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

As the United States Senate takes on the health care issue, there is a clear difference of opinion on whether this $850 billion program will rein in rising health care costs or further bankrupt our nation. In a piece written recently in the Sacramento Bee, columnist Dan Walters noted a provision inserted into the 2,000-plus page health care bill that would wreak havoc on California.

Walters wrote that 34 years ago California passed a law that imposed a $250,000 limit on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. Walters also noted that during the 1970s, in response to the skyrocketing insurance premiums for malpractice insurance, many doctors threatened to leave the state or abandon specialized practices, particularly obstetrics.

However, California’s malpractice cap, which also was enacted in 30 other states, has been put on the chopping block by Speaker Nancy Pelosi in the health care bill pushed through the House. In the recently approved House health care bill, any state that repeals the malpractice cap would receive “incentive payments”— a modern day payoff.

As noted by Walters, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that state malpractice caps save $54 billion in health care costs over a decade. But, with double-digit unemployment and projected yearly deficits, special interest payoff “incentives” might be too enticing for some of our state officials, even if it creates an ongoing negative impact on Californians’ medical care.

Personally, I don’t see how this bill can get out of the Senate for multiple reasons.

A recently released letter from the CBO noted that a family of four making $66,000 a year would have to pay out $10,000, or 10% of their income, for health care under the House bill. Those costs already include 58% of the premium that the government plans to pick up. But, not increased premiums. The CBO also forecasts that government heath care premiums would be more expensive than for policies sold by private companies, substantially increasing total health care costs for working families.

Furthermore, will seniors allow billion dollar cuts to Medicare? Will labor unions allow a 40% tax on health insurance policies they currently own? It’s highly unlikely, so the bill stands a good chance of dying, but we’ll see.

If the top issues facing our state and nation are paying down the debt and improving our economy, how is spending $850 billion on a new government program going to accomplish those goals? And, with a $21 billion deficit, how will the state of California come up with the $2 billion price tag for this new plan?


California Taxpayers to Lawmakers: Just say ‘No’ to new taxes

As the cold, harsh realities of California’s dismal economy continues to settle in many California households, it’s no wonder taxpayer groups(like Californians Against Higher Taxes) are beating the drum: No new taxes!

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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Persons interested in serving on the City’s Planning Commission are invited to apply by Friday, January 29, 2010.

One position on the Planning Commission will be filled. The appointment will be for a four-year term, and the person appointed will take their seat in February. The five-member Planning Commission serves an active role in local land-use decisions and generally meets the second Wednesday following the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

This seat on the Planning Commission may be held by a non-City resident. Non-resident commissioners shall be closely associated with issues of the City, per the Fillmore Municipal Code.

Local residents interested in being considered for appointment to the commission must submit a City Commission Application Form no later than 5 p.m. on Friday,
January 29, 2010 to the City Clerk, Fillmore City Hall, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015. Applications are available at the front desk at Fillmore City Hall (250 Central Avenue) or on the City's website at

Appointments will be made by the Mayor, with approval of the City Council, following an interview with and recommendation from the City Council Interview/Selection Committee.

For further information on the application process please call (805) 524-1500, extension 211.



The climate treaty negotiations inside Copenhagen’s Bella Center at the United Nations Climate Change Conference ground to a halt yesterday when the G-77, the largest group of developing nations, walked out. These poorer nations demanded that richer nations sign a treaty that includes a large transfer of wealth to the developing world to compensate for the developed world’s historical contribution to global warming. The G-77 countries ended their walkout after less than two hours, perhaps because global warming has had no apparent impact on December Copenhagen temperatures.

Stuck out in the cold trying to get into the convention...


Campaigners issued a dossier with 100 reasons why climate change is natural and not man-made. CAMPAIGNERS yesterday attempted to pour scorn on “tenuous” global warming theories by issuing a dossier detailing 100 reasons why climate change is natural and not man-made.

The list includes the controversial claim that there is...


Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is.

People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes.

An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the constitutional rights and privileges of the Americans he murdered. Our justice system, we are told, must be an example to the world, as if that will impress jihadists making IEDs in some faraway hideout.

McCabe, Huertas and Keefe neither need nor...

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

Last week, I visited an oil drilling platform, known as “Irene,” five miles off the Coast of Santa Barbara County. I had a chance to witness first-hand the good work that goes on to supply energy to American families.

Irene is part of the Tranquillon Ridge Project, which would allow one of California’s leading oil and natural gas producers, Plains Exploration & Production Co., to access oil and gas reserves located beneath California state waters.

The project is a win-win for the environment and the economy:

PXP will convey approximately 3,900 acres of land to The Trust for Public Land, including approximately 3,700 acres adjacent to the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve in the Lompoc Valley and up to 200 acres on the Gaviota Coast. These lands will be permanently protected for open space and public access.

The T-Ridge project will include a legally enforceable “end date” CONTINUED »


Persons interested in serving on the City of Fillmore Film Commission are invited to submit an application to the City by Monday, February 1, 2010.

The Film Commission serves an active role in marketing Fillmore to the film industry as well as helping to develop filming policies for the City. The commission generally meeting the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Film Commissioners also participate in an annual film location exposition, which serves to highlight what Fillmore has to offer to the film industry. Monthly meetings of the five-person commission generally last about one hour.

Two seats on the commission are open for appointment. Interested residents are asked to obtain a Citizens Advisory Group application and submit it at Fillmore City Hall attn: Provisional Administrative Specialist, Ky Spangler, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA 93015. Applications are available at City Hall (at the front desk) and may also be found on the City’s website at Applicants may include a letter of interest with their application.

Applications will be accepted up to 5 p.m. on Monday, February 1. Applicants will be interviewed by the City Council Interview/Selection Committee, which will make a recommendation for appointment to the Mayor and City Council. Terms are for four years; the persons appointed would serve through 2014.

For additional information on the application process, please contact Ky Spangler at (805) 524-1500, extension 211, or via email at:


If you are one of the few Americans who still subscribes, your morning newspaper probably has a headline like this: Democrats Reach Deal on Health Plan. Don’t believe it. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is still light years away from producing the 60 votes necessary to pass Obamacare out of the Senate. And the few details that have leaked out about this new “broad agreement” only reveal just how desperate Reid is to get any bill on to President Obama’s desk by the New Year.

Of course, there is no good policy reason why...


An innocent young girl rises from her bed in a dry, barren wasteland and watches as an earthquake violently splits the land around her, while a tornado rips apart a metropolis far in the distance. A tidal wave rushes toward her, and she jumps to a tree branch with no time to spare, avoiding a horrific death. She awakens from her nightmare, screaming in fear, and then solemnly implores the viewer, “Please help the world.” This exploitative video from the environmental left shockingly debuted yesterday at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference and is likely the first of many assaults on the senses employed to gin up support for a global climate treaty that would lead to an even more apocalyptic end for the U.S. economy.

Those disaster-movie-style scare tactics are...

City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore


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Imagine an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting where all the members showed up drunk and with extra cases of wine, beer, and booze to keep them happy. Now imagine that that same group of drunks was empowered to make trillions of dollars worth of economic decisions for everybody in the world. This absurd scenario swiftly summarizes the United Nations Climate Change Conference beginning today, and lasting through December 18, in Copenhagen.

Despite the fact that the entire conference is...


The whistleblower deep in the basement of one of the ugly, modern tower-blocks of the dismal, windswept University of East Anglia could scarcely have timed it better.

In less than three weeks, the world’s governing class – its classe politique – would meet in Copenhagen, Denmark, to discuss a treaty to inflict an unelected and tyrannical global government on us, with vast and unprecedented powers to control all once-free world markets and to tax and regulate the world’s wealthier nations for its own enrichment: in short, to bring freedom, democracy, and prosperity to an instant end worldwide, at the stroke of a pen, on the pretext of addressing what is now known to be the non-problem of manmade “global warming.”

As usual, we can always count on Lord Monckton to deliver...


Allen West on Fort Hood Massacre

13 American Soldiers were killed and another 30 wounded at a horrific mass shooting at US Army installation, Ft Hood Texas. As I watched in horror and then anger I recalled my two years of final service in the Army as a Battalion Commander at Ft Hood, 2002-2004.

My wife and two daughters were stunned at the incident having lived on the post in family housing.

A military installation, whether it is Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or Coast Guard, is supposed to be a safe sanctuary for our Warriors and their families. It is intended to provide a home whereby our “Band of Brothers and Sisters” can find solace and bond beyond just the foxhole but as family units.

A military installation is...


In January 2008, the United States economy employed 138.1 million people and the unemployment rate stood at 4.9%. But the powers in Washington thought deficit spending could boost a slowing economy, so Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) passed and President George Bush signed a $168 billion economic stimulus bill made up of temporary tax cuts and increased mortgage grantees for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. By January 2009 that economic stimulus worked so well that the U.S. economy had lost 3.5 million jobs and the unemployment rate stood at 7.6%. Again the powers in Washington thought deficit spending was the answer, so Speaker Nancy Pelosi and newly minted President Barack Obama dialed up $787 billion in temporary tax cuts and permanent spending increases. Ten months later, the U.S. economy has now shed another 3.59 million jobs and the unemployment rate stand at 10%.

Undeterred by the complete failure of their past job creation efforts...


As important as the outcome of this case is the precedent it could set for extending special treatment to Muslim employees to the exclusion of others -- essentially creating a second class of employees: workplace dhimmis. "Hertz sued over Muslim prayers," from Bloomberg, December 2:

Hertz Global Holdings Inc., the second-largest U.S. rental car company, was sued by...


In 1969 a brilliant law student stood in a park in Chicago and gave a speech about Vietnam. Her friends burned flags and hurled obscenities at the U.S. Military. The United States fell prey to this Marxist propaganda, and millions of our fellow human beings were slaughtered or enslaved when we abandoned the Vietnamese people.

Forty years later, a brilliant lawyer from Chicago, now our President, stood before the U.S. Military and gave the same speech about Vietnam. He did outline his plan for the War in Afghanistan, but Obama’s most important message for our soldiers at West Point was an echo from the park, from the Days of Rage:
“There are those who suggest that Afghanistan is...


An interview with Newsmax.

"Expert: Obama's Fort Hood Terrorism Denial Dangerous," by John Rossomando in Newsmax, November 30:

President Barack Obama's failure to condemn Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan's murderous rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, as a terrorist attack emboldens radical Muslims bent on attacking the United States, a noted author on the jihadist movement tells Newsmax.

Robert Spencer said he does not believe Hasan's actions in killing 13 and wounding 30 were those of a crazed lone gunman but are connected to a larger effort of Islamic terrorists to create havoc around the country.

"It's part of the larger wave of attacks that we have seen...


Talk about your global warming . . . When an estimated 16,500 delegates, activists and reporters descend upon Copenhagen Monday for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, a lot of hot air will follow.

The U.N. estimates the 12-day conference will create...,2933,579071,00.html

Congressman Elton Gallegly
Congressman Elton Gallegly
Serving the 24th Congressional District encompasses most of Ventura County and inland Santa Barbara County.

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA) issued the following statement on President Obama’s Afghanistan strategy.

“Our goal in Afghanistan must be to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban. To do that, President Obama and Congress must give our military men and women every tool available, including an expanded technological presence, to minimize the costs in terms of lives and time and to ensure victory.

“Partial measures and artificial deadlines are not acceptable. While I support the President’s decision to increase troop levels in Afghanistan, I question whether it is enough to achieve our goals with minimal casualties. I hope it is, but I also urge the President to keep an open mind on deploying more troops if necessary and to act quickly to protect our forces already there.

“I also question announcing a July 2011 deadline to begin troop withdrawals. That only tells our enemies to lay low for 18 months to give us a false sense of victory.

“Much of the President’s strategy in Afghanistan is based on the stabilization of the country. But stabilizing Afghanistan offers some serious challenges. From Alexander the Great in 326 BCE to the Soviet Union in the 1970s, history has shown time and again that governing Afghanistan is tenuous at best.

“Unlike Alexander the Great and the Soviet Union, we did not attack the Taliban in 2002 to conquer Afghanistan but to bring the 9/11 perpetrators to justice and to destroy al Qaeda’s capacity to attack us again. That must remain our goal.

“It is unclear that President Hamid Karzai has the capacity or support of his countrymen to unify Afghanistan. While it would be desirable, the United States risks a protracted and unwinnable war if we base our success on a unified Afghanistan or on establishing a Western-style democracy in that country. Whether Afghanistan is unified or is ruled by tribal leaders who are enemies of terrorism does not matter. What matters is that the country does not become a safe haven for terrorists again and that al Qaeda and the Taliban be eliminated as a threat to the United States.”