Local Sales Tax Allocations Remain Flat Statewide

The California State Board of Equalization (BOE) announced today that June sales tax allocations to local governments will not increase by anticipated 5.7 percent due to a decline in cash receipts for the second quarter 2010 of 3.53 percent compared to last year’s receipts for the same time period.   An analysis of second quarter 2010 data, including cash receipts in April, caused the BOE to proceed without an increase to local jurisdictions while continuing to monitor the statewide cash receipts for the remainder of the calendar quarter to determine whether further adjustments will be required.  The latest Department of Finance sales tax projections, dated June 2010, provide for an estimated 5.7 percent increase.   BOE makes monthly allocations to 764 local jurisdictions based on a formula that includes historical allocations, growth factor adjustments to the base, transfers and audits, and actual cash receipts.  Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2008, the BOE reduced advance payments to local taxing jurisdictions beyond adjustments based on the negative growth factors projected at the time by the Department of Finance due to an unprecedented drop in taxable sales stemming from the recession.  While there are indicators that taxable sales are beginning to recover from the recession, it is not reflected in the most recent cash receipts data available.   The five-member California State Board of Equalization (BOE) is a publicly elected tax board.  The BOE collects more than $48 billion annually in taxes and fees supporting state and local government services.  It hears business tax appeals, acts as the appellate body for franchise and personal income tax appeals, and serves a significant role in the assessment and administration of property taxes.  For more information on other taxes and fees in California, visit http://www.taxes.ca.gov/.   Schedule of June 2010 Payments: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/june_2q10_warrant_amounts.xls Sample Letter: http://www.boe.ca.gov/news/pdf/2Q10_flat_growth_letter.pdf

Calexico passes a 45-day moratorium on Adult Entertainment

By Mario Conde

The Calexico City Council passed an emergency measure prohibiting new or relocated adult entertainment businesses during a special period for 45 days.

In a special meeting held two weeks ago City Administration stated that they currently regulate adult entertainment establishments in order to prevent deleterious and unlawfully secondary effects, such as prostitution, organized crime, and urban blight. This 45-day moratorium procedure authorized will allow for the study of regulations these establishments. The Council wishes to study the potential options and effects of zoning and operations of these entities. No store of this kind will be able to be granted licenses, use permits, or zoning approvals for existing or new Adult entertainment businesses.

Juan Vargas has been declared winner of the democratic primary for State Senate District

By Mario Conde

After one month of uncertainty, Juan Vargas was declared winner to the democratic primary for State Senate District

The Final resolution of this very completive primary race in Riverside County was made one day after Superior Court Judge Mac Fischer ordered 12,563 misplaced ballots be counted; just like the situation in Imperial County were 30 absentees were not counted. The final count comes after the judge ordered 12,500 mail-in ballots to be counted in the primary election after they were sent to the post office on time but were not delivered to election officials before the voting deadline. Imperial County voters supported Juan Vargas last June with 4,406 votes against 3,379 that Mary Salas recieved.

Coordinated Effort Saves Pair in the Mountains

El Centro, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector and Imperial County Sheriff’s Office coordinated the rescue of two men who were stranded for days in the mountains west of El Centro.

On Monday, at approximately 4:28 p.m., El Centro Sector communications received a call from ICSO dispatch regarding the lost men. Dispatch stated that the men claimed they had been lost for two days and were without water. The men were able to describe terrain features and roads in the area.