additional taxes and fees upon an economy that is still struggling to get out of a recession.

“We also very much appreciate the additional focus on education, the additional revenues going to public education are important. We are very supportive of that. It sounds like he came close today to endorsing our idea of freezing tuition at California colleges and universities.

”It’s also frankly a good time for us as legislators and Republicans to call upon the Governor to support ACA 4, the ballot initiative negotiated in the 2009 budget to allow voters to decide whether to create a ‘Rainy Day Fund’ which would prevent the kind of fits and starts, or as the Governor said ‘booms and busts’ of California spending and cutting that happened with the ups and downs of the California economy.”

Audio clips of Assemblyman Gorell’s comments are available in MP3 format attached to this email and on the website at: http://arc.asm.ca.gov/member/AD44/?p=audio

 

Sacramento, CA – As the Legislature convened for the new year, Legislative Republicans today wasted no time in taking action to protect California’s college students from costly tuition hikes, introducing legislation to prevent tuition and fee increases at all California State University (CSU), University of California (UC) and community college campuses. Under the proposal, the tuition freeze would last for at least 7 years, the same amount of time the Prop. 30 tax increases are in effect.

“As a college instructor, I have seen firsthand how hard it is for so many of my students to afford the dream of a college education,” said Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, the author of Assembly Bill 67. “The cost of a public university education has almost doubled over the last five years. It’s essential that the Legislature act now to secure these dollars for higher education and prevent further tuition hikes. Our legislation will dedicate these dollars as the voters intended – to our students.”

In November, California voters approved Proposition 30, a statewide tax increase that is expected to generate $50 billion in new revenue over 7 years – including for higher education. Republicans said that while there is a provision in the measure to ensure this new revenue flows directly to schools, there is another provision in the measure which allows the Legislature to reduce current General Fund dollars for K-14 education. As a result, schools will see just a $2.6 billion increase in funding in 2012-13, despite the fact that Proposition 30 will generate $5.3 billion in new revenue.

Worse, there is no provision in Proposition 30 guaranteeing that there will be funding increases for California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) campuses, despite what proponents of the measure said to taxpayers and students during the campaign. While the 2013-14 budget increases funding by $125 million for each system, this is not guaranteed money and it can be reversed with a majority vote of the Legislature. Additionally, the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst recently forecast that funding for the UC and CSU systems will remain relatively flat over the next five fiscal years, even with $50 billion in new revenue anticipated from the passage of Proposition 30.

“The proponents of Prop 30 traveled to many college campuses telling students there would be no new fee increases if it passed,” said Senator Anthony Cannella, R-Ceres, the author of Senate Bill 58. “As we have seen so many times before, money that should go to our public colleges and universities could easily be transferred to fund other programs. This bill makes that promise a guarantee. I hope that all legislators understand the importance of this bill so we can uphold the promise to our students, and give peace of mind that there will be no tuition increases, period.”

Assembly Bill 67 (Gorell) and Senate Bill 58 (Cannella) will each ensure that the will of the people is upheld by requiring that there be no mandatory tuition and fee increases for CSU and UC campuses about the rates set in the 2011-12 academic year, while Proposition 30 remains on the books. Additionally, the measure states the intent of the Legislature that funding for CSU and UC campuses be increased while Proposition 30 is in effect, to make any potential fee increases unnecessary.

 

Sacramento, CA – The California State Assembly today announced that Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) has been chosen to serve as vice-chairman of the Assembly’s Budget Committee. As one of the first acts in this new leadership role Gorell introduced legislation that will give California’s voters the ability to make an earlier decision on implementing the state’s “rainy day” surplus fund. Assembly Bill 54 calls upon the legislature to allow voters to decide upon the pending “rainy day fund” ballot measure sooner than the 2014 general election.

Designed to help the state avoid future budget shortfalls, the measure was originally slated to appear before voters last November, but was postponed two years by the majority party to avoid its possible consequences to spending. However, the Legislative Analyst’s Office is now reporting that in light of the passage of Proposition 30’s tax increases and a forecasted economic recovery, there is “a strong likelihood that the state will have budgetary surpluses” by the 2014-15 budget year. If the state is headed for budget surplus, voters should be able to decide in June of 2014, if not before, how the state will forever handle surplus revenue.

“I am truly honored to hold this position,” stated Gorell. “I look forward to working with both Democrats and Republicans, to be prudent with taxpayer dollars and to refrain from overspending so our Golden State can return to solvency and prosperity once again.”

“Jeff Gorell has been a strong leader for our caucus in making state government more efficient, effective and accountable. As vice chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, Jeff will continue to be an effective voice for California taxpayers; fighting hard for fiscally-responsible budgets that reflect the priorities of all Californians,” said Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, of Tulare.

The Legislative Analyst’s Office report on California’s fiscal outlook can be viewed at: http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2012/bud/fiscal-outlook/fiscal-outlook-201...

 

Oxnard, CA - Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) was today honored by the Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as their 2012 Legislator of the Year.

“Jeff has proven his ability to reach across the aisle to work for the betterment of California and has a thorough understanding of how to get things done in Sacramento,” announced Oxnard Chamber of Commerce President Nancy Lindholm. “Assemblymember Gorell has the ‘fire in the belly’ to bring prosperity back to the Golden State.”

The Chambers of Commerce Alliance of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is a coalition of eleven local Chambers of Commerce throughout Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Headquartered in Oxnard, the alliance works to foster collaboration among the region’s chambers of commerce and to advocate for policies that promote a friendlier business climate.

“Working to restore the economic prosperity of California’s Central Coast is one of my greatest priorities,” stated Gorell. “The partnerships we have built with the region’s Chambers of Commerce are making those goals possible. I look forward to the New Year and continued success.”

In 2012 Assemblyman Gorell was a leader in the effort to create the California Gold Team, an economic development coalition designed to attract businesses and jobs to the community. This project has already drawn interest from the aerospace community to develop the region into a research and manufacturing hub for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), an industry which is expected to grow dramatically over the next decade and provide thousands of new jobs.

Information about the California Gold Team can be found at http://www.CAGoldTeam.org