Government

 

Mutual Meetings

•Mutual 2

9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, Administration

•Mutual 11

1:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, Clubhouse 3, Room 9

•Mutual 16

9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 20, Administration

•Mutual 15

1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, Administration

•Mutual 14

1 p.m., open forum; 1:30 p.m., meeting starts; Tuesday, Jan. 21, Administration

•Mutual 10

9 a.m., open forum; 9:15 a.m., meeting starts, Wednesday, Jan. 22, Administration

•Mutual 1

9:30 a.m., open forum; 9:45 a.m., meeting starts; Thursday, Jan. 23, Administration

•Mutual 6

9:30 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, Administration

•Mutual 12, special

9 a.m., Friday, Jan. 24, Physical Property

•Mutual 8

1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27, Administration

 

GRF Committees

The Golden Rain Foundation Board welcomes shareholders to open committee meetings. The following is the remainder of the schedule for January:

•Finance Committee

9:30 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, Administration

 

Physical Property

Committee study session is today

All shareholders are welcome to attend a study session of the Physical Property Committee today, Thursday, Jan. 16, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Kevin Bass of the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) will be the featured guest. Also invited are Matt Stepien and Ralph Martinez of Anderson Penna Partners.

The meeting will discuss the signage for Golden Rain Road.

 

Democratic Club

Meetings changed to third Tuesday

The Leisure World Democratic Club will be meeting at a new time this year. The club will meet on the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 4 beginning Tuesday, Jan. 21. Lunch, subway sandwiches, potato chips and soda or water will be served from noon-1 p.m. To reserve lunch, $5, call Letty Rush, 708-3022. Those who want to bring their own lunch and join the group are welcome too.

The special guest speaker will be Nick Anas, executive director of the Orange County Democratic Party. Nick will tell what is happening with Democrats at the county and state levels, and will be glad to answer questions.

Mr. Anas began his current role as executive director in 2012. An Orange County native raised in La Habra, he became politically active during the 2008 Democratic primaries. Nick became canvass director for the California Democratic Party in 2009. He also serves as political director for the Orange County Young Democrats. In the past year he was instrumental in organizing and mobilizing over half a million registered Democrats to register and get out the vote. He has been working tirelessly to ensure that local progressive have a political voice.

Those with clean clothing to donate to charity can leave it in the lobby.

—Dave Silva

 

GOP

Republican gubernatorial candidate is guest

The Leisure World GOP Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m., in Clubhouse 4, Rooms B and C. The featured speaker will be California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, 33rd District, who is a conservative candidate for Governor in this year’s election.

Assemblyman Donnelly is expected to discuss many issues effecting Californians. He has already evaluated the current governor’s budget and stated: “After picking the pockets and balancing California’s budget on the backs of hardworking taxpayers through the largest tax increase in state history, Governor Brown declared all of California’s problems magically solved. It must be nice to view the state’s problems through such rose-colored lenses. The reality is a magnitude of problems still face California.”

He further stated: “The Governor’s surplus is a myth. It will be short-lived, as businesses flee the state to escape Prop. 30. This so-called surplus is largely due to a one-time tax increase bailout – this is no long-term solution.” He will no doubt examine the flaws in the proposed budget.

Assemblyman Donnelly, first elected to represent the 59th Assembly District in November 2010, has represented the 33rd Assembly District since December 2012 (redistricting).

The third oldest of 14 children, Tim was born in Atlanta, Ga.; he made his way to California to attend the University of California, Irvine, in 1989. Working several jobs to pay his way, Tim earned his B.A. in English.

After college he went to work for his father in the small family business, supplying parts to plastics manufacturers. After five years, he started his own small business, providing solutions to his customer’s manufacturing problems. Having 20 years of experience on the front lines of manufacturing, Tim brings a unique understanding of the problems facing one of the most important sectors in the economy.

In the Legislature, Tim has earned the reputation of a conservative who holds steadfast to his beliefs: fighting illegal immigration, defending public safety, removing restrictions on business growth, and protecting the taxpayers’ pocketbooks. Tim’s unwavering voting record to uphold constitutional rights has earned him perfect scores from organizations like Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, National Rifle Association and California Pro-Life Council. In 2013, Tim also received a perfect score from the California Chamber of Commerce.

In 2012, 59 percent of the voters in his district re-elected Tim to represent them in Sacramento. Tim serves as vice chair of the Committee on Elections and Redistricting. He also serves on the Appropriations Committee, Rules Committee, Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee and Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

—Jim Hoover

 

We the People

Bring ideas for discussion on Jan. 27

The next We the People club meeting will take place Jan. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Bring ideas and suggestions for topics to be discussed at future meetings.

The purpose of the club is to offer educational and information relative to the Leisure World community and lifestyle.

Meetings are open to all shareholders and guests.

For more information, visit lwsb.com, “clubs” and in the drop down menu select “education.” Members can be contacted at info@wethepeople-sealbeach.org or call 431-4061.

 

Rossmoor/Los Alamitos

GOP Women will host canidates for 2nd District OC Supervisor

Second District Republican candidates for the Orange County Board of Supervisors, Michelle Steel and Allan Mansoor, will be the guests at the Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Republican Women Federated meeting Jan. 18.

Allan Mansoor, is currently a two-term state assemblyman, and Michelle Steel is vice chair of the California Board of Equalization.

Networking begins at 9:45 a.m. with a buffet brunch, followed by the speakers at 10:15 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5865 Katella, Cypress. The cost is $20 for members and $17 for associates/spouses and first-time guests. The charge includes the networking brunch, meeting and guest speakers.

Meetings are open to women and men who want to work with like-minded individuals to improve the political landscape.

For more information and reservations, contact Chris Barnes, 865-3258, or at Chris.Barnes4727@gmail.com.

 

 

WCC

Bridge work continues to move along

Pile driving activity for the Seal Beach Boulevard bridge is ongoing during the day this week. This activity will continue intermittently throughout January and February. Pile driving is typically conducted weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., however some weekend work may be required. Portions of the westbound SR-22, northbound I-405 and southbound I-405 freeway, as well as Seal Beach Boulevard, will be closed through Saturday this week. For more detailed information regarding this week’s schedule, including closure times and recommended detour routes, visit www.octa.net/WCCDetourMap.

Landscape maintenance activity is ongoing adjacent to the College Park West community. Crews are removing dead trees, brush and other shrubbery to clean out the drainage channel near the southbound I-405/westbound SR-22/7th Street connector. Chainsaws, weed whackers and a bobcat may be used in order to clear the area and perform general maintenance activity. This work is expected to take place weekdays between 7 a.m.-5 p.m. and will continue for the next few weeks, weather permitting. Be advised this work may be loud and disruptive due to equipment noise and debris removal.

The Seal Beach Boulevard on- and off-ramps are closed Monday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-5 a.m. The northbound I-405 connector to the northbound I-605 is also closed Monday-Saturday, 11 p.m.-5 a.m., as is the 7th Street /Eastbound SR-22 to the southbound I-405.

Crews completed pile driving activity for the SR-22/I-405 carpool connector last week. During the next several weeks, crews will continue to pour columns and prepare the base of the structure.

 

 

USPS

Postage for letters going to 49 cents

The U.S. Postal Service will be charging higher postage rates effective next Thursday, Jan. 26.

Regular first class letter stamps, such as the Forever stamp, will increase from 46 to 49 cents. A single stamp covers a one ounce letter (typically four to five sheets of paper plus an envelope). Additional ounces will cost 21 cents each, a penny more per ounce.

Postcard will be 34 cents.

Bulk mail rates and the cost of mailing periodicals such as magazines, will go up by 6 percent.

A first class package, up to 13 ounces, goes up an average of 5 percent.

Most flat rate Priority remains the same, except the small flat rate box, which goes up 10 cents, and the large flat rate box, which goes up 50 cents.

Franchise Tax Board

State tax returns being accepted

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) is now accepting 2013 state tax returns.

• The standard deduction for single or filing separately tax statuses increased to $3,906. For joint, surviving spouse, or head of household filers, it increased to $7,812.

• Exemption credit increases- The dependent exemption credit increased to $326 per dependent. The personal exemption amount for single, filing separately, and head of household filers increased to $106. For joint or surviving spouses, it increased to $212.

• For taxpayers who file paper returns, FTB eliminated the 540A form due to decreased use. Tax preparation software or e-filing will automatically select the appropriate tax form for the taxpayer. FTB continues to offer two types of personal income tax forms:

Form 540 (Long Form) can be used by all tax filers.

Form 540 2EZ that can be used for tax filers with simple tax filing situations such as those who typically report income wages, interest, dividends, and pensions; and take the standard deduction.

Tuesday, April 15 is the last day to pay the 2013 amount owed to avoid penalties and interest.