Government, Manufacturing, Opinion and Commentary

State Senate Committee Sides Against California Manufacturers, says Mag Instrument Inc.

Author: Mag Instrument Inc.:
Dateline: Ontario, California (ONTARIO, Calif.)  | Mon, 09 Jul 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “According to Mag Instrument Inc., the Calif. State Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted against a bill that would have made it easier for American manufacturers - and California manufacturers in particular - to claim their products are made in the United States, dealing a major blow to the state's already weak business climate.”



A R T I C L E:

According to Mag Instrument Inc., the Calif. State Senate Judiciary Committee last week voted against a bill that would have made it easier for American manufacturers - and California manufacturers in particular - to claim their products are made in the United States, dealing a major blow to the state's already weak business climate.

By a 3-2 vote, the committee voted against sending AB 858 to the Senate for a full vote, despite the fact that in June the Assembly voted 68-0 in favor of the measure.

One prominent Inland Empire manufacturer who was one of bill's strongest supporters harshly criticized the committee's vote, which was decided on party lines: All three Democrats voted no while the two Republican members voted yes.

"I could not be more disappointed and disgusted in the vote the committee took today," said Tony Maglica, founder and owner of Mag Instrument Inc. in Ontario, which makes high-quality flashlights used by law enforcement agencies as well as the general public. A longtime champion of California-based manufacturing, Maglica built a 700,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility here in 2005 - in the middle of a decade that saw more than 600,000 manufacturing jobs leave California, amounting to a loss of 1/3 of the state's manufacturing base.

"It's another example of the state legislature making it as difficult as possible to do business in California," continued Maglica, who started in business in 1955, in a one-man machine shop in a South El Monte garage. "We now have another example why this state is such a terrible place to operate a business. The Committee vote also shows that there are some state legislators who just don't understand the realities of manufacturing in the age of the global supply chain. Some parts and materials you just can't get domestically. Or maybe they just don't care about the 700 jobs on my payroll, or the thousands of additional local jobs our manufacturing operations support indirectly."

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones, R-Santee, sought to reform an absurdly strict "Made in USA" labeling law that has been on the books in California since 1961.

That statute makes it impossible for many California manufacturers to claim that their products are made in the United States: if so much as a pin, a screw or a rubber o-ring seal was made outside the country, then the manufacturer cannot sell his product in California with a "Made in USA" label, according to the statute.

Any business that runs afoul of that statute could be sued for false advertising - and charged with a misdemeanor under California law.

California's uniquely strict standard differs dramatically from the Federal Trade Commission's "Made in USA" Guidelines, which have been embraced in all of the other 49 states. The FTC Guidelines provide a nuanced approach that focuses on the content of the product as a whole and the nature, amount and significance of any imported content the product may contain. The FTC Guidelines also consider whether a "Made in USA" label would be materially deceptive, and likely to mislead consumers acting reasonably under the circumstances. The California standard is far more rigid: It insists that not even a single small part can be of foreign origin, regardless of how small a percentage of the overall cost it represents. The California "Made in USA" statute also does not require proof of deceptive intent or effect, or of the materiality of any misstatement. It makes a miss as good as a mile - so even 99 percent domestic is not good enough to support a "Made in USA" label if one small part is foreign.

Hence, under California law, a manufacturer cannot claim its flashlights are made in the United States if even an o-ring or a light bulb that it uses is imported. For a multi-component manufactured product of any complexity, it is often impossible to find a viable domestic source for certain parts.

Jones's bill argued that a "Made in USA" claim is not misleading if a foreign-made component is an insignificant part of the product. The bill would simply have brought California law on "Made in USA" labeling into line with the other 49 states and the FTC Guidelines.

"As law it makes no sense," Assemblyman Jones said. "It's a barnacle on the side of manufacturing in California."

Because of California's out-of-step "Made in USA" labeling law, all American manufacturers are at a disadvantage against foreign competitors. Unless they want to undertake the expense and risk of having one package for the other 49 states and a special package just for California, American manufacturers have no choice but to produce a 50-state package that complies with California's unreasonably strict standard, under which it is almost never permissible, for a product of any complexity, to affix a Made in USA label. This can mean foregoing the right to lawfully mark its product "Made in USA" in the other 49 states. Although this is a special problem for California manufacturers (they are more likely to be sued under the California law because they are local), it competitively disadvantages all manufacturers of American products.

"The California statute is a dog in the manger - the only thing standing in the way of a uniform, rational, 50-state policy on Made in USA labeling," commented Jerry Reilly, Mag Instrument's Corporate Counsel. "Uniformity is needed now more than ever, at a time when American manufacturers and California manufacturers especially, need to be able to proclaim robustly their commitment to making things in America. At a time when our country's manufacturing base is under siege and California's even more so, AB 858 would have helped. The California Senate Judiciary Committee had a chance to advance a significant law reform today, and to give our state's horrifically battered manufacturing sector a hand up. But the majority balked at this opportunity. I am very disappointed."

Because it would have harmonized California's law with the rest of the country, AB 858 was endorsed by the California Manufacturers & Technology Association and the California Retailers Association, as well as by organizations dedicated to promoting the purchase of American-made products, including the Made in the USA Foundation and the Made in USA Brand Certification Program.

It is not known if Jones plans to reintroduce the measure.

About Mag Instrument, Inc.:

Mag Instrument was founded in 1955 and its campus in Ontario, Calif. consists of 9 buildings, including a new headquarters, manufacturing, engineering and distribution facility that occupies 700,000 square feet and employs more than 700 people. Mag Instrument is proud that its products are not only designed in the U.S.A. but built by American workers. Mag Instrument is committed to remaining a U.S. Manufacturer. For more information visit: http://www.maglite.com .

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Business, Opinion and Commentary

Peter Grandich Issues Dire Financial Forecast for Our Children and Grandchildren

Author: Peter Grandich
Dateline: Manasquan, New Jersey (MANASQUAN, N.J.)  | Wed, 09 May 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Peter Grandich, market commentator and editor of the internationally-followed 'Grandich Letter,' posted a strong warning to readers today about the United States' grave financial condition, predicting a dire fiscal picture for our children and grandchildren.”



A R T I C L E:

Peter Grandich, market commentator and editor of the internationally-followed "Grandich Letter," posted a strong warning to readers today about the United States' grave financial condition, predicting a dire fiscal picture for our children and grandchildren.

In the forecast, which coincides with his daughter's twentieth birthday, Grandich says, "The greatest blessing in my life, my daughter Tara, is 20 years old today. While witnessing her birth through today has brought only joy, during this period I've also watched my country spiral downward economically, socially and spiritually. Both sides of the political aisle are responsible, and nowhere is that more true than in the grave financial condition we find ourselves in as a nation."

He states, "I have no cabins in West Virginia nor dry food to sell...and I can assure you that what I'm about to state is not good for business. My wonderful daughter, and the sons and daughters (and grandchildren, too) of those who read this, are going to pay an enormous price for decades of over indulgences and total mismanagement by government and individuals. Better days for these generations cannot and will not be possible without severe economic and social pain."

Grandich predicts, "What we have witnessed in Greece and elsewhere is coming to the shores of America...make no mistake about it, the die has been cast and all the political rhetoric and rare actual good political deeds can't prevent the inevitable."

He adds, "The fact is America is bankrupt financially (and well on its way to socially, politically and spiritually, if not there already). The saddest point of this fact is virtually all Americans either don't grasp it or if they do, hope it's only a bad dream and they shall wake up and all shall be well again. While there have been a few brave politicians who have been willing to tell it like it is and even fewer Wall Street types, the ignorance of the nation is not surprising when you look at how other people in countries now already well into the nightmare also lived in denial."

He references what he calls "class warfare" that he sees coming to the U.S., which will pit the 55-and-over generation against younger citizens.

He also notes the importance of how we are quickly approaching a time when over 50 percent of all Americans will be working for the government, so making any great sweeping changes will be nearly impossible.

Finally, he tells what he sees as the poster child for America's addiction to excess: self-storage facilities.

"There's no quick fix but I can tell you we'll know we're finally on the right road to recovery when we see public storage facilities closing versus opening everywhere we go," Grandich says.

He sums up his calamitous conjecture with the statement, "America's only real hope is to do what our Founding Fathers did and return Almighty God back to His rightful place as the true leader of this once great country. No other solution is doable."

To read Grandich's complete commentary, go to http://www.Grandich.com .

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Opinion and Commentary, Real Estate

Management and Neighbors Work Together to Move Dangerous Bus Stop

Author: Professional Community Management of California, Inc.
Dateline: Hednerson, Nevada (HENDERSON, Nev.)  | Mon, 09 Apr 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “General Manager Karla Pearson-Call recognized that the bus stop adjacent to the Club at Madeira Canyon, the homeowners association that she manages, posed a potentially dangerous situation. The children who rode the bus had to cross traffic to access the pedestrian gate leading to the Club, said Professional Community Management of California, Inc.”



A R T I C L E:

General Manager Karla Pearson-Call recognized that the bus stop adjacent to the Club at Madeira Canyon, the homeowners association that she manages, posed a potentially dangerous situation. The children who rode the bus had to cross traffic to access the pedestrian gate leading to the Club, said Professional Community Management of California, Inc.

Concerned parents would park their vehicles near the entrance to the gated community to pick up their children, which forced vehicles rounding the corner to suddenly stop as they entered the community.

In October 2011, Pearson-Call contacted the transportation department at the Clark County School District to propose a change to the bus stop location. After four months of meetings with district decision makers, the bus stop was moved, allowing middle and high-school aged students to simply walk into the pedestrian gate rather than cross a busy thoroughfare.

"Karla and her team saw the potential dangers and they never stopped advocating making changes that would ensure the safety and security of children and drivers alike," said Donny Disbro, Chief Executive Officer of Professional Community Management, Inc., that manages the Club at Madeira Canyon and Madeira Canyon.

The decision to relocate the bus stop was granted in March 2012. School District Trustee Deanna Wright was instrumental in getting the change made. Upon meeting with Pearson-Call, Home Owner Association Board member Ken Sohocki and Lifestyle Director Allison Copening, Wright concurred the location could be dangerous and worked behind the scenes to get the bus stop moved.

Approximately twenty-five students use the bus stop on a daily basis.

"In light of the tragic death of Kaylee Derks, my hope is that more homeowner associations, parents and residents will join together and speak up to keep young people safe," said Pearson-Call. "Our initial requests were denied but when we devised a strategy and persistently followed up with key decision-makers, we got the bus stop location moved to a safer spot."

About Professional Community Management of California, Inc.:

Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM), an Associa company, specializes in the management of Common Interest Developments of homeowner associations for family oriented master-planned developments, resort-style master-planned communities, active-adult master-planned communities, condominium associations and boutique communities throughout Southern California and Southern Nevada.

With headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif., PCM and its companies employ a staff of more than 1,500 people. PCM has offices in serving all of Southern California and Southern Nevada and is recognized by the Multi Housing Council as one of the county's largest managers of common interest developments. Management services by PCM are backed by state-of-the art Internet technology and comprehensive financial and management systems. For additional information, please contact PCM at 800.369.7260 or at www.pcminternet.com.

About Associa:

Building successful communities for more than 30 years, Associa is North America's largest community association management firm and serves its clients with local knowledge, national resources and comprehensive expertise. Based in Dallas, Associa and its 8,000 employees operate more than 150 branch offices in the United States, Mexico and Canada. To learn more about Associa and its charitable organization, Associa Cares, go to www.associaonline.com and www.associacares.com. Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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General Editorial, Legal and Law, Opinion and Commentary

Ex-Death Row Exonerees Demand Stay of Hank Skinner Execution

Author: Witness to Innocence
Dateline: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHILADELPHIA, Pa.)  | Mon, 07 Nov 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “In a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry, 27 exonerated ex-death row survivors - all members of the group Witness to Innocence - urged the governor to halt the execution of Hank Skinner and allow for DNA testing in his case. Skinner, who was sentenced to death for a 1995 triple murder, has a scheduled execution date of November 9.”



A R T I C L E:

In a letter to Texas Governor Rick Perry, 27 exonerated ex-death row survivors - all members of the group Witness to Innocence - urged the governor to halt the execution of Hank Skinner and allow for DNA testing in his case. Skinner, who was sentenced to death for a 1995 triple murder, has a scheduled execution date of November 9.

"We, the undersigned, are alive today because some individual or small group of individuals decided that our insistent and persistent proclamations of innocence warranted one more look before we were sent to our death by execution. We are among the 138 individuals who have been legally exonerated and released from death rows in the United States since 1973, and some of us were exonerated because of DNA evidence," the exonerees said in the letter. The group also reminded Perry that he signed SB 122 into law, a measure which is intended to ensure that DNA will be tested, if available, to prove someone's innocence.

In a recent op-ed in the Huffington Post, Witness to Innocence member Kirk Bloodsworth, the first DNA exoneree in a capital conviction in the U.S., echoed these sentiments. "The only reason my name was cleared, and the right man brought to justice, is because prosecutors agreed to test the evidence. I am living proof that when scientific evidence is available, there is simply no excuse to refuse testing," he said.

"Like Troy Davis in Georgia, there are some real questions regarding the Hank Skinner case. The state of Texas does not know whether Skinner committed the crime because they did not test his DNA," said David A. Love, Executive Director of Witness to Innocence. "If Texas doesn't want to risk killing a potentially innocent man, then Gov. Perry has no choice but to stop the execution and allow for the DNA test."

If you would like to schedule an interview with Kirk Bloodsworth or Ray Krone, another DNA exoneree, contact Hooman Hedayati at 201-601-7231 or Kathy Spillman at 267-847-1482.

The mission of Witness to Innocence is to empower exonerated ex-death row prisoners and their family members to become effective leaders in the movement to abolish the death penalty.

The mission of Witness to Innocence, the nation's only organization founded by and for exonerated death row survivors, is to empower exonerated ex-death row prisoners and their family members to become effective leaders in the movement to abolish the death penalty.

More information: www.witnesstoinnocence.org .

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Opinion and Commentary

DoNotBuyMarylandBonds.com Launched by Investor Advocate

Author: Kevin Olson
Dateline: San Francisco, California (SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.)  | Fri, 08 Jul 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Investor advocate and public finance watchdog Kevin Olson has launched DoNotBuyMarylandBonds to warn Maryland bond buyers about the dangers of investing in Maryland bonds.”



A R T I C L E:

Investor advocate and public finance watchdog Kevin Olson has launched www.DoNotBuyMarylandBonds.com to warn Maryland bond buyers about the dangers of investing in Maryland bonds.

"Investors are expected to buy Maryland bonds and hold them to maturity," Olson said. "But if those investors want - or need - to sell, there is no chance of getting a fair and reasonable bid." Olson explained that most brokerages do not provide bids on the bonds - even those brokerages involved in selling or underwriting them. "If you buy Municipal Bonds, you - and your heirs - are stuck with them," Olson added. "There is no Muni Market exchange. Just considering this, Maryland bonds are a bad investment."

Olson started www.DoNotBuyMarylandBonds.com in response to Maryland State Treasurer Nancy Kopp's aggressive marketing campaign. "Nancy Kopp targets retail investors through print and radio advertising, direct emails and contact, and a Web site; BuyMarylandBonds.com." Olson explains that after new issue, Maryland investors will be on their own. "Maryland municipal bonds should come with a large-print warning label," Olson said. "I am taking on a state-run, taxpayer-funded misinformation campaign. Investors need to be made aware of the dangers."

Olson has tried working with State Treasurers to organize a Muni Market exchange. (www.MuniMarket.com) The goal is to get U.S. Municipalities, such as States, to "list" their bonds, similar to the way stocks are listed, in order to improve the Muni Market - especially the Muni Market secondary.

According to Olson, in a secretive meeting of State Treasurers, led by Maryland Treasurer Nancy Kopp, State Treasurers voted against investors and voted against improving the Muni Markets.

Olson also operates MuniAdvocate.com where he continues his work as a public finance watchdog and investor advocate.

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Government, Opinion and Commentary

California Budget: Raising Taxes Indefensible While Killing Solvent Gold Mining Industry, says Gold Pan California

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Thu, 23 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, just got a boost from Washington, D.C. to help fend off erroneous Legislation which is now tangled in the ongoing California budget negotiations.”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, just got a boost from Washington, D.C. to help fend off erroneous Legislation which is now tangled in the ongoing California budget negotiations. While Governor Brown and Democratic Legislators battle Republicans to raise taxes, Congressman Tom McClintock (R-CA) has asked for Governor Brown's assistance to squash a Democrat-approved piece of Legislation which will increase California's deficit and have devastating long term effects to the State.

"Depriving the State from yet another source of revenue while breaking the back of its economy with higher taxes is indefensible," states McClintock.

In an underhanded proposition by a few Indian tribes and environmental extremists, an erroneous $1.8 Million "budget cut" was suggested to be made to a non-existent "budget deficit" in the suction dredge gold mining budget.

Although erroneous, the all-Democrat "budget saving" legislation will cost the State $23 Million annually, and will erase 4,000 miners' jobs plus 15,000 additional inter-related jobs. It will also deal a permanent death blow to the suction dredge gold mining industry in California.

In the communication to Governor Brown regarding the legislation, McClintock stated "Destroying four thousand jobs when California is suffering from 11.9 percent unemployment is simply insane."

While the miners and McClintock are trying to save the California industry and help shore up the budget, anti-mining foes have submitted grant requests for $9 Million to lease industrial-sized cutter-head dredges from a Canadian company to suck up sediment in California reservoirs.

"The utter hypocrisy is staggering," says Mike Dunn, owner of Gold Pan California. "They want to stop individuals from diving for gold, yet they want to mechanically gouge out the river bottoms with gargantuan machines. And, they want the taxpayers to support a Canadian manufacturer, when Keene and Proline are the two largest dredge manufacturers in America, and both businesses are located in California," says Dunn.

The Democrats are battling Republicans to raise taxes, supposedly to balance the budget deficit. But when the Legislature thinks its a good idea to kill California's entirely solvent gold mining industry, erase 4,000 direct jobs plus 15,000 inter-related jobs, and increase the State deficit by $23 Million, meanwhile, send our tax dollars to a Canadian manufacturer for equipment used in California, it doesn't seem like raising taxes will balance any part of California's budget deficit.

Congressman McClintock's warning letter summed up the legislation attempt precisely; this is insane.

On a bright note, if the Governor removes this harmful legislation, the miners' contribution of $23 Million can be added to the Revenue side of the new budget, since it was entirely omitted in the first budget proposal which the Governor vetoed last week.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

For more information visit http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

Reference: link to Congressman McClintock's letter (PDF):
https://goldpancalifornia.pinnaclecart.com/images/custom/Letter_GovBrown_OpposeSuctionDredgingBan_110617.pdf .


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Business, Government, Opinion and Commentary

California Budget: Suction Dredge Gold Miners Targeted – Foes Provide Erroneous $1.8M Deficit to State Legislature to Kill Industry, says Gold Pan California

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Tue, 14 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, has recently become the California headquarters for suction dredge gold miners whose industry faces permanent closure if 2 paragraphs of erroneous language are not deleted during the current Budget battle. 'We are trying to alert the Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown about this erroneous budget information before a death blow is dealt to the miners,' says GPC owner Mike Dunn.”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California (GPC), a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, has recently become the California headquarters for suction dredge gold miners whose industry faces permanent closure if 2 paragraphs of erroneous language are not deleted during the current Budget battle. "We are trying to alert the Legislators and Governor Jerry Brown about this erroneous budget information before a death blow is dealt to the miners," says GPC owner Mike Dunn.

What the gold miners and Dunn are in upheaval about is a proposed budget "cut" of a non-existent $1.8 million deficit in the suction dredging gold mining program.

Dunn says that the California Tribal Business Alliance (CTBA) and Friends Of The River (FOTR) provided outdated financial information to the consultant preparing this year's budget for the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), in order to show a "deficit" which could be offered as a "budget cut" to the suction dredge gold mining program.

The CTBA and FOTR were also backers of the 2009 legislation SB670, which caused a temporary moratorium to be placed on the practice of suction dredge mining until an Environmental Impact Report was conducted.

In February 2011, the draft EIR was released by the DFG, who is on track to re-instate the program this November.

Not happy with the EIR outcome, the CTBA and FOTR went to Assemblyman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) and suggested a "budget cut" to the suction dredging program. They supplied the old budget analysis from SB670 which was drafted using estimates of costs of the program. The Program was later formally determined to be solvent, with declarations provided by Attorney General Jerry Brown's office.

According to legal correspondence to the Superior Court of California from then-Attorney General Jerry Brown, "As we informed the Court at the hearing, issuance of suction dredge permits is supported chiefly, if not exclusively, by funds received from permit fees."

A second, more precise communication to the Court from Jerry Brown's office states "In no uncertain terms, General Fund Monies have not been expended on suction dredge permitting".

"At a time when California has a budget deficit of over $10 billion dollars, why are environmentalists and a few Indian tribes trying to further damage California's economy, especially in the rural areas which have been so hard hit by the economic downturn?" Dunn asks.

If the legislation passes, the consequences would be sweeping: 4,000 miners will be out of work, 15,000 inter-related jobs will be affected, and the suction dredge gold mining industry will be killed.

Additionally, California will lose $23 million annually, and will incur new litigation expenses, since Federal mining rights would be infringed upon. Last week, the first federal lawsuit was filed against the State by a miner who believes he is standing on firm ground.

Trying to alert the Legislators and Governor during the final hours of budget negotiations is a daunting task, "but the disaster awaiting is even worse," says Dunn.

Hopefully, former Attorney General Jerry Brown's legal findings will be seen in time to avert a disastrous end to the industry that put California on the map.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

More information: http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

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Government, Mining and Metals, Opinion and Commentary

California Legislature Fails to Check Math: Proposed Gold Mining Budget Cut of $1.8 Million Increases Deficit by $23 Million, says Gold Pan California

Author: Gold Pan California
Dateline: Concord, California (CONCORD, Calif.)  | Fri, 03 Jun 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, has been building inventory of gold mining equipment in anticipation of the season re-opening in November. Pointing to a simple desk calculator, owner Mike Dunn cringes, 'Can you believe the budget committees have made such a stellar math mistake?'”



A R T I C L E:

Gold Pan California, a gold mining supply shop located in the Bay Area, has been building inventory of gold mining equipment in anticipation of the season re-opening in November. Pointing to a simple desk calculator, owner Mike Dunn cringes, "Can you believe the budget committees have made such a stellar math mistake?" What Dunn is talking about are 2 paragraphs of language tucked in a trailer budget bill which, if passed, will cost the State $23 - $70 Million annually and kill the suction gold dredging industry in the Golden State.

While a budget to most people is the sum of income and expenses, in a breathtaking misstep by the California Legislature, the Budget Committees are in the process of voting in a $1.8 Million cut to the Department of Fish & Game (DFG) budget, which will cost the State $23 Million annually.

"Math 101 should have kicked this proposal out of the very first Budget Committee hearing," states Jeff Kuykendall, owner of Proline, a manufacturer of mining equipment in Coulterville. Kuykendall poses the obvious financial question "How did they consider a budget vote when all they had before them was the outgo"?

At the center of the blunder is an anticipated $1.8 Million deficit from the implementation of new suction dredge mining regulations which will be released in November. The difference between permit fees and proposed program expense is estimated at $1.8 Million.

But the solution to the deficit lies within the same Budget Committees who have drafted the proposed budget cut. The DFG can't increase the fees, only the Legislature can.

"The impact to the State budget could be revenue neutral, and the State would benefit from the $23 Million in revenue," Dunn says "if they would just do their job."

The more ominous result of the relatively paltry budget cut will be the permanent closure of suction dredge gold mining, which will put 4,000 miners out of work. The initial cost to the State would be $23 Million annually, but that cost would continue to increase over time.

The solution sums up easily for Dunn: "If I made a $1.8 Million investment and got an annual return of $23 Million I would be pretty financially intelligent." The reverse is also true. And hopefully, enough Legislators will pull out their calculators and do the math before it's too late.

About Gold Pan California:

The company was founded in 2008 by Mike Dunn, an international gold mining specialist who has been suction gold dredge mining for 33 years.

For more information visit http://www.goldpancalifornia.com .

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Opinion and Commentary

The New Graduate Job Network Uncovers How Creating a Personal Marketing Plan Can Help Recent Grads Get Ahead

Author: Robert Gerberg
Dateline: New York, New York (NEW YORK, N.Y.)  | Thu, 28 Apr 2011

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “A personal marketing plan can cut job hunting time in half and save you money. According to the experts at The New Graduate Job Network, a personal marketing firm specializing in helping recent graduates find jobs, entering a job search with a good game plan can often mean the difference between landing your next great job and remaining unemployed after graduation.”



A R T I C L E:

A personal marketing plan can cut job hunting time in half and save you money. According to the experts at The New Graduate Job Network, a personal marketing firm specializing in helping recent graduates find jobs, entering a job search with a good game plan can often mean the difference between landing your next great job and remaining unemployed after graduation.

Robert J. Gerberg, CEO of The New Graduate Job Network, said that in today's competitive job market most people will never get enough interviews with a hit-or-miss approach because it leaves too much to chance.

"Over the years, we have seen equally talented people produce widely varying results. One will struggle while the other moves with speed," Gerberg said. "Those who move rapidly usually have had the benefit of a good game plan - a step-by-step track to follow."

Gerberg recommends creating a personal marketing plan that involves the following steps:
1. Surface the right information about yourself and set clear goals. Set goals that will increase your chances of landing a job and advancing your career. These goals can be anything from specific job titles to income goals.

2. Pinpoint what you should be marketing, especially your transferable skills. All of your assets and skills need to be identified. Then, they need to be incorporated into your resume, cover letter and personal marketing website.

3. Identify industry alternatives to target. Look into what else is out there. The key is to identify industries with characteristics that match those where you have experience or where your degree can translate.

4. If you have liabilities, you need strategies to neutralize them. If you have liabilities, such as little related work experience, that may restrict your success in the job hunt, as part of your personal marketing plan, arrive at ways for minimizing their impact in all written materials and conversations.

5. You need a step-by-step game plan to get your story told to all the right people. You want to lay out a step-by-step plan that will guide you in a search. This should be a weekly agenda that includes a plan for how you will search and a plan for interviewing if you are given the opportunity.

Providing the tools and resources any graduate needs to find a career after graduation, The New Graduate Job Network is equipped with an in-house staff and cutting-edge technology to assist those leaving college in their job search. Visit http://www.newgradjobnetwork.com/ for more information.

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Opinion and Commentary, Women's Interests

Hormone Therapy and Breast Cancer: Is There a Connection?

Author: Belvidere Pharmacy
Dateline: Somerset, New Jersey (SOMERSET, N.J.)  | Thu, 09 Dec 2010

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “From the blogosphere to mainstream media, there's been a recent-and disturbing-buzz on a connection between hormone replacement therapy and a higher risk for advanced-stage breast cancer in post-menopausal women. The recent media focus stems from a study published in the Oct. 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Practitioners from Belvidere Pharmacy and Balancing Health, both experts in women's health, examine the issue.”



A R T I C L E:

From the blogosphere to mainstream media, there's been a recent-and disturbing-buzz on a connection between hormone replacement therapy and a higher risk for advanced-stage breast cancer in post-menopausal women. The recent media focus stems from a study published in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Practitioners from Belvidere Pharmacy and Balancing Health, both experts in women's health, examine the issue.

Hormone Therapy, or HT, is often used to treat women suffering from the effects of menopause. As a woman ages, her body produces less estrogen, progesterone and testosterone - creating an imbalance in hormones that often results in hot flashes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness and fatigue, to name just a few symptoms.

The recent publication is part of follow-up evaluation from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) study which began in 1991. Researchers collected data from more than 12,000 women, and found that there was an increase in breast cancer: 385 women on HT developed the disease, as opposed to 293 who took a placebo. The WHI follow-up shows marginally higher breast cancer death rates in the women who took combination synthetic HT.

Breast cancer is the most commonly feared disease in women, so a study of this type makes for a very newsworthy story. But in the wake of public concern, experts warn that the media has told only part of the story. For many patients, the amount of information available about HT is overwhelming, and this recent study in JAMA only adds to anxiety.

To understand the WHI study fully, it is important to understand the design and several key factors that temper the conclusions. A critical factor of the study was the TYPE and DOSAGE of hormones used - specifically, a fixed, oral dose of horse estrogens (Premarin®) and chemically altered progesterone (Provera®) was taken by all the participants in the group randomized to test the designated medications.

"Many times, when a study such as this is released, the media reports only the highlights, without presenting the limitations of those findings," said Mary K. Powderly, MD, a board-certified gynecologist and hormone replacement specialist who practices functional medicine with Balancing Health in Somerset, NJ. "With treatment as important as HT, it is critical to have all the facts as well as the knowledge to interpret the studies. It is also important to put these findings in perspective so as not to cause alarm. In terms of absolute rates, the risk of cancer is low."

"To be clear, there is a definite link between long-term use of synthetic and equine hormones and a small but significant increase in breast cancer risk," said Powderly. "This study demonstrates that the detection of breast cancer in those taking the drug was similar in cell type and grade compared to breast cancer in the no drug group but the drug group was more likely to have lymph node involvement. It is important to question why that was. For example, did increased breast density, a common side effect of excessive or unbalanced HT, factor in preventing early cancer detection. Also there is some evidence that synthetic progestins may stimulate growth of new blood vessels which could facilitate tumor growth and metastasis."

"These hormones are not bio-identical to humans," said Shara Rudner, president of Belvidere Pharmacy in North Plainfield. Rudner is a compounding pharmacist-a highly trained specialist who formulates custom medications for patients. She is an expert in hormone therapies for both women and men.

"Equine estrogens are extracted from the urine of pregnant mares, and medroxyprogesterone is a synthetic hormone-like drug," said Rudner. "They don't have the same chemical or molecular structure as the estrogens and progesterone made by the human body."

Rudner also pointed out that the equine estrogens and medroxyprogesterone in the study are given to patients orally, which has been shown to increase a patient's risk for blood clots, in addition to other health problems. An alternative, she said, is to give patients transdermal hormones - gels and creams applied easily to the wrist, where low-doses of hormones are absorbed through the skin.

According to Rudner, measuring the patient's hormonal level and replacing with transdermal, bio-identical hormone therapy (BHT), as needed, is the application of choice among many hormone specialists.

Powderly emphasized that the WHI study fell short on another very important fact. "Since a requirement of the study was for women to be at least 10 years post menopause, the average age of women in the study was 63. Thus, the study population was about a decade or two older than the average age of 45-55 when menopause begins. Since the primary risk factor for breast cancer is age, the older women were at higher risk. In women aged 50-59, the overall mortality rates with hormone therapy appeared to be slightly reduced."

Powderly also stressed that women need to conduct regular breast self-exams, have scheduled mammograms, follow up testing as directed, and to visit their physicians on a regular basis to monitor breast health.

For women in menopause, HT can help relieve or lessen symptoms such as night sweats, moodiness, sleeping issues, foggy thinking and more. Estrogen has been shown to improve cholesterol ratios as well as protect women from osteoporosis and colorectal cancer. "Estrogen must be balanced by progesterone," said Powderly. "The key is balance."

Powderly explained that hormone replacement is a specialty and, when conducted properly, relies on a highly individual approach to each patient. Before a patient is given a dose of any hormone, her own hormonal levels should be measured. No one would think about supplementing thyroid hormones without first measuring levels and following up with monitoring after the hormone was given. Why, Powderly observed, would ovarian hormones be any different?

For patients who want to explore the benefits of HT, it is important for them to find a board-certified gynecologist who is trained in integrative medicine. According to both Powderly and Rudner, proper HT care should include a complete evaluation of signs and symptoms, medical history, assessment of current hormone levels, development of a personalized plan to replace deficient hormones, and follow-up hormonal monitoring. Together, the physician and compounding pharmacist can monitor and tweak the patient's therapy, establishing and maintaining hormonal balance.

"Low-dose, transdermal, biologically identical HT can have tremendous benefits for many patients," said Powderly. "There is no reason why a woman shouldn't explore its advantages with a qualified physician."

About Belvidere Pharmacy:

Belvidere Pharmacy is a registered pharmacy in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut and has been serving its community since 1959. Shara Rudner - a fellow of the International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists, a fellow and regional director of the American College of Apothecaries, a fellow of the American College of Veterinary Pharmacists and secretary of the New Jersey Academy of Compounding Pharmacists-has been owner and president of Belvidere since 1996. Under her leadership, Belvidere became an exclusive compounding pharmacy more than a decade ago. For more information about Belvidere Pharmacy, visit www.belviderepharmacy.com .

Belvidere Pharmacy has been a PCAB accredited™ compounding pharmacy since 2007. For more information about PCAB accreditation visit www.pcab.org .

About Balancing Health:

Balancing Health provides individually tailored, integrative health management. Areas of specialty include gynecology, endocrinology, anti-aging, primary preventative care, health education, pain relief and weight loss management. Medical director, Mary K. Powderly, MD, is a board-certified gynecologist and hormone replacement specialist. For contact information, visit www.balancinghealthnj.com .

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