April 17, 2009
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington , DC 20500

Mr. Obama:
I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.
You=2 0are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America . You are responsible to the citizens of the United States .. You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.
I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe ? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?
Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States ? This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?
Your bowing to the &n bsp;king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans. Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia . You don't show Great Britain, our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia .. How dare you, sir! How dare you! CONTINUED »


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

With our economy in shambles and our markets frozen, the last thing we need right now are more Californians out of work. And, as Californians weigh in on the upcoming ballot measures, our state is poised to have the highest tax burden in the country, as well as one of the least business-friendly environments in the nation. The combination of higher unemployment and greater taxes for those still clinging to their jobs and businesses could be fatal for California.

It is well understood, California has been the home to numerous innovators and industry leaders. Unfortunately, many of these companies have been forced to fold or leave the state. Last year, more Californians left the state, some 135,000, than those who settled here, and these numbers are getting worse. In particular, our tech and shipping industries are seriously burdened by the growing regulation coming out of Sacramento. The burdens and restrictions placed on our state’s businesses, coupled with federal tax increases targeting their owners and entrepreneurs, could be the perfect recipe for yet another disaster once income, sales, and car taxes passed earlier this year are added to the mix.

The lesson learned must be that California cannot afford irresponsible public policy at a time like this. We must fight for policies that encourage, rather than hinder business growth. Senate Republicans are offering common sense solutions, such as greater workplace flexibility. We’re also working to reform government and decrease the tax burden on our citizens.

Now, more than ever, we need those in Sacramento to make the tough choices and put the California taxpayer first. In the end, our damaged economy and the future of this state depends on the decisions made in the Legislature over the next year. We must come to terms with our own problems and put aside our philosophies. If past actions are the beginning, California cannot survive unless Sacramento changes its status quo.


for Kevin McSweeney and Bert Rapp

We are writing this letter in support of Kevin McSweeney and Bert Rapp and all the other hard working and dedicated employees of the City of Fillmore. It is very distressing to us that there have been numerous resignations of management from the City of Fillmore in the past few weeks. As public employees ourselves we wanted to respond to comments made in regard to residency of city employees. One need only look at an employee’s dedication to the city not whether they live in the city that they work. It is very easy for a municipal employee to perform their jobs based on politics, to constantly have one’s moistened finger in the air to test the political winds in order to make a decision, to stay out of hot water. Consistently Bert Rapp and Kevin McSweeney have resisted this tactic by being embroiled and criticized for their dedication to enforcing the Municipal Ordinance and wanting to produce as high a quality work-product that they could provide.
Our own personal experience was when we submitted plans to build a room addition onto our home in 2005. Kevin required that we obtain a development permit, which is in the city code. We were not happy at having to perform additional work due to the extra time and expense. We could not cajole Kevin out of the requirement. If Kevin made his decisions based on pressure from the citizens you would have nothing more than a banana republic. Kevin stuck to his guns. This is what we want him to do with everyone to make a level playing field.
If anyone has dealt with Bert Rapp one would think that such a kind and gentle man would not be capable of being stubborn. When Bert Rapp thinks he is right about something people call him stubborn. What was Bert hired to do...to be the Public Works director...to evaluate and make decisions to the best of his ability and like Kevin sticks to his guns.
He has done that with the sewer plant project or more correctly the water-recycling project. The water from the plant will be used to irrigate landscaping and to recharge the aquifer because we cannot discharge the water directly into the Santa Clara River. This is one of the big expense items that makes our plant more expensive than Santa Paula’s sewer plant. Look at the hue and cry that Bert has had to endure over this plant. He does not whine about it, it is part of the job. Again he has made these decisions to the best of his ability with the best interests of the citizens in mind. Go see the plant for yourself...it was exquisitely constructed. The contractor, who is based in California, only constructs general engineering projects such as water treatment facilities, sewer plants and food processing plants with an outstanding reputation.
Our last point is the subject of institutional memory or knowledge, which is the intent of the vision for the organization, in other words what are we trying to do here? This is an oral tradition that is passed down from the management staff in every organization we, as humans are involved with. It is the vision of the organization. If you strip an organization of its management it takes years to be able to instill this vision in new managers by people from the outside because there is no one left inside. We have seen the vision of Fillmore unfold from the time of the earthquake and the 2020 Visioning meetings. Led by employees who had a stake in that visioning process. Maybe not all of them were residents but all had the good of the community at heart. The bottom line is that whatever the reason the other directors left, we do not want to lose any more from our city organization. When you have a stake in a community you want to finish what you have started. We know that Bert and Kevin feel that way and that they will continue their high level of service that I believe they have always provided.
Steve and Diane Sutton



Courtesy The Heritage Foundation

Yesterday the citizens of New York and New Jersey who lived through 9/11 were witness to an ominous flashback. A massive aircraft, trailed closely by an F-16 fighter jet, descended towards the city and flew so close and low to Manhattan skyscrapers that office building windows rattled. Fortunately this was not a terrorist attack, but a poorly thought out photo-op by White House Military Office Director Louis Caldera. Before being appointed by President Barack Obama to his current post, Caldera most recently served on the board of directors for the failed bank IndyMac, which is currently under investigation by the federal government for fraud.

This breach of common sense is all too typical of the Obama administration’s approach to national security. Just 99 days into office, Obama’s performance has already raised serious questions about his national security strategy. CONTINUED »


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

When discussing elections and voting, people often drop the buzz words “voter disenfranchisement.” In other words, they argue that policy makers should oppose legislation that might obstruct potential voters from casting their votes.

Ballot access is a Constitutional right and ballot security ensures that this right is upheld. Unfortunately, California is not protecting the democratic process.

Voter fraud caused by lack of ballot security disenfranchises citizens. When individuals who are ineligible to vote, such as felons, illegal immigrants, non-residents, and people with false identities vote, they skew the results, and the voice of all citizens becomes diluted.

Currently, there are no laws in California requiring proper identification to prevent unqualified people from voting. Clearly, California’s voting system needs improvement. Fraud discourages voters from participating in our democratic process—why vote if your opinions do not count? It’s time to give Californians a reason to vote again and allow all voices to be heard. CONTINUED »



Tax his land, Tax his bed, Tax the table At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes Are the rule.

Tax his work, Tax his pay, He works for peanuts Anyway!

Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.

Tax his ties, Tax his shirt, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he Tries to think.

Tax his cigars, Tax his beers, If he cries Tax his tears.

Tax his car, Tax his gas, Find other ways To tax him fast! CONTINUED »



Guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton , Colorado , was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful.

They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript:

"Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out f or answers.

"The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used.. Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart. CONTINUED »

Bills would transition California to a renewable energy-efficient economy

Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 463, authored by State Senator Tony Strickland’s (R-Thousand Oaks) which would create a tax credit for the purchase and installation of renewable energy resources, passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee. In addition, Senate Bill 542, Solar Energy & Energy Efficiency Programs, which Senator Strickland has joint-authored with Democratic Senator Pat Wiggins (D-Santa Rosa) passed the Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee as well.

“I’m working with Democrats and Republicans to change California to a renewable energy economy to create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve the environment, and lower energy prices. By focusing on legislation that promotes renewable, clean energy, we promote local businesses. When businesses grow, jobs multiply,” said Senator Tony Strickland.

Senate Bill 463, Renewable Energy Projects, would entitle a person to a one-time tax credit not to exceed $3,000, or equal to 30 percent of all costs for the purchase and installation of a renewable energy resource project.

Senate Bill 542 would add apartments, duplexes, and commercial rental properties into the California Solar Initiative and other energy efficiency programs to encourage the use of renewable energy.

“California is squeezed between an economic crisis and an energy crisis that requires us to fundamentally rethink how we do business. We need to offer tax credits and incentives for individuals and businesses that transition to renewable, clean energy. Senate Bills 463 and 542 will take us into the 21st century, and will help California become more energy-efficient,” said Senator Strickland.

Senate Bill 463 will now go to the revenue and taxation committee. Senate Bill 542 will go on to appropriations committee.

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


Sacramento, CA – Senate Bill 37, authored by State Senator Tony Strickland’s (R-Thousand Oaks) which requires state agencies to provide electronic pay stubs to employees who participate in the direct deposit program, unanimously passed the Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee. According to the State Controller, Senate Bill 37 can save the State as much as $3.7 million dollars annually by cutting printing costs.

“Senate Bill 37 will take us into the 21st century. In a time of fiscal emergency we need to think about ways to save money and this is a step in the right direction,” said Senator Strickland.

Senate Bill 37 will allow state employees who participate in the direct deposit program to electronically receive their statement of earnings. Those employees who do not wish to participate have the option of continuing to receive a paper version of their statement. This bill will be contingent upon the funding of the State Controller’s 21st century project, which will have the capabilities to carry out this function. CONTINUED »



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California transportation and jobs will benefit from federal stimulus dollars
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

On Feb.17, 2009, President Obama signed the $787 billion federal economic stimulus package – the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – which targets more than $46 billion nationwide for transportation and mass transit projects, with $3.67 billion dedicated to transportation in California.

It is important to note that the federal stimulus program is an attempt to create jobs in California, not a transportation program designed to meet all the legion of funding criteria that make the development of projects a bureaucratic nightmare.

Using economic forecasts that project that every billion in public works spending creates 18,000 jobs, the implementation of this stimulus proposal will lead to the creation of almost 50,000 new jobs in California.

A majority of the Federal Transportation dollars are for Highways and Local Streets and Roads (with the approximate share for California set at $2.6 billion) as well as Mass Transit (approximately $1.07 billion of which is dedicated to California transit operators). These pots of money are set by formula, and the amount to be received by each state is already determined. CONTINUED »


Speaking to the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on March 10, President Barack Obama said of his Secretary of Education Arne Duncan:

Secretary Duncan will use only one test when deciding what ideas to support with your precious tax dollars: It’s not whether an idea is liberal or conservative, but whether it works.

If the above statement can be taken as a promise that the Obama administration would support any education reform that “works”, then the Obama administration already broke that promise last week when they sent letters to 200 low-income families announcing that the Department of Education was rescinding scholarships previously awarded through the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. CONTINUED »

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger
California State Governor

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today offered rewards for information leading to the arrest and conviction in a California court of the person or persons responsible for each of the following five unsolved murder cases in California.

The following is a brief description of each crime and the reward amount offered:

On March 15, 1997, 22-year-old Carmen Estrada and her unborn baby were killed at the Vallarta Bar in San Diego, by her boyfriend and the father of her unborn baby, Luis Eduardo Galindo. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by San Diego Police Chief William M. Lansdowne.

On October 17, 2006, 55-year-old Jon Hayward, 53-year-old Vickie Freidli and 18-year-old Rebecca Freidli were murdered and their home was intentionally set on fire in Riverside County. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by Riverside County Sheriff Stanley Sniff.

On May 23, 2008, 47-year-old Vahid Hosseini was robbed as he was leaving the Bank of the West in San Jose. He succumbed to his injuries on June 3, 2008. The Governor is offering a reward in the amount of $50,000. It was requested by San Jose Police Chief Robert L. Davis. CONTINUED »

Runner introduces legislation to help adoption process run smoother, honor fallen Marine, and ease law regarding campers
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

In recent weeks, I introduced several bills that would make a variety of necessary changes to California law. Today, I am highlighting three of those bills.

Senate Resolution 5 - SCR 5 designates a portion of State Highway Route 14 in Los Angeles County, between Avenue M and Avenue L in the City of Lancaster, as the Marine Corporal Christopher D. Leon Memorial Highway.

In 2006, Cpl. Christopher Leon, of Lancaster, died by sniper bullet while protecting Army troops patrolling the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. Leon was a 2004 Lancaster High School graduate and chief radio operator for the 5th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company. He was 20 years old.

I am proud to carry this measure. I believe this is the least we can do for a fallen hero. Naming a portion of a highway is an important reminder of the men and women who have bravely fought and died for our freedom. We should never forget their names or their sacrifices.

SCR 5 is moving along in the legislative process, having just passed in the Senate housing and Transportation Committee last week. CONTINUED »

City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

6:30 P.M.

Council will then adjourn to:

4A. Year-to-Date Budget Status Report as of March 31, 2009 for the Senior Center Copy
Inc. and Projected End of Fiscal Year Status
4B. Discussion on Items of Mutual Interest to the City Council and Senior Center Oral


Fillmore City Council has announced the name of the city’s transitional city manager. Larry Pennell, retired city manager of Wasco and Benicia, CA has tentatively accepted an offer for the position. Pennell will be paid $110/hr plus a daily per diem of $100 to offset overnight accommodations, according to city councilmember Steve Conaway. If he accepts, Pennell will serve in Fillmore for 3 to 4 days a week, directing city activity until a permanent hire. He will start on April 22.

Deputy City Manager Bill Bartels was appointed interim city manager after the resignation of Tom Ristau, who accepted a position with the City of San Fernando (LA) in the recreation department. It is not known whether Bartels will seek the permanent position.