Barring a sudden change in weather, sometime tonight North Korea will likely launch a multistage rocket over Japan, far into the Pacific Ocean. The Kim Jong Il regime is claiming the launch is a test of their civilian satellite program, but it is widely understood that this claim is just a pretext for testing their Taepodong-2 intercontinental ballistic missile.

A 2001 National Intelligence Estimate by the U.S. Intelligence Community assessed a two-stage Taepo Dong-2 could target Alaska, Hawaii, and the western United States while a three stage missile could threaten all of North America with a nuclear warhead. And just last week the Washington Post reported that U.S. and independent intelligence experts agree that North Korea has built or is attempting to build nuclear warheads small enough to fit on its ballistic missile arsenal. CONTINUED »

 


 
Help a military veteran find a job & Latest report on Alzheimer’s in California is released
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

Help a military veteran find a job

One of the biggest challenges our military men and women face is settling back in to the civilian world – particularly when it comes to finding jobs.

I have always been mindful of the challenges facing our returning Armed Forces. And now with the ongoing financial and employment difficulties that our nation is facing, it has become exceedingly difficult for military folks to find work in the private sector.

In an effort to support members of the United States military who have returned home after serving their country, I have compiled a list of web sites dedicated to providing residents and businesses the opportunity to hire from bases located in their communities.

cdva.ca.gov/VetService/Overview.aspx

PatriotJobs.net

RecruitArmy.com

HireAHero.org

USAJobs.com

HirePatriots.com CONTINUED »

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

CITY HALL
250 CENTRAL AV.
FILLMORE, CA 93015
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
1:00 P.M.
And
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
6:30 P.M.

AGENDA

NO NEW BUSINESS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AFTER THE HOUR OF 11:30 P.M. UNLESS A MAJORITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL DETERMINES TO CONTINUE BEYOND THAT HOUR.

ITEM REFERENCE**
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - This is time for citizen presentations or comments not related to items appearing on the agenda, but within responsibility of the City Council. (Please do not exceed 5 minutes per topic).

4. CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR – None.

5. CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS ITEMS

5A. Discussion and Consideration of Salary, Benefits and Other Compensation for Oral
Transitional City Manager. CONTINUED »

 

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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 presented a measure in the Senate Judiciary Committee that will add expediency to the adoption process and move children out of foster care and group homes faster.

Senate Bill 179, which passed with a 5-0 vote, shortens the time that a birth parent has to file a notice of appeal—from 60 to 30 days—when the court orders the termination of parental rights. Parental rights are only terminated following multiple failures by the birth parent to successfully reunify with biological children, typically due to serious problems including drug abuse, physical or mental abuse, or neglect.

“This bill is about stability for these kids who have greatly suffered, and finally have an opportunity for a loving family and home,” Runner said. “So many kids are getting lost in foster care and group homes. The state needs to lower hurdles for families willing to provide homes to kids whose biological parents have failed them.”

SB 179 also modifies the current process of serving notice to birth parents when the court terminates parental rights.

“This legislation is a cost effective way to expedite adoptions without adversely impacting the rights of birth parents and their kids,” Runner said. “All parties –
most importantly the adoptive families – will know sooner if there will be an appeal, and this will decrease anxiety and accelerate permanency.”

The bill now goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

 


 
California will face huge operating deficits in future years
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

Introduction

On February 20, 2009 the Governor signed a new budget package that projected a $5.6 billion operating surplus and a $2 billion reserve for the General Fund at the end of 2009-10. On Friday the Legislative Analyst's Office (LAO) updated its revenue forecasts, identifying a new $8 billion shortfall of estimated revenues for 2009-10. Absent any corrective actions, the LAO now projects that the state will face a $2.3 billion operating deficit and the General Fund will end the 2009-10 fiscal year $6 billion in the hole (with no reserve). And, the LAO estimates that the state will face huge operating deficits that will grow to $26.4 billion in 2013-14. The following table reflects the LAO's projections for operating deficits over the next five years.

Additional Budget Risks

Also note that these projections assume that California voters will approve all of the ballot measures on the May 19, 2009 Special Election ballot. As such, there are very major risks associated with the existing budget plan. If the measures related to the lottery ($5 billion), Proposition 10 ($600 million), and Proposition 63 ($230 million) are defeated, the state will need to solve for an additional $5.8 billion hole in 2009-10.

Deficit Drivers CONTINUED »

 

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL AND FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION
JOINT MEETING

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2009
6:30 P.M.

FILLMORE UNIFIED – BOARD ROOM
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

(A Social will be held at 6:00 p.m. with a meeting to follow at approximately 6:30 p.m.)

AGENDA

ITEM REFERENCE**

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Oral

2. ROLL CALL Oral

3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS Oral
Oral Communications is the time for citizen presentations or comments on items not on the agenda, but within the responsibility of the City Council and School Board. Please complete an Audience Participation Form prior to the beginning of oral communications and hand it to the clerk if you wish to speak. Please stay within the time limit indicated by the Mayor. If you wish to speak on an item on this agenda, please fill out an Audience Participation Form and hand it to the clerk prior to that item.

4. APPROVAL OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS

5. INFORMATION / DISCUSSION ITEMS

5A. Relationship with the City of Fillmore and Common Goals between the City and Fillmore
Unified School District. (Materials)

5B. Update on Military Banners Located on Central Avenue. CONTINUED »

 

 

Story Courtesy Reuters

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek addresses the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

STRASBOURG, France — A top European Union politician on Wednesday slammed U.S. plans to spend its way out of recession as "a way to hell."

Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek, whose country currently holds the EU presidency, told the European Parliament that President Barack Obama's massive stimulus package and banking bailout "will undermine the stability of the global financial market."

A day after his government collapsed because of a parliamentary vote of no-confidence, Topolanek took the EU presidency on a collision course with Washington over how to deal with the global economic recession.

Most European leaders favor tighter financial regulation, while the U.S. has been pushing for larger economic stimulus plans.

Topolanek's comments are the strongest criticism so far from a European leader as the 27-nation bloc bristles from recent U.S. criticism that it is not spending enough to stimulate demand. CONTINUED »

 

On March 2, 2009, the Santa Paula City Council approved the creation of a Toland Landfill Oversight Committee. The purpose of the Committee is to review current and proposed activities of the Toland Landfill, which is operated by the Ventura Regional Sanitation District. Based on public input and discussion, the Committee will make a recommendation to the City Council as it relates to the activities of the Toland Landfill. The Toland Landfill Oversight Committee will consist of two Santa Paula Councilmembers, two City of Fillmore Councilmembers, Supervisor Kathy Long and four residents from Santa Paula and Fillmore.

Interested members of the public are invited to contact the Santa Paula City Clerk’s office by phone at (805) 933-4208 or by visiting City Hall at 970 Ventura Street, no later than Friday, April 10, 2009.

 
Courtesy The Heritage Foundation

Maybe Jay Leno should host Meet the Press. Bowling and canine questions aside, Leno pressed President Barack Obama hard on the House’s vote to strip AIG employees of their retention bonuses via the tax code:

Well, here’s something that kind of scared me. Today they passed this thing that says we’re going to tax 90 percent of these bonuses. And the part that scares me is, I mean, you’re a good guy — if the government decides they don’t like a guy, all of a sudden, hey, we’re going to tax you and then, boom, and it passes. I mean, that seems a little scary as a taxpayer.

And taxpayers should be scared by this Administration. Especially considering Obama’s answer:

I think that the best way to handle this is to make sure that you’ve closed the door before the horse gets out of the barn. … The change I’d like to see in terms of tax policy is that we have a system, going back to where we were back in the 1990s, where you and I who are doing pretty well pay a little bit more to pay for health care, to pay for energy, to make sure that kids can go to college who aren’t as fortunate as our — as my kids might be. Those are the kinds of measured steps that we can take. CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2009

TOWNE THEATRE WALK THROUGH
338 Central Av.
5:30 P.M.

Council will then adjourn to:

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
6:30 P.M.

FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
250 CENTRAL AVENUE
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA

ITEM REFERENCE**

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Oral

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Oral

3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS Oral
Oral Communications is the time for citizen presentations or comments on items not on the agenda, but within the responsibility of the City Council. Please complete an Audience Participation Form prior to the beginning of oral communications and hand it to the clerk if you wish to speak. Please stay within the time limit indicated by the Mayor. If you wish to speak on an item on this agenda, please fill out an Audience Participation Form and hand it to the clerk prior to that item.

4. CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR (6:50p)
4A. Warrant List for March 24, 2009. Copy CONTINUED »

 

Agenda Item 9A regarding Fillmore City Council Business Item, Implementation of Measure I.

See file attachment below.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

CITY HALL
250 CENTRAL AV.
FILLMORE, CA 93015
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2009
6:30 P.M.

AGENDA

NO NEW BUSINESS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AFTER THE HOUR OF 11:30 P.M. UNLESS A MAJORITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL DETERMINES TO CONTINUE BEYOND THAT HOUR.

ITEM REFERENCE**
1. CALL TO ORDER
2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - This is time for citizen presentations or comments not related to items appearing on the agenda, but within responsibility of the City Council. (Please do not exceed 5 minutes per topic).

4. CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR – None.

5. CITY COUNCIL BUSINESS ITEMS
5A. Council Consideration and Direction for Contract Transitional Pool Manager. Copy
5B. Award of Contract for Fillmore High School Recycled Water. Memo CONTINUED »

 

January 20, 2009:
1. Outgoing President George W. Bush quietly boards his helicopter and leaves for Texas, commenting only: "Today is not about me. Today is a historical day for our nation and people."

Eight years ago yesterday:
1. Outgoing President Bill Clinton schedules two separate radio addresses to the nation, and organizes a public farewell speech/ rally in downtown Washington D.C. scheduled to directly conflict with incoming President Bush's inauguration ceremony.

Yesterday:
2. President Bush leaves office without issuing a single Presidential pardon, only granting a commutation of sentence to two former border patrol agents convicted of shooting a convicted drug smuggler. He does not grant any type of clemency to Scooter Libby or any other former political aide, ally, or business partner.

Eight years ago yesterday:
2. President Clinton issues 140 pardons and several commutations of sentence on his final day in office. Included in these are: billionaire financier, convicted tax evader, and leading Democratic campaign contributor Marc Rich; Whitewater scandal figure Susan McDougal; Congressional Post Office Scandal figure and former Democratic Congressman Dan Rostenkowski; convicted bank fraud, sexual assault and child porn perpetrator and former Democratic Congressman Melvin Reynolds; and convicted drug felon Roger Clinton, the President's half-brother.

Yesterday:
3. The Bush daughters leave gift baskets in the White House bedrooms for the Obama daughters, containing flowers, candy, stuffed animals, DVD's and CD's, and heartfelt notes of encouragement and advice for the young girls on how to prepare for their new lives in the White House.

Eight years ago Yesterday:
3. Clinton and Gore staffers rip computer wires and electrical outlets from the White House walls, stuff piles of notebook papers into the White House toilets, systematically remove the letter "W" from every computer key-pad in the entire White House, and damage several thousand dollars worth of furniture in the White House master bedroom.

Headlines On This Date 4 Years Ago:
"Republicans spending $42 million on inauguration while troops Die in unarmored Humvees"

"Bush extravagance exceeds any reason during tough economic times"

"Fat cats get their $42 million inauguration party, Ordinary Americans get the shaft"

Headlines Today:
"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $170 million"

"Obama Spends $170 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"

"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"

 

Story courtesy The Heritage Foundation

In the first two months of 2009, there were about 200 fatalities in Afghanistan including 29 U.S. troops. But in January alone, over 1,000 people have died in Mexico’s escalating drug war. Fueled by a $25 billion a year industry, Mexico’s two largest drug cartels have an estimated combined 100,000 foot soldiers battling each other and Mexico’s own 130,000 strong army. The increased violence has not been confined to Mexico. Phoenix, Arizona, has seen a spike in Mexican drug-smuggling related kidnappings and Atlanta, Georgia, has become the principal distribution center for the entire eastern United States. And in Northern California, firefighters battling blazes have had confrontations with Mexican drug gangs over their marijuana cultivation on public lands. The first duty of any state is to protect its citizens. We must stem the flow of drug violence into this country.

Speaking to regional newspapers yesterday, President Barack Obama said: “We’re going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense.” They don’t make sense. At least not right now.

President George Bush did send 6,000 National Guard troops to the border in 2006 as part of Operation Jump Start. But those forces were meant to supplement Department of Homeland Security officers until more permanent numbers of border forces could be hired and trained. Since that time the feds have successfully doubled their border manpower to over 18,000. If there is a true border “crisis” the federal government already has contingency plans in place that include the National Guard. We are not there yet. CONTINUED »

 

Story Courtesy The Heritage Foundation

Outlining his educational policy yesterday, President Barack Obama said: “And I want every child in this country to have the same chance that my mother gave me, that my teachers gave me, that my college professors gave me, that America gave me.” These are wonderful words, but unless President Obama vetoes the $410 billion omnibus spending bill heading towards his desk, he will fall far short of living up to them.

Inserted into the omnibus’ 1,132 pages is language dictated to Congress by teachers’ unions killing 1,700 scholarships that enable kindergarten through 12th grade students from low-income families in the District of Columbia to attend private schools. Conservatives in the Senate fought to strip the provision from the bill last night, but were defeated by the liberal majority. CONTINUED »

 

Written by Heidi Swander

I read an article recently that began with these chilling words, "The Institute for Health Freedom (IHF) warns that the economic stimulus bill mandates electronic health records for every citizen without providing for opt-out or patient consent provisions." By now you most likely know this. (If not, I refer you to Jan's Feb. 21st program where she spoke about this topic with Twila Brase of the Citizens' Council on Healthcare.)

Think the mandated inclusion of electronic health records is a creation of the currently-officiating members of our executive and legislative branches? Think again. From a careful reading of chapter 8 in the book, It Could Happen Tomorrow, by Gary Frazier, I discovered that this is a well-orchestrated plan that has been in the works for some time.

What you may not know is that in 2007 President Bush signed an agreement that commits the U.S. to economic integration with Europe, and that one of the provisions of the agreement was creating regulatory convergence between the U.S. and the E.U., including integrating health records electronically! CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
CITY HALL

250 CENTRAL AV.
FILLMORE, CA 93015
MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009

5:00 P.M.

AGENDA
NO NEW BUSINESS WILL BE CONSIDERED BY THE CITY COUNCIL AFTER THE HOUR OF 11:30 P.M. UNLESS A MAJORITY OF THE CITY COUNCIL DETERMINES TO CONTINUE BEYOND THAT HOUR

ITEM REFERENCE**
1. CALL TO ORDER

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

3. ORAL COMMUNICA TIONS - This is time for citizen presentations or comments not related to items appearing on the agenda, but within
responsibility of the City Council. (Please do not exceed 5 minutes per topic).

4. CITY COUNCIL CONSENT CALENDAR - None. CONTINUED »

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2009

REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
6:30 P.M.

FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
250 CENTRAL AVENUE
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA

ITEM REFERENCE**

1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Oral

2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Oral

3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS Oral CONTINUED »

 
What is happening with the FEMA flood insurance program?
Bert Rapp
Bert Rapp
City of Fillmore, Public Works Director

New Flood Insurance Requirements Coming.

Beginning in January 2010, approximately 1,500 homes and businesses in Fillmore will need to purchase flood insurance. The cost of the insurance will range from $50 to $100 per month per home or business. This new requirement is due to an update in the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Fillmore now being prepared by FEMA. The property owners affected are those whose property is encumbered by a federally backed loan.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will hold a community meeting in Fillmore to explain the new requirements on September 30, 2009 at the Memorial Building from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. At this meeting, FEMA will explain why flood insurance will be necessary and how insurance may be purchased prior to January 2010 at a savings of approximately 50% on the insurance premium.

The City areas affected are the southwest part of town bordered by Sespe Creek, Old Telegraph Road, A Street and the Santa Clara River; the El Dorado Mobile Home Park and the Sespe Industrial Park adjacent to El Dorado. CONTINUED »