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 »

 

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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 »

 
Press the play button below for a Fillmore political cartoon...
Spooky Hall Episode #2
 

Story courtesy The Heritage Foundation

Describing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s message in a private meeting with the foreign minister of the United Arab Emirates Monday, a U.S. official told the Washington Post: “She said we are under no illusions about Iran and our eyes are wide open.” Well someone in the Obama Administration is under a huge illusion, because the Moscow newspaper Kommersant also reported yesterday that President Barack Obama sent a secret letter to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev weeks ago suggesting that he would halt development of the United States’ missile defense program in Eastern Europe if Russia helped resolve the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program.

Iran has strongly resisted international efforts to pressure it to abide by its legal commitments under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and halt its suspect nuclear activities. Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, defiantly proclaimed last year that “Iran has obtained the technology to produce nuclear fuel, and Iran’s move is like a train…which has no brake and no reverse gear.” But we must be careful not to personalize the problem. Iran’s nuclear program began under President Rafsanjani and flourished under President Khatami. Both were considered “moderates,” extolled by some observers as leaders with whom the West could do business, but both also practiced diplomacy by taqiyyah, which is a religiously sanctioned form of dissimulation or duplicity.

Meanwhile, Russia has long been an enabler of Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Not only have they provided Iran with uranium, supposedly for peaceful purposes, but they have even supplied Iran with anti-aircraft missiles, presumably to be used to stop Israeli forces from attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. CONTINUED »

 
More of the Same from Sacramento Means More Budget Woes
Senator George Runner
Senator George Runner
Serving the 17th District which incorporates portions of the Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura and Kern counties.

Imagine a family with a $50,000 per year income winning a $5,000 lottery prize. This same family then spends $55,000 a year, not only the year they won the prize, but every year thereafter. Not only is it unwise to spend all of the winnings at one time, but also imprudent to continue adding that $5,000 one-time prize to their annual budget despite the fact that their salary has not increased.

This family might use credit cards or loans to temporarily offset the fact that they are spending more than they receive in income; but such irresponsible spending habits are not sustainable. If they fail to pay off the loans, the interest rates will ultimately cause the debt to balloon. Their credit rating will drop and they will soon find it difficult to afford even the most basic necessities.

While the scenario above describes some California households, it clearly illustrates the budgeting practice of our state government. During the economic boom of 1998 to 2000, California’s revenues increased 23%. But like the lottery prize, these were only one-time revenue increases that would not continue flowing into state coffers. Yet the state government increased its spending as if it would continue to receive that money indefinitely. CONTINUED »

 
So I said to him,
So I said to him, "Barack, I know Abe Lincoln, and you ain't him."
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

JOINT MEETING of the
FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
-and-
NORTH FILLMORE NEIGHBORHOOD COMMITTEE

POLICE STOREFRONT
642 LEMON WAY, FILLMORE, CA. 93015
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 2009
7 P.M.

AGENDA
ITEM REFERENCE*

1. CALL TO ORDER and PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

2. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS - This is the time for citizen presentations or comments not related to items appearing on the agenda, but within the responsibility of the North Fillmore Neighborhood Committee and/or Fillmore City Council. (Please state your name and address for the record and please limit your comments to five minutes.)

3. JOINT DISCUSSION/INFORMATION
3A. Status Report: City Matters. Oral
3B. Status Report: North Fillmore Neighborhood Committee Matters. Oral
3C. Status Report: B Street Railroad Crossing Project, Public Works Director Oral
Bert Rapp. CONTINUED »

 

Yesterday, just weeks after they signed their economic stimulus plan, the White House released a statement claiming credit for the reopening of a window and door factory in Chicago, Illinois. Vice President Joe Biden said, “The reopening of this factory and the rehiring of these workers provide an excellent example of how the money in the Recovery Act is targeted to spur job creation quickly.” If the Obama Administration is going to claim credit for every job created since they were elected, then if they are honest, they should also take the blame for every job lost. Since President Barack Obama was elected on November 4, 2008, the Dow has dropped 2,562 points. This past Friday, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. economy shrank by 6.2%, making it the worst quarter since 1982. Many economists predict that labor data to be released this Friday will show that as many as 700,000 jobs were lost in February.

Why has our economic downturn only accelerated since President Obama took office? Because the Obama Administration’s policies amount to a declaration of war on the investors, entrepreneurs and small businesses that make our economy grow. The budget released last week only confirmed the worst fears about the direction the Obama Administration wants to take the country.

Taxes: At a time when only the economists on the White House payroll believe our economy is about to recover, the Obama Administration plans to raise taxes on the American people by almost $2 trillion. The first $1.3 trillion of these taxes are aimed at the highest earning Americans, corporations, and small businesses. According to Heritage Foundation senior analyst Brian Riedl, while the top 20% of taxpayers now pay 80% of all taxes collected by the government, under the Obama plan, the top 20% of tax filers would pay 90% of all taxes, and the number of families who owe no tax would climb to near 50%. Riedl warns: “You can only increase taxes on the rich so much before they stop working, saving and investing, and that reduces economic growth for everybody.” CONTINUED »

 

The little red hen called all of her Democrat neighbors together and said, 'If we plant this wheat, we shall have bread to eat. Who will help me plant it?'

'Not I,' said the cow.

'Not I,' said the duck.

'Not I,' said the pig.

'Not I,' said the goose.

'Then I will do it by myself,' said the little red hen, and so she did. The wheat grew very tall and ripened into golden grain. CONTINUED »

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

Dear Taxpayer,

While you slept Thursday morning, the Legislature passed a budget bill that will significantly increase your taxes.

I voted against the bill because California taxpayers already pay the highest sales and income tax in the nation. The last thing we should do is punish taxpayers for the misdeeds of the Legislature and Governor.

I have said this for years: California does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. But here we are with a new budget "deal" that, more than anything, will lighten your wallet and increase your tax burden to the state.

To get a better idea of how the increased taxes will affect your family budget, check out this tax calculator here: http://www.georgerunner.com/?p=83

Thank you for standing with me in my fight against higher taxes,

Senator George Runner