Dream Act Students to Ride in Ciclavia Contingent

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The streets in Los Angeles will overtaken by bicyclists in the second CicLAvia event scheduled for this Sunday, among them will be a group of undocumented students and their supporters.

Pictured here a group of Dream Act students and supporters rode from East Los Angeles to Orange County in Feb. to create consciousness about the plight of undocumented students. Foto courtesy of Isaac Barrera

 

The California Dream Act supporters will gather in Boyle Heights at 9 a.m. and head out at 10 a.m. They plan to attach artwork to their bikes, chant, share their stories and make themselves and their dreams visible, “’cause you know, we’re undocumented and unafraid,” Erick Huerta, a Boyle Heights resident wrote on the event announcement on facebook.com.

The inaugural CicLAvia event took place in October. It was modeled after “cyclovias” [cycle paths in Spanish] embraced in other cities and countries.

Participants can ride bicycles, roller skates or go on foot. For more information on the 7.5 car-free route, visit http://www.ciclavia.org/content/action-center

Bisquick Dona a $5,000 a Centro de Tecnología en Boyle Heights

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Karla Martínez (izquierda), la popular co-anfitriona del programa matutino Despierta América y portavoz de la iniciativa Qué Rica Vida®, de la compañía General Mills, y Ana Patricia Candiani (derecha), presentadora del Noticiero Telemundo 52 de Los Ángeles, ayudaron a cocinar pancakes Bisquick® para más de 250 personas en marzo.

Foto cortesía de Bisquick®

 

Martínez y Candiani fueron invitadas de honor al desayuno comunitario que Bisquick® a beneficio del Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center. Bisquick® donó $5.000 al centro, que colabora con familias y asociados comunitarios para crear oportunidades educativas y de empleo para jóvenes del área, predominantemente latinos, de acuerdo al comunicado de prensa.

“Nos complace enormemente apoyar a la comunidad hispana con este singular desayuno de pancakes”, dijo Erin Sturgeon, Gerente Asociada de Mercadeo de Bisquick®. “¿Qué mejor forma de divertirse y conjuntamente ayudar a la comunidad que mediante un desayuno como este, pues ¡a quién no le gustan los pancakes!?” 

Roosevelt High School’s Mariachi Olimpico to Perform Annual Show on April 15

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Roosevelt High School Mariachi Olimpico’s Annual “Este Es Mi Mexico Concert” will be held on April 15 at 7pm in the school auditorium. The concert will also include performances by Mariachi Olimpico Alumni, Roosevelt High’s String Orchestra, Belevedere Middle School Mariachi Group, and special guests, recording artists Mariachi Los Toros and Monica Ceballos. Tickets (at box office) are $12 Front/Orchestra; $8 Middle/Rear and $6 for students with ID. The school is located at 456 S. Matthews St., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 780-6500, ext 320.

Una Familia en Dificultades Encuentra la Mejor Opción para la Educación de sus Hijos

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Es indudable que las dificultades económicas que se viven en el sur de California están afectando a las familias de todos los niveles socioeconómicos.

Sin embargo, los más afectados suelen ser aquellos provenientes de la clase media o trabajadora.  Muchas de estas familias viven de cheque a cheque. “No es justo que los niños sufran debido a nuestra situación económica”, dice Natalie Torrez, habitante de La Puente  y madre de tres niños. 

Al igual que muchos otros, Torrez y su marido ganan más de lo aceptado a fin de calificar para los programas que les ayudarían a pagar la educación de sus hijos. Sin embargo, todos los meses hacen grandes esfuerzos y sacrificios para pagar necesidades básicas como el alquiler, el seguro médico y más. 

Torrez trabaja de barista y su marido acaba de ser contratado por el Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles.  La pareja anhela comprar una casa pero le cuesta encontrar el equilibrio justo entre pagar el preescolar mientras ahorra dinero para este objetivo.

“Cuando mi hija Jersey tenía cuatro años, consideramos varios preescolares a fin de prepararla para el Kínder”, dijo Torrez. “Lamentablemente, muchos de ellos eran demasiado costosos, lo que nos dejó con muchas dudas acerca de qué hacer”.

La familia Torres con Joy. Foto de LAUP

 

Como parte de este proceso, Torrez conoció a Joy Cyprian, quien tiene un preescolar en su casa de La Puente.  El ambiente educativo y cálido ofrecido por Cyprian, unido a su accesibilidad económica, fueron factores decisivos para esta mamá. 

“Todos los años recibo a 22 niños y les enseño todo lo que necesitan para estar preparados para el Kínder”, dice Cyprian.  “Si no fuese por los programas que ofrecen financiación suplementaria como LAUP, estos niños estarían en desventaja  al comenzar el Kínder. Una pena, ya que son muy listos y tienen tanto potencial”.

Desde 2005, Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) ha financiado cientos de preescolares similares al de Cyprian en todo el Condado de Los Ángeles, ofreciendo a familias como los Torrez la oportunidad de enviar a sus hijos a un preescolar de calidad de forma gratuita o a bajo costo. 

 “Todos los niños de cuatro años merecen la oportunidad de triunfar y alcanzar todo su potencial”, dijo Celia C. Ayala, directora ejecutiva de LAUP.  “Este es el motivo por el que estamos dedicados a financiar la educación preescolar de calidad en el Condado de Los Angeles, de modo de asegurar que esté al alcance de miles de familias.  Es fundamental que los niños participen en un ambiente educativo positivo mientras se preparan para el Kínder, independientemente de la situación financiera de sus padres, ya que su futuro éxito en la vida depende de esto”. 

Cyprian también destaca que el preescolar ofrece a las familias un inicio excelente a la hora de preparar a sus hijos y a sí mismos para el éxito en la vida. 

“Conozco a muchos padres jóvenes que traen a sus hijos a este preescolar”, dijo Cyprian. “Los ayudo en temas relacionados con la crianza infantil y practicamos cómo deben resolver asuntos específicos con sus hijos, por lo que es una situación beneficiosa tanto para los padres como para sus hijos”. 

Para la familia Torrez, el beneficio adicional fue recibir ayuda para pagar la matrícula sin sacrificar la calidad educativa.  

“Lamentablemente no fui a la universidad y no tengo un trabajo soñado, por lo que no quiero que a mis hijos les suceda lo mismo y pasen apuros”, dijo Torrez.  “Ahora mi hijo Damien va al preescolar de la Señora Joy y le está llendo muy bien.  Por eso quiero decirle a todo el mundo que los niños son como esponjas ya que absorben todo.  Me doy cuenta que el preescolar está preparando a mis hijos para el logro en el futuro. Espero que otras familias opten por el preescolar ya que nuestros niños se beneficiarán enormemente”

Para más información acerca de los preescolares de LAUP gratuitos o de bajo costo localizados en todo el Condado de Los Ángeles, llame al 866-675-5400 o visite www.laup.net.

Community Calendar: April 7, 2011 to April 13, 2011

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Today, Thursday April 7
4pm—East LA Performing Arts Academy’s “2011 Choreographer’s Showcase” at the Esteban E. Torres High Auditorium.
$1 suggested donation. Repeats Friday, April 8 at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Patricia Reynosa at (323) 224-3372.

5pm—Monterey Park Chamber of Commerce’s Fundraiser for Japanese Quake & Tsunami Victims at the El Encanto Building, 700 El Mercado in Monterey Park. Representatives of the Japanese Consulate in Los Angeles and the American Red Cross will attend. Attendees can make a donation to the chamber’s fund for the victims. For more information, call (626) 579-9429.

7-7:30pm—Come in your pajamas to City Terrace Library’s Bedtime Stories in English and Spanish. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA, CA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295

Saturday April 9
8:30am-4pm—California Dream Act Conference sponsored by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo to organize support for passage of the California Dream Act – AB 130 and AB 131 at East Los Angeles College:
1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, 91754. Workshops include lobbying/advocacy, community organizing/coalition building, student resources, media training, knowing your rights and new media. To register, call Cedillo’s office at (323) 225-4545 or go to www.CaliforniaDreamAct.org.

1-2pm—East Los Angeles Library Aztec Interactive History and Culture Event suitable for all ages with special guest musician Michael Heralda. The library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information, call (323) 264-0155.

1-2pm—Family Story time at the Bell Library for ages 5 and up; includes art activities The library is located at 4411 E. Gage Ave. Bell, 90201. For more information, contact Bertha Amezcua at (323) 560-2149.

2-5pm—Opening Reception for the Arroyo Arts Collective’s “For the Birds,” a free month-long installation project at the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The art installation features works by 19 artists inspired by local birds, bird habitat and migration, urban ecology and the works of James John Audubon. The Audubon Center is located at 4700 North Griffin Ave, LA 90031. More information at ArroyoArtsCollective.org or by voice mail at (323) 850-8566.

2-3pm—Montebello Library & Asian Pacific Resource Center present the Huntington Library’s Bonsai Collections. The library, located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, 90640. For more information, call (323) 722-6551 or contact Linda Fernandes at LFernandes@library.lacounty.gov.

2-4pm—The Bell Gardens Library hosts fun events and activities for young children. The library is located at 7110 S. Garfield Ave. Bell Gardens, 9021. For more information, call (562) 927-1309.

Sunday April 10
9:30-10:30am—The Americana at Brand Free Yoga
classes open to the public: 889 Americana Way, Suite 330, Glendale. For more information, call (818) 637-8982.

10am-3pm— CicLAvia Returns! Cyclists, walkers, runners and skaters can enjoy 7.5-miles of car-free streets along the route that encompasses Boyle Heights, Little Tokyo, Downtown, MacArthur Park, Koreatown and East Hollywood. There’s no official “start” or “finish,” so participants may enter and depart anywhere along the way. Businesses and restaurants along the CicLAvia route will remain open. For more information, route map and updates, visit: facebook.com/ciclavia

Noon-3pm—Don Bosco Technical Institute’s Spring Open House. Prospective students, their families and others in the community can explore the campus, visit the five technology labs, tour classrooms and enjoy music, a classic car show and international cuisine at the all-male Catholic high school that combines college-preparatory and technological education. Don Bosco is located at 1151 San Gabriel Blvd, Rosemead, 91770. For more information, call or e-mail Karen Krynen at (626) 392-9967 or kkrynen@boscotech.edu

2 & 4pm—Mexican ensemble La Catrina performs two shows at the 103-year-old Hollenbeck Chapel in Boyle Heights. Joined by the superlative artists of the Cavatina Duo (flute & guitar), their program will feature the supreme elegance of Mozart, the Spanish-flavored exuberance of Boccherini and Piazzolla’s jaunty “Revirado & Introducción al Angel.” Tickets are $49. The chapel is located at 73 S. Boyle Ave. (at E. Sixth Street) LA 90033. For more information or to buy tickets, visit www.DaCamera.org or call (213) 477-2929.

Monday April 11
10-11am—Free Intro to E-mail Workshop at the East Los Angeles Library.
Learn how to set-up a free e-mail account, send and receive e-mail and more! The library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA. For more information, call the library (323) 264-0155.

Tuesday April 12
6:30-7:45pm—See “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at the Montebello Library
presented for free by Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School’s Drama Department. The library is located at 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Montebello, 90640. For more information e call (323) 722-6551.

Wednesday April 13
10-11am—City Terrace Library Workshop for Parents
to answer questions on nutrition, disaster preparedness and reading books read for children. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA 90063. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.

4:30pm—LA Opera present “Opera Tales” at the City Terrace Library. The performance will feature five professional opera singers and a pianist performing music from Wagner’s Das Rheingold, Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio and Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel. Event is free for the whole family. The library is located at 4025 E. City Terrace Dr. LA. For more information, call (323) 261-0295.

5-6pm—David Cousin’s Comedy Juggling Show at the East Los Angeles Library. Fun for all ages. Free admission. The library is located at 4837 E. 3rd St. LA 90022. For more information call (323) 264-0155.

Upcoming Events
Roosevelt High School Mariachi Olimpico’s Annual “Este Es Mi Mexico Concert”
will be held on April 15 at 7pm in the school auditorium. The concert will also include performances by Mariachi Olimpico Alumni, Roosevelt High’s String Orchestra, Belevedere Middle School Mariachi Group, and special guests, recording artists Mariachi Los Toros and Monica Ceballos. Tickets (at box office) are $12 Front/Orchestra; $8 Middle/Rear and $6 for students with ID. The school is located at 456 S. Matthews St., LA 90033. For more information, call (323) 780-6500, ext 320.

The Grand Opening of La Plaza de Culturas y Artes in downtown Los Angeles will be held on April 16, and will include a day-long free family celebration sponsored by Target. From 10am to 4pm, visitors will enjoy live music and arts workshops in El Jardín, LA Plaza’s 30,000-square foot garden, as well as timed tours of major exhibition LA Starts Here! Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance online at http://lapca.org or by calling (213) 542-6254.

Pasadena Green Wheels! Cycle to Olvera Street on Saturday April 16 for a day of fun and entertainment. Fun & easy 10 mile ride each way. Meet at 9:30 am at Swork Coffee in Eagle Rock: 2160 Colorado Blvd LA 90041. For more information, call (323) 381-0000.

The Youth Opportunity Movement Boyle Heights Community Job and Resource Fair will take place on Wednesday, April 20 from 10am to 2pm at the Boyle Heights Technology Youth Center: 1600 E. 4th St, LA 90033. Bring resumes and be ready to interview. Learn how to improve your job getting skills. For more information, contact Mary D Miller at (323) 526-3720 or e-mail maryd.miller@lacity.org.

To submit an event or announcement to the Community Calendar, e-mail calendar@egpnews.com. All submissions are subject to space availability. Paid advertising available for guaranteed calendar placement. For more information, contact advertise@egpnews.com.

Concejo Vecinal de Boyle Heights Evita la Disolución

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 Un residente quien antes evitaba tomar parte en el lío “disfuncional” y “burocrática”

que a menudo son las reuniones de los Concejos Vecinales de Los Ángeles (NC por sus siglas en inglés), escogió una noche interesante para participar.

Marco Ramírez, residente de Boyle Heights, asistió a la reunión del 30 de marzo del Consejo Vecinal de Boyle Heights (BHNC); la misma reunión asistida por representantes del Departamento de Capacitación de Vecindarios (DONE por sus siglas en inglés), quienes supervisan las juntas vecinales. Ellos estaban allí con la esperanza de ayudarle al consejo evitar la desertificación.

La reunión tuvo momentos acalorado y cumplió con algunas de sus ideas preconcebidas, pero Ramírez dijo que la reunión también lo dejó inspirado.

“Estuve encantado descubrir que las personas están realmente interesados en mejorar las condiciones en Boyle Heights… finalmente reconozco lo importante que es participar y apoyar a la junta en lugar de criticar el proceso de lejos,”

dijo Ramírez a EGP en un correo electrónico.

Durante ocho meses el concejo no había podido obtener quórum (minima asistencia para realizar una reunión), lo cual les había impedido tomar decisiones importantes, y el mes pasado recibieron el amenazó de perder su certificación por el departamento que los supervisa.

El BHNC logró retener su certificación por el momento al obtener el quórum el 30 de marzo. Con solo un miembro más del número mínimo, 24, para realizar la reunión, la junta comenzó a aprobar cambios a sus estatutos. La junta vecinal adoptó varias medidas destinadas a facilitar el llegar a un quórum, tanto en el corto y largo plazo. Y lo hicieron justo en el momento preciso.

Durante la reunión, miembros antiguos reagañaron a los miembros actuales por arriesgar su certificación. En esta foto: miembros de BHNC votaron para hacer todas las posiciones generales. Foto de EGP por Gloria Angelina Castillo

 

Alrededor de una hora después de que la reunión había comenzado, un miembro de la junta, quien ya había advertido que iba resignar, se levantó y se fue.

El consejo es disfuncional, se faltan el respeto y no se escuchan unos a otros. “Ni siquiera pueden realizar un tema en el programa,”

dijo a EGP Saúl Zepeda, ex oficial de enlace y educación del BHNC, cuando salía de la reunión acompañado por sus dos hijos de edad escolar.

Otras dos personas también renunciaron esa misma noche.

Durante el periodo de comentarios del público, antiguos miembros del concejo y miembros que ayudaron establecer el grupo regañaron a la Junta por arriesgar su certificación.

El BHNC votó a favor hacer todos los 35 asientos ejecutivos a posiciones generales (at-large), lo que significa que aún forman parte de la mesa pero ya no representan cuadrantes ni cargos obtenidos durante la elección, de acuerdo con Grayce Liu, coordinadora de proyecto de DONE.

La junta vecinal podría seleccionar nuevos directores ejecutivos, pero la Junta de Comisionados del Vecinos (Board of Neighborhood Commissioners) primero debe aprobar las modificaciones estatutarias, que podría tardarse uno o dos meses, dijo Liu.

El BHNC también cambió sus reglas de asistencia para retirar con mas facilidad a cualquier miembro del Consejo que no asista de manera regular. La nueva regla indica que miembros que faltan tres reuniones durante un periodo de 12 meses estarán de efecto renunciando su puesto y serán removidos, ella dijo. Eso incluye cualquier reunión programada y publicada sin importar si hubo un quórum.

Lea esta nota EN INGLÉS: Boyle Heights NC Avoids Losing Status

José Aguilar, quién fue presidente del consejo antes de la reunión, dijo a EGP que él está de acuerdo con la nueva regla de “tercer strike, fuera.”

Él cree que algunos de los miembros del consejo estaban saboteando al grupo con su ausencia. Algunos de los miembros querían evitar temas de política y prefieren enfocarse solo en celebración de eventos, él dijo.

El consejo fue programado a considerar cambios adicionales a la ordenanza durante la reunión del martes y asignar parte de sus fondos restantes antes del cierre de financiación de la ciudad.

“El objetivo es asegurar que esos fondos asignados a Boyle Heights se utilizarán en el área de Boyle Heights,” dijo Liu, añadiendo que “no queremos que la comunidad pierda esos fondos”

que se pueden utilizar para hacer enlace, hacer donaciones a grupos comunitarios o para financiar seguridad pública.

La fecha límite “para emitir cheques”

de la ciudad es el 15 de abril, por lo cual el consejo necesitaba con urgencia decidir cómo gastar cerca de $34,000, ella dijo.

Aunque el BHNC ha tomado pasos para evitar su disolución, no está fuera de peligro todavía. Liu dijo que el consejo tiene que mantener quórum durante los próximos dos o tres meses, y cambiar su estructura directiva a algo que sea sostenible con el fin de evitar más intervención por DONE.

El comité de reglamentos de BHNC trabajo incansablemente durante meses para escribir los cambios implementados, de acuerdo con Terry Márquez, presidente del comité. Ella dijo que el comité no ha tenido problemas para obtener el quórum y que se les debe felicitar por tomar las “medidas difíciles” que otros no habían hecho.

East LA Cityhood Backers Raise Funds to Get Their Message Out

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A group backing an effort to incorporate East Los Angeles netted nearly $20,000 last month at a casino night themed fundraiser attended by about 100 people.

The fundraiser was the latest effort from the East Los Angeles Residents Association (ELARA) to raise revenue to support its campaign for East Los Angeles cityhood.

The cityhood campaign is currently in the Comprehensive Fiscal Analysis (CFA) phase to determine the current costs for services in the area and whether unincorporated East LA can sustain at least the same level of services with revenues and taxes generated there. The results of the independent analysis are expected to be made public later this spring or in early summer.

“The funds will be used to educate the community on the importance of the CFA and its findings once we have the CFA in hand. We want to ensure that we reach as many residents as possible through an educational campaign as soon as we have this historic document,” ELARA president Benjamin Cardenas told EGP in a written statement.

If the fiscal analysis satisfies the requirements of the County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)—the government body that oversees the incorporation of cities—and after East Los Angeles residents have had time to review the report, cityhood could be put on the ballot, allowing voters to decide if they want to become a city.

Opponents of the cityhood effort have cited concerns of possible reductions in services and tax increases as some reasons why they do not want to see East LA become an independent city.

The fiscal analysis is expected to address those concerns.

A number of elected officials have already endorsed incorporation, including Assemblyman Ricardo Lara (50th District) who attended the casino fundraiser.

Lara lived part of his childhood in unincorporated East LA. He says Supervisor Gloria Molina has done a great job of serving as the community’s voice, but the community is now seeking to determine “its own identity and future.”

“I support giving the voters the opportunity to make that decision for themselves,” Lara said in a written statement. “The residents have proven to be great advocates and have vowed to continue to be involved in moving their community forward. It’s important for us to continue this dialogue and not let it get stagnant, but rather encourage the community to look for ways to ensure that their local tax revenues are invested back in their local community.”

Economists Say Revenue, Trade with Japan Will Be Hit Hard in Short Term

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Trade with Japan through the Port of Los Angeles and LAX will begin taking a major hit this month, as will tourism from Japan and foreign investments, officials with the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation told a pair of City Council committees Monday.

“The city itself has a very large amount at stake in this trade,”

LAEDC chief economist Nancy Sidhu told a special joint meeting of the Trade, Commerce and Tourism and the Jobs and Business Development committees at the port.

According to the City Administrative Office, the city’s hotel and sales tax revenue projections in the mayor’s 2011-12 proposed budget, scheduled to be released later this month, may have to be reduced as a result.

Kathryn McDermott, the port’s deputy executive director for business development, told the committees the largest declines would not be felt until mid- to late-April, because American businesses are just now making adjustments to inventory that will affect imports from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Japan.

About $35.3 billion in trade between Japan and the United States passed through the Port of Los Angeles in 2010, according to port officials. Japan is the port’s number-two trading partner, second to China, and accounts for 15 percent of the port’s total of $236 billion in annual trade. McDermott said trade with Japan accounts for about 800 jobs at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.

Sidhu said the declines in imports from Japan would likely include automotive parts, computers, medical equipment and other hi-tech components.

Sidhu and others who testified before the council committees predicted an unknown decline in the number of tourists who visit Los Angeles from Japan.

About 305,000 Japanese tourists typically visit the city each year. They provide a significant chunk of revenue for the city’s general fund in the form of hotel and sales taxes, according to Rexford Olliff, a revenue projection analyst in the CAO’s finance department.

“Even though we’re in a rising economy and looking for the sales tax to grow next year, we’re just going to get less growth,” Olliff said. “There’s just no way you can take that kind of travel out and say, ‘Well we’re big so it won’t matter.’”

Councilwoman Janice Hahn asked the CAO to report back to the committee with regular updates on the hotel occupancy tax and how it might affect the city’s general fund.

Sidhu also reminded the committee members that foreign direct investment from Japan is an important part of the local economy and will decline as a result of the earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in early March.

Los Angeles-area businesses owned and operated by Japanese companies account for about $2.6 billion in income for nearly 50,000 workers, Sidhu said.

Senate Votes To Repeal ‘Onerous’ 1099 Tax Rule

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Small businesses are calling it an important victory, now that the U.S. Senate has followed the House and voted Tuesday to repeal the “onerous IRS Form 1099 reporting requirement.”

Passed last year as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the requirement would have required small businesses to file Form 1099 for every business-to-business transaction totaling over $600.

While the 1099 requirement was intended to capture lost tax revenue, small business said complying would be ‘burdensome” because not only would they have to report on their own income, they would also be required to report on that of their vendors, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which backed the repeal.

The law, according to the NFIB, was immediately “criticized by lawmakers from both parties in both chambers of Congress and the White House as being an over-burdensome paperwork mandate placed on small businesses.”

“Small businesses have been struggling to come up with a way to account for this burdensome tax reporting mandate, and it has been the top priority of NFIB to see it repealed,” said John Kabateck, NFIB/California Executive Director. “NFIB and its members are glad to finally see this ill-conceived rule removed from the books by Congress.”

The Senate’s repeal bill mirrors legislation passed in the House of Representatives on March 3 to repeal the 1099 tax-reporting rule, H.R. 4.  Congressman Dan Lungren was instrumental in the bill’s passage last month.

“NFIB thanks Congressman Lungren for bringing this repeal first to the House floor for a vote,” added Kabateck. “No other rule or regulation has been as widely unpopular as the 1099 mandate, and it was past time to see it go.”

Chase to Add 100 Bank Branches in California in 2011

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Chase announced Monday that it will continue its expansion in California by opening about 100 branches and adding more than 1,500 jobs in 2011.

The new branches will extend Chase’s network to more than 900 bank branches and more than 3,000 ATMs across California.

Chase will open about 65 branches in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Ventura, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties.

About 20 new branches are planned in Northern California, and 15 in the Central California counties of Kern, Tulare, Fresno and Madera.

Nearly half of Chase’s new branches in 2011 will be in California. The company plans to add a total of 525 to 700 branches in California by 2015.

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