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Be Careful When Selecting a Tax Preparer
The Franchise Tax Board (FTB) and the California Tax Education Council (CTEC) remind the 65 percent of California taxpayers who use a paid tax preparer to be cautious when choosing a professional. CTEC and FTB partner to educate taxpayers about tax preparers’ legal responsibilities...

Government Mobility 2012
FEBRUARY 8, 2012, Sacramento Convention Center Empowering Government Organizations to Understand and Leverage Emerging Communication Technologies • Meet constituent expectations for improved service delivery models. • Make public agency information accessible for tech savvy Californians. • Answer questions and solve problems at the push of a button. Government Mobility Forum Prepares Government Technologists to Meet Demands for Delivery of Mobile Services • Prepare to meet demand by focusing on how new technologies will impact government and delivery of services. • Proven solutions showcased in Solutions Center. • Offers reference points for California Government personnel for follow up and guidance. Targeted Education Sessions Chaired by Subject Matter Experts • Learn how to tailor new technologies for smart phones and tablets. • Keynote speaker and general audience presentations discuss the promise and challenge of new mobile based platforms. • Speakers and instructors from major innovators in the mobile technology market.

Changes to DMV Registration Renewals
For vehicle registration renewal fees due July 1, 2011 and later: State law requires DMV to implement changes in the billing and renewal process for registration fees due on or after July 1, 2011. Registration renewal notices will be mailed out close to or on the expiration date. (Previously notices were mailed 60-days ahead of the expiration date). NOTE: Fees are still due for registration notices due prior to July 1, 2011. No money will be collected until renewal notices are issued. (Previously renewal fees could be collected up to 75 days ahead of the expiration date and were required to be collected within 30 days of expiration when part of another transaction such as a transfer of vehicle ownership) All customers will be given a 30-day grace period after they receive their registration notice. Penalties for delinquent payment will not be imposed until 30 days after the registration expiration date. (Previously penalties were due the day after the registration expiration date) Law enforcement is aware and will not cite vehicles until the first day of the second month after the vehicle registration expires. For example: A vehicle with a registration expiration date of July 10th would not be cited for delinquent registration prior to September 1, 2011.

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 10.9%
California’s unemployment rate decreased to 10.9 percent in January, and nonfarm payroll jobs decreased by 5,200 during the month, for a total gain of 322,400 nonfarm jobs since the recovery began in September 2009, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

SNO-PARK locations, passes, and fees
Seasonal SNO-PARK permits are available for purchase online. This online service allows visitors an easy and convenient way to purchase SNO-PARK permits. Permits may be purchased by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or e-check. Daily permits may be purchased for $5.00; seasonal permits $25.00. An online service fee of $1.95 will be added to the price of each permit...

Time-Saving Tools to Improve Your DMV Experience!
The DMV recognizes that your time is valuable, and is therefore committed to making your experience with us better than ever. In recent months, the department has launched several new services designed to make your visit with the DMV more seamless than ever... http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/newsrel/newsrel11/timesavingtools.htm

Shots for School (7th-12th Graders)
This site provides news and information for schools, parents, and healthcare providers about school immunization requirements in California. 7th through 12th graders need a whooping cough (pertussis) shot before starting the school year. http://www.shotsforschool.org/

California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1
California’s Unemployment Rate Decreases to 11.1 Percent In December, and nonfarm payroll jobs increased by 10,700 during the month for a total gain of 240,300 jobs since 2011 began, according to data released today by the California Employment Development Department (EDD) from two separate surveys...

Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions
Federal Unemployment Insurance Extensions Congress and President Obama have reauthorized the federal extensions of Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits for two months, sparing an estimated 1.1 million unemployed Californians from losing extension benefits after the New Year. The stop-gap measure takes UI claimants through the holidays and into the New Year with no interruptions of extended benefits...

Child Safety Seats: New Law
California Law Beginning January 1, 2012: Children *MUST* be secured in an appropriate child passenger restraint (safety seat or booster seat) IN THE BACK SEAT OF A VEHICLE until they are at least 8 YEARS OLD or 4' 9" in height.



California nudist camp fights for water access
The former owner of what's now an open space district says the state ought to give water from its creek to a neighboring nudist camp that's been accused of pilfering public water. That's the newest development in a water fight between Lupin Lodge and the ...

Amid Drought, New California Law Will Limit Groundwater Pumping for First Time
Despite California's reputation as an environmental policy leader, its regulation of groundwater extraction has long been among the weakest in the nation. That changed Tuesday, when California Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of three bills designed ...

California's King Fire threatens more than 1,600 homes
USA TODAY reporter Trevor Hughes explains the rapid growth of the King fire East of Sacramento, Calif. using a Google Earth flyover VPC POLLOCK PINES, Calif. — More than 2,400 firefighters Tuesday night tried to contain a fast-growing fire in the Sierra ...

Over 1,600 homes threatened in California fire
WEED, Calif. (AP) — Officials say more than 1,600 homes are threatened and huge swaths of timberland have been destroyed by an out-of-control wildfire in Northern California. State fire officials say the blaze east of Sacramento was threatening 1,630 ...

A persuasive case for saving the Salton Sea, California's biggest lake
Even in its reduced and unlovely circumstances, the Salton Sea is the biggest lake in California. It may also pose the biggest quandary for the Southern California ecosystem. Its champions declare that California needs to spend several billion dollars now ...

California OKs first tests of self-driving cars
California, a state synonymous for cars, has issued its first approvals to test self-driving cars. Audi and Google have both received an autonomous driving permit from California. Audi said the permit was issued the same day that new state regulations ...

California governor signs ridesharing insurance legislation
Sept 17 (Reuters) - California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on Wednesday new insurance requirements on ridesharing companies, but the regulations come at a far lower costs to the industry than previously written into the bill, officials said.

Malloy heading to California for fundraising
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Representatives for Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy say he's traveling to California for political fundraising, but are not providing any details of the trip. Andrew Doba, the Democratic governor's official spokesman, said Malloy ...

2014 on track to be hottest year on record in California
HANFORD, Calif. — This year is on track to be the hottest year in California since record-keeping began roughly 119 years ago, scientists announced Wednesday. The long drought and increasing temperatures over the last four decades have resulted in the ...

Southern California's wild weather calms down
LOS ANGELES -- Southern California's ugly mix of heat and thunderstorms began to ease Wednesday and forecasters said cooler, calmer weather will prevail through the week. Triple-digit temperatures that baked much of the region since the beginning of the ...






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