April 15th is just days away. While many may be filing taxes themselves, others often pay someone to file their taxes for them, and still there are others who are making the most of modern technology to get their taxes done quickly, efficiently and professionally.
I had a nice chat with David James, community development director for the City of Tehachapi, last week about the challenges of demographics for the area and farming.
This is a rebuttal to the letter to the editor from David Giannandrea published March 26 in the Tehachapi News.
One of the best things about being the City Manager of this great city is that I have seen the improvements we've made over time and I can be proud that we've delivered projects that I believe, have increased the quality of life for the residents of Tehachapi. What's more, our team is working every day to develop future improvements that I know we will all be proud of as we continue our community's forward progress.
Woody Guthrie, the renowned Dust Bowl troubadour, was so inspired by John Ford's classic 1940 film, "The Grapes of Wrath," he immediately found a copy of the book upon which it was based, took it home and devoured it, front to back. When he was finished, he read it again.
There is an amazing variety of opinion in our society. That's a good thing. Some of those opinions are wise, well-thought out, and some of them are really loony. That's okay. We have a right to our opinions, wise or foolish. It's the American way. You may think I have the dumbest opinions the world has ever seen. But you do not have the legal right to insist that I change my opinions.
Last month, I wrote about the upcoming April 8 date which marks the "end-of-life" support date for Windows XP. After April 8, Microsoft will no longer issue security updates for any computer running Windows XP.
The Tehachapi Police Department has recently reported the positive decline in burglary. In 2012, burglaries in the city of Tehachapi were reported as 210, and in 2013, this number decreased to 183 burglaries, a decline of 13 percent. Whereas this information is great news, the fact still exists that there is more that can be done to decrease this number.
As we go to press mid-day Monday, we have a blue sky but we're told that we may get snow at the pass level and the very welcome recent storm did bring snow to our higher elevations.
We have all heard the stories about identity theft and how it has caused those affected by it to be set back, financially, for years. While we all take steps to protect ourselves against identity theft, while many are not even aware of their online identity. Your online identity, left unprotected, can be very damaging. It can cause you to lose or not get offered a job, lose your public confidence, lose business and have damaging gossip spread about you.
Throughout my law enforcement career, I have had countless people from all walks of life thank my partners and I for the job we do, for being cops, and for protecting their families. I have always tried to keep things in perspective and to remember that I am a public servant and that my badge represents the public's trust in me to do the right thing. Firefighters are thanked on a regular basis for their heroism, and the risks they take to protect lives and property throughout their careers as well. There are many facets to public service and for the most part, public servants serve with honor and integrity
Detecting phony bills
There have been recent occurrences of counterfeit money being used at local Tehachapi Businesses. The solution? Educate ourselves on how to detect a counterfeit bill and what to do if you receive one. Businesses and individuals are not reimbursed for counterfeits, so when they unknowingly accept one, they are forced to absorb the loss of that numeric amount, not to mention the overall negative affect it has on our nation's economy.