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

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2009
JOINT MEETING OF THE FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL AND THE SENIOR CENTER BOARD
6:30 P.M.

Council will then adjourn to:
REGULAR MEETING
CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA
250 CENTRAL AVENUE
FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Oral
2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA Oral
3. ORAL COMMUNICATIONS Oral
4. ITEMS OF JOINT INTEREST TO CITY COUNCIL/SENIOR CENTER BOARD
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
Board. CONTINUED »

 

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.

 

 

 
 

 

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 »

 
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 »