City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012 6:30 P.M. FILLMORE CITY HALL
CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
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
A. Recognition of Senior Center Volunteer Vivian Johnson.
B. Commendation of Fillmore Girls Softball 10U All-Stars.
C. Teresa Robledo-Ari Larson Donation to Sheriff’s Explorers.
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through G. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for CONTINUED »

 


 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012 4:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
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. Public Comments
5. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A through C is to Approve.
A. Minutes of MAY 8, 2012, Joint Meeting with the Film Commission.
B. Minutes of JUNE 5, 2012, Special Meeting.
C. Approval of the Refinance and Subordination Agreement for 351 Glen Way; and Authorize the City Manager, or her designee, to take all necessary actions relating to the execution and recordation of the Subordination Agreement.
6. Closed Session
A. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
7. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, AUGUST 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: August 10, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

 

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CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012, 5:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL, CENTRAL PARK PLAZA, 250 CENTRAL AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1. Call to Order:
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. Public Comments
6. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Item A is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for AUGUST 1, 2012.
7. Department Reports
City Manager
A. Mayoral Appointments to the Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board
Recommendation: 1) It is recommended that the City Council provide input to the Mayor regarding the appointment of a representative to the Redevelopment Dissolution Oversight Board; and
2) That the Mayor appoint a representative to the Oversight Board.
8. City Council Reports, Recommendations, and Comments
A. City Councilmember Travel Requests/Brief Reports
B. Any Councilmember May Propose Items for Placement on Future Agenda
C. Council Referrals/Brief Comments
9. Closed Sessions
A. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – Existing Litigation [Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9]. Peter Egedi v. City of Fillmore, Fillmore City Council and Fillmore Fire Department; Ventura County Superior Court, Case No. 56-2010-00370737-CU-NP-VTA.
B. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9) City of Livermore and City of Industry v. Fillmore
C. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9) Mariposa Landscape, Inc. v. Pima Corporation and City of Fillmore)
D. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
10. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, AUGUST 28, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: July 27, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

 


 

SACRAMENTO, CA – California AMBER Alert author George Runner today joined California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow and others at an event marking the ten year anniversary of the life-saving program.

“The AMBER Alert is government at its best,” said Runner. “It protects Californians, which is the first priority of government, and it’s done efficiently and effectively.”

Runner noted that California’s AMBER Alert program has not only saved the lives of hundreds of abducted children, but has also captured abductors before they could commit further crimes.

“The State of California needed a mechanism in place to assist in recovering our children safe and sound,” said Runner. “I’m pleased to have been instrumental in the success of California’s AMBER Alert network.

Runner shared the story of how he came to author the legislation ten years ago based on a suggestion from a constituent who had learned of the idea during a visit to Texas, where the first AMBER Alert law was enacted.

He also recalled the very first California AMBER Alert, which ironically was issued in the summer of 2002 near his home in the Antelope Valley area. In that instance, two young ladies were successfully rescued after a Cal-Trans worker reported a vehicle matching the alert’s description.

According to CHP, the AMBER alert program has led to the safe recovery of 234 children since it was first implemented statewide in July 2002.

Elected in November 2010, George Runner now represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 


 

As seen in the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, San Bernardino Sun, Santa Clarita Valley Signal, Ventura County Star, California Political News & Views and Fox & Hounds Daily

If you fall for an opponent’s head fake in sports, you risk losing the game. The stakes are much higher for taxpayers. If they fall for the Governor’s head fake this November, the price tag could be as high as $50 billion dollars by 2019.

Don’t be fooled. The Governor and Legislature have for months been carefully orchestrating a head fake of massive proportions designed to scare Californians into voting for higher taxes.

At the center of this head fake are $6 billion dollars of “trigger cuts” contained in this year’s recently signed budget.

The budget hopes voters will approve raising taxes by $8.5 billion a year. The trigger cuts kick-in only if voters reject higher taxes this November.

There’s no good reason for CONTINUED »

 
Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement

Hearing on: The Aftermath of Fraud by Immigration Attorneys

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Unscrupulous notary publics, immigration consultants, and immigration lawyers have increasingly utilized fraudulent tactics to obtain immigration benefits for their clients. Unfortunately, this type of immigration fraud is usually identified after the fact, when an immigrant has already fraudulently obtained the benefit.

In order to combat this fraud, on June 9, 2011, the executive branch unveiled a multi-agency nationwide immigration service scams initiative.

As part of the initiative, the Department of Justice works with ICE and USCIS investigators to secure convictions – with sentences up to eight years in prison and forfeiture and restitution of over $1.8 million – for those who commit fraud on the immigration system as legal representatives.

But what of the immigrants who received immigration benefits based upon fraudulent applications? On its ICE website, ICE boasts of numerous instances where Homeland Security Investigations charged, and the Department of Justice has gone on to prosecute and convict, attorneys committing fraud. In one of the largest cases of immigration fraud in history, Earl Seth David and his law firm submitted fraudulent claims to labor and immigration authorities concerning tens of thousands of immigrants sponsored for immigration benefits. Davis pled guilty and faces a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison. To date, the government has identified at least 25,000 applications submitted by his firm.

In another example, Maryland lawyer Patrick Tzeuton was convicted of conspiracy to prepare false asylum applications, immigration fraud, and obstruction of official immigration proceedings. Tzeuton prepared over 1,100 asylum applications, many of which are believed to be fraudulent. In support of these applications, he and his assistant submitted fraudulent supporting affidavits such as fake medical certificates demonstrating that an immigrant had been beaten and tortured in Cameroon. So far, of the 1,100 plus cases he handled, only 40 have been identified to date for “further action” by ICE and referred to USCIS. Although Tzeuton was convicted in 2009, none of the immigrants involved have been removed as of this date.

The jury is still out on whether DHS makes a concerted and vigorous effort to go back and revoke immigration benefits after attorneys have been found to have engaged in fraud. In some instances, DHS has apparently revoked thousands of benefits. In other cases, little seems to have been done, even where attorneys were convicted years ago and DHS boasted of uncovering the fraud. Clearly, how DHS responds to the David case will be the acid test of its commitment.

Immigrants who obtain benefits by fraud with the assistance of counsel make a mockery of our immigration system, which is the most generous of anywhere in the world. We must hope that at the very least when DHS proclaims that it has uncovered immigration attorney fraud it will conduct a thorough case-by-case review of the immigrants that the attorney represented.

 

WHO:
Sen. Tony Strickland, staff, and volunteers

WHAT:
Sen. Strickland is hosting a coastal cleanup event in Ventura County. He believes we need to leave our community in a better place than how we found it and wants to make sure Ventura County continues to thrive for future generations.

WHEN:
Saturday, July 28th ~ 11am – 1pm

WHERE:
San Buenaventura State Beach
901 San Pedro St., Ventura, CA

 

WHO:
Sen. Tony Strickland, staff, and volunteers

WHAT:
Sen. Strickland is hosting a coastal cleanup event in Ventura County. He believes we need to leave our community in a better place than how we found it and wants to make sure Ventura County continues to thrive for future generations.

WHEN:
Saturday, July 28th ~ 11am – 1pm

WHERE:
San Buenaventura State Beach
901 San Pedro St., Ventura, CA

 

The Fillmore City Council majority held interviews for city law firms on July 17 and 18. On the agenda following the interviews is “Discussion and Possible Action to Determine the Process for Negotiation of Legal Services Agreement and Authorize the Steps Necessary to Achieve the Intent of the Council.” In other words, to replace current city legal counsel Ted Schneider. Below are the bids received when Request for Qualifications were sent out by City Manager Yvonne Quiring. How detailed the RFQ’s were is unclear considering the limited proposals sent in by 17 applicants. The proposals are available to the public for review at Fillmore City Hall. In mid-June Mayor Gayle Washburn called Schneider’s law firm and told a senior partner Schneider was not allowed to attend council meetings anymore. No reason has been given by the Mayor for such action, however in a Letter to the Editor (see this page) from Councilmember Brian Sipes, he states “The issue at hand is simply a personnel issue of conduct of City Attorney, Ted Schneider.” Exactly what ‘conduct’ on Mr. Schneider’s part has not been disclosed.

Jones & Mayer, Fullerton. Flat Rate: $150,000/yr. ($12,500/mo.), Litigation Rate $185/hr.
Dapeer, Rosenblit & Litvak, LLP, Los Angeles: CA Rate $185hr., Admin. Rate $200/hr., Litigation Rate $225/hr.
Green, de Bortnowsky, Quintanilla, LLP, Calabasas: Monthly Retainer $3,300, 30 hours, Senior Attorney $150/hr., Junior Attorney $140/hr., Paralegals $110/hr.
Jackson, DeMarco, Tidus, Peckenpaugh, Westlake: CA Rate $285/hr., Litigation Rate $300-$350/hr., Senior Attorney $350/hr., Travel Time Rate $142/hr.
Leibold, McClendon & Mann, Laguna Hills: Monthly Retainer $5,400, Retainer Hours Meetings + 12 hours, CA Rate $205/hr., Paralegals $108/hr.
McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley, La Mesa: Monthly Retainer $5,500, Retainer Hours 40, CA Rate $155/hr., Paralegal/Law Clerk $85/hr. OR Monthly Retainer $10,000, Retainer hours unlimited (?) for ‘General Services’, all other special services $155/hr.
Nordman, Cormany Hair & Compton, LLP, Oxnard: CA Rate $250/hr., Litigation Rate $300/hr., Paralegals $175/hr, Non Complex Work Partner $240/hr. Associates $230/hr, Complex Work Partner $250/hr., Associates $230/hr., Mileage $0.50 per mile.
Olivarez, Gallagher & Padilla, Los Angeles: Non complex Partner $240/hr., Non Complex Associate $230/hr., Complex Partner $250/hr., Complex Associate $230/hr.
Richards, Watson Gershon, Los Angeles: Monthly Retainer $7,500, Retainer Hours unclear, CA Rate unclear, Admin. Rate unclear, Litigation Rate $275/hr., Code Prosecution Services $195/hr., Paralegal $150/hr.
Martin D Koczanowicz, Moorpark: Monthly Retainer $8,500, CA Rate $180/hr., Litigation Rate $220/hr., Paralegal $110/hr.
Rutan & Tucker, LLP., Costa Mesa: Monthly Retainer $2,000, CA Rate $229/hr.
Best, Best & Krieger LLP., Los Angeles: Monthly Retainer $3,500, Retainer Hours 19, CA Rate $205/hr., Paralegals $145/hr.; Litigation Partners $265/hr., Associates $240/hr., Paralegals $165/hr.; Complex Special Services $305/hr. for Partners, $250/hr. for Associates, $165/hr. for Paralegals.
Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, LLP, Ventura: Monthly Retainer $2,500, No Limit on Mtg Hours, CA Rate $150/hr., Litigation Rate $195/hr., Paralegals/Legal Asst. $55-$125/hr., Complex Partner $305/hr., Special Legal $265/hr.
Aleshire & Wynder, Irvine: Retainer Hours Up to 50 Hours, CA Rate $155/hr., Litigation Rate $195/hr., Special Legal $195/hr. Above 50 Hours CA Rate $175/hr.
Alvarez-Glasman & Clovin, City of Industry: Monthly Retainer $5,000, Retainer Hours 30, CA Rate $185/hr., litigation Rate $240/hr., Senior Attorney $300/hr., Special Legal $230/hr., Costs vary per Attorney from $200 to $275/hr., $190/hr. for ‘remaining Associates/Deputy City Attorneys’, Paralegal/Law Clerks $110/hr., Mileage $0.55/mi.
Cota Cole, Roseville: Monthly Retainer $3,500, Retainer Hours 20, CA Rate $165/hr. w/Paralegal $125/hr., Litigation Rate $195/hr. w/Paralegal $140/hr.
Wallin, Kress, Reisman, Kranitz, LLP., Santa Monica: Monthly Retainer $4,500, meetings+10 Hours non-litigation, CA Rate $175/hr., Litigation Rate $215/hr.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) is traveling to Washington, D.C., as a member of Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez’s bipartisan delegation to meet with the Obama Administration and Congressional leaders to discuss fiscal, policy, and program issues of importance to California.

Issues being investigated will include federal health care reform; veterans’ disability and pension benefits; transportation reauthorization; immigration; future Base Closure and Realignment Commission (BRAC) actions; and the farm bill, among others.

Over the next week, members of the delegation plan to meet with Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, the Mexican Ambassador to the United States, and representatives from Treasury, Housing, Veterans Affairs, Consumer Protection, and Homeland Security.

The state assembly is currently in summer recess for the month of July and reconvenes on August 6th.

In addition to Assembly Member Gorell and Speaker Pérez, the delegation making the trip to Washington, D.C. consists of Katcho Achadjian (R-San Luis Obispo), Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco), Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley), Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento), Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward), Bonnie Lowenthal (D-Long Beach), and Henry Perea (D-Fresno).

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE ClTY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18,2012 - 6:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - ClTY HALL
1. Call to Order: 6:00 P.M.
2. Roll Call: Councilmembers Conaway, Gonzalez, Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Brooks and Mayor Washburn
3. Public Comments
4. Closed Session
A. Public Employee Appointment (Gov't Code 954957) -Title: City Attorney.
5. City Council Reports, Recommendations, and Comments
A. Discussion and Possible Action to Determine the Process for Negotiation of Legal Services Agreement and Authorize the Steps Necessary to Achieve the Intent of the Council.
6. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
Agenda Posted: July 13, 2012, 5:00 p.m

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

FILLMORE ClTY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING AGENDA
TUESDAY, JULY 17,2012 - 6:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS - ClTY HALL
1. Call to Order: 6:00 P.M.
2. Roll Call: Councilmembers Conaway, Gonzalez, Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Brooks and Mayor Washburn
3. Public Comments
4. Closed Session
A. Public Employee Appointment (Gov't Code 354957) -Title: City Attorney.
5. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 28, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: July 13, 2012, 500 p.m.

 

District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced that Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1342 (Chapter 104, Statutes of 2012) into law. SB 1342 was sponsored by District Attorney Totten and the California District Attorneys Association to combat real estate fraud in California. The measure provides county boards of supervisors with the discretion to increase the Real Estate Fraud Trust Fund fee charged upon the recording of certain real estate documents from the current fee of $3 per document to a maximum of $10. The bill also allows a portion of the funds to be directly allocated to the county recorder to support fraud prevention programs, such as sending fraud advisory letters to at-risk homeowners.

According to RealtyTrac, California leads the nation with more than 47,000 residences pending foreclosure. Research shows approximately 2.2 million people or one-third of all California homeowners are “upside down” on their mortgages. Fifty percent of non-profit housing counselors have reported that fraud is “very common.” Working with the Ventura County Real Estate Fraud Advisory Team (REFAT), the District Attorney’s Office has observed that distressed homeowners in California are increasingly being targeted by a variety of foreclosure rescue scams and the perpetrators of these crimes frequently target monolingual and elderly people in our communities.

District Attorney Totten CONTINUED »

 

You are cordially invited to join Senator Tony Strickland, Candidate for Congress in California’s 26th Congressional District, for a “Meet-and-Greet” hosted by Councilman Eduardo Gonzalez, Thursday, July 12th at 5pm at El Pescador, 1305 W. Ventura St., Fillmore. Please RSVP to Lauren at 805-217-2939 or email Lauren@TonyStrickland.com.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012 5:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY 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 Conaway, Gonzalez, Sipes, Mayor Pro Tem Brooks and Mayor Washburn
4. Public Comments
5. Closed Session
A. Public Employee Performance Evaluation (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
B. Public Employee Appointment (Gov’t Code §54957) – Title: City Attorney.
C. Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation (subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9): State Board of Equalization Case ID No. 468869.
6. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next Regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 250 Central Avenue.
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Agenda Posted: July 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JULY 10, 2012 6:30 P.M.
FILLMORE CITY HALL CENTRAL PARK PLAZA 250 CENTRAL AVENUE FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA 93015-1907

AGENDA
1.
Call to Order:
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
A.
James Lockwood, Presentation CONTINUED »

 

Today, the Supreme Court upheld the federal Affordable Care Act, “ObamaCare,” by a vote of 5-4, a decision with far-reaching implications for all Americans concerned about the cost and quality of their personal healthcare.

The court ruled that the “ObamaCare” requirement that all citizens purchase health insurance constituted a tax enforceable by the Internal Revenue Service.

With “ObamaCare,” we will soon face more government intrusion into our personal lives and more taxes withheld from our paychecks to subsidize the extraordinary costs associated with this massive government program. States will be required to absorb some of these new costs.

Last night, the Governor signed a budget that hedges on the hope and dream that voters will tax themselves to generate $47 billion to pay for existing services. If the state cannot afford to pay for existing programs, how can we possibly afford to pay for a new multi-billion program?

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner issued the following statement today in response the Legislature’s completion of the budget process:

“If the Governor had the courage, he would send this budget back and demand the Legislature send him a fully vetted plan that is truly balanced, contains real reform and spurs job creation in our state.

“The truth is that California won’t have a real budget until November. That’s when voters will decide whether to embrace or reject the billions in higher taxes assumed in this budget.

“Should taxes fail, the budget calls for billions in ‘trigger cuts’ to education funding. I suspect these ‘trigger cuts’ are little more than a head fake aimed at scaring overtaxed Californians into taxing themselves even more.”

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. For more information, visit www.boe.ca.gov/Runner.

 

I am disappointed in the Supreme Court decision on ObamaCare and believe we need to take this opportunity to repeal this massive tax. There's no doubt that affordable health care is a problem that needs to be addressed, but this bureaucracy is not the answer. Instead, we need to pursue more common sense private sector incentives.

Today, it is more important than ever to elect somebody with strong, fiscally conservative values from Ventura County to stand up to the reckless anti-business agenda coming from the Obama Administration and the liberals in Sacramento.

Please stand with me in these coming months to send a clear message - this is not the time for a $500 billion tax on the American people.

Yours truly,
Jeff Gorell

P.S. Your contribution of $25, $50, or $100 will be a tremendous boost to my campaign. I encourage you to let your friends and family know how important this is as well. Please share this email with them, and when you discuss jobs, the economy, and the housing market here in California - tell them about my efforts and to checkout my website, www.jeffgorell.org.

 

Tom Del Beccaro, Chairman of the California Republican Party, released the following statement this morning on the Supreme Court's ruling on ObamaCare:

Today, our American system of government changed dramatically if not irrevocably. Congress can now tax citizens into doing what it wants. We used to have a Supreme Court Justice, John Marshall, that believed the "power to tax" was the "power to destroy." Now we have a Chief Justice who believes that the power to tax is the "power to mandate."

The stakes of this election have now doubled if not more. The fate of this legislation is now in the hands of voters. By re-electing Obama, they will keep this law. If they elect Romney, it could well be repealed. Few elections provide such a clear choice.

For California, a state already in more than financial distress, this represents a potential huge new financial burden. Californians cannot afford the government we have - there simply is no way for us to afford this new and massive expansion of government.