Eager to host Amazon warehouses and receive a cut of the tax on sales to customers statewide, two California cities are offering Amazon most of the tax money they stand to gain.

Written By Marc Lifsher

PATTERSON, CA - Amazon.com Inc. for years has fought government efforts to tax e-commerce. Now it's poised to pocket millions of dollars in sales taxes paid by California customers.

As part of a pact reached last year with state lawmakers, some online retailers agreed to begin collecting sales taxes this fall. About half of the projected $316 million raised in the first full year is expected to come from merchandise sold by Amazon, which is also setting up two California fulfillment centers that will employ at least 1,000 workers each.

San Bernardino and Patterson, where the centers will be located, will gain not only jobs but also a tax bonanza: Sales to Amazon customers throughout California will be deemed to take place there, so all the sales tax earmarked for local government operations will go to those two cities. It's a windfall so lucrative — about $8 million a year initially for each city — that local officials are preparing to give Amazon the lion's share of their take as a reward for setting up shop there.

Talks with Amazon... http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-amazon-sales-taxes-20120520,0,4308...

 


 
Oregon girls soccer team became ill from reusable grocery bag

Sacramento, CA – State Senator Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) said Thursday now that there’s a documented case where a contaminated reusable bag has made people sick, it’s time to start raising public awareness about the potential health hazards. Strickland is the author of SB 1106, a measure that would have required the State of California to conduct a public awareness campaign and further tests of reusable bags. The measure was defeated two weeks ago by the Senate Environmental Quality Committee.

Oregon public health officials have traced an outbreak of norovirus to a reusable grocery bag that infected members of a Beaverton, OR girls' soccer team after they shared cookies that had been transported in the grocery bag. The soccer team of 13- and 14-year-olds traveled to Seattle for a weekend tournament in October 2010. At the tournament, half of the team got sick with symptoms of the bug, which often resemble the "stomach flu," including vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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Assembly Bill 1929 Approved Unanimously by Elections Committee

SACRAMENTO, CA – Legislation designed to reform California’s current antiquated voting process for military service members who are currently deployed overseas passed unanimously out of the Assembly Elections and Redistricting Committee today. AB 1929, authored by Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), seeks to bring California into the 21st century and utilize technology to improve a system that regularly results in lost or late ballots and military votes arriving in county elections offices too late to be counted.

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Encourages residents to register before the deadline

Ventura, CA – Ventura County Clerk and Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark A. Lunn today announced the deadline to register to vote in the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election.

“The deadline to register to vote in this election is just around the corner,” said Lunn. “I encourage eligible voters to register before the deadline to ensure that their voice gets heard and their vote gets counted.”

The last day to register to vote for the June 5, Presidential Primary Election is Monday, May 21. The completed voter registration forms must be postmarked by Monday, May 21.

Residents may register at the Ventura County Elections Division, located in the Ventura County Government Center: Hall of Administration, 800 South Victoria Avenue., Ventura. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. For added convenience, voters may also fill out registration forms online at https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/register-to-vote/ and mail the completed forms to the Ventura County Elections Division.

Registration forms are also available throughout the County at city halls, post offices, libraries, chambers of commerce, and fire stations.

For more information, please visit our website: http://recorder.countyofventura.org/registration.htm.

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Efforts by U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties) to have the U.S. Navy base the Broad Area Maritime Surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aerial vehicles at Naval Base Ventura County paid off today when the House Armed Services Committee included it in National Defense Authorization Act.

The other two bases considered in the running for basing the BAMS were the Beale Air Force Base in Yuba, CA, and the Lemoore Naval Air Station in Lemoore, CA.

Gallegly pointed out that both bases are landlocked, whereas NBVC provides “direct access to restricted airspace contiguous with a 64,000-square-mile sea test range; a proven workforce that has a history of working on unmanned vehicles; and current availability of unused hangers, parking aprons and administrative, training and warehouse spaces.”

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CAMARILLO, CA - Senator Tony Strickland, a candidate for Congress in California’s open 26th Congressional District, was named a “Young Gun” today by the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Strickland is joined by only five other candidates for open seats in receiving top billing by the NRCC. The “Young Gun” distinction is awarded to candidates who meet a series of exacting benchmarks and demonstrate a campaign organization at the elite level of American politics.

“I’m excited that my campaign continues to build momentum,” said Strickland. “While the support of respected national leaders is humbling, we will continue to base our campaign on uniting our community behind economic policies that provide opportunities for families struggling to make ends meet.”

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Sacramento, CA – Senate Joint Resolution 19, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) passed unanimously on the Senate floor this morning.

SJR 19 encourages the California Congressional delegation to help keep California military bases open should the U.S. Department of Defense go forward with a new round of base closures. In the 2013 Budget, the U.S. Department of Defense plans to ask Congress to approve two rounds of military base closures, the first as early as next year and another in 2015, through the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission program.

“I am against the deep defense cuts that are being proposed and will work hard to make sure California’s military bases remain strong fixtures in our state,” Sen. Strickland said.

“California’s military bases are an invaluable asset not only to the communities where they’re located, but to the state as a whole,” Sen. Strickland added. “Our military bases help ensure our continued safety through their strong national security presence and they provide much-needed benefits to our local economies.”

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The foreclosure crisis is serious for all Californians. Every one of us knows someone whose family has been devastated by the housing crisis.

We have seen firsthand the toll this crisis has taken on individual families and on our communities.

There’s a political move afoot to develop far-reaching legislation outside the normal legislative process by creating a Mortgage Reform Conference Committee. The housing crisis is a serious problem. Any effort to find solutions should be transparent and not rushed.

If the majority party still decides to establish this Conference Committee, there are a few provisions Republicans are requesting so that the Conference Committee’s work is transparent and protects those in foreclosure, those seeking to refinance, new home buyers, and our California economy overall.

Here are the items we are requesting to allow for more transparency:

Appropriate 4-day file notices of all hearings or meetings of the Conference Committee.

Availability of the agendas to the public 3 days prior to the hearings or meetings.

A 3-day in-print review period of any conference report prior to signature by members of the Conference Committee.

All hearings or meetings of the Conference Committee shall start during normal working hours, on normal days of the work week, to ensure public access and shall also be televised.

 
Working with GOP Leadership to Amplify Message and Broaden Support throughout state

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell, R-Camarillo, today announced that Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway, R-Tulare, appointed him as Outreach Chair on the Assembly Republican Leadership Team.

“It’s an honor to be chosen for this new position,” Gorell said. “Assembly Republicans have proposed some reasonable and responsible policy solutions that should be taken directly to Californians for their evaluation. I am prepared to help accomplish that task.”

“During a time when the state is dealing with past budget failures, and Californians are receiving mixed messages from Sacramento about how the problems should be fixed, the Republican goal of defining our state’s priorities and encouraging financial responsibility is a message the public is eager to discuss."

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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

NOTICE AND CALL OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OVERSIGHT BOARD TO THE SUCCESSOR AGENCY OF THE FILLMORE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Thursday, MAY 10,2012
2:00 p.m.
Fillmore City Hall
Council Chambers
250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California
TO: ALL MEMBERS OF THE OVERSIGHT BOARD TO THE SUCCESSOR
AGENCY OF THE FILLMORE COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT
AGENCY AND THOSE REQUESTING NOTICE OF SUCH MATTERS:
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, that pursuant to California Government Code Section
54956, the Board Secretary has called a Special Meeting of the Oversight Board to be
held on Thursday, MAY 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE SUCCESSOR AGENCY REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 8,2012 6:30 P.M. FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 9301 5-1 907

AGENDA

6:00 p.m.
Successor Agency Meeting Agenda - May 8,2012
1. Call to Order: 6:30 P.M
2. Roll Call: Successor Agency Members Steve Conaway, Successor Agency
Member A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Successor Agency Member Brian
Sipes, Vice Chair Jamey Brooks and Chair Gayle Washburn.
3. Public Comments
4. Successor Agency Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through 5. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for MAY 8, 2012.
B. Consideration and Adoption of Resolution No. SA 12-2, A Resolution of
the City of Fillmore, As Successor Agency of the Fillmore Redevelopment
Agency, Approving a Reimbursement and Operating Agreement between
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City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

ClTY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL AND FILM COMMISSION JOINT MEETING
TUESDAY, MAY 8,2012 6:30 P.M. FILLMORE ClTY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA

1. Call to Order: 6:30 P.M.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll Call: Councilmembers Steve Conaway, A. Eduardo Gonzalez, Brian Sipes,
Mayor Pro Tem Jamey Brooks and Mayor Gayle Washburn.
4. Approval of Agenda
5. Presentations and Announcements
6. Public Comments
7. Joint City Council
A. Review Prior
I Film Commission Business Items
Year Items/Activities.
B. Consideration of and Direction to Staff to Address Safety Issues and
Waive Fees Related to Volunteer Efforts to Remove the Downtown Area
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For the ninth year, the California State Assembly recognized Holocaust survivors, children of survivors and World War II veteran liberators during California Holocaust Memorial Week.

The moving ceremony included stories of Holocaust survivors. Their courage and conviction is a testament of the human spirit. It is vivid and personal testimonies such as these that will help prevent another horrific genocide.

 

In the interest of recognizing veterans for their service and sacrifice, I pushed for the passage of my legislation to allow retired and honorably discharged veterans to have a “VETERAN” designation on their driver’s license or identification card.

Veterans give up so much in serving our country and protecting our freedoms.

As more and more service men and women return home from war zones, a “VETERAN” designation on their driver’s license will be an easier way to prove their eligibility for education and social benefits as well as employment opportunities.

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bills 1982 and 2117 authored by Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) successfully cleared major hurdles today as they received bipartisan approval from their respective policy committees.

AB 1982 which deals with legislative review of the most expensive state regulations was approved by Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, while AB 2117 which addresses problems with state regulation of storm water runoff was passed out of Environmental Safety.

“As California struggles to recover from economic recession, we need to send a message to job creators encouraging them to invest in our state,” stated Gorell. “Our elected legislators must be responsible for creating a business environment that provides needed jobs.”

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Sacramento, CA – Senate Joint Resolution 19, authored by Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) passed unanimously in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

SJR 19 encourages the California Congressional delegation to help keep California military bases open if the U.S. Department of Defense goes forward with a new round of base closures. In the 2013 Budget, U.S. Department of Defense plans to ask Congress to approve two rounds of military base closures, the first in 2013 and another in 2015, through the Federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission program.

“Military bases across the state benefit all people in California, so we need to send a message to Congress to let them know just how important our military bases are,” Sen. Strickland said. “California’s diverse military bases are vital to national security, as well as California’s continued safety.”

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Pass Policy Committees with Bi-partisan Support

SACRAMENTO, CA – In a banner week for Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo), where fellow legislators passed six of his authored bills out of policy committees, the lawmaker found bi-partisan support for his slate of four military veteran employment support bills, all aimed at getting veterans back to work.

“The rate of unemployment for California’s military veterans is as high as 20 percent,” said Assemblyman Gorell. “We have an obligation to help these men and women find jobs and transition back into our economy. My slate of veteran bills will create a one-stop shop for veterans seeking benefits and support at the California Department of Veteran Affairs, where most veterans call to seek help.”

AB 1930 seeks to help veterans qualify for state employment by providing notices of upcoming State Personnel Board promotional exams to the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

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There’s a very important day this week—a day even more significant than when your taxes are due. In the State of California, Tax Freedom Day finally arrives on April 20.

Calculated annually by the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is the day on which the average Californian has finished earning enough money to pay all of his or her federal, state and local taxes this year.

So, congratulations! Just a mere 110 days into the year (not counting February 29), you can finally start working for yourself instead of the government.

But before you break out the champagne, note the following:

1. Tax Freedom Day is four days later than last year. It would have been even later had the Governor and Legislature succeeded in their efforts to raise car taxes, income taxes and sales taxes.

2. Californians must work longer for the government than residents of other states. The average American achieves tax freedom three days earlier than the average Californian. That’s one reason many workers leave our state as soon as they retire.

3. If taxes were raised high enough to pay for all government spending, California’s Tax Freedom Day wouldn’t come until May 17.

Tax Freedom Day used to arrive much earlier in the year. According to the Tax Foundation, in the year 1900 Americans paid only 5.9% of their income in taxes and Tax Freedom Day was January 22.

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Hearing on Document Fraud in Employment Authorization: How an E-Verify Requirement Can Help

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today’s oversight hearing will examine the use of fraudulent documents by illegal immigrants who are seeking employment and how E-Verify can help to eliminate a problem that negatively affects millions of Americans and legal immigrants who are unemployed.

However, before discussing my views on this issue, I want to explain why one of the witnesses initially invited to the hearing will not be testifying this morning.

My staff contacted ICE over two weeks ago. We requested that an ICE official testify about the specific issue of how pervasive fraudulent documents are in the context of employment authorization. We asked that ICE provide an overview of the issue as well as relevant statistics and data.

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SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Bills 1982 and 2117 authored by Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) successfully cleared major hurdles today as they received bipartisan approval from their respective policy committees.

AB 1982 which deals with legislative review of the most expensive state regulations was approved by Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection, while AB 2117 which addresses problems with state regulation of storm water runoff was passed out of Environmental Safety.

“As California struggles to recover from economic recession, we need to send a message to job creators encouraging them to invest in our state,” stated Gorell. “Our elected legislators must be responsible for creating a business environment that provides needed jobs.”

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