SACRAMENTO, CA – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Gilbert A. Romero to a judgeship in the Ventura County Superior Court.

Romero, 40, of Ventura, has served as senior deputy district attorney at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. Romero earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Northridge. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward F. Brodie. Romero is a Democrat.

The compensation for this position is $178,789.

 


 

Mental health services provided under Proposition 63 dramatically improve the quality of life for many of its 27,000 enrolled Californians, while returning significant taxpayer savings according to a new study by UCLA. The evaluation report found that every dollar spent on mental health services in California saved roughly $0.88 in costs to the criminal justice and health, and housing services by reducing the number of arrests, incarcerations, and hospitalizations.

“Californians trusted Proposition 63 to deliver desperately needed mental health services. This report shows that Proposition 63 is not only changing lives for the better, but going further by returning a significant saving on the public’s investment”, said the initiative’s author, California Senate leader Darrell Steinberg. “Proposition 63 is proving to be smart public policy, smart economics, and a vital service to a population and their families who have a history of being neglected by the state. Californians can be proud of their venture into intelligent progressive policy like Proposition 63.”

Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) was passed by voters in 2004. The MHSA’s lynchpin program, the Full Service Partnership (FSP) serves Californians experiencing the most severe mental health challenges.

The report found across-the-board reductions of mental health patients in California’s health and justice systems during the 12 months after their enrollment in Proposition 63’s FSP programs, when compared with their experiences in the 12 months prior to enrollment. Highlights from FY 09-10 include:

4,050 fewer Emergency Room visits, saving $860,294.
977 fewer psychiatric hospitalizations, saving nearly $40.6 million in costs and 39,313 fewer days in psychiatric hospital care.
321 fewer Californians admitted to long term care facilities, saving over $13 million in costs and 71,877 fewer days spent in long term care facilities.
3,513 fewer arrests and 1,945 fewer Californians arrested, saving $62,687.
68% reduction in juvenile incarceration, resulting in 452 fewer detained youths, 42,105 fewer days of juvenile sentences, and savings over $13.4 million.
58% reduction in county jail or state prison incarceration, resulting in 672 fewer prisoners, 88,268 fewer days of sentences, and savings of nearly $13.2 million.

Overall, the FSP program off-set $63 million in potential psychiatric and physical health care costs and $26.7 million in the criminal justice system in FY 09-10.

The UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families, and Communities said, “Although the argument of cost savings should never be advanced as the primary reason for providing public mental health services, results of this magnitude make a strong case for the wisdom of investing public resources in programs such as FSPs.”

“Proposition 63 is delivering on its promise,” says Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission Chair, Larry Poaster. “We’re seeing less homelessness, fewer incarcerations and an improved quality of life at a cost saving to Californians.”

By 2010, there were 27,468 Californians enrolled in Proposition 63’s Full Service Partnership program according to the report. Proposition 63 contributed $0.62 for every dollar spent on mental health services in California in 2009-10, with the remainder supported by the Federal Government ($0.30), the state’s General Fund ($0.05), and Medicare contributions ($0.03). $63.24 million of total $102 million in FY 09-10 expenditures on new FSP enrollees came from Proposition 63 revenue, resulting in total cost-offsetting of $89.74 million for new enrollees.

The full report can be found at: http://bit.ly/Wabo7F

In addition to the UCLA report, Senator Steinberg requested the State Auditor undertake an extensive audit, performance and outcome review of Proposition 63. Steinberg said, “I’m confident it will be positive, but where there are problems, criticisms or flaws, tell us that as well so we can improve services for those who suffer from mental illness.”

Proposition 63 established the Mental Health Services Act through a one-percent income tax on those whose annual income is one million dollars or more. The proposition specified that this funding must supplement, not replace, the funding for traditional mental health services. The proposition also specified that a portion of the funding (25 percent) must go toward prevention, early intervention and innovation to treat mental illness in its early stages and to provide outreach and services to those ethnic and cultural groups which historically have been underserved.

 


 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Elton Gallegly (R-CA), Vice Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on Israel’s right to defend itself:

“I condemn Hamas’ recent and ongoing rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip into Israel and support Israel’s right to defend itself. While Israeli officials have alerted civilians in Gaza to the need to stay away from Hamas and its operatives in an attempt to minimize civilian casualties, Hamas is intentionally targeting Israeli civilians. Hamas’ deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians and their continued use of innocent Palestinians civilians in Gaza as human shields, is disgraceful. It is imperative that the International Community support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

 


 

SACRAMENTO – George Runner, a vocal opponent of the State of California’s new “Fire Prevention Fee,” today released an update regarding its implementation.

“The state is currently mailing bills to San Bernardino County,” said Runner. “Up next is San Diego County, which will receive more than 100,000 bills—the most of any county. According to our schedule, the bills for the remaining counties will be out the door by December 11.”

The official mailing schedule—now complete—is available online.

According to Runner, the state has now mailed more than 450,000 bills to California property owners. More than 170,000 have paid their bills, yielding more than $20 million in revenue.

Thousands of Californians have filed paperwork to officially protest the tax, and tens of thousands have failed to pay at all. As of October 19, CALFIRE reports having received 18,321 appeals, with more than 5,399 arriving in just the last week.

Noting that more than 70,000 bills have gone past-due without being paid, Runner stressed the importance of timeliness.

“It’s an illegal tax, and I fully expect the courts will strike it down,” said Runner. “But until then, if you receive a bill, you ought to pay it,” said Runner. “Taxpayers who refuse to pay could face penalties as high as 20% a month.”

In related news, the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection will hold a December 5 hearing to consider permanent regulations for the fire “fee” program. The meeting will be held at:

California Resources Building Auditorium

1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento. California

8 AM, Wednesday, December 5

The public is invited to submit written comments by e-mail to board.public.comments@fire.ca.gov or by mail to:

Mr. George Gentry, Executive Officer

Board of Forestry and Fire Protection

P.O. Box 944246

Sacramento, CA 94244-2460

Written comments are due by Tuesday, November 20.

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. To help inform California taxpayers, Runner has established a website, calfirefee.com, providing the latest fire tax news and information.

 


 
Friday, November 3, 2012, 6:30 p.m.
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

Some Agendized Items:

*El Dorado Mobile Home Estates Vesting Tentative Parcel Map for a Mobile Home Resident Ownership Conversion of an Existing Mobile Home Park.

*Request City Council to Adopt Resolution Authorizing the Acting City Manager, Finance Director and City Attorney to Examine Sales and Use Tax Records.

*Request City Council to Review and Approve the Executive Search Services Agreement for the City Manager and City Finance Director Positions.

*Receive and File – Comment Letter on County of Ventura Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Grimes Rock, Inc. Expanded Mining Facility Project.

 


 

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL ADJOURNED REGULAR MEETING
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 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
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through G. is to Approve.
A. Minutes of CONTINUED »

 


 

Assembly Member Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) will be speaking to Ventura County business leaders on Thursday, November 1st at the Economic Outlook Luncheon in Camarillo. Assemblyman Gorell will be discussing the California GOLD Team, an innovative new program developed with Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom. The California GOLD Team uses aggressive approaches to bring business and jobs to California's Central Coast. Assemblyman Gorell will be speaking on:

· The development of the California Gold Team: A proactive outreach initiative to bring business to Ventura County

· Building business hubs and jobs based on local strengths and assets

· Aerospace and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A growing industry that fits Ventura County

Hosted by the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce, the 2012 Economic Outlook Luncheon will also feature Bruce Stenslie, Executive Director for the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County who will talk about the state of the economy in Ventura County, and Richard Wagner, Chair of the Chamber Economic Development Committee who will report on results of the Camarillo Business Survey.

Members of the media who wish to attend the event should contact Lara Shapiro-Snair at the Camarillo Chamber of Commerce at (805) 484-4383 for more information.

 

George Runner today will join other elected officials, community leaders and Amazon.com representatives at an opening ceremony for the company’s new San Bernardino fulfillment center.

“I applaud Amazon’s decision to voluntarily invest in California, bringing thousands of jobs to our state,” said Runner. “Working cooperatively with job creators like Amazon is the most effective way to rebuild California’s economy.”

A new state law (AB 155) requires some out-of-state online retailers to start collecting tax as of September 15; however, Runner noted that very few companies have registered so far.

In 2011, Runner was a leading voice in opposition to the so-called “Amazon Tax,” which threatened to destroy thousands of cutting-edge small businesses known as affiliates. After a drawn-out battle, both Runner and Amazon supported compromise legislation (AB 155), which delayed key provisions of the original legislation (AB 28X) until September 15, 2012.

The compromise allowed time for Amazon.com to voluntarily establish a brick and mortar presence in California and renew its working relationships with thousands of California-based affiliates.

“As an elected member of the State Board of Equalization, I have the unique privilege of working with job creators like Amazon,” said Runner. “I want to help those companies succeed in our state in the face of many tax and regulatory obstacles.”

The new Amazon fulfillment center in San Bernardino lies just outside the boundaries of Runner’s current Board of Equalization district. However, in 2014 the district Runner represents will be reshaped by redistricting to include both Amazon’s new San Bernardino and Patterson facilities.

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.

 

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 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
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar CONTINUED »

 
Recent Gas Price Spike Could Produce Windfall for Government

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today released the latest general fund sales and use tax revenue collection numbers from the first three months of the 2012-13 fiscal year.

According to Runner, from July through September the State Board of Equalization received $4.64 billion in revenue, just two and a half percent shy of the Department of Finance’s budget projection of $4.76 billion.

“It’s too early to know for sure, but so far sales tax revenue appears to be largely on track to meet the state’s budget needs,” Runner said. “I can’t help but think that if more Californians had jobs, these revenue numbers would be even stronger.”

Runner noted that the latest numbers do not reflect the recent spike in gas prices. He added that high fuel prices have the potential to create a tax windfall for state and local government.

Earlier this year Runner proposed legislation capping rising fuel taxes, but it failed to gain traction in the Legislature.

The State Board of Equalization posts a monthly summary of general fund retail sales and use tax collections on its website (www.boe.ca.gov).

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.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to a class action lawsuit filed by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association:

“As one of California’s elected tax officials, it’s my responsibility to use my elected office to ensure that taxpayers are treated fairly.

“Accordingly, I commend the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for bringing together Californians from every walk of life and region of our state to right the wrong that is the fire tax.

“The Governor and Legislature’s willingness to impose such an unfair and regressive tax in direct violation of the Constitution should serve as a wake-up call for all freedom-loving Californians.

“I am pleased to lend my full support to this lawsuit, and I look forward to seeing it prevail.”

Elected in November 2010, George Runner represents more than nine million Californians as a member of the State Board of Equalization. To help inform California taxpayers, Runner has established a website, calfirefee.com, providing the latest fire tax news and information.

 

Sacramento, CA – The California Taxpayers Association has given Sen. Strickland (R-Moorpark) a 100% on their annual Legislative Voting Record.

“I’m honored to have once again received a perfect score from the California Taxpayers Association – I have always been and will continue to be an advocate for taxpayers throughout California,” Sen. Strickland said.

“One of my top priorities is making sure we maximize the precious tax dollars that come to Sacramento and stop reaching into the pockets of hardworking Californians every time we run out of cash,” Sen. Strickland added. “Instead of raising taxes yet again, we need to focus on job-creation and putting people back to work.”

Founded in 1926, the California Taxpayers Association has protected taxpayers from unnecessary taxation and has been a proponent of fiscal responsibility, standing firm against government inefficiency and mismanagement. Their 2012 Legislative Voting Record is based on the bills which would most affect California’s taxpayers and economy.

A copy of the California Taxpayers Association’s 2012 Legislative Voting Record can be found here.

Sen. Strickland is available to the media for an interview or comments.

Tony Strickland represents California Senate District 19, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 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 Officer Petersen on His Retirement
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for OCTOBER 9 2012.
B. Minutes of JUNE 19, 2012 Regular Meeting.
C. Adoption of City CONTINUED »

 

BURBANK, CA - The California Republican Party today made the follwing statement regarding California Governor Jerry Brown signing Assembly Bill 2026, which extends the $100 million annual tax break for California motion picture companies:

"Gov. Brown just signed the bill that extends tax breaks for the film industry. Presumably, the Governor believes that the lower tax rates will provide incentives for more films to be made here, resulting in more jobs. More jobs will result in more tax revenue because working people pay more taxes.

"Someone needs to ask the Governor why that sound economic logic doesn't apply to every other aspect of the economy. We need to ask Gov. Brown why he wants want to raise taxes on small businesses through Prop 30 but lower them for the film industry?"

 

Moorpark, CA — The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning Announces that California State Senator Tony Strickland will be the featured speaker at their regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, September 27. Senator Strickland will be providing an update on his work representing Moorpark in the California State Senate.

The Moorpark Morning Rotary Club meets on Thursday Mornings from 7:00 to 8:15am at The Grinder Restaurant at 1 West Los Angeles Avenue in Moorpark. Meetings are open to the public.

Howard Yaras, President of the Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning had the following remarks: “We are very excited to be hosting Senator Strickland at our meeting this Thursday. Moorpark Morning Rotary enjoys providing a platform by which all of our community’s leaders can communicate with their constituents and receive feedback.”

Senator Strickland’s visit follows a recent visit by California State Senator Fran Pavley.

The Rotary Club of Moorpark Morning is a Moorpark Chapter of Rotary International. The organization raises money for community organizations and promotes local volunteerism. For more information, visit http://www.moorparkmorningrotary.org

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 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
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for SEPTEMBER 25, 2012.
B. Authorization to the Interim/Acting City Manager or Designee to Process a Contract Extension with E.J. Harrison for Street Sweeping and a Franchise Agreement for Solid Waste Services and Authorize the Interim/Acting City Manager to take any Necessary Actions to Achieve the Intent of the City Council.
C. Consideration and Adoption of City Council Resolution No. 12-3361 Which Approves the Legal Services Agreement with the Law Firm of Myers, Widders, Gibson & Jones LLP
D. Approval of a Refund to the Ken Wright Family Limited Partnership of Development Impact Fees Paid for 870 and 880 Central Avenue that Have Not Been Expended in the Amount of $3,304.14 (cont’d from August 28, 2012).
8. Department Reports
Finance
A. Consideration of the CONTINUED »

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) announced that he is proud to have supported the passage of Senate Bill 863 which offers significant reforms to California’s expensive Worker’s Compensation system, and Senate Bill 1186 which seeks to reduce the predatory ADA lawsuits that burden small businesses with expensive legal shakedowns over workplace accessibility issues.

“While I’m disappointed that other business reforms did not pass the legislature this year, these repairs to the highly criticized and costly state system of worker’s compensation is a step in the right direction,” stated Assemblyman Gorell. “The response we have received from the business community for our recently launched economic development ‘Gold Team’ consistently identifies the very high cost of workers compensation as a major impediment to the growth of their business. This important reform will be a real benefit to our local and state businesses when they need it most.”

“Additionally, lawsuit abuses have made California extremely hostile to the small businesses which are the backbone of the state’s economy. SB 1186 takes aim at the predatory lawyers while still working to protect the needs of the disabled.”

SB 863 has received the support of both business and labor groups and has been designed to both increase long term disability benefits and cut costs by reducing inefficiency, fraud, and the excessive litigation that has caused worker’s compensation premiums to skyrocket over the past few years.

SB 1186 seeks to ban “demand for money” letters, where predatory lawyers order businesses to pay them money or face lawsuits over potential Americans with Disabilities Act violations. Nearly 40 percent of ADA lawsuits in the nation are filed in California.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo) commented on the passage of Assembly Bill 1478, a measure which passed the Assembly yesterday, to fund for two years the State Parks that were previously on the closure list:

“Only a few months ago we were all facing the fear of seeing many of our treasured state parks threatened with closure, notably Ventura County’s McGrath State Beach. Through the tireless efforts of the local community, funds were raised to save the park, and we celebrated their success.

“However, shortly thereafter we found out that the State Parks Department failed to report $54 million that it secretly held in a separate ‘slush fund’ while engaging in unethical self-serving accounting practices instead of keeping our parks open.

“I supported AB 1478, which guarantees that our parks, including McGrath State Beach, remain open through 2014 by appropriating millions of dollars from the department’s former slush funds to the fund’s originally intended purpose. Notwithstanding this action, I am committed to ensuring that investigations and audits of the Parks Department continue to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent ethically and consistent with the wishes of taxpaying Californians.”

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 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 David Smallwood and Mark Jones for Aquatics Center Maintenance Efforts
B. Recap of Public Safety’s Annual September 11th Observance
C. Drug Enforcement Agency Take Back Day, September 29, 2012, 10am - 2pm
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through D. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for SEPTEMBER 11, 2012.
B. Minutes of JULY 5, 2012, Special Meeting.
C. Minutes of JULY 17, 2012, Special Meeting.
D. Minutes of JULY 18, 2012, Special Meeting.
8. Department Reports
Finance
A. Consideration of the CONTINUED »

 
Pledges to repeal Pelosi's plan to take $741 billion from medicare

Oxnard, CA - Today, Senator Tony Strickland signed the Social Security and Medicare Protection pledge to oppose all efforts to change the sacred promise to Ventura County and American seniors.

“Ventura County seniors have worked hard and have paid for their Social Security and Medicare benefits” said Strickland. “As Congressman, my first priority will be to repeal the plan that steals over $700 billion from Medicare and restore that money. Medicare is going broke and by taking $741 billion from this very important program, Julia Brownley is making it worse. I’ll put Ventura County first and protect the benefits my neighbors and my parents depend on.”

The Social Security and Medicare protection pledge can be viewed by clicking here.

“Nancy Pelosi convinced Julia Brownley to move here from Los Angeles, and together with their liberal allies, immediately spent nearly $1 million distorting Ventura County leader Linda Parks’ position on Medicare,” added Jake Parsons, Strickland’s campaign manager. “Brownley’s dishonest and shameful attacks hide the fact that she supports devastating cuts to programs Ventura County seniors depend on.”

Tony Strickland’s first job was washing wheelchairs at a nursing home, instilling him with a deep passion for America’s greatest generation at a very young age. During an interview with Timm Herdt, State Editor of the Ventura County Star, Strickland indicated that he would have voted against the Medicare provisions in the Ryan Plan.

State Senator Tony Strickland was elected to the California State Senate representing parts of Ventura, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara Counties in 2008. He previously served the area as a member of the State Assembly from 1998 to 2004. He is married to his wife of 14 years, Audra. Together they have two small children: Ruby Ruth and Anthony Paul.