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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 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
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 10, 2009. Copy
4B. Trust Warrant List for February 10, 2009. Copy
4C. Minutes of October 17, 2008 Regular City Council Meeting. Copy
4D. Minutes of January 13, 2009 Regular City Council Meeting. Copy
4E. Minutes of January 27, 2009 Regular City Council Meeting. Copy
4F. Acceptance of Improvements for Completed Construction of Route 126 / Memo
Central Avenue Traffic Signal & Intersection Improvement Project. CONTINUED »

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Persons interested in serving on the City of Fillmore Parks & Recreation Commission are invited to apply by February 19, 2009.

Adults and youths with an interest in the City’s parks and recreation programs are urged to apply for a seat on the Fillmore Parks & Recreation Commission. The Parks commission generally meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, and makes recommendations and provides input to the City Council on issues concerning the City’s parks, parkland acquisition and development, as well as recreational programs and other offerings. The sevenmember volunteer board consists of five adult voting members and two nonvoting student representatives.

The City is seeking to fill one adult position and two student representative positions. The adult commissioner would be appointed to complete an unexpired term ending June 2009. Student representatives are appointed to serve one-year terms and must be between the ages of 14 and 19 and reside within the boundaries of the Fillmore Unified School District. CONTINUED »

 


 

 

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Senate Budget Committee Vice Chair, Republican Senator Bob Dutton of Rancho Cucamonga, today issued the following statement after the California Employment Development Department announced the state’s unemployment rate reached 9.3 percent in December:

“No one would disagree that California’s economy is struggling and this state is clearly in a recession. As California searches for effective ways to close a projected $42 billion deficit over the next 18 months, several proposals have been put on the table. One proposal is to cut the number of paid holidays, or 1 holiday plus a personal day, given to state employees. Cutting 2 holidays would reduce the number from 13 to 11.

“Keep in mind most employees in the private workforce get six paid federal holidays.

“The proposal would combine Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays into one paid holiday in February and eliminate Columbus Day. That proposal would save the state an estimated $75 million a year. 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 the seemingly insurmountable budget challenges that face California government today, the many interest groups that depend on government funding are making their case to lawmakers on why they should be exempt from funding cuts. Unfortunately, due to the budget situation, the state can not be all things to all people.

As policymakers, the first programs to cut should be those that are ineffective, duplicative or inefficient. Scarce resources should not be spent on government excess or ineffective programs, especially when we face such a huge budget deficit. Before making important and far reaching decisions regarding funding, lawmakers need to have accurate information. Which brings me to the recent Education Week figures that place California at 47th in the nation in per-pupil funding? (Education Week is a teacher union friendly publication that distributes this report annually.)

The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office was concerned with the way Education Week calculated the index, and was not confident that these figures accurately reflected California’s per-pupil funding compared with other states. The information that determined how the index was calculated was not available. These figures cannot be taken at face value if the criteria used are either questionable or simply unavailable. 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 friends,

As the Democrat leaders in the Legislature and the Governor continue to espouse the idea of raising taxes in California, it's important to remember just how many taxes we pay on a daily basis.

Income tax, property tax, sales tax and gasoline tax are the obvious ones. But don't forget the sewer tax, storm drain tax, trash tax and state excise tax - the list goes on.

The following video is a sobering reminder that Californians are taxed from sun-up to sun-down.


Sincerely,
Senator George Runner

 
Persons interested in serving on the City of Fillmore Parks & Recreation Commission are invited to apply by February 19, 2009.

Parks & Recreation Commission:
Adults and youths with an interest in the City’s parks and recreation programs are urged to apply for a seat on the Fillmore Parks & Recreation Commission.
The Parks commission generally meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at city hall, and makes recommendations and provides input to the City Council on issues concerning the City's parks, parkland acquisition and development, as well as recreational programs and other offerings. The seven-member volunteer board consists of five adult voting members and two non-voting student representatives.
The City is seeking to fill one adult position and two student representative positions. The adult commissioner would be appointed to complete an unexpired term ending June 2009. Student representatives are appointed to serve one-year terms and must be between the ages of 14 and 19 and reside within the boundaries of the Fillmore Unified School District.
Local residents interested in being considered for appointment to either commission must submit a City Commission Application Form no later than 5 p.m. on February 19, 2009 to Angela Mumme, Administrative Assistant, Fillmore City Hall, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, CA. 93015. Applications are available at Fillmore City Hall or on the City's website at www.fillmoreca.com/comfaq.htm
Appointments will be made by the mayor, with approval of the city council, following an interview with and recommendation from the City Council Interview/Selection Committee.
For further information on the application process please call (805) 524-1500, extension 214.

 
Nothing like unbiased coverage in the news...

Inauguration Headlines 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"

"Bush starts his day with a one hour workout, maybe he should spend more time doing "the nation's work."

Inauguration Headlines This Year:

"Historic Obama Inauguration will cost only $120 million"

"Obama Spends $120 million on inauguration; America Needs A Big Party"

"Everyman Obama shows America how to celebrate"

"Citibank executives contribute $8 million to Obama Inauguration"

"President of the United States can dedicates himself to a 2 hour morning workout, should inspire every American"

 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2009

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 27, 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 January 27, 2009. Copy 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 commented on the California Sex Offender Management Board's call to repeal residency restrictions set forth by Proposition 83: Jessica's Law, a ballot measure passed by 70 percent of voters in the 2006 election:

"California voters overwhelming adopted the laws that determine where sex offenders are allowed to live. If the Sex Offender Management Board wants to change the will of the voters, then I would expect them to issue a more detailed report that outlines the specific changes they believe should be made to Jessica's Law.

"What SOMB's latest report fails to address is the inclusion of GPS monitoring of California sex offenders, which gives our state a comprehensive approach to residency restrictions – unlike so many other states that just use residency restrictions.

"The report also lacks specific recommendations to improve current California sex offender management policies, which is disappointing; and it's unfortunate that the report omits actual evidence to support the board's idea that sex offender residency laws in California should be abandoned.

"Let's not forget the voters made it clear that they do not believe child molesters should live in close proximity to schools, parks and other places where children play."

 
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 released the following statements regarding the Governor's 2009 State of the State speech:

"The Governor mentioned the political catchphrase of 2008: 'change.' The change that California needs to implement is to stop the ongoing cycle of overspending taxpayers' dollars.

"California can beg, steal or borrow $40 billion today, but if we continue to spend with abandon we will be $20 billion in the hole tomorrow.

"Now is the time to live within ours means; we must adopt a spending limit, hold the taxations of our citizens to a minimum and allow government to provide only the most basic needs."

Visit Senator Runner's website at: http://cssrc.us/web/17/

 

Ventura County, CA - The campaign for Jeff Gorell, candidate for State Assembly in 2010, announced today that he has been endorsed by incumbent Assemblywoman Audra Strickland (R-Moorpark). The 37th Assembly District lawmaker is precluded from running for re-election due to Proposition 140, California's term limits law, and she has made public her early and strong support for Jeff Gorell to succeed her in office.

"It's an honor to have the support of Assemblywoman Strickland," said Jeff Gorell, a former Ventura County Deputy DA and local attorney. "As our next Assemblyman, I will work to reform California's government and build upon her efforts to hold the line on government spending and new taxes. Like Audra, I will be a strong ally of public safety on all fronts, and will fight against the proposed Camarillo prison hospital. "

"Despite the challenges in Sacramento today, I continue to have great optimism and inspiration to make positive change for our community" said Gorell. "It's an honor to have the early support of Assemblywoman Audra Strickland and so many respected state and local leaders. It would be one of life's greatest honors to represent this community - my neighbors - in the State Legislature."

About Jeff Gorell for Assembly 2010

Jeff Gorell has a strong background in public service and public policy, including his work as an aide to Governor Pete Wilson from 1993 to 1996 and as a statewide business advocate with the powerful California Manufacturers and Technology Association from 1996 to 1999. He also served Ventura County as deputy district attorney for more than 6 years from 1999 to 2006, working as a trial prosecutor in the major narcotics and violent felony units. Today, Gorell is a practicing business attorney and an adjunct professor of public policy at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. Gorell, a war veteran, also serves in the United States Navy Reserve and was deployed to Afghanistan after September 11, 2001. He was recently promoted to the rank of Lt. Commander and continues to serve today as a naval intelligence officer.

Jeff Gorell lives in Camarillo with his wife Laura and six-year-old step-daughter Ashley.

To learn more about Jeff Gorell's campaign, including his full list of endorsements, background, experience and vision for the future, please visit www.jeffgorell.org.

 

Sacramento, CA – January 13, 2009, California State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks) was named Vice Chair of Health and a Member of Energy, Utilities and Communications committees.

“Healthcare is an issue of extraordinary importance to everyone in California and I will fight to make sure that Californians have access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

As a Member of the Energy committee, Senator Strickland will push for a more efficient economy and the creation of green jobs. “I’m excited to serve on the energy committee. I believe it is vitally important that California should transition to a renewable, more energy efficient economy. If we make this transition it will help jump start our economy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve the environment, and lower energy prices,” stated Senator Strickland.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve on these committees to make a different in the lives of our Californian residents,” said Senator Strickland.

State Senator Tony Strickland represents the 19th Senate District which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 

Written By Peter Ferrara, an associate professor of law at the George Mason University School of Law.
September 25, 2001 9:20 a.m.

You probably missed this in the rush of news, but there was actually a report that someone in Pakistan had published in a newspaper, an offer of a reward to anyone who killed an American, any American. So an Australian dentist wrote an editorial the following day to let everyone know what an American is. So they would know when they found one to kill.
An American is English, or French, or Italian, Irish, German, Spanish, Polish, Russian or Greek. An American may also be Canadian, Mexican, African, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Australian, Iranian, Asian, or Arab, or Pakistani or Afghan. An American may also be a Comanche, Cherokee, Osage, Blackfoot, Navaho, Apache, Seminole or one of the many other tribes known as Native Americans.
An American is Christian, or he could be Jewish, or Buddhist, or Muslim. In fact, there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them
chooses.
An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that he will answer only to God, not to the government, or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God.
An American lives in the most prosperous land in the history of the world. The root of that prosperity can be found in the Declaration of Independence, which recognizes the God given right of each person to the pursuit of happiness.
An American is generous. Americans have helped out just about every other nation in the world in their time of need, never asking a thing in return. When Afghanistan was over-run by the Soviet army 20 years ago, Americans came with arms and supplies to enable the people to win back their country!
As of the morning of September 11, Americans had given more than any other nation to the poor in Afghanistan, other Middle Eastern countries, and every other nation in the world. Americans welcome the best of everything...the best products, the best books, the best music, the best food, the best services. But they also welcome the least.
The national symbol of America, The Statue of Liberty, welcomes your tired and your poor, the wretched refuse of your teeming shores, the homeless, tempest tossed. These in fact are the people who built America Some of them were working in the Twin Towers the morning of September 11, 2001 earning a better life for their families. It's been told that the World Trade Center victims were from at least 30 different countries, cultures, and first languages, including those that aided and abetted the terrorists.
So you can try to kill an American if you must. Hitler did. So did General Tojo, and Stalin, and Mao Tse-Tung, and other blood-thirsty tyrants in the world. But, in doing so you would just be killing yourself because Americans are not a particular people from a particular place. They are the embodiment of the human spirit of freedom. Everyone who holds to that spirit, everywhere, is an American.

 
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 commented on the California Sex Offender Management Board's call to repeal residency restrictions set forth by Proposition 83: Jessica's Law, a ballot measure passed by 70 percent of voters in the 2006 election:

"California voters overwhelming adopted the laws that determine where sex offenders are allowed to live. If the Sex Offender Management Board wants to change the will of the voters, then I would expect them to issue a more detailed report that outlines the specific changes they believe should be made to Jessica's Law.

"What SOMB's latest report fails to address is the inclusion of GPS monitoring of California sex offenders, which gives our state a comprehensive approach to residency restrictions – unlike so many other states that just use residency restrictions.

"The report also lacks specific recommendations to improve current California sex offender management policies, which is disappointing; and it's unfortunate that the report omits actual evidence to support the board's idea that sex offender residency laws in California should be abandoned.

"Let's not forget the voters made it clear that they do not believe child molesters should live in close proximity to schools, parks and other places where children play."

 

Australian Gun Law Update
Here's a thought to warm some of your hearts . From: Ed Chenel, A police officer in Australia

Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the now available data from Down Under.
It has now been one year (12 months) since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now available:
Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent;
Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent;
Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent);
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent as compared with the last one year period when private ownership of a firearm was legal.
(NB: the law-abiding citizens did turn in their personal firearms, the criminal element did not and thus criminals in Australia still possess their guns.)
While data for the 25 years preceding the confiscation of privately owned guns showed a steady decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months as criminals now are assured their victims will be unarmed.
There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in 'successfully ridding Australian society of guns.'
This story of well intentioned government intervention in the rights of lawful individuals to own and possess firearms won't be seen in the mainstream US media or on the American evening news. Senator Obama who advocates a similar confiscation in the US will not be reporting any of this to you.
But, the Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Americans may want to take note before it's too late!

 

From Washington Times comments

DE BORCHGRAVE: Capitalist Abyss

I agree with Mr. de Borchgrave's commentary above, and with the comments of soxconn and Jaeger, below. But there is another critically-important factor in this national tragedy: the education-level of the public. The general public is now so undereducated that at least a third of the high-school graduates can't do enough simple math to hold down a job on a production line or make change while running a cash register. Thus, when someone comes along and offers them a mortgage that their income can't possibly sustain, or an adjustable-rate mortgage with sky-high premiums down the road, or a car lease with a balloon payment, they simply have no idea what they're dealing with.

Until about 45 years ago, our public-school system was run under the tenets of conservatism: its goal was to educate the educable children; and it understood clearly that the perfect is the enemy of the good. 85% - 87% of the children are educable; the rest are dysfunctional, meaning that many are disruptive, and some are actually dangerous; so the schools moved them out of the mainstream. You can't teach if you don't have discipline; so the schools were expected to discipline the children. The system was not perfect, but it created an American public with enough smarts to deal effectively with the world around them.

Then the liberals took over. The Earl Warren Supreme Court undercut fatally the authority of the schools to maintain discipline, and converted the schools from education centers for the educable into holding pens for all of the children (ironically, President George W. Bush's recent slogan, "No Child Left Behind," expresses perfectly that mentality). Then the schools were integrated racially in such a way as to emphasize the speed and smoothness of the integration, for political purposes; in order to attain those ends, the schools had to drop their education standards, and invent fluff courses and social promotions to play the necessary looking-good games; and those horrible expediencies persist today. The liberals junked the traditional courses and teaching methods, and substituted Rousseau's and John Dewey's proven-unworkable programs and techniques. The liberal trade-unions for teachers then gained so much political clout that they could successfully stonewall any real attempts to reform the system. This combination of educational catastrophes constitutes the perfect storm.
The result is that today, much of the American public is barely functional. Therefore, it provides endless numbers of suckers who can be scammed with pathetic ease by the greedheads who run so many of our financial institutions these days. And that is one of the key reasons why the greedheads in business and the liberals in Congress have been able to wreak such destruction upon our economy.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL
TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 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 »