Berryhill Bulletin: July 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fresno Small Business Workshop

Please join me in Fresno on July 28th for a Small Business forum on avoiding law suits - specifically law suits based on the Americans with Disability Act. I have invited Rachelle Taylor Golden, Esq. with the California Civil Justice Foundation to give a presentation and to answer your questions. It should be a very informative event.

 

Nationwide the number of disability lawsuits against small business is soaring. In 2014 the number of lawsuits jumped more than 50% above 2013’s numbers. These lawsuits ultimately cost jobs and crowd our courts. Central Valley businesses are experiencing an uptick in lawsuits, so I thought it important to provide a forum for businesses to hear from experts and have their questions answered. I hope you can join us on July 28th in Fresno.

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Information on Zika and West Nile Viruses

Mosquitos are not only an annoying reality, but some dangerous viruses can be spread by mosquitos. For instance, there have been many news reports highlighting the Zika virus. If you are concerned and want to learn more about the Zika and West Nile viruses, see below for some informative links.

Zika Virus

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has a Zika webpage. A fact sheet is included on the page with common questions and answers.

The CDPH Zika page also includes a link to the California counties where the types of mosquitos capable of transmitting the Zika virus “have been detected,” and also notes, “To date there has been no local mosquito-borne transmission of Zika virus in California.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has a Zika webpage. Included on their page is a link to information for pregnant women.

West Nile Virus

California has a website with information about the West Nile virus, including a map displaying the California counties with “West Nile Virus Activity.”

The CDC also has a West Nile virus webpage, which includes a Frequently Asked Questions section with questions and answers including:

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When Using California Waterways - Know Your Limits

 

Summer is here and California’s pristine coastline, lakes and rivers are the perfect destination for swimming, fishing and boating. Summer is a perfect opportunity to review water safety tips.

To reduce the risks associated with swimming, fishing or boating, the California Department of Water Resources has put together water safety tips for enjoying California’s many waterways.

The California Division of Boating and Waterways’ Wear It California! public awareness campaign has information about life jacket use for general boating, angling and paddling, as well as tips for finding the best fitting life jacket for children and pets.

I hope you find this information helpful as you enjoy all the recreation and beauty California’s waterways have to offer this summer.

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Inyo County Small Business Tax Seminar

 To help business owners understand California’s complex tax laws, my office is co-sponsoring a free Small Business Tax Seminar in Bishop on July 28th with Board of Equalization Member, George Runner.

Topics include common sales and use tax problems, employee or independent contractor, forms of ownership and recordkeeping. Representatives from the BOE, Employment Development Department, Franchise Tax Board and Internal Revenue Service will conduct presentations and answer questions.

Register online or call 1-888-847-9652.

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Tax Tip

 

Q: The county where I live has multiple sales tax rates. Is there a simple way to find out what tax rate I should pay? A: California taxpayers should have confidence they are paying the correct amount of tax. The Board of Equalization has an easy-to-use online mapping tool at boe.ca.gov/taxrate. Enter your address and the service will pinpoint the location and provide the sales and use tax rate at that address.

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Summer Means Increased Wildfire Dangers

With the rainy season behind us and summer just beginning, the danger of wildfires throughout all regions of California (particularly in our area) increases substantially this time of year.

Last year more than 6,300 fires were recorded by CAL FIRE. Some of the biggest and most damaging wildfires in California were the Butte Fire in Amador and Calaveras counties, which scorched more than 70,000 acres, killed two people, and destroyed 549 homes and more than 350 other buildings; and the Rough Fire in Fresno County, which burned more than 151,000 acres.

CAL FIRE has put together materials to help educate Californians on how we can all do our part to minimize the dangers of wildfire. Their website, readyforwildfire.org, has videos and information on how to safely burn landscape debris, the right way to use equipment to avoid starting wildfires, tips on campfire safety, and more. It also has information on how to prepare your home and family in case a wildfire starts in your area.

It’s also important for state and federal governments to work towards maintaining a healthy forest and minimizing the risk of wildfires. The Sierra Nevada Conservancy outlines the benefits of a healthy forest and the dangers that arise when forests are overgrown. You can visit their website here.

As the wildfire season progresses I will keep you up to date on information and resources you may need should there be a wildfire burning in our region.

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Mobile District Office Hours

 Representing a rural district has its distinct advantages - the people, the communities, the scenery, and the small-town feel. It also has the disadvantage of encompassing more than 27,000 square miles. As a result, we have three district offices (locations can be found here). We also conduct mobile district office hours in many of our communities. The schedule for those is on my website. If you are having difficulty with a state agency (such as DMV, EDD, etc.…) please call/email any of my district offices or talk with my staff during mobile district office hours. We are here to help.

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