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1983 - Armed robber taken out at Alpha Beta supermarket on Lyons [story]
Alpha Beta market


California State Board of Equalization

As your taxpayer advocate and elected member of the State Board of Equalization, my goal is to make sure all taxpayers are treated fairly. I’m fighting to protect your rights and welcome your ideas on how we can work together to solve California’s toughest problems.

– GEORGE RUNNER


Time to Regulate Medical Marijuana

I recently wrote an opinion piece for the Sacramento Bee calling for regulation of California’s medical marijuana industry. Medical marijuana has been legal for two decades, but California still hasn’t developed a regulatory structure.

Medical MarijuanaIn April, I explored cannabis production facilities with BOE Member Fiona Ma. The tour made it clear that our current cash-based tax collection system for this industry is broken and unsafe.

Because of this, we’ve launched a “Cannabis Compliance Pilot Project” in our districts to help bring the medical marijuana industry into compliance with California’s tax laws.


Legislators Need to Re-evaluate Their Priorities

Governor Brown and legislative Democrats want to raise taxes and are dedicating a special session of the Legislature to do so. They argue that tax increases are needed to fix roads. To make matters worse, the Governor has abandoned his pledge of no taxes without voter approval.

Our roads and highways are important, but lawmakers should first eliminate government waste before asking taxpayers for more of their hard-earned money. This year Californians are paying more at the pump due to the new “hidden gas tax” on tailpipe emissions. Rather than raise taxes, the state could use cap-and-trade auction revenues to fight traffic congestion.

Here’s my response to the recent budget deal and the governor’s call for a special session.


Fire Fee Update

Cal Fire FeeThe next court date in the California’s Fire Prevention Fee lawsuit has been moved to Friday, August 7, 2015. This “Motion to Certify Class” hearing aims to establish the right of all fee payers to be represented in the case.

You’re invited to attend this important hearing.

For the latest information on the fire fee, visit calfirefee.com.


Internship Program

CollageMy office is looking for motivated full-time or part-time students who have an interest in learning about the political process and state tax policy. Interns will have an opportunity to work with our legal, legislative and communications teams on specific projects related to taxpayer or legislative needs.

Learn more about my internship program here.


Upcoming Events

I’m sponsoring a few events in July and August. These events are designed to assist taxpayers and help small business owners and nonprofit organizations be successful.

Free Small Business and Nonprofit Tax Seminars:

  • Chico Small Business Tax Seminar – July 8, 2015
  • Rancho Cucamonga Nonprofit Tax Seminar – July 14, 2015
  • Ontario Small Business Tax Seminar in SPANISH – August 24, 2015
  • Chino Small Business Tax Seminar – August 28, 2015

Register online at boe.ca.gov/seminars or call 1-888-847-9652.

Basic Sales and Use Tax Law/Tax Return Preparation

  • Redding – July 15, 2015
  • Sacramento – July 22, 2015
  • Fresno – July 28, 2015

Register online at boe.ca.gov/classes or call 916-227-6700 to register or get more information.


Tax Tip

Tax TipQ: I used a coupon to purchase a taxable item at the store. Do I have to pay tax on the full price of the item?

A: Whether you are charged sales tax depends on the type of coupon you use. With manufacturer’s coupons, you generally will be charged tax on the full price of the item. With store coupons, you’re only required to pay tax on the discounted amount you pay to the retailer.

For more information and other consumer-oriented tax tips, see our new California’s Buyer’s Guide to Tax.

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Thursday, Feb 22, 2024
County Files Suit Against Grubhub Alleging Unfair Business Practices
Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Wednesday against food delivery company Grubhub alleging false and deceptive advertising, misrepresentation and unfair business practices that financially harm consumers, delivery drivers and restaurants.
Wednesday, Feb 21, 2024
SCV Water Adopts 2024-28 Strategic Plan
The SCV Water Board of Directors approved the Agency’s 2024-28 Five-Year Strategic Plan, on Feb. 20. 
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March 16: Rain Barrel Purchase Program Returns For Santa Clarita
City of Santa Clarita residents can pre-order up to two rain barrels per household, for the lifetime of the program, by visiting the website.
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Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit Wednesday against food delivery company Grubhub alleging false and deceptive advertising, misrepresentation and unfair business practices that financially harm consumers, delivery drivers and restaurants.
County Files Suit Against Grubhub Alleging Unfair Business Practices
1983 - Armed robber taken out at Alpha Beta supermarket on Lyons [story]
Alpha Beta market
The Triumph Foundation 11Th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival, a two-day free sporting event open to the public will be held Saturday, April 27 and 28 at the Santa Clarita Sports Complex.
April 27: Triumph Foundation’s 11th Annual Wheelchair Sports Festival
Café con Leche from the Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce Latino Business Alliance’s returns.
March 5: Latino Business Alliance Hosts Next Café con Leche
Wolf Greek Restaurant and Brewing Co. will host an all day fundraiser to benefit Carousel Ranch’s "Carousel Wishes & Valentine Kisses" campaign on Thursday, Feb. 22.
Feb. 22: Wolf Creek Holds Fundraiser for Carousel Ranch
The SCV Water Board of Directors approved the Agency’s 2024-28 Five-Year Strategic Plan, on Feb. 20. 
SCV Water Adopts 2024-28 Strategic Plan
The SCVEDC would like to recognize local manufacturer Lief Labs (Lief Organics), on their 15th anniversary of operating in the Santa Clarita Valley.
SCV Economic Development Corporation Recognizes Lief Labs for 15 Years of Growth
An ocean water rain advisory for all Los Angeles County beaches is in effect Until Friday, Feb. 23 at 5 a.m.
Public Health Extends Ocean Water Quality Rain Advisory
City of Santa Clarita residents can pre-order up to two rain barrels per household, for the lifetime of the program, by visiting the website.
March 16: Rain Barrel Purchase Program Returns For Santa Clarita
Following the resounding success of the second annual “The Big I Do” wedding on Valentine's Day, the city of Santa Clarita is proud to announce the launch of the first-ever Cowboy Festival Wedding.
April 20: Santa Clarita to Host Inaugural Cowboy Festival Wedding
1923 - Newhall Chamber of Commerce organized; Albert Swall elected president [story]
Albert Swall
WeWil Collaborative, Women Empowering Women in Leadership, will host the Second Annual International Women's Day Celebration on March 8.
March 8: WeWil Collaborative Presents Int’l Women’s Day Celebration
California State Sen. Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) has announced he is co-authoring the Cost of Living Reduction Act, Senate Bill 1326 (Jones), which would repeal a 2022 law authorizing an income-based charge on electrical bills.
Wilk Coauthors Bill to Pull Plug on Income-Based Electricity Charges
The Office of Inspector General Max Huntsman, Inspector General, has issued a report entitled Report Card On Sheriff's Department's Reforms 2019 to 2023.
Inspector General Issues Report Card on LASD Reforms
The "Science Talks Series Presents" continues at the Canyon Country Campus of College of the Canyons on Friday, April 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a Star Party and Science Showcase.
April 12: COC Star Party at Canyon Country Campus
The Northampton School for Boys Big Band and Folk Ensemble Tour Concert will perform a free concert Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Valencia High School Theater.
Feb. 21: Visiting UK Band Performs at Valencia High
Heroes of Color and the William S. Hart Union School District have partnered to create the “Jr. ARTrepreneurs” program. A program that equips students at Hart High, Saugus High, Castaic High and La Mesa Junior High with the essential tools to thrive as artists and entrepreneurs and also to cultivate invaluable life skills that extend far beyond the canvas.
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California is experiencing an unusually high number of invasive fruit fly detections this season. The California Department of Food and Agricultural, in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture and County Agricultural Commissioners, has initiated local regulatory measures to eradicate and prevent the statewide spread of Queensland Fruit Fly, Tau Fly, Mediterranean Fruit Fly and Oriental Fruit Fly.
SCV Residents Urged to Inspect Gardens, Don’t Move Fruit
The city of Santa Clarita’s Film Office released the list of 12 productions currently filming in the Santa Clarita Valley for the week of Monday, Feb. 19- Sunday, Feb. 25.
Feb. 19-25: 12 Productions Filming This Week in SCV
While Valentine’s Day may have passed, the spirit of love continues to flourish throughout February, especially here at Henry Mayo Hospital, where we're dedicated to celebrating matters of the heart in more ways than one! Beyond the chocolates and flowers, we're focusing on maintaining heart health for ourselves and our loved ones.
Marlee Lauffer | Celebrate Matters of the Heart
The city of Santa Clarita filed a stipulation on Friday, Feb. 16 with the county of Los Angeles to resolve the lawsuit against the county regarding Camp Scott, mutually agreeing that the county will comply with the California Environmental Quality Act review prior to authorizing any plan to use Camp Scott for any probation juvenile population.
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1906 - L.A. County accepts Mr. H.C. Register's bid to build (Old) Newhall Jail for $2,237 [story]
Old Newhall Jail
Four days in the pool have netted several program records and several NAIA national championship qualifiers at the Pacific Collegiate Swimming and Diving Conference Championships held in Monterey Park, Calif.
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The Master's University baseball team banged out three solo home runs, three doubles and a triple to get a 16-1 win over the Providence Christian Sea Beggars Saturday afternoon at Lou Herwaldt Stadium.
Mustangs Pummel Sea Beggars 16-1
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