Archive - Dec 30, 2013
Traditional first-of-the-year recaps of new laws that go into effect either on the first day of each year, or shortly thereafter, generally exemplify good-news/bad-news.
For instance, the minimum wage in California will go up July 1, good news for minimum wage service workers, bad news for their employers. The distance motorists must allow when passing a cyclist has been codified at three feet; good news for cyclists, bad news for motorists caught behind a cyclist. And, the list goes on, though not each and every one of the approximately 1,000 bills signed into law in 2013 is covered.
Several political hopefuls have already taken out Petitions in Lieu of Filing Fees â€“ the first step in running for public office this coming June.
Two business days into the initial filing period, seven incumbents and two challengers have thrown their hats into the ring for nine of the 16 available seats coming up for election on June 3.
With a new year dawning, a new tax season is just over the horizon.
This year the AARP Tax-Aide program is in desperate need of volunteers who are good with numbers and interested in helping local seniors.
A five-day training class for tax aide volunteers will begin Jan. 22 and run through Jan. 28 in the Owens Valley Career Development Centerâ€™s computer lab. All volunteers will be trained and certified by the IRS on the computer program used for income tax filing, and the level of tax law required for preparing and filing tax returns.
Honored for decades of incalculable service to valley residents during their final days on earth,Â Hospice of the Owens Valley volunteers were the last but not the least to be awarded in 2013 with the City of Bishopâ€™s Quarterly Citizens Award.
For 30 years, HOV, which is now a Pioneer Home Health Care program, has been providing â€śthe dignity, privacy and comfortâ€ť of allowing people to die in their own homes, said Laura Smith, then mayor and now council member, when she presented the award at the Dec. 9 City Council meeting.