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  • 00:41

    Former Mayor to oppose new sales tax

    in News

    Former Mayor Carmen Sabatino, who formed the No on measure X campaign is waiting for the title designation of the new tax proposed by the Modesto City Council.


    Sabatino said, "I could not support a 1% tax, which would have given the Council $26 million a year to spend as they wanted. I won't support a 1/2% tax, which would give the Council. $14 million a year to spend as they want."


    Mayor Marshshould come clean and honestly tell the voters that he wants the tax for police pay increases, but more important, the need to pay for police retirements.

  • 00:35

    SALES TAX TIED TO NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZATION POLITICS (ACORN)

    in News

    Mayor Marsh wants community leaders to put pressure on his city Council to support a ½% sales tax in the next election.


    Marsh claims that 80 to 90% of the tax will be spent on public safety. Surely the pressure on the Council will come from the Modesto Police Union, whose mission is to obtain more money, better benefits, and job protection.


    Given the choice between more money and more officers the unions have historically selected more money.


    Two years ago, former Mayor Carmen Sabatino headed the “NO 0N MEASURE X” campaign and spent $3000.00 to defeat the measure while the Mayor’s supporters spent over $178,000 in a failed attempt to pass the tax.


    Measure X failed because the people got it, they understood that giving seven people on the City Council $26 million a year to spend as they pleased was not a good idea.


    Now he wants only want $14 million and claims it is just for public safety.


    Termed out Councilman Dave Lopez, who has been a cheerleader on the Council and accomplished little else opposes the tax.


    Marsh and Lopez cannot explain what they did with $25 million of federal funds for the neighborhood stabilization program.


    The city received 10% or 2.5 million to administer and supervise the federal money. Then, Mayor Jim Ridenour, claims he didn’t know anything about SCAP and it wasn’t his business how much they paid their executives.


    The newspaper at the time distracted the community with the reports on SCAP, which was really a small part of the larger scandal that forced bee editor Mark Vasche to tell the Bee publisher that he had a conflict and could no longer participate in any meetings to discuss the scandal.


    There are many other examples that lead to the logical conclusion that Marsh should not ask for any more money until he reveals what’s been done with the money they have already been given.

  • 00:36

    SALES TAX IS COMING

    in News

    Dave Thomas: Raises rob City Council of all credibility


    When will the insanity and lies stop? The story (“Council supports workers’ pay hike,” Page A1, Dec. 3) regarding the salary and bonus increases for Modesto city employees borders on the incredible.


    Not too long ago, the mayor, council and various police and fire spokesmen told us absolutely, positively, no-question-about-it, the city was broke; out of money. Going to fire more cops and firefighters. Close fire stations. The only possible solution was to raise taxes by $26 million. So they foisted Measure X on us.


    Tuesday night, with no discussion whatever, the mayor and council gave away $1 million to the very employees they said they would have to fire. How do they explain this? Many words come to mind, but they might sound unkind. Obviously, the Stanislaus Taxpayers Association was right; there was never a need for Measure X.


    I believe Modestans must acknowledge that a serious germ infects our city and its leaders. This germ causes a certain dementia. It makes them forget the past and what they said yesterday. And it causes an insatiable thirst for our money. How can we ever again believe anything they say?


    DAVE THOMAS, MODESTO

  • 00:32

    Who Said Sales Was Going to Be Easy?

    in Marketing

    Sales, the final frontier.


    Sorry, the phrase, "the final frontier", are the words from the hit, sci-fi show "Star Trek".


    Well, you now have a business or maybe you have been practicing your trade for a few years.


    The trend over the last 5-10 years has been to move away from connecting with people in face-to-face or telephone conversation in favor of "engaging" them over the Internet.


    If you really want to be successful in selling, you can continue using digital platforms but you must realize that sales is a people business. It always has been, and it always will be.


    Don't be afraid. You can do it. It's fun.


    Try it today. 

  • How to Become a Tax Preparer with Surekha Vaidya

    in Jobs

    Taxes and accounting don't have to be intimidating. For more than 25 years, I have helped business owners and company executives make dollars and sense out of their accounting processes and taxes. 


    Over the past several years, I have helped owners and executives of small businesses and non-profit organizations reduce their burden when it comes to accounting, fiscal management and tax planning. I have helped everyone from manufacturers and distributors to IT companies and medical management consultants.


    As an Enrolled Agent, enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, I have represented tax payers before the IRS with their tax issues. I’m very passionate about education. I have taught All aspects of Tax and Accounting at professional credential levels and at graduate levels. 


    To learn more contact Surekha Vaidya at savtaxes@yahoo.com

  • 00:09

    How to Become a Tax Preparer Workshop with Surekha Vaidya

    in Jobs

    Taxes and accounting don't have to be intimidating. For more than 25 years, I have helped business owners and company executives make dollars and sense out of their accounting processes and taxes. Over the past several years, I have helped owners and executives of small businesses and non-profit organizations reduce their burden when it comes to accounting, fiscal management and tax planning. 

    I have helped everyone from manufacturers and distributors to IT companies and medical management consultants. As an Enrolled Agent, enrolled to practice before the Internal Revenue Service, I have represented tax payers before the IRS with their tax issues. 

    To learn more contact Surekha Vaidya at savtaxes@yahoo.com.

  • Money and More ... Sales & Use .. what is it? do you need to pay it?

    in Entrepreneur

    Wendy Cassera of Taxpectations hosts this show that deals with finances and money for Entrepreneurs, Business Owners, Individuals, and Mostly YOU.  Words like Finances, Money, IRS, Taxes and Financial Statements shouldn't trigger financial inhibitions.  These things should be used to strengthen and grow your business and your life.  Besides ... where were you when it stopped being fun?  Let's bring the fun back together.  


    Wendy Cassera is an accountant and tax expert with over 25 years experience.  With a Masters of Science in Accounting degree she uses her extensive knowledge to help those struggling with their finances to find simple, easy to use ways to manage and understand their finances and make more money. 


    This Success Place is about YOUR success.  So ... come to where the fun is ... hear tips about taxes, short cuts to bookkeeping, jokes, quotes, and even some really great guest speakers that can help you with your life, your business, and your Success ... whatever that means to YOU.


    Today Wendy is talking about sales & use tax, what is it and how it affects you..


    www.taxpectations.com // wendy@taxpectations.com

  • 00:15

    Why is the Internet of Things important

    in Books

    Communication between inanimate objects code named the Internet of Things #IoT and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) where industry communicating with one another like the caterpillar building industry communicating with say with the agricultural department, all via big data. Technology is changing and exponentially moving so fast that it is unbelievable and we need to discuss these topics and explain to the audience.

  • 00:32

    What it Takes: Core Beliefs, Personal Development, Sales Training

    in Entrepreneur


    Sales training. Sales training is not product training. Sales training is learning how to relate to prospects in a way favorable such that, both, the agent and the prospect have meaningful, two-way dialogue during the sales interview.
    Personal development. This area involves keeping a positive attitude when you do not feel like working. Personal development reduces anxiety and frustration so you will not beat yourself up.
    Core beliefs. This is the set of values that defines you. No one can take these from you. Your core beliefs can accelerate your sales performance. Or, your core beliefs can dampen your sales performance. 


    If your core beliefs are not aligned with good sales performance and revenue expectations, you can develop new components to establish a new belief system... but it is not easy. You have had your current core beliefs for the last 25, 35, 45, or 55 years.


    But here's one thing I learned and use to help salespersons. Getting all three-sales training, personal development and core beliefs-to fire in harmony starts with sales training.


    If you do not know how to sell, while trying to improve personal development skills and working from your current belief system, functioning as a salesperson becomes extremely frustrating.


    Why? Because personal development training is not sales training, and this results in salespersons working too hard trying to wing it with prospects. Salespersons will often spend years and thousands of dollars on personal development training and never learn how to sell.


    Sales training helps clear the fog about what you are selling. Here's how:



    Learning how to sell and generate more income, the mind becomes more receptive to personal development training.
    Next, personal development training exposes negative core beliefs that need to change.

  • 00:54

    RACISM/INTERNET STALKING

    in Entertainment

    WE WILL DISCUSS THE SITUATION WHERE 12 BLACK WOMEN WERE PUT OFF OF A NAPA VALLEY WINE TRAIN FOR LAUGHING. POLICE WERE CALLED AND THE WOMEN WERE PUT OFF IN THE HOT SUN. IT SHOWS THAT RACISM IS ALIVE AND WELL IN 2015! WE WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT INTERNET STALKING AND HARASSMENT. WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH? SPECIAL GUEST CALLERS MAY OR MAY NOT CALL IN. IT IS GOING TO BE A GREAT SHOW. SO TUNE IN WITH ME CJ RAINEY YOUR HOST. BRING IT LIKE YOU TALK IT.

  • 01:01

    Develop Your Digital Marketing Strategy and Generate Sales

    in Business

    Create a strategy to generate sales in your business. Digital marketing can be intimidating for many in business, we will discuss how to create a strategy and execute and eliminate the fear. I am your host Melody Tune and I am a Digital Marketing Strategist with for over 17 years experience working in corporate as a digital marketer. I ran several lead gen programs using Marketo to help nurture sales initiatives. When you are empowered with the knowhow and understand how to develop a solid strategy to nurture a lead, the sale comes naturally.


    I have worked with Fortune 100 and 500 clients and I’ve owned over 100 websites. I am here to share my knowledge and help you develop innovative digital marketing programs that drive traffic and generate sales. All you need is focus patience and a desire to sell. I am also Certified Ziglar Legacy Coach and will keep you inspired and motivated to generate more sales. Find me at DesignWrx.com and sign up and get your free copy of the Essential Blogging Tools, Join me on Facebook at Melody Tune - Ziglar Certified Trainer/Coach and get inspired to do what you've always dreamed of doing and be successful.