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.

 

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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.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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.
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
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.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

ClTY OF FILLMORE ClTY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING
THURSDAY, JULY 5,2012 3:00 P.M.
FILLMORE ClTY 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. Closed Session
A. Public Employee Appointment (Gov't Code s54957) -Title: City Attorney.
6. Adjournment: City Council adjourns. The next City Council meeting is
scheduled for Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall,
250 Central Avenue.
I i Agenda Posted: June 28, 2012, 500 p.m

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Immigration Policy and Enforcement, released the following statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today on Arizona’s SB 1070:

“It is a sad time in America when Arizona and other states feel the need to pass their own illegal immigration laws in light of the federal government’s failure to enforce federal laws on the books.

“Arizona’s law mirrored federal law. In striking down three provisions of the law, the court ruled today that Arizona may not fill the breach caused by the federal government’s failure to enforce immigration laws, which it did when the federal government’s failure to act placed the state’s citizens in danger and hurt its citizens’ ability to get jobs.

“To make matters worse, after the court upheld Arizona’s right to have police officers check the immigration status of drivers during traffic stops if they had a reasonable suspicion they were in the country illegally, the president further interfered with Arizona’s right to protect its citizens by declaring that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would no longer cooperate with local law enforcement.

“In the past several months, President Obama has unilaterally made it possible for more than a million illegal immigrants to continue to take American jobs by removing them from deportation proceedings and giving them working papers. Instead of putting more Americans on the unemployment line, President Obama should be enforcing federal immigration laws and cooperating with the states so Arizona’s SB 1070 and other protective state laws would be unnecessary.”

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

CITY OF FILLMORE CITY COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING
TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 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. Eagle Scout Proclamation for Sean Thomas Chandler
6. Public Comments
7. Consent Calendar
Recommendation for Items A. through E. is to Approve.
A. Warrant List for JUNE 26, 2012.
B. Adoption of Resolution No. 12-3358, REQUESTING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF VENTURA TO CONSOLIDATE A FILLMORE MUNICIPAL ELECTION OF SAID CITY TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 6, 2012, WITH THE PRESIDENTIAL GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON SAID DATE PURSUANT TO SECTION 23302; AND AUTHORIZING THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO UTILIZE CRITERIA SET FORTH IN ELECTIONS CODE SECTION 15651(A) AND RESOLVE THE TIE VOTE BY LOT.
C. Adoption of Resolution CONTINUED »

 

Ventura County Clerk Recorder/Registrar of Voters Mark A. Lunn announced today the final election results for the June 5, 2012, Presidential Primary Election with 100% of precincts reporting. This election was certified 6 days prior to the 28 day certification deadline of July 3, 2012.

Final results revealed a 32.9% voter turnout. Lunn stated, “We know we've done our job when we are able to process all of the voted ballots and give every registered voter an opportunity to cast their vote. We were well prepared to conduct this election.”

A total of 133,800 ballots were cast this election. This included 80,917 Vote By Mail ballots and 52,883 ballots cast at 361 polling places throughout the County.

Lunn also attributed the success of this election to the coordinated efforts of his dedicated election team, which included more than 1,500 citizens who volunteered to work the polls on Election Day.
“I am so grateful to all our pollworkers,” Lunn stated. “They are the unsung heroes of every election.”

For questions, please call the Ventura County Elections Division at (805) 654-2664.

 

SACRAMENTO, CA – George Runner today issued the following statement in response to the Legislature’s approval of a budget bill:

“Rather than deal with reality, the Legislature has once again sent a fantasy budget to the Governor.

“This fantasy budget foolishly assumes overtaxed Californians will vote this November to send even more of their hard-earned dollars to Sacramento.

“When voters approved Proposition 25, they didn’t anticipate it would allow one party to make all major budget decisions in secret. Not only were Republicans shut out of the process, but so was the public.

“Rather than make real reforms to increase private sector paychecks, this budget plan relies on taxes, borrowing and gimmicks to keep legislators’ paychecks flowing.

“The Governor should veto this budget, scrap his proposed $50 billion tax hike and propose a new plan that requires government to live within its means.”

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.

 

State Senator Sharon Runner (R-Antelope Valley) issued the following statement regarding the passage of the Democrat’s budget:

“Despite repeated assurances that the budget process would be public and transparent, the Democrat majority has been meeting behind closed doors and it is clear that this budget is composed almost entirely of gimmicks and with the assumption that the proposed tax increases will be approved by voters in the November General Election.

“Earlier this week, Governor Brown called the Democrat budgets’ plan ‘structurally imbalanced.’ Their $16.2 billion solution to fix the deficit includes approximately $14.9 billion (93 percent) in tax increases and gimmicks, and only about $1.3 billion (7 percent) of real spending reductions.

“This budget plan contains none of the Governor’s pension reforms necessary to address the unsustainable cost of public pensions that are bankrupting the state and local governments. And it continues to erode money for critical services like education and public safety.

“The Democrat majority has the decision making authority to craft a balanced budget, yet, they play shell games and blame Republicans for blocking their never-ending efforts to raise taxes. Neither does anything to bridge the state budget gap or inspire public confidence in the Legislature’s ability to function.

“Public opinion polls have shown a steady decline in support for the tax measures. Californians are tired of their taxes being raised and they don’t trust lawmakers to spend tax revenues responsibly.

“It is time for politicians in Sacramento to bite the bullet and make those tough, but necessary, cuts to balance the state’s budget.”

Senator Sharon Runner represents the residents of the Seventeenth Senate District, which includes portions of Los Angeles, Ventura, Kern and San Bernardino Counties. Contact her office at 916-651-4017, or via email at senator.runner@sen.ca.gov.

 
City of Fillmore
City of Fillmore

NOTICE AND CALL OF SPECIAL MEETING OF THE FILLMORE ClTY COUNCIL
Tuesday, JUNE 19, 2012
6:30 p.m.
Fillmore City Hall
250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California

TO: ALL MEMBERS OF THE ClTY COUNCIL OF THE ClTY OF FILLMORE
AND THOSE REQUESTING NOTICE OF SUCH MATTERS:

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE, pursuant to California Government Code Section
54956, the City Council has called a Special Meeting of the Fillmore City Council to be
held on Tuesday, JUNE 19, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at City
Hall, 250 Central Avenue, Fillmore, California. Said Special Meeting is for the purpose
of, and to consider the business on the attached agenda.

This notice shall CONTINUED »