Watch last night’s city council meeting

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

The AgendaTo read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda, please click here (pdf).

The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or thereafter.

And you can also watch it on cable Channel 3 (Spectrum — formerly Time Warner Cable).

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The latest on the signature gathering effort to repeal the gas tax

Another update was provided on KFI Radio on Friday by Carl DeMaio on the John and Ken Show. The segment lasts less than 8 minutes:

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Why does California’s ‘Secure Choice’ program still exist?

By Jon Coupal | California’s planned “Secure Choice” program, if implemented, would violate federal law. So why are we needlessly spending public tax dollars on its startup costs?

A weekly column by Jon CoupalThe concept of the program seems harmless enough: A voluntary program — at least for now — that would enroll private-sector employees who currently don’t have a retirement plan into a state-run retirement savings account.

But as with any government program, the first question is why is this program even needed? Private-sector employees pay into the Social Security system and, upon reaching retirement age, draw benefits from it. While some have argued that Social Security benefits are inadequate, the program is nonetheless backed by the full faith and credit of the federal government. Moreover, under federal law, there are many programs to assist private-sector workers whose employers don’t offer 401(k) or other employer-based plans. These include individual retirement accounts, both traditional and Roth IRAs. For workers without an employer retirement plan, there are generous limits on how much can be saved tax-deferred.

Secure Choice is a solution in search of a problem. Given all the existing retirement programs authorized under federal law and managed by private investment firms, the only reason to adopt a massive new government program is so that government can control yet another part of the economy currently being serviced by the private sector. Progressives truly believe that government can do it better.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Fullerton City Hall will be closed Monday for the Presidents’ Day holiday — another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

2018
January –1*, 12, 26
February – 9, 19*, 23
March – 9, 23
April – 6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October – 5, 19
November – 2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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New CalPERS pension payment schedule will squeeze Fullerton’s budget even more

By Adam Ashton, Sacramento Bee | California cities struggling with recent hikes in their pension fees will see another one in 2021 because of a decision CalPERS made on Tuesday to speed up the rate of their debt payments.

CalPERSThe change will save cities money over time, but it could squeeze local government budgets over the next few years because it requires them to shore up investment losses on a 20-year schedule instead of 30 years.

The difference probably would be a few hundred thousand dollars a year for small cities and counties, according to a CalPERS presentation describing the change.

Executives at the California Public Employees’ Retirement System have advocated for faster debt payments over the past several months, arguing the speedier schedule decreases risk and saves money.

A parade of city government officials in November, however, asked the CalPERS Board of Administration to stick to the current schedule. They said they were having trouble swallowing successive CalPERS rate hikes since 2013 that they said jeopardized their ability to fund public services.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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The latest on the petition to stop the gas and car tax hikes

Carl DeMaio was interviewed on Friday on KFI Radio’s John and Ken Show:

The deadline is February 28!

To help stop the car and gas tax hikes, click here to sign the petition.

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After billions in tax increases, Californians deserve a tax cut

By Jon Coupal and Vince Fong | For millions of Californians, the state has been rendered unaffordable because of foolish and counter-productive policies emanating from Sacramento. A shocking one-third of California renters spend at least half of their take-home pay on rent, and only 40 percent can afford to purchase a median-priced home. Little wonder, then, that one in five Californians lives in poverty — the highest poverty rate in the nation.

A weekly column by Jon CoupalSmall businesses are struggling as well. Nationwide, nearly ten percent of new entrepreneurs start from at or below the poverty line, but according to the Institute for Justice, California is third worst in terms of burdensome licensing laws.

At every moment of every day, Californians are taxed. We have the highest personal income, sales, and gas taxes in the nation. Even though Sacramento is sitting on a $4.6 billion budget surplus, high state taxes are continuing to gouge hard working Californians. In fact, over $15 billion in annual tax increases have been enacted since Gov. Brown took the reins in 2010.

Thankfully, there is a better way to improve the lives of all Californians.

Taxpayers, small businesses, families, homeowners and renters can finally get some relief through the California Competitiveness and Innovation Act (AB1922), which was recently introduced in the state Legislature and is supported by the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.

To read the entire column, please click here.

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Can we stop pretending Republicans care about fiscal responsibility?

By Sal Rodriguez | Republicans in Congress have always talked a good game about cutting government spending and being fiscally responsible, but they sure have a knack for never following through and only making things worse.

The federal government ended the last fiscal year with a budget deficit of $666 billion. It has been known for a long-time, well-before the tax cuts were passed, that things were only going to get worse.

So what did the Republican-controlled Congress and White House do? They agreed to a budget agreement, signed Friday morning, that will allow for $300 billion in additional spending over the next two years, including $165 billion for the military.

To read the entire commentary in the Orange County Register, please click here.

Sal Rodriguez is an editorial writer and columnist for the Southern California News Group.

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Fullerton City Hall is closed today for another three-day weekend

City Hall Closure Dates and
Observed Holidays

2018
January –1*, 12, 26
February9, 19*, 23
March – 9, 23
April – 6, 20
May – 4, 18, 28*
June – 1, 15, 29
July – 4*, 13, 27
August – 10, 24
September – 3*, 7, 21
October – 5, 19
November – 2, 11*, 16, 22*, 23*,30
December – 14, 24*, 25*, 26^,27^, 28, 31*

*Holiday observed
^Winter Closure

Fullerton City Hall

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