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 »

 

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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

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 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
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 February 24, 2009. Copy
4B. Trust Warrant List for February 24, 2009. Copy CONTINUED »

 
An urgent message from David Horowitz

Dear Friend,

Radical Muslims are using our court system to try to silence those who expose their terrorist connections. They've done it in Europe and Canada - and now they're trying it here in America.

In the case of investigative reporter Joe Kaufman, so far they've been successful.

Seven Muslim groups claim that Joe is a threat. They convinced a court that Joe "intends to threaten to take unlawful action...cause bodily injury...or threaten Plaintiffs or their members with immediate bodily injury."

On those grounds the court imposed a restraining order on him. And they are suing Joe for defamation to stop him from writing about Muslims in the future and to close down his web sites.

Joe reports and writes for my web site FrontPageMagazine and for his own web sites. He has never threatened a Muslim in his life. But he has exposed facts they want to hide. CONTINUED »

 
Press the play button for a Fillmore political cartoon
The City of Fillmore's "Spooky" Hall

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Interested in putting your mark on Fillmore? The Fillmore Park & Recreation Commission is soliciting potential names for Fillmore’s new community park, currently being constructed at the corner of C and River Streets.

Submittals will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 6 and may be turned in at City Hall, attention Recreation Department. The winning entry is scheduled to be announced at the March 24 City Council meeting. The winning entry will receive $50 from the City of Fillmore.

For more information please contact Angela Mumme at 524-1500, extension 214.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Persons interested in serving on the City of Fillmore Film Commission are invited to submit an application to the City by March 2.

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 meets 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: Administrative Assistant Angela Mumme, 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 web site at www.fillmoreca.com. Applicants may include a letter of interest with their application. CONTINUED »

 

The County of Ventura proudly sponsors the www.vcmax.org “Reuse, Donate, Recycle” waste reduction program, and encourages residents and business owners to browse through the hundreds of “Available for Reuse” and “Wanted for Reuse” ads posted free of charge on the website. VCMAX, the Ventura County Materials Exchange program, operates like Craigslist; the major difference between the programs is all ads and photographs on the VCMAX website are approved by County staff prior to posting. This is a “safe” site, and there is no charge to place ads. Everything posted on the website is free or reasonably priced. If you find something you like in an ad, just contact the listing party by email or phone, arrange for the swap, and then log back on the VCMAX.org site to confirm the match. Confirmation of matches is very important as it provides the County with the weight of the items swapped for reuse. That tonnage information is totaled at the end of the year and included in mandatory
reports to the California Integrated Waste Management Board to document the County’s waste reduction efforts. CONTINUED »

 

 
Keep The Change
Keep The Change
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