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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. 

  • 00:27

    How a Top Recruiter Overcame Sales Call Reluctance

    in Business

    Join us for an interview with Craig Lindell who is ranked in the top 1% of all recruiters nationally.  Craig will share how he overcame Sales Call Reluctance.  Craig works in two extraordinarily challenging industries.  He'll share about his mentors and how he overcame adversity.


    The Pinnacle Society is the nation's premier consortium of top recruiters within the permanent placement and search industry. For nearly 20 years, the Pinnacle Society has provided the nation's top recruiters a forum in which to exchange the business principles and placement techniques that led them to achieve, and allows them to maintain their success.


    www.craiglindell.com

  • 00:11

    PODCAST: Sales and Use Tax Principles for Government Contractors

    in Finance

    Welcome to the SC&H Group podcast series.  Last month, Ed Ben, a Director with SC&H Group, spoke at the IPT 2014 Sales & Use Tax Symposium (in Washington, D.C.) on the topic of Sales & Use Tax Principles that Every Government Contractor should know.

  • 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.

  • 00:23

    Liberty Tax PR te orienta

    in Finance

    Liberty Tax Service es el proveedor de preparación de impuestos de mayor crecimiento.  Ahora con oficina en el 3KS6 Ave. Fragoso, detrás de Plaza Carolina.  Te invitamos a que nos envies tus preguntas a libtaxpr@gmail.com o llames en vivo al 787-220-7646 este próximo jueves 22 de enero a las 4pm.

  • 00:15

    your sales doctors test

    in Management

    talking about sales

  • 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.

  • 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