The labour force contracted by 661,000. This did not show up in the headline jobless rate because so many Americans dropped out of the system. The broad U6 category of unemployment rose to 17.3pc. That is the one that matters.

Wall Street rallied. Bulls hope that weak jobs data will... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/ambroseevans_pritchard/696263...

 


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

SACRAMENTO – Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) today issued the following statements in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s annual State of the State address:

On Job creation:
“The Governor hit the nail on the head when he said job creation is California’s number one priority. Unfortunately, he rests too much hope on creating ‘green’ jobs, which do nothing to help the majority of employers or the unemployed. He should focus more on removing the burdensome hurdles created by government.

“The Governor must keep in mind that government does not create jobs; small business owners and entrepreneurs do.”

On Prison spending

“When the Governor compared prison spending to higher education spending, he fudged the numbers. California budgeted $9.8 billion on prisons this year, while budgeting $13 billion on higher education – a figure that does not include private grant funds. Furthermore, if we really want to significantly reduce prison spending, removing the federal receiver is the first step we should take.”

On seeking federal aide:
“It’s no secret that California taxpayers receive a poor return on investment from the billions of dollars we send to Washington DC. So we are not asking for a federal handout as much as we are seeking a more equitable redistribution of taxpayers’ dollars.”

“I would be encouraged to see an easing of federal payroll tax rules to encourage job growth in California.”

On the Governor’s Tax Commission:

“The Legislature needs to examine the tax structure, but creating a hidden tax on businesses is not the answer. In fact, creating more hurdles for California business and entrepreneurs would be a death knell to our already ailing economy. Whatever we do, we must avoid creating more obstacles for job creation.”

On pension reform:

“We should honor the pension programs we have in place but we should reform the plans of future state employees – keeping in mind that people live and work longer. If we don’t work together now, California is going to be in a world of hurt in the next decade."

 


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

SACRAMENTO – Sen. George Runner (R- Antelope Valley) today issued the following statements in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2010-11 budget plan:

“The Governor is on the right track by looking inward for solutions to California’s budget problems instead of going after the wallets of already-burdened taxpayers.

“I especially support the Governor’s proposal to remove the federal receiver – whose presence in state affairs is unconstitutional – from our prison system to help lower prison costs.

“These internal decisions will be difficult to put into play, but with the state facing a $20 billion deficit living within our means is critical and every program deserves scrutiny.

“It’s time for the Legislature and the Governor to roll up our sleeves and make sure taxpayers are receiving the best value for the money they send to Sacramento.”

 


 

(Thousand Oaks, CA) - “I am encouraged to see the Governor’s 2010-11 budget proposal includes no new taxes on California’s working families and struggling businesses. With the state facing a $20 billion deficit in the next 18 months the Governor and Legislature must take action now. There are no easy choices, but waiting will only make it more painful for the people we serve. We must focus on bringing jobs to California to grow our economy and lead us out of our perpetual budget deficit.”

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

 


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

State Senator George Runner (R- Antelope Valley) and Cameron Smyth (R- Santa Clarita) announced that they will host a legislative hearing on the impact of regulations on local businesses.

In the wake of a study released last year that concluded that the cost of regulation on California businesses is nearly $500 billion annually, and with unemployment at record high levels, the overregulation of businesses is likely one primary cause of the state’s lagging economy and high unemployment rates.

Printable Flyer: http://cssrc.us/web/17/pubs/100115_flyer.pdf

When:
8am-9am on Friday, January 15, 2010

Where:
Santa Clarita City Council Chambers
Santa Clarita City Hall
23920 Valencia Blvd.
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

For more information call: (661) 286-1471

 


 

The Democratic Party was shaken to its core on Tuesday when Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) and Gov. Bill Ritter (D-CO) announced they would not run for re-election in 2010, all on the same day. The source of these Democrats’ fears in facing the American people at the polls is no secret: the American people believe the state of the economy is poor and getting worse. Responding to this dismal environment, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) told the Fremont Tribune on Tuesday: “I think it was a mistake to take health care on as opposed to continuing to spend the time on the economy.” While we agree with Nelson that President Barack Obama’s health care priorities have been grossly misplaced, we shudder to think what more “time on the economy” would have meant from this White House.

Just last month in a speech to The Brookings Institution, President Obama outlined... http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/07/morning-bell-why-the-stimulus-failed...

 

For the past several years, STRATFOR has published an annual forecast on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement. Since our first jihadist forecast in January 2006, we have focused heavily on the devolution of jihadism from a phenomenon primarily involving the core al Qaeda group to one based mainly on the wider jihadist movement and the devolving, decentralized threat it poses.

The central theme of last year’s forecast was that al Qaeda was an important force on the ideological battlefield, but that the efforts of the United States and its allies had marginalized the group on the physical battlefield and kept it bottled up in a limited geographic area. Because of this, we forecast that the most significant threat in terms of physical attacks stemmed from regional jihadist franchises and grassroots operatives and not the al Qaeda core. We also wrote that we believed the threat posed by such attacks would remain tactical and not rise to the level of a strategic threat. To reflect this reality, we even dropped al Qaeda from the title of our annual forecast and simply named it Jihadism in 2009: The Trends Continue.

The past year proved to be very busy in terms of attacks and... http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/20100106_jihadism_2010_threat_continues?u...

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

SACRAMENTO – Sen. George Runner (R-Antelope Valley) today issued the following statements in response to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s annual State of the State address:

On Job creation:
“The Governor hit the nail on the head when he said job creation is California’s number one priority. Unfortunately, he rests too much hope on creating ‘green’ jobs, which do nothing to help the majority of employers or the unemployed. He should focus more on removing the burdensome hurdles created by government.

“The Governor must keep in mind that government does not create jobs; small business owners and entrepreneurs do.”

On Prison spending: CONTINUED »

 
 

We were in Chicago on Thurs. for a trade show and were leaving town just as B.O. was arriving and got into a terrible traffic jam. I haven't seen this on the nightly news on any of the networks. Right in Obama's back yard!! I'm more proud of the folks in the windy city than I thought was ever possible! By the way, I didn't see ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC covering this - did you? Wonder why... http://americangrandjury.org/obama-visits-chicago-the-home-crowd-wasnt-i...

 

Speaking at a town hall meeting on August 21, 2008, in Chester, Virginia, then-candidate Barack Obama promised the American people: “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies … what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents … And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.” The participants around Obama’s fictional big table may have changed depending on where he was speaking, but throughout his campaign the essential promise was always there: “negotiations televised on C-SPAN.”

Of course, Obama already broke this promise to the American people...http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/05/morning-bell-a-sham-of-a-process-for-a-sham-of-a-bill/

 

This past weekend the American public learned that not only was the Obama administration briefed about the bombing technique attempted on Flight 253, not only did the United States have information that a Nigerian was being prepared for a terrorist attack by al Qaeda in Yemen, but our government also knew that an “Umar Farouk” was involved.

Following these revelations, the Obama administration again took to the Sunday shows to defend their national security record. Last week Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano tried to convince Americans that “the system worked”. She failed. This Sunday, Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism John Brennan did admit that the system failed on Christmas Day but still insisted: “Every other day the system has worked this year….The system is working.”

No, it is not. The complete failure of the Obama administration to... http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/04/morning-bell-the-system-is-failing/

 

While millions of Americans are more than ready to put 2009 behind them, they should know that Congress failed to reauthorize dozens of tax breaks for individuals and businesses before the Members scurried home for the Holidays. These “expiring provisions” affect every American in one way or another as individuals or businesses. By allowing them to lapse, Congress has enacted tax increases at time when these taxpayers can least afford it.

The House has passed legislation (H.R. 4213) that would have extended 63... http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/01/morning-bell-happy-tax-year/

 

Refusing to interrupt his Hawaiian golf vacation for almost three full days after the Flight 253 attack, President Barack Obama finally emerged on December 28th to assure the American people that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was “an isolated extremist” and that he had already “been charged with attempting to destroy an aircraft.” Continuing to treat the incident like a common law-enforcement problem Obama referred to Abdulmutallab as the “suspect” five times and promised he would “not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable.”

Perhaps Obama should have stayed on the links for another 24... http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/30/morning-bell-does-obama-realize-we-a...

 

An attempted jihad attack on Christmas Day has revealed that Americans are much more vulnerable to such attacks than most have believed – while government officials whistle in the dark. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the 23-year-old son of a wealthy Nigerian banker, tried to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 just before it landed in Detroit. In response, Barack Obama chose not to cut short his golfing vacation in Hawaii; the White House announced that he would “likely” have something to say about this latest attempted jihad attack on U.S. soil “in the next few days.” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was ebullient, maintaining that “the system worked” and “everything happened that should have.”

Unless the “system” consisted of relying on passengers to tackle jihadists...http://frontpagemag.com/2009/12/28/flight-253-and-counterterror%e2%80%99s-epic-fail-by-robert-spencer/

 
 
A grand jury has charged that three Hughson City Council members violated the Brown Act and other rules and ordinances and recommended that they be removed from office

Three Hughson City Council members received not so glad tidings on Tuesday when the Civil Grand Jury handed down a recommendation that they be removed from office.

“The Civil Grand Jury finds that the preponderance of evidence shows that Councilmen A, B, and C promoted their own agenda against the best interests of the citizens of Hughson,” according to the Civil Grand Jury Case No. 010-04.

The three council members are not named in the grand jury recommendation and referred to as Councilman A, B, and C but descriptions of each council member make their identities obvious. Thom Crowder is described as Councilman A, being appointed in January to fill the vacant position by the mayor and owning an ambulance service. Doug Humphreys, who is a former director of the Hughson Fire Protection District, is described as Councilman B. Ben Manley, who was elected in November 2008 and is a former member of the Hughson Planning Commission, is described as Councilman C.

According to the grand jury report, public documents such as e-mails, newspaper articles, and... http://www.firstamendmentcoalition.org/2009/12/central-california-grand-...

 

Christmas, 1776.
Summer had begun with strong declarations of noble ideals, but by winter the cause of liberty seemed to be at low ebb. Having suffered defeat after defeat, many had all but given up hope. It looked like freedom would succumb yet again, as it had throughout history, to the forces of authoritarianism and tyranny.

Then, on Christmas Day, 1776, a small band of colonial forces... http://blog.heritage.org/2009/12/25/morning-bell-remembering-the-provide...

 

Why let a holiday season come between the White House and making some political statements? The White House pegged controversial designer Simon Doonan to oversee the Christmas decorations for the White House. Mr. Doonan, who is creative director of Barney’s New York has often caused a stir with his design choices. Like his naughty yuletide window display of Margaret Thatcher as a dowdy dominatrix and Dan Quayle as a ventriloquist’s dummy. For this year’s White House, he didn’t disappoint... http://biggovernment.com/2009/12/22/transvestites-mao-and-obama-decorate...

 

The City is currently accepting applications from persons interested in representing Fillmore on the Board of Commissioners for the Ventura County Area Housing Authority of the County of Ventura.
Fillmore has two seats on the Area Housing Authority Commission, with one seat currently vacant. The Authority, which also includes representatives from the cities of Camarillo, Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ojai, and from unincorporated Ventura County, is responsible for providing a number of services to county residents and holds as its mandate the provision of "decent, affordable housing accommodations for low-income families, elderly, handicapped and disabled residents." The Authority's 15-member Commission generally meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. at the offices of the Area Housing Authority, located at 1400 West Hillcrest Drive in Newbury Park.
Interested persons are urged to apply as soon as possible by submitting a letter of interest and a Citizen Advisory Group Applicant Information Form to the City of Fillmore, City Clerk’s office, attention Ky Spangler, Provisional Administrative Specialist, as soon as possible. Applications are also available at the front desk at Fillmore City Hall (250 Central Avenue) or on the City's website at: http://www.fillmoreca.com/comfaq.htm. For information on the application process please contact Ky Spangler at 805-524-1500, extension 211.
The appointment will be made by the Mayor following a simple interview process. Commissioners are appointed to four-year terms. For more information on the Area Housing Authority of Ventura County, see, http://www.ahacv.org/; on the Commissioners, see: http://www.ahacv.org/who_we_are.shtml#2; or call the Area Housing Authority at (805) 480-9991, extension 850.