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Computer Repair Experts in Westwood Help Recover Lost Data | Markets and Financial News – JSOnline

December 9, 2013

Anyone who has ever had their computer crash and hasn’t backed up their data knows the anxiety and helplessness that can accompany the potential loss. In the blink of an eye, all of their documents, photos, music, videos, apps, and contacts—anything on their hard drive—could be gone.

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Nicolas Berggruen Retreats in California

January 18, 2012
Nicolas Berggruen Retreats in California

Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen’s self-funded California think tank, the Think Long Committee for California , has backed off from a proposed ballot initiative to put a tax on services on while lowering income tax. The Los Angeles-based think tank, comprised of members such as Eric Schmidt, George Schultz, Eli Broad, Condoleezza Rice and Gray Davis, now plans to put a proposal before voters in 2014, during the next California governor’s race.

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Nicolas Berggruen Retreats in California

January 18, 2012
Nicolas Berggruen Retreats in California

Billionaire Nicolas Berggruen’s self-funded California think tank, the Think Long Committee for California , has backed off from a proposed ballot initiative to put a tax on services on while lowering income tax. The Los Angeles-based think tank, comprised of members such as Eric Schmidt, George Schultz, Eli Broad, Condoleezza Rice and Gray Davis, now plans to put a proposal before voters in 2014, during the next California governor’s race.

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Coachella Releases On Sale Info for 2012 Festival Weekends

January 12, 2012
Coachella Releases On Sale Info for 2012 Festival Weekends

You’ve had a couple of days to peruse, analyze, contemplate, debate, and evaluate the current lineup for the 2012 Coachella festival (and, yes, the one we published was legit, mmmkay?!) and now it’s time to figure out if you’re going, and how to get tickets. more › See original here: Coachella Releases On Sale Info for 2012 Festival Weekends

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Watch Out for Tax Time Tricks

January 12, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service receives thousands of reports each year from taxpayers who receive emails, phone calls, faxes or notices claiming to be from the IRS. Many of these scams fraudulently use the IRS name or logo as a lure to make the communication appear more authentic and enticing. The goal of these scams, known as “phishing,” is to trick you into revealing your personal and financial information. The scammers can then use your information—like your Social Security number, bank account or credit card numbers—to commit identity theft or steal your money. Here are five things the IRS wants you to know about phishing scams. The IRS never asks for detailed personal and financial information like PIN numbers, passwords or similar secret access information for credit card, bank or other financial accounts. The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information. If you receive an email from someone claiming to be the IRS or directing you to an IRS site:  Do not reply to the message. Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious email or phishing website and entered confidential information, visit the IRS website and enter the search term ‘identity theft’ for more information and resources to help. The address of the official IRS website is www.irs.gov . Do not be confused or misled by sites claiming to be the IRS but ending in .com, .net, .org or other designations instead of .gov . If you discover a website that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus, do not provide any personal information on the suspicious site and report it to the IRS. If you receive a phone call, fax or letter in the mail from an individual claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee, contact the IRS at 800-829-1040 to determine if the IRS has a legitimate need to contact you. Report any bogus correspondence. You can forward a suspicious email to phishing@irs.gov. You can help shut down these schemes and prevent others from being victimized. Details on how to report specific types of scams and what to do if you’ve been victimized are available at www.irs.gov . Click on “phishing” on the homepage. This report was compiled with information from the IRS. Be sure to follow  Beverly Hills  Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more: Watch Out for Tax Time Tricks

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CDR Financial, Founder Rubin Plead Guilty in Bid-Rigging Case

December 31, 2011

CDR Financial Products Inc. and its founder, David Rubin, pleaded guilty less than a week before trial on charges tied to a federal investigation of bid- and auction-rigging in the municipal bond market. See more here: CDR Financial, Founder Rubin Plead Guilty in Bid-Rigging Case

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Assemblyman Mike Feuer Authors Laws for Same-Sex Rights, Iran Divestment

December 31, 2011

In 2011, State Assemblyman Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) authored five bills that received Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.  Feuer represents the 42nd Assembly District, which currently includes Beverly Hills. However, redistricting has placed Beverly Hills in the newly formed 50th Assembly District for the November 2012 elections. Below are the bills Feuer wrote that became California law: AB 641 : This bill protects same-sex spouses and domestic partners of nursing home residents from losing access to shared assets and other financial protections. AB 1151 : This bill calls for transparency in the investment of California’s taxpayer-supported public pension funds. Specifically, it aims to end investment in companies that support Iran and its “energy interests.” AB 1344 : This bill curbs “excessive and automatic” pay increases to local officials, and requires those convicted of a crime to pay back any legal expenses a public agency may have spent on their behalf. They must also pay back the cost of paid leave and severance. AB 809 : Taking effect in 2014, this bill empowers law enforcement agencies to track the sale and transfer of long guns, and identify the owners of long guns used to commit crimes. AB 913 : This bill creates the “Certified Green Business Program,” a collaboration of local governments, small businesses trying to be more environmentally friendly, and the Department of Toxic Substances Control. To read more about the bills Feuer authored and passed in 2011, click here . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Originally posted here: Assemblyman Mike Feuer Authors Laws for Same-Sex Rights, Iran Divestment

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Freeman set for Golden Globes honor

November 11, 2011

Actor Morgan Freeman arrives at Vertu Grand opening for their new LA Boutique, Rodeo Drive on June 9, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. Continue reading here: Freeman set for Golden Globes honor

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Costs Of No Child Left Behind Waivers ‘Jaw Dropping"

November 11, 2011

This story comes to us courtesy of Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s Thoughts On Public Education blog, TopEd.org . An ambivalent State Board of Education discussed but took no action Wednesday on pursuing a temporary waiver from strictures of the No Child Left Behind law. The state will pass up the two application deadlines as a result. California could still apply in June for a two-year relief from the law. Los Angeles Unified is among the districts favoring a waiver, and several Board members indicated interest as well – if the state can negotiate terms more to its liking. However, the Obama administration has given no public indication yet that it’s willing to bend on its terms. Because Congress has been unable to agree on how to fix a flawed NCLB, President Obama has offered states a deal: For two years, they’d no longer be bound by many of NCLB’s disliked provisions, which have led to labeling most schools as failing. They also would gain flexibility in using a portion of Title I money for poor kids, in exchange for agreeing to several requirements. States would have to move ahead with Common Core or rigorous college and career standards, to focus on fixing 15 percent of schools (the worst performers and those with the biggest achievement gaps), and to adopt teacher and administrator evaluations based partly on test scores – a demand staunchly opposed by the California Teachers Association as an intrusion on local collective bargaining. CTA lobbyist Ken Burt called the waiver “money down a rat hole,” and said the state should focus on working on Congress to pass a better law. But drawn to the prospect of getting out from under NCLB’s thumb, 39 states and the District of Columbia have expressed interest in a waiver. Some of those are Race to the Top winners that already are complying with the requirements. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, however, has called for a waiver without conditions and criticized Obama for overstepping his authority in requiring test-based teacher evaluations. The state Department of Education’s cost-benefit analysis of the waivers found what State Board member James Aschwanden called “jaw-dropping numbers.” The Department put the net price tag to California of between $2 billion and $2.7 billion. Broken down, the costs would include: $600 million to implement Common Core, through: teacher training,237.5 million; buying textbooks and materials,237.5 million; and adopting English learner standards,118 million; $410 million to fix the 15 percent low-performing schools; $76 million to train principals and conduct evaluations for all teachers. Torlakson called the Obama plan “not so much a waiver as a substitution for a new set of requirements and a new set of challenges.” And he said California would run the risk of moving in one direction with the waivers, only to have Congress head in another direction by passing a new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (the formal name for NCLB). COST ESTIMATES DISPUTED The state Department of Education offered no corroborating cost estimates from other states, and those favoring the waiver said the Department undervalued the financial benefits and overestimated the costs of transitioning to Common Core, which the state will have to do anyway. Rick Miller, a former deputy state superintendent who’s now executive director of the nonprofit California Office to Reform Education (CORE), said the seven districts comprising CORE could redirect $84 million to rehire teachers and counselors by redirecting dollars that had to have been spent on tutoring services in Program Improvement schools. “Do the waiver as soon as possible for needed flexibility,” he said. One of the CORE districts is Los Angeles Unified. Superintendent John Deasy’s deputy chief of staff, Tommy Chang, testified that the district is already attempting to do what the waiver calls for by shifting dollars within its existing budget: preparing for Common Core and shifting to new teacher evaluations that incorporate measures of student progress. Brad Strong, senior policy director with Children Now, acknowledged that the waiver’s demand that the state expedite its spending on evaluations and Common Core would be “a huge lift.” But it’s far from certain whether Congress will reauthorize NCLB anytime soon, he said, and California needs the will to develop a quality plan for Common Core and an evaluation system that improves learning for all kids. Adopting a wait-and-see middle ground, the Association of California School Administrators called for putting off a waiver for six months while pressing Congress to pass a new NCLB as proposed in the bipartisan Senate bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa and Republican Mike Enzi of Wyoming. Failing that, ACSA said in a letter to the State Board, the state should apply for a waiver “based on what California believes is in the best interest of our students and schools and not based on prescriptive conditions.” State Board member Trish Williams said she was interested in having California submit a “customized” waiver application. Saying she was frustrated that California has missed out on a number of education grants and programs she said, “Would Washington like to work with California? I would like to find a way that would benefit us, and we could live with.” Chang, Miller and others also expressed the hope that Secretary of Education Arne Duncan would eventually permit large districts like Los Angeles Unified and groups of districts like CORE to apply for waivers on their own, if California refused to. John Fensterwald is the editor and co-writer of TOPed.org, a blog on California education policy. Follow him on Twitter ( @jfenster ) and at www.toped.org . Excerpt from:

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New Report Shocks CA Economy

November 7, 2011
New Report Shocks CA Economy

A new report finds that the frustrating California economy is forcing Californians to radically change how their cities and counties are governed from now on. A political and economic earthquake is shocking the Golden State into a very different kind of future. Golden Governance The new “Golden Governance” report highlights seven California communities that are not just sitting on their hands complaining about the state economy, they are completely restructuring governance and their approach to citizen engagement. The report finds that the state’s current economic situation is actually driving innovation, with local leaders fundamentally changing their approach to governance to meet the demands of America’s most-informed citizens. Many Californians say it’s about time. The state of California is now leading the nation with innovative approaches that have government and citizens co-creating workable solutions for the the financial and service needs of communities. A couple of the seven communities showcased in the “Golden Governance” report include: Salinas, CA , where a participatory budgeting process had taxpayers directly prioritizing public services to meet city budget limitations. Redwood City, CA , where an unpopular $72 million waste water recycling plan caused taxpayers to propose alternatives that respected the city’s budget. The “Golden Governance” report is something by which every Californian can become inspired toward active engagement and participation. The extensively researched report was sponsored by some outstanding nonprofit, nonpartisan and multipartisan organizations that care about the economic future of California: California Forward (Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles) Center for Individual and Institutional Renewal (San Francisco) Davenport Institute for Public Engagement at Pepperdine University (Malibu) National Conference on Citizenship (Washington) The “Golden Governance” report was released from Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West , which studies how technology and hands-on engagement can work together to improve how California communities are governed. Leaders representing the report’s sponsoring organizations are excited about where the California economy is headed in 2012 and beyond, as citizens become aggressively involved in community issues. Pete Peterson , Executive Director of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement, praised the progress enjoyed by some California communities, which he hopes to see happen statewide. “Redwood City is just one example of how citizens and government officials can come together to identify innovate policy solutions.

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